For the last two decades New Tactics for Human Rights has been facilitating in-person workshops with human rights activists in the US and across the globe. We had honed our skills as trainers to quickly build community within a group, foster conversation, and deliver content—all with the goal of assisting human rights activists to advance their advocacy using our 5 Step-Strategic Effectiveness Method.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to dramatically reduce or even eliminate face-to-face interactions for safety precautions. At the same time, as countries around the world cope with COVID-19, the need to advocate for the human rights of those most marginalized and vulnerable in our community has become even more urgent.
The last month in the Twin Cities normalcy has been flipped on its head due to the murder of George Floyd. My passion for photography led me to go downtown along with another New Tactics intern to visit Cup Foods, the location where George Floyd was killed, as well as other areas around the cities where the movement for change has erupted.
Beginning in 2016, the app Citizen has become a resource for communities to unite neighbors nationwide. The app was created in New York City as a way for people to report crimes in communities. While allowing neighbors to report crimes and create the effect of “citizens arrest.” After a short while, the NYPD shut it down due to crimes not being reported to authorities and neighbors handling the crimes. The app has evolved into a system where individuals with the app are able to post “protests, lost pets, downed power lines, and other community FYIs,” says creator Andrew Frame.
While most of the world is, or has been, instituting some form of isolation in response to COVID-19, human rights activists have had the difficult challenge of continuing to move their advocacy forward without direct interaction. Below is a collection of tactical actions that highlight the work of activists from across-the-globe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID19 pandemic has led to unprecedented actions worldwide, forcing many countries to move their citizens to compulsory quarantine for a period of time of more than 14 days.
Mariam Hudaib is
a junior trainer,
New Tactics MENA.
I am always looking at ways to bring energy to the work of human rights activists. I think about how to encourage participation, how to bring out creativity, how to make methods interactive. One method that is sure to do this is the new initiatives to incorporate game elements into training.
By Aberdeen McEvers
Who knew that fateful day when New Tactics in Human Rights gave me an opportunity to work with them was the moment when they would become my very important family for the next three years? Having the privilege to be the intern that has spent the most time with them, ever, (I know, some may question my dubious decision making skills), I have gained worlds of knowledge and matured beyond expectations.
Noor Zada is the MENA initiative manager
I have always struggled to balance my life between family and work, but now I think that work-life balance is a total myth. Instead you need to strive for a work-life blend. Family is most important but work is also a big part of my life.