2019 had a lot of ups and downs for social justice. But that didn’t stop our Communications Institute fellows. They were hard at work, speaking out for the values we all believe in. Here’s a round-up of our Fellows’ media advocacy over the past year.
In April, Jorge Luis Vasquez, , Jr., Associate Counsel at Latino Justice (CI ’18) wrote an insightful op-ed in USA Today on the need to remove the citizenship question from the Census, arguing that it would restrict democracy in our communities. In June, Jorge followed up with another op-ed in USA Today, raising awareness of the Netflix mini-series “When They See Us,” and how the series illustrates the continuing threat of police violence and mass incarceration in communities of color.
In October, DeAnna Hoskins, President of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA), (CI ‘19), appeared in a segment on ABC-7 News celebrating the New York City mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement of the closure of Rikers Island jail complex.
Also in October, Sunu Chandy, Legal Director at the National Women’s Law Center (CI ‘19) appeared in several stories about SCOTUS hearing the LGBTQ cases in early October. She was publish in Bloomberg Law, the Los Angeles Times, CNBC and Vox.
Alexis Sims, Communications Director at Mothering Justice (CI ’19) had an op-ed in Blavity in early October about the need to place black women at the center of more policy reform conversations, such as SNAP and maternity issues.
Elayne Gregg, member of Indivisible Tohono (CI’ 19) wrote a guest column in Ms. Magazine in October, about the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and how the act would protect Native women. In November, Elayne also wrote a guest column in the Hill, reminding readers that 400 years after the first Thanksgiving, it's time to recognize tribal sovereignty and pursue justice for violence against women (VAWA).
Also in November, Rev. Erica Williams, Social Justice Organizer at Repairers of the Breach (CI’ 19) wrote an op-ed in The Hill on the need to achieve justice and opportunity by investing in children and families.