Tag: social justice

Solve at MIT 2022: Demystifying world issues one connection at a time

The world entered 2022 with growing weariness after two years of a global pandemic that has claimed 5.61 million lives, and continuing humanitarian and climate crises, with energy-related emissions set to rise by 87 million metric tonnes (about 96 million tons), and 274 million people in need of lifesaving humanitarian assistance. None of these issues […]

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From South Africa, a success story for democracy

Back in April 1994, the world watched a remarkable event: South Africa’s first democratic election with universal suffrage. The country whose Apartheid system had legalized racial segregation since the late 1940s went to the polls and elected a new national assembly. In turn, that assembly picked a Black president: Nelson Mandela, who, after decades in […]

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Civil Rights Landmarks To Receive $16.2M In Grants

NewsOne Featured Video The National Park Service is advancing its efforts to conserve structures that are symbolic of Black resilience and liberation. The agency’s latest initiative is centered on the preservation of historic spaces that served as backdrops of the civil rights movement. NPS announced it would allocate $16,247,500 million for the creation of African […]

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Revolutionary Fred Hampton’s Childhood Home Receives Landmark Status

NewsOne Featured Video Activist Fred Hampton was a visionary who embodied the essence of Black resilience. Nearly 53 years after his untimely demise, measures have been taken to ensure the Black Panther Party chairman’s storied legacy is preserved. According to the Chicago Tribune, Hampton’s childhood home has been deemed a historical landmark. The residence—which is […]

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Given what we know, how do we live now?

To truly engage the climate crisis, as so many at MIT are doing, can be daunting and draining. But it need not be lonely. Building collective insight and companionship for this undertaking is the aim of the Council on the Uncertain Human Future (CUHF), an international network launched at Clark University in 2014 and active […]

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Amy Moran-Thomas receives the Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award

Amy Moran-Thomas, the Alfred Henry and Jean Morrison Hayes Career Development Associate Professor of Anthropology, has received the 2021-22 Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award in recognition of her “exceptional commitment to innovative and collaborative interdisciplinary approaches to resolving inequitable impacts on human health,” according to a statement by the  selection committee. A medical anthropologist, […]

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Film To Capture Story Behind Black Power Salute

NewsOne Featured Video The poignant image of track and field legends Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their black-gloved fists during the 1968 Olympic medal ceremony to denounce racial injustice illustrates a powerful act of protest that will forever be etched in sports history. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story behind that transformative gesture […]

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John Legend Honored With Global Impact Award

NewsOne Featured Video Whether it’s through poignant songs like “Preach” that call for social justice or backing nonprofits centered on bail reform, singer and activist John Legend has continually used his voice to raise awareness about societal issues. The Grammy award-winning music artist—whose real name is John Roger Stephens—will be honored by The Recording Academy […]

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Oakland Activist Uses Architecture For Restorative Justice

NewsOne Featured Video Between the United States having one of the highest recidivism rates globally and the school-to-prison pipeline continuing to have a destructive disproportionate impact on youths of color, there is a myriad of societal issues that are indicative of the nation’s historically flawed justice system. What happens when we build physical spaces centered […]

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Washington-Based Black Women-Led Nonprofits Receive $1.05M In Grants

NewsOne Featured Video Source: pixelfit / Getty Throughout history, Black women have been the backbone of social justice movements and a new grant project has been launched to support this generation of activists as they evoke transformative change within their communities and beyond. The Black Future Co-op Fund has pledged to donate $1.05 million to […]

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Q&A: Bettina Stoetzer on envisioning a livable future

In an ongoing series, MIT faculty, students, and alumni in the humanistic fields share perspectives that are significant for solving the economic, political, ethical, and cultural dimensions of climate change, as well as mitigating its myriad social and ecological impacts. Bettina Stoetzer is the Class of 1948 Career Development Associate Professor of Anthropology at MIT; […]

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Q&A: Latifah Hamzah ’12 on creating sustainable solutions in Malaysia and beyond

Latifah Hamzah ’12 graduated from MIT with a BS in mechanical engineering and minors in energy studies and music. During their time at MIT, Latifah participated in various student organizations, including the MIT Symphony Orchestra, Alpha Phi Omega, and the MIT Design/Build/Fly team. They also participated in the MIT Energy Initiative’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program […]

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MIT community stands with Ukraine at candlelight rally

People from across MIT gathered outside the Student Center on March 3 for a candlelight rally to support MIT’s Ukrainian community and condemn attacks on Ukraine by Russian forces. “It was great to see so many people that I’ve never met before come together,” said Ukrainian third-year student Mariia Smyk. “It was such a powerful […]

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3 Questions: Fotini Christia on racial equity and data science

Fotini Christia is the Ford International Professor in the Social Sciences in the Department of Political Science, associate director of the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), and director of the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC). Her research interests include issues of conflict and cooperation in the Muslim world, and she has conducted fieldwork […]

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MIT Solve announces 2022 global challenges and the Indigenous Communities Fellowship

MIT Solve, an MIT initiative aimed at driving innovation to solve world challenges, has announced the launch of its 2022 Global Challenges and the Indigenous Communities Fellowship.  Solve seeks tech-based solutions from social entrepreneurs around the world that address specific challenges. The program invites anyone, anywhere to submit a solution to this year’s challenges by […]

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Eddie Glaude Jr.: “We must run toward our fears”

At this year’s annual MIT celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr, keynote speaker Eddie S. Glaude Jr., the James S. Donnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University, invoked King’s memory in an impassioned appeal for confronting the realities of the United States’ history and the country’s racist beliefs and actions, […]

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The MIT Press and Brown University Library launch book series “On Seeing”

Together, the MIT Press and the Brown University Library recently announced the launch of “On Seeing,” an experiment in multimodal publishing that will shape new conversations about how we see, comprehend, and participate in visual culture. Uniting the press’s global publishing experience and the library’s digital publication expertise, the series will examine understudied questions at […]

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An honor that empowers change

“I grew up thinking government was useless,” says Michelle Tang. Today, the aerospace engineering major is engaged in community organizing and plans a career in public service and policy. Central to Tang’s change of heart, and direction, was an immersive summer 2021 internship as a legislative assistant for Massachusetts State Representative Erika Uyterhoeven, working on […]

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3 Questions: Women’s rights and rising threats to press freedom worldwide

To Ada Petriczko, being born a woman can be a matter of life or death. Hailing from Poland, she reports on sexual violence and gender injustices around the globe. As a human rights journalist, her mission is to amplify the voices of women who have been systematically silenced by their communities and governments. Their stories […]

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Where legal, voting by those in prison is rare, study shows

The voting rights of people with felony convictions is a controversial issue across many U.S. states — not least because many people assume expanding those rights could significantly affect election outcomes. A study by MIT scholars of voting patterns among the imprisoned now suggests that is unlikely to be the case. The study examines the […]

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Many Battles From Dr. King’s Day Are Still Being Fought By Black People In 2022

NewsOne Featured Video Dr. Martin Luther King being shoved back by Mississippi patrolmen during the 220-mile ‘March Against Fear’ from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi, on June 8, 1966. | Source: Underwood Archives / Getty On Apr. 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, while assisting striking sanitation workers. Back […]

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