Saturday 25 October 2014

#EverydayRacism campaign launched in Cork

Published 02/09/2014 | 10:28

Men are silhouetted against a video screen with an Twitter logo as he poses with an Samsung S4 smartphone in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, August 14, 2013. REUTERS
Men are silhouetted against a video screen with an Twitter logo as he poses with an Samsung S4 smartphone in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, August 14, 2013. REUTERS

A social media campaign aimed at raising awareness of racism in everyday life has launched in Cork.

The campaign is based on the success of the social media campaign #EverydaySexism, which was collated into a best-selling book.

The #EverydayRacism project is run by Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Center, and will run for the month of September with the slogan "30 days of action".

Supporting the social media campaign will be video projects and poster campaigns along with a pilot training programme with Cork gardaí. The campaign will also mark the European Day of Action against Islamophobia on the 21st September.

The 'public awareness' campaign asks users to tweet relating to any racism they experience or witness using the hashtag #EverydayRacism to highlight issues of racism in Irish society. The project also encourages people to report incidences of racism directly to Nasc.

The project forms part of Nasx's Cork City 'Social Inclusion Project'.

CEO of Nasc, Fiona Finn, said the group are "very excited to be working closely with An Garda Síochána to develop anti-racism training for gardaí".

"We are organising this campaign to raise awareness about how racism impacts all of us, all the time".

"We are calling on people... to show that racism isn't tolerated in Cork".

All Together Now previously ran a similar campaign in Australia, winning second place in the UN Alliance of Civilizations 'Intercultural Innovation Award 'for their 'Everyday Racism' app.

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