Writing and Organizing for an Era That Needs It

July 25, 2018

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Actress, Writer, Educator, and Creative Change Alumna Anu Yadav (CC ‘16) recently completed an Art and Social Practice Residency with D.C. Public Library. Centered around the anniversary of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, Anu’s residency involved “developing short plays inspired by the original historical movement as well as the new Poor People's Campaign, a grassroots movement to end systemic racism, poverty, war economy and ecological devastation”. Anu collected a series of interviews in and around D.C. which will be displayed on the  Soul Ten Stories Website and used for a theatrical variety show.

Social Justice Comedian and Creative Change Alumna Negin Farsad (CC ’11, ‘12) recently launched a new campaign, Boycott Bigotry, that promotes acts of economic resistance against Trump. The campaign plans to discourage spending at Trump properties and businesses through a series of satirical ads. The campaign has already turned to Charlottesville (where Trump has a winery and hotel) with anti-Trump newspaper ads and billboard trucks. Farsad held a comedy show at The Haven in Charlottesville to coincide with this launch. For more details about the project, check out Boycott Bigotry.

The Opportunity Agenda is proud to highlight exciting new work from our former Communications Director Janet Dewart Bell. Her new book, “Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement,” tells the story of the essential role of women’s leadership in the Civil Rights movement. The book is organized through interviews with nine courageous women who, according to Bell, “recognized and analyzed the role of race in American society and set out to make a difference.” 

Communications Institute Fellow Miriam Auckerman (CI ‘17) contributed to a legal victory in Michigan, helping delay the attempted deportation of over 100 Iraqi detainees, many of whom were the targets of ICE raids last summer, and subsequent mistreatment since. As part of a larger class-action lawsuit filed by the ACLU, Auckerman recognized the treatment and attempted deportation of Iraqi detainees as, “..an insidious, long-term punishment...” Auckerman was additionally featured on Michigan Radio, this time discussing overdue reforms to sex-offender registry policy.

Advocacy Specialist at The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE and Communications Institute Fellow Bassem Kawar (CI ’17) was featured in USA Today, arguing against bigotry and the court fails to stop it," he said.