MEI in the News & Press Releases
MEI Press Release, Sept. 8, 2022
The Marshallese Educational Initiative, a Springdale-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, announces that Benetick Kabua Maddison has been named Executive Director. Maddison most recently served as Assistant Director and Project Specialist for Youth, Nuclear, and Climate Issues. Maddison first joined MEI in 2014 to assist with the Marshallese Oral History Project while still in high school. He took over as Director in July 2022.
On September 7, 2022, Maddison addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York City on the ongoing consequences of the nuclear legacy to commemorate and promote the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. He also delivered the youth address at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Conference at the United Nations in August, 2022, and led a youth delegation to Vienna, Austria, to attend the U.N. Conference on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in June, 2022. The Marshall Islands was subjected to 67 nuclear weapons’ tests from 1946-1958, the biological, ecological, and cultural consequences of which are ongoing.
MEI's work on Climate Justice feature in Reuters story
by David Sherfinski, "Migrants share lessons with US to improve climate resilience," Thomson Reuters Foundation, Aug. 19, 2022
Maddison leads MEI team to participate in United Nations' Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Conference, July 29-Aug. 13th; Addresses UN General Assembly as Youth Representation with Civil Society.
Photos below (clockwise): Benetick being interviewed by a reporter from Japan, speaking at the GA, with NAPF President, Dr. Ivana Hughes, and Matthew, Benetick, and Marino at the UN.
MEI Press Release, June 13, 2022
A team from the Marshallese Educational Initiative will participate in the ICAN Civil Society Conference leading up to the United Nations meeting on the TPNW in Vienna, Austria on June 18-19. The Marshall Islands was used by the United States as a testing ground for nuclear weapons from 1946-1958, the effects of which are still being felt by community members.
MEI Press Release, May 19, 2022
Press Release, May 17, 2022
by Reverse the Trend and MEI
Resilience in community: Marshallese leaders race to fill gaps in aid amid ‘existential threats’ - Despite lack of federal attention, the effects of America’s nuclear legacy, and climate disasters, Marshallese people still cling to hope for a renewed future.
by Javan Santos and Joshua Yang from The Yappie, May 11, 2022
UAMS Press Release by David Wise, April 19, 2022
MEI recognized as partner in local Community of Practice cohort led by UAMS to help address food insecurity in the region
KUAF, March 2, 2022 - "UAMS partners with local organizations to address food insecurity in NWA"
MEI Press Release, Nov. 3, 2021 -
MEI Assist. Dir. Benetick Maddison Speaks at Yale Club in NYC; Addresses Nuclear Justice, Urges Youth to Raise Awareness
MEI hosts Women's Conference in honor of Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Oct. 29, 2021
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Article on MEI's work for nuclear justice; partnership with RTT and Lovely Ulmayam
Olivia Paschal, "The long road to nuclear justice for the Marshallese people," Facing South, April 2, 2021
OIA's Tanya Joshua interview with MEI staff about the work we do; COVID-19's impact
KUAF audio story about MEI's commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the 1st nuclear test in the Marshall Islands on Bikini Atoll, July 7, 2021
Article about Coldwell Banker's donation drive for MEI to assist Marshallese families due to impact of COVID-19
MEI News Archive
"Marshallese College Students Mentor Middle School Students in Springdale," KUAF, 91.3 FM, interview by Jacqueline Froelich, November, 2016
April Brown, "Marshallese Oral History Project: Stories from Arkansas' Latest Wave of Pioneers," Reflections, Arkansas Humanities Council, Vol. 38, Issue 4 (Winter 2015):5-6.
Serena Golden, "UCLA's Professor of Punk," UCLA Magazine, March 23, 2015.
Neisen Laukon, "Present at Birth," Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth, International Forum on Globalization, Oct. 25-26, 2014
Tina Stege, "Islands at the Edge with Jenny Newell and Tina Stege," SciCafe, American Museum of Natural History, Oct. 1, 2014.
"Nuclear Weapons Testing: History, Progress, Challenges," Embassy of Kazakhstan & Partners, Sept. 15, 2014.
April L. Brown, "No Promised Land: The Shared Legacy of the Castle Bravo Nuclear Test," Arms Control Today, March 2014.