We're being called on to push beyond performative responses to the crises that continue to unfold around the world. It’s time to show up. It’s time to do something bigger than post a hashtag on social media. If you can't or won't hit the streets because of the pandemic, you can support people who are already making an impact.
Here are some great campaigns for social and economic justice, raising money through crowdfunding.
Rojava is built on a democratic self-administration system – a system based on grass roots democracy, ecology and women‘s freedom, in which all the different ethnic and religious communities can live together on their own terms, through autonomy, self-determination, and equality. But now Rojava faces some big threats: War, embargo, water shortage. Co-operation in Mesopotamia is a project to raise money to support women's co-operatives and vital water projects in North-East Syria.
Black British history should be taught throughout the school year, not just during an awareness month. The Black Curriculum is a social enterprise that works to deliver arts focused Black history programmes, provide teacher training, and campaign through mobilising young people, to facilitate social change. Their programmes are for all young people aged 8-16 and aims to equip young people with a sense of identity, and the tools for a diverse landscape. They are working towards changing the national curriculum and building a sense of identity in every young person in the UK. Donate here.
Coming soon: Selgars Mill Centre for the New Economy
Stir to Action are in the process of opening a residential training centre for the democratic economy, the climate emergency, and social change in the heart of the South West.
We started the project as we went into lockdown, meaning we haven't been able to open our doors to the public yet. But our vision and our mission remains: Our new training centre at Selgars Mill will be supporting communities to create new responses to a range of crises, from the decline of the high street to the impacts of climate change, from youth unemployment to food insecurity.
To support this work we’ll be hosting and offering a range of events, from short courses to small festivals, retreats to eco-weddings, organisational away days to cultural residentials, and we’d like to collaborate with other community-led initiatives in the South West.
We'll be launching a crowdfunding campaign of our own in September, with hopes of opening the centre as soon as is safe and responsible to do so. Until then, make sure to follow @SelgarsMill on Twitter and like Selgars Mill on Facebook.