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From Salem Access TV:
“A discussion about “The Post” featuring journalists Ben Bradlee Jr. and Charles Sennott at the Warwick Theater in Marblehead, MA. Presented by Salem State University and the Voices Against Injustice organization.”
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.
From TheGroundTruthProject.org –
“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.”
“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.”
(Photos by Jared Charney)
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.
Revisit a former recipient of the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice, discover upcoming events, and learn about a Salem State professor speaking out on the insufficiencies of America’s teaching of slavery.
“2017 was a transitional year for The Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice. For over 26 years, from our inception in 1992, the tercentenary of the Salem Witch Trials, to the present day, we have focused on promoting awareness of human rights and social justice issues in three ways.”
“For the past 26 years, the Salem Award Foundation has worked to promote the cause of human rights, tolerance and social justice worldwide. The group’s mission hasn’t changed, but its title has.
Marketing Committee Chairman Don White told a gathering of approximately 50 people Sunday about the recent decision to “rebrand” the organization Voices Against Injustice.”
“Now in its 26th year, the Salem Award Foundation’s board has decided to take on a new name and rebrand itself as Voices Against Injustice.
The major change comes as the nonprofit gets set to honor an organization dedicated to the importance of standing up for truth learned from the 1692 Salem Witch Trials: The Boston-based The GroundTruth Project.”
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.”