Support initiatives and campaigns

Are you worried by emerging trends in civic space?

Dou you want to make the difference?

Support initiatives and campaigns!

We all can make the difference! Here are some ideas how:

Often state and non-state actors are able to disregard civil freedoms, fundamental rights and balance of powers because citizens are unaware and do not react. Fighting isolation, creating awareness and putting pressure on governing bodies is the first step to overturn the warning trends of civic space in Europe. Here you can find campaigns and initiatives launched by civic actors across Europe. Take part and/or share support online and offline to raise the stake of authorities’ actions and force them to be held accountable!

Trans-European petitions are a useful tool to channel concerns into targeted campaigns and amplify the voice of activists. The right to petition is recognised by national laws and article 227 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.  European, national and local authorities cannot disregard citizens’ call if it is widely supported.

Helpful resources to launch petitions are:

You can also ask the European Civic Forum and its network to initiate or join a petition by using the form below.

The members of the European Parliament are an influential channel to raise local and national concerns in the European institutions. Find the contact details of your MEP of reference!

Sadly, funds are the primary obstacle for activists and civil society organisations in their actions. When they heavily rely on governmental funds, they are more likely to be more moderate in their critics to state’s efforts. Moreover, governing bodies are increasingly including clauses to grants, reducing resources, and even obstructing access to foreign funds, thus hampering civil society’s advocacy to public authorities.

Supporting the call for fundraising of civil society organisations which campaign for themes that you consider a priority is a way to help them be independent and less vulnerable.

If you want to launch your own crowdfunding campaign, here are some tools that can be useful:

Increasingly complex bureaucratic and legal standards are a challenge particularly overwhelming for smaller, local organisations that have limited financial means for legal advice. Providing legal expertise is a valuable way to support civil society, but not the only one.

If you need support:

-Good Lobby: pro-bono expertise to civil society

-ECNL: legal analyses

-European Centre for press and media freedom: Legal support to Journalists

-Open Society Foundation Justice initiative: litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance

Current initiatives and campaigns

Article originally published in Italian on Associazione Antigone, 14 Marzo 2020 - accessible here The tragic events of recent days have shaken the Italian prison system to its core. Almost 50 institutions have been caught up in protests which in some cases, fortunately few, have degenerated into violent demonstrations. These ...
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By Polish Women's Strike The demand for legalization of abortion as well as anti-fascist and pro-climate slogans resounded on March 8th in Warsaw, Poland. The street disco event, called #DiscoLegal was organized by Polish Women’s Strike, the coalition of women who ran „black protests” in 2016 against the total ban on ...
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Photo by Neil Scott (Time to Take Back Our Buses petition hand-in at Glasgow City Chambers on 29 January 2020
We interviewed Ellie Harrison, a British artist and activist based in Glasgow. Ellie sparked controversy in the UK after announcing her year-long project The Glasgow Effect, for which she refused to leave Glasgow or use any vehicles except her bike for the whole of 2016. She did so in order ...
Read More

Are you worried by emerging trends in civic space?

Dou you want to make the difference?

Support Initiatives and Campaigns!

We all can make the difference! Here are some ideas how:

Often state and non-state actors are able to disregard civil freedoms, fundamental rights and balance of powers because citizens are unaware and do not react. Fighting isolation, creating awareness and putting pressure on governing bodies is the first step to overturn the warning trends of civic space in Europe. Here you can find campaigns and initiatives launched by civic actors across Europe. Take part and/or share support online and offline to raise the stake of authorities’ actions and force them to be held accountable!

Trans-European petitions are a useful tool to channel concerns into targeted campaigns and amplify the voice of activists. The right to petition is recognised by national laws and article 227 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.  European, national and local authorities cannot disregard citizens’ call if it is widely supported.

Helpful resources to launch petitions are:

You can also ask the European Civic Forum and its network to initiate or join a petition by using the form below.

The members of the European Parliament are an influential channel to raise local and national concerns in the European institutions. Find the contact details of your MEP of reference!

Sadly, funds are the primary obstacle for activists and civil society organisations in their actions. When they heavily rely on governmental funds, they are more likely to be more moderate in their critics to state’s efforts. Moreover, governing bodies are increasingly including clauses to grants, reducing resources, and even obstructing access to foreign funds, thus hampering civil society’s advocacy to public authorities.

Supporting the call for fundraising of civil society organisations which campaign for themes that you consider a priority is a way to help them be independent and less vulnerable.

If you want to launch your own crowdfunding campaign, here are some tools that can be useful:

Increasingly complex bureaucratic and legal standards are a challenge particularly overwhelming for smaller, local organisations that have limited financial means for legal advice. Providing legal expertise is a valuable way to support civil society, but not the only one.

If you need support:

-Good Lobby: pro-bono expertise to civil society

-ECNL: legal analyses

-European Centre for press and media freedom: Legal support to Journalists

-Open Society Foundation Justice initiative: litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance

 

Current initiatives and campaigns

Article originally published in Italian on Associazione Antigone, 14 Marzo 2020 - accessible here The tragic events of recent days have shaken the Italian prison system to its core. Almost 50 institutions have been caught up in protests which in some cases, fortunately few, have degenerated into violent demonstrations. These ...
Read More
By Polish Women's Strike The demand for legalization of abortion as well as anti-fascist and pro-climate slogans resounded on March 8th in Warsaw, Poland. The street disco event, called #DiscoLegal was organized by Polish Women’s Strike, the coalition of women who ran „black protests” in 2016 against the total ban on ...
Read More
Photo by Neil Scott (Time to Take Back Our Buses petition hand-in at Glasgow City Chambers on 29 January 2020
We interviewed Ellie Harrison, a British artist and activist based in Glasgow. Ellie sparked controversy in the UK after announcing her year-long project The Glasgow Effect, for which she refused to leave Glasgow or use any vehicles except her bike for the whole of 2016. She did so in order ...
Read More
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