Community Action for Preventing Extremism (CAPE).
Since its establishment in 2012, All Together Now’s Community Action for Preventing Extremism (CAPE) project has been working to undermine far-right extremism in Australia.
Formerly known as EXIT White Power, CAPE has been spearheading All Together Now’s ongoing work in promoting resilience to far-right extremism by undermining recruitment processes; promoting counter-narratives and alternative narratives; and by enhancing the capacity of people in the community to respond to and challenge far-right extremism.
Funded by Multicultural NSW’s COMPACT Program between 2016 and 2020, CAPE sought to increase community resilience in NSW against the threat of far-right hate and extremism by training and supporting a state-wide network of frontline workers who work with young people.
Countering Far-Right Extremism Trainings
All Together Now’s interactive workshops on countering far-right extremism are designed in two parts :
- Identifying Far-Right Extremism to provide participants with a nuanced understanding of far-right extremism in an Australian context.
- Responding to Far-Right Extremism which provides guidance on how to respond to young people in the early stages of engagement with right-wing extremism.
Our programs and interventions are informed by the observation that far-right extremism produces different forms of hate and violence that are both deep-rooted and inter-sectional. Read further on what you’ll learn in each training and book online.
Agent C is a new project lead by All Together Now focusing on online conspiracy theories and fake news.
Funded by the NSW Government through Multicultural NSW, this project will develop training with and for young people in order to challenge divisive and hateful conspiracy theories and fake news. This includes but is not limited to far-right extremist conspiracy theories and fake news narratives.
Our aim with Agent C is to enhance the confidence and capacity of young people to unpack and critically engage with hateful conspiracy theories and fake news and to have stimulating conversations with their peers encouraging critical thinking.
We published the results of the last two years of our Community Action for Preventing Extremism program (2018-2020). The results show that CAPE has been highly successful in enhancing the capacity of NSW frontline workers to identify far-right extremism and respond to vulnerable young people in their care who might be at risk of engaging with extremist hate and violence.
For example, the level of participants rating their knowledge of far-right extremism as high or very high increased from 9% in the pre-training survey to 61% in the post-training survey. On completion of the training program, the majority of participants also indicated that they had improved their ability to respond effectively to young people at-risk who hold far-right narratives.
This report included an independent evaluation by Macquarie University which concluded that the CAPE program had “in all cases met and surpassed” expectations, as well as established “a high degree of institutional expertise, experience, and capacity that is world-leading in the space of countering far-right extremism”.
We wrote a position paper recently where we identified a number of trends signalling the need for urgent further action, including the fact that increased time spent online and social isolation of already vulnerable people will create more opportunities for right-wing extremists to recruit new members in Australia.
Over recent months, All Together Now has identified alarming online behaviours of immediate concern, including:
– anti-Asian racism and anti-Semitism;
– circulation of hateful conspiracy theories;
– messages expressing hope that COVID-19 will spread within different countries or communities to reduce particular minority groups; and
– anti-government narratives.
We recommend the federal government takes action now to prevent the growth of right-wing extremism during COVID-19, by providing immediate support for:
– a national anti-racism campaign;
– community-focused countering violent extremism programs; and
– independent fact-checking to debunk hateful conspiracy theories.
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