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America's Next Leaders: A Calif. Woman Works to Stop Sexual Assault

  • “America’s Next Leaders 2016” is an Equal Voice News special series that highlights young people who are strengthening their communities.
January 20, 2017 3:18 pm by

Each year, Equal Voice News features “America’s Next Leaders”, a series that profiles the recipients of the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. The award honors young people who, in the spirit of Sargent Shriver, have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and have transformed that commitment into effective action across an array of issues.The Marguerite Casey Foundation supports and promotes America’s Next Leaders in order to recognize their resolve and courage and to help them build a network that will foster their individual and collective work moving forward.

Equal Voice News is an online newspaper published by the Marguerite Casey Foundation that covers the intersection of policy and poverty, with a focus on the lives of families living at that intersection.

Equal Voice for Southern California Families Alliance, which includes LAANE, nominated Brittany Rivas for the award. Here is a summary of her community contributions:

BrittanyRivasPortraitPhotoANL-insert150Brittany is an activist with Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), which works on policy analysis and community outreach to build a new economy for everyone.

As a student organizer, she helped set up outreach meetings with coalition members and took a leadership role in an event to highlight sexual abuse in the hotel industry.

A survivor of sexual assault herself, Brittany is “personally driven to help heal and restore dignity in victims of sexual assault or any type of gendered violence,” LAANE said.

Rivas also helped to set up a worker panel at California State University – Long Beach to highlight challenges faced by women in the workplace. 

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