Make Them Act!

Speak up, against the uprising darkness

Sign this public statement against the rising far right, racism and discrimination in Europe

Who we are & what we want

More than 110 Organizations & Communities of the Civil Society in Greece and other European countries, co-sign a Public Statement, which reflects our deep worry for the rise of racism, xenophobia and far right in the whole of Europe and demands a response in the upcoming European Parliament elections 2019.
We ask from the political forces in Europe to speak Up and act against the uprising far-right, Racism and Discrimination.
This Public Statement was created by the organizing committee of the annual Walk Against Discrimination on the 21st of March 2019, on the International Day Against Discrimination & Racism.

The committee consists of the: Greek Forum of Migrants, Racist Violence Recording Network, Hellenic League for Human Rights, PRAKSIS, Migrant Integration Council of the City of Athens, Transgender Association in Greece and HumanRights360°.

European Networks: ENAR- European Network Against Discrimination
European Grassroots Antiracist Movement – EGAM
UNITED for Intercultural Action

ΑΝΕΜΟΣ ΑΝΑΝΕΩΣΗΣ – Anemos Ananeosis
ΑΝΤΙΓΟΝΗ-ANTIGONE Information and Documentation Center on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence
ΑΡΣΙΣ - Arsis
ΒΑΒΕΛ Κέντρο Ημέρας - BABEL Day Center
Γιατροί του Κόσμου - Medecins du Monde
Δικηγόροι Χωρίς Σύνορα - Lawyers without borders
ΔΙΚΤΥΟ ΓΙΑ ΤΑ ΔΙΚΑΙΩΜΑΤΑ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΙΔΙΟΥ - Network for Children's Rights
Δίκτυο καταγραφής περιστατικών Ρατσιστικής Βίας - Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN)
Δίκτυο Ομότιμων Χρηστών Ψυχοδραστικών Ουσιών - ΔΟΧΨΟ, Drug Peers Net
Δίκτυο Χάρτα της Ειδομένης (Charter of Idomeni Network)
ΔΥΥΑΔ Δίκτυο Υποστήριξης Υπερασπιστών Ανθρωπίνων Δικαιωμάτων - Human Rights Defenders' Support Network DYYAD
Εθνική Συνομοσπονδία Ατόμων με Αναπηρία (ΕΣΑμεΑ) - National Confederation of Disabled People (NCDP)
Ελληνική Δράση για τα Ανθρώπινα Δικαιώματα – Πλειάδες, Hellenic Action for Human Rights Pleiades
Ελληνικό Δίκτυο για το Δικαίωμα στη Στέγη και την Κατοικία
Ελληνικό Δίκτυο για την Καταπολέμηση της Φτώχειας
Ελληνική Ένωση για τα Δικαιώματα του Ανθρώπου ΕλΕΔΑΠ - Hellenic League for Human Rights
Ελληνική Πλατφόρμα για την Ανάπτυξη - Hellenic Platform for Development
Ελληνικό Παρατηρητήριο Συμφωνιών του Ελσίνκι - Greek Helsinki Monitor
Ελληνικό Φόρουμ Μεταναστών – Greek Forum of Migrants GFM (Association of Cameroonians of Greece, Congolese Community in Greece, Ethiopian Socio-Cultural Center "Aithiops", Ghanian Community in Greece, Union of Guinea of Greece, Kenyan Community in Greece (KCG), Union of Madagascar, Nigerian Women Organization of Greece, Nigerian Community of Greece, Association of Senegalese of Athens, Unione of Sierra Leonese, Tanzanian Community in Greece, Zanzibar Association in Greece, African Network in Greece, United African Women Organization Greece, Afghan Migrants & Refugees Community in Greece, Bangladeshi Community of Greece, Greek Indian Cultural Company, Greek Pakistan Association of Greece, Federation of Albanian Communities in Greece, Georgian Cultural Center "Caucasus", Greek Georgian Union "Dioskouria", Hellenic Moldovans Association «ΟΡΦΕΥ», Association of Russian speaker and friends of Russia of the Municipality of Trikala, Ukrainian Community `The land of stork`, United Ukraine Union, Egyptian Community in Greece "El Rapta", Association of Moroccans in Greece, Palestinian Workers Union in Greece, Somalian Community in Greece, Greek Sudanese Friendship League, Sudanese Community, Association of Free Expats of Syria, Syrian House in Greece, Arab Association in Ambelokipi - Athens, Migrant Women Network "Dimitra", Zagel Refugee Group, LGBT Refugee Group
Ελληνικό Φόρουμ Προσφύγων – Greek Forum of Refugees GFR
Θετική Φωνή Σύλλογος Οροθετικών Ελλάδος – Positive Voice
Ιατρική Παρέμβαση - Medical Intervention
Κέντρο Γυναικείων Μελετών και Ερευνών 'Διοτίμα' - Centre for Research on Women's Issues 'Diotima'
Κέντρο Ζωής - Centre for Life
Κίνηση Χειραφέτησης Αναπήρων: Μηδενική ανοχή - Movement for the Emancipation of the Disabled: ZERO TOLERANCE
ΚΟΣΜΟΣ ΧΩΡΙΣ ΠΟΛΕΜΟΥΣ & ΒΙΑ - Kosmos xoris polemous
ΜΕΤΑδραση - METAdrasi
Ομοφυλοφιλική & Λεσβιακή Κοινότητα Ελλάδας (ΟΛΚΕ) - Lesbian & Gay Community of Greece
Οργάνωση ΓΗ - Organization EARTH
ΠΑΜΠΕΙΡΑΪΚΗ - Πρωτοβουλία Υποστήριξης Μεταναστών και Προσφύγων
Πολιτιστικό Κέντρο Αφρικανικής Τέχνης και Πολιτισμών ΑΝΑΣΑ - ANASA Cultural Center
Πρωτοβουλία για τα Δικαιώματα των Κρατουμένων - Initiative for the Detainees’ Rights
ΣΥΔ Σωματείο Υποστήριξης Διεμφυλικών - Transgender Support Association
Συμβίωση-Σχολή πολιτικών σπουδών στην Ελλάδα, μέλος Δικτύου Σχολών Συμβουλίου της Ευρώπης
Συμβούλιο Ένταξης Μεταναστών Δήμου Αθηναίων - ΣΕΜ, Integration Migrant's Council - City of Athens
ΣΥΝΟΙΚΟ ΚΟΙΝ.Σ.ΕΠ. Ένταξης Ειδικών Ομάδων - SYNOIKO koinsep
Σύλλογος Ασθενών Ήπατος Ελλάδος ΠΡΟΜΗΘΕΑΣ - HELPA Prometheus
Σύλλογος Βοήθειας Παιδιών Lalibela - Children Support Organization
Τεχνοδρομώ - Texnodromo
Campfire Innovation
Civis Plus
Colour Youth
Cosmos of Culture
Generation 2.0 - For Rights Equality & Diversity
Golden Dawn Watch / Παρατηρητήριο για την Δίκη της Χρυσής Αυγής
HYP Hellenic Youth Participation
KMOP - Social Action and Innovation Centre
Melissa - Network of Migrant Women in Greece
Proud Seniors Greece (ομάδα υποστήριξης ΛΟΑΤΚΙ ατόμων ηλικίας 50+)
Red Umbrella Athens
SCI Hellas
Jesuit Refugee Greece
Vana Ba Afrika
Velos Youth Center
Victoria Square Project
We need books

Turkey: Bosphorus Migration Studies

Cyprus: Accept - LGBTI Cyprus
KISA - Equality, Support, Antiracism

Denmark: SOS RACISME Danmark

Italy: SOS Razzismo Italia
Campagna LasciateCIEntrare

Belgium: Jesuit Refugee Service Europe

United Kingdom: Runny Mede trust

Netherlands: European Race and Imagery Foundation
Migrante Netherlands The Hague - Migrante Netherlands Den Haag

Ireland: Africa Solidarity Centre Ireland (Africa Centre Ireland)

Finland: Anti-Hate Crime Organization Finland - Suomen viharikosvastainen yhdistys ry - Finska Anti-Harbrottsorganisation rf
Migrant Tales Blog

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Against racism and discrimination

The co-signing of this Public Statement is a way to express our deep worry for the rise of racism, xenophobia and far right in Europe. The diffusion of nationalism, intolerance and xenophobia, although fostered by the financial and social conditions, cannot solve any of the cross-European problems. Such ideas may only generate worse problems.

Political powers of the far right, launch explosive rhetoric and systematically implement in the public dialog reductive approaches for tough identity issues. As an answer to insecurity and crisis representation, far-right parties promise hate.

Nowadays, theories of culture dominance, isolation, anti-Semitism, islamophobia, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, pervasive malignity and historical revisionism spread worldwide. For all the above reasons, the up-coming European elections are of high importance.

Facing such challenge several political powers succumb to this pressure, adopt a far-right agenda and solely focus on the issues of migration, law and order. However, in this way, they only expedite what they were supposed to control, the rise of the nationalistic autarchy that under-mixes the foundations of democracy and united Europe. We highlight the division in migration related issues in national and European level that is used as a base or lever for the promotion of far-right ideas.

More specifically, in Greece we highlight the phenomenon of racist violence that continues to threaten the rule of law. Moreover, we point that the rhetoric of hate which poisons the sense of security and social coherence, sometimes derives from people that hold a civil position and responsibility.

We follow the updates regarding the trial of neo-nazi organization “Golden Dawn”, hopping that justice will be attributed in the best possible way, sending a clear message to the families of the victims and whole European society. In any case, the presence of G.D. and its criminal actions under the veil of being a parliamentary party constitute a continuous reminder of the consequences of the luck of a prompt, structured and decisive reaction in institutional, political and social level against incidents of racism and intolerance.

This is why rhetorical conviction of racism is not sufficient as a reaction. Several political actions are required in order to restrict discriminations and take out of the margin the group of people facing such discriminations. It is essential that a loud voice of confrontation against racism and intolerance will be presented in all levels. A brave approach of the youth is necessary as well as their integration and active participation together with the vulnerable social groups.

With the occasion of the European elections, we ask from political forces to take position, defend, protect and inform the citizens about the specific actions they are willing to take against the rise of far-right in Europe and in every single country.

The fight against discrimination and racism in Greece and Europe, is a fight that has to be victorious. A fight we have to win.

Athens, March 2019
Cosigned by 110+ Organizations & Communities of the Civil Society in Greece and other European countries.

What happens next?

The Public Statement will be sent to the leaders of the EU’s elections candidate lists of the political parties in Greece and the heads of the EU Parliament parties.
We will invite them to inform the public about their position and actions against the rise of far-right, racism and discrimination in Europe, in a Press Conference that will be held some days before the EU elections in Athens, Greece.

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