Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Strike for Justice 2011 posted by Mary Brydon-Miller

It’s time for our good friend Brinton Lykes to lace up her bowling shoes and raise some money for the Martin Baro Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights. The goals of the Martin Baro Fund, named in honor of the Jesuit priest and social psychologist who was murdered in El Salvador in 1989, are:

· "To support innovative grassroots projects that explore the power of the community to foster healing within individuals and communities that are trying to recover from experiences of institutional violence, repression, and social injustice.

· To promote education and critical awareness about the psychosocial consequences of structural violence, repression and social injustice on individuals and communities, while educating ourselves and the wider community about the community-based responses of grantees in their pursuit of social reparation and a more just and equitable world.

· To build collaborative relationships among the Fund, its grantees, and its contributors for mutual education and social change".

Projects supported this year include Aware Girls, a project to empower women and girls located in the Swat district of Pakistan, the continuation of a capacity building course titled Mental Health and Community Strength in Chiapas Mexico, the Healing the Hurt project and the Sustainable Alternatives for the Advancement of Mindanao in the Philippines, and a women asylum seekers project in Manchester, England.

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