Every year, Alert Fund receives many requests to find special and important actions organized by youth activists all over the world. In addition, there are also actions, which did not request funding from us, but which the Alert board greatly admire. We want to encourage these groups to continue their actions and, therefore, a few times a year, we present groups with the Most Valued Protest (MVP) Award, worth €1,000. – Euros.
Read more about our previous winners below:
In the fall of 2021, multiple protests were organized throughout the Netherlands to draw attention to the extreme housing crisis in the Netherlands. One of these protests was organized by Shelter Our Students, who occupied a university building to draw attention to the fact that the Dutch housing crisis also applies to international students. The MVP Award was presented to them for their dedication to guarantee housing for students, a cause that requires urgent action and commitment during a housing crisis, which disproportionately affects young people and has far-reaching consequences for the current generation.
During the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests, Zetje In felt a structural solution had to be given regarding institutional racism and discrimination in the Netherlands. They started a citizens’ initiative to make equality, racism and discrimination mandatory in education. Within two weeks, 60,000 people joined Zetje In by signing the initiative.
Following the Black Lives Matter actions in June 2020, Black Queer Trans Resistance organized a protest on July 25, 2020 to highlight and fight the discrimination that black LGBTQI+ people face. Alert Fund supported them for their fight against racism, trans and homophobia that black LGBTQI+ people experience within society.
On April 25, 2019, forty activists from Wij Stoppen Steenkool (We Stop Coal) entered the coal plant at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam. There, they blocked a conveyor belt carrying the coal. It took at least eight hours for the police to evacuate the activists. With this action, they delivered both immediate results and addressed the social problem of the polluting coal industry.
Geen Kind aan de Kant (No Child Left Behind) is committed to the situation in which a group of refugee children in the Netherlands find themselves. It concerns the children who live in freedom-restricting “family locations”. They live there because their first asylum procedure has been rejected, or because they cannot be deported due to, for example, ongoing procedures. Their suffering takes place in silence and is invisible. No Child Left Behind is committed to bringing their experiences to light. Many people in the Netherlands do not know that these freedom restricting locations exist, where children often live with their parents in small rooms for years on end in permanent fear of being arrested, locked up and deported to a country they do not know. No Child Left Behind is therefore committed to an unconditional child pardon and an end to police raids, family detention and deportation.
“Stop a Douchebag Campaign” is an initiative by a group of Russian young activists, who want to enforce traffic rules with guts. It is common for motorists in Russia to violate traffic rules at the risk of people. For this reason, these young people have started to stop these motorists, and then “fine” them, by putting a large sticker with “I am an asshole” on their car. That may sound funny, but if you watch the videos, you will see that they do this at the risk of their own lives