Tyler

Video by YouthFX (United States) “Tyler Rhodes, 17, of Albany, NY was stabbed to death on Saturday April 30th, 2011 during a fight with two teenagers at a city park. TYLER tells his story through the memories of his mother Stacey and the voices of young people who knew him. As we witness Stacey’s grief…

Activism

People Are What Make Activism Essential

By Julia Sick (United States) A few months ago, I was talking with Diana Skelton, a member of the ATD Fourth World International Leadership Team. We were sitting by the window in a small bar and  discussing the benefits of intercultural exchange across ATD Fourth World’s many teams. The benefits seemed obvious to me–being exposed…

#EmbraceBlackLife

By asha bandele (United States) In May of 1857, having just heard of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dred Scott case (for those of us thinking of Travyon Martin today, ironically it was filed as Dred Scott v Sandford), which in effect validated the existence of slavery and seemed to ensure its continuance, the great abolitionist,…

Storytelling for Social Change

By Julia Sick (United States) Storytelling is an artistic form of expression—a tool we use to convey a moment or experience in a meaningful way. We use stories in our lives every day, yet less often is storytelling recognized for its powers in the field of social change and activism. The stories we tell matter.…

From the War on Poverty to the Fourth World

By Susie Devins (United States) In 1968, in the middle of my second year of college, I got accepted to a War on Poverty program called VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), known today as Americorps. With two others I was sent to Covington, a northern Kentucky city in Appalachia. We did a lot of…

Musings on Ferguson

By Detrich Peeler (Senegal) I am really saddened by the news I am reading related to Ferguson and other senseless violence against black people in America. From where I sit in Dakar it has been thrown into stark relief how divided America still is, in ways that are hard to explain to non-Americans. The image…