Movements enables artists anywhere in the world to request help with issues of censorship, artist freedom, artistic repression and similar human rights. The platform includes a database of skilled professionals who can assist with these needs and immediately presents to those artists contact information for someone who stands ready to help. Our staff recruits these supporters and when necessary looks for someone outside the database who can provide the necessary support (probono).

Movements has been supporting human rights activists for three years and has already connected over 12,000 activists with supporters.

This new version of Movements will be dedicated to supporting artists and creative professionals anywhere in the world and will bring to bear the global crowdsourcing model that has proven so successful in the broader human rights arena.

Connections made through Movements

  • Activists requested an original song to honor the late Russian attorney, Sergei Magnitsky, who was arrested and killed in prison after exposing the corruption of the Putin regime. A songwriter in NYC saw the request on Movements.org, and responded with an original composition commemorating his life. A music video was then made featuring Russian activists including Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and the song has been covered by outlets including the Wall Street Journal and Al Jazeera.
  • An artist offered her skills to support human rights issues. An activist group who is planning a big social media campaign to support those who are imprisoned for their activism contacted the user and asked for her help. The illustrator then created designs that the activists will use for their campaign.
  • An artist offered her creative skills on Movements and was soon connected with the family of a Saudi political prisoner. Hand drawn illustrations were created to illustrate the prisoner's case and were shared through social media.
  • The Huffington Post created its Movements Blog (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/movementsorg/) based on an offer to publish articles by human rights activists. Articles include:
  • "Iran is Exporting Its Cultural Revolution" by Arash Sobhani, an Iranian musician and activist, describing how Iranian officials in Tehran exert control over the private lives of Iranian citizens even while they're outside Iran's borders.
  • A story by Yassine Aitmoulay, a Moroccan artist and writer, about Maati Mounjib, a professor of African Studies and History. The article highlights the recent hunger strike of Mounjib, a noted free speech advocate.
  • After posting on the Movements blog, the story of a Syrian artist whose sculptures were destroyed by ISIS because they featured the likenesses of ancient Syrian goddesses was featured on The Huffington Post.
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