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Voices Against Injustice: April Newsletter

For our April Newsletter we asked Dr. Austen Barron Bailly, The George Putnam Curator for American Art at the Peabody Essex Museum and Lydia Gordon, Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research, to comment on the topic, does art create social change? They shared their thoughts on experiencing the Derrick Adams: Sanctuary exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design and how the PUNTA Urban Art Museum is transforming The Point in Salem.

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GroundTruth receives award from Voices Against Injustice


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“In 1692, in the colonial outpost of Salem, Massachusetts, amidst local tensions and religious fervor, 20 people were convicted in hysterical and unfair trials and executed as witches. The Salem Witch Trials were a foundational flaw in the American system of justice, and a lesson for what happens when a community becomes so conflicted and so fearful that it turns on residents who don’t conform to the majority’s expectations.”

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Salem News: Foundation funds fearless reporting with GroundTruth Project award


“SALEM — Journalism is in a deep crisis, according to Charles Sennott, and he’s hoping his organization has the answer.

The GroundTruth Project, a non-profit media organization based at WGBH in Boston, supports young journalists and filmmakers to go out in the world and produce social justice journalism that enlightens and informs. The organization was awarded $10,000 and the 2018 Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice on Sunday at Salem State University’s Sophia Gordon Center.”

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(Photos by Jared Charney)

Salem Film Fest

Voices Against Injustice will once again sponsor a film with a social justice theme at the Salem Film Fest. March 22nd – March 29th. You can buy tickets and get details on the films and schedule at Salem Film Fest 2018.

Multiple times and locations will be posted.

John D. Keenan inaugurated as 14th Salem State University president.

On Friday, John D Keenan, a native of Salem and a descendant of Rebecca Nurse, one of the women convicted and hanged for witchcraft in 1692, was inaugurated as the 14th president of Salem State University. In his remarks, President Keenan referenced his heritage and it’s influence on his life and career.

“As a descendent of Rebecca Nurse, one of the women convicted and hanged for witchcraft in 1692, and being trained as a lawyer, I am sensitive to the need to provide adequate due process and to fight for social justice. I have dedicated my life to public service in many instances fighting for social justice – whether for marriage equality, transgender rights, or in-state tuition for “dreamers”.

I think of people like Rebecca Nurse and find it is my duty to be the voice of those who cannot speak out for themselves and to advocate for those who need someone in their corner. I brought this commitment with me to Salem State where I promise to do the same for our students.”

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