The Encyclopædia Brittanica defines a social movement as a “loosely organized but sustained campaign in support of a social goal, typically either the implementation or the prevention of a change in society’s structure or values.” Social movements have leveraged enduring change in the U.S. and around the world, from the civil rights movements to organizing workers’ rights, and to ending apartheid in South Africa.
I recently spent a weekend with members of the Sudanese Diaspora, the Rwandan Ambassador to the US, the ICC Prosecutor Bensouda Fatuo, anti-genocide scholars Eric Reeves and Gregory Stanton, and the Ambassador-at-Large for the Global Office of Criminal Justice at the US State Department, Stephen Rapp. These esteemed speakers came together for a weekend of conversation and action as part of Darfur Women Action
About two weeks ago I attended a DC-wide community forum as a response to the events in Ferguson, MO. The room was packed, and several prominent leaders of the Black community provided their own reflections and calls for action in front of the audience and those watching on television. There are some common themes from the conversation that are worth noting: the need for