SDG16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

These social entrepreneurs are achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Journalism as a Force for Good, with Tina Rosenberg, Solutions Journalism Network

The Solutions Journalism Network is supporting rigorous reporting on social problems, with an eye on what works. May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. Around the world, journalism is experiencing a watershed moment. According to a Knight-Gallup survey, 84% of Americans believe that the news media is key to a healthy democracy. Less than half, 44% can name an objective news source. Mobile, social media, and the ease of online publishing have disaggregated the news into billions of channels. 58% of those surveyed say that more sources can make it harder to stay informed. 73 say that the spread of inaccurate information on the internet is a major problem. Local…

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Create a Better World through…Paperwork? Rachel Armstrong, Farm Commons

Farm Commons empowers farmers to rewrite farm law by and for themselves. Rachel Armstrong knew exactly what she wanted to do when she grew up. She wanted to be a farmer, just like her father and her grandfather. “Respecting where food comes from was part and parcel to my childhood, Rachel explains. But she received some important advice. “I changed my mind a little bit when my mother said, ‘That’s a terrible idea.’” Rachel knew the realities of agriculture. “The farming life is very difficult…Rural people are disadvantaged in so many ways.” So, she did as so many farm kids did. She went away to college. But a funny thing…

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136, Vivek Maru, Namati | The Rule of Law for Everyone

Namati puts the rule of law in the hands of people. The rule of law is a bedrock of most modern societies. No one is above the law. We are all equal under the law. And yet, more than four billion people live outside of the protection of the law. Their rights are easily violated. They have no right to their land. They are denied basic human rights. They are threatened and intimidated, often by the very people who are supposed to protect them. Vivek Maru learned about social justice from his grandfather who was part of the Gandhian Movement. Vivek wrote his undergrad thesis on Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther…

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135, Gillian Caldwell, Global Witness | The Link Between Natural Resources, Conflict and Corruption

Global Witness investigates and exposes natural resource exploitation around the world. Have you ever wondered why many of the countries that are richest in natural resources, have some of the poorest populations? Countries that are rich in gems, minerals and other natural resources also have persistent poverty. In many cases, this is due to corruption and human rights abuses. How do you break the chain of corruption and abuse? First, it must be exposed. That is what Global Witness does. They document abuses of environmental and human rights. They work for justice for the exploited and they hold the powerful to account. Gillian Caldwell has been thinking about social justice…

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121, Lauren Fine, Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project (YSRP) | Providing the Child Advocacy every Child Deserves

The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project is dedicated to keeping kids out of adult jails and prisons. Did you make any bad decisions when you were ten years old? I know I did. In many states, including Pennsylvania, children as young as ten years old can be treated by the courts as an adult. When children come into the court system, they can be offered a public defender. However, when children are in trouble in a group, and we know that children often get into trouble in a group setting, only one of the children will be given a public defender. The others are appointed a private attorney. These private…

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119, Alana Greer, Community Justice Project, Inc. | Lawyers for the Movement

Social justice is Alana Greer’s family business. Nearly everyone you meet in the United States has a smart phone with a camera. This year, worldwide, we’ll take around a trillion photographs. This has turned us all into photojournalists, documenting our lives for the world to see. So, what has come out of this experience? Pictures of Big Foot? No. UFOs? No. What has become painfully clear is that black, brown and poor folks have a dramatically different experience than others. It is as if there are two Americas. One for light-skinned, well to-do folks and another for the rest of us. Alana Greer grew up in Miami in Latino neighborhood…

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