Hate and racism endanger our open, diverse and democratic togetherness. No matter where, no matter when – we all are challenged to intervene again and again. In many places in Brandenburg, people are involved in civil society initiatives against racism for this reason. They stand up against inhumanity and protect human rights. They overcome exclusion and bring people together. They break down prejudices and promote mutual understanding. Their volunteering is creative and lifelike. It ranges from meeting offers, such as cooking together, to discussions and training courses to cope with hate and prejudices. A theme that connects all volunteers, is the commitment to the inviolable individual human dignity.
Many associations, initiatives and educational institutions have also found ways in the pandemic to counter racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Gypsy positions, attitudes and actions. On a voluntary basis and in their leisure time, they made clear: Together we are strong. Diversity enriches us. Racism has no place in Brandenburg.
The international weeks against racism direct attention to such actors, network them and show everyone what is possible and necessary in the fight against racism. The “Tolerante Brandenburg” and the “Bündnis für Brandenburg” are also taking part in the campaign week on their Facebook channel to raise awareness against racism. And last but not least, the “Bündnis für Mut und Verständigung“ will once again honor people and initiatives who are particularly committed to combating racism and who demonstrate courage. You can still submit your suggestions until April 30th, 2021.
We here present you two particularly great examples of engagement against racism and for human rights.