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Just out! “we them people” By Kevin Powell

Published: 8 July 2020

We are thrilled to share this new poem written by Kevin Powell. Kevin is a poet, journalist, civil and human rights activist, public speaker, and author of 14 books, including his new one, WHEN WE FREE THE WORLD, about the present and future of America (exclusively an ebook on Apple…

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JOY! City of Joy Celebrates 17th Graduating Class; Watch NEW City of Joy Short from ‘WOMAN’ Filmmakers

Published: 30 June 2020 > Democratic Republic of Congo

JOY! City of Joy Celebrates 17th Graduating Class, Graduating 1472 Women To Date With gratitude to Christine Schuler Deschryver and the entire team in Bukavu, DRC! The 17th Women’s Leadership Training Session at the City of Joy is a very special session. It is a session in which residents have…

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RISE on Juneteenth, RISE in Solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives

Published: 17 June 2020

This Friday, 19 June is Juneteenth – the 135th anniversary of the day the news of emancipation reached the last group of slaves in Texas, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1 January 1863. (Juneteenth is also know as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day). Join V-Day, One Billion Rising…

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City of Joy Statement Against Racism

Published: 10 June 2020 > Democratic Republic of Congo

While thousands across the world condemn racism and demand justice at global Black Lives Matter protests, City of Joy is mourning and rising against racism. The City of Joy community is revolted over the police killing of George Floyd and others and condemns both racism and police brutality. We demand…

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“Free in the Time of Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter Movement” by Roslyn Smith, V-Day Beyond Incarceration Project Manager

Published: 9 June 2020

“We are a society that has been structured from top to bottom by race. You don’t get beyond that by deciding not to talk about it anymore. It will always come back; it will always reassert itself over and over again.” – Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw I was released from prison…

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We Stand With All Those in the Streets Across this Country Who Do Not and Will Never Accept the Murder of Black People Without Justice

Published: 30 May 2020

We stand with all those in the streets across this country who do not and will never accept the murder of black people without justice. All police officers involved must be arrested and charged with murder. We Rise for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery,  Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and every single person…

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V’s Birthday Wish – RISE & Support Essential Women Workers on the Front Line

Published: 21 May 2020

Photo: @liderescampesinas; @nationalnurses “In this time of the Great Transition where we move from transaction to connection, from dying for profit to living for people and the earth, a major ingredient of this transformation will be seeing and honoring and valuing and protecting those who make our lives possible.” –…

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Published: 20 May 2020

Since November 2019, Janka Striffler, OBR Global Coordinator for Portugal, with other activists, have spent time with the women of Odemira prison every Friday, while participating in workshops and activities. This year, in joint action with inmates of the Odemira prison establishment and community members, Janka Striffler and inmates raised…

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SOLIDARITY RISING Series: “Leading Community Support During the Covid-19 Crisis at the V-Day Safe House for the Girls in Narok, Kenya”

Published: 20 May 2020

We are hearing from activists worldwide as our movement meets this moment. We will be posting their stories frequently, as we draw inspiration, ideas, hope and love from one another. READ more stories from the “Solidarity Rising” series at > The rapid spread of Covid-19 across the globe has…

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Published: 18 May 2020

OBR-Africa is responding to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on women and children’s safety and their rights in their different communities. In the face of COVID-19 and the various mitigation strategies aimed at combating the virus, we are already seeing an increase in violence against women and children globally including…

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