All in all, June has been a challenging month. From stunning Supreme Court decisions to the injustices immigrants have faced at the border, it is hard to be uplifted by the news. Amidst this chaos, it’s reassuring to remember that people across the country are taking great strides towards justice. Our Communications Institute Fellows and Creative Change Alumni are some of them.
Filmmaker, writer, and Creative Changer (CC ’16, CC ‘13) dream hampton collaborated with musician John Legend, artist Molly Crabapple, and Color of Change on a vibrant video that explains how the U.S. bail system has less to do with justice and more to do with economic slavery for people of color.
2018 Communications Institute Fellow Cynthia Pompa, who is the advocacy coordinator for ACLU Border Rights Center, had an interview with Radio Bilingue on June 20 highlighting an upcoming rally in the Rio Grande Valley over families being separated at the border and how people can help. “There are many situations where the parent is out of the country and the child is still in. We are working to find a solution to this,” Pompa says.
Matt Nelson (CI ’17), Executive Director of Presente.org, was quoted extensively in a NY Times article about a homeless man who was assaulted by a jogger, Henry Sintay, earlier this month. Nelson, who confronted the jogger the next day, said the attack was “a direct affront and insult to the values that many residents have — values of treating each other like neighbors, values of respect for diversity, values around working out problems and concerns together.”
Artist and Creative Change Alumn L. Kasimu Harris (CC ‘17) has contributed to a new exhibit called Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories, opening at the New Orleans’ Museum of Modern Art this Friday. Harris joins seven other artists in exposing the lost and marginalized histories of New Orleans in honor of its tricentennial.
Creative Changer (CC ’14) Andrew Slack took on the new position of Campaign Director at Avaaz. “With a membership of 46 million people, Avaaz is “the globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network,” said The Guardian. Avaaz’s mission is simple: “to bridge the gap between the world we have and the world we want.” Their campaigns have been instrumental in getting elected officials and corporations on every continent to take action on human rights, equal opportunity, climate change, and other issues.