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activism | Jul 9th, 2019

North Korean Activist Yeonmi Park Criticizes Trump’s Decision to Enter the Country in New Op-Ed for The Hill

Yeonmi Park fled the totalitarian regime in North Korea for the United States with the hope of returning home one day. However, President Trump’s decision to enter the country has once again put that hope at risk.   “Congratulations, Mr. Trump—you’ve gone where other U.S. presidents would not. In... Continue Reading →
activism | Jun 12th, 2019

From Totalitarianism to Freedom: Introducing New Lavin Speaker Yeonmi Park

In her pursuit of freedom, North Korean defector Yeonmi Park faced the threat of prison, execution, starvation, and human trafficking. With honesty and passion, Park details her journey to escape the brutality of Kim Jong-II. Today, she uses her experience to challenge the representation of North... Continue Reading →
activism | Aug 17th, 2017

Speaking Truth to Power: Though Their Activism Looks Different, These Speakers All Fight for Human Rights & Equality

“It couldn’t happen here, not in 2017.” This is the soothing delusion many of us have recited over the past year, but its potency is waning—and now it’s time to act. This week we look at five Lavin speakers—Jelani Cobb, Reza Aslan, Angie Thomas, Megan Phelps-Roper, and Matt Taibbi—who seek to... Continue Reading →
activism | Dec 15th, 2016

“I’m able to speak freely now”: Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin No Longer Silenced at This Year’s Pageant

Last year, Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin was barred from entering China, the pageant’s location, for her outspoken views on the country’s human rights violations. Now, after being silenced by organizers, she’s been given “a green light” (NYT) to speak freely in this year’s competition. Over the... Continue Reading →
activism | Nov 15th, 2016

Surviving 438 Days in an Egyptian Prison: Human Rights Advocate Mohamed Fahmy’s Memoir, The Marriott Cell

Journalist Mohamed Fahmy’s memoir of his harrowing time spent in Egyptian prison, The Marriott Cell, is in stores today.  In 2014, the Egyptian-Canadian journalist was jailed in Egypt, falsely accused of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood and fabricating news for Al Jazeera. All told, he spent... Continue Reading →
activism | Aug 11th, 2016

More than Miss World Canada: Introducing New Speaker Anastasia Lin

In 2015, actress and human rights activist Anastasia Lin entered the Miss World Canada pageant and won. Her next stop would have been Miss World 2015, held that year in China. But in an unprecedented move, Chinese officials declared her persona non grata and denied her visa request. The reason? Lin... Continue Reading →