Every morning, as I walk into Just Detention International’s (JDI) offices, I am greeted by a beautiful, framed piece of art; it says “compassion” at the center, surrounded by words like “dignity,” “justice,” and “courage.”
If you’ve joined one of our informational calls to learn more about Cycle 3 of Move to End Violence, you undoubtedly heard us talk about the ideal Movement Maker as a talented artist in a Jazz Ensemble.
"He’s too young" I was told as I struggled with deciding how I would share Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy tomy six-year-old son on the MLK holiday this year. As I contemplated taking him to a screening of Selma with a panel of Black Lives Matter LA with me, others warned me that the film was "too violent” but not less violent than the stories of the murders of young black boys and girls around his age like Aiyana Davis and Tamar Rice.
This week I am in Washington, DC spending time with my colleagues at The Raben Group and am, as always, having nourishing conversations around civil rights, movement building, and social change. Yesterday, several of us discussed the money being raised to send students to see Selma in an effort to connect our history to the civil rights issues facing us today. What a great way to leverage the film to build a critical mass of young activists nationwide.
The application for our third cohort of Movement Makers has now close (as of 11:59 PST on March 2nd). We will announce the new cohort later this Spring. Thank you for your support in this important search.