PJS Newsletter - 4/25/17

Hello all,

With the semester coming to a close, this will be our last newsletter for the Spring 2017 semester.

Peace and Justice Studies would like to congratulate the graduating seniors of the class of 2017!

We would also like to wish you all the best on all of your final exams and projects.

We hope you have a great rest of the semester and an excellent summer!

All the best,

The Peace and Justice Studies Program


  • THIS FRIDAY April 28: The Peace and Justice Studies End-of-the-Year Gathering will take place from 12-2:00 pm in the Rabb Room! Come join us as we celebrate the graduating seniors! RSVP by this Thursday at noon!

Campus News & Events

PJS End-of-the-Year Celebration. Friday, April 28, 2017. 12:00-2:00 PM. Rabb Room, Lincoln-Filene Building (Tisch College of Civic Life).

All students and faculty are welcome to join in congratulating the graduating seniors.

Please RSVP and let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions by emailing pjs@tufts.edu by NOON on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

We hope to see you there!!


Latin American Studies Presents: "Avi Chomsky: A Nation of Immigrants, A Nation of Deportation: Race, Citizenship and Belonging in the United States." TODAY, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. 6:00-8:00 pm. Cabot Center, Room 702.

Stop by Cabot today to hear a talk by Avi Chomsky, Professor of History at Salem State University.

Co-sponsored with: Anthropology Department, CHAT, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, History Department, Latino Studies, and Sociology Department.

For additional information, contact: Audrey.Aduama@tufts.edu


Boston Israeli-Palestinian Alternative Memorial Day. Tufts University. Sunday, April 30, 2017. 7:30-9:00 PM.

Please join J Street U at Tufts in marking the annual Israeli-Palestinian memorial day ceremony, hosted each year in Tel Aviv by Combatants for Peace and the Parents Circle and this year marked by their supporters in cities worldwide.

For the past twelve years, this ceremony has offered an opportunity to move beyond nationalistic narratives of loss traditionally offered on Israel's memorial day and focus on sharing the deep pain and suffering that conflict and occupation inflict on all involved.

Please gather with us as we view footage of the ceremony taking place earlier in Tel Aviv, share our own stories of pain and hope, and recommit ourselves to working toward an end to occupation and violence.

All local community members are welcome.

Co-sponsored by American Friends of the Parents Circle-Families Forum and Combatants for Peace.

For further information and the final location, the facebook page of the event can be reference.


The Engineering of Transportation Infrastructure: Process, Strategies, and Politics. Monday, May 1, 2017. 6:30 PM. Breed Memorial Hall, 51 Winthrop St.

Join Tisch College and the School of Engineering for a conversation on transportation infrastructure featuring Andy Card and Ray LaHood, both of whom are former U.S. Secretaries of Transportation.

A mechanical engineer by training, Andy Card was Secretary of Transportation under President George H.W. Bush from 1992-1993 and later White House Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush from 2001-2006. Ray LaHood, the Secretary of Transportation under President Barack Obama from 2009-2013, also served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Illinois’ 18th district.

Guests are welcome to join us at a reception, to precede the formal event, at 5:30 p.m. RSVP here.


Funding & Other Opportunities

Funding Available for Post-Election Events.

Tisch College is pleased to continue supporting political learning and engagement by offering special funding to student groups and organizations for events connected to the 2016 presidential election.

Applications will be considered for events that address the social, policy, and economic implications of the election, and funding is available for all types of organizations—political groups, activist groups, culture groups, music collectives, sports teams, Greek organizations, language societies, etc.—representing all political ideologies and perspectives.

Learn more and apply for funding here. Email Deena Alexander with any questions: diane.alexander@tufts.edu.


Global Youth Connect's (GYC) Human Rights Delegation in Colombia- June 18th-30th, 2017.

"Applications are now open for students to participate in Global Youth Connect's (GYC) Human Rights Delegation from June 18th- June 30th, 2017.

The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas recently reached a historic agreement to formally end more than 52 years of armed conflict, the longest running war in the Western Hemisphere. GYC’s delegation provides a fantastic opportunity to experience history in the making.

Delegates will gain unique insight into the promises and challenges of conflict transformation, transitional justice, and human rights work in Colombia from leaders building peace throughout the country. Traveling from government meetings in the capital to site visits with social activists in the countryside, the delegation will engage with experts and inspire future work to protect human rights."

For more information please visit: http://www.globalyouthconnect.org/colombia.

You can also send us any questions at: colombia@globalyouthconnect.com.


Conferences, Workshops, Volunteer, & Study Abroad (Opportunities outside Tufts Campus):

Nonviolent Peaceforce Online Course: "Strengthening Civilian Capacities to Protect Civilians"

This spring, learn about unarmed methods to protect civilians and prevent violence in the midst of war!

Nonviolent Peaceforce, in partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, is offering an online, facilitated course in unarmed civilian protection through Merrimack College.
Hours and Tuition.

This is a four-credit facilitated course, comprised of 6 modules. The total course cost is $1340. Dates and Deadlines:

-Start Date: May 22nd.

-Enrollment Deadline: May 17th
Register and Learn More Here.


Gallery 1581: Picture Social Justice and Human Rights. Open through June 30, 2017! 1581 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA.

“Picture Social Justice and Human Rights” is a juried art exhibition running through June 30, 2017. Celebrating BGSP’s new program in Social Justice and Human Rights, the exhibit inspires hope and promotes a call to constructive action for social justice in individuals, groups, and communities.

View the artwork, meet the artists, and meet leaders and faculty for the program in Social Justice and Human Rights.

Open Monday through Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00-1:00 pm.

Click here for more information.


Webinar: Transforming Women through Civil Resistance and Nonviolent Activism. Wednesday, May 10, 2016. 10:00-11:30 AM.

This interactive panel will discuss women's movements fighting for better livelihoods, ending violence against women, and supporting inclusion and rights in India. Participants will learn about current majority-women campaigns and movements in West Bengal and Bhopal involving thousands.

Discussants will share insightful information, challenges and observations about solidarity bridge roles with grassroots movements, and also the types of tactics and strategic impact that women have on movements, leadership and planning.

Click here for more information on panel discussants.

Click here to register.



Mass Alliance Internship Opportunity:

Mass Alliance is a coalition of 28 organizations working for worker's rights, environmental protection, reproductive freedom, and civil rights to advance progressive politics in Massachusetts. Mass Alliance, along with education and advocacy organizations, frequently endorses candidates for elected office who are committed to pushing progressive legislation.

Mass Alliance is looking for highly motivated interns who are eager to take an active role in Massachusetts politics. Interns will become familiar with the structure of local politics and learn what it takes to be successful in working for reform. The Internship will focus on support for endorsed candidates, our issue campaigns around education, fight for $15, millionaires tax, BLM and Jobs not Jails (among others that might come up).

Internship will also support the core functions of Mass Alliance. Additionally, interns will learn about many progressive public policy areas through contact with the member organizations of the Mass Alliance and become familiar with the various actors behind campaigns and issues.

Job responsibilities include direct work on and with campaigns with possible canvassing opportunities, attending meetings and events, political research, drafting letters and web content, fundraising, event management and various office duties.

Internships are available for a variety of schedules.

A commitment to progressive politics is the only firm requirement. Campaign or other organizing experience appreciated, but not required.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Please send a resume and cover letter along with any questions you may have to Jordan@massalliance.org


Environment Massachusetts Summer Job Opportunity:

Environment Massachusetts is hiring students to work on our campaigns this Summer. We're looking for students that are hard-working, good communicators and committed to making positive social change.

This year our top campaign is to stop rollbacks to environmental protections!

We need to make sure we are standing up to this current administration and have 51 senators in congress to stand up and oppose any attempts to roll back protections on our environment. This will make it so that President Trump and leaders in Congress are blocked from making these dangerous and reckless decisions a reality. We need Senator Warren and Senator Markey to become spokespeople on the environment and be proactive on environmental issues not only here in the state but with her colleagues in swing states.

This is why Environment Massachusetts is working to make sure our Senators oppose any attempts to roll back protections for our air, water, and climate.

To win this campaign we are hiring students across Massachusetts to get out into communities and build support for this issue. Over the course of the year you can expect to make between $11-$15/HR. It's a great way to build your resume, like an internship, but you get paid.

To apply, please fill out this form.

Click here to learn more about the campaign.


Americorps VISTA Position:

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Generation Citizen (GC) to hire a Campus Compact of Southern New England Americorps VISTA to support capacity building efforts at both Tisch College and GC.

This position is an ideal fit for a proactive and meticulous young leader who has previous experience working with college student groups and community organizations.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 20.

Find more information and application instructions here.


Paid Summer Opportunities in Boston City Councilor's Office-

Boston City Councilor President Michelle Wu is seeking one undergraduate student for a paid summer fellowship in her office this summer. Please note that interns must have Boston residency during the fellowship period.

The Undergraduate Diversity and Inclusion Intern deadline is April 21 and will receive $525/week.



"Sanitation as a Human Right Report" (From Human Rights Watch by Amanda Klasing- April 19, 2017).

"Lack of sanitation is a pervasive human rights concern globally that impacts other rights, including gender equality. While not an exact marker of the status of the right to sanitation, as of 2015, 2.4 billion people around the world are estimated to be using unimproved sanitation facilities, defined as those that do not hygienically separate human excreta from human contact.[4] Lack of sanitation is not only an affront to an individual’s dignity and rights, but endangers the rights to the highest attainable standard of health and to safe drinking water..."

To read the full report, please click here.


"New Framework Offers Practical Tools to Investigate and Prosecute Electoral Violence" (From Creative Associates International by Jillian Slutzker- April 17, 2017).

"A new, first-of-its-kind toolkit provides authorities with tools to build stronger cases against perpetrators of electoral violence and reduce the culture of impunity that often surrounds these crimes, Creative Associates International announced.

Called “Best Practices for Investigating Crimes of Electoral Violence: The Electoral Violence Investigation Framework,” the 32-page document draws from research and guidelines in forensics and electoral security to offer practical measures police can take to address electoral crimes, ranging from voter intimidation to vandalism, physical assault or even bombings."

To read the full article, please click here.


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