Hopes for the New Year

Tuesday, 1 January 2013 | A Public Affair

On this special New Year’s Day edition of A Public Affair, we heard from Madison youth who shared their thoughts and hopes for the upcoming year. Cynthia Lin spoke with members of the youth led Madison based organization Freedom Inc. She was joined in the studio with Jaunita and Tasha from Freedom Inc.’s youth council and Quita Adams, one of Freedom inc.’s organizing coordinators.


  • Freedom IncAccording to their website, “Freedom, Inc is a grassroots organization with a vision of creating and building a world we want to live in. Starting as the Asian Freedom Project in 2000, it created youth-led collective learning groups to organize and mobilize on issues that affected their daily lives. In 2003, Freedom, Inc became an official non-profit organization. Since then, our work has grown to include people from other communities. Our mission is to engage low- to no-income communities of color to end violence against women folks, gender non-conforming folks, and young folks, which bring about deep social, political, cultural, and economic change. We organize around the root causes of violence, creating new definitions and solutions, and empowering all community members as agents of change to inspire and restore power of those most affected. We do this through leadership development and community organizing, in ways that are language-gender-generation and culture-specific to women, gender non-conforming, and youth, in African American and Southeast Asian families.”

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