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The Inside (un)DOCUMENTED project is a partnership between PROOF and the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC featuring photography and stories by our Picture Justice summer 2017 participants.

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Stand UP for PROOF! Dennis Stock

You are invited to join us on November 2nd at our annual benefit auction. Tickets available now at Ticketbud

John Wayne on set of “Alamo” Gel silver print DENNIS STOCK (1928-2010)

Bid online now at Bidsquare or at the auction on November 2nd.

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Picture Justice goes to print

The Picture Justice summer program focused on immigration in the US. The photo stories created by the students are featured in the first edition of the PROOF post - an advocacy newspaper that will be printed and distributed at schools in New York and New Jersey.

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Stand UP for PROOF! Frank Dituri

Frank Dituri - Monica and the Moon is one of more than 30 pieces at this year's benefit auction held on Thursday 2nd November in New York City. Each year, PROOF is honored to collaborate with many amazing photographers and artists who donate their work in support of education and advocacy for human rights and social justice. Join us to bid and to support social change. Tickets at

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Stand UP for PROOF! Janette Beckman

BID on this iconic portrait of Keith Haring by Janette Beckman at our November 2nd Benefit Auction. Tickets on sale now at


Londoner Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands from The Clash to Boy George as well as 3 Police album covers. Moving to New York in 1982, she was drawn to the underground Hip Hop scene. Her photographs of pioneers such as Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt’n’Pepa, Grandmaster Flash and Big Daddy Kane are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum and the Museum of the City of New York.

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Stand UP for PROOF! Ben Hamburger, "By the Pond"

JOIN US on November 2nd to BID on the Hamburger original at our annual benefit auction.

Ben Hamburger is an artist and educator born and raised outside of Washington
DC. Working within the convergence of visual art and social engagement,
Hamburger creates artwork, facilitates workshops, and collaborates with diverse
communities around the world. His work is driven by his belief in the universality
of art and its potential to find meaning in complex situations.

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Witnessing - Refugee Testimonies and Advocacy

Witnessing: Refugee Testimonies and Advocacy workshops are co-facilitated by Dr. Anita Fabos, Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change at Clark University and Leora Kahn, Executive Director of PROOF: Media for Social Justice.

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Moral History ‘Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame’ oral history exhibit at UD

“Without courage,” the great Maya Angelou once wrote, “We cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

We like to think of ourselves as courageous individuals, certainly. With little difficulty, we can imagine a dozen examples of behaviors that define courage, from soldiers in combat risking their lives to save fallen comrades, to a young LGBT student discussing his sexual orientation with his parents for the first time, to a small child bravely confronting a bully at school. But far too often, as a people, we tend not to act with courage, to take a risk. Too many times, we fall into step with the herd, or simply look the other way, or sit quietly when we should stand up and act.

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The Moral Courage Project launches “Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame.”

The people of Ferguson have a story to tell – and one that the majority of those in the United States have not heard or fully understood. This story is even more urgent today.

PROOF: Media for Social Justice has collaborated with the University of Dayton's Human Rights Center on a new exhibit for the Moral Courage Project titled “Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame.” The exhibit, which will be housed in the Roesch Library first floor gallery, will be open to the public from the 17th of January to the 3rd of February.  

A collaboration between students engaged with the University of Dayton's Human Rights Center and PROOF, Ferguson Voices is an attempt to spotlight and honor those who responded to the August 9, 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The death of Michael Brown sparked outrage and launched a movement due to what many have known to be true throughout America’s history: For too long people of color have been systematically targeted and criminalized.

Ferguson isn’t the only community where disenfranchisement and inequality is manifest, but it has become a symbol. “Ferguson is everywhere” became the rallying cry in the days, months and years since Michael’s death.

Unwarranted traffic stops, fines and arrests of people of color are a regular experience for those who either grew up in or still live in the area. But these truths are not unique to Ferguson; they are replicated across the country.

The stories and images captured in Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame are a testament not only to the systemic discrimination that the Ferguson protests laid bare, but also to the power of transformative action taken to foster community, accountability and justice.

Location: University of Dayton, Ohio, Roesch Library first floor gallery, 300 College Park, Dayton, Ohio 45417

Dates: January 17th, 2017 - February 3rd, 2017

Times: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.,

Fri 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.,

Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

For more information about the Moral Courage Project, please visit our program page - Moral Courage Project


photo credit - Mark Katzman.