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A podcast featuring the people and ideas that are driving -and disrupting -human rights around the world. You can learn more about the project at our website, www.strengthandsolidarity.org. We welcome your feedback and your suggestions. In particular, if you have a poem or text, a speech, or a piece of music that expresses something important about your own commitment to rights, please tell us about it at pod@strengthandsolidarity.org.

Strength & Solidarity Strength & Solidarity

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A podcast featuring the people and ideas that are driving -and disrupting -human rights around the world. You can learn more about the project at our website, www.strengthandsolidarity.org. We welcome your feedback and your suggestions. In particular, if you have a poem or text, a speech, or a piece of music that expresses something important about your own commitment to rights, please tell us about it at pod@strengthandsolidarity.org.

    12. Building activist movements for the long haul

    12. Building activist movements for the long haul

    The past decade has seen some spectacular social movements emerge, mobilising hundreds of thousands of people in defence of rights and sending powerful images of protest around the world. This revitalized activism is gaining energy despite rising authoritarianism. To hold the ground they gain, though, activists need to sustain their movements in between battles and turning a loose, ad hoc network into an organization isn’t easy. But one group in the Democratic Republic of Congo seems to be finding a way. Lucha - Lutte Pour Le Changement- is nearly a decade old yet it remains a grass roots movement. Fred Bauma, a member of the movement since its early months in 2012, explains how they are doing it. And in the Coda, Zimbabwe youth activist Namatai Kwekweza gets into some good trouble.

    In this episode:

    • Keeping faith with the grass roots while building for the long haul

    • The Coda: Congressman John Lewis fires up an activist in Zimbabwe

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    • 34 min
    12. [Excerpt] The Coda: Getting into good trouble in Zimbabwe

    12. [Excerpt] The Coda: Getting into good trouble in Zimbabwe

    Excerpted from Strength and Solidarity Episode 12. Inspired by the late US Congressman John Lewis, activist Namatai Kwekweza reflects on the difference between bad trouble and good trouble and explains why she’s determined to keep making a noise about injustice: “I personally believe that if the noise didn't really achieve anything, then they wouldn't be telling us to keep quiet.”

    • 6 min
    11. What’s so great about a feminist manager?

    11. What’s so great about a feminist manager?

    Many mission-driven organisations are grappling with the challenge of unhappy workplaces. And whether the cause is bullying or harassment, over-work, or demands for a share in decision-making, management is usually in the crosshairs. For some, conventional models of hierarchical bureaucracy are bound to be inappropriate for driving social change. But what’s the alternative? South African feminist Ishtar Lakhani discusses her approach as a manager to building a positive workplace culture. And in the Coda, Nigerian activist Yemi Adamolekun explains why a commitment to exposing bad government is mandated by her faith

     In this episode: 


    A feminist manager reimagines the rules for a respectful workplace
    The Coda:  A Nigerian activist on the demands of her faith

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    • 30 min
    10. Mexico: In search of trust – beyond privilege and exclusion

    10. Mexico: In search of trust – beyond privilege and exclusion

    This episode of the podcast steps onto tricky terrain with a conversation about identity, power and privilege. Mexican human rights lawyer Alejandra Ancheita tells host Akwe Amosu about building relationships of mutual respect with her clients - indigenous communities fighting against corporate encroachment on their land and livelihoods. And in the Coda, how the courage of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero - assassinated in 1980 for standing up to a violent, repressive regime – confirmed US lawyer Jim Goldston’s commitment to a career in rights.

    In this episode:


    In Mexico – a lawyer navigating power and identity with her indigenous clients
    And in our Coda – the struggle for justice in El Salvador sets a young man’s course in life


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    • 35 min
    10. [Excerpt] The Coda: A lesson in courage from a Salvadoran Archbishop

    10. [Excerpt] The Coda: A lesson in courage from a Salvadoran Archbishop

    Excerpted from Strength & Solidarity Episode 10. As a young US lawyer, Jim Goldston went to El Salvador in 1987 and documented atrocities by state-instigated death squads. The courage of Archbishop Oscar Romero, assassinated seven years earlier, and of ordinary civilians determined to resist the terror was an inspiration.

    • 8 min
    9. Nigeria: Driving police reform through mass protest

    9. Nigeria: Driving police reform through mass protest

    In this first episode of Season two, host Akwe Amosu looks back to late 2020 and Nigeria’s massive #EndSARS protests against police brutality and impunity and asks youth organizer Samson Itodo to assess their impact. What is the role of leadership and organizing in a spontaneous upswell of citizen rage and who has to deliver it? And in the Coda, veteran human rights defender Suliman Baldo recalls the way poetry powered the revolution in his country, Sudan.

    In this episode:

    ● Converting protest into respect for right in Nigeria

    ● The Coda:  How poetry fuelled Sudan’s revolution

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    • 32 min

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