On Monday the 3rd of September, right extremist vandals defaced the beautiful words ‘Refugees Welcome’ on the Waalbrug. We will restore these words to more than their original glory on Sunday afternoon the 9th of September during a picnic with a playful painting action. Any people sympathetic to refugees, and of course people who are refugees themselves, are welcome to join our picnic and paint party.

Nijmegen Tegen Racisme is a broad union of people advocating solidarity without borders in a hospitable Nijmegen. Unfortunately, racism is still an everyday occurrence in Dutch society, and Nijmegen is no exception. Undocumented people are facing increasing marginalisation. If we want to halt racism, we mus ttake the initiative ourselves, and organise grassroots actions towards that goal. By coming together in the streets and tightening bonds between us, we can start to visualise a concrete alternative and ultimately make it a reality.

We’re looking forward to a fun afternoon with plenty of food, drinks, music, children’s activities, and of course people from Nijmegen wielding paint brushes. All of Nijmegen is invited to join us on the beach under the bridge and to bring a bite to eat, a drink, a song, a game or a tin of paint to share with each other.