Joost Brantas / Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Veteran activist still going strong

“I have worked in many initiatives in my town.  Some were extremely important and were very effective getting the ´junky-issue´ on the agenda.  But I also witnessed many personality clashes, the rise and fall of talented advocates, often refelcted in the rise and fall of their initiatives.  A dreadful drain of energy.  So many initiatives vanished, and nowadays I work together with all kinds of organisations.

Personally I'm good at advocacy.  A fancy word, but to put it simple: I´m not afraid, and when I see any injustice I simply raise my voice. 

Actually I'm a one-man pressure group.  Not by principle, but by character.”