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07/06/2020 at 08:36PM
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How can I start a club that focuses on human rights/justice?

In light of the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, I have become bery interested in activism. I have very strict parents, so I haven’t been able to participate in any protests but I have made sure to try and help from inside my home, by signing petitions, writing emails to PD’s and senators, or by making calls to demand justice and accountability. All of this has, however, made me keen to start a club specifically for human rights violations and other injustice. The issue is, I don’t know what plan or exactly what to do, as a school club, to help advocate for these issues. A few of my ideas were to research injustices and as group format emails to send, or make calls together, or even create flyers or posts to help spread these sins and ask for people to join in and help. But I’m not sure whether this would really solidify or be defined as a club? Basically, what I’m asking is, are there better ideas to create an “activist” sort of group or is this not enough to be a school club? (I’m entering my junior year this fall; I have been accepted into NHS—which focuses more local community service, contrasting it from the intentions of this club I wish to create—but have not been inducted yet due to COVID and consequential quarantine),

@NoelJames03/28/2021 at 04:55PM [edited]

Oh, it's great to organize such a club. I'm interested in this theme, read a lot of different resources, memoirs and biographies and the last one is about Martin Luther King and his activity. I've found this amazing resource where everyone can click here to investigate all available info about it. So, I'd like to discuss it with students, for example.

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07/06/2020 at 08:42PM

Hi there, I just wanted to say that this is a great idea! What you see to be describing is a 'Human Rights' club. You could call it this, or if you want to focus specifically on the struggles of black people, a 'Black Student Union.'

You'd have to make it clear when proposing your idea to the school board that this is not meant to exclude anyone and that everyone can join (because sometimes non-POC feel left out and may complain).

Good luck with your club!

07/08/2020 at 07:33PM[edited]

another idea:

Also if your school goes online in the fall and starting a club is difficult, you could start a podcast talking about human rights injustices all over the world that cover not only the BLM movement but also other global issues if that interests you :)

the app Anchor allows you to create your own podcast, and distribute it for free. you can also generate revenue which you can donate!!

07/07/2020 at 07:45PM

you can start an amnesty international club at your school! that's what i'm doing. :)


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