Inspiring the Next Generation of Social Advocates with Jamira Burley
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Besides being an internationally recognized speaker, Jamira Burley is a social justice advocate and a next-gen social impact consultant. Jamira joins Alaa to discuss her inspiration to become an advocate against gun violence, the impact of collective responsibility, and the importance of diversity when attempting to make changes.

Being At The Table means:

“Recognizing that you have a responsibility to open doors for folks behind you. It's not about giving folks a handout, it's actually about sharing your power, which is what we're asking everyone to do… share their power.” – Jamira Burley

Highlights from the Conversation:

  • Being nervous about the current situation in the US and our need to have a full understanding of what it is going to take to get where we want to be
  • Having had a brother who was killed at an early age, Jamira started her life of activism focusing on gun violence and finding outlets for young people to address their anger and emotions
  • Losing our sense of collective responsibility to each other
  • Everybody must do their share to address oppression within their own immediate environment but it important to be providing opportunities and space for those communities to speak for themselves
  • Understanding the nuances and language before attempting to speak about them and learning from people that do not look like you
  • Feeling like a sell out between her political world and the social economic background she was raised in
  • Viewing herself as an advocate more than a leader and her first time realizing the influence, she has had a leader
  • How the opposition wins by creating a division within the communities
  • And More…

About the Guest:

Activist, storyteller, and strategist, Jamira Burley reduced the rate of violence in her high school by 30% as a fifteen year-old. Today, she is Head of Youth Engagement and Skills at the Global Business Coalition for Education, and has been recognized by the Obama White House as a Champion for Change and a 2020 Oprah Magazine Visionary.

About the Host:

Alaa Murabit is an award-winning medical doctor, global security strategist, women’s rights advocate and United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health, Employment & Economic Growth and Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocate.

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