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AID Offers Support for Campus Human Rights Campaigns

Here’s a grant opportunity for those of you on university campuses – but the deadline, January 10, 2008, is coming up soon! Americans for Informed Democracy (www.aidemocracy.org) is accepting proposals for its “Rights Camera Action” program from campus groups interested in organizing a human rights campaign at their university. Campus groups will propose innovative campaigns around a global human rights issues and prepare to document their experiences on film. Proposals will be evaluated on their potential to create substantive change at their university and to guide similar efforts on other campuses. Potential campaign issues and ideas include, but are not limited to, getting a university to divest from Darfur, getting fair-trade food served in a university’s dining services, labor rights, immigration and immigrant rights, access to health care and medicines, extraordinary rendition, and a number of different fundraising events.

AID will select up to ten winning ideas and provide each selected groups with a $500 grant; a trip to Washington, D.C., for one person from each campus group to meet human rights campaigns experts, video production experts, and congressional staff in February; and a video camera for students to document their campaign. Each campus group will return to their school, conduct the campaign, and create a short film or video toolkit showing how others could replicate their campaign idea on another campus.

The top video toolkit will be chosen from the ten finalists by a nationwide vote on the AID Web site. Students with the most
innovative and successful campaign will win an additional $500. Other campus groups can then apply for a $200 mini-grant to bring the winning campaign to their campus. For further information and to submit a proposal, visit the AID Web site.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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