• America Bracho – Sharing Our Fire

    This oral history interview was conducted by Gabe Sanders with America Bracho, a lifelong community organizer and has founded several health programs for Latinos across the country.

  • La Hora de Actuar (The Time to Act)

    In the midst of a global pandemic and social reckoning, a contentious national election culminated in a Black woman assuming the office of Vice President for the first time in the country’s history. Her name is Francia Márquez, and she is the human and environmental rights activist who went from teenage mother working as a housekeeper to second in command of Colombia’s executive branch.

  • An Outspoken Outcast – Argelia Laya’s Struggle Against Persecution in Venezuela

    There is no pre-requisite for practicing nonviolent resistance.  The use of this terminology, propagated by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. King, has never been required for the employment of peaceful strategies of opposing injustice, nor has a lifelong allegiance to the practice.

  • Verses of Change – An Afro-Caribbean Poet’s Quest for Independence

    Language is one of the most powerful tools for resistance.  Some dismiss language alone as incapable of effecting change.  However, history reveals that the ability to understand and communicate a language in a way that connects, empowers, and galvanizes the disenfranchised can itself be revolutionary

  • Practicing What He Preaches – Pietro Ameglio’s Nonviolent Pursuit of “Peace with Justice”

    Since his death in 1948, Mahatma Gandhi’s employment of civil disobedience has famously inspired some of history’s most prominent freedom fighters, including Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, and Martin Luther King Jr. Gandhi’s name has even become the root of an adjective used for the principles by which he lived.

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