In celebration of #WorldPressFreedomDay, we are pleased to announce our 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Book and Journalism Winners! On May 23rd, join us in Washington D.C to celebrate the best in journalism and literature. Link in our bio to check out the full list of winners and RSVP today!
What a good boy! Freckles served as a companion to Bobby during his 1968 Presidential Campaign. Happy #FlashbackFriday!
We're proud to announce our 2019 Human Rights Award Laureates! The Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley, the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee, & @lupe_rgv are advocates organizing for migrant rights in border communities! Learn more about these incredible laureates and RSVP by clicking the link in our bio!
Happy Easter and Happy Passover!
“I think the people from the large financial companies, they walk away with a sense that they can do things to change the world,” Venture Capitalist Steve Westly. We’re marking #ThrowbackThursday with a few of our favorite pictures from the 2018 Hyannis Port Compass Conference. Learn more about how we're engaging the business community by clicking the link in our bio.
"For anyone to achieve something, he will have to show a little courage. You're only on this earth once. You must give it all you've got." Happy Birthday to our founder, Ethel Kennedy! Help Ethel celebrate her 91st birthday by contributing to our organization and mission of creating a more just world! Donation link in our bio.
On April 10, 1967, Robert F. Kennedy began a tour of the Mississippi Delta on the behest of Marian Wright Edelman. What he witnessed was extreme poverty and starvation within the borders of the nation he loved so deeply. Bobby returned home to Hickory Hill later that day distressed by what he had seen. His daughter Kathleen Kennedy remembers her father saying, "In Mississippi a whole family lives in a shack the size of this room. The children are covered with sores and their tummies stick out because they have no food. Do you know how lucky you are? Do something for your country." His presence provided a spotlight on a shameful national epidemic and shocked the country into looking for solutions.
"The world of sports knows no religious, racial or political differences. Athletes, from whatever land they come, speak the same language. The lessons of competition are lessons for life," Bobby Kennedy. Happy International Day of Sports for the Development of Peace!
“We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.” Thank you, Cesar Chavez for dedicating your life and spirit to justice. Si Se Pueda! #CesarChavezDay
“Our future may lie beyond our vision, but it is not completely beyond our control. It is the shaping impulse of America that neither fate nor nature nor the irresistible tides of history, but the work of our own hands, matched to reason and principle, that will determine our destiny.” #WednesdayWisdom
Fifty years ago, Robert F. Kennedy delivered a powerful speech in San Antonio while on the campaign trail. #TuesdayThoughts
In our new report “Belonging”, we call on the @unitednations to act as a responsible party. The organization must provide adequate funding for the Independent Mechanism to collect and analyse evidence of the serious international crimes committed in Myanmar since 2011 and have the Security Council refer the situation to the International Criminal Court. Stand with the Rohingya people and urge the United Nations to fight for justice. Link in our bio to read full recommendations and sign our petition. #RohingyaBelong 📷 by @thehumanstory
Yesterday, we released “Belonging” - a new report that outlines findings from our delegation to Myanmar and Bangladesh. Our report ends with recommendations directed to the main actors responsible for the Rohingya human rights crisis. Read our full report and demand action from the Myanmar government. Link in bio. #RohingyaBelong 📷 by @thehumanstory
“I cannot stand aside from the contest that will decide our nation's future and our children's future.” On this day, Robert F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for the President of the United States. Link in our bio to watch the "I Cannot Stand Aside" video celebrating the enduring legacy of Robert F. Kennedy.
“I’d never heard of many of the groups who were in the room and it made me consider the ways in which marginalized communities too often work within our own silos. We are collectively fighting against forces that maintain poverty, sexism, racism, xenophobia, and homophobia; it's essential that we have opportunities like this to connect and build with one another," Douglas Avery a RFK Young Leader who is a sophomore at Howard University. Alongside Generation Titans, we co-hosted the inaugural Titan Generator Summit at SXSW! Our RFK Young Leaders joined the 2018 Human Rights Award Laureates United We Dream & International Indigenous Youth Council in identifying challenges and potential solutions to social issues. Link in our bio to read our full wrap up.
Over the decades, we’ve had the privilege of working with women who are changing the world for the better. On #IWD19, we honor the women who could not stand aside in the face of injustice. Who inspires you?
“The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the great enterprises and ideals of American society.” Your #MondayMotivation is courtesy of Senator Ted Kennedy.
“We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization - black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand, and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion, and love," Robert F. Kennedy. #BlackHistoryMonth #ThrowbackThursday
“Ultimately, America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity.” #TuesdayThoughts #BlackHistoryMonth
“The program for the development of Bedford-Stuyvesant will combine the best of community action with the best of the private enterprise system. Neither by itself is enough, but in their combination lies our hope for the future.” In 1966, Robert F. Kennedy created the legislative framework for Community Development organizations nationwide. The @bedstuyrestoration was the first Community Development organization founded and a prime example of Bobby’s enduring legacy. The organization pursues strategies to ensure all families in Central Brooklyn are prosperous and healthy. Link in our bio to learn more about this incredible organization.
Over the past year, we’ve traveled to Rohingya refugee camps in Myanmar, celebrated youth-led social justice movements with our Human Rights Award, lead the largest mass bailout in history, and achieved major legal victories. Help us celebrate #WorldDayofSocialJustice by joining the good fight. Link in our bio for more information.
"Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met—obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty," President John F. Kennedy. Happy #PresidentsDay!
“This world demands the qualities of youth; not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease.” It’s never too early to start changing the world. To celebrate the end of our Young Leaders Takeover Week - we’ve collected some of our favorite images of Bobby as a youngster. Happy #FlashbackFriday!
Happy Valentine’s Day to our favorite love birds! 💕
Last October, our RFK Young Leaders Team joined forces with local criminal justice reform efforts to create the largest domestic mass bailout. Over a hundred women and children were freed from pretrial detention on Rikers Island. @keeganmic, @Tayjschilling, @common, and more joined our efforts to show New York City caging human beings before their trial date is unacceptable and unnecessary. Learn more about the campaign at www.massbailout.org.
This week, we're celebrating our Young Leaders Program! Are you a young professional or college student committed to effecting change in creative and meaningful ways? Join the movement! Link in our bio to learn more.
Happy #ThrowbackThursday! Who are you reaching out to today?
“We must admit the vanity of our false distinctions among men and learn to find our own advancement in the search for the advancement of others.” We’re kicking off #BlackHistoryMonth with a throwback photo of Robert F. Kennedy during his 1966 trip to the Mississippi Delta.
"No one needs to tell me about the importance of the free press in a democratic society or about the essential role a newspaper can play in its community," Robert F. Kennedy. Today is the final deadline for our 2019 Book and Journalism Awards nominations process! Nominate a meaningful piece of social justice writing today! Link in our bio. #FlashbackFriday
"The world of sports knows no religious, racial or political differences. Athletes, from whatever land they come, speak the same language. The lessons of competition are lessons for life." Robert F. Kennedy (front row right) with his Harvard football team. #FlashbackFriday
"Too often we honor swagger and bluster and the wielders of force; too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others," Robert F. Kennedy. #TuesdayThoughts
Sweater Weather Season is upon us! Have a fantastic fall weekend! #RFK50
"Our future may lie beyond our vision, but it is not completely beyond our control." #MondayMotivation
We're overjoyed to hear all charges have been dropped against Pedro Hernandez! For years, Pedro has endured unimaginable circumstances in the criminal justice system. To witness him embark on a new chapter is an inspiration to us all. He is a remarkable young man.
Meet Carlos Rodriguez: a student from @uhdofficial who leads his RFK Young Leaders Chapter. On #WorldMentalHealthDay, he wants you to start a thoughtful and deliberate conversation about mental health. Let's break the stigma. Link in bio to read his full post.
"The essential humanity of men can be protected and preserved only where government must answer — not just to the wealthy, not just to those of a particular religion, or a particular race, but to all its people." #RFK50 #TuesdayThoughts
No one should be too poor to miss birthdays, graduations, hugs, and anniversaries. A JUST system is one that sees all of us as human. Follow @massbailout for information and updates! #MassBailOut #EndMoneyBail
Caging human beings is a costly and unjust endeavor. We can invest our tax dollars in a better way. Check out @massbailout for live updates - our work is just beginning. #MassBailOut #EndMoneyBail
Robert F. Kennedy believed that the bedrock principle of the American legal system is that we are all presumed innocent until proven guilty. So why are we caging poor people before they have their day in court? We can invest in a better way. #MassBailOut #EndMoneyBail
Today, the @massbailout action begins the process of freeing women and children who haven’t been convicted of a crime, but can’t afford freedom. Time to bring our family home. Follow @massbailout to support those caged in Rikers who deserve to be home. Link in our bio to learn more. #MassBailOut #EndMoneyBail
“When we think back to Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. and Shirley Chisholm and Nelson Mandela, it’s not a walk back through history. The real quest is to look at their values and vision, and say, ‘How can we apply that to the social justice issues facing our country today?’” Thanks to everyone who came to our event on Saturday with @glblctzn at @riversidenyc. #RFK50 Photo credit: @ojos_nebulosos
Happy birthday to our President @kerrykennedyrfk! Thank you for your lifelong commitment to human rights, justice, and peace. We couldn’t ask for a better leader!
“The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country.” #RFK50 #FlashbackFriday
Happy Labor Day Weekend! #FlashbackFriday
“When he shall die, take him and cut him out into stars and he shall make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.” Bobby Kennedy’s tribute to his brother at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. #RFK50
“In all of these efforts you were there, all of you. When there were difficulties, you sustained him. When there were periods of crisis, you stood beside him. When there were periods of happiness, you laughed with him. And when there were periods of sorrow, you comforted him.” In 1964, Robert F. Kennedy delivered a speech to the Democratic National Convention. After a 16 minute standing ovation, Kennedy began a stirring tribute to his late brother John F. Kennedy. It was an electric moment that cemented the political destiny of Bobby. Link in bio for full speech. #RFK50
“I think that for all of us, we have an obligation. We have a responsibility. If we don’t do it, then nobody’s going to do it.” Bobby campaigning in New York for the Senate seat. #RFK50
“President Kennedy’s favorite quote was really from Dante, ‘The hottest places in hell are reserved for those in moral crisis who preserve their neutrality.’” Robert F. Kennedy campaigning for his New York Senatorial bid. #RFK50
"For New York is the supreme testing ground for the most acute national problems of our time, the problems of racial harmony, of employment, of youth, of education, and the quality of life.” On this day, RFK announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate representing NY. #RFK50