This project aimed to counter racist and xenophobic speech among politicians seeking (re-)election to the European Parliament in 2014.
The European Parliament elections posed a major challenge for Europe: how to resist the use of xenophobic, racist and sexist arguments and scapegoating of minorities for political gain. This was especially important in the current economic climate, where people are looking for someone to blame. To tackle this, communities need to work together to identify democratic, peaceful and productive ways to reframe the political debate.
We drew on the commonalities facing people from minority and migrant communities in four European countries: Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and UK to produce key messages to counter racist and xenophobic speech. We also provided a voice for people from these communities, who are seldom heard. In doing so, we hoped to support people to speak out against prejudice and promote peace.