Ame Panzh

“We are Ame Panzh (“Our Five”), five Roma young people in their thirties, who decided in a friendly conversation to create a separate online space in which we speak and increasingly feel that the values ​​we represent are not receiving attention in the Hungarian media and in intellectual conversations. During 2020, we involved several of our friends to form opinions on socially important issues affecting minorities.

We aim to form an opinion on socially decisive issues that have been silenced so far or inadequately thematized, for example, the racism of the “progressive” elites, educational segregation or the shallow representation of Roma culture in our society. We would also like to strengthen solidarity with other minority and oppressed groups, highlighting new aspects and looking at different international activist tendencies.

In our online conversations every two to three weeks, we respond to current public events, or to quite simple topics that should have been talked about publicly for a long time.

We are diverse, from different backgrounds and professional experiences. Using this diversity, we now speak not on behalf of our professions or workplaces, but on behalf of ourselves, independently. We consider it important that our Roma friends also like to take part in this discourse, so in connection with our topics, we regularly invite them to take part in a new kind of discourse in the same way, keeping in mind the interests of other minorities and excluded groups.”

Ame Panzh principles:

We are radical: we want to share new, sometimes shockingly honest views on the dominant structures of power in the spheres of state, civil society and activism.
We are international: we live in several countries, we have worked in many places, so we also look at global contexts.
We are queers: we oppose homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism and class discrimination in all its forms.
We are resistant: it is part of our activism to develop a positive self-representation, group identity and to override the racist, sexist, anti-LGBTQ and other stereotypes imposed on us.
We are a collective: we focus on finding consensus and joint decision-making without hierarchies, keeping in mind that everyone should have a positive experience working together.
We are open: we welcome constructive critical remarks compatible with our principles, and we are ready to establish contact with formal and informal organizations, institutions and companies that can identify with our work. To strengthen our voice and show our diversity, we will constantly invite Roma young people to participate in our work group.” -