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  • Dangerous Times

    February 23, 2017 If I could create a New Yorker cover, I would start with a thousand humongous question marks floating in the cosmos. Four weeks into this administration we find ourselves in dangerous space. Trump invades our hopes and homes as he throws us off balance—day by day—delivering the unexpected and unimaginable in the political realm. By a bizarre combination of intent… Read More

  • Reigniting the Integration Conversation in the Netherlands Video

    Tahmina Ashraf, Kyra Fox, Louis Lainé, and Jamila Sallali wrote "Reigniting the integration conversation in the Netherlands" as part of the 2017 Humanity in Action Fellowship in Amsterdam. A recent report by the Dutch Council for Refugees found that there were more than 20,000 first-time asylum seekers to the Netherlands in 2016. According to the Ministry of Social Affairs and… Read More

  • The Hijacking of Democracy: Learning How to Resist

    In June 2017, John Shattuck, Humanity in Action Board member, gave the following speech at the Eighth Annual Humanity in Action International Conference in Berlin, Germany. "I returned to the United States last fall after living for seven years in Budapest, just in time for the presidential election.  As the results came in, friends wondered whether I’d become an importer of… Read More

    Berlin
  • What To Worry About in 2018

    December 27, 2017 Approaching the New Year, a recent message from the Council on Foreign Relations invited its members to the following discussion: What to Worry About in 2018. “Everything” was my immediate and hyper-anxious thought — since everything includes what cannot be predicted or imagined. However, with 2017 as the baseline, at the very least we can expect continued… Read More

    United States 2017
  • "History repeats itself" & "Bring your knowledge back to your community". How small statements have large implications.

    This essay was written as part of the 2016 Humanity in Action John Lewis Fellowship at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. 1. Introduction Why these two expressions “history repeats itself” and “bring your knowledge back to your community”, repeated tirelessly by the Fellows and presented as self-evident felt at odds with the conceptual… Read More

    Atlanta, GA
  • (Mis)Representation: Unraveling the Narrative of Immigrants As Contemporary Economic Threats

    Jennifer Kuklenski wrote “(Mis)Representation: Unraveling the Narrative of Immigrants As Contemporary Economic Threats” as part of the 2016 Humanity in Action Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship.   In liberal democracies today, immigration is one of the most contested issues on the public agenda. Images of immigrants as a “threat” to national… Read More

  • (Re)Defining Integration: The Case of Spain

    Jessica Tollette wrote “(Re)Defining Integration: The Case of Spain” as part of the 2016 Humanity in Action Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship.   "I'm happy to sign an integration contract, because we immigrants want nothing more than to be accepted, and that's what integration means, doesn't it? (...) But we say, Mr. Rajoy [Spanish Prime Minister], what do you mean… Read More

  • A Call for Accountability: A New Vision for a Liberated Future

    This essay was written as part of the 2016 Humanity in Action John Lewis Fellowship at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. “We look back, not to become inflated with conceit because of the depths from which we have arisen, but that we may learn wisdom from experience. We look within that we may gather together once more our forces, and, by improved and more… Read More

    Atlanta, GA
  • A Call to Relearn the Historical Struggle for Black Liberation and to Imagine a Liberated Future: What we can learn from the success and failures of our Ancestors

    This essay was written as part of the 2016 Humanity in Action John Lewis Fellowship at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. It is no secret to us as millennials that when looking at today’s Black Lives Matter Movement in guise of a historical past, the issues of police brutality, mass incarceration and an unfair criminal justice system in America is nothing… Read More

  • A Case for Governance

    David Bargueno wrote “A Case for Governance” as part of the 2015 Humanity in Action Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship. The research essay was first published in Shifting Paradigms (Humanity in Action Press 2016). The complete book is available for purchase on Amazon. Governance Matters for Sustainable Development The 70th United Nations General Assembly sent this message loud and… Read More

    Sao Paulo, Brazil