International Roma Day: a day to celebrate culture and raise awareness

For my students, this is an extra-credit opportunity, and for my readers, this is a solidarity opportunity. For International Roma Day, use social media to inform your friends and followers about Romani culture and the current fight for Romani rights. You can post about it in your blog and/or take screen shots of your International Roma Day statuses, tweets, Pinterest, and Instagrams. Use hashtags wisely– for example, #nohatespeech, #RealGypsyWarrior, #OpreRoma, etc

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You can also take a more active stance, for instance, inform companies like Gypsy Warrior, Junk Gypsy, Band of Gypsies, and Spell and the Gypsy Collective that use the word “Gypsy” and the associated stereotypes as a brand that they are using an ethnic slur, exploiting an oppressed minority, and diminishing the fight for Romani rights. You can do this through email, Facebook, or Twitter. You can address and correct racist, offensive, stereotyping, and misinformed comments and articles about Roma. Whatever you do, take a screenshot and post it on your blog. Social media is a powerful activist tool. 

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Articles:

http://www.humanrightseurope.org/2014/04/international-roma-day/

http://eyca.org/news/166/celebrate-international-romani-day-8-april-2014

https://www.amnesty.org/en/news/international-roma-day-highlights-discrimination-against-european-romani-2012-04-05

http://www.fightdiscrimination.eu/news-and-events/international-roma-day-europes-roma-community-still-facing-massive-discrimination

http://romediafoundation.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/coming-together-for-international-roma-day/

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