It’s official! We have just started the most beautiful day of the year, the 27th Grand Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.
"No hate, just rock'n'roll!" Take part in our debate!
We want to address the growing problem of hate in Poland. With the rise of the Internet, it became much easier to address hate towards other people. It is a global problem, affecting individuals, companies, organizations, and The cover of Internet anonymity, an option to put distance between yourself and your target, the instantaneous nature of communication and the ease of access to modern media facilitates the work of haters and online trolls. People often gang up on each-other, criticizing others, pointing out flaws and spreading the hateful message.
The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation has been on the receiving end of plenty of hateful words, unjust accusations, and negative comments. Negative feedback and constructive criticism should never take shape of hostility, loathing or hatred. Having experienced the media frenzy and vicious attacks first hand, we are now teaming up with the Polish Ombudsman to hold an open, public debate which will aim to find ways in which we can combat and address the rise of hate in Poland.
We will be looking for practical solutions we can apply in our daily lives and legal pathways we can take to combat hate - both online and offline. We want to dig deeper, that's why there will be lawyers, activists, and educators among our panellists.
The debate will be hosted by Jerzy Owsiak, social activist and chairman of the GOCC Foundation and Adam Bodnar, Polish Ombudsman. Bartosz Węglarczyk will moderate the discussion between Anna Błaszczak-Banasiak (lawyer, representing fair treatment department in the Ombudsman's office); Joanna Grabarczyk (social activist, coordinator of "Hate Stop" project); Rafał Pankowski (culture sociologist, a professor at Collegium Civitas; member of the board of Football Against Racism).
Your safety is our primary concern and we would like to remind you about the five easy rules you can follow to ensure you are safe and sound on the day of the fundraiser.
The multiplex chain Multikino will welcome our volunteers on the day of the Grand Finale in 32 locations across the country.