“Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, they send forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance,” Robert F. Kennedy. We’re pleased to announce our 2019 #RippleofHope Award Laureates J.K. Rowling, @speakerpelosi, environmentalist @wendyabrams1, and Livongo Founder & Executive Chairman Glen Tullman. Link in our bio to learn more about our laureates!
Here at RFK Human Rights, our interns are foundational to our work and mission. Our interns come from varied backgrounds, whether they’re in law school, pursuing an undergraduate degree, or even in high school! They are all wonderful additions to the team who have contributed so much. Follow the link in our bio to read up on what the intern cohort learned this summer!
Happy International Friendship Day! Let’s celebrate new and old friends who inspire and encourage us to see the greatness within ourselves.
Happy 4th of July! We would like to celebrate this Independence Day by remembering the things upon which this nation was founded: Liberty and Justice for all.
In 1964, Robert F. Kennedy advocated partnering the best of community action with the best of private enterprise: “The power to act is the power to command resources.” Over 50 years later, we’re building upon Bobby Kennedy’s legacy. That's a wrap on our #Compass2019 Conference in Hyannis Port! Thank you to everyone who made this event a success!
“We are going to be the ones sowing the seeds of justice...and those flowers of justice are going to grow and they are going to get stronger because they cannot crush us.” Powerful words delivered by our keynote speaker @doloreshuerta at our #HRA2019 ceremony honoring the work of @dmscelpaso, @lupe_rgv, and @angrytias who advocate for migrant rights. #TuesdayThoughts
Happy Father’s Day!
James A. Hood, alongside his fellow student Vivian Malone, integrated the University of Alabama in June of 1963. President Kennedy, after Alabama Governor George Wallace denied entry to the new students, sent the National Guard to help James and Vivian register for classes. Bobby urged his brother to treat civil rights as a moral, rather than a political, issue. On June 11, 1963, President Kennedy addressed the nation and stated, "The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” In 1968, while Bobby was preparing to deliver the Symposium for the University of Alabama, he met James A. Hood. 📸 by the University of Alabama Libraries.
“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.” We remember and honor Robert F. Kennedy everyday with our mission of creating a more just and peaceful world in his image. Thank you, Bobby for your enduring legacy.
"He made such an effort and was committed to the young people, not only of the United States but to the young people of the world. And 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," Robert F. Kennedy. Happy Birthday President John F. Kennedy! How has the legacy of JFK inspired you?
After his older brother Joseph was killed during World War II - RFK left school to join the Navy. This photo portrays him at Bates College during his V-12 Navy College Training Program in front of a snow replica of a Navy boat. Thank you to everyone who has served our country. Your sacrifice is never forgotten. #MemorialDay
A few snapshots from last night’s 2019 Book and Journalism Awards! Thank you to everyone who contributed to such a great event and the journalists who are creating a more just world! 📸 by @uziphotography
Happy Mother’s Day!
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.