Dear Friends, In place of my normal Monday #FieldNotes blog, I’m writing to share with you three big news items on the Everyday Ambassador front: Please join me in welcoming a new supporter to our family: the phenomenally talented and deeply compassionate artist and activist, Alicia Keys! I was incredibly honored to receive Alicia’s endorsement of …
Twenty five years ago, on November 9th of 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. Many Millennials weren’t even born yet, and others (like me!) were too young to remember any news coverage on the topic. Yet it was an event that shaped the world we inhabit today, an event that sent shock waves around the world. After decades of …
As Americans celebrated Halloween last week with traditional trick-or-treating, crowds of people in Burkina Faso took to the streets as well. But rather than parades of costumes and candy, theirs was a historic, political uprising.
Setting up a quarantine system for Americans traveling back from these areas would make it difficult if not impossible to reach out and do our part. And this is the blessing (or as some stubbornly see it, a curse) of our modern, globalized era: a health crisis in West Africa will become a health crisis in America. We do not solve our crisis by leaving others to die. We solve our crisis by ending their suffering first.
Ada’s legacy has implications far beyond gender. Whether it’s race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic class, there are always reasons why people who have equal talents and passions are robbed of opportunities to excel and receive credit for their brilliance. Part of being an everyday ambassador is having the perception to notice situations of inequality and injustice, whether it’s in your office, classroom, or home, and having the courage to act and change them.
There’s a lot we can take from her example, and for the most part, we can agree that she represents all that we should strive to be as global citizens: compassionate for the oppressed, unafraid to speak truth to power, and motivated to take individual daily actions to advance human rights and peace. And yet, there are levels of nuance to Malala’s Nobel Prize that are crucial to point out if we want to make the most out of the example she is setting. Her award hasn’t been all sunshine and roses, and though she’s been branded as a superhero for girls’ education, her legacy and this award goes far deeper than this single issue.
There’s something special happening in Hong Kong that is unlike any other urban riot in the year past, if not several years past. The organizers of the protest, mostly teenagers who are students across the city, have agreed to proceed in a manner that is strategic and non-violent, meticulously planned and highly purposeful. There are plenty of reasons our Everyday Ambassador team feels inspired right now by the Hong Kong protests, but there are three lessons in particular we think they’re offering the world right now.