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All Tribes Welcome: Galway Anti Racism Network Launch

All Tribes Welcome: Galway Anti Racism Network Launch

posted by GARN Member

5 years ago

The Galway Anti Racism Network cordially invited all those interested to our launch on the 7th of April in the Galway Rowing Club in 2016. You can view that event here. A night of enlightened discourse was promised as well as to lay the foundations for solidarity and real equality in our city.

There are so many forms of racism in Ireland at the moment and we hope to address each and every one with the speakers we have invited.

Everyday we hear how asylum seekers have to cope with institutional living. We had an activist speak of the system of direct provision and deportation.

Galway has a growing Muslim community and we had a speaker tell us how it is to be a Muslim in modern Europe with the rising tide of Islamophobia.

We are  very close linked to the Galway Traveller Movement. One of their existing members educated us on the prejudice and discrimination Travellers experience daily. 

We had a speaker who had worked abroad in refugee camps to share their stories of the hardship faced by our refugee sisters and brothers, something that is still so relevant with the ongoing crisis in Europe and the reemergence of the fascism. 

African Taxi drivers in Galway have to deal with unbelievable amounts of racism on a nightly basis. We were fortunate to have a speaker tell us exactly how they and other migrant workers are treated just for daring to do their jobs.

Too many racist myths are spread about the Roma community in Ireland. We aimed to  combat these myths with our subsequent speaker as we continue currently to stretch out the hand of solidarity to one of the most persecuted ethnic groups in Europe.

There are those of us who are born and raised in Ireland who happen to have skin colour of a darker tone. On the night we had speakers informing us of the daily racism they experience growing up Irish and Black or Brown.


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