Who you'll find in the Human Rights Room
DSFL Print Collective
DIY Space For London is a cooperatively-run social centre located in South London, just off Old Kent Road. We offer low-cost creative facilities, meeting rooms and social space as well as space for screenings, talks and performances. DSFL will be screen printing designs onto various items. You can choose the design and item you want it screen printed onto.
Find out key activist tool in the history of protest that turns a human into a walking placard to promote issues that matter! Radical Badges, based in London, will be making badges for campaign groups, as well as some of their own designs, to celebrate the history of protest and human rights. You can also come over and design your own as they will be making the badges live for you to wear with pride!
London Co-operative Housing Group
The London Cooperative Housing Group is a grassroots organisation for coop tenants in London.
Radical Housing Network
The Radical Housing Network is made up of groups fighting for housing justice, based in London.
DIY Space for London
DIY Space For London is a cooperatively-run social centre. They offer low-cost creative facilities, meeting rooms and social space as well as space for screenings, talks and performances.
Women Against Rape
Women Against Rape is a multi-racial group founded in 1976 that has successfully pushed through changes in the law such as making rape in marriage a crime, set important legal precedents and achieved compensation for many victims.
Black Women's Rape Action Project
Black Women’s Rape Action Project was founded in 1991 to get justice for women of colour and reveal the particular discrimination they face. This multi-racial organisation has prevented the deportation of many rape survivors.
Sisters Uncut is a feminist, direct action group that defends crucial domestic violence services. They are open to all women (transgender, intersex and cisgender) and all non-binary, agender and gender-variant people.
Formed in 1995 by a group of parents brought together by their children’s longstanding gender issues, Mermaids has evolved and grown to meet demand and offer appropriate resources to young people, their families and carers, and professionals working with gender-variant young people.
Condividilove is a project of social communication based on web-sharing mechanisms and social media that continues to claim equal rights for couples of all sexual orientations. Recently Condividilove was part of the successful campaign for the Italian state to recognise same-sex civil unions in June 2016.
Fundación Daniela (Spain)
We are a non-profit organisation whose main objective is to end the discrimination that the young transgender children and teenagers suffer. We are committed to raising social awareness of, and eradicating, the stigma and discrimination that these young people suffer and to creating a network of specialised professionals who will be able to treat our children without prejudice or as if they were ill.
Artemisszió Foundation (Hungary)
The Artemisszió Foundation has been operating since 1998 as a non-profit organisation of public interest for the promotion and facilitation of intercultural dialogue. The mission of the Foundation is to provide an opportunity for the widest possible section of society to take part in activities that develop competencies that strengthen relations among people, improve communication and conflict-resolution skills, and contribute to the development of tolerance, mutual understanding and cooperation.
It is our priority to promote equal opportunities and fight social exclusion for socially disadvantaged groups such as the unemployed, people living in rural areas, the Roma and immigrants. With this objective in mind, we organise and manage youth mobility programmes, provide training for professionals in the social sector and young people, and carry out research, mainly in the domain of intercultural communication. We also manage and coordinate programmes enabling the integration of socially disadvantaged persons, and are currently involved in a project aiming to integrate asylum seekers in Hungary.
All Out is building a world in which no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity, because of who they are or who they love. All Out is bringing people power to the global movement for love and equality. We petition world leaders and global organisations while using creative tactics – online and offline – to advance the fight for the rights of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. See below for some of our campaign highlights.
Reprieve is a small organisation of courageous and committed human rights defenders. Founded in 1999 by British human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, we provide free legal and investigative support to some of the world’s most vulnerable people: British, European and other nationals facing execution, and those victimised by states’ abusive counter-terror policies – rendition, torture, extrajudicial imprisonment and extrajudicial killing.
Our lawyers and investigators are supported by a community of people from all around the world, connected by a belief in human rights and justice. Together, we fight for the victims of extreme human rights abuses with a combination of public pressure and legal action.
We fight our clients’ cases in courts around the world, and we also work with the media to advocate on their behalf, encouraging public debate of human rights issues. We hold the US and their European allies accountable to the highest standards in their responses to extreme crime, and we use strategic litigation to effect systemic change.
Based in London, we are currently working on behalf of over 100 people facing the death penalty in 17 countries, and 7 men imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay. We are also leading the fight against US-led missile drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. Our vision is a world free of execution, torture and detention without due process.
Empty Cages Collective
The Empty Cages Collective is a project aimed at building a movement in England, Wales and Scotland that resists the prison industrial complex and organises towards a prison-free world.
Counselling for Social Change
Counselling for Social Change offers an accepting and confidential space to discuss any issues currently affecting your life and work. We work in a supportive and empathic way to help you through life's challenges.
Police Spies Out of Lives
Police Spies Out of Lives is a campaigning support group working to achieve an end to the sexual and psychological abuse of campaigners and others by undercover police officers.
Reel News is an activist video collective, set up to publicise and share information on inspirational campaigns and struggles – not just in this country, but across the world.
Bridges Not Walls
On 20th January 2017, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. On that day, Bridges Not Walls dropped banners from bridges across the country – and the world – to send a simple, hopeful and unmistakable message. You’ll find a film chronicling this event in the Human Rights Room.
Justice for Domestic Workers
Justice 4 Domestic Workers is a self-help grass-roots organisation made up of multi-national migrant domestic workers in the UK, established on March 15th, 2009. We empower migrant domestic workers to stand up and voice their opposition to any discrimination, inequality, slavery and all forms of abuse. We show that we are stronger together.
Disabled People Against Cuts
Disabled People Against Cuts is for everyone who believes that disabled people should have full human rights and equality. It is for everyone who refuses to stay silent about the injustices delivered by wealthy politicians on ordinary people and their lives.
Black Activists Rising Against Cuts
Black Activists Rising Against Cuts have four main objectives: to campaign and defend jobs and services, to highlight the disproportionate and adverse impact of the reduction in public spending on black communities, to provide a campaigning platform to fight against cuts and to work in partnership and build alliances with others facing similar attacks.
OVADA strives to develop high-quality visual arts in the South East region by providing a diverse and interdisciplinary programme of inclusive exhibitions, events and related education programmes that will develop new audiences.
Resistance! History of Resistance Exhibition by the Protest Academy
Come to the Human Rights Room to travel in time, learn about protests and social movements and get inspired to make social change happen. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn how to create your own archives.
Resistance! is an evolving archive that aims to span 25 years of movements for social change, from the 1990s road and animal rights protests to squatting and housing, from domestic violence and disability rights to LGBTQI and feminism, from anti-war and anti-racism to anti-capitalism and climate justice, and much more…
It’s a rare chance to see leaflets, flyers, posters, newspaper clippings, art, banners, photos, videos and disobedient objects from the frontline of change all under one roof, and all gathered and collected by people at the heart of movements concerned.
Land Is Life (North America)
Indigenous Peoples make up 5% of the global population and speak 60% of all languages. Where they continue to maintain control over their ancestral lands and territories, 80% of the world’s biodiversity remains.
As the international community struggles to address the world’s most pressing issues - climate change, destruction of ecosystems, food security, global poverty and women’s rights - it is critical that the world recognises that these challenges will be difficult, if not impossible, to address without the involvement of Indigenous Peoples. For millennia, Indigenous Peoples have developed sustainable ways of living that are based not on profit but on reciprocity with nature. As our climate continues to change, and our shared resources are threatened, we must recognise that what happens in the forest affects everyone on earth.
Land Is Life provide direct support to the most overlooked Indigenous communities, which allows our regional coordinators to deploy small, flexible funds to address ever-changing needs at the grassroots.
Umi Selah, organiser and mission director of Dream Defenders (North America)
Umi Selah, a native of Chicago, Illinois, found his voice as a community activist while a student at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), where he served as student body president from 2006-2007. In 2008, he was honoured with the University’s prestigious Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Student Leadership Award.
In 2005, he helped to organise students from FAMU, Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College in the creation of the Student Coalition for Justice, which was formed in response to the Martin Lee Anderson case.
In 2012, he co-founded the Dream Defenders, an organisation committed to shifting the culture through transformational organising. Celebrated for helping to bring such tragedies as the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown cases to the public’s attention, the organisation is dedicated to building a community of love and reconciliation and training young people in nonviolent civil disobedience, transformative organising, and direct action.
At only 29, Selah has been dubbed “one of this generation’s leading voices” and recognised by both EBONY magazine and The Root as one of the 100 most influential African Americans in the nation. His work in community activism has been highlighted internationally, including on MSNBC and in the Huffington Post, USA Today, the Guardian and Democracy Now.
Centre for Prisoner Rights (Japan)
The Center for Prisoners’ Rights (CPR) was established in March 1995 as the first Japanese non-government organisation specialising in prison reform. Our goal is to reform Japanese prison conditions in accordance with international human rights standards and to abolish the death penalty.
We research human rights violations in Japanese prisons and makes our findings known to the public both inside and outside Japan, give legal advice to prisoners and provide legal assistance via attorneys if necessary. We study international human rights standards in the prison reform area, introduce them to Japan and promote the ratification of international human rights treaties.
We also publish a newsletter four to five times a year, which features prison litigations, reports on visits to foreign prisons and digests of the seminars we hold several times a year. This newsletter is sent to about 5,000 people including prisoners and their families, lawyers and researchers.
Get active in all senses of the word by joining a walking tour to exercise mind and body. Tours leave from outside the Human Rights Room - just pop inside for more information.
Queer Tours of London with Dan Glass
The Piccadilly Circus ‘Dilly Boys’ and their renegade hand-wiggling, flirting code, the Gay Liberation Front and their fight for recognition that led to the creation of the ‘Pride Parade’, the epicentres of revolutionary queer activity in the communes of Bethnal Green, Earls Court and Notting Hill; the ‘Hankie Code’, Adelphi Theatre’s ‘Notorious Urinal’ and the underground sexual activity of London’s theatres. All of these have all made us who we are today.
But does our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI) history matter now that the LGBTQI community can get married, have children, join the army and become the head of Barclays Bank? Aren’t LGBTQI people all liberated now? No!
In the last five years alone 25% of our nightclubs have been shut down, HIV education and prevention services continue to be slashed whilst new HIV diagnoses soar to five every week. Proposals to scrap the already minimal LGBTQI sex education in schools have also gained popularity, hate crime continues to leave one in ten of us bleeding in alleyways, LGBTQI migrants continue to be marginalised, and we still have no LGBTQI social housing plan, museum or community centre. Meanwhile, rising right-wing political parties continue to target us in their electoral propaganda whilst figures confirm we make up a quarter of UK’s homeless youth. Add the recent closure of London’s LGBTQI mental health services, stir, serve and digest, and welcome to Britain’s modern LGBTQI community.
So a few of us queers got together recently and decided that it’s about time to bring our communities’ incredibly rich history of love, life and struggle to live, running hour-long Queer Tours of London. Meet outside the Human Rights Room to join one of the two tours running each day.
East End Walks with David Rosenberg
East End Walks specialises in organising walks of London’s radical social history, especially in the East End – an area in which successive waves of immigrants have helped to make London what it is today. These walks bring to life the people and places of the area especially from the 1880s, when Jews arrived in large numbers from Eastern Europe, to the 1930s when they united with non-Jewish east enders to drive out Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists at the Battle of Cable Street.
East End Walks will be doing a tailormade one-hour tour of the local area and its many radical historical sites of interest. Meet outside the Human Rights Room to join one of the two tours a day!
Filmmakers and screenings
Eye-opening films and documentaries reveal the social struggles going on in the world and how people can use the power of film to make a difference.
Video journalist Jason Parkinson will be showcasing a sneak preview of documentary Domestic Extremist, a film that documents the surveillance of six journalists, at the Lush Summit 2017.
In November 2014 six journalists and members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) revealed that they were on a Domestic Extremist database and had seen evidence of the intelligence held on them. Jason is one of the journalists that has ended up on the database, purely for doing his job.
The film documents the surveillance of six journalists, looks at the impact on them professionally and personally, knowing that their work activity has been monitored and the implications this surveillance has on press freedom and democracy in the UK.
There is also some evidence to suggest surveillance has been conducted away from working roles. This was raised in the initial ‘core participants” hearings of the Pitchford Inquiry, that is looking into the practices of undercover policing of protest groups.
The film will go on to follow the legal case, being led by Shamik Dutta of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, to challenge the legality of the police files and this surveillance of journalists.
Generation Revolution brings to screen the powerful story of a new generation of black and brown activists who are changing the social and political landscape in the capital and beyond. This feature-length documentary film follows an exciting new breed of organisations like the London Black Revolutionaries (or ‘Black Revs’) who have a predilection for dramatic, raucous, direct action, The R Movement which challenges the idea of ‘staid and serious’ political activists and The Black Dissidents, a new organisation intent on furthering the fight against oppression along the lines of race, class and gender.
The film vividly chronicles the evolution of our characters as they experience personal and political awakenings, breakthroughs and, at times, disillusionment. Generation Revolution offers a unique and original glimpse into the rewarding but difficult path that must be trodden in the struggle for personal, social and political liberation.
Wotever DIY Film Festival
Come along for an introduction to the work of Wotever DIY Film Festival. Set up in 2012, our mission is to showcase the best DIY, low and no budget film from the LGBTQIA+ community.
The festival is part of Wotever World, a queer arts, performance and activism collective based in London. A regular programme of events take place at Bar Wotever, held weekly at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
Since our launch in 2012, the festival has grown from a one-evening event to a year-long programme of screenings and workshops, culminating in a two-day festival. 2014 and 2015 saw us taking up residence in the beautiful Cinema Museum, while 2016’s event was held between the 3rd and 4th September at DIY Space for London.
We screen the best (and cheapest) film from queer filmmakers, professionals and enthusiastic amateurs to show that you don’t need a gazillion quid to make a cracking film. We’re also constantly working towards greater inclusivity and accessibility and believe that filmmaking and viewing should be for everyone, regardless of your budget.