Election Campaign 2015
Use the hashtags #STANDupCanada, #STANDagainstgenocide, & #youthagainstgenocide!
As with the two previous elections, STAND Canada is using this moment as an opportunity to engage with candidates running for public office and to keep awareness of genocide in the public consciousness by shining a light on each party’s policies on the issue (and related issues). Elections present an opportunity to bring discussion of genocide into Canada’s national dialogue and show broad Canadian support for anti-genocide policies. They also presents an opportunity to facilitate a wide range of educational programs designed to foster critical and reflective dialogue on issues relating to genocide and STAND’s focus regions while people are politically engaged.
Using the momentum and relevance of Canadian actions in Iraq and Syria, the goals of our campaign are to:
- Lead youth, political candidates, and their volunteers in a non-partisan, critical dialogue regarding Canada’s relationship to genocide and, in particular, Canada’s role in STAND’s focus regions (Iraq/Syria, South Sudan, Sudan, and Myanmar);
- Reflect and publish feedback on each party’s positions and policies concerning genocide and STAND’s focus regions in order to foster dialogue;
- Engage youth and political candidates in publicly supporting STAND’s anti-genocide policies and positions leading up to voting day;
- Continually engage social media to show support for our issues.
How to Participate
#1 Sign the Youth Anti-Genocide Declaration
The Youth Anti-Genocide Declaration has been carefully crafted over almost eleven months of consultation with our membership and supporters. In asking candidates, partners, and members of the STAND community to join us in signing the Youth Anti-Genocide Declaration, we hope to:
- Provide a starting point for discussion;
- Effectively articulate STAND’s stance on genocide-related issues to Canadian decision-makers.
The Declaration is an important part of this campaign because it provides a concrete signifier of support for STAND’s initiatives and priorities. It is our goal to encourage candidates, youth, community leaders, and university leaders to sign the Declaration and join STAND in envisioning a world without genocide.
Check out our policy recommendations for our four focus regions as well.
#2 Post Photos of What You STAND for
Let’s make the voices of youth in Canada a part of this election. Show Canada what you STAND for through social media and connect with the STAND community nation-wide.
STEP 1: Take a piece of paper and write “I STAND for ________” (fill in the blank related to genocide, human rights, or any of our focus regions). You can also download the PDF of the official poster and print.
STEP 2: Take a picture of yourself holding the sign. Your face should be included, but if you feel uncomfortable, you can hold the sign in front of your face.
STEP 3: Post the picture on social media (any or all of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
STEP 5: Tag yourself!
STEP 6: Use the hashtags #STANDupCanada and #STANDagainstgenocide. Also use any other hashtags related to what you said in your sign.
STAND will then re-post your photos and we can create a vibrant discussion on what matters to youth in Canada leading up to this election.
STEP 7: Get a friend to do it too!
#3 Attend an Event
October 6th 2015: Roundtable Discussion on Canada’s Relationship to Genocide
Where? Google Hangouts On Air
The primary aim of STAND Canada as an organization is to advocate to make ending genocide a cornerstone of Canadian foreign policy. However, the pursuit of this goal requires an understanding of the concept of genocide in general, and of the potential effects of Canadian foreign policy decisions in preventing or exacerbating the spread of genocidal violence.
RSVP for this event here.
September 10th 2015: The Risk of Genocide in Iraq & Syria
Where? Google Hangouts On Air
The ongoing conflict in Iraq and Syria, as well as Canada’s involvement in the conflict, has already become a topic on the forefront of the upcoming election. Join STAND’s Directors in discussing critical issues surrounding the ongoing crisis in Iraq and Syria. Topics of discussion will include the historical context of the conflict, its relevance to STAND Canada’s mandate of advocating for genocide prevention, and specific policy recommendations for Canada’s response to the crisis.
Watch the video here.
#4 Write a Letter or Have a Meeting with a Candidate
Our advocacy team in Ottawa and across the country is working in overdrive to engage candidates and their staff on STAND’s issues of focus. One of the most effective ways to engage with a candidate is to meet them in person or over the phone. STAND has prepared training and supporting materials to help you through this process: from deciding which candidate to reach out to, to setting up and preparing for a meeting, pitching STAND’s ideas to candidates, and following up afterward. Start your own advocacy team or set up an individual meeting by contacting our Advocacy team at firstname.lastname@example.org (Co-Directors: Francesca Morfini and Sarah Schattman).
You can also write a letter to any candidate using a template provided by STAND or with reference to any of our policy recommendations (links forthcoming).
#5 Host a Podcast or Write a Blog Post
In addition to the live events, STAND is reaching out to various partners to hold a series of podcasts related to STAND’s mission and/or our regions of focus. Speakers will participate in recorded podcasts to be published on STAND’s website and disseminated widely. Each podcast will be between 20-40 minutes and conducted online. If you have an idea for an interesting podcast or a speaker in mind, please contact Evan Gray at email@example.com.
Stay tuned for links to podcasts.
#6 Stay Engaged Through Social Media
STAND’s Policy and Communications teams are keeping tabs on the major parties positions related to STAND’s focus regions and mandate and will be posting informative infographics (including our Candidate Mentions project), blog articles, and other posts throughout the campaign.
#7 Contact Your Local Chapter
See if you have a chapter near you here.