Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) campaign against anti-migrant hate speech
QCEA campaign against anti-migrant hate speech on social media in the context of the upcoming European Parliament elections. It's called #ChooseRespect.QCEA campaign against anti-migrant hate speech on social media in the context of the upcoming European Parliament elections. It's called #ChooseRespect.
We're trying to build a more civil and positive narrative around people on the move, based on the idea that hate speech has real-world consequences - including at the ballot box.
We're doing this by addressing commonly-held myths about migration, giving people tips on how to have better conversations, and calling out xenophobia from MEPs and candidates on Twitter. We've just launched our main campaign video on Twitter - a short appeal to civility which you can access in English, French and Dutch.
As expected, the video has generated an unpleasant and occasionally violent response from people who don't agree with our message of love. We need to respond to this together. You can help QCEA supporter if you use Twitter by taking five minutes of your time to counter these hateful narratives.
1. If you haven't already, follow our campaign on Twitter @chooserespectEU.
2. Like and share our videos - we want to reach as many people as possible.
3. Take a moment to reply to one of the many negative comments. Replies should be constructive and loving.
4. Tweeting about migration? Use our hashtag #ChooseRespect
Don't have Twitter? It's easy to sign up and join the effort. But if you don't feel comfortable joining Twitter for whatever reason, the video is also on the QCEA Facebook page and you can share it among your Facebook friends.
Not on social media at all? Spread the word at your gathering for worship - QCEA need as much support as they can get!
As a reminder, the campaign website is www.chooserespect.eu, and our Twitter handle is @chooserespectEU.
Remember: "all that it takes for evil to
flourish is for good people to do nothing."