Artists for Peace and Justice
Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) was born in a California living room, bringing together actors, directors, writers, performers and artists with leading thinkers and social justice activists to challenge the prevailing political thought post 9/11. Those meetings turned to direct actions and our own efforts turned to alleviating the most extreme poverty in the Western Hemisphere. When the catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, APJ was well-equipped to respond, as we were on the ground and already had solid working relationships with the most effective community leaders there. Hand-in-hand with our Haitian partners we created two large and vital institutions for the very poor: our high school, The Academy for Peace and Justice, and our post-secondary school, Artists Institute. Together they provide a dignified education and employment for over 4,000 youth and adults who would otherwise have no viable alternative. Today, as a group of artists committed to using our voices to inspire activism and direct action, we are more determined than ever to unite our human family to stand firmly together to ensure greater peace and justice for all. To learn more, visit www.apjnow.org.