MINELRES: UNITED: 14-22 March 2009 European-Wide Action Week Against Racism

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UNITED E-NEWS 15/01/2009: 14-22 March 2009 European-Wide Action Week
Against Racism


LOOK DEEPER - VALUE DIVERSITY
14-22 March 2009 European-wide Action Week Against Racism

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Get united to take a stand against racism
In 2008 numerous organisations in 47 European Countries joined the
annual European-wide Action Week Against Racism. Thousands of people all
over Europe were united in their fight for a Europe without
discrimination, intolerance, racism and nationalism - promoting
diversity, mutual respect and understanding.
This year again UNITED calls for international participation during the
European-wide Action Week Against Racism (14-22 March 2009)! -
http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/pages/InfoARW_09.htm

Become active in this years' campaign
Don't worry, good activities don't have to be expensive. Much more
important than money are creativity and engagement. You do not
necessarily have to organise a big demonstration or event, awareness
about the emerging issues of racism and discrimination is already
created when you spread/hang the UNITED campaign material in
universities, schools, your working place or in the streets.
To get some inspiration have a look at the 2008 List for Activities -
http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/pages/act08arw.htm

Give the campaign a European dimension
Inform us about your actions to highlight the issue of racism on
European level. Your activities will be published through the List of
Activities - http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/pages/act09arw.htm -
that creates visibility and attention all over Europe. In this way you
also contribute to create a strong and diverse European-wide campaign.
Don't forget: Even small things can change the world!

Order campaign material for free
UNITED can send up to 2 kilos campaign material free of charge (only in
Europe), please calculate how many copies you want. For more than 2
kilos we ask for contribution towards the mailing costs but if you need
more free material for special purposes don't hesitate to contact us.
Order form: http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/docs/orderform_210309.rtf


** 21 MARCH **
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination takes
place annually on 21 March. This day, in 1960, during a peaceful
demonstration in Sharpeville (South Africa) against the apartheid,
police opened fire and killed 69 people.

Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly of the United Nations
called upon the international community to redouble its efforts to
eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

During the annual European-wide Action Week Against Racism, which takes
place around 21 March, thousands of people fight for tolerance and equal
rights for everybody and celebrate the diversity of Europe.

This year, from 14-22 March, once again hundreds of activities on the
local, national and international level will take place all around
Europe, organised by a wide variety of organisations. Activities range
from intercultural youth festivals over getting racist slogans off the
walls to multicultural football matches.

** VALUE DIVERSITY **
Look deeper, don't judge by what you see - Value diversity!

Population in Europe is becoming more and more diverse. Internal and
external migration processes are making it a place where people of many
different backgrounds share their existence. Nowadays diversity seems to
be considered worrisome rather than a potential growth.

"Diversity is beautiful" - that's true and much more than that it adds
value to society, cohesion and development in any aspect. What we need
to understand is how to manage diversity and not to be afraid of it. The
magic formula is to LOOK DEEPER and VALUE DIVERSITY to recognise what is
beyond the unknown and find out that there is a lot to explore, to
understand and to learn from each other.

We believe in future as a time of communion, when all the people living
in Europe offer their uniqueness to each other as a gift and diversity
is not seen as an obstacle anymore; a future without discrimination and
exclusion, but with a mainstream culture based on intercultural respect,
solidarity and equal rights.

With this goal, we stand UNITED in our struggle to value diversity.

Racism is not a local issue and the European-wide campaign can help to
set the agenda on all levels. We have to campaign on local, regional and
European level to get our point across. By linking local and national
actions, we can generate European-wide publicity. We can show that there
is an enormous amount of people that believe in an intercultural open
society. It gives all participants new energy to go on with their
everyday struggle against racism and intolerance and let people who may
not be aware of it in their daily life reflect about the issues raised.
You will get motivated and inspired by the ideas and enthusiasm of other
people, learn from each other's experience and views, generate more
publicity because of the scope and size of the activity, etc. If you
would like to take part in this campaign, keep in mind that it is the
variety and creativity of many different activities all over Europe that
make the UNITED campaigns unique.

** EUROPEAN LIST OF ACTIVITIES**
To make sure your activity is included in the European List of
Activities, documenting all the different activities during the campaign
and the strength of the anti-racism movement, send any available
information to UNITED, either by

fax (+31-20-6834582),

e-mail (info@unitedagainstracism.org)

mail (Postbus 413, NL-1000 AK Amsterdam)

or just call in the UNITED secretariat (+31-20-6834778).

The List is regularly updated on
http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/pages/act09arw.htm

** LET US CAMPAIGN TOGETHER **
UNITED for Intercultural Action is the European network against
nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants and refugees.
Linked through UNITED, more than 560 organisations and youth
organisations work together on a voluntary basis.

UNITED publicises and supports initiatives of local groups and
highlights the issues of racism on an European level.

For more campaign information:
http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/pages/InfoARW_09.htm

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REACTION/ORDER FORM

RETURN! - this form to: info@unitedagainstracism.org

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OUR ACTIVITY

YES, our organisation wants to join the 'European-wide Action Week
Against Racism' - 2009!

OUR ACTIVITY IS:

title:

type of activity:

date:

place:

theme(s):

organiser(s):

contact address:

street:

city:

postal code:

country:

phone:

fax:

email:

website:

contact person:

mobile phone:

Are you aware of other activities organised in your country? Please be
as correct as possible: date, type, title, themes, location, contact
address...

Your activity will be included in the 'European List of Activities' of
the 14-22 March campaign 2009. Make sure your organisation and activity
is mentioned! The list is regularly updated on
http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/pages/act09arw.htm


ORDER FORM FOR CAMPAIGN MATERIAL _FOR THE EUROPEAN-WIDE ACTION WEEK
AGAINST RACISM

UNITED can send up to 2 kilos campaign material free of charge (only in
Europe), please calculate how many copies you want. For more than 2
kilos we ask for contribution towards the mailing costs but if you need
more free material for special purposes don't hesitate to contact us.


POSTERS
(see
http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/pages/posterpostcardssticker.htm)

......... (max. 100) 'Value Diversity' - NEW for this years campaign!

Backside: information on 21 March campaign 2009

......... (max. 100) Double sided: 'Look Deeper - Don't judge by what
you see'

Other side: 'Campaign Logo' - NEW for this years campaign!

......... (max. 100) 'Colour Your Picture'

......... (max. 100) 'Colour is an Optical Illusion, All Different -
All Equal'

......... (max. 100) 'All Different - All Equal'

......... (max. 50) 6&7/ Double sided: 'UNITED to Combat Racism'

Other side:'Look Deeper - Fundamentally We're All the same'

......... (max. 100) RUSSIAN EDITION! 'Look Deeper'

Backside: information on 21 March campaign in Russian language
> REPORT <

......... (max. 25) Campaign report on the European Action Week Against
Racism 2008
Collection of activities organised all over Europe during the European
Action Week 2008. Useful inspiration and motivation tool for those who
want to organize low or no budget activities to act against racism!

MATERIAL TO BE SENT TO

Contact person:

Name organisation:

Street:

Postal Code:

City:

Country:

Phone:

Mobile phone:

Fax:

Email:

Website:
SEND
This form as soon as possible to:
info@unitedagainstracism.org

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We depend on YOUR help in 2009!

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 2009 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)

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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.
How to join the network: see www.unitedagainstracism.org 'joining the
network'

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
etc. are sent to over 2400 European organisations. If you also would
like to receive this mailing: see www.unitedagainstracism.org 'joining
the network'

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UNITED for Intercultural Action
European network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of
migrants and refugees
Postbus 413 - NL 1000 AK Amsterdam - phone +31-20-6834778 - fax
+31-20-6834582 - info@unitedagainstracism.org -
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