Moments of Democracy

by Nate King / Topic: February 7, 2017
Just a few weeks after Inaugration Day, hundreds of advocates in Pennsylvania raised their voices and signed a postcard to President Trump and Congress.

In the United States of America, we’ve inaugurated a president only 58 times. 58 January days, each filled with pomp and circumstance, unity and contention, finality and initiation. As Americans, we’ve inaugurated only 45 American presidents. 45 heads of state, commanders in chief, leaders of the free world. Living in Washington, D.C. puts one in proximity to the rare American presidential inauguration, so I had a chance to witness the swearing-in of our 45th President.

Thousands and thousands of people descended on the National Mall to bear witness on January 20th. The mood was a mixture of excitement, despair, apprehension, hope–different feelings felt by different Americans witnessing our cherished tradition of the peaceful transition of power.

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Stand Up! For Willie, Joseph and Josephat—

by Wamaitha Kimani / Topic: #JusticeinKenya Willie Kimani #FindLawyerWillie #IamWillie February 7, 2017

For the first time in the 20-year history of International Justice Mission (IJM), a member of our staff, the late Willie Kimani, was murdered last year as he sought justice for our client Josephat Mwenda.

June 23, 2016, remains a dark day. My colleague, Willie Kimani, was abducted by police as he left court, along with our client, Josephat Mwenda and the driver of their taxi, Joseph Muiruri. The bodies of the three, with visible injuries consistent with torture, were later recovered from the Ol Donyo Sabuk river on July 1, 2016.

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What I Learned: A Leap Forward in the Fight to End Slavery

By Tim Gehring, IJM Legislative Director

This week, Congress authorized the End Modern Slavery Initiative, which was embedded in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act—legislation that sets annual national security policy and funding levels for the Department of Defense. IJM was intimately involved in the idea of the End Modern Slavery Initiative and our advocates have been deeply invested in urging Congress to pass and fund this legislation over the past two years.

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Holly's News From Washington: Our Thankful List

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: #EndSlaveryAct, #JusticeinKenya, End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015 November 10, 2016
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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It reminds me to be thankful for the avalanche of blessings I’ve received. This year was no exception. 

Though there was much that was wrong and cheap and ignorant in our national conversation this past year, there was so much more that wasn’t.

Here is a list of things I’m overwhelmingly thankful for today.I am thankful for our sturdy American democracy.

For the freedom to speak our minds, print our letters and editorials, disagree passionately and vote for whom we want as our president, senators, representatives, state legislators, governors, mayors and city councilmen and women. 

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LIVE blog: seeking justice for Willie, Joseph and Josephat

by Clara Campbell / Topic: #JusticeinKenya Willie Kimani #FindLawyerWillie #IamWillie November 3, 2016
#JusticeinKenya #IamWillie

Last July, you stood with us when IJM investigator and human rights lawyer, Willie Kimani, and two friends, Joseph Muiruri and Josephat Mwenda, were abducted and murdered. You helped spark a global outcry for #JusticeinKenya and an end of police abuse of power through this ongoing petition.

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Freedom Sunday Happened (to us)!

/ Topic: Freedom Sunday, #UntilAllAreFree October 6, 2016

By Roger Bain, IJM Church Mobilization Program Manager

This past weekend, over 450+ churches nationwide stood with IJM to engage in the work of ending slavery in our world. They were from different denominations, large and small, all doing the same thing: speaking about the biblical mandate to care for the oppressed and urging congregants to act.

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Need inspiration? Welcome to The New Activist.

/ Topic: October 6, 2016

There's a new podcast in town, and it's called "The New Activist." These are the stories of men and women who are changing history today. We talked to its founder and leading host, Eddie Kaufholz, IJM's Church Mobilization Director (Southeast), to find out more about the show—and why we should all tune in.

Q&A with Eddie below, and as soon as you're ready, fill your earbuds with the inspiring action-packed sounds of "The New Activist."

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Holly's News From Washington: August 2016

by Holly Burkhalter / Topic: #JusticeinKenya, the movement August 18, 2016
#JusticeinKenya Willie Kimani #FindLawyer Willie Peaceful march demanding justice on behalf of Willie Kimani and two others. I didn’t know IJM had so many friends. 

As you know, IJM suffered the grievous loss of our colleague Willie Kimani, our friend and driver Joseph Muiruri, and our client, Josephat Mwenda. The three were abducted on June 23 after leaving a Nairobi courthouse; their bodies were found on July 1. Four Kenyan police officers have been arrested and charged with their murder. 

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Our Book Picks This Summer

/ Topic: resources, Summer August 17, 2016

"The Invention of Wings," Sue Monk Kidd
From Eileen Campbell, IJM Senior Director of Advocacy and Mobilization

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They've Got Mail: 100 Postcard Challenge on Capitol Hill

by Ashby Henningsen / Topic: 100 Postcard Challenge, Advocacy, #100PCC, Capitol Hill, intern, IJM interns July 29, 2016

For many of us, justice is more than just some abstract societal good or virtue—it is a conscious decision, a sense of calling to tangibly better the lives of others. What’s more, justice only comes about when ordinary individuals come together to create positive change.

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