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PAX Power to the People x HIA TALKS | Conflict as opportunity


This event was held on September 19, 2021. To watch the livestream, click here

Social justice warriors, climate change deniers, anti-vaxxers, farmers, FvD’ers: this is just a selection of the groups that no longer seem to be talking to each other in the year 2021. Even the results of the 2021 Parliamentary elections seem to suggest only one thing: The Netherlands is becoming increasingly polarized. With mutual distrust, distance, and loss of solidarity as a result. How can we learn to talk (again) with people who are far removed from us? And do these social and personal conflicts also contain an opportunity?

The writers Abdelkader Benali (a.o. De Vreemdeling and Reiziger van een nieuwe tijd) and Natascha van Weezel (columnist for Parool and author of Thuis bij de vijand, a.o.) will discuss this topic with each other. How do they analyze the public debate, and which tactics do they use themselves to stay in touch with “the Other”? Senior Fellow Ufuk Kâhya (2012, Amsterdam Fellowship) and currently alderman in Den Bosch shares in a personal story his own experiences in a polarized society, and reveals how he remains hopeful despite it. Guido De Graaf Bierbrauwer (PAX Non-Violent Action) explains the tactics PAX uses in conflict areas to reconcile warring parties. The socially engaged composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven will provide the musical backdrop for this program.

Pax Power to the People
PAX is organizing the second edition of PAX Power to the People, an event on activism and solidarity, during the annual Peace Week (September 18-26). Together with a.o. Roza Qaidi and Extinction Rebellion we will explore strategies of peaceful resistance. From protesting to litigation, from grassroots work to diplomacy, from theater to university, from the squares of Iraq to our own Dam.

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