RV Newsletter: Looking back at the diversity of mother language memes

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Since 2000, February 21 has been observed worldwide as International Mother Language Day.  While we have been focusing on other activities such as the rotating Twitter account @ActLenguas, back in 2017 and 2018, we used to have a blast celebrating it with memes.  Yes, you heard it right. Memes.

During the Mother Language Meme Challenges, we partnered with a number of global organizations and collectives to help encourage internet users to create memes in their mother languages online. We also interviewed various language activists to learn about why they decided to join the campaign in some of the following languages:

How do you like the memes, dear RV Newsletter readers?  Do you have some that you’d like to share? Or, rather, you would prefer to make tweets in your mother language(s)?  Let us know!


Did you enjoy the rotating Twitter campaigns during  2019, as part of RV’s commemoration of the International Year of Indigenous Languages (#IYIL19)?  The good news is that we are extending our campaigning efforts into 2020 by continuing to  showcase even more wonderful work from indigenous language activists worldwide.  If you are curious about indigenous languages across the world and what’s involved in their promotion and/or revitalization, please stay tuned!  You can also read the profile posts as follows to learn more about our recent hosts as well as their work and visions concerning their language.

@ActLenguas (Latin America)

And, in this issue, Subhashish Panigrahi is bringing to our readers further insights into Aadhaar’s impact on marginalized communities in India→ “#MarginalizedAadhaar: Is India's Aadhaar enabling more exclusion in social welfare for marginalized communities?


Making independent films concerning social justice?  Looking for grants to support your filmmaking projects?  Please don’t forget to check out the JustFilms grants by the Ford Foundation, open year round.  Please see here for details.


What was the last time you read something authored by an indigenous writer?  In an effort to honor indigenous writers and to improve the coverage of their works on Wikipedia, a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is happening soon in British Columbia.  Please see here for event and registration details.  Date: March 2, 2020 / Location: First Nations Longhouse, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Thanks to Eddie Avila for contributions to this newsletter. 

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