I was 8 years old the morning of August 31, 1955 when I saw Emmett Till’s face on the front page of our newspaper…It was the most impactful media experience of my childhood and led to eventually founding Shine Global.
On June 12th – World Day Against Child Labor – we screened The Harvest (La Cosecha) and moderated a panel about what needs to be done to protect essential farmworkers with US Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Norma Flores López, and Zulema Lopez, one of the three young subjects of The Harvest, then 12 and now 23 and a recent college graduate.
During this very important Black Lives Matter movement toward real justice reform let us remember Cornelius and the countless other children and teens who are NOT disposable. Their lives are precious. Their lives matter. They are all our children.
Chief Durham was a strong proponent of community policing, of viewing his cops as “saviors, not warriors,” and he understood that community trust couldn’t be assumed – it had to be earned. Hear how he became involved with Performing Statistics in his own words
You ask yourself what can we do to help, to try to make a difference of some kind. In my case, I worked with kids of color as a social worker and taught racially diverse college students as a professor. For the past 15 years I’ve been executive director of a non-profit that “shines a light” on underserved kids and families around the world
African-Americans, particularly males – are dying at disproportionately higher rates from COVID-19 than any other segment of the US population – due to an affect called “weathering.” This is something many of our film subjects have experienced.
I am very proud to be a New Jerseyan as the bill Governor Murphy signed in December, A8523, comes into effect making New Jersey the 17th state to enable formerly incarcerated people on probation or parole to vote.
In the US, approximately 22 million kids get free or reduced-price lunches during the school year. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, one of the immediate concerns of educators and legislators alike has been not only the disruption to learning school closings will cause, but also the number of kids normally in school programs providing free or reduced breakfasts and lunches who will go hungry.