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Our campaign has not stopped all summer – it has been present online, at festivals, in regional bus tours and the start of new national campaigns. This “end of summer” newsletter reports on these activities.
PHOTO COMPETITION - LAST FEW DAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO
Hurry because the deadline (EXTENDED TO 7 SEPTEMBER AT MIDNIGHT) looms!!! Many great photographs have been submitted. But many more are still welcome! The photo competition is dedicated to the Action Day against Islamphobia and Religious Intolerance! Participants are invited to expand on this topic and express their views on it via creative ideas in the form of a photograph.The winner will receive a €300 gift voucher and will be invited to participate in one of the Council of Europe activities. Spread the word
The Action Day for the Victims of Hate Crime was a big success. The petition to have the 22 July officially nominated as a European Day for Victims of Hate Crime now has 3523 signatures, but we still need more! If you haven’t yet signed the petition please do so here. We also saw an increase in our Twitter following (now over 13,000) and our Facebook likes have risen to over 13,500! Keep spreading the word! 22nd July marked the third anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Oslo and at Utøya, Norway. 77 persons, with the majority being under 23 years old, died that day as a direct result of a an action motivated by intolerance. This action day we commemorate the victims of hate crime. To take part in this action day, we invite you to do the following:
- Sign the petition to make it a European day
- Read the interesting blog entries in relation to this day here!
-Follow the Campaign on Twitter for regular updates: @nohate_speech
- Check out the platform for more information.
2nd August – Commemoration of Roma victims of the Holocaust
The NHSM was actively involved, on and off line, with the activities organised by TernYpe – International Roma Youth Network and its partners, gathering 1.000 young Roma and non-Roma from all over Europe around August 2nd 2014, marking the 70th anniversary of the remembrance day of the Roma Genocide. Over 70 workshops took place on July 31 and August 1 to learn about the Roma Genocide, to meet with survivors and to learn and discuss about human rights, antigypsyism and empowerment strategies.
You can watch a video of the event, as well as films of the commemoration events in Krakow and Auschwitz, and download the book Right to Remember, a handbook for education with young people on the Roma Genocide - which was launched on this occasion.
No Hate at the Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary
The campaign was present at the Sziget Festival in Budapest (11-17 August 2013) with activities and materials organised by the Foundation of Subjective Values and the National Committee of the campaign in Hungary. On 16-17 August they were joined by three international online activists and the Living Library project of the European Youth Centre Budapest.
Catch the No Hate Speech Bus
Organised by the Serbian Association for Youth in partnership with the National Campaign Committees in 7 countries, the No Hate Speech Regional Bus is a 9-day regional tour realizing awareness raising activities on hate speech and public actions to raise support for the campaign, including meetings with stakeholders and cultural and educational activities. The bus brings together 50 volunteers from 7 countries and will tour Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Serbia. The tour started in Budapest on 27 August and will end in Belgrade on 4 September. For more information check out the national campaign web sites - links are here.
The United Kingdom launched its national campaign with the training of their first group of online ambassadors on 9 July. You can follow the UK campaign here. At Brixham College many pupils signed the No Hate t-shirt. To quote the initiators at the school: “That's lots pledging against hate! We are pleased that we are all promising to keep hateful actions out of Brixham College and the local area. With the help from other communities we can eliminate hate all together.”
Mexico joins the Campaign - DiloSinOdio
CONAPRED (National Council for the Prevention of Discrimination) is the partner for the No Hate Speech Movement Campaign in Mexico. CONAPRED organised, from 23 to 28 August, in the state of Puebla, a National Training Course for youth leaders interested in the campaign. The campaign in Mexico is using the motto “DiloSinOdio” (Say it without hate). More information at the Conapred site.
Activists: the Heart of the No Hate Speech Movement
Activists are the heart and the power source of the No Hate Speech Movement. Whether acting on the European stage or at national regional or local level, they are the means whereby the campaign’s message is communicated far and wide. Among the online community of activists are those who run our facebook page, our twitter feeds, who moderate our blog posts and report to the hate speech watch – all on a voluntary basis. But there are also, in every national campaign, activists who take it upon themselves to defend and promote the combat against hate speech. The No Hate Speech Movement would have been nowhere without the dedicated hard work of all our volunteer activists. You are inspiring, thank you.
Question to an activist
Viktor Szabados, what does your position as an activist mainly consist of?
Working as project manager and facilitator for companies, government bodies and international organisations such as the European Youth Forum. I support upon availability also the European Action Days with a short video or content management on our social media channels. I am happy that the few ideas that I could bring in became surprisingly successful (initiating open Facebook group, EYE participation, Why taking action against hate speech message board, partnerships etc.) and this drives me further.
WORD OF THE MOMENT: Activist
Activist: “an individual who expresses their ideas by getting involved and taking action.... being actively involved in community and society no matter what your beliefs.” (source – the urban dictionary)
No-one choses to be sick, disabled or a carer it can and does happen to anyone, what will you think when you are suddenly called 'scrouger'
If you're victim of hate crime but you don’t report, there’s not much authorities can do. Bcs "it take two to tango": http://bit.ly/1nAZg2g
Upload your photo or video message expressing your solidarity with victims of hate crime.
Words are reality. Hate speech triggers hate crime. Don't accept it.
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WATCH AND BLOG
Hate crimes towards LGBT people in Europe
Written by Holly Shirras
I Three years on from the hate fuelled attack in Norway, which cost the lives of 77 people, by Anders Brevik, hate is still causing the death and pain of millions of innocent people throughout Europe simply based on ignorance and xenophobia. It is a problem that often goes unnoticed until a tragedy, such as the massacre in Norway, occurs. It shouldn’t take a tragedy for victims of hate crime to be recognised and supported, victims should be supported regardless, and by helping victims and challenging the perpetrators, we can help to eradicate hate crime for good.
To read the rest of the blog entry, click here!
HATE SPEECH WATCH REPORT
Denying the Holocaust and much more Holocaust denial, racism, xenophobia, intolerance.
This blog is dedicated to write about topics based on the most extreme ideas: racism is good, the Holocaust has not exist and everything is a lie, multicultural societies will fail... It's a kind of "white victimhood" that believes that antiracists movements are "anti-white" movements and that this world is completely dominated by zionists and their doctrines.
NCC OF THE WEEK REPORT: IRELAND by Anne Walsh
1. When was the Irish national campaign launched?
We held an open information meeting in February 2014 with input from the Council of Europe and Aileen Donegan, who was already an Irish youth activist on the campaign and who had worked in the Council of Europe. There was huge interest and we immediately set up a National Campaign Committee (it is currently made up of NGOs only with no statutory involvement as yet). In May we held a youth worker event and finally in June we held a two day ‘Become a Youth Activist Event’. For me the youth activist event was the real launch as I feel now that it has now moved into the hands of the young people which is where it should be. But we will also have a formal media launch in the very near future.
2. What have been the main achievements so far?
One of first achievements was to collaborate with ENAR Ireland on their anti-racism protocol for politicians (we had local elections in Ireland as well as European elections). We acted as a watchdog during the elections and we highlighted a number of incidences of hate speech and it encouraged the electorate to challenge their local politicians resulting in a number of public apologies and one person having to withdraw their nomination.
Our best achievement was the youth activist training event – seeing what the groups had created in 2 days was amazing. They devised a campaign to establish a ‘No Hate Speech’ code of conduct in their schools, they made a video, and they did creative writing which they performed. It was really powerful. I can’t wait to see the edited versions and share them across Europe.
3. Has your national campaign gotten any media coverage?
We haven’t had any media coverage but we haven’t tried yet as it’s still early days for us.
4. Is the Irish campaign active in the social media?
Our main focus has been in setting up an active social media campaign. We had a Twitter account already set up by one of the Irish youth activists and we quickly set up a Facebook page. Our website followed shortly after. We are growing our following every week which is great. Our approach has been to share things that are already happening or share interesting items and by putting them on our No Hate Speech social media sites we are encouraging viewers to see things of relevance through a ‘No Hate Speech’ lens.
5. Which practical tip can you give to the other national campaign committees?
Just do it – don’t wait for all of the right people to be involved – they can come on board later. Be clear about how you can involve young people in the campaign – it took us a long time to figure that out. I believe it needs to be creative, empowering and inspiring. Build your campaign on what is already happening in your country and present it through the No Hate Speech lens. It’s more sustainable that way. Think about leaving a legacy – for us it will be our website.
Hate speech dehumanises people – hate crime starts with hate speech
Hate speech is insidious. It is a first step in dehumanising a person or a group of people. Once people are dehumanised (being treated as an inferior “race,” looked on as chattels, labelled as animals), then it becomes much easier to treat those people badly, including physical harming. It was not for nothing that the Nazi regime began by labelling Jewish people as "non-German", an inferior race. In a similar vein, “Slavery was not born of racism: rather, racism was the consequence of slavery”. (Eric Williams, Capitalism and Slavery).
This is why we must always speak out against hate speech – it is too often the first step on a very dangerous path.
CIVIC ARENA MAGAZINE
A new magazine called Civic Arena has been launched by Civil Society Development Foundation, the NGO funds operator in Romania. It aims to share information and knowledge between civil society organizations in Europe, and to increase NGOs’ capacity for joint action. The first issue is focusing on Hate Speech, and includes interviews with key actors, good practices and other initiatives to combat hate speech. Make sure to have a look at it here!
Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative - Krakow, Poland
The initiative will bring nearly 1000 young people all over Europe, Roma and non-Roma from all over Europe around the 2nd August 2014, marking the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of nearly three thousand men, women and children in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau under the Nazi regime. The initiative aims to raise awareness among young Europeans, civil society and decision-makers about the Roma Genocide as well as the mechanism of antigypsyism in a challenging context of rising racism, hate speech and extremism in Europe.
WATCH AND BLOG
I woke up to a death number that morning
Written by Eirik Rise
I woke up to a death number that morning. I believe the whole of Norway had been waiting for a number. Why was a number so important? Perhaps to know that it finally had stopped. That it was over. A number confirmed that it had happened, but also made it stop.
As I write this I’m sitting in the car with my close family. We just passed the place I stopped about three years ago on the 23rd of July 2011. And I’m taken back to how it all felt that day.
To read the rest of the blog entry, click here!
HATE SPEECH WATCH REPORT
Page Facebook du Bloc Identitaire
This Facebook page states that all the Muslims are 'jihadists' that want to conquer France. This group had recent incidents with supporters from Algeria in the World Cup. It is clearly islamophobic, xenophobic and against multiculturalism.
WORD OF THE MOMENT: DEHUMANISATION
Dehumanisation describes the denial of “humanness” to others….It occurs across several domains, is facilitated by status, power, and social connection, and results in behaviours like exclusion, violence, and support for violence against others. (Source: Wikipedia)