Words are stones
Is a project supported by Europe for Citizens Programme. It aims at involving NGO activists and European citizens in stopping the present process of cultural, social, political and media legitimization of racism and xenophobia in the political and public debate. The project is coordinated by Lunaria (Italy) in cooperation with Antigone (Greece), Sos Racisme(Spain) Grenzenlos (Autrian) Adice (France) and Kisa (Cipro).
Nationalist, populist and xenophobic movements which instrumentally mix euroscepticism, intolerance, hate and racism in order to increase their consent in public opinion represent a danger for the construction of a democratic, united, cohesive and peaceful European society.
The public debate is crossed by stereotypes and prejudices targeting immigrants and refugees that often degenerate in racist offenses and attacks. This trend knew an acceleration after last terroristic attacks and puts at risk the social cohesion: it is very urgent that the European civil society strengthens its efforts to combat all forms of intolerance, stigmatization and hate speech towards immigrants and refugees.
The project objectives and the activity plan proposed aim to combatting stigmatisation of “immigrants” and building counter narratives to foster intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding in the context of 2019 EU elections and on the basis of the European legal framework
National Meeting Rome
National Meeting Barcelona
National Meeting Vienna
National Meeting Thessaloniki
National Meeting Lille
National Meeting Nicosia
International Meeting Thessaloniki
International Meeting Rome
- To analize political discourses that exacerbate xenophobia, intolerance and discriminations against migrants, refugees and minorities crossing the public debate
- To ehnace civil society organizations, European citizens and institutions capacity to prevent and respond to hate speech thank to the organization of national and European meeting of activists and citizens.
- To involve European youth in campaigns countering hate speech against immigrants, refugees and minorities thanks to the production and dissemination of innovative counter narratives through 1 handbook, of 5 short video-clips, the opening of the project page website “Words are stones”.
- To sensitize Eu politicians to promote intercultural dialogue, human rights protection and a pacific coexistence among nationals and people coming from other countries thinks to a communication campaign.