Stories of Hope: Women Leading the Way into the New Year
American Jewish World Service Blog
by AJWS Staff
1w ago
This week marks what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade – the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 landmark ruling that established the legal right to abortion. A right that was mournfully struck down last June, marking the first time the Court has taken away a constitutionally protected liberty. Yet, in the months …Read More ..read more
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The “Green Wave”: Feminists Fight for Abortion Rights in El Salvador and Beyond
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by Jenn Lavelle
1w ago
Carmen Vásquez was nine months pregnant when she felt an extreme pain in her lower back, causing her to pass out after calling for an ambulance several times. She woke up in police custody rather than a hospital and was sentenced to 30 years in prison for suffering a stillbirth. Manuela* was also sentenced to …Read More ..read more
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New Year, New Recommendations: Sharing Stories that Inspired Me
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by Robert Bank
2w ago
As we start a new year, here are some books, a documentary and a play from which we can all draw inspiration. Each, in its own way, calls us to take action in the face of injustice. And they are reminders that we must never let oppression of any kind go unchecked. In the spirit …Read More ..read more
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Hip-Hop in their DNA: How Senegalese Activists are Building a Movement with Their Music
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by Justin Jacobs
1M ago
Just after sunset on a Friday night in Pikine, Senegal — one of the poorest neighborhoods in the capital, Dakar — the energy at a local community center is electric. Spotlights make the courtyard glow as a headphone-clad DJ plays music from two massive speakers. Kids and teenagers — hundreds of them — sprint through …Read More ..read more
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The Crisis in Haiti and the Source of Hope for a Peaceful, Democratic Future
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by AJWS Staff
1M ago
Haiti is in crisis. After more than ten years of rule by a corrupt, violent, U.S.-backed regime, the country’s government has essentially collapsed. Gangs—operating with the support of politicians and elites—control many regions of the country, terrorizing civilians with kidnappings and massacres of entire communities. This gang rule has led to shortages of food, water …Read More ..read more
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Dionne R. Wiggins Named Vice President for People and Culture at American Jewish World Service
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by Tanyanika Davis
2M ago
New head of People and Culture believes in fostering a sense of belonging and ensuring that people feel seen and heard in the spaces in which they work.      New York, N.Y. — Today, Venus Devnani McClelland, Executive Vice President of AJWS, the leading global Jewish human rights organization, announced Dionne R. Wiggins as the …Read More ..read more
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Activists Up Close: Meet Pisey, who’s Leading the Movement for Marriage Equality in Cambodia
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by Justin Jacobs
2M ago
Ly Pisey grew up in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where LGBTQI+ people are alienated and pushed to the fringes of society. But Pisey — along with the activist organization she co-founded, Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK) — is working to change what’s possible for her community nationwide. Today, with cultural acceptance of LGBTQI+ on the rise, Pisey …Read More ..read more
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Activists Up Close: Meet Misael, a Water Defender in Mexico
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by Justin Jacobs
2M ago
Misael was born into a family of Indigenous farmers in Oaxaca, Mexico — his connection to the land goes back generations. Today, he works for Flor y Canto, an AJWS grantee organization that mobilizes local communities to fight for their rights to land, water and other natural resources. In 2005, the Mexican government restricted farmers’ …Read More ..read more
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Quality education in India: A dream worth fighting for
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by AJWS Staff
3M ago
Grassroots journalist Neeraj Gurjar reports on a workshop where 60 local girls gathered to network and share their experiences and challenges with accessing an education ..read more
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Activists Up Close: Meet Mercy, a Girls Boxing Coach and Mentor in Kenya
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by Justin Jacobs
3M ago
Mercy Musila Musikali grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, like so many girls in her community: shy, lacking confidence and feeling limited by the social expectations of what women can be or do. But then she discovered boxing, and an entire world opened up to her.   Today, Mercy is a coach and mentor for adolescent girls …Read More ..read more
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