Hate speech is a violation of human rights. In cyberspace it acts like a virus, quickly spreading and mutating. It most often targets minorities. No one should remain indifferent to expressions of hate speech. Unfortunately, every day the overwhelming reaction is passivity. How can we change this and mobilize young people to act?
This project aims to reach the widest audience possible and thus includes a range of initiatives.
In 2014, Humanity in Action Poland led the “Incubator of Ideas: Transformation, Democracy and Human Rights” program during their Academy of Human Rights and Civic Activism. This educational program combined theory with practice, inspiring young leaders to organize socially-oriented activism, with an emphasis on conducting antivirus social media campaigns (see meme examples here) against hate speech. Campaigns targeted at the age groups of the participants.
This congress was the first national meeting of activists against hate speech in Poland. It lasted 3 days and gave young leaders the ability to broaden their knowledge, improve skills and develop practical methods to deal with hate speech on the Internet. We also encouraged networking and sharing of ideas between young people and organizations involved in these issues. Over 200 young people from Poland and Europe attended the Inter@ction Zone.
Competition “Image and Word against Hate”: was aimed at seeking outstanding responses to hate speech on the Internet. The competition task was to create, with the help of any form of expression—graphic, image, visualization of original mottos, slogans, tweets—an interesting and original response to hate speech on the Internet or inspiration to act against it. Young people from across Poland entered the competition. The winning works can be seen here.
This socially-engaged 2015 calendar contains 12 selected works, which creatively respond to hate and at the same time act as a visual and verbal antidote to the problem of hate in both the on- and offline worlds. Authors of these works are young activists from Europe and the United States who participated in our educational program “Incubator of Ideas” and the competition “Image and Word against Hate.”
“PULL THE BRAKE ON HATE” is an online course designed for people who are interested in action against hate speech and promotion of human rights culture. The course does not require earlier preparation in the field of hate speech theory and its prevention, and consists of eight thematic modules. Note: Completion of only five modules is required to receive a course completion certificate.