The People v. Coca-Cola
Change Starts Here

If you take a close look at global poverty, you’ll find that many of the systems that perpetuate inequality and injustice originate right here at home. If we’re part of the problem, then we have a responsibility to do something about it. This issue of AJWS Reports is about finding our place on the global justice map, and taking action to build a better world. Click here to download the full publication.

Cover Story

Change Starts HereBy Leah Kaplan Robins

Where are “We” in the Global Justice Universe?

From The Field

The People v. Coca-ColaBy AJWS grantee Amit Srivastava

Indian communities reclaim their water rights from the thirsty American soda giant.

Take Action

Mobilize Your Own Community with AJWS’s Advocacy Toolkit

Do-it-yourself tools for advocating for food justice and other issues.


Together We are PowerfulBy Leah Kaplan Robins

An interview with AJWS Director of Advocacy, Timi Gerson


The Changemakers Next DoorBy Leah Kaplan Robins

Meet three young changemakers who are making an impact on the world right from their own communities.

Advocating for the FutureBy Miller Oberman

Donors Edmund A. and Arlene Grossman discuss planned giving, clean water and tikkun olam.


From Dreams to DependencyRabbi Lauren Kurland

An allegory for contemporary food aid policy, found in the biblical story of Joseph and the famine of Egypt.

Voices from the HillCompiled by Dahlia Rockowitz

Recent sound bites from U.S. officials speaking up about human rights issues.

In Memoriam

AJWS mourns the loss of our dear friend and colleague Jeanne d’Arc Mihigo.

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About AJWS

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.

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Join the chorus on Global Voices, AJWS’s new blog about grassroots development and global justice.

Watch recent Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee speak about her work as a peace activist, her relationship with AJWS, and her vision for the future.

You’ve heard about AJWS’s campaign, Reverse Hunger. Listen to what Ruth Messinger has to say about food justice.

Coming this fall! “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” an exhibit presented by AJWS and the L.A. Skirball Cultural Center.

Footnotes from the Print Issue

  1. Genesis 41:48
  2. Genesis 47:14
  3. Genesis 47:15
  4. Genesis 47:18
  5. Genesis 47:25
  6. U.S. Food Aid: Time to Get It Right, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, 2005:
  7. Foreign Policy. The Coming Food Crisis. 29 July 2011:
  8. The Energy and Resources Institute, "Executive summary of the study on independent third party assessment of Coca-Cola facilities in India," January 2008, page 22:
  9. Steve Stecklow, "How a Global Web of Activists Gives Coke Problems in India," The Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2005.
  10. Anand Giridharadas, "India's new lobbyists use American methods," The New York Times, May 18, 2006:

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