Languages are part of international power structures and because of that, can lead to oppression and privilege based on class, race, age, or culture. Also activist movements, organizations, and actions are heavily dependent on language and usually make use of the primary language used in the country or part of the world where they are active. This means that people who don’t speak the primary language or are part of a different linguistic community are less able to join actions or speak up against injustice. Especially within multilingual, marginalized communities that have to deal with racism, sexism, exclusion, or oppression, it is of great importance that actions can be interpreted or multilingual.
[bla] and InterpRISE fight for multilingualism within activism and are organizing the Transnational Interpreting Camp. During this multiday camp, different international groups, activists, and interpreters come together to take part in workshops about organizing transnational actions. Participants are made aware of the political effect of language barriers, practical knowledge about interpreting and translation, and technical knowledge about making and using interpreting equipment is shared.
As an international organization, Het Actiefonds finds great importance within transnational solidarity and inclusivity within grassroots activism and because of that fully supports the mission of these organizations and the Transnational Interpreting Camp.
Illustration by Freaky Panda