Young Voices Advocate Vera Honored For Human Rights Work in Russia

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), like Young Voices, looks for ways to empower and celebrate young people who are making an impact on their world. This year, they awarded Young Voices Advocate Vera Kichanova, along with three others, Democracy Awards for their work promoting human rights, freedom of expression and freedom of association.

From the announcement:

Kichanova was elected in March 2012 as a municipal deputy in Moscow’s Yuzhnoye Tushino district. As a member of the municipal council she fights for more transparency on the part of the local authorities. Kichanova is an avid journalist and civic activist who has been arrested for her outspoken defense of democratic principles.

You can read her remarks here. Vera was also honored by NED in their list of 30 activists under 30 for her work supporting human rights, freedom of expression, and freedom of association in her home country of Russia.

From NED:

Over half of the world’s population is under the age of 30, those who will define the progress of democracy in the 21st century. NED will be there to support and stand with them.

We at Young Voices agree! Great job Vera!

If you’d like to speak with or book Vera or any of our other Advocates, please contact Young Voices now.

Young Voices Advocate Yael Ossowski published in the PanAm Post on the Quebec Independence Movement

Young Voices Advocate Yael Ossowski has been published in the PanAm Post writing about the differences between the independence movements in Canada and Spain.

The factor which separates the two breakaway nations, however, is politics. Unlike Catalonia, Québec’s independence movement has moved away from grand marches and nationalistic celebrations, and instead toward the political arena. It’s been championed by the pro-independence Parti Québécois, the party heading the current government. They’ve been in power for a combined 19 of the last 37 years, and held unsuccessful referendums on national sovereignty in 1980 and 1995, the latter of which lost by less than 1 percent.

Though intellectuals, artists, and civil society groups have pushed for Québec’s independence over the years, it is the Parti Québécois, and its federal counterpart the Bloc Québécois, that have personified the movement. Therefore, the idea of sovereignty has become more about molding political institutions and seeking power than seceding from Canada.

You can find the entire article What the Québec Independence Movement Can Learn from Catalonia here.

Associate Cathy Reisenwitz Published by Reason

Today Reason magazine published a column by Young Voices Associate Cathy Reisenwitz, Better Mental Health Care, Not New Gun Laws, Will Prevent Future Mass Shootings.

Earlier this year, stand-up comedian and talk-show host Joe Rogan tweeted, “This country has a mental health problem disguised as a gun problem and a tyranny problem disguised as a security problem.” As more facts come to light about the Washington Navy Yard shooting last week, it seems he hit the nail on the head.

Read the rest here.