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[liberationtech] Fwd: Global Day of Citizen Action: Call for events

Steven Clift clift at
Wed Mar 30 13:15:30 PDT 2016

Anyone planning digital citizen action activities on May 14? Let me know. -
Steve, clift at

From: CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation <
partnerships at>
Date: Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 12:37 PM
Subject: Global Day of Citizen Action: Call for events
To: clift at



*Global Day of Citizen Action: Call for events*

*On Saturday 14 May, 2016, people around the world will share their views
on ‘civic space’ – the freedom of expression, association and assembly. *

In 2014, the first Global Day of Citizen Action drew 20,000 participants
through 48 events, spanning 26 countries. In 2015, participation leapt to
30,000 people engaged, with 116 events in 56 countries.

In 2016, we invite you to host an event and help make an even bigger impact
on this year’s *Global Day of Citizen Action*.

*Why it’s important:*

Civic space exists when individuals and organisations have the freedom to
speak out, organise and take action. But in many places around the world,
civic space is under threat. This can take many forms, including:
repressive laws; increased surveillance, direct repression and arrest of
citizens; and restricting the operations and financing of civil society

By taking part in the GDCA, you can help shape our understanding of the
degree to which civic space is free or restricted in different parts of the
world. This is done by engaging ordinary citizens and asking people whether
they feel free to speak out, organise and take action. This allows citizens
to give their opinions on civic space and allows civil society
organisations to create awareness about citizen’s rights.


On 14 May your organisation can host an event in a well-known public space
within your town or city, where you can maximise exposure to members of the

Using materials provided on the resource page of our website, you can give
out flyers and ask people one simple question: "*Are you free to: speak out
/ organise / take action in our country?*"

Individuals will be asked to write their answers on a board and organisers
will take photos of the individuals holding the boards (see last year’s
photos here
Photos can then be uploaded onto the 2016 GDCA Flickr group
and shared through social media, using the hashtag #CivicSpace.

*This simple action directly engages with individuals around the issue of
civic space*. With materials in various languages and an idea that is
easily replicable, we can raise awareness about the issue with members of
the public in many countries globally.

Additional activities are optional but could include: a public speaker;
march or demonstration; petition; or film screening that relates to
democratic rights and civic space.


   - Participate in this event to show global solidarity!
   - Create awareness about the freedoms of expression, association and
   assembly – which are crucial for all of civil society.
   - Share the voices of ordinary citizens and engage with them on issues
   that matter.
   - Receive recognition for your organisation through press coverage,
   social media and campaign promotion.


   - Visit our online Global Day of Citizen Action webpage
   Creating an event is easy and details can be shared on social media.
   - Once created, your event details will searchable, allowing others to
   find your event and participate.
   - If you are unable to host an event, you can share your opinion online
   through a virtual poster. Simply go to the Global Day of Citizen Action
   on 14 May and follow the easy instructions. You will have the option of
   sharing your poster through social media.

Grants of around USD 800 are available to paid-up CIVICUS Voting Member
organisations. If your organisation requires financial assistance to host
an event and you are eligible as a Voting Member organisation, please fill
out the grant application form
by *10 April, 2016*.

If you would like to upgrade your organisation’s status to be eligible for
the grant, please contact us on membership at as soon as possible.

Should you have any questions or require further information before
deciding to host a GDCA event, please feel free to contact us at
bethechange at

Thank you for supporting our third Global Day of Citizen Action!

CIVICUS Memberships Team
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