Migration, Communities

Local activists against xenophobia

Creators

Who is behind this?

Katarzyna Kubinska

Ocalenie Foundation

http://ocalenie.org.pl

Poland

Idea Sketch

Idea

Idea pitch

We want to support informal groups of people in small communities that are willing to counteract xenophobia in their cities, but do not have enough knowledge or tools to work. They also have no financial and formal support from the local authorities and institutions. We want to give them knowledge and experience and help to prepare some actions for their community on the subject of diversity, tolerance and refugees.

Where will your idea take place?

Activities will be carried out all over Poland, especially in small towns.

Why does Europe need your idea?

We believe that it is necessary to work at the local level, with ordinary citizens. They constitute democracy, but they can have lack of knowledge and experiences, which is the cause of large xenophobia in small communities in Poland (and EU). To change this, we must work at the root.

What is your impact?

The level of xenophobia will decrease. The local community will get to know a different point of view and will be able to discuss their fears with people who have reliable knowledge. Local activists will gain a sense of influence on their community and greater motivation to act.

How do you get there?

1. Find a group of local activists who are already acting informally or are willing to act.
2. Each group will receive training on discrimination, the situation of refugees& their cultures.
3. Each group with our help will prepare one event for t heir community: exhibition, meeting with an expert, happening etc. We will help them to meet the specific needs and needs of their community.
4. Evaluation of events and planning how they can operate in the future.

What is your story?

The main motivation is a strong increase in xenophobia in Poland after 2015, when the Polish government started to scare refugees to gain power. Since then, there has been violence against foreigners with a different color of skin, and people helping refugees are considered enemies.

Who are you doing it for?

Target group: Inhabitants who are involved in informal groups working against xenophobia (teachers, actors, pensioners, students, cultural workers, entrepreneurs&others).
Beneficiaries: Residents of the local communities, foreigners and all those who will be treated better despite their otherness.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

I expect comments if my project will have such a big impact as we think. I would also like to know what obstacles in the implementation are seen by the community, which we did not notice.

Team

katarzynaOcalenie

Idea created on Jan. 15, 2018

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