Project X Amnesty: Project, Protect, Protest!


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Designed by and for activists, PROJECT PROTECT PROTEST is a week-long act-in for future protest at Project Arts Centre, organised in conjunction with Amnesty International.

The collaboration sees the creation of a temporary home for activists to meet up, forge new connections and regroup in the hope that they will be inspired to start 2023 united and ready for action for human rights change.

The week sees a flurry of activities designed by and for activists which aims to foster new friendships, help cool the burn out, exchange wisdom, learn from each other and meet new tribes.

The organisers say it’s all about looking to the future, registering protest and making some New Year’s Activism Resolutions, all while figuring stuff out and bonding with new friends, over disagreements, challenges, and laughs.

Shona Glynn & Dhruve Singh from Presentation College, Terenure pictured at the launch of Amnesty International’s “Write for Rights” campaign 2022. Photo: Julien Behal Photography

The week also builds on the ‘Write for Rights’ letter writing campaign that has proven such a success in helping raise awareness on the many people facing injustice for peacefully protesting. More than six hundred secondary school students from all over Ireland have already signed up to write letters, sign petitions and participate this year and now it’s time to spread the ink wider. Whether you wish to to express solidarity with the people facing injustice, or write directly to the authorities involved, there’ll be plenty of pens and paper at your disposal to do just that.

In addition to providing space to write those all important letters, there will also be a spate of  public meetings, spontaneous actions, and gigs. Highlights include “Songs against Apartheid” a concert with both Irish and Palestinian musical artists including Francis Black, Síomha and Saied Silbak.

There will also be a unique Tropical Popical pop-up nail salon in solidarity with Dorgolesse, a nail artist imprisoned in Cameroon for protesting, as well as public meetings on urgent issues like climate, housing, art and activism with activists and thinkers such as Andrea Horan and Rory Hearne.

Those who can’t make it in person, are encouraged to take action online.

Full details of all events can be found here.

PROJECT PROTECT PROTEST runs at Project Arts Centre, from December 5th – 10th.

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