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Gilroy Strong
A Community Speaks

In the aftermath of the July 28, 2019 shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, in partnership with the Gilroy Historical Society and the Gilroy Museum, Reed Magazine at San José State University will be organizing a community outreach project called “Gilroy Strong: A Community Speaks.”


This community outreach project is a collection of oral histories and personal accounts of the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival and testimonies about community grief and recovery after a violent tragedy. Through first person narratives, with opportunities for complementary multimedia such as photography and/or video, “Gilroy Strong: A Community Speaks” will create a patchwork quilt of testimonies, each bearing witness to the tragedy, grief, and/or recovery from their unique perspectives. To preserve the voice of the interview subject, interviews will be transcribed and edited only for succinctness and narrative flow. 


The final products may be published on the Reed website (www.reedmag.org) and/or in Issue 153.  After one year, all interviews, oral histories, and full transcriptions will be permanently archived at the Gilroy Museum.

"Truth doesn’t fit into one heart, into one mind...truth is somehow splintered.

There is a lot of it, it is varied, and it is strewn about the world.”


Svetlana Alexievich