intersection 09.23.19

Our Heroes

Our days are so filled with villains, we were longing to see our heroes gathered in the same room. This is our version of that wish. Abandon hopelessness all ye who enter here.

Ady Barkan

Mr. Barkan's fight for a just health care system, while suffering the ravages of ALS, is a deeply moving and powerful embodiment of heroism. His organization is Be a Hero and his new book Eyes to the Wind: A Memoir of Love and Death, Hope and Resistance, has just been published.

Tarana Burke

The Me Too movement started with Bronx-born Tarana Burke, who began using the phrase in 2006 in the context of sexual abuse, giving a safe space for the equally heroic women who have come forward to tell their story. Burke's organization, Just Be, helps young women of color thrive.

Greta Thunberg

It was just a year ago that Ms. Thunberg, then 15-years old, began sitting by herself on the ground outside the Swedish parliament with a single sign that read School Strike for Climate, returning every Friday to demand action on climate change. This week's Global Climate Strike, millions strong, grew out of that action. Watch her TED talk here.

Malala Yousafzai

When she spoke out about the right for girls to get an education in Pakistan, a masked gunman boarded Ms. Yousafzai's school bus and shot her. She was sixteen-years-old and she survived. Relocated to the U.K., she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, the youngest person ever to do so. Her book is I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, her organization is the Malala Fund.

José Andrés

The great chef has made it his mission to feed victims of disasters, working in the most difficult conditions imaginable. His experience in Puerto Rico is recounted in We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time and his disaster relief organization is World Central Kitchen.

David Hogg

Mr. Hogg has become the face of the Parkland tragedy but it's the joint effort of his work, as well as that of his classmates and their families, that has created a sea change in this country on gun laws, through March For Our Lives. Mr. Hogg's book is #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line.

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