Please join us in celebrating the birthdays of these notable figures and applaud them for their work in Social Justice.
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David Suzuki (March 24, 1936)
David Suzuki is a Canadian environmental activist, science broadcaster, and Canadian academic. He was a professor at the University of British Columbia from 1963 to 2001 and is known for his television science program The Nature of Things. Suzuki is an activist who advocates for the reversal of global climate change and is the co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. This foundation founded in 1990 is a non-profit organization to “protect the diversity of nature and our quality of life, now and for the future.” In 2009, Suzuki was awarded the Right Livelihood Award.
Shaheen Mistri (March 16, 1971)
Shaheen Mistri is an Indian social activist and the founder of the Akanksha Foundation. This foundation is a non-profit organization to assist children from low-income families and change their lives with non-formal and formal education. There are three afterschool centers and 21 schools in Mumbai and Pune. In 2008, Mistri became and continues to serve as the CEO for Teach for India, a non-profit organization that recruits college graduates and working professionals to serve as full-time teaches in low-income schools for two years.
Gareth Peirce (March 1940)
Gareth Peirce is a human rights activist and solicitor and is known for her high-profile cases with human rights injustices. She is known for her representation of the Guildford Four, in which Gerry Conlon was wrongly convicted of bombings carried out by the Provisional Irish Republican Army. In the 1960s, she was a journalist during the Martin Luther King Jr. campaign. In the 1970s, she advocated for legal reforms of police procedures. In 2007, Peirce was inducted in the Justice Denied magazine’s Hall of Honor and awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award in 2015.