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To Reclaim, To Live




“Surviving is more than just staying alive; surviving is learning how to live again.” When I first read this quote by Carl Wilkens, I knew I wanted to know more about the man and his activism.  It felt like someone had captured the meaning of what it means to survive and overcome trauma which is the result of oppression that can take the form

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The Importance of Collaboration & Movement Building




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

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The Art of Persuasion: Video Game Activism




Due to its nature as an interactive medium, the video game offers uniquely different approaches to activism. Unlike other audio/visual media like film and TV, video games consist of processes enacted by players. More specific, they contain rules systems known as algorithms that the player navigates to become successful at the game. And through that process of learning that algorithm a new form of

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Survival, Hope, Compassion




Holocaust survivor Martin Lowenberg speaking with two young museum visitors (photo credit: Michigan’s Holocaust Memorial Center) Survival is an amazing concept: a human story, which through perseverance, creativity, or just plain happenstance, is able to continue. Working at Michigan’s Holocaust Memorial Center, I see survivors daily. Each and every one of them is committed to a single purpose: “Never again.” That’s why they come

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Re-launching the Fellowship: Class of 2014




On the weekend of August 15-17, we had the privilege of attending the first retreat of the 2014 Carl Wilkens Fellows (CWF) in Hermosa Beach, CA. They traveled from their local communities in Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington DC and Southern California. Their native countries include Armenia, Congo and South Korea. During the day, Katie-Jay Scott Stauring of i-ACT facilitated lively,

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One Millions Bones: Bones of the Balkans




Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally posted on One Million Bones. Noami Natale, Artistic Director of Art of Revolution is a 2010 Fellow. In July 2015, Bosnia recognizes a tragic anniversary: twenty years since the Bosnian genocide and the massacre in Srebrenica. The Art of Revolution (Albuquerque) and the Post-Conflict Research Center (Sarajevo) are working together to bring 100,000 of the bones created

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Fellow Highlight: Panzi Hospital, DRC




The women of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have had it rough. Their country has been at war for decades, many of them have seen their families and even their bodies badly damaged and torn apart. There’s no shortage of sad stories coming out of the DRC, and from an outsider’s perspective, it’s hard to find cause for hope. That’s because you’re not

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Announcing the 2014 Class of Carl Wilkens Fellows




I’m proud to announce the 2014 Class of Carl Wilkens Fellows. These 12 individuals will spend the next year working together to strengthen their leadership skills and advocacy efforts to end genocide around the world. They will work in their own communities – from Portland, OR to Tampa, FL – to build relationships with their Members of Congress, launch campaigns, and build a local

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