The world is experiencing a 25-year peak in levels of violence around the world, including the worst humanitarian crises since World War II, and the highest number of refugees in recorded human history. In the past ten years, the leading cause of humanitarian need has rapidly shifted. In 2008, 80% of humanitarian need stemmed from natural disaster. Today, 80% of humanitarian need comes from violent conflict.
There is an urgent need for solutions, and STAND students are at the forefront of pushing for them. We agree with Dr. King that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice,” and are committed to bending the arc ourselves. By investing in the next generation of human rights activists and providing spaces for them to research conflict, educate their peers, and advocate to their elected officials, we are ensuring that there will be a base of informed, effective, and responsible advocates for years to come.
STAND is the only completely student-led organization dedicated to holding the U.S. government accountable for causing civilian harm and advocating for upstream prevention of genocide, mass atrocities, and identity-based violence at home and abroad.
100% of proceeds from merchandise sales benefit STAND’s work empowering the next generation of genocide prevention activists. This includes funding for campaigns, student leadership training, lobby weekends, educational outreach, and international expansion. Traditionally, operational support has been extremely difficult to fundraise for, but it’s what allows us to expand and increase our impact. Thank you for your support!