Campaign ‘Vote for rooted children’

Defence for Children | 2012


Children who lived in the Netherlands for many years (but without a residence permit) launched the campaign “Vote for rooted Children ‘ on August 29. Special election posters were made and by wearing T-shirts with the text “Do you vote against us?” children confronted passersby and politicians to speak out for children’s rights. was responsible for the graphic design of the campaign.

Weeks prior to the general elections on September 12, the children and their campaign bus toured through major cities visiting the main election debates. The slogans of the ten largest political parties were altered to create new posters. These personalized posters were distributed through social media. That way everyone could vote for or against a permanent arrangement for this group of children.

Campagne, Plein, Den Haag
Hero Brinkman ondertekent poster
Poster PvdA
Actie TorentjeCampagne Website


More information
Follow this link for the broadcast of het Jeugdjournaal and the broadcast of Hart van Nederland (15th minute) on August 29, 2012.
Follow this link for the broadcast of het Jeugdjournaal, NOS Journaal and  RTL nieuws on September 6, 2012.

Special thanks to
Sander Nieuwenhuys (photography)
Frank Pietersen, Cre8it (website, backend)
Polly Breur, Pold’rVisie (campaign)
Defence for Children and all ‘rooted’ children

UPDATE September 20, 2012
The House of Representatives of the Dutch parliament has decided, pending the treatment of new legislation (Wortelingswet),  that children cannot be expelled when residing more than five years in the Netherlands. The Christian Union filed a motion, which was supported by the Labour Party, Socialist Party, Green Left, Democrats 66, Party for the Animals and 50Plus. For more information, click here.