Anti-Racism Movement (ARM)
ARM is a grassroots movement created by local activists, in collaboration with migrant community leaders and regional affiliates targeting day-to-day and institutional racism within the Middle East, primarily focusing on Lebanon. Established in 2010, the organization has slowly grown in its scope and outreach.
Tackling discrimination is to tackle the gender-based, race-based and class-based marginalization, stereo-typing of individuals ultimately hindering their socioeconomic aspirations, legal and political representation and protection. Unfortunately, many countries in the Middle East, including Lebanon, lack any legal recourse or ramification for any of the aforementioned forms of discrimination. This lack of legislative protection entails the abuse, discrimination and violation of basic human rights of refugees, migrant workers and local communities alike.
As a local initiative under the International Labor Organization, ARM aims to promote awareness on racist language, day-to-day psychology and habitual ideology while proactively challenging it on a social level through cultural integration, inter and intra-communal of the public and public sectors, as well as grassroots advocates, activists and members of the affected communities.
Accordingly, ARM seeks to promote human rights as the basis of the moral and legal guidelines of intercultural and transnational socioeconomic and geopolitical communication, coexistence and community building within Lebanon, in hopes of setting an example for the entire region.