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Congratulations to Tides Project Leaders Named Human Rights and National Security Reform Fellows

Tides is proud to announce that three Tides Center project leaders have been named 2011 Human Rights and National Security Reform Fellows by the Rockwood Leadership Institute: Lynn Fahselt, Co-Founder & Executive Director, ReThink Media; Sameera Hafiz, Policy Director, Rights Working Group; and Talat Hamdani, Steering Committee Member, September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. Throughout the Fellowship, these 24 leaders will participate in two 5-day residential retreats, receive professional and peer coaching, and additional leadership support.
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Today: Tides Community Member on NPR's Fresh Air

Today's edition of NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross will feature Jose Antonio Vargas, a founder of Define American, a Tides project, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who courageously shared the story of his life as an undocumented immigrant. You can find when it airs in your local NPR station here.
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Nominate a Young Activist for the 2011 Mario Savio Young Activist Award

REMINDER:  Mario Savio Young Activist Award nominations are due by Thursday, June 30, 2011. This award provides a cash prize of $6,000, divided equally between the award winner and his or her organization.  Young people between the ages of 16-26 working for progressive social change in the United States are eligible.
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Democracy and Discourse Rising

Twenty-five years after February was established as Black History Month in 1976, this month has now been marked by the spreading democracy movements in the Middle East and North Africa, from Egypt, to Tunisia, to Libya. Core to the significance of this parallel is the fundamental belief that true democracy evolves only when marginalized communities participate and have voice, mostly by demand.

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A Hope for Pre-Emptive Civil Discourse

On January 30th, California celebrated the inaugural Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Rights and the Constitution – the first day in U.S. history to be officially named after an Asian American – honoring the life of an exceptional individual who fought against the forced internment of over 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.  In 1942, at the age of 23, Korematsu was arrested near his San Leandro, CA home for refusing to go to a camp with the rest of his family.

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Tides Supports a National Dialogue on Tolerance

Happy New Year! As with the beginning of any new year we recognize change, resolutions and commitments. However, with the entrance of 2011, the type of change and commitments we make need to look very different. We need to be much more intentional and strategic in our work as the reliance on the social sector increases dramatically.

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