How to Help: The Last Sip, Episode Four, May 6
For decades, Amnesty International has worked to draw attention to international human rights violations.
Margaret Huang, the Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, has applied Amnesty's focus to what's happening a little closer to home, in the United States: racial discrimination, mass incarceration, police violence, and the rights of women, LGBTQ people and immigrants.
Imara and Margaret discuss Amnesty International USA's coverage of the human right to water in Flint, the protests against police brutality in Baltimore and Ferguson, and both the Democratic and Republican political conventions.
Rashad Robinson, Color of Change
Rashad Robinson leads Color of Change, the largest online racial justice organization.
Imara and Rashad discuss Color of Change's view of power, and the difference between power and the presence. Power, according to Rashad, is the ability to change the rules. Color of Change's works to remedy injustice by making decision-makers nervous enough to change unjust rules.
Rashad also describes how Color of Change's refusal to accept donations from corporations has enabled it to focus attention on corporate bad behavior.
Meredith Talusan, Condé Nast's them
Meredith Talusan is the Executive Editor of Condé Nast's them. The publication works to celebrate new LGBTQ voices and break down gender-typical images.
Meredith describes them's approach to presenting queer people: specifically, avoiding the respectability game by working to change society rather than forcing people to change themselves to fit society's images of them.
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