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Event Planning

 

Event Planning


Communities that want to raise awareness can plan a number of events. One that the Alberta Hate Crimes committee supports is Hate Crime Awareness Day, held annually during National Victims of Crime Awareness Week. To assist, we have produced a manual. Seehttp://www. alberta hatecrimes.ca/09/images/file/Documents/Resources/AHCC%20Awareness%20Day%20 Planning%20 Guide%202010.pdf 

Another good resource for community event planning is out of Toronto. See -http://www.toronto-bia.com/ resources/documents/eventplanning.pdf

 

Involving Youth

Youth are the largest population affected by hate crime and incidents, both as victims and perpetrators. When planning an event, it is important to get young people involved. One such example comes from Calgary, where over 100 youth were asked about their experiences with racism and hate crime. Here are some of the questions that were asked and that you can ask in your community to gain an understanding of how youth view and experience this issue.

 

1.       How would you define racism, hate crimes, or activities?

2.       Describe a time when you or someone you know has experienced racism, hate crimes or activities.

3.       In what setting did this occur (e.g., home, work, school, etc.)?            

4.       What did you or this person do, if anything?

5.       Thinking back on this experience, what do you wish you had done?


6.       What kinds of things would have helped you or the victim respond more effectively?

7.       Describe any experiences you or someone you know has had with a hate group (e.g., Aryan Nations, the White Brotherhood, others?) or gang.

8.       How do you think your health or well-being has been impacted by racism or hate activities, if at all?

9.       Are there any other areas that have been affected that you would like to talk about?

10.   Have you ever witnessed a situation involving racism or hate activities where you’ve wanted to help but did not know how? What kinds of support, information, skills, etc. would you need to be able to intervene more effectively?

11.   If you could create a “racism-free” zone, what would it look like?

12.   Is there anything else you want to tell us? Any last thoughts on these issues that you don’t want to miss?


 


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