- 22 February 2024
- 07:00:00 PM to 08:30:00 PM
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Building solidarity and networks in the face of hate: what works?
07:00:00 PM to 08:30:00 PM
22 February 2024
An online event from Act Now
Speakers/Host: Nicola Browne, Act Now, Niamh McDonald, Hope and Courage Collective.
Over recent months, we have seen an upsurge in displays of hate and extremism on the streets of Northern Ireland, with display of Nazi flags outside mosques, groups targeting asylum seekers in hostels, and the presence of imported far-right speakers. Northern Ireland’s experience is not unique – across Europe communities are witnessing the normalisation of hate with openly extremist parties getting elected to government, and a relatively small number of extremists in the Republic of Ireland causing disruption, polarisation and violence in already marginalised communities across the state.
Evidence shows when communities and organisations are prepared for such disruption, its impact significantly reduces. Now is the time to consider how we can work together to disrupt extremists and prevent the harm hate groups could do in our already traditionally divided society.
In this upcoming event we will discuss practical examples of how communities have come together at short notice to respond when hate groups have targeted their communities, and hear from participants views on how these examples can be used or adapted in the context of Northern Ireland. This event also aims to facilitate the networking and relationship building which is key to responding effectively to hate, and so is targeted at participants from Derry and the North West.
Participants will leave with a toolkit of materials to take away as a resource.