COVID-19 has amplified structural problems and inequalities that have long existed in Europe and the United States. There is no doubt that the global pandemic has scaled the disparities to a level that is alarming for democratic societies.
At the same time, we are witnessing the abominable effects of antisemitism, racial discrimination and the continuous suppression of minority rights. They all underlie the need for civil society to act—certainly not only in the United States, but also in Europe. The attacks on Black, Indigenous and People of Color, only to mention a few, illustrate that living free from fear and discrimination remains a hollow promise for many.
This is why we, together with Humanity in Action, have decided to establish a part-time program for young professionals who want to shape the future.
We cannot stand by and take democracy and the rights it affords us for granted.
The ultimate aim of this program is to create initiatives that strengthen democratic values and communities, and protect the liberties and values that we hold dear.
The Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellowship will bring together 30 rising activists, community leaders and young professionals from the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States. They will be tasked with finding innovative solutions to disruptions and challenges to democracy and society.
The first iteration of the one-year Fellowship starts in October 2020 and has seen applications from candidates from diverse personal and professional backgrounds.
We will announce our successful candidates shortly.
Humanity in Action
Humanity in Action is an international non-profit, non-partisan and non-governmental organization. Its objective is to facilitate and promote dialog to understand and respond to the challenges that democratic societies face as they become increasingly diverse. Deeply engaged in human rights, pluralism and democracy, the organization’s uniqueness lies in having a multitude of perspectives that are brought together in a vibrant international community