Pledge to stand up to racism and xenophobia


#1

With the reports of open xenophobia and racism since the referendum I think we should start something for people to latch onto and mobilise around.

@Floppy I was thinking we could use your pledge tool.

We could then add suggestions of practical steps people could take. Some ideas;

  • A banner/overlay for social media profiles
  • A graphic to share on social media
  • Since our own petition (to be created) asking Parliament to affirm that immigrants are welcome in the UK
  • Write to your MP asking them to publicly condemn the xenophobic and racist attacks (and sign our petition?) - we should provide a template
  • Attend a pro-immigration/Europe rally (we need to find some/create one)

Suggestions welcome…


#2

Yep, could well do. But (and shoot me down here) is that our core focus, or are we better off uniting behind (for instance) Hope Not Hate for that?

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/s/still-believe


#3

Even in my own echo chamber I’m not seeing that Hope Not Hate campaign, or anything similar, that gives people something they can do.

I am seeing folks making statements of helplessness and I’m thinking we can give then something.

Absolutely agree we shouldn’t be that thing ourselves, and Hope Not Hate is a good place to start pointing people to and hopefully there are others. I’m not sure signing up for an email list is enough. I want to give people something physical that they can do.

I’m imagining this as a one-off shareable to help folks use their anger/disappointment for good.

Selfishly if we get exposure at the same time, that’s no bad thing.


#4

Definitely, and I’d agree that I’m not seeing any great things from HnH at the moment. Just wanted to raise as a challenge!

The pledge site is pretty easy to repurpose and set up for another thing, so it wouldn’t be hard to do.


#5

Okay, cool. I’ll take a look at that. We ought to keep this light on effort as the impact will be limited.


#6

Okay, I think the effort involved is too much at this stage to get the kind of impact that’d make it worthwhile. When we have a bit more of a supporter base it’d be nice to be able to spin up pledge drives quickly to do this kind of thing where we try and elicit a positive response to something negative.