Uhuru, Liberdade: Artistic Expressions for Freedom in Ghana & Brazil

Uhuru, Liberdade: Artistic Expressions for Freedom in Ghana & Brazil

From Jamekaa Flowers

This is a social justice digital storytelling initiative that seeks to raise funds to highlight how art is used for social change in Ghana & Brazil for women's & LGBT rights

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10 months ago

A generous $25 donation has just been made to the Uhuru, Liberdade project from a wonderful social justice contributor! $1 is all it takes to make a change! DONATING $1 to this project will allow your voice to be heard for social justice and human rights around the world!

Check it out: http://fundly.com/uhuru-liberdade-artistic-expressions-for-freedom-in-ghana-and-brazil

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The name: Uhuru, in Swahili, means freedom and Liberdade in Portuguese, means freedom! 

The purpose: The Uhuru, Liberdade: Artistic Expressions for Freedom Project seeks to highlight how various forms of art are used as social justice or social change tools in both Ghana and Brazil for women's and LGBT rights, as well as anti-racism initiatives. This digital storytelling social justice project will use both documentary-style photography and videography uploaded to an interactive website to tell the stories of artists, organizations and communities that use artistic forms of expression to promote change and bring peace, unity and freedom to their commuinities. 

The importance: Injustice among women and LGBTQ communities, as well as groups of color is a global phenomenon. Millions of women, girls and LGBTQ individuals are physically abused, sexually exploited, structurally marginalized and socially discriminated against. Human beings all over the world are mistreated, harmed and violated simply because of learned prejudice and who they are as people!

Why art?  Art has the ability to touch and reach us on a spiritual and emotional level, appealing to our higher senses. Powerful, striking and beautiful images have the ability to speak to us and speak for us, often when we're unable to do so ourselves.

Through the creation of art, many advocacy groups, organizations and individual artists art able to raise awareness to these widespread issues and promote a) education, b) unity and c) enact support to bring justice for these causes. Art is also a) very empowering for both the artist and viewer, b) shifts stigmas and stereotypes and c) promotes outward social-political action which inspires social change.

In capturing the stories of these artistic social justice efforts in Accra, Ghana and Southeastern Brazil, I aim to shed light on the various social issues in these countries, but moreover highlight the amazing artistic expressions used to break down social injustices and promote social transformation. With YOUR funds and support, this initiative will thrive and unite people globally! 

THANK YOU SO MUCH! 

 

What will YOUR funds cover?

1) Airfare, travel and research expenses in Ghana and Brazil

2) Technical equipment for photo/video production and editing materials

 

More info: This creative initiative is an endeavor under the start-up,The UNLEARNing Project℠, a Washington, D.C.-based project that is a fiscally sponsored initiative under Media Alliance, an Oakland, California-based non-profit. Media Alliance serves as a media resource and advocacy center for media workers, non-profit organizations, and social justice activists. Formed in 1976, Media Alliance’s mission has been excellence, ethics, diversity, and accountability in all aspects of the media in the interests of peace, justice, and social responsibility.

Rooted in social justice education, The UNLEARNing Project℠ enables users to digitally exchange information and materials related to social and cultural issues in an effort to UNLEARN the varying stigmas, prejudices and resulting discriminations existing in the forms of racism, sexism and homophobia. This site is a space that anyone can use as an educational resource, global networking tool, and/or a digital landscape to create meaningful dialog on relevant topics and to highlight one's own personal or professional mission to social transformation and eradicating racism, sexism and homophobia.

Together we can all make the world more livable, unified and harmonious using the power of technology to UNLEARN that which keeps us separate.

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Jamekaa Flowers posted a new update:
10 months ago

#ProgressISBeingMade for the Uhuru, Liberdade Project!

A generous $25 donation has just been made to the Uhuru, Liberdade project from a wonderful social justice contributor! $1 is all it takes to make a change! DONATING $1 to this project will allow your voice to be heard for social justice and human rights around the world!

Check it out: http://fundly.com/uhuru-liberdade-artistic-expressions-for-freedom-in-ghana-and-brazil

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