What We Do
Operation Kindness is a global family of activists, communities and grass roots campaigns. Our purpose is to imagine, articulate, implement and actualize alternatives to neoliberal globalization based upon kindness, altruism and love, which deliver:
- Environmental sustainability
- Equality of access to resources and opportunities
- Restorative and redistributive justice
- Universal access to legal rights
- Genuine participatory democracy
We choose kindness and love as a frame of reference within which a visionary set of transformations will occur, resulting in principled and non-violent revolutionary social change. Operation Kindness activists, local groups and country groups express our core aims and principles in a variety of ways, mirroring the diversity of the communities we grow within – in Turkey organizing student activist groups, in Uganda organising alter-globalization dialogue and policy formation, in northern Europe taking direct action against corporate trade deals and the environmental crisis, and in Brazil organizing awareness raising social media campaigns.
Alongside campaigning, Operation Kindness groups engage in positive direct action in order to bring the kinder world we wish to see into being right here, right now!
- In Uganda, OK activists offer support and training for local people and students from disadvantaged backgrounds, a growing youth cooperative and a regular speaker’s forum. The OK Uganda activists organize regular outreach to the local community engaging in acts of solidarity including neighbourhood clean-ups, orphanage work and prison visits.
- In Jordan, OK activists organise a refugee solidarity group supporting people fleeing conflict in Iraq and Syria.
- In Tecax, Yucatan, Mexico, OK activists have organised into a ‘Colectiva Mujeres’, through which local women engage in a range of community mobilisations such as community garden projects, breakfast clubs for school children and yoga and meditation groups.
- OK activists in South Sudan have facilitated youth peace dialogues as well as organising refugee solidarity groups in support of those displaced by the conflict in the country.
- OK Zimbabwe activists provide educational support for children from poorer backgrounds and run prison groups for adolescent inmates.
We are a growing movement with activists in over fifteen countries worldwide, our activities are diverse, creative and responsive to local concerns.
Our principles of solidarity can be expressed through the concept of Ubuntu, best described through the Nguini proverb ‘Umuntu ngu-umuntu ngobantu’ meaning ‘I am because we are’. This sense of collective solidarity is expressed through love, caring, tolerance, respect, empathy, accountability and responsibility. We practice this solidarity by partnering with communities, grassroots organizations and campaigns who share our values and vision of a better, kinder and more loving world, who in turn benefit from the support of our global community.
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