Every day we receive information about serious events that impact us: wars, hunger, slavery, unemployment, violence, exclusion… that provoke the exodus of millions of people. Human beings who flee from pain, suffering and death, seeking refuge.
We are many people who want to act but do not always know how. With this intention is born
Prologue - VII ACAMPA Meeting 2023: Hate or Coexistence?
Dispersion weakens us. When we become divided, we lose our capacity to react and we give way to hate speech as a way of doing politics that reaches the whole of society. Hatred disguised as simple ideas – usually false and easy to understand – quickly catches on in that part of public opinion that is not alert or has limited critical capacity.
Acampa por la Paz y el Derecho a Refugio was born in 2016 with a central idea: the unity of action of organisations and people who observe with sadness, but without resignation, the regression of Human Rights and the advance of a totalitarian intolerance that, with haste and without pause, is taking over the spaces of democracy, rights and social and political conquests.
Hatred is multifaceted. It can stem from the beliefs, prejudices and violence we suffer; from conflicts between groups, from economic problems; it can be triggered by inequalities, frustration over unfulfilled political promises. The most common reasons for hatred of the victim are their origin, race or ethnicity; their religion, language, political stance, sexual orientation; their disabilities (physical, mental or sensory)… Hatred has a thousand and one faces.
But it is important to know that no one is born hating anyone because of the colour of their skin, their origin or religion, their educational, social, political or economic status. Hatred is an elaboration, a learned response. Therefore, we can also learn to respect, to love, to live in harmony with what is different. Respect, empathy and solidarity are essential values that curb the emergence and proliferation of prejudices such as those that underpin fascism or different forms of violence.
Hate speech infiltrates the social fabric as a hindrance to dissent or social frustration, riding on fake news, idolatries or public policies that segregate part of the citizenry.
We are living through a crisis of multiple identities aggravated by a fallacious globalisation that has broken down old structures without articulating compensations for its victims and that benefits a very small group to the detriment of populations living in misery due to unscrupulous global capitalism.
Hatred must be fought at the grassroots. Schools must be the first place for prevention because they play a fundamental role in the understanding and respect of differences; it is where we learn to detect the harmful effect of hate and violence in the way we think and act; it is where we learn that hate mutilates Human Rights and coexistence, with a catastrophic effect on society as a whole.
Effectively combating hate speech requires the public authorities to tackle it with tough legislation, thus restricting its persuasive impact.
Peace is more than the absence of war: it is living together with our differences – of sex, race, ethnicity, language, religion, culture… – promoting respect for equality among human beings, universal justice and the active and resilient defence of the Human Rights on which, ultimately, this coexistence depends.
The global outlook is not encouraging. Hate speech is splashed across reality. Millions of migrants are no longer seen as human beings and are transmuted into “threats”; the extreme right is shouting ever louder and freer in the streets of any country in Europe. Minorities, those who are different, are increasingly persecuted and discriminated against. The rights that we have worked so hard to consolidate are disappearing. The same citizens, numb and fearful, are giving in and renouncing them. Vulnerability grows and, as if that were not enough, artificial intelligence arrives to demonstrate that human beings and their values are totally dispensable realities. In the face of all this, the only thing citizens must not do is remain silent. We must always remember that our most powerful force is unity.
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Acampa 2023 “HATE OR COEXISTENCE”
It is a non-profit citizen initiative made up of social, cultural, educational, neighbourhood, political, trade union, artistic and solidarity groups, institutions and companies with social responsibility.
Its objective is to defend human rights, international humanitarian law and the right to refuge. It promotes participation and involvement.
Opens a meeting space to search for answers collectively. It delves into the causes of events in order to contrast the information.
Acampa is a movement that aims to create a network of information, exchange of ideas and initiatives involving about 60 organizations, mainly NGOs; there are also unions, parties and many people who think that unity and joint work are necessary to transform things that we do not like. We can participate as an expression of commitment to peace and the right to refuge.
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Calendar of social activity in a Coruña
Nothing from 23 September, 2023 to 23 March, 2024.
It is an active citizen meeting in which we have the participation of the protagonists, victims, NGOs, journalists; projections, photography, music, theater, clowns, artistic events of all kinds. Also guided visits to know how a refugee camp is, to better understand the real causes of war.
Who can participate?
Acampa facilitates citizen participation, each person brings his or her energy, capacity and opinion along with: NGOs, associations, political organisations, trade unions, institutions, informal groups, socially responsible companies, professional groups, etc.
How can you actively participate?
Making music, theatre, photography, cinema, humour, poetry… If you have a skill you want to participate in or if you have an idea to propose, DO NOT DON’T HESITATE, JOIN!