Open Society Foundations Announce 2023 Soros Justice Fellows

New York, Nov. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Open Society Foundations is pleased to announce the 2023 cohort of Soros Justice Fellows, which includes a mix of emerging and established leaders in the field of criminal justice reform, including public educators, artists, lawyers, activists, non-profit innovators, journalists, and filmmakers from across the United States.

“Over the more than a decade that I have worked with the Soros Justice Fellowships, I’ve seen a great number of fellows go on and continue to serve as changemakers in their local communities, and nationally,” said Adam Culbreath, Senior Team Manager at Open Society–U.S. “This is an incredibly unique program to advance justice in the U.S., which supports the notion that change often happens from the ground up.

“Mass incarceration has an enormous and disastrous toll on our communities and represents one of the most glaring injustices of our nation. Today, nearly 10 million Americans—including millions of children—have an immediate family member in jail or prison,” said Christina Voight, program manager at Open Society–U.S. “Each Soros Justice Fellow can play a role in changing this broken system.”

Each fellow will receive stipends ranging from $100,000 to $140,000 for projects lasting between 12 and 18 months to ensure accountability in the U.S. criminal justice system by developing new ways to combat mass incarceration, youth criminalization, surveillance, immigration policies, racial disparities, and police violence. The Soros Justice Fellowships were founded in 1997 and have funded over 400 individuals working to curb mass incarceration and ensure a fair and equitable system of justice.

2023 Soros Justice Fellows

Ashley Rojas will educate movement leaders and cultivate power between the movement for #PoliceFreeSchools and the broader culture of abolitionist organizing efforts to end harm and punishment.

Avalon Betts-Gaston and Lloyd Gaston will research the scope and impact of Illinois Worker Rights amendment on incarcerated workers.

Betty Washingtonwill create OASIS (Our Aging Seniors Incarcerated Society), a project focusing on advocating for the needs of justice-impacted seniors.

Bridgette Simpson will educate the public and create The Protected Class Network, seeking to make justice-impacted people a protected class.

Cheryl Fairbanks will educate native Indigenous people and strengthen concepts of justice through an Indigenous peacemaking lens.

Dominique Branson will educate, document, and destabilize anti-Black ideologies that legitimize pretrial dangerousness predictions and harm Black communities.

Jenani Srijeyanthan will educate and establish a counter-narrative to carceral child sexual abuse prevention approaches through the amplification, technical resourcing, and proliferation of a nationwide prevention movement that does not prioritize policing, criminalization, or surveillance.

Jordan Martinez-Mazurek will educate the public and start local and regional dialogues around fighting the expansion of mass incarceration in the South and in Appalachia.

Mary Baxter will, through an art piece entitled Reimagining Dignity: A Love Letter to Ourselves, educate the public to reimagine racially-charged and gender-oppressive historical events. The piece will reckon with the fallacies of first- and second-wave feminism.

Omisade Burney-Scott will curate a multidisciplinary initiative and educate the public on reproductive justice, radical Black feminism, gender liberation, and pathways to normalizing menopause and aging for the marginalized Black population.

Rachel Gilmer will educate the public and build a united front of survivors and healthcare providers with the goal of creating non-carceral solutions that address the root causes of violence in our communities.

Talila Lewis will educate and create media and art that highlights how ableism informs and drives racism, anti-Blackness, capitalism, and other forms of oppression, violence, and inequity.

Toshio Meronek will educate the public and justice advocates about the expansion of involuntary medical conservatorship in Arkansas, with a focus on its potential human and financial consequences.

Wendi Cooper and Matt Nadel will organize a statewide screening tour of the documentary film CANS Can’t Stand to educate the public about the archaic 1805 Crimes Against Nature by Solicitation statute and the harsh punishments it imposed.

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Repatriation of illegal foreign nationals including Afghans to their home countries continues

The repatriation of illegal foreign nationals including Afghans to their homeland is continuing.

According to details, thousands of illegal Afghans are returning to their homeland every day from Chaman and Torkham border. 12,540 Afghans went to their country on Friday.

Temporary transit camps for illegal foreign nationals have been set up in various districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is facilitating the repatriation of undocumented Afghan nationals at all the border crossings.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Sindh CM directs to establish portal to address public complaints

A joint meeting of the Chief Minister Inspection Team and Anti-Corruption Department, chaired by Chief Minister Sindh Maqbool Baqar was held in Karachi on Saturday.

Chairman CM Inspection Team Rafiq Buriro briefed the Sindh Chief Minister on the occasion.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister directed the inspection team to establish a complaint portal for the redressal of the grievances of the public.

He directed the Chief Secretary to take strict action against the treasury officers, involved in the pension scam.

Anti-Corruption department has been directed to increase the conviction rate and improve its performance further.

Source: Radio Pakistan

PM Kakar expresses grief over death, destruction caused by earthquake in Nepal

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death and destruction caused by earthquake in Nepal.

In a tweet, he said our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the calamity.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan stands with Nepal during this difficult time and is ready to extend whatever assistance is required.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Caretaker govt to assist ECP for conducing free, fair polls: Solangi

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi has said the caretaker government is committed to hold free, fair and transparent elections in the country.

Speaking during a program of a private news channel on Friday, he said the government will provide all out support to the Election Commission in the conduct of elections.

The Minister said it is gratifying that we are moving towards a constitutional process that will result in the people electing a political government.

He said any doubts should be removed as the date for elections is announced.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Banter Between Shaniera Akram and Armeena Khan About Palestine-Israel War Goes Viral

Activist Shaniera Akram and actor Armeena Khan are once again caught up in the social media banter. Recently they exchanged a heated debate on X (formerly known as Twitter).

It all started when Shaniera took to X to share a rather vague statement about feelings of helplessness caused by fear. She held that she couldn’t find the words to articulate her feelings, and apologized if her statement offended anyone. In response, Armeena called her out for being at a loss of words for Palestine when she’s always been so vocal about Pakistan.

Here is what Shaniera said,

Source: Pro Pakistani