We close 2013 by adding our own heart-felt goodbye to the many beautiful tributes in honor of the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela. Among the many ways that Mandela has shaped what we do and how we do it at JASS was his rare ability to bring together power and love as a potent force for change that made the impossible,
Amidst the tributes are the equally important reminders that Mandela's life was about a long, difficult liberation struggle against inequality—in all its forms—one that was waged by organizing and mobilizing the collective power of people, one heart and mind at a time, over many years. It was the unity of purpose across so many divisions that changed the world.
Together with many allies and friends like you, we aspire to follow in Mandela's footsteps and continue to demand an end to racism, economic injustice, women's inequality and the struggle of LGBTI people. We build and support movement-leaders from all walks of life, confident that in the 21st century, the face of the movement leader is finally a woman—not one, but many diverse women—Crossing the Line for justice, equality and a better life for all.
For us, it has been a year full of challenges and great leaps forward. This newsletter captures a few of those moments—from the extraordinary relief and recovery role played by our allies in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan to JASS Mesoamerica's co-leadership in the passage of the first ever UN Resolution for
the protection of women human rights defenders—an invaluable new instrument for activists facing daily risks for the cause of justice in places like Honduras, Mexico and Zimbabwe.
None of this slow patient work of building and mobilizing the next generation of fighters for equality would be possible without your support. Keep it up as we need to be many on this long road to justice.
Celebrating power and love with you.
Lisa VeneKlasen & the JASS community