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Inspirational Resources: Articles, Videos, Case study’s, Reports

A new wave of activism is shaking up the societies of Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus region. New civil society actors are emerging with new values, narratives and demands confronting the hegemonic and traditional culture. This new phenomenon is generating tensions and conflicts with political and religious institutions and forcing the transition of the civil society where civil society organizations (CSOs) will also play an important role.

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Two peaceful anti-corruption rallies were held in Kyrgyzstan in November and December 2019 gathering about two thousand people.

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The “Save Our Heritage” campaign began on May 6, 2019, and lasted until August 3. The main purpose of the campaign was to protect an ancient temple of worship and include it in the state list of historical monuments.

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The main aim of the project was to lobby improving ecological situation in the municipality and to minimize and eliminate environmental pollution by the existing objects, such as “Georgian Manganese”.

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The campaign was initiated due to the legislation passed in December, 2011, namely, the changes in the law of “about political associations” by the Parliament, also, the changes in election and criminal code.  The In the opinions of NGOs and experts, abovementioned changes had significantly worsened pre-election environment; radically opposed the statements of Georgian Government regarding improvements of election environment  and legislation; the changes hindered the freedom of though and caused fear in citizens to support openly any party;   limited the right of citizens’ property, made them bear unfair and hard responsibility and repressed the civic activity. 

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The main purpose of the “5 Qapik” campaign was to cover the fines of young people who had been unfairly fined for participating in a protest action against the non-combat losses in the army. The “5 Qapik” campaign (“5 coins” campaign)  was held in Azerbaijan on January 15-22, 2013.

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This case study presents the “One Million Signatures for the Repeal of Discriminatory Laws” campaign which was a feminist action in Iran which begun in 2006. The campaign aimed ultimately at achieving equal rights for women. For this, the campaign founders planed to collect one million signatures from Iranian citizens, calling for change.

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How did the Pandemic affect the behavior of civil society organizations and movements ? 
This article draws on comparative insights and examples provided by members of Carnegie’s Civic Research Network.
 

Blackout Collective and The Ruckus Society have joined together to make this user-friendly handout about action tactics you can take during the time of social distancing.

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This article collects examples of tactics that work during Covid-19 physical distancing. Some examples are from recent campaigning, while other examples are less recent but provide a model for healthy actions during the pandemic.

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The CCC is crowdsourcing the many forms of collective action and dissent that are occurring worldwide in the context of the global pandemic & the social distancing response. Many movements have been interrupted by this pandemic, but others have found new, innovative, and adaptive techniques.

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The undocumented community is turning to innovative new tactics and mutual aid because they have learned that no one else will come to their rescue.

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This case study presents the “Save Gudiashvili Square” campaign implemented by Tiflis Hamkari from 2009–2015. Tiflis Hamkari is a non-governmental organization founded in 2005; one of its primary goals is to preserve the cultural heritage of Tbilisi. After discovering several damaging actions taking place related to monuments of cultural heritage around Gudiashvili Square — a significant urban area of the city — the organization began campaigning to protect the square.

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This case study presents the “Save Gudiashvili Square” campaign implemented by Tiflis Hamkari from 2009–2015. Tiflis Hamkari is a non-governmental organization founded in 2005; one of its primary goals is to preserve the cultural heritage of Tbilisi. After discovering several damaging actions taking place related to monuments of cultural heritage around Gudiashvili Square — a significant urban area of the city — the organization began campaigning to protect the square.

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The case of Vake Park is one of the successful cases of urban activism in Tbilisi. In the middle of the city’s central park – a beloved place for locals – Mayor’s office issued a permit to an investment company to build a hotel, a decision that stirred an outrage among and fuelled up waves of protest in numerous groups of the society. Activists fought vigorously and unceasingly against the construction in Vake Park, and this fight lasted for three years. Activists were able to stop the construction by using variety of legal and activist tools, media and the Internet platforms.

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The Change Agency provide a range of tools and training materials in the area of campaign strategy, including the very comprehensive Campaign Strategy Guide available to purchase in hard copy or download. This overview of the elements of campaign strategy is offered in the interest of clarifying language shared by campaigners.

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Gene Sharp researched and catalogued 198 methods of nonviolent action and provided a rich selection of historical examples in his seminal work.

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The Tactic Star is a tool for planning and evaluating tactics.

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