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Mass Shootings a reminder of the importance of compassion in education

The news of the latest mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton sent shock waves through me as I read the reports from the comfort of my location on the mid-North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Although these words are awful to write, the truth is that the sheer number of mass shootings in the US – 32 this year alone – has given me a case of news fatigue.

But these shootings struck a chord.

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Ferguson Exhibit goes to the National Civil Rights Museum this Summer

The killing of Michael Brown in 2014 sparked outrage and launched a movement. For one-hundred days and nights, the country observed democracy in action as the community took to the streets to demand justice. While the popular narrative cast a scene of chaos and destruction, the full account goes untold. Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame features the first-hand experiences of those individuals who witnessed and shaped the Ferguson uprising. The people of Ferguson have a story to tell--in their own words and through their own eyes--and this story is even more urgent today. 

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For the voter registration and get-the-vote-campaigns, legendary photographer Janette Beckman will take large-scale photographs of citizens paired with their short I Vote Because… statements.he campaign is a series of photographs of celebrities and local citizens sharing why voting is important to them. 


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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