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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.

PROOF Turns Ten - Bruce Davidson

PROOF Turns Ten on Monday 17 October 2016, with a celebration auction featuring some outstanding and award winning photographers who have generously donated their work in support of PROOF and Social Justice.

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PROOF's latest exhibition at PHOTOVILLE in September

PROOF is proud and excited to announce our “Broken?” exhibition, which addresses the injustices within the United States criminal justice system and mass incarceration, has been selected for display at the annual Photoville event.

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