May 5th is Dutch Liberation Day. 76 years ago, the Netherlands was freed from German occupation. Every year, we remind ourselves that we need to protect our freedom as well as our democracy and that – regardless of how strong a democratic society seems – it cannot be taken for granted. Across Europe and the United States, nationalism, populism and racist ideologies are on the rise. Though this is a worrisome trend, we also see incredible initiatives working to protect and reimagine democracy.

About the Fellowship

In 2020, Humanity in Action launched the Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellowship in partnership with the Alfred Landecker Foundation. The Fellowship brings together 30 diverse leaders from Europe and the United States who spend one year creating projects that reinvent democratic spaces, strengthen social cohesion and build community against the backdrop of COVID-19’s impact on democracy.

Learn more about the Fellowship and the Fellows here.

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