ACLU Co-Founder and Civil Rights Crusader

Crystal Eastman would be 140 years old if she were still alive, but her words and ideas are very much of the moment. She’s so relevant, I am appalled I only just learned her name.

Crystal Eastman, 1915 (Wikimedia Commons)

Crystal was a cofounder of many things. With her brother, she founded and edited the radical socialist publication…


Fanny Garrison Villard circa 1910 (age 66), looking fierce at the height of her political career (Wikimedia Commons)

Historian Joanna Neuman described Fanny Garrison Villard as an “old-school liberal.” Born to famous abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison in 1844, Fanny was raised in what we would call a “progressive” household long before the concept existed.


Suffragist, Club Woman Extraordinaire, and Activist for Racial Equity

Irene Moorman, 1909 (Wikimedia Commons)

Irene Moorman was born in Virginia to a formerly enslaved woman named Johanna Enders Moorman, just seven years after the end of the Civil War.

Details of her early life are hard to track down, but what I did find is impressive.

In under three decades, she went from being one of 18 children from a poor Black family in the South under Reconstruction to a prominent New York businesswoman.

She made her way from Virginia to New Jersey then New York where she worked in brokerage and real estate firms. I have no idea where she got her education…


The Life & Labor Legacy of Rose Schneiderman

Her enemies called her “The Red Rose of Anarchy.” Male union leaders dismissed her as a fabrente meydeleh (“fiery girl” in Yiddish…aka “hothead”). Her friends knew her as a force to be reckoned with.

Her name was Rose Schneiderman.

In her life, this capmaker wore many hats: lobbyist, suffragist, fundraiser, presidential advisor, the first woman elected to a national union office, and a passionate speaker who could move “strong men” to tears with her words.

And, though she stood only four feet nine inches tall, she had an outsized impact on labor rights in America.

Her story is particularly relevant…


Thoughts, condemnation, analysis, and calls to action for the Syrian city and the people trapped inside

I took these photos during a trip to Aleppo in the spring of 2008

As bombs fall yet again on East Aleppo and the reported tens of thousands of civilians still trapped there, government and civil society leaders around the world are calling for ceasefires and evacuation, people are in the streets in solidarity, and aid organizations are rushing to get medical supplies and food to Syrians amid the violence.

The following is a short list of the coverage, analysis, and opportunities to get involved that have been published on Medium in the past 24+ hours. …


Five use cases to engage new audiences

1. A platform for influencers

Medium is an influencer-heavy platform, making it a natural place for your CEO or Executive Director or celebrity spokesperson to engage and promote the work of your organization. This is the lightest touch way to engage, so might be a good way to dip your toe in.


Stories, strategy, and giving opportunities across the platform

via Giphy

Giving Tuesday is shaping up to be bigger than ever this year, and Medium users are doing their part to spread the word. A bunch of stories are included in this publication, and below are some highlights from elsewhere around the platform.

Looking for somewhere to give? These orgs are writing about their work.

charity: water believes we can end the water crisis in our lifetime, and lays out the reasons we should believe and support their efforts:

We believe in local partners who are absolute experts in water and sanitation. None of our staff are hydrogeologists or drillers. Instead, we partner with local organizations around the world who have years of…


Cutting through the clutter to open hearts (and wallets)

There are going to be a lot of wonderful organizations sharing stories on Giving Tuesday and throughout this season. Here are a few best practices to make sure yours is compelling and actionable.

1. Choose the right narrator

To make your story feel authentic, it’s important to tell it in the right voice. A narrator for whom the story is personal — be it an employee, a donor, or a beneficiary — will be best able to convey a depth of understanding and emotion that translates to the audience.

When possible, have your narrator write in the first person, and if you’re publishing on Medium…


What we’re up to, and how to get involved

With all of the anger and divisiveness in our country and around the world right now, there’s never been a better time to honor generosity and kindness. That’s why, this year, we’re going to celebrate the global #GivingTuesday movement right here on Medium.

2016 marks the 5th annual Giving Tuesday. Last year, almost a million people raised over $100 million in over 70 countries and this year is shaping up to be even bigger.

But this day, and indeed this whole season, are about more than giving money. …


And why I love audiobooks

It’s my dad’s birthday today. He’s 64. At brunch, we joked about how he can’t sing the song “When I’m 64” anymore; now he just has to go ahead and book that cottage in the Isle of Wight.

By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19975798

When I was little my dad used to read aloud to me at bedtime. We read a lot of Roald Dahl books. We especially loved The BFG. And I remember being so scared I had to sleep with the covers pulled over my head — keeping a small air hole clear to breath — when we read The Witches. There’s a very…

Ariel Azoff

NYC Tour Guide, writer, and amateur historian focusing on NYC women’s history. My day job is staying curious @AtlasObscura.

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