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Reprezentu TEJO-n en Prago, UNITED-konferenco

Ĉu vi interesiĝas pri homaj rajtoj kaj agado kontraŭ rasismo? Ĉu vi ŝatus reprezenti TEJO-n? Ĉu vi povas vojaĝi al Prago? Tiam legu ĉi tie!

De la 25-a ĝis la 30-a de oktobro 2013 okazos en Prago konferenco de UNITED (reto de kontraŭrasismaj kaj interkulturaj organizoj, en kiu TEJO anas), titolita "Forigi Malamon". Legu sube la oficialan priskribon de la konferenco (en la angla, same kiel la konferenco mem). Se vi volas kandidatiĝi, skribu al tejo-ker@googlegroups.com kaj/aŭ nico@tejo.org kaj menciu almenaŭ viajn nomon, loĝlokon kaj koncernajn spertojn.

La limdato por anonci vin ĉe TEJO estas la **5-a de septembro**.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
"Wipe out hate - UNITED in Solidarity"
25-30 October 2013, near Prague (CZ)

Currently, Europe is facing the growing success of populist and extremist right-wing movements. Using people’s prejudices, concerns and fears in time of crisis, right-wing populists and extreme-right groups are succeeding in most European countries with exclusionist slogans and simple “solutions”.
The report, “Intolerance, Prejudice and Discrimination”, (Friederich Ebert Stiftung), documents widespread prejudiced opinions in Europe, mistrust in current political system and hostile discriminatory intentions toward migrants and minority groups. Half of European survey respondents believe that there are too many immigrants in their country, which correlates with strong willingness to support immigration restrictions and exclusion of migrants.

When it comes to political participation, Europeans seem disinterested and detached. Many feel a sense of powerlessness because politicians fail to hear their fears and concerns about different issues, including immigration. This leads to a negative attitude towards the European Union, low political interest and a desire for a strong leader.
This mood plays a role in the political discourses. Right wing populists and extremist groups are able to appeal to people’s general sense of dissatisfaction and build their discourse on prejudices, nationalist and anti-Europe arguments as well as hostility towards migrants. Thus exploiting the openness of citizens, as the mainstream political opinion quickly becomes that of the extremists. Incidents of hate speech and hate crime targeting migrants and minority groups are happening more frequently across Europe, leading to more fear and concerns.

This alarming situation needs joint efforts from European institutions, politicians and NGOs to establish attitudes favouring cultural diversity instead of authoritarianism and social dominance of one group. How do we prepare for the 2014 EU elections with the dominance of such right wing populist groups in the mainstream political arena? Which strategies and actions can we use to tackle them?

UNITED invites activists from anti-discrimination organisations to join the conference in the Czech Republic, finding together strategies for this situation.

ABOUT the context in the Czech Republic
Ever since the Czech Republic joined the European Union, many citizens feel like victims because they feel EU policies are dictated to them. Integration and multiculturalism measures seem imposed from above, fostering resentment, which feeds expressions of xenophobia, nationalism, antisemitism and anti-Roma racism. From a recent report by the Czech government we hear of warning signs that the far-right is becoming more violent, with a more sophisticated approach and image. It estimates there are 4000 extreme right-wing activists with a very active core of around 400 leaders and ideologist, all operating via online platforms and swapping street actions for media. Their ways of working are sometimes hard to be recognized as extreme-right. Racism and hate online is prevalent; we witnessed how a Facebook page with racist and xenophobic content entered the top 100 most popular Czech-language pages in just 2 weeks! Since 2011 many incidents of hate and racism on Czech websites have made headlines. In some cases far-right extremists were prosecuted for inciting hate and spreading hate speech online. Czech experts on immigration or dealing with far-right are often threatened or abused online in order to stop them appearing as witnesses in court cases.

What can you expect?
Considering this complex situation, our conference aims to create a platform to: share practical methods to provide counter-arguments to populist discourse; discover and share methods to prevent hate speech and hate crimes; and find campaigning strategies to put equality and solidarity at the centre of political discourse(s) in Europe

The conference program will combine debates, workshops, sharing of experiences and local situations, simulations, political cafes and many other methods for learning from practical experience. With your active participation we will create an environment of learning from each other, start cooperation initiatives and design together the focus of the upcoming European Campaign Against Racism in 2014.

UNITED is the largest pan-European anti-racist network of more than 550 organisations. With its conferences antiracist and human rights activists from all parts of Europe meet and discuss effective ways of combating racism and discrimination. At a recent UNITED conference held in May 2013 near Vilnius (LT) 71 participants from 32 countries look at specific issues, such as tools to promote equality, tackling multiple discrimination, diversity within minority communities, how civil society can build coalitions and campaigns and many more.

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Program (draft)

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TECHNICAL INFO:

Working methods
Debates, workshops, presentations, political cafés, icebreakers, information market, cultural activities, excursions, open forum, sharing good practices, etc.

Participants

The conference is planned for 80 participants (living in the countries of the Council of Europe) who represent (inter)national antiracist, antifascist, refugee, human rights and minority rights organisations. Active grass-roots groups from all over Europe are also invited. Participation is rotated from one conference to another.
Priority will be given to nominations from young delegates (under 30 years old) with a minority background. Preference is given to those organisations that actively take part in UNITED campaigns. Participants should act as multipliers, spreading the information to as many people as possible. We will try to reach an equal balance of female/male participants and a good geographical distribution.
Each organisation can nominate only ONE delegate.

Language
The conference language is English. All participants are expected to have at least basic knowledge of English. But don't worry; English is almost nobody's mother tongue. If you have difficulties in expressing yourself, surely we can help each other.

This event is made possible with the financial support of
* European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe
* Provincie Noord-Brabant
* Open Society Foundations
* Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission
(*) This conference is part of the project "Europe bottom-up: Capacity Building in Anti-discrimination Youth Work", a partnership between UNITED and National Institute for Social Integration, Association for Social Change, Minority Rights Group Europe, Finnish Youth Cooperation Allianssi, Network for Democracy and Courage, Duha UNITED, Foundation of Subjective Values; financed by Youth in Action Programme of the European Union, Action 4.6 – Youth support systems

Financial conditions
Participation fee - travel costs
The participation fee of the conference depends on the country where the nominating organisation is based:

120 Euro for participants from group 1:
A, B, CH, D, DK, F, FIN, GB, I, IS, IRL, L, N, NL, S

70 Euro for participants from group 2:
BG, CY, E, EE, GR, H, HR, LV, LT, M, P, PL, RO, SI, SK

50 Euro for participants from group 3:
AL, ARM, AZ, BH, BY, CZ, GE, H, KZ, KY, MK, MNE, MD, RS, RUS, TR, UA, UZB, XZ

Full board & lodging and the complete program is included.

Organisations that paid their 2013 supporter fee to the UNITED Network will receive a 50% reduction of the participation fee. (how to become a supporter)

Contribution to international travel costs
Participants travelling from group 1
A, B, CH, D, DK, F, FIN, GB, I, IS, IRL, L, N, NL, S
UNITED can contribute maximum 75% to the costs of your travel, not more than 250 Euro.

Participants travelling from group 2
BG, CY, E, EE, GR, H, HR, LV, LT, M, P, PL, RO, SI, SK
UNITED can contribute maximum 85% to the costs of your travel, not more than 300 Euro.

Participants travelling from group 3
AL, ARM, AZ, BH, BY, GE, H, KZ, KY, MK, MNE, MD, RS, RUS, TR, UA, UZB, XZ
UNITED can contribute maximum 90% to the costs of your travel, not more than 350 Euro.

Participants travelling from the Czech Republic
UNITED can contribute maximum 75% to the costs of your travel, not more than 50 Euro.

The cost of your visa can be reimbursed by UNITED on the base of an original invoice from the Embassy.

Please look for the cheapest and most environmentally friendly possibility to travel. We strongly encourage you to travel by night-train, bus or other cheaper means of transport to Prague. For distances (one-way) under 450 km we can only contribute to costs of train.

In order to be eligible for a contribution to your travel costs you are expected to attend the whole meeting and to prove your travel expenses providing an original invoice and the original tickets to UNITED.
UNITED can only contribute to travel costs made for the direct return route between your place of residence and Prague.

UNITED conferences can only take place when participants make an effort to contribute financially to their travel costs. We ask you to find out if there are alternative possibilities of funding your participation. Sometimes it is possible to find small local grants (e.g. a travel grant from a foundation, a university, an embassy or another sponsor). We would very much appreciate your help, enabling us to invite more participants!

Since we have limited sponsored places, delegates that can cover (part of) their own travel costs have a higher chance to be selected.

Date and place
The conference will take place near Prague (CZ) and will start on 25 October 2013 at 18:00.
Departure from Prague is foreseen for 30 October 2013 afternoon.
If you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer (on your own costs), we can help you to arrange your stay in Prague.