Presentation

Presentation of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement

History

The European Grassroots Antiracist Movement EGAM was founded in November 2010 in Paris following racist attacks that took place in Rosarno, Southern Italy. These events faced no reaction but silence by European political leaders and civil society. Its main objective is to answer the rise in racism, antisemitism and populism in Europe and to structure civil society’s commitment to equality and justice.

Structure

EGAM gathers the most important antiracist organizations from more than 30 countries all over Europe, inside and outside the European Union. Dozens of organizations have joined and keep sustaining EGAM in its fights. These associations represent 1.000 executives and thousands of activists. The EGAM’s head office and executive team are located in Paris.

Three main action areas

EGAM’s strategy is focused on three main types of activities: European-wide grassroots actions, lobbying activities targeting the European Institutions and support to the leaders of the antiracist civil society.

Grassroots Actions

  • Roma Pride.
  • « Europe against neo-Nazism » in Greece.
  • Commemoration of the Armenian genocide in Turkey. Read more…
  • European Testing campaign against racial discrimination.
  • Support to democracy and human rights in Hungary.

Lobbying

The EGAM leads lobbying activities targeting national and European institutions – the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Europe – and is officially recognized by them.

Informing and influencing European leaders

EGAM provides them with information, explanations and advices about some statements and decisions. It regularly participates in these institutions’ commissions and auditions.

Leading institutional campaigns

The EGAM denounced the presence of the neo-nazi group “Golden Dawn” at the equality commission of the Council of Europe. Today, it is heading a movement which aims at excluding this group from the Council and from the Greek Parliament. EGAM also works on a resolution of the European Parliament on the Roma genocide and is currently campaigning to push European Institutions to guarantee the respect of democracy in Finally, EGAM regularly publishes open editorials : more than 20 articles have been published in the main 50 newspapers of 30 countries.

Support to the civil society’s leaders

Because EGAM wants to strengthen the capacities of the civil society’s leaders, it implements every year training sessions and seminars on different topics: Holocaust history (2012 Paris), immigration and asylum (2013 Italy), racial discrimination (many countries since 2010), Roma people’s issues (2012 Sofia, 2013 Bucharest)… These trainings allow to build a common European vision and understanding of different issues among leaders of European civil society who eventually get to know and understand each other to work together.

Various and strong partnerships

Institutional partnerships

EGAM has built many partnerships at the European level: Amnesty International, European Union of Jewish Students, Open Society Foundations, Armenian General Benevolent Union, Ternype (young Roma), United, European Alternatives…

Intellectual network

EGAM is supported by a European network of intellectuals (Elie Wiesel, Bernard Kouchner, Dario Fo, Adam Michnik, Miguel Angel Moratinos, Jovan Divjak, Serge Klarsfled, Jonas Store,…) with whom we try to define and influence views and opinions on the future of European society.