"Try and identify where the money can go to create conditions for true systemic change."
- Peter Buffett
The Amends Project is ending systemic abuse and corruption in American institutions, starting with education. Because our kids are watching - and justice is the lesson we need to be teaching…
Enjoy this short video on The Justice CORPS Initiative .
Many years ago, a girl named Vanessa encountered a child molester at her boarding high school in Massachusetts. This man was preying on her friends and her, on many young girls, for over a decade. Vanessa and a friend stood up to him, saying, “This is wrong. You have no right to act this way.”. He hung his head and nodded.
Only, there was a disagreement. School leaders believed they could quietly keep him on campus and avoid disruption to their own careers. The kids knew it was all wrong. Vanessa said to the headmaster, “Something must be done”. Yet, they would not act. She asked again, and then, officials revoked her financial aid and sent her away.
But, and this is the heart of the story, Vanessa just kept coming back.
For seven years, she returned to this headmaster's office and said, "We need to do something to keep kids safe!". Yet, they would not act. Then, one year, she lost her patience. She said, "I am going to the press, I am going to expose this one way or another!". So, in 2001, when Vanessa was 23 years old, she gave a speech that finally removed the man from campus.
Listen to a live excerpt of the 20-minute speech here:
Then, in 2016, The Boston Globe released their Spotlight Investigation into abuse and cover-ups in New England
boarding schools. Vanessa's former high school asked people with information to come forward. She did.
Her attorney sent a demand letter to the school for $2 million in settlement. Yet, school leaders would not admit the facts of their response. So, Vanessa actually released her attorney and set out on her own. When she discovered a modern-day cover-up problem at the school, she created a model for Transparency and Oversight in The Justice CORPS.
For the past three years, she has been advocating for this solution. The Amends Project is her second nonprofit, and she is beyond committed. In October 2020, she released a Social Change Memoir called Can't Stop the Sunrise: Adventures in Healing, Confronting Corruption & the Journey to Institutional Reform. Visit her author website to read reviews, watch interviews, and more!
Let's reward her persistence and dedication and help reach this goal!
The Amends Project needs to raise $250,000 by December 31, 2020 to secure fiscal sponsorship with the nonprofit accelerator, Tides .
Here's what the money gets:
* organizational management
* fiscal sponsorship and oversight
* crucial guidance while tackling a nation-wide issue
* 501(c)3 status, and the ability to seek further grants
** the ability to run The Justice CORPS pilot program at two (2) schools for the next (3) years!**
* two (2) documentary films about the first schools taking the brave step of transparency
It starts with education, and then it helps raise the standard in churches and more organizations. Now is the time.
Vanessa Osage and The Amends Project need to get to work now! This issue is timely, and affects all of us by preventing corruption in our future leaders.
If you've been touched by this issue in any way, please give what you can. Even $10 and a share can go a long way!
Thank You for your generosity!
- marguerite bryant
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