Voices Against Injustice: April Newsletter

Apr 8, 2020

We were sad to cancel the 2020 Salem Award Ceremony honoring the Massachusetts Bail Fund that was to be held at the Peabody Essex Museum on April 5th. Our April Newsletter shares more information about the Massachusetts Bail Fund what you can do to support their work. You can read the full newsletter here.

You are Invited!

Mar 10, 2020

Salem Award Event Postponed. Details to follow. Join us on April 5th, 4pm, at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) when we honor the Massachusetts Bail Fund with the 2020 Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice. The MA Bail Fund is focused on reducing the harm to individuals serving pre-trial sentences and abolishing pre-trial detention and supervision in the long-term. We are excited and honored to be partnering with the PEM this year. They are graciously offering attendees free…

Massachusetts Bail Fund Named 2020 Salem Award Recipient

Jan 28, 2020

For Immediate Release: Date: January 27, 2020 Voices Against Injustice announces Massachusetts Bail Fund is the recipient of the 2020 Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice. Voices Against Injustice announced today that it has chosen to honor the Massachusetts Bail Fund and present the organization with the prestigious Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice. The Massachusetts Bail Fund pays up to $500 bail so that low-income people can stay free while they work towards resolving their…

Selma to Montgomery March: Lynda Lowery’s fight for equal voting rights

Mar 7, 2019

Today is the anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma (March 7, 1965), and we would like to recommend the book “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom” written by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, who was jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday in her fight for voting rights. Her story shines a light on young adults, locals, and women, too often left out of the master narrative about the Civil Rights Movement. Lynda fought alongside Martin Luther King Jr., and proved…

Florence Mars: A Strong Voice Against Racial Injustice

Mar 1, 2019

Lillian Smith used her status as a privileged insider to expose and detail the paradoxes and complexity of racism over 70 years ago. Inspired by Lillian’s book “Killers of the Dream,” Florence Mars, a white woman from Mississippi’s upper-class, made visible the racial nuances, injustices and contradictions of the South. Through the lens of her camera, Florence documented the humanity of black residents beset by discrimination and poverty. During the pivotal time of the civil rights movement, Ms. Mars publicly…

Voices Against Injustice: February Newsletter

Mar 1, 2019

Our 2019 Salem Award recipient Ana Maria Archila has become a leading voice for racial and economic justice and immigrant rights in New York and nationally. This past January, Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez invited Archila to be her guest at President Trump’s State of the Union Address. This newsletter shares more about Ana Maria and all the inspiring work she is doing. Please read the full newsletter here.

SPLC sues the Trump administration

Feb 12, 2019

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently sued the Trump administration in a class action lawsuit over their violation of immigrant children and their sponsors’ due process rights. The lawsuit seeks the release of children who have sponsors available and to reform a system that has resulted in prolonged detention for thousands of children around the nation. “If the president is really interested in taking on a crisis in regard to the immigration situation – this is one he has…

“His eyes were blinded so we could see.” SC monument dedicated to Sgt. Isaac Woodard

Feb 11, 2019

In 1946, decorated African-American World War II veteran Sgt. Isaac Woodard was brutally beaten and blinded by a white police chief. The brutality inflicted against Woodard prompted President Harry Truman to integrate the military in 1948. Over 70 years later, Don North, a former Army major from Georgia and Judge Richard Gergel from South Carolina, learned of the injustice that took place in Batesburg, South Carolina and raised their voices. This past Saturday, February 9th, town and civic leaders gathered at the…

Ana Maria Archila Invited to State of the Union Address

Feb 6, 2019

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez invited our 2019 Salem Award Recipient Ana Maria Archila as her guest at the State of the Union Address in recognition of her strength and courage in speaking out on behalf of millions of Americans for human rights and social justice.

Voices Against Injustice: January Newsletter

Jan 28, 2019

“If you have the feeling that something is wrong, don’t be afraid to speak up.” This month marks the centennial of Fred Korematsu’s birth, and how his legacy and fight for justice have not been forgotten. Read about his role in history and how the Fred Korematsu Institute continues to inspire schools, organizations, and individuals to stand up against injustice. Please read the full newsletter here.

January 2019 Kickoff Event and Announcement of the 2019 Salem Award Winner

Jan 25, 2019

Thank you to all who came out to our Kick-Off Event last night at Finz Seafood and Grill, where we announced the winner of the 2019 Salem Award – Ana Maria Archila. Please read the article from The Salem News for additional information. We look forward to seeing everyone at the awards ceremony in late March/early April! https://www.salemnews.com/news/local_news/ana-maria-archila-named-this-year-s-winner-of-salem/article_ec013a03-e964-5da6-8cae-def29e7f130b.html

Salem News- Former Times columnist offers ways to combat ‘fake news’

Nov 14, 2018

SALEM — On the day CNN sued President Donald Trump and top aides over the banning of correspondent Jim Acosta from the White House after a recent testy exchange during a press conference, former New York Times columnist Andrew Rosenthal did not hold back. Link to article: https://www.salemnews.com/news/local_news/former-times-columnist-offers-ways-to-combat-fake-news/article_9593b871-a0d6-5383-8ef9-d465fe5bc86e.html

Witch Hunts: From trials to Trump

Oct 31, 2018

From today’s Globe “When people are scared, they look for someone or something to blame” http://edition.pagesuite.com/popovers/dynamic_article_popover.aspx?artguid=149983eb-79a9-4e67-8dff-616f78a4ab4c&appid=1165

The Winds of Salem Are Rising

Oct 11, 2018

The Winds of Salem Are Rising The winds of Salem are rising. From Canada’s Calgary Herald to Fox News, in blogs and tweets, reporters, columnists and pundits have compared recent Senate hearings on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the witch trials that consumed Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Their claims, righteous and protective, defend Kavanaugh from his accusers and point to a “witch hunt,” an hysterical web of conspiracy and lies. “No evidence!” They clamor that Kavanaugh…

VAI Statement on Transgender Rights

Oct 11, 2018

Dear Salem Community, Voices Against Injustice recognizes the many disparities transgender people face in our families, communities, and worldwide. Transgender people face discrimination in housing, employment, health care, education, public accommodations, and through social exclusion. While some strides have been made in challenging the daily injustices they face, this world continues to be unsafe for many transgender people. We hope that you will join us, today and always, in proudly displaying support for our transgender community members. It is only…