MINELRES: UNITED: International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism

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UNITED E-NEWS 8-11-2008: Media Release - International Day Against
Fascism and Antisemitism

UNITED We are Strong!
International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism


9 November 2008 - 70 years after 'Kristallnacht' pogrom

Antisemitism tries to claim back the streets in Europe.
The numbers of victims of fascist attacks has been growing dramatically
in the recent years and NGOs in Europe state their concern about this
development all over the continent. 

Smashed windows, antisemitic graffiti, radical attacks on synagogues and
hate crimes in form of street violence are the most seen faces of
fascism and antisemitism on our streets. Also the defilement of Jewish
cemeteries and Holocaust memorial places are day-by-day indicators of
nowadays antisemitism. A recent example of antisemitic vandalism was
given during the general elections in Austria 1 month ago, where 90
graves on a Jewish cemetery where destroyed - the offenders are still
not known...

Not only in Austria, but also in many other European states, there is an
enormous lack of information and education concerning this sensitive
topic. The local governments give not even rudimental reports about
antisemitic or fascist motivated delicts. This ignorance forces
thousands of potential victims to live in constant fear... a life long!

UNITED We are Strong.
The European wide campaign on 9th November, the International Day
against Fascism and Antisemitism, aims to counteract the worrying
developments related to antisemitsm, fascism and racism all over the

In this way non-governmental organisations in 41 European countries will
get active around 9th November 2008 to commemorate the 'Kristallnacht'
pogrom in 1938. The 'Kristallnacht' pogrom is often seen as the symbolic
beginning of the Holocaust.
Hundreds of activities, coordinated by the UNITED secretariat, will take
place all over Europe during the annual action week. In diverse manners
the NGOs draw also attention to contemporary faces of fascism,
antisemitsm, racism and discrimination; they prepare for example
torchlight processions, lectures, exhibitions, demonstrations, poster
and awareness-raising actions etc.

Additional Information.
UNITED for Intercultural Action is a network of 560 supporting
all over Europe working against racism, fascism, nationalism and in
support of migrants and refugees. Activities at local level are carried
out by organisations in 41 European countries within the framework of
the 9 November campaign. The campaign is coordinated by the
international UNITED secretariat based in Amsterdam.

A full list of activities is available on
www.unitedagainstracism.org (direct link:
http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/pages/campnov.htm). Please contact
the UNITED secretariat for further information and support. We will be
happy to supply you with useful contacts in and outside your
country/city, background information, free campaign material and may
link you with local organizations active in the campaign.

We depend on YOUR help in 2008!

UNITED is not rich and has no stable income !
Though far most of the work at the UNITED secretariat is done voluntary
- still money is needed to keep the network functioning in 2008 and to
secure the cooperation and information flow throughout Europe.

Your donation is most welcome:
- in cash to UNITED Postbus 413 NL-1000 AK Amsterdam
- by bank (preferable) to:
UNITED, Postbus 413 NL-1000 AK Amsterdam
Account: IBAN NL77PSTB0002343715, BIC: PSTB NL2A - Bank: Postbank,
Postbus 1800, NL-1000 BV Amsterdam
(From NL: postbank 2343715)


UNITED is the pan-European network against nationalism, racism, fascism
and in support of migrants and refugees, supported by over 560
organisations in 46 European countries.
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UNITED E-NEWS is an irregular email service to over 9000 organisations
and contact persons active in the working fields: anti-racism, refugee
support, anti-fascism, against antisemitism, migration, minority issues,
intercultural youth work, against nationalism etc.

Regular postal mailings, containing publications such as Addressbook
Against Racism, Calendar of Internationalism, Campaign reports, Posters
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European network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of
migrants and refugees
Postbus 413 - NL 1000 AK Amsterdam - phone +31-20-6834778 - fax
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