SPLC sues the Trump administration

Feb 12, 2019

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently sued the Trump administration in a class action lawsuit over their violation of immigrant children and their sponsors’ due process rights. The lawsuit seeks the release of children who have sponsors available and to reform a system that has resulted in prolonged detention for thousands of children around the nation. “If the president is really interested in taking on a crisis in regard to the immigration situation – this is one he has…

“His eyes were blinded so we could see.” SC monument dedicated to Sgt. Isaac Woodard

Feb 11, 2019

In 1946, decorated African-American World War II veteran Sgt. Isaac Woodard was brutally beaten and blinded by a white police chief. The brutality inflicted against Woodard prompted President Harry Truman to integrate the military in 1948. Over 70 years later, Don North, a former Army major from Georgia and Judge Richard Gergel from South Carolina, learned of the injustice that took place in Batesburg, South Carolina and raised their voices. This past Saturday, February 9th, town and civic leaders gathered at the…

Ana Maria Archila Invited to State of the Union Address

Feb 6, 2019

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez invited our 2019 Salem Award Recipient Ana Maria Archila as her guest at the State of the Union Address in recognition of her strength and courage in speaking out on behalf of millions of Americans for human rights and social justice.

Voices Against Injustice: January Newsletter

Jan 28, 2019

“If you have the feeling that something is wrong, don’t be afraid to speak up.” This month marks the centennial of Fred Korematsu’s birth, and how his legacy and fight for justice have not been forgotten. Read about his role in history and how the Fred Korematsu Institute continues to inspire schools, organizations, and individuals to stand up against injustice. Please read the full newsletter here.

January 2019 Kickoff Event and Announcement of the 2019 Salem Award Winner

Jan 25, 2019

Thank you to all who came out to our Kick-Off Event last night at Finz Seafood and Grill, where we announced the winner of the 2019 Salem Award – Ana Maria Archila. Please read the article from The Salem News for additional information. We look forward to seeing everyone at the awards ceremony in late March/early April! https://www.salemnews.com/news/local_news/ana-maria-archila-named-this-year-s-winner-of-salem/article_ec013a03-e964-5da6-8cae-def29e7f130b.html

Salem News- Former Times columnist offers ways to combat ‘fake news’

Nov 14, 2018

SALEM — On the day CNN sued President Donald Trump and top aides over the banning of correspondent Jim Acosta from the White House after a recent testy exchange during a press conference, former New York Times columnist Andrew Rosenthal did not hold back. Link to article: https://www.salemnews.com/news/local_news/former-times-columnist-offers-ways-to-combat-fake-news/article_9593b871-a0d6-5383-8ef9-d465fe5bc86e.html

Witch Hunts: From trials to Trump

Oct 31, 2018

From today’s Globe “When people are scared, they look for someone or something to blame” http://edition.pagesuite.com/popovers/dynamic_article_popover.aspx?artguid=149983eb-79a9-4e67-8dff-616f78a4ab4c&appid=1165

The Winds of Salem Are Rising

Oct 11, 2018

The Winds of Salem Are Rising The winds of Salem are rising. From Canada’s Calgary Herald to Fox News, in blogs and tweets, reporters, columnists and pundits have compared recent Senate hearings on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the witch trials that consumed Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Their claims, righteous and protective, defend Kavanaugh from his accusers and point to a “witch hunt,” an hysterical web of conspiracy and lies. “No evidence!” They clamor that Kavanaugh…

VAI Statement on Transgender Rights

Oct 11, 2018

Dear Salem Community, Voices Against Injustice recognizes the many disparities transgender people face in our families, communities, and worldwide. Transgender people face discrimination in housing, employment, health care, education, public accommodations, and through social exclusion. While some strides have been made in challenging the daily injustices they face, this world continues to be unsafe for many transgender people. We hope that you will join us, today and always, in proudly displaying support for our transgender community members. It is only…

Voices Against Injustice: March Newsletter

Feb 26, 2018

Revisit a former recipient of the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice, discover upcoming events, and learn about a Salem State professor speaking out on the insufficiencies of America’s teaching of slavery. Read the full newsletter here.

John D. Keenan inaugurated as 14th Salem State University president.

Jan 22, 2018

On Friday, John D Keenan, a native of Salem and a descendant of Rebecca Nurse, one of the women convicted and hanged for witchcraft in 1692, was inaugurated as the 14th president of Salem State University. In his remarks, President Keenan referenced his heritage and it’s influence on his life and career.

Free Audio Tour Highlights Salem’s African American History

Sep 26, 2017

September 14, 2017, Salem, MA  –  The many contributions of Salem’s black community and its advocates are being recognized in a new audio tour sponsored by the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice (SAF). “Salem’s Black Heritage” identifies sites throughout the city associated with people or events related to black history from the 17th century to the 21st. Unlike a structured, timed tour, the 24 stories can be listened to in any order, from any location. They…