All summer, we’ve been highlighting the human rights our campers have been exploring at camp and offering you ways you can act in solidarity to create more peace and justice. Here’s that list of actions all in one place:
The Right to a Nationality (Article 15)
- Instead of just hot dogs and hamburgers for a holiday picnic, consider holding an international dinner with your family and friends.
- Learn about the work Ultimate Peace does and play a game of Ultimate … or just throw a frisbee.
- Learn about Freedom University in Georgia. Advocate for the right of all people to attend public universities. One way you can volunteer for Freedom U is by driving students to classes. Sign up to volunteer here.
- Adopt a refugee family through a resettlement organization like New American Pathways. Welcome a new immigrant family and help them learn how to grocery shop, get around, cook, and find a job here in the United States.
- Volunteer to tutor or teach citizenship classes with an organization like the International Rescue Committee.
The Right to Rest and Leisure (Article 24)
- Watch “We’re the Superhumans” and be inspired!
- Have a movie night at your own home and watch McFarland USA along with our campers.
- Offer to babysit for a parent you know – allow them an afternoon of leisure.
- Learn about the Fugees Family (which provides education and athletic opportunities to refugees in the Atlanta area) and donate money or equipment to help refugee youth play soccer.
- Provide transportation for kids to Soccer in the Streets or a program like it in your town.
- One of the athletes who will be working and playing with our campers is very active in the Soles 4 Souls program. Learn more about how you can help people have appropriate footwear for leisure and everyday life.
- Read about “Play Deserts” and advocate for more parks and playgrounds in all communities.
The Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression (Article 19)
- Learn the story of Romaine Patterson, one of our peacemakers of the day. We hope you will be as inspired as our campers by Romaine’s story.
- Share Vox ATL teen newspaper with young people in your life.
- Read Affinity Magazine, a social justice publication for which our CIT Madison writes.
- Watch Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
- Invite an arts group from another culture to perform in your town, like MECA‘s dance troup did in CIT Medinah’s hometown.
- Download the TuneIn Radio app and listen to Great Dreams Radio (host Sulaimon is a “Real Communities” partner of Peacebuilders Camp and happens to be blind) or other online radio stations that promote the freedom of expression.
- Reach out to someone that has different opinions from you and offer to listen. Here’s an experience I had recently listening to neighbors on the other side of the political spectrum.
- Watch MSNBC and FoxNews back-to-back with your family and compare the news coverage.
- If you want ideas on how to express yourself politically in the Trump era, join Jen Hoffman’s Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience.
The Right to Enjoy the Arts (Article 27)
- Alongside our campers, watch these five videos of groundbreaking arts programs:
- Learn more about drawchange and how you can support or volunteer with their organization.
- Learn more about Zot Artz, which partnered with Peacebuilders in 2016 to create an Arts for All program in Americus. You might even choose to invite Zot Artz to produce a program in your community.
- Support or volunteer with a great youth music organization like…
- Maybe the most simple but meaningful action you can take is to donate art supplies to public schools.
The Right to Healthcare (Article 25)
- Support the Ellenton Health Clinic, one of the few clinics in south Georgia that serve the people who pick the fruits and vegetables we buy in grocery stores.
- Read about the Farmworker Family Health Program at the Emory School of Nursing and the mobile clinic they provide each year, in partnership with the Ellenton Health Clinic.
- Support the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Student Action with Farmworkers, two organizations that work to promote better working conditions and pay for farm workers.
- Support farm workers by boycotting Publix, Kroger, and Wendy’s to push these companies to join the Fair Food Program (which already includes companies such as Walmart, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Burger King, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and many others).
- Support or volunteer with one of the health organizations that are close to our counselors’ hearts:
- If political advocacy is your passion, call your Senators to oppose the tactic that Senator McConnell is using to garner votes for the Senate healthcare plan – trading budget earmarks for support of the bill.
The Right to a Fair Trial (Article 28)
- Learn about the inequities of the bail system in the U.S. and support the National Bail Outmovement led by Southerns on New Ground (SONG). (Read about their recent Black Mamas Bailout campaign.)
- Read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander and join an action group.
- Support the work of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
- Support the Innocence Project.
- Go to court and observe hearings – including hearings at immigrant detention facilities – to be a presence that helps ensure justice is carried out fairly. Document and report if not!
The Right to Food (Article 25)
- Learn more about Carver Market, shop at their store, and support their work to end food deserts.
- Read about food deserts, locate them in your community, and advocate for farmers’ markets and access to fresh produce.
- Support Project Open Hand.
- Adopt an urban fruit tree with Concrete Jungle.
- Support Second Helpings.
- Take a personal step to reduce your food foodprint:
- Shop at a local farmers’ market.
- Reduce your meat consumption.
- Eat at a pay-as-you-can restaurant.
The Right to Freedom of Thought, Conscience, and Religion (Article 18)
- Learn more about School of the Americas Watch, support their work, and partipate in an action.
- Join a social movement that specifically tries to bring together people of many different faiths, like the Interfaith Children’s Movement.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper – or a letter to your representative – about an issue of conscience.
- If your conscience leads you to, consider staying seated for the national anthem and see what reactions you get.
- Support the right to freedom of religion for Muslims in the U.S. through an organization like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
- Make plans to go to a religious service with a friend who is a different faith.
The Right to Asylum (Article 15)