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Breakthrough is a global human rights organization driving the culture change we need to build a world in which all people live with dignity, equality, and respect. We do this using a potent mix of media, arts, and tech with an intersectional feminist approach.

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Designer Melody Ehsani’s Latest Collection Honors ‘Black Women in Defiance’

May 20, 2022

Thomas Waller for Yahoo! finance Designer Melody Ehsani has joined forces with “I Support Black Women” campaign founder Trinice McNally, Black Women Radicals founder Jaimee Swift and national media organization Breakthrough to launch the “Black Women in Defiance” charm bracelet. The bracelet honors 10 Black women activists and historical figures from the U.S., Latin America,…

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Statement on White Supremacist Mass Shooting in Buffalo, New York on May 14th

May 16, 2022

Today the Organization Issued the Following Statement from President and CEO Nakisha M. Lewis: “Breakthrough joins the rest of the nation in mourning and grieving the lives taken tragically and hatefully by an unabashed white supremacist and domestic terrorist with no regard for human life, as clearly demonstrated by the monstrous events that took place in…

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Breakthrough Statement on the Appointment of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court

April 8, 2022

As a global organization committed to championing Black women and girls through the media, storytelling and narrative change, Breakthrough recognizes Judge Jackson’s appointment as powerful proof that representation truly does matter.

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Forbes.com: Meet The Black Queer And Trans Women Making History With Radical Approaches Toward Nonprofit Work

March 31, 2022

“What we don’t see, what we don’t hear, we cannot humanize,” she said. To that end, Lewis explained that without charity through the lens of humanity, our most vulnerable populations will remain so. Reid, Pauleanna, “Meet The Black Queer And Trans Women Making History With Radical Approaches Toward Nonprofit Work,” Forbes.com, March 30, 2022, https://www.forbes.com/sites/pauleannareid/2022/03/30/meet-the-black-queer-and-trans-women-making-history-with-radical-approaches-toward-nonprofit-work/

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From Ally to Accomplice: A Call To Action For Cisgender Women.

March 31, 2022

A message from Nakisha M. Lewis, Breakthrough’s President & CEOArt Credit: Kendrick Daye via The Marsha P. Johnson Institute Today is the International Transgender Day of Visibility, a time to celebrate the contributions of trans people and celebrate the trans and nonbinary community in all its diversity. The lives, work, cultural contributions, and activism of…

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Ketanji Brown Jackson Is The Right Choice For The Supreme Court

March 21, 2022

Ketanji Brown Jackson’s experience with providing legal representation for people from underserved communities makes her better suited to make legal decisions that impact Black and Brown people… Ketanji Brown Jackson is one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees we’ve ever witnessed. She will be the first justice with experience as a federal public defender, and the first since Justice Thurgood Marshall with significant experience as a criminal defense attorney on behalf of underserved and under-resourced defend­ants.

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Black Girls Deserve Safety and Compassion, Not Criminalization

March 17, 2022

Since 2015, the safety and security of Black girls on school campuses remain in jeopardy.  In 2012 alone, Black girls were suspended six times more than white girls in public schools across the country, according to a report from the African American Policy Forum. Additionally, girls and non-binary youth who are suspended face a significantly greater likelihood of pushout, where youth are pushed out of the school system.

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It’s Time for More Body Diversity on Reality Shows and Beyond

March 1, 2022

From The Bachelor to Married at First Sight, reality dating shows constantly give us the same premise: thin, conventionally attractive people looking for love. These shows often lack racial diversity, with most if not all the cast members being white. But there is also a lack of size diversity as well that is hard to ignore.

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