Adopt a Revolution is a crowdfunding campaign to support nonviolent activism in Syria. For more than three years, Syrian activists keep protesting for human rights and freedom under the risk of their lives. They organise themselves in local committees to offer a real alternative to civil war and military intervention. The activists supported by Adopt a Revolution do not only fight dictatorships, but also the violence provoked by armed groups. Despite all the violence they do not give up hope, as they still believe in a better future. As a matter of fact: they are working on it now and they need your help. And all they need is strenghth and solidarity!
The co-author of this document, Srdja Popovic, is also cofounder and key figure of the Serbian resistance movement “Otpor!”. Otpor had a huge contribution to helping topple dictator Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia in 2000. Popovic became member of the Serbian National Assembly for three years until CANVAS was created (Centre for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies). With a transfer of strategic knowledge and tips on nonviolent resistance, in the form of books and workshops, Popovic and CANVAS support democratic nonviolent movements worldwide. Popovic also translated literature about nonviolent resistance, amongst others Gene Sharp’s work “From Dictatorship to Democracy”.
CANVAS has worked with the movement of the 6th April in Egypt and also with other nonviolent revolutionary movements in the Middle East. This manual, “Nonviolent Struggle, 50 Crucial Points”, has been translated into 16 languages and has been downloaded about 17.000 times during the protests in Iran in 2009.
for more information check www.everydayrebellion.net & http://www.canvasopedia.org/.
Standing at the arrivals at the airport I am looking around holding a paper in my hand with ‘MARCELL’ written on it. Making sure the sign is visible, I am getting impatient – it takes more than forty-five minutes already and I don’t know what this Marcell looks like. Suddenly I almost get hit by a trolly with three suit cases on top, and a woman behind it calling: ‘Are you Irma? Than I am supposed to go with you!’, and then, slightly grumpy: ‘I need food’. Meet Marcell Shehwaro, a thirty-year old blogger and activist from Aleppo, the biggest city in Syria. She is visiting the Netherlands as a part of her trip to different European cities – the next stops are Brussels and Berlin. Her goal is to raise awareness about the wrong display of reality here in Europe – the message we receive (mainly through media) does not represent the true situation in Syria.
By Coen Veerman and Pim Gerritsen [See below for the images and videos of the road trip]
In a bright orange minivan we travelled more than 800 km through different cities and places in the Netherlands to drink a Bakkie met een Irakkie (a cup of coffee with an Iraqi). We invited people passing by to have a cup of coffee with our guests. Our goal? There’s a lot of attention for Iraq and the current war, the focus lies on the extreme violence and brutality. Read more →
Maandag 13 en dinsdag 14 oktober toeren twee Iraakse ambassadeurs van vrede in een fel oranje camperbusje door Nederland op zoek naar andere maatschappelijk betrokken activisten. Onder de titel ‘Een bakkie met een Irakkie’ nodigt vredesorganisatie PAX iedereen uit om onder het genot van een bakkie koffie in gesprek te gaan met beide Irakese vredesactivisten. Read more →