Anita and I hit Times Square’s Super Bowl Boulevard today, right in the NYC office’s backyard, to get into the season. Check out our Super Bowl ad! -Dana
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Breaking news! Vani Periodi, Program Manager here at Breakthrough, was awarded The Sadoditha Award for Research and Social Work. The prestigious award honors achievements in the fields of social work, research, and social activism.
Congratulations, Vani! We’re honored to have you as a member of the Breakthrough family!
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Time has passed so quickly! I wrote my first post for Breakthrough in May of 2013 in the midst of our Deport the Statue campaign. I had just graduated college, unsure of what I wanted to do, but was excited to be a part of this organization I had seen in different human rights circles doing really cool videos and campaigns online.
Seven months later I am getting ready to leave this incredible organization to join the Peace Corps. I am thrilled to take this next step in my life, but I cannot believe I have to leave this incredible place in the mean time.
Breakthrough taught me so many things and has, cliche as it is, helped me figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life. I have had the opportunity to work with smart, savvy, committed, and funny people who are committed to changing the world for good. My time here has convinced me that if anyone can do it, it’s Breakthough.
I have learned about social media, metrics, press, NGOs, culture… it goes on and on. The most important things I learned were intangible. I learned about values and theory. I have learned how to work to make change, online and off. I have learned about the incredible people driven to make in this world and have been fortunate enough to learn from them.
I cannot say thank you enough to all of my mentors and friends here. I have found a great group of people to always look up to and learn from. Now I am proud to be an academic and an activist. I am so much stronger in my beliefs and abilities now, and am ready to take on the world. Thank you all for helping me get here, and for giving me so much.
(PS: If anyone is looking here to find out what Breakthrough is about, or if they want to be a part of it… do it. You will be so glad you did.)
Ana Teresa Fernández, Borrando la Frontera, performance, 2011.
The surreal act of erasing a border is documented in the short, Borrando la Frontera. A woman in stilettos and a black cocktail dress scales a 30 ft ladder on the sandy beach of Tijuana, bringing the sky back between Mexico and the US, as she paints the dividing fence blue. The film depicts the peace offering of creating the illusion of a “hole in the wall.” The protagonist becomes more visible as the wall starts to disappear into the blue sky. Her attire, the little black dress reflects the notion of prosperity in the US, moreover the funerary symbol of luto, the Mexican tradition of wearing black for a year after a death. Mourning those who have died in attempts of crossing this border to prosper.
—Woodstock Film Festival
We’ll miss you, Alex! Our wonderful communications team member Alex is off to pursue his dream of screenwriting, and to soothe all of our pain, he brought in his dog Chewy on his last day to cheer us all up. Good luck, man!
As we remember Nirbhaya on the first anniversary of her death, we must continue to learn from what happened. We must remember that for every Nirbhaya, there are countless girls and women whose names do not become symbols of courage or justice. We must remember that what killed Nirbhaya was not a group of horrifically misguided individuals, but a culture with scant respect for girls and women. Hopefully, she will be the one who shows us the way to a world in which girls and women are valued and boys and men are not violent – or silent.