Humanity in Action omsætter viden til handling
Det er aldrig nok kun at videregive viden til unge, de skal også kunne omsætte denne viden til handling. Denne handling er action-delen i Humanity in Action.
Det et krav, at deltagere på HIAs indgangsprogrammer udvikler og udfører forskellige action projekter, kampagner, udgivelser eller andet, som har til formål at adressere og oplyse om menneskerettigheder, minoriteter og social uretfærdighed. Disse projekter kaldes ’actions’ og er en forudsætning for, at man kan deltage i HIAs praktikmuligheder samt få titlen Senior Fellow.
Action projekterne skal være oplysende, reagere på en konkret samfundssituation relateret til menneskerettigheder, minoriteter eller demokrati. De skal yderligere videregive viden, erfaring og styrke deres målgruppe.
Organizing students – Building movements on story’s of struggle
Senior Fellow Gwen Gruner-Widding, “Professor Marshall Ganz from Harvard has worked with social movements in the US. Through his works I have been introduces to many of the narratives from the civil rights movement. Coming to Atlanta as a John Lewis fellow allowed me to get more of these narratives from the people who were part of the movement. It gave me the possibility to ask some of the question I have been wondering about for years, and to fill in some blanks. At the same time i gained an understanding of the successes of the civil rights movement. What really inspired me the most was to see how powerful narratives, such as the Appeal for Human Rights, but especially the more personal ones can inspire people to take collective action against challenges which seem to be greater that whet we at the moment are capable of overcoming on our own.”
Black Lives Matter Demonstration
Senior Fellow Mary Consolata Namagambe, “Black Lives Matter started with a hashtag. Now it is a rallying cry, a cause and a movement in the wake of the deaths of black men at the hands of police. The latest police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have spurred a new round of protests across the country and worldwide. Demands for change led to organized protests in major cities, including London, Stocholm, Malmø, Berlin, and now we also had to do one in Copenhagen.”
The Party Movement for Danes and New Danes
Senior Fellow Catherina Juel, “As Denmark got an increase of young new Danes because of the refugee crises, there was lacking a place where young people could meet. Seeing how the growing right-wing movements throughout Europe and in Denmark where I live gained ground in the media and in the Danish mentality, for some, I became increasingly frustrated. Frustrated about the negative discourse in the media about refugees, frustrated about the increasing Islamophobia and frustrated about how the global refugee “crises” caused so much negativity and fear politically, socially and psychologically for a lot of my fellow countrywomen- and men. However a reaction to the negativity rose up in a small village in rural Denmark and soon became a nationwide movement. As there is no English translation for the name of the movement “Venligboerne” it is best described as Danes who explicitly chose to call themselves “Friendly citizens”. Venligboerne wanted to present an alternative to all the negativity, and was from the start volunteer-based. Venligboerne became a reaction to the right-wing, fearsome, introvert mentality and spread throughout the country with tonnes of different initiatives ranging from help with fixing bicycles to help with learning Danish. With the movement rolling through the country I soon decided to do my part as a resourceful person interested in international politics, psychology and my own community in Copenhagen.”
Human Rights Film Club
Senior Fellows Kasper Ørnskov, “Even though I know plenty about human rights, I do not know everything, and when I talk to my friends and fellow students they too know about human rights; but I’ve noticed that many of them are eager to learn more and they want to meet other people who are interested in the same field. So I thought: why not create a platform in which every single one can join despite their level of knowledge about human rights and despite their level of education (i.e. you do not have to be studying human rights or the like)? That is why the Human Rights Film Club was invented. The only ‘requirement’ for people to join is a genuine interest in human rights. So along with a group of volunteers (mainly international students from all over the world) I started this project. It takes place once a month with a different theme and guest speaker each time. Furthermore, we decided that we could also use the platform to make people take action on urgent cases. That is why we screen contemporary documentaries and have signature petitions for Amnesty International at the events.”