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Global Prize for Collaborative Social Justice Leadership - The Finalists

in UNITED STATES, 22/04/2013

The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College is pleased to announce 15 finalists for the $25,000 Kalamazoo College Global Prize and 3 finalists for its $5,000 Southwest Michigan regional social justice leadership award.

The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College is pleased to announce 15 finalists for the $25,000 Kalamazoo College Global Prize and 3 finalists for its $5,000 Southwest Michigan regional social justice leadership award.

Applicants submitted 8-10 minute videos and were chosen from a field of 188 entries that spanned 23 nations and 25 states within the US. Fifty-one jurors consisting of Kalamazoo College faculty, staff and students along with regional, national and global social justice leaders evaluated each entry; all applications were reviewed by two jurors.


Building Power for Restaurant Workers | A restaurant worker-driven wage justice project founded by workers displaced by the bombing of the World Trade Center; based in New York with national impact.
Collaborators: Saru Jayaraman et al.
Location: New York, NY, USA

Changing He(arts) About HIV: A Social Justice Project by the Members of Youth Ending Stigma | An HIV-positive youth-led arts and media campaign to end stigma around HIV/AIDS in Rwanda.
Collaborators: Aime Ndorimana, Augustin Habimana, Fils Mudahemuka, Theres Abandibakobwa, Joseph Maniraguha, Joyce Uwase, Diane Ishimwe, Ferdinand Niyibigira
Location: Kigali, Rwanda

The City is for All | An economic justice movement led by the homeless community in Budapest, Hungary.
Collaborators: Eva Tessza Udvarhelyi et al.
Location: Budapest, Hungary

Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in LA Jails | Community-based multipronged effort to end Sheriff abuse in LA county and impact national policy and practices.
Collaborators: Patrice Cullors et al.
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dalia Association: The Road Toward Palestinian Self-Determination | Palestinian led community foundation dedicated to civil society development, accountability and self determination through awarding local grants and eliminating reliance on international aid.
Collaborators: Saeeda Mousa, Nora Lester Murad, et al.
Location: Ramallah, Palestine

Desiring Justice | A Calcutta-led effort to establish an academic and community collaborative Center for Desire to confront sexism, homophobia and transphobia.
Collaborators: Sappho for Equality, the Prajaak Foundation, Niharika Banerjea, Debanuj DasGupta
Location: Calcutta, India

Detroit Future Media | Detroit-based art and media organizing program that seeks community transformation via collaborative media projects that confront injustice.
Collaborators: Allied Media Projects
Location: Detroit, MI, USA

Dream Summer National Internship Program | A university based academic/activist center that empowers documented and undocumented immigrant youth to lead the movement for immigration reform.
Collaborators: UCLA Labor Center, Kent Wong, Carlos Amador
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Intersex Equality with Organisation Intersex International (OII)* | Clip 2/3 | Clip 3/3 | A global leadership team uncovers and confronts gendercide against intersex people around the globe.
Collaborators: Hida Viloria, et al.
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Language Partners | Prisoner-created and led bilingual educational program to develop language, leadership and job skills post incarceration in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Collaborators: Rebecca Ginsburg, et al.
Location: Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA

Leading from Inside: Inmate Peer Education Project | Transforming prison culture through inmate peer education.
Collaborators: Christine Kregg (K '06), Lovisa Stannow, et al.
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

National Domestic Workers Alliance | Clip 2/2 | NDWA organizes for a national bill of rights for domestic workers and rights and benefits for in-home care workers as the boomer generation ages.
Collaborators: National Domestic Workers Alliance, Ai-Jen Poo, et al.
Location: New York, NY, USA

The Prison Doula Project* | A first-of-its-kind prison education and advocacy project for pregnant and parenting prisoners.
Collaborators: Danny Scar, et al.
Location: Olympia, WA
*for security purposes, public access to this video is unavailable

This is our Platform: Amplifying Our Voices for Social Justice | Multi-Southern African nation LGBTQ justice project that uses media to coutner invisibility and widespread human rights violations.
Collaborators: Iranti-Org, Jabu Pereira, et al.
Location: Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa

Unified Peasant Movement of Aguan Region | Peasant-led movement for food sovereignty and human rights in Honduras.
Collaborators: Tanya Kerssen, Yoni Rivas, Florina Rodriguez, et al.
Location: Aguan Region, Honduras


Irresponsible Development as a Social Injustice | Clip 2/2 | An organization critiquing paternalistic development programs that break down social cohesion and family structures via community projects in Peru and elsewhere.
Collaborators: Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development, Aaron Ebner, et al.
Location: Marshall, MI

Playgrown | A Kalamazoo-based art project to create intergenerational play spaces in Detroit to address poverty, health, and social and economic injustice.
Collaborators: Michelle Johnson
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Welcoming Michigan | A regional partnership that seeks to educate and organize across immigrant and non-immigrant communities throughout Michigan.
Collaborators: Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Lillie Wolff (K '04), Christine Suave, Susan Reed
Location: Kalamazoo, MI

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