Author: Lisa Goldman

Build campaigns to build a movement: Meet Rebecca Vilkomerson

Meet the Mobiliser

Rebecca Vilkomerson’s background includes volunteering at a Guatemalan women’s cooperative in the mid-1990s alongside indigenous women who had all lost husbands to the violence of the civil war in that country. “I got schooled by those women on what U.S. policy does in the world – on the effects of colonialism and imperialism,” said Vilkomerson Looking for a place where she could balance close family ties to Israel with concerns about the government’s human rights violations, Rebecca joined Jewish Voice for Peace in 2002. She sees “intersectionality and a straight directional line” between her experience in Guatemala and the...

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ChangeMakers: Fight for 15 and a people’s movement for a living wage

Campaigning, Insights

MobLab is partnering with ChangeMakers – an exciting new global podcast – to bring new and inspiring stories of innovative social change to the ears of people around the world. ChangeMakers launched this week with the story of American workers mobilising a grassroots movement to guarantee every worker a minimum living wage of $15 per hour. Listen in as ChangeMakers host Amanda Tattersall learns what happens when low wage workers take their struggle for dignity into their own hands.  The ChangeMakers podcast launches this week: Subscribe on iTunes. Read more about the first episode and the Fight for $15 below. We have this idea that as long...

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How nonviolent grassroots mobilisation worked in East Jerusalem

Insights

A new, unarmed Palestinian grassroots resistance movement emerged in East Jerusalem last month. Activists achieved an unprecedented victory when the Israeli government met their demands following two weeks of sustained nonviolent mass action. Key Takeaways Solidarity shown by Christian, Muslim and secular Palestinians helped sustain long-term nonviolent. Protesters in long-term actions need the basics: East Jerusalem communities organised with the mosques to prepare and distribute food to protestors. It’s unclear if nonviolent mobilisation can be sustained–and help win–future confrontations in a tense community. The Palestinian-led protests that took place in East Jerusalem during the second two weeks of July came...

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Turkey arrests are a teachable moment for campaign organisers

Campaigning, Insights

Turkey arrests show that veteran NGOs have valuable knowledge to share about running a human rights campaign. In an incident that is attracting high profile international media coverage, an Istanbul court ruled on July 18 that six out of the 10 civil society activists detained by police on July 5 should be remanded for trial, on charges of aiding armed terrorist groups. Turkish police have detained and arrested tens of thousands of people over the past year, under the state of emergency laws that Erdogan imposed following the failed coup of July 15, 2016. They include teachers, academics, army...

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