If so, then Free Speech Is for Me could be for you. Our new training and mentoring aims to equip you to challenge censorship, defend your speech rights and champion freedom of expression for other activists.
Free speech has been critical to social movements throughout history. It has consistently been used as a powerful tool for marginalised groups to articulate their grievances and demand to be heard.
But, today discussions surrounding “free speech” have unfortunately been dominated by a small number of people who seek to use it primarily to curtail the rights of others and spread hate, leading many to question it as a value.
However, when the principle of free speech is abandoned, those who already face oppression are hurt most: including people of color, religious and ethnic minorities, and those who campaign on sex and gender issues. Free Speech Is for Me aims to show how freedom of expression furthers democracy and individual liberty, and benefits everyone. If we allow free speech protections to be weakened, we lose our greatest tool in advocating for change.
We want to support you in reclaiming free speech as a fundamental right that must apply to everyone by offering training and mentoring on freedom of expression issues. This will include one on one support from leading free speech experts plus media, communications and public speaking training. You will end the programme with a clearer understanding of the challenges of censorship and the tools to overcome them.
We are seeking applicants who would bring a different angle to discussions around free speech.
Applicants may come from all age groups and particular consideration will be given to activists who have experienced the shutting down of speech. We want applicants who will champion free speech as a right that benefits them and their peers and is essential to their cause but is also a right shared by all.
If you are shortlisted you will also be asked for full resume and may be invited to an interview, which will take place during the last week of September.