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Janvier 2016 - Community mobilising and organising

The role of anti-racism movements in achieving political change

The mobilising strategies of anti-racism movements have been widely studied. However, most contributions have focused on the reasons and manifestations of anti-racist mobilisations and not on their impact. This is because protest events attract substantial media attention whilst their advocacy roles are often less visible. Here I would like to address their broader impact on achieving political change.

The "Stop le contrôle au faciès" campaign in France

Tara Dickman explains how a campaign to end discriminatory stop and search by police in France successfully used community organising to achieve its aims.

Winning the fight for public opinion in the United States

A US perspective on community mobilising. We have to stop looking to institutions and politicians and invest resources in organising neighbours, family and community, says Carlos Saavedra.

Youth mobilisation in Italy

The mobilisation of young people in Italy has experienced a shift from previous generations: many studies underline a higher level of engagement and participation compared to the past, although in different structures and focusing on different topics. To understand these changes, and the related challenges, we need to look into the recent history of the country.

Community mobilising and organising

This webzine edition looks at mobilising and organising communities and offers different approaches and examples that could inspire the anti-racism movement.

The HOPE not hate Campaign

How HOPE not hate in the United Kingdom uses community organising & grassroots actions to defeat hate groups at elections and to build community resilience against extremism.

Advocating for equality: Roma communities get things done

Local Roma activists in Central and Eastern Europe are engaging their communities and advocating for basic rights guaranteed by their countries’ constitutions, with the help of the National Democratic Institute.

How to build a movement of action: the example of Instituto Elos in Brazil

In a context of increasing socio-cultural tensions in Europe, a conference was held on 21 January in Brussels, gathering organisations from across the world – the E-motive network – to share how their work in so-called developing countries can offer insights into dealing with social conflicts on our continent. What could a social theatre organisation from Rotterdam learn from decades of lasting conflict in Israel and Palestine? And what could our European cities learn from Brazilian favelas about community building?

The revolution will be more than televised

The more visible a demonstration, the more influential it will be. How has the role and influence of demonstrations shifted in today’s digitised and connected world?