JASS Southeast Asia

From Gaza to Ukraine to the US-border, we are reminded of how interlinked our humanity and histories truly are, and of the importance of global citizenship—speaking out against injustice and war wherever it may be.
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On Wednesday our team in Mexico City joined 100,000 others in the streets to demand that the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa be returned alive, and that those responsible be held accountable. They marched with Nobel Laureate, Jody Williams, a close JASS ally who traveled there in solidarity to amplify the call to action.
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Four months in, 2015 has had its share of crises, but still somehow filled with extraordinary examples of courage and resilience.First, let’s celebrate. In El Salvador, Guadalupe Vasquez, a rape survivor was pardoned and released from prison after serving 7 years of a 30 year sentence for having a miscarriage—giving us hope of a possible reversal of the 20 year sentence Purvi Patel received in Indiana, USA. Both cases reveal the transnational character of efforts to control women’s bodies and the equally transnational character of the feminist push back.
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Just like the moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides,Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise. ~ Maya Angelou
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Beirut, Paris, Baghdad, Syria... Too many communities torn by violence. We grieve with the families and communities hurt. Amidst the senseless and inevitable clamors for more war, the many gestures of solidarity that ripple across social media remind us of our common humanity and the enduring demand for peace.
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“I believe that in the midst of all that despair, we need to nurture hope in ourselves as women, to believe that we are capable, that it’s possible to do something on behalf of our people.” – Berta Cáceres, 2014 It’s been a troubling week in troubling times. In the face of political fear mongering, people across the world have pulled together and amplified demands for change. Mourning and mobilizing is how love conquers hate.
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First, a message of solidarity to the families and friends of those injured and killed in the recent Manchester bombing and to all those throughout the Middle East who continue to suffer from ceaseless wars. This sustained violence feeds on and fuels fear, anger and hatred—the key ingredients that serve to legitimize more weapons and more restrictions on basic rights. As we mourn, we must also untangle and change the policies and politics of inequality, discrimination, and dislocation that spark this violence.
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Authoritarianism. Militarism. Fundamentalism. Extractivism. While contexts differ, the convergence of these four trends have become fertile ground for escalating violence against women and women activists around the world.
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We’re kicking off this year’s International Women’s Month in New York! Alongside hundreds of allies and advocates, JASS is at United Nations Commission for the Status of Women (CSW) to spotlight the incredible work that women are leading around the world.
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A contextual analysis of Southeast Asia highlighting the ways that ordinary people, activists, human rights defenders, and social movements are organizing to protect their communities from destruction and injustice, even in extremely precarious and dangerous situations
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