Pauli Murray and Robert Kennedy born on this day

Today we celebrate and honor Pauli Murray and Robert F. Kennedy who were born on this day in 1910 and 1925 respectively.

Honoring America's Veterans

On Veterans Day we remember thosewho have served our country through military service, including these AWTT portrait subjects: Dwight D.

Dr. Paul Farmer still a readers' favorite on 60th birthday

As Paul Farmer turns 60 on Saturday, November 26, he is making news in the publishing world. The University of California Press is releasing this month

Glide Memorial Church Celebrates 90th Birthday Of Founder Rev. Williams

The congregation at Glide Memorial Methodist Church, a ray of hope in the Tenderloin District for over 50 years, wished the church’s founder a very specia

Remembering Frances Crowe

As we mourn the loss of peaceactivist Frances Crowe, we need also to remember her wit and wisdom.

Labor Day Champions

Labor Day. End of summer. Family gatherings. Picnics. County fairs.

AWTT 18-Month Calendar Now Available for Purchase

We are excited to announce AWTT's first calendar - featuring Robert Shetterly portraits of 18 inspiring change makers.

From "Ghetto Life 101" to Senator? An Interview With LeAlan Jones

NBC 5 Chicago interviews LeAlan Jones about his run for the Senate as theGreen Party nominee. "LeAlan Jones has always been precocious. At 11, he wa

Santa Monica Exhibit, Films Challenge View of California Coast

"There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience," environmentalist writer Edward Abbey once said.

Human Rights Lawyer Jennifer Harbury on How Trump Is Punishing Cartels’ Victims—Not Their Members

Amy Goodman interviews human rights lawyerJennifer Harbury about how our government's "zero tolerence" policy is punishing people who are fleeing crime in

Dance concert inspired by woman who was last arrested when she was 94 years old

As part of the month-long AWTTIpswichevent, choreographerJanet Taisey Craft, along with dancers Jessie Boudreau, Jenny Carlson, Danielle DiVito, and Tabit

2018-19 Samantha Smith Challenge: Another Successful Year

The 2018-19Samantha Smith Challenge saw over 300 Maine middle level students become engaged and active citizens.

Kids Suing the U.S. Government to Take Action Against Climate Change: It's a '911' Situation

They're on a roll. Less that a month after their big day in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the power team landeda major spread in People magazine.

Eve Ensler: The Apology

May 14, 2019 - Eve Ensler's new book, The Apology, comes out today. "When Eve Ensler's father died, she knew the apology she had been waiting for her e

Juliana attorney joins author of Losing Earth at Powell's Books

Author Nathaniel Rich joins Juliana v. U.S. attorney Andrea Rodgers tonight, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. - a stop on Rich's Losing Earth book tour.

Climate Change Is 'Greatest Challenge Humans Have Ever Faced'

In case you missed Bill McKibben's April 16 interview on Fresh Air, it's worth a listen. His new book: Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself

Eva Patterson: Still speaking out on racism and reparations

Eva Paterson testified on April 9, 2019 at the House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Hate Crimes, White Nationalism, and White Supremacy

Cruel Threats to Hungry Families and Children

Marian Wright Edelman, founder an president emerita, of the Children's Defense Fund, continues her fight for children - that they may lead healthy, safe l

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Wages Peace Worldwide

Catch up on Paul Chappell's current work with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

Peace Activist Frances Crowe Turns 100

The legendary peace activist Frances Crowe has turned 100. She was born on March 15, 1919.

Our Wounded Planet

Don't miss Robert Koehler's insightful essay on the juxtaposition of hate crimes and fighting for the planet. "...In the past few days,two young surviv

Auburn Middle School Students Engage!

Check out these Sun Journal photos ofRobert Shetterly's recent visit to the Auburn Middle School, where students are making podcasts on issues they care a

Can We Divest from Weapons Dealers?

Kathy Kelly, co-cordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, tirelessly continues her call for divestment.

Majora Carter Slated as Keynote Speaker for Maine Land Conservation Conference

Maine Coast Heritage Trust has announced that Keynote Speaker for this year's Land Conservation Conference will be Majora Carter. The advance billing f

Youth Plaintiffs File Urgent Motion to Stop the U.S. Government From Causing Irreparable Climate Harm

Although the youth plaintiffs in federal court case Juliana v. U.S. lost a key procedural battle in late December, they are not slowing down.

Naomi Klein: On Fire

Our current climate crisis and the actions needed to be taken will be the focus of Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein’s next book, to be published b

Robert Shetterly Delivers Keynote Address at Symposium on Democracy

AWTT's Robert Shetterly will be the evening keynote speaker at Washington & Jefferson College's Symposium on Democracy. Shetterly's topic will be "

Mark Charles Delivers "We the People" Tedx Talk

The son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man, Mark Charles offers a unique perspective on three of the most misinterpreted words in Ame

Announcing Documentary Film about AWTT

Our Children’s Future: A Portrait of Robert Shetterly is a documentary film about this political artist and activist, who has created theportrait seriesAm

Time to Register for the Samantha Smith Challenge

Just two weeks left to register for this year's Samantha Smith Challenge! The Samantha Smith Challenge is a dynamic educational program for Maine middl

Van Jones, new CEO of REFORM Alliance, expands his criminal justice focus

The REFORM Alliance aims to dramatically reduce the number of people living under unreasonable probation and parole sentences, and in turn, free people fr

Oxfam Report: 26 Billionaires Own The Same Wealth As The Poorest 3.8 Billion People

The gap between rich and poor is fracturing society, poisoning politics and fueling public anger, according to a new report from anti-poverty nonprofit Ox

Time to Break the Silence on Palestine

Martin Luther King Jr. courageously spoke out about the Vietnam War.

Ai-Jen Poo Shines Hollywood Spotlight on Domestic Workers

Ai-Jen Poo, the executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, walked the Globes carpet for the second time Sunday with Alfonso Cuaron.

Lateefah Simon: a creative force in San Francisco

Catching up with Lateefah Simon: Serving on BART Board of Directors (20016-2020), she is pitching the idea of using retired transit cars for housing.

French Yellow Vests: What could it teach us about ourselves?

In a recent opinion piece, Frances Moore Lappe argues that most news coverage we are seeing about the Yellow Vest movement is missing some major points an

Dahr Jamail: The End of Ice

Freelance Journalist Frances Madeson interviews Dahr Jamail about his recent book: The End of Ice

David Korten's New Year's Resolution: From Me to We

We must move beyond the myth of the lone individual to recognize our deep interdependence and responsibilities for one another and nature.

Ninth Circuit Court Grants Government's Interlocutory Appeal in Juliana case

On December 26, in a 2-1 decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted defendants’ petition for permission to bring an interlocutory appeal in Juli

None of Us Deserve Citizenship

Don't miss Michelle Alexander's impassioned and powerful op-ed column in the 12/11 New York Times!

AWTT Exhibit at Syracuse University: Inspiration Squared

All of Robert Shetterly's 238 completed portraits in the Americans Who Tell the Truth project are on exhibit at Syracuse University through December 14th.

Climate Crisis Made Worse By Presidential Mis-Leadership Throughout This Century

Dr. Margaret Flowers, along with co-author Kevin Zeese, responds to recent Obama conversation at the Baker Institute.

The Black Feminist Roots of James Baldwin’s ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

In his review of Barry Jenkins' new movie If Beale Street Could Talk, Elias Rodriques focuses on how Black Feminism was influencing James Baldwin's work i

Juliana Plaintiffs Back in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

On December 10, attorneys for the 21 young plaintiffs in the landmark constitutional climate lawsuit, Juliana v.

Rev. William J. Barber II named MacArthur Genius Fellow

When the MacArthur Foundation announced its 2018 Genius Fellows today, Dr. Rev Barber was among the chosen 25. AWWT congratulates Dr. Rev.

Trump Administration’s Desperation Grows as ​Juliana v. United States ​Trial Approaches

In a press release dated October 5, Our Chidlren's Trust reported that the Trump administration has filed another motion with the U.S.

Noam Chomsky at Age 90

Noam Chomsky will turn 90 in December. Here are a few highlights from his work this month (September):

Father Roy Bourgeois Continues to Speak Out Against an All-Male Clergy

Roy Bourgeois responds to recent disclosures about Pennsylvania priests:

Wendell Berry Farming Program revived by partnership with Sterling College

The Wendell Berry Farming Program is up and running again after a two-year hiatus, precipitated by the unexpected closing in 2016 of St.

Medea Benjamin in the Headlines

CODEPINK and Global Exchange cofounder Medea Benjamin is still out in the world making noise and taking action - seemingly everywhere.

Thousands to Rally in Support of the Young Americans behind Juliana v. United States

Trial in the landmark constitutional climate change lawsuit will not start on October 29, but the young plaintiffs will descend on Eugene, Oregon to have

Lessons from Ruby Bridges

In this tribute to Ruby Bridges, Edelman recalls the courage of a 6-year old black student in 1960 and calls upon all of us to follow her example.

Arena Stage to Honor Eve Ensler with American Artist Award

Arena Stage will present the American Artist Award to Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, activist and author Eve Ensler, one of Arena's Power Play

Juliana v. United States Moves Forward, Again

On Friday, November 2 the United States Supreme Court denied the Trump administration's application for stay in the landmark constitutional climate lawsui

“Americans Who Tell The Truth Through Law” artist shares stories of democracy, dissent

Brandeis School of Law has posted some nice website coverage about AWTT program there on October 30.

Tim DeChristopher on state of the "necessity" defense

Tim DeChristopher is interviewed about climate activism and use of the "necessity" defense in a recent WIRED article "Pipeline Vandals are

European Parliament Panel Approves Whistleblower Protections for all EU Countries

BRUSSELS - On Tuesday, the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) of the European Parliament voted in favor of a proposed Whistleblower Protection Directive, whic

Nikki Giovanni Releases "A Good Cry"

Dubbed "The Poet of the Black Revolution", the legendary activist, poet and educator Nikki Giovanni received a warm welcome from the D.C.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II Goes After Coal Ash Pollution

“I don’t care how many times you tell me you love me, if you put coal ash in my water you don’t love me."

Urban Growers Collective: Will Allen's Daughter Erika Carries On

Erika Allen:We use urban farming as a way to heal communities in terms of trauma and the violence that a lot of our youth and their families experience.

A story of forgiveness, a moment of grace

This letter about the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Arla Patch and Robert Shetterly was first published in the

US Postal Service Selects Shetterly Portrait for Shirley Chisholm Stamp

Brooksville, Maine -- On January 31, the United States Postal Service will unveil a new postage stamp honoring Shirley Chisholm

Connie Carter and Operation Breaking Stereotypes

Founder of Operation Breaking Stereotypes and AWTT Director of Education, Connie Carter, talks about the history of OBS in this Bangor Daily News article.

AWTT Launches the Samantha Smith Challenge

Americans Who Tell the Truth and the Maine Association for Middle Level Education launch The Samantha Smith Challenge for service learning and engaged cit

Announcing the First Winner of "The Shetterly Prize" for Socially Engaged Art

This year, 2015, the MyHero Project and Americans Who Tell the Truth created "The Shetterly Prize".

Greensboro, NC Students Contribute to and Learn from the AWTT Exhibit

A video made by Amelya Black from the opening of the Americans Who Tell the Truth show in Greensboro, North Carolina. Robert Shetterly narrates.

Call for Entries! The 2016 Shetterly Prize for Socially Engaged Art

Americans Who Tell the Truth and the My Hero Project are putting out the call for entries for the 2nd Annual "Shetterly Prize" for socially engaged art.

2016 Samantha Smith Challenge Participants and Student Reaction

The 2016 Samantha Smith Challenge offered and exciting demonstration of student activism around the state of Maine with 9 schools and 700 kids working on

AWTT Newsletter: Fall 2017

It's been a very exciting fall forAmericans Who Tell the Truth and the Samantha Smith Challenge.

Government Takes Juliana to U. S. Supreme Court

July 31, 2018 Update: The U.S. Supreme Court denied the government's "emergency" motion.

Nicole Maines Cast as First Transgender Superhero On Television

The transgender activist behind a landmark "restroom of choice" case is marking another historic first. This time on television.

Dr. Mona's Memoir: The Story of Flint's Water Crisis

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha's compelling story is now in print. What the Eyes Don't See: The Story of Crisis, Resistence and Hope in an American City.

Prison Theater Piece Invokes Alexander's Work

Cornell Chronicle reporter Linda Glaser reviews the Phoenix Players Theater Group's production of "The Strength of Our Convictions: The Auburn Redemp

Audio: Bill McKibben on the climate movements that give him hope

In this 11/27/18 Mongabay newscast, Bill McKibben talks about where he finds hope in the current climate change landscape.

News

  • From "Ghetto Life 101" to Senator? An Interview With LeAlan Jones

    Chicago

    NBC 5 Chicago interviews LeAlan Jones about his run for the Senate as theGreen Party nominee. "LeAlan Jones has always been precocious. At 11, he was discussing the war in Iraq with a TV journalist, sitting on a South Side stoop and fiddling with a baseball mitt while opining, “Bush wants too much oil.” At 13, he made “Ghetto Life 101,” a documentary for WBEZ, following th

  • Human Rights Lawyer Jennifer Harbury on How Trump Is Punishing Cartels’ Victims—Not Their Members

    Brownsville, Texas

    Amy Goodman interviews human rights lawyerJennifer Harbury about how our government's "zero tolerence" policy is punishing people who are fleeing crime in Central America and Mexico. "...that’s what this administration wants. We want to drive them home. We’ll take your kids. We’ll imprison you for years. We’ll make you sit on the bridge and die of heat stroke.

  • Dance concert inspired by woman who was last arrested when she was 94 years old

    Ipswich Museum, Ipswich, MA

    As part of the month-long AWTTIpswichevent, choreographerJanet Taisey Craft, along with dancers Jessie Boudreau, Jenny Carlson, Danielle DiVito, and Tabitha Rodger of the Ipswich Moving Company, created a set of performance pieces based on the courageous lives of four AWTT portrait subjects. Read full story in thelocalne.ws

  • Alicia Garza speaks at Aspen Institute

    Aspen, Colorado

    Hannah Giorgis, staff writer for The Atlantic, covers Alicia Garza's recent address at the Aspen Institute. “I don’t want to give women a litmus test to [participate in] democracy. I may not agree with them. I don’t agree with a lot of the women that we work with, but I want them there and I want them to show up.

  • 2018-19 Samantha Smith Challenge: Another Successful Year

    Thomas College, Waterville, Maine

    The 2018-19Samantha Smith Challenge saw over 300 Maine middle level students become engaged and active citizens. The climate crisis, gun violence, racism, the impact of cancer on families, hate language, and many other concerns surfaced as important topics for this year’s SSC students.

  • Kids Suing the U.S. Government to Take Action Against Climate Change: It's a '911' Situation

    Eugene, OR

    They're on a roll. Less that a month after their big day in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the power team landeda major spread in People magazine. These youth know that they are now reaching deeply into middle America.

  • World premiere of coal town production set to hit West Virginia Public Theatre stage

    Morgantown, W. Va.

    Denise Giardina's award-winning novelStorming Heavenhas been adapted for the musical stage and is currently showing at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center. The story line centers on Carrie Bishop (Alison McCartan), the mine doctor’s nurse and sister of the mine superintendent, who finds herself unwittingly in the middle of a love triangle with Albion Freeman (Luke

  • Eve Ensler: The Apology

    May 14, 2019 - Eve Ensler's new book, The Apology, comes out today. "When Eve Ensler's father died, she knew the apology she had been waiting for her entire life would never come. Her father would never say sorry ― not for molesting her as a young girl, or for beating her when she got older. Not for demeaning or dehumanizing her.

  • Juliana attorney joins author of Losing Earth at Powell's Books

    Portland, OR

    Author Nathaniel Rich joins Juliana v. U.S. attorney Andrea Rodgers tonight, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. - a stop on Rich's Losing Earth book tour. "By 1979, we knew nearly everything we understand today about climate change – including how to stop it.

  • Climate Change Is 'Greatest Challenge Humans Have Ever Faced'

    Philadelphia.PA

    In case you missed Bill McKibben's April 16 interview on Fresh Air, it's worth a listen. His new book: Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?