THE NEW SOCIAL JUSTICE GAME-CHANGERS:
TWELVE SMALL ORGANIZATIONS AND FOUR INDIVIDUALS
WHO ARE CHANGING THE WORLD
“…. our planet is in trouble: perilous geopolitical tensions, global warming and the destruction of our environment, flagrant and egregious acts of cruelty inflicted by humans upon fellow humans and animals alike, hunger, poverty and homelessness, absent or woefully inadequate health care– the list goes on and on. For most of us, it is mind-numbing to think of what needs to be done to make even a small impact, let alone to solve the overwhelming problems of the world.”
SAVONG FOUNDATION (THE), Bringing education and community health services to the people of rural Cambodia.
FEEDING THE HUNGRY
SOCIAL JUSTICE MEDIA
CREATING A MOVEMENT IN WHICH TEEN SOCIAL ISOLATION
BECOMES A THING OF THE PAST
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BRINGING HOPE TO SURVIVORS OF THE DARFUR GENOCIDE
Darfur United (a project of i-Act) is an all refugee soccer team comprised of Darfuri genocide survivors now living in Eastern Chad, Africa. i-Act Founder and Executive Director, Gabriel Stauring scoured the twelve existing refugee camps in eastern Chad for the best soccer players to create a team that would compete in the 2012 Viva World Cup Championship in Iraqi Kurdistan. It has been an emotional and heartwarming journey. Not only did the members of the team compete for the Viva World Cup, but they have inspired pride and a new joie de vivre within the refugee camps of Chad.
But even more than that, the team has inspired a movement, “to bring hope, inspiration, and joy to the displaced people of Darfur.”
Supported by the UN High Commission for Refugees, among others, this team has brought the Darfuri refugees out of the shadows of the living, as one refugee put it, back into the world.
THE FACES OF 'DARFUR UNITED'
Grassroots activist Gabriel Stauring graduated from California State University at Dominguez Hills with a major in Behavioral Science. He became involved in the Darfur Genocide out of a sense of personal responsibility. He believes in the power of community and compassion, combined with personal empowerment, to bring about meaningful, positive change. He has visited the refugee camps on the Chad-Darfur border numerous times and has developed long standing and deep relationships with many of the survivors living there.
Played in the 2012 Viva World Cup Championship games in Iraqi Kurdistan
OPENING THE WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES FOR
OUR YOUNGEST SCHOOL CHILDREN
Dream A World Education, Inc. uses arts education programming to teach critical thinking skills and cultural understanding for children in grades K-2. It approaches learning on a global level with programs that teach children to better understand the world and the universal principles that join us as a global family.
Approximately 1700 children have graduated from the Dream A World Education, Inc. programs, all from Title I Schools, with populations that live below the poverty line.
Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education was created to build partnership and coexistence between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel through the creation of integrated bilingual schools. Hand in Hand operates three such schools, helped establish a fourth one and is now working to open two additional schools. In total, over 1,000 Arab and Jewish children and youth are enrolled.
Additionally, Hand in Hand carries out a broad array of programs outside of the classroom and works to build "shared communities" of Arabs and Jews. In a context where these two communities have lived in conflict with one another for so long,
Hand in Hand stands out a beacon of hope and optimism.
THE FACES OF 'HAND IN HAND CENTER FOR JEWISH-ARAB EDUCATION'
A long-time civil-society activist in Israel, Shuli Dichter has been involved at a leadership level with progarms and initiatives for Jewish-Arab partnership for over 20 years. He joined Hand in Hand in January 2011. Previously, he was the co-executive director of Sikkuy, The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality, a Jewish-Arab advocacy organization. There he worked to advance equality via government-policy change, municipal cooperation and mobilization of public opinion. His op-ed articles and essays on equality and Arab-Jewish relations are frequently published in Israel and abroad.
Inas Deeb supervises program development, curriculum development and teacher training at Hand in Hand's four schools. She holds an undergraduate degree from Haifa University and advanced education degrees from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and St. Joseph University in Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D.from Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv.
Most recently, she worked as a teacher, counselor and language advisor at the Pedagogical Center of East Jerusalem, and has served as an assistant professor and chief research coordinator at Bar-Ilan's Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center.
Lee Gordon lived in Israel for two decades, where he was actively involved in Jewish-Arab dialogue. Originally from the United States, Lee earned an M.A. in social work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and graduated from the Mandel Institute's prestigious School for Educational Leadership.
Lee is a veteran social activist and community organizer, having worked and volunteered for numerous educational and community organizations. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and three children, where he builds a network of international support for Hand in Hand.
in June of 2012 Hand in Hand graduated its second class of high school students. It is now receiving a major grant from the U.S. government to expand and open new schools in Haifa and Tel Aviv. In addition, mixed groups of Jewish and Arab parents from numerous towns throughout Israel have approached Hand in Hand interested in building schools in their communities.
Donations to Hand in Hand in the U.S. are tax-deductible and can be made online through its website (www.handinhandk12.org) or by sending a check payable to Hand in Hand.
TO USHER AT-RISK YOUTH THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE
Incentive Mentoring Program engages underperforming high school students who confront significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a family of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources. Using a family style model and support system, it fosters students’ academic advancement and personal growth into self-motivated, resilient and responsible citizens.
Latest Accomplishment: 100% of IMP students have received a high school diploma or equivalent degree and have been accepted to college, and over 700 IMP volunteers have gained invaluable leadership experience, professional development, and personal growth.
THE FACES OF IMP:
Co-Founder Sarah Hemminger has extensive experience in nonprofit management and in the development, expansion, and replication of innovative, paradigm-shifting models of mentoring. She also draws on a deep understanding of the challenges that face students in successfully completing high school and accessing higher education.
In 2010, Sarah received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. She received the prestigious Siebel Scholars Award for outstanding work in the field of technology and engineering and has lectured internationally on her work .
Tong Zhang, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer
Tong Zhang’s role in IMP has evolved over the years from supervisor and role model, to founding Director of the Technology Service. In 2011, she joined IMP as staff as Chief Innovations Officer, a role in which she recruited, trained and supported Directors to provide programs, services, and infrastructure development for the organization. In her current position as Chief Operating Officer, she is working to codify the IMP model to enable further scaling and replication of the program at future sites.
Zhang received her Ph.D. in Immunology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Garima began her work in urban education as an undergraduate in Washington, D.C., where she co-founded D.C. Today…D.C. Tomorrow, an after-school service learning club for high school students in Southeast D.C. She was responsible for writing and teaching a service learning curriculum; working with partner organizations to set up and chaperone service trips for the students; and facilitating all volunteer trainings. She continued her work in urban education as an elementary school teacher in Baltimore through Teach for America.
When working in Juvenile Services in Oakland, California, Marquett Burton became interested in the way young African American males view education and formal employment. At University of California, Berkeley, he won a George A. Miller scholarship to research the historical development of African American attitudes toward public education, and in addition, he studied the attitude of mainstream hip hop music toward formal and informal work identities.
At IMP, Marquett has played a critical role in establishing a mentoring partnership with Union Baptist Church to provide his students with technological training and resources, college readiness field-trips, mentoring and tutoring.
Marquett holds a Masters in the Arts of Teaching from the Johns Hopkins School of Education and has served as a Mayoral Fellow in the office of the CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools.
During the past five years, Kathleen Lee's contributions as a volunteer have been critical in IMP's evolution from a student group to a thriving non-profit. As a co-founding Director of the Academic Affairs and SAT Preparation Programs, founding Director of the Health Service, and creator of two annual reports she has exemplified IMP’s core values.
Prior to joining IMP, Kathleen served as the Coordinator of the Princeton University – GetSET Program, an after-school program for elementary school students in Trenton, NJ.
Kathleen has a medical degree from Johns Hopkins University, and has received numerous awards for her service to the community.
Kevin has spent countless hours supporting tutoring for IMP students and collaborating with ACCE High School leadership. He is always eager to help in any way he can and follows-through even if it means walking to ACCE High School in one-hundred degree heat to get report cards or visiting every teacher to collect exam review materials. He consistently goes above and beyond without seeking any recognition.
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MIT CLIMATE COLAB
(A PROJECT OF THE MIT CENTER FOR COLLECTIVE INTELLIENCE)
AN INGENIOUS CROWDSOURCE MODEL
TO ELICIT INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE
THE FACES OF' MIT CLIMATE COLAB'
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BUILDING DYNAMIC WORKING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL MUSLIMS AND JEWS
NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change was founded in 2006 to create a national model for healthy relations, productive engagement and social change between American Muslims and Jews.
To transform the landscape, the Muslim Public Affairs Council and Progressive Jewish Alliance joined forces to create a fellowship for emerging Muslim and Jewish leaders to change the tone of the conversation.
Today, NewGround is an independent group fiscally sponsored by Community Partners and housed at the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission.
With the support of 14 communal leaders throughout Los Angeles, NewGround is currently spearheading the launch of the first annual Muslim-Jewish High School Leadership Council.
Eight Muslim and eight Jewish teens have been selected to participate in a one-year council experience which will begin with a fall retreat to build relationships and educate students about Islam and Judaism in America.
THE FACES OF 'NEWGROUND: A MUSLIM-JEWISH PARTNERSHIP FOR CHANGE'
Rabbi Sarah Bassin worked at Princeton University’s Hillel before entering the rabbinic program at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), from which she graduated in 2010 with a dual Masters degree Jewish Non-Profit Management.
Since taking the helm at NewGround she has developed and enriched the Young Professional Fellowship Program, which brings together young professional Muslims and Jews in Los Angeles to build relationships and skills, and often fast friendships, which allow them to collaborate on key civic programs that affect both cultures. Her program has attracted worldwide attention, and serves as a model for peace building in the U.S. and internationally.
As MPAC's Director of Policy & Programming, Lekovic leads the MPAC team of staff and volunteers on strategic initiatives in government relations, media outreach and interfaith collaboration, while also coordinating the organization's approach to domestic and international affairs.
As a spokeswoman for the American Muslim community, she has appeared on national media outlets, including CNN, BBC, MSNBC, and the History Channel and her work has been featured in several leading newspapers. Named one of the Top 500 Influential Muslims in the World in 2009, Edina is a proud graduate of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute.
Suzy Marks and her late husband Wally were among the seed funders of NewGround back in 2006. Today, Suzy continues to be one of NewGround's biggest advocates. She also serves as an informal mentor to the executive director to help guide decisions and aim for the most significant impact.
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BRINGING EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES
TO THE PEOPLE OF RURAL CAMBODIA
A gift of just $40 provides 2 solar cookers to a refugee woman to cook for her family, stay safe and keep her daughters in school.
Director, Solar Cooker Project
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The Tagum City Food Bank restores severely malnourished children to healthy weight thru weekly feedings, nutrition classes for the Moms and distribution of rice. The childrens' weight is tracked weekly using the BMI index.
Helen Reclusado, Head Barangay Health Worker
Emele Caboratan, Manager
Attny. Luel Mundez
Dr. Glenn Pono
In the last two years, Tagum City Food Bank has restored to health 327 severely malnourished 0-6 year old babies.
Donate Here: http://www.tagumfoodbank.org/
David Wasson CCC, CCE, email@example.com
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She began helping companion animals of the homeless when she passed the Occupy L.A. site on her way to work one morning, and noticed a small kitten playing in the garbage. On closer inspection, she saw that it’s eye was squeezed shut from infection and it had a hard tight belly – filled with worms. Once she determined that the kitten was a stray, she took it to work with her, then to the vet for treatment. That’s when her conscience wouldn’t let her rest. “If there was one kitten that needed help there, I knew there had to be more”, she said.
Contact info: Analee Brodie (909) 730-0675 or
A FORMIDABLE WARRIOR FOR OUR NATION'S LAST WILD HORSES
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I advocate for wild horses. I document horses from the range through (their) holding (period) or adoption. I utilize that documentation to take pertinent issues into the Courtroom and news media and attempt to work with BLM toward finding solutions.
Last month I won two more Court decisions. In Jackson Mountain, the Bureau of Land Management used a small area where drought conditions existed, to try to roundup an entire Herd Management Area during the "prohibited foaming season". We were able to hold them to the area of emergency during foaling season.
We also won another victory in the battle to achieve a humane care policy. During a roundup last summer I shut down a roundup after catching the helicopter pilot hitting a horse. We were able to extend that verdict beyond the end of that single roundup. That victory was achieved based on new case law based on a First Amendment suit that won on Appeal in the Ninth Circuit (note: I wrote a good portion of that Appeal).
Both the First Amendment suit and the Humane care suit have become active again as we prepare to head into discovery.
THE PUBLIC SHOULD KNOW:
This is your land and these are your resources. Right now your tax dollars are being used for private interests which profit off the land. In that process…a living symbol of your Freedom is fast disappearing.
EDUCATE yourself on the issues.
Visit our website, subscribe to the action alerts, volunteer and donate. We are a small organization and are able to exist only through your generous donations.
PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN ON ETHICS IN WILDLIFE FILMMAKING
Chris Palmer has had a long and illustrious career in wildlife filmmaking. He has worked with the industry greats, from Ted Turner to National Geographic, and he has received numerous awards in recognition of his work, including two Emmys and an Oscar nomination.
In 2010 he shook the wildlife film industry to its core when he published Shooting In The Wild, An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom, an expose in which he revealed to the worldmade, financed and edited and distributed, with rarely a thought to ethics or conservation.
Palmer joined the full-time faculty at American University in August 2004 as Distinguished Film Producer in Residence and founded the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at the School of Communication, which he currently directs and from where he now happily mentors the future wildlife documentarians. He is also President of One World One Ocean Foundation, located in Laguna Beach, California.
IN HIS OWN WORDS:
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I run the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University in Washington DC, and I’m the president of the One World One Ocean Foundation in Laguna Beach, CA. Through these organizations, I devote my life to conservation, to producing films that make a difference, and to educating the next generation of environmental and wildlife filmmakers.
My goal to win wider support for treating animals and the natural world with respect, care, and love.
If we don’t do these things, then the world is going to continue to spiral downwards, propelled by over population, climate change, loss of biodiversity, toxic pollution, and a dozen other major problems which are ruining this beautiful planet. And I do it because films are an effective way to give animals and nature a “voice” that they themselves don’t have.
WHAT SHOULD THE PUBLIC KNOW?
Please don’t support films that harass or goad animals, that involve unethical deception (for example, by surreptitiously using rented animals from inhumane game farms), or that carry anti-conservation messages (for example, that sharks are man-eating monsters).
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