Founded in 2003, JASS (Just Associates) was originally an informal community of practice of activists, scholars and popular educators from twenty countries who were loosely connected by political experiences with democratic movements, popular struggles for liberation and global women’s rights organizing. We shared a commitment to solidarity that crossed international borders and a passion for building people-centered democracy.
As we have built JASS around a unique model of shared leadership, structures and operations, there are several fundamentals that remain true and keep us on course as we build a hybrid structure grounded at the community level and interconnected globally for bigger impact and influence. These fundamentals include a commitment to our historic roots in liberation movements of the Global South, our shared approach to power and consciousness and our belief that the lived experiences of women on the frontlines are the starting point of our organizing work and everything we do. These tenets have ensured that the organization has stayed true to its mission and been able to adjust without losing its center.
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