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Dottie Stevens, 1941-2014

Dottie Stevens

Dottie Stevens

October 21, 1941 - March 27, 2014

Dorothy “Dottie” Kech-Stevens, a lifelong, fierce advocate for justice and human rights for all human beings, died on March 27, 2014 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Stevens, while earning her master’s degree at UMass/Boston’s College for Public and Community Service, founded Advocacy for Resources for Modern Survival (ARMS).

Stevens, in 1987, co-founded Survival News and Survivors, Inc., an outgrowth of ARMS that offers training in writing, speaking, leadership, advocacy, organizing, computer skills, and desktop publishing.

Survival News and Survivors, Inc., became the longest, continually published original women’s anti-poverty journal, providing a voice by, for, and about the experiences and consequences of poverty imposed on women and children in the United States.

The historical records of Survival News and Survivors, Inc., are included in the collection of the Sophia Smith Women’s History Archives of Smith College, the oldest and largest women’s history archive in the United States.

Stevens, Survivors Inc. and the ARMS Center at UMass/Boston combined forces to bring the Human Rights Cities campaign to Boston in 2012.

Boston, as a Human Rights City, joins other human rights cities around the world in working to provide leadership and advocacy to secure, protect, and promote human rights for all people.

A Human Rights City is one whose residents and local authorities, through on-going discussions and creative exchanges of ideas, come to understand that human rights, when widely known as a way of life, can influence meaningful, positive economic and social change.

The Boston City Council recognized Dorothy “Dottie” Kech-Stevens for her wisdom, her tireless battle against poverty, and for leaving the world in better condition than it was when she found it by changing the lives of hundreds of women, children, and those who are less fortunate.

City Councilor Charles Yancey's April 2014 newsletter

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