“The EU is more than a market” argued Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Citizenship and Fundamental Rights, at the 2013 launch of the European Year of Citizens. She is right of course, but the challenge for those working in the field of equality is to raise awareness and demonstrate the EU’s value to all its citizens.
Carlos Saavedra, national coordinator of United We Dream has been giving seminars around the UK on a tour organised by Hope not hate. Last week he was welcomed to speak at a seminar hosted by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Regional Asylum Activism. Carlos’ inspiring story held many lessons for activists and campaigners on migrants’ rights.
New blog post: Undocumented migrants and access to public healthcare in Spain and France: the debate goes on
Mariano Rajoy’s government announced several months ago that most undocumented migrants would no longer be eligible for free public healthcare. Health practitioners and migrant support NGOs have strongly opposed this controversial reform.
New blog post: ‘Untouchable’: A critical perspective on race in European cinema
The French dramedy Untouchable has become one of the highest-grossing non-English speaking movies of all time. Almost 40 million Europeans have now seen this story about the friendship between a young French man of Senegalese descent and a disabled aristocrat. This phenomenal success story came under fire after a controversial review by the American magazine Variety labeled the film “offending” and “racist”.