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Carl Wilkens Fellows are selected through a rigorous application process based on their willingness, ability, and potential to become movement leaders in their own communities.


Martina Knee

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Martina Knee is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition. She is a co-founder of Act for Sudan, an alliance of American citizen activists and Sudanese U.S. residents who advocate for an end to genocide and mass atrocities in Sudan. She is a co-chair of the portfolio for International Human Rights of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs Task Force

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Renee Lewis

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Renee Lewis has worked professionally as an advocate for children and families. Her commitment to the antigenocide movement developed when she learned about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and the ongoing violence in Darfur. Since that time, Renee has started a Save Darfur group in her community of Bloomington/Normal Illinois to raise awareness of and to provide education about the crisis in Darfur. Renee

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Kiel Majewski

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Kiel Majewski is the Executive Director of CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. His mission with CANDLES is to apply the lessons of the Holocaust on a local level by fostering more inclusive communities, and on a global level by working to end genocide and mass atrocities. Majewski is committed to keeping alive the voices of Holocaust survivors for future

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Ida Beth Malloy

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With both parents active in various peace organizations and in the Civil Rights Movement, Ida Beth Malloy participated in citizen protests from an early age and through these transformative experiences learned about the lasting import of speaking truth to power. Ida Beth has a teaching career of twenty years in the Trenton, NJ, area, and she has worked with children of all ages. Currently

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Peter Marcus

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Peter Marcus is a partner with the law firm Berkes Crane Robinson & Seal LLP in downtown Los Angeles. His practice focuses on business litigation, with a concentration in intellectual property. He has spoken around the world about counterfeiting, piracy and other intellectual property issues and is a frequent writer about intellectual property law. He also writes the well-respected IP blog www.trademarcus.com. He also

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Laura Allen

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Laura Allen is a doctoral candidate in Physical Oceanography, focusing on Polar Programs in Antarctica. Laura acted as the Director of Defend Darfur-Dallas. In conjunction with the Dallas Holocaust Museum, the Dallas Peace Center, Southern Methodist University’s Human Rights Program, Art for Darfur, and area STAND chapters, Laura has worked towards educating the people of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area on the crisis in Darfur.

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Beth McDaniel

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Beth McDaniel has served in a variety of capacities within groups devoted to ending discrimination and improving the lives of others. As an active member of numerous Jewish organizations in the Austin, Texas area, she has helped to heighten community awareness of and action against the atrocities of genocide. From 2000-2002 she served on the National UJC Young Leadership Committee. Her community activism began

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Cory McMahon

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Cory McMahon is a registered nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital with a background in Public Health. She recently served as the Vice President of the board of directors for Sibusiso, a non-profit organization working to help those infected and affected with HIV/AIDS locally and abroad. She has worked very closely with immigrant and refugee populations in Massachusetts to provide health education and awareness, increase

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Jim Messina

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Jim Messina is the Director of Spiritual Development at Saint Martin de Porres Academy, a tuition-free Catholic Middle school in New Haven, Connecticut. Jim has dedicated the last six years to working with children from economically disadvantaged families while instilling in them the importance of social justice and community service. As a part of the Religion curriculum at the school, Jim has taught about

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Marty Alan Michelson

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Marty Michelson is a Professor at Southern Nazarene University and the Director of the Eupan Global Initiative. Marty has worked with students of various ages in churches, schools, and inter-faith agencies toward expanding awareness of genocide. For over a decade, Marty has advanced issues of discerning tolerance and understanding differences, specifically educating about the genocide of the Jews. Marty has been recognized for his

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