CGS is proud to announce that our program on Gender, Justice and Human Genetics is now transitioning into an independent organization, called Generations Ahead, with CGS Associate Director Sujatha Jesudason as founding Executive Director.
Generations Ahead will bring a social justice perspective to issues raised by the new reproductive and human genetic technologies. It will continue working with social justice organizations to build capacity, cross-movement dialogues, and a coalitional structure to focus on the concerns of communities of color, women, young people, people with disabilities and LGBTQI communities.
The creation of Generations Ahead is an exciting step toward fulfilling an important part of CGS's mission: helping foster multiple organizations addressing the new human biotechnologies from a variety of strategic, constituency, and substantive perspectives, in support of broadly shared goals.
Sujatha attended the May 2004 conference on "Gender and Justice in the Gene Age," organized by CGS, Our Bodies Ourselves and the Committee on Women, Population and the Environment. She immediately recognized that communities directly impacted by the new human biotechnologies and historically marginalized in discussions on biotechnology policy needed to organize to make their voices heard. Sujatha joined CGS in August 2004 and quickly began establishing the vision, recruiting the staff, and building the relationships that would make this possible.
Generations Ahead will be guided by a distinguished Board of Directors led by Crystal Plati, former Executive Director of Choice USA, and including Alison Kafer, Le'a Malia Kanehe, Jackie Payne, Dorothy Roberts, Josef Tayag, Hina Shah, Silvia Yee, and Miriam Yeung. Joining Sujatha as the founding Generations Ahead staff are Emily Galpern, Jamie D. Brooks, and Linda Puffer.
Generations Ahead became an independent organization as of January 1, 2008, under the auspices of the Tides Center. It expects to move into its own offices within the coming two months, and will be establishing its own website and other communications after that.
Please join us in congratulating Sujatha, her staff and the Generations Ahead board as they make this historic transition!