In general, JASS sees our role as contributing to change; we don’t claim to cause it. But in certain moments, someone’s life can be transformed bya timely intervention. And that seems to be the case for Yasinta, a young activist from Timor Leste. A group of young women from Indonesia and Timor Leste were invited to the first JASS movement-building institute in Southeast Asia (in Bogor, Indonesia, June 2007). Here, they shared a common language – Indonesian – and a common commitment to social justice, but also the complicated history of their two countries, as colonized and colonizer.