European Alternatives, in collabaration with the Foundation Responsability Remembrance and Future and supported by the Guerrilla Foundation, is running a series of two trainings in March and May 2018, bringing together activists and citizens willing to stand against hate speech and far-right radicalism in Central and Eastern Europe.
Read our detailed call for applications for more information: the participants will be provided with theoretical and practical knowledge from experienced trainers to gain an understanding on the political framing of far-right radicalism and on the construction of hate narratives and develop strategies to counteract hate through constructing alternative narratives, community organising and campaigning.
In recent years, the increase of hate speech throughout Europe has contributed to electoral victories of nationalist parties and the radicalisation of far-right movements, fueling hate crimes and violence towards marginalised groups. From forcible evictions of Roma people to stigmatisation and attacks of LGBTQI+ and minority faith communities, the hate narrative gradually weakened the social cohesion between communities. Besides, it challenged democracy, equality and the rule of law across the continent.
The current political framing, shaped by hate speech and far-right proponents, led national governments to make policy choices that often restrain fundamental rights of people in Europe. As illiberal democracies seem to be on the rise, we are once again moving into a period of strengthening domestic positions through demonising minority groups, undermining the conditions for transnational, open and democratic societies to thrive.
To counteract those trends, European Alternatives, in collabaration with the Foundation Responsability Remembrance and Future and supported by the Guerrilla Foundation, is running a series of two trainings in March and May 2018, bringing together activists and citizens willing to stand against hate speech and far-right radicalism in Central and Eastern Europe.
You will be provided with theoretical and practical knowledge from experienced trainers to develop your skills and work together as peers, with the aim to gain an understanding on the political framing of far-right movements and the construction of hate discourses, develop alternative narratives grounded in human and social rights and explore community responses and mobilisation strategies to counteract hate. The first training will take place on March 14-18th, in Schloss Bröllin, 1,5 hour away from Berlin. It will be followed with a second training in Bratislava at the end of May (final dates to be communicated in the course of January).
Before applying, here’s what you need to know. We’re looking for people who:
> Reside in one of the following Central and Eastern European country: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine;
> Are proficient in English;
> Have some knowledge of the issues of hate speech and far-right radicalism and some experience with campaigning or community organising;
> Commit to participate to both trainings on March 14-18th and at the end of May (final dates to be communicated in the course of January) and to take action beyond the training series.
There is no registration fee to the training. The participation includes travel costs, food and accommodation costs and training materials for the series.
We’re looking also to represent the diversity of people living in Europe. We are particularly committed to enable the participation of people from racial and ethnic minorities, people from LGBTQI+ communities, people with disabilities and people who identify with disadvantaged economic classes. If you don’t identify as one of these groups, we still want you to apply – but if you know of an awesome person who does, encourage them to apply as well!
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with Martin Pairet, email@example.com.
Collaboration and support
The training series is run in collaboration with
and with the support of
the Guerrilla Foundation, which helps activists and grassroots movements build pockets of resistance contributing to a deeply democratic society that prioritise social and ecological wellbeing.