The brutal assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has shocked us all, and whilst many of us (and you) have been attending marches, vigils and protests there’s a lingering feeling that it’s just not enough to bring about the changes we all think Malta needs.
We also understand that you’re not all actively involved with NGOs, but would anyway like to do more to be part of this significant time in Maltese history.
So we thought we could you some ideas on how we think you can actively push Malta towards being a better place for us all, knowing that this is ultimately a process that will take time, effort and commitment.
1. Understand what it is that aditus foundation, and other like-minded NGOs and activists actually think Malta needs.
For us, Daphne’s murder is part of a far bigger context of failed governance in Malta, successfully fabricated by successive Parliaments and Governments. Our full views on this, and what we think should happen, can be read in this short statement. Read it. If you like it, share it. If you don’t like it, tell us why.
2. Support an organisation that is actively working to improve governance in Malta.
Going to every single demonstration can be tiring, and life’s demands might simply not allow you to be as active, vociferous or rebellious as that activist inside you wants you to be. It’s OK, don’t guilt yourself. Remember that you are surrounded by organisations whose mission is to make Malta a better place.
They need your support, and through them your inner activist can be fulfilled. They need donations (money, or anything you don’t need and can pass on…computer? office furniture?), in-kind support (what are you good at? do you run a company that can offer a needed service?).
Need a list? Head to the list of Member Organisations of Malta’s only human rights platform…a network of NGOs working to promote human rights in all their forms. Pick one, or more. It’s really easy.
3. Reveal malpractice and abuse!
Start your own whistle-blower blog calling out corrupt practices, abuse of power and lack of transparency.
Pissed off at the amount of petrol station permits issued? Illegal zoos being sanctioned? Dodgy promotions in the public sector? Maddened by the lenient punishments given to perpetrators of rape, domestic violence? Or judgments with a racial bias? List them, research them, start a blog.
Just keep in mind that getting out there also requires responsibility, sensibility and an understanding of potential implications. For a quick starter you can check our this article on the risks of sharing stuff on social media…if in doubt, call us.
4. Report crimes when you see them!
Report hate speech online through the online Crime Report system. Do not allow anyone to bully you, or anyone else, into silence by using speech or published text that is illegal.
If in doubt, call us.
5. Put your thoughts on paper and send them to who should be listening!
Organise a group of friends or colleagues and discuss what you think is wrong, and what you want to happen to make Malta a better place…then send your thoughts to the Prime Minister. Or to a newspaper. Or to a Member of Parliament. Or to the European Union. Or to the Council of Europe.
If you’re going to get angry, then make sure someone’s hearing you!
6. Follow us, we’ll be revealing our own plans soon…
In the coming days we will be publicly announcing our own strategy/campaign to deal with the terrible situation the country is in. Follow us (subscribe to our News, visit our Facebook page, get our Tweets) so that you’ll be kept updated..we’ll be needing your input and support!