9 November - International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism 2018

Speak up now! Fighting fascism is not radical, it is necessary!

9 November - International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism 2018

Every year, to commemorate the “Kristallnacht” pogrom of 1938, UNITED coordinates the International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism on 9 November.

UNITED is calling on civil society, community organisations, schools, local municipalities - and you - to join forces and confront hate with direct action under the slogan ‘Speak up now! Fighting fascism is not radical, it is necessary!’

Speak up now! Fighting fascism isn't radical, it's necessary

Fascism did not cease to exist after 8th May 1945. Today, racist, fascist and Neo-Nazi movements are on the rise all over Europe. Neo-Nazis hunt and assault migrants, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ-activists and other minorities, using rallies as a cover-up for their hate crimes. It is fearful that the inhumane actions of the fascist regime(s) in the first half of the 20th century could be repeated. We MUST fight now for this to never happen again.

Join the campaign, organise actions and speak up against fascism, racism, sexism and hate based on a religious belief!

Start planning your activities
9 November is now only four weeks away, so if you haven’t already started planning your Day Against Fascism activities, now is the time! Your activity doesn’t need to be a huge national event - it can also be a small local gathering.

In the past, UNITED network organisations have coordinated a huge range of activities on this day. The types of activities you could organise include:

  • A commemorative event/vigil
  • A tour/ walk around local sites connected to fascism or genocide (e.g. Stumbling Stones)
  • A street demonstration or flashmob
  • Screening of a topical film
  • A discussion group
  • A creative workshop
  • A Human Library
  • Something different!

If you need some inspiration for your activity, you can always check the list of Best Practices on the Day Against Fascism website as well as other resources on how to organise activities on a budget, and how to organise last minute activities - check here.

If you organise an event, or if you publish an article, a video, pictures or posters relating to this day, please send an email to 9november@unitedagainstracism.org and it will be shared on the campaign Facebook and website. In this way you will contribute to the creation of a strong and diverse European-wide message against fascism, and hate.

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Thank you for posting this @Bill_Best. It it really good to see the CMA raising awareness of this concept. I will now be looking at what Somer Valley FM can do to mark International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism 2018 in a meaningful, relevant and engaging way.

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People may find the Media Against Hate resources helpful when thinking about these issues
http://europeanjournalists.org/mediaagainsthate/

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A very silly question perhaps. Is there a central register somewhere or perhaps just a section on this forum / calendar that could be developed to list all these events?

There are mental health days, this excellent initiative, etc, etc. It would be good perhaps for a calendar listing then to be maintained so community radio stations can feature these and have themed programming.

I know this takes time to maintain, hence my suggestion of a calendar that people can update with links to short podcasts and other similar supporting data.

Maybe even as far as radio adverts that could be aired?

Sorry again for making work for everyone

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Hi @SamHunt

There’s a United Nations calendar of International Days here:

Do note that tomorrow, 27th October, is the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage which should be relevant for all in community media.

Less seriously, there’s also this and this.

We could establish a shared calendar using something like this but it comes down to who’s got time to populate it and update it.

Thank you Bill. I think a shared calendar could be good that several trusted people have permission to write to. For us it would be great, I am setting up an internal wiki page that will have all local events etc on for presenters to share and this would be great for sharing between stations.

In this world is limited resources and deregulation then pooling of resources nationally can only be a good thing.

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We have a CMA wiki, but we’ve never really exploited its collaborative potential for things like this. Though it would enhance the digital capability of people more widely.