The AJWS community has a lot to say about what's happening in the world. Read our insights about the struggle for justice and human rights around the globe.

Unlike Any Other Year in Our Lives – A Reflection for the High Holidays

The New Year is nearly upon us, and in this past year, our world has been unimaginably transformed by a global pandemic, making it unlike any other year in our lives. COVID-19 has travelled from person to person to every corner of the globe, making it abundantly clear what we have always believed—that every human …Read More

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Dual Disasters: Salvadorans respond to COVID-19 and a cataclysmic storm

On May 31, 2020, disaster struck El Salvador. Tropical Storm Amanda, the first in an extremely active storm season, made landfall. Heavy winds and rain ravaged the country, claiming at least 14 lives country-wide and leaving in its wake some $200 million in damage. The water flooded city streets and careened off hills, carrying with it rocks and mud. Huge and powerful landslides formed and destroyed homes …Read More

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Mobilize, Organize, Sanitize: How a Young Woman in India Kept Her Community Safe from COVID-19

On March 25th, India suddenly announced a strict, severe national lockdown—the largest in the world, affecting nearly 1.4 billion people. People were left scrambling to protect themselves and their families—often with little information about the frightening new disease. Countless questions bubbled to the surface: How would people prevent the virus’s spread without proper health and …Read More

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Robert's Summer Reading List 2020

My Summer Reading List

You, the members of the AJWS community, are some of my favorite thought partners, and each summer I enjoy sharing with you my reading recommendations. Here are some of the books I’ve recently found most compelling: One of the most powerful novels I read this year, or ever, is about the horrors of racism in …Read More

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Stories of Resilience and Hope

As we adjust to our ever-changing world, it is the stories of strength that keep us going. There is so much uncertainty, tumult, isolation and illness around us, and so we hope you will find solace and inspiration in hearing about AJWS’s brave grantees in the developing world who are fighting day and night to …Read More

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