Christmas is here! And in this special issue of Know Your City, we wanted to go a little beyond our city and highlight some of NYXT’s partners that are building tools for social justice outside of the USA.
You can find all of NYXT’s partners at www.nyxt.nyc/partner - maybe your 2019 resolution could be to connect with one of these organizations and take action!
We learned in 2018 that social media can be a much more powerful weapon than we would like to believe. Would you like to use that weapon for good? Human Rights Watch has a campaign called #Brackthechains and the goal is to end shackling in Indonesia.
Help Human Rights Watch and take action by sharing their campaign on Facebook: Copy and paste the following message on the Indonesian Ombudsman's Facebook page by commenting or sending a message: 12,800 people with mental health conditions remain shackled in #Indonesia, despite a 40+ year government ban. It’s time for the government to monitor all institutions and #BreakTheChains to end shackling now! https://www.hrw.org/breakthechains
Recently, McDonald’s decided to add vegan options like veggie burgers to their menu in Chicago. Through PETA’s campaign you can tell McDonald's to expand this product to all their locations. Read the Press Play interview with Keith Burgeson, PETA’s Senior Vegan Mentor Coordinator, if you want to know more about PETA’s achievements during 2018!
These are the last 10 days to host an Amnesty International-sponsored Write for Rights event, where people write letters on behalf of people who need urgent help. “Through the power of collective action, these letters convince government officials to free people unjustly imprisoned and end other abuses.”
You can submit a letter until January 31. What about hosting a Write for Rights event to celebrate the end of the year? Read more about Amnesty International USA’s team, or check out the episode of Press Play where we interviewed Robyn Shepherd, Amnesty’s Interim Director of Media Relations.
The UN recently began a global contest for sustainable cooking called #recipe4change. According to the Roca Brothers, two Spanish celebrity chefs who fight poverty as UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors “food should not be a threat to sustainability, but a source of sustainable development.” People around the world have been submitting their recipes for change. Which one is your favorite?
Do you call yourself a feminist but you recognize that you need to take action to make of this planet a fairer place? What are you waiting for? Host a screening of Girl Rising, the film by this organization that aims to change the world through storytelling. “When you host a screening of Girl Rising, viewers will get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams.” Invite your neighbors, your friends, your family and even strangers to start a conversation at the core of your community. The day for a more feminist world is today!
Trans and intersex rights are human rights, and it has taken the world far too long to understand this. There is still so much to do to promote LGBT equality around the world, and through Outright Action International you can get involved with this cause. From “Jamaicas’s first organization to solely focus on transgender health and well-being” to the LGBTQ agenda for 2030, here you can find a plethora of important news related to this issue around the globe.
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