15 July, 2016

TAKE ACTION! GUIDE for the Action Day for Victims of Hate Crime – 22nd July 2016

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Category: Victims of hate crime
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22july_logo_ENGThis guide aims to help you take action on 22 July 2016 in the framework of the European Action Day. This guide will aid you in organising either a public action to remember and show solidarity with victims and targets of hate crime or to organise an educational activity.

Who can organise a public action/educational activity?

Everyone can take part in organising these actions. You might be a national campaign coordinator or a national campaign committee; you can be a youth organisation or a member of a youth group or a concerned individual. Everyone can and should do it.

How big should the event be?

The aim is to raise awareness of hate crime and commemorate the victims and targets of hate crime in our local communities. So, the size of the group taking part in the event is not important as long as the event is visible. The event can have a couple of individuals raising awareness or hundreds of supporters – the more the merrier. It is important that we do public actions and educational activities to remember victims, and to show solidarity with those who are targeted. The more actions happening in Europe means that more people will learn about the causes and consequences of hate crime in our society.

How and what can I do as public action?

A public action can be anything from a march, a demonstration, a sit-in to a flashmob. It is a public commemoration to raise awareness over an issue in society. We are recommending that you, national campaign committees and activists organise a flashmob on 22nd July. Organising one is simple and fun for all involved, especially young people.

What is a flashmob?

A flashmob consists of a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, and then quickly disperse. To organise a flashmob simply find willing participants and decide on what action you all do in the flashmob – dancing, singing, miming… something that will look visually interesting and that all participants can practice together beforehand. The location of the flashmob is up to you and can be any public place where there is a lot of people – maybe a shopping centre or national park. Upon departure, participants can give out more information of the European Action Day for Victims of Hate Crime through flyers. Remember, flashmobs are short and they do catch the attention of the public.

Special attention

For this Action Day we are talking about real people who have died, who have been attacked, so we have to bear that in mind when organising the flashmob. The flashmob should reflect the seriousness and real danger of hate crime. The actions in the flashmob should raise awareness of hate crime, to make people think about its causes and show solidarity with the victims.

Some tips for organising a flashmob

  1. Remember the goal: to raise awareness about the causes and consequences of hate crime in our communities and to show solidarity with the victims.
  2. Determine your flashmob action: When? Where? How? Who? Make sure to plan your action with young people.
  3. Get organised:
  • Use phone, email, or text to send short quick instructions to your participants on the day.
  • If you are performing a dance it is very important for participants to have a chance to practise moves.
  • Prepare vinyl banner signs, flyers and other material in advance.
  • Plan a time and a place for all participants to meet up after the flashmob
  1. Flashmobs are most effective when they’re done quickly, in less than 10 minutes.
  2. Keep it simple: Make sure you don’t overshoot expectations
  3. Keep it a secret: The key to an effective flashmob is the element of surprise.
  4. Record the event, take photos. The amazing part of flashmobs is the global popularity driven by social media.

Other ideas

If flashmobs are not possible for you there are a number of other activities you can do.

1. Gather in a public square and release balloons in the shape of a heart while reading out short versions of hate crime cases (e.g attacked on 12 March 2012 for nothing else but being Roma). Make sure you research cases online and get help from organisations that work on these issues in your community. Do not disclose names of victims/targets unless you have permission.

2. With young people in your community develop slogans against racism and discrimination, about hate crime, and write them on big pieces of paper or cardboard. Walk together with the slogans in a public area/square. Other people have chosen lying down in silence with a slogan to show the effects it has on victims.

Organise an educational activity

If you are not in a position to organise a public action on 22nd July, it might be worthwhile to organise an educational activity with young people you work with. You might need to explain to young people what hate crime is, what the link with hate speech is and what happened on 22nd July 2011. Here are some ideas of what you can do in a couple of hours.

Prepare yourself Make sure you read background information on hate crime and that you are able to explain the links between hate crime and hate speech. Do research in your community/country and see what the statistics in relation to the topic are. Which are the most vulnerable groups and who is working on the topic? Be aware that some of the young people might have experienced hate based violence and hate speech.

Cooperate Invite specialised organisations to support you through providing materials and information on the topic. Perhaps you could try to get an expert from the organisation to talk at your education activity.

Planning the activity Be aware of the time you have with the young people and make sure you reserve enough time to discuss with them how they can further take action.

Some suggestions for non-formal education activities: You can use several activities from Compass. A Manual on Human Rights Education with Young People. These activities should adapt to the topic of hate speech. We suggest you have a look at the exercises: 3 Things, Dosta, Memory Tags, Timelines.


It is important that we ensure as much visibility as possible for the actions we do on 22nd July. In order to keep track of what is happening all over Europe, please make sure to:

1. Join our Facebook Group and write a short comment about what you are planning to do. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/combatinghatespeech/

2. Make sure that you invite all participants to Join the Movement Chain by adding their photo shaping half a heart with their hands on the No hate Speech Movement website: https://www.nohatespeechmovement.org/join-the-movement-chain

SUPPORT AND REPORT If you need any support in organising these events please do not hesitate to contact us and please send a short description of your action with photos at youth.nohatespeech@coe.int


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