Join a Community Workshop
This is the broadest and most varied area of Herstory’s program. There are four ongoing core workshops, serving approximately 150 people each year: a Bridges to Justice workshop in each of the two counties, a bilingual Bridges to Justice Workshop in Central Islip, and an East End workshop conducted in Spanish. The Bridges to Justice workshops facilitate the building of bridges among people who are racially, economically, educationally and culturally diverse, ranging in age from 18 to 80. They include community leaders, organization and agency directors, members of the local immigrant community, graduate and undergraduate students, and women just getting out of jail.
The East End workshop brings immigrants who held important positions in their countries together with others who have limited English proficiency. Using the Herstory method, they write their often profoundly moving stories in their native tongue. The resulting stories of racial injustice, poverty, separation of families through harsh immigration laws, incarceration, and domestic violence are used in presentations to legislators, college students, and a program of public podcasts.
A new bilingual workshop for domestic violence survivors sheltered on the East End is developing narratives intended for use in police training, emphasizing the importance of responding to calls for help and averting the tragic consequences of escalation, when women's stories are not heeded until it is too late.