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Melbourne – Stand together against racism Rally
March 16 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Stand Together Against Racism Rally will be held at 2pm on Saturday March 16 at the State Library, 328 Swanston St Melbourne.
The purpose of our community rally is to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and to combat the use of racism and fear in politics and in the media, especially in the run-up to the federal election. The organising group involves activists from the Greens, the ALP, the Migrant Workers Centre at Trades Hall and the refugee movement.
More details:On Saturday March 16th people will march in cities across the world to mark the UN International day for the Elimination of Discrimination, and stand together against racism and the growth of the far right.We will be joining them in a march to condemn PM Scott Morrison and the Coalition government’s racist dog whistle politics that are damaging Indigenous, migrant and refugee communities. Whether it be the Coalition’s cuts to vital services for Aboriginal communities (whilst building a $50 million colonial memorial to celebrate Cook), continuous attacks on Muslims and refugees, the vote for Pauline Hanson’s “Ok to be white” motion, whipping up fear over so called “African Gangs” or the refusal to condemn conservative Senator Fraser Anning’s attendance at a neo-Nazi rally in St Kilda earlier this year, the Coalition’s racism has got to go.The Coalition government’s racism is spurring the growth of the far-right in Australia who have attacked black youth, mosques, synagogues, and schools – they must be stopped. The racist right is also being encouraged internationally by politicians like US president Donald Trump. This International Day against Racism we need a large, and broad display of opposition to racism and the far-right.Our demands:• No to Racism, No to the Right• Stop Fearmongering and Scapegoating• Fund Communities, Jobs, Housing and EducationSpeakers include:Titan – activist from Sudanese community and organiser of Channel 7 ‘enough is enough’ rally’Praise and Shema – two high school students from the Liberian and Sudanese communitiesLavanya Thavaraja – Tamil Refugee CouncilSpeakers from the union movement, Aboriginal, Muslim and Jewish communities have also been invited.