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Keeping MLK’s legacy alive in our work for justice today Today is the one day we set aside each year for the sole purpose of reflecting on the tremendous ethical legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and our moral obligation to “carry it on.” But this year, with so much injustice in …Read More

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In response to a bipartisan group of Senators calling on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to designate Burma’s military actions against the Rohingya Muslim people a genocide, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) Director of Government Affairs Rori Kramer issued this statement: “America Jewish World Service (AJWS) applauds the bi-partisan group of Senators, led by …Read More

The post Leading International Human Rights Organization Supports Senate Bill on Burma’s Genocide Against the Rohingya People appeared first on American Jewish World Service - AJWS.

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Around the globe, the people who grow, catch and harvest what we eat struggle to live off their land, pass down knowledge to future generations or even provide themselves healthy, sustainably produced food. But after a long struggle, peasants have scored a major victory to protect their rights. On December 17th, 2018, the United Nations …Read More

The post Recognizing Those Who Feed Us: A global victory for small-scale farmers and agricultural workers appeared first on American Jewish World Service - AJWS.

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At AJWS, we talk about “collectives” a lot. About 40 percent of our grantees around the globe use collectives to advance human rights, and we invested $5.7 million in this work in 2018. In India alone—where AJWS has launched a multi-year, $30 million initiative to increase gender equality—our grantees support more than 3,500 collectives with …Read More

The post Collectives: What They Are & Why They’re Crucial for Social Change appeared first on American Jewish World Service - AJWS.

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Edgar Pérez Archila is an expert in righting wrongs. As a human rights attorney and director of the human rights law firm Bufete Jurídico de Derechos Huamnos de Guatemala (The Law Office of Human Rights in Guatemala), he and his team defend fellow Guatemalans from egregious abuses. He has represented survivors of genocide seeking convictions …Read More

The post Finding Justice After Genocide: Guatemalan activists and Talmudic rabbis seek restitution, not revenge, as the path forward appeared first on American Jewish World Service - AJWS.

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In response to the introduction of the Greater Leadership Overseas for the Benefit of Equality Act of 2018 (GLOBE Act), AJWS Director of Government Affairs Rori Kramer released this statement: “This bill sets the gold standard for America's return to global leadership on human rights, including the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community."

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