Young social activist and feminist, Jana Lynne Mackey, was taken from this world before her noble and inspiring work was completed.
She dedicated her short life to pursuing social justice and equality for all. Jana was locally and nationally known for her advocacy for women’s rights. This 25 year old KU law student had worked on several state and national political campaigns, served three years as one of the youngest lobbyists at the Kansas State Capitol for the National Organization for Women and the Kansas Equality Coalition, and she had volunteered endless hours caring for sexual assault and domestic violence victims.
One dear friend said when describing Jana, “Never was there a more caring, more compassionate, more brilliant woman with each of these qualities and more wrapped into the heart of one activist.” Jana Mackey represented all that is good in this world.
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A New Legacy Dawns
Thanks to the energy, passion, and the spirit of one young activist, others are now answering the call to serve. Eleven Hundred Torches seeks to encourage hundreds of ordinary citizens to serve others. Inspired by the life of advocate and activist Jana Mackey, and motivated into action by her death, this national campaign has been created to inspire others to make a difference.
Jana Mackey served as an advocate and a devoted civic servant. She worked tirelessly to promote the rights of women, victims of violence, and the voices of many often unheard and underrepresented. A victim of an unjust crime, she was taken before her time. We can never replace Jana, but we can help her service live on through others.
On July 9th, 2008, speakers at “Jana’s celebration of life” service called on the 1100 people in attendance to pick up her fallen torch and find the courage to carry her work forward. It is our hope that her single torch will soon become eleven hundred torches. Eleven hundred others making a difference in our world.
Jana’s legacy can live on with your help. We ask you to get involved and find a place to serve. Please click on the links below to see how others have joined our movement:
“Jana was strongly committed to social justice, and in her memory, we hope to
inspire others to share her cause and make a difference.”
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