Re-love-ution – metoder og taktikker
Posted by Fredsvenn den september 24, 2012
Cultural resistance is the broad use of arts, literature, and traditional practices to challenge or fight unjust or oppressive systems and/or power holders within the context of nonviolent actions, campaigns and movements. At its core, cultural resistance is a way of reclaiming our humanity, and celebrating our work as individuals and communities.
Cultural resistance tactics are particularly powerful because they serve multiple purposes. They inspire us to own our lives and invest in our communities, while building capacity for local leadership. These creative and artistic tactics provide a fun way for people to get involved!
Despite an increasingly global and connected network of human rights organizations, strategic and tactical isolation remains a constant challenge to activists across the world. Confronted with local challenges, groups often resort to “reinventing the wheel” or deploying known tactics that, while familiar, may not offer the best possible solutions. The creative innovations of one group often remain invisible to others, and these actions therefore fail to enter the collective tool kit of global advocacy.
New Tactics in Human Rights is project of the Center for Victims of Torture. CVT’s mission is not only to heal the wounds of torture, but to stop its practice worldwide. Our New Tactics in Human Rights project connects the broad human rights community around the world to share experiences, resources and tactical ideas to advance their own human rights advocacy efforts. As a result, we are all better able to address complex human rights issues facing our communities.
Since 1999, the New Tactics in Human Rights Project has worked to provide resources to human rights advocates that offer innovative tactical solutions for confronting specific local challenges. These resources enable activists to map the unique challenges specific to their site of intervention, identify approaches that have worked in other contexts in order to adapt and implement these tactics locally.
VIMEO: New Tactics in Human Rights
The Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army (CIRCA) was founded in November 2003 to celebrate and welcome a clown visiting the UK – George W. Bush. Since then, CIRCA has participated in actions at the Defence Systems Equipment International (DSEi) arms fair, various G8 Summits, military recruitment offices, the 2004 Republican National Convention, the Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen, and many other venues.
According to their website CIRCA «aims to make clowning dangerous again, to bring it back to the street, restore its disobedience and give it back the social function it once had: its ability to disrupt, critique and heal society. Since the beginning of time tricksters (the mythological origin of all clowns) have embraced life’s paradoxes, creating coherence through confusion – adding disorder to the world in order to expose its lies and speak the truth.»
The organization employs professionally trained clowns to engage in non-violent direct action, with the objective being to confuse, embarrass, and ridicule their targets of protest. They carry out actions related to the environment, anti-globalization, anti-militarism, and many other social justice issues.