Don’t be divided – Stay UNITED!

18-26 March – European Action Week Against Racism 2017

4-Web General-1 Illustration: Coline Robin

The events of last year appear to show a Europe that is deeply divided. Divisions between rich and poor, young and old, minorities and majorities, are dominating headlines and having major effects on political processes. Rather than trying to heal these divides and work together towards a more equal and just society, populist and rightwing forces are seeking to increase these divisions and use them to their advantage. Divisive “us and them” rhetoric is threatening the foundation of our communities and the stability of our societies. As the European antiracist movement, we must stand together and call on the people of Europe: Don’t be divided, Stay UNITED!

Every year, UNITED coordinates a weeklong Europe-wide campaign around 21 March to protest against all forms of racism and discrimination, and celebrate the diversity that enriches European societies. European Action Week Against Racism 2017 will take place from 18-26 March, with the slogan “Don’t be divided, Stay UNITED!”

There are loads of ways to join the campaign: organise activities, involve your city government, like the Facebook page, support others, and spread the message. Join NGOs, civil society groups, grassroots associations, schools, universities and city governments all over Europe to prove that unity beats division, and that we stand UNITED against racism in all forms.

This year we have three suggested activities that we encourage civil society organisations to organise to mark the action week:

Street action - 45x45 Street action/ flashmob

Human LIbrary - 45x45 Human library

Theater - 45x45 Theatre of the Oppressed

As well as providing campaign material for you to use to organise and promote your activities (see below), we will also provide tips and best practice information on how to organise these activities – find them at this link. Of course, you are also welcome to organise any other kind of activity as part of the campaign, such as a workshop, a film screening or a concert. If you need inspiration, have a look at the list of best practice examples on the Week Against Racism website.

If you are organising an activity, please let us know by filling in the online form, so that we can include your activity on our interactive Activity Map. You are also free to use these online materials, and to print/reproduce/adapt them for your activity.

Don’t forget: Even small acts can change the world!