31 August, 2017

Newsletter N° 61, August 2017

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Category: Campaign Newsletter
Eric Miller
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A Bright Summer is a No Hate Summer

Dear Subscriber,

July and August were full of campaign events, workshops and summer camps. Ranging from moments of reflection during the Roma Genocide remembrance to fun workshops on developing alternative narratives, the summer had it all. Many reports and pictures can be
found on the campaign Blog, Facebook, through Twitter and in this newsletter.


Campaign platform renewed

From the updated home page users can navigate quickly to all features on the platform. How to report hate speech on social media platforms and information on national reporting mechanisms for hate speech, crime and cyber bullying  of 21 countries has also been added.
The Education section hosts both Bookmarks and We CAN!, while the Upload your message section allows the possibility to upload pictures and join the No Hate Chain.

National Campaigns

Austria: New video on hate speech

The video ‘Make love great again’ is inspired on true stories portraying experiences of hate speech and how it is overcome. The idea was developed by Youngsters from a youth
centre in Vienna to encourage others to stand up against hate speech and promote a world full of respect, peace and solidarity. For more read the Blog post make Love great again.

Ireland: Education trumps hate

The training course ‘Education trumps hate’ on 21-29 August, equipped 35 youth workers from 8 countries with the
competences to use Bookmarks, We CAN! and Compass in their daily practice. The project was a joined initiative of the campaign coordinators of Ireland and Italy.

Germany: raising awareness among politicians and gamers

On 23-24 August the campaign was present at ‘Gamescom’ a trade fair for video games held annually in Cologne with over 350.000 visits.
Visitors could leave messages of support in a photo-booth. On 26-27 August at the open door days of the Federal Government the campaign was presented to over 10.000 visitors who could participate in a Hate Speech Bingo.

Strengthening Human Rights Education

This summer, three national training courses on Human Rights Education empowered youth workers and
educators to use Compass and other educational resources in their practice to address human rights challenges, including hate speech online. On 19-24 June Institut international des droits de l'Homme et de la paix organised a course in Caen, France. On 30 June- 4 July Centre for Youth Initiatives HORYZONTY organised a course in Poland. On 19-23 July Infinite Opportunities Association invited 50 participants to
work with the newly published Compass in Bulgarian.

Campaign Partners

Serbia: Stop the Hate

On 26-28 July the participants of the Stop the Hate workshop in Belgrade deconstructed stereotypes held by young people and highlighted the importance of tackling hate speech and discriminatory language. Participants will follow-up with local youth initiatives across Serbia in
September. The project is a joined initiative of Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans and the National Youth Council of Serbia with support from the European Youth Foundation.

Croatia: No Hate at International Youth camp

On 6-13 Augusts, Youth organisation IMPRESS organised workshops on hate speech and human rights during the International Youth camp ‘Kukavica’ near the city of Daruvar.

Upcoming Events

21 September: Action Day countering hate speech targeting Muslims

The Action Day countering hate speech targeting Muslims will promote counter and alternative narratives
that debunk the xenophobic narratives fuelling hate speech targeting Muslims. In the spirit of the International Day of Peace, this Action Day promotes inter-faith and intercultural dialogue as a means to strengthen
the human rights narratives and build inclusive and peaceful societies together. Share your plans for 21 September through the Campaign Blog or by

Utoya: training on counter and alternative narratives

From 16 to 20 October, 35 youth workers and educators will learn how the education centre at Utoya Island, Norway transformed the terror attack in 2011 to an opportunity for learning and promotion of democracy and human
rights. Participants will also experience using We CAN! and plan initiatives to use it through the national campaigns, and partners of European Wergeland
Centre and the EEA and Norway Grants.

Blog posts

Word of the Day
The warmer half of the year, perfect for campaigning against hate speech and for human rights.

“The tans will fade but the memories will last forever.”


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