: Community action

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

All Together Now is proud to affirm its commitment to erasing racism on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

We’ve joined forces with some of Australia’s leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGO’s to support the Racism. It stops with me campaign, which is being led by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The campaign emphasises the importance of taking a stand against racism whenever it happens.

Our organisation has pledged to undertake activities that aim to prevent racism in support of the campaign.

To mark this important day we are also holding an event as part of our One Parramatta project to address racism in Western Sydney. Our ambassadors Kristy Best and Andy Minh Trieu will be MCing the event, and some of the people we met while filming will talk about why preventing racism is important.

Funny, provoking, positive … each episode shows a different angle of how racism is still happening in our society and how we can make a difference.

The International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1966, to coincide with the date in 1960 when police killed 69 people in Sharpeville, South Africa at a peaceful protest against apartheid laws.

We strongly encourage businesses and individuals to participate in this day by joining All Together Now in erasing racism and also by participating in the Racism: It Stops with Me campaign.

One Parramatta Episode 6: everyone is welcome!

“Everyone is welcome”, say businesses in Parramatta…

One third of people are victims of racism while shopping or dining out in the Parramatta region according to the Challenging Racism project. We wanted to check this out and ask businesses how they feel about that.

We asked a retail assistant, a librarian, an accountant and a coffee shop owner their points of view. All of them offered the same answer: “everyone is welcome”.

It is great to see that local businesses and the Council want to improve the statistics and to make Parramatta a more inclusive community.

Win movie tickets: tell us your opinion by filling in this survey about the One Parramatta project and enter the draw to win movie tickets to any Event Cinema complex.

Find out more: the One Parramatta website has a lot to share with you about why and where this film was made.

Join us on Harmony Day

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If you’ll be in Sydney on 21 March, please join us in remembering the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (also known as Harmony Day)!

We’re planning a unique, energetic and entertaining community event, “One Parramatta: erasing racism in Western Sydney” where we’ll showcase the six episodes of the series.

Funny, provoking, disturbing, positive, each episode shows a different angle of how racism is still happening in our society and how we can make a difference.

Bookings are essential: book your free ticket on Eventbrite.

Photo: “Cinema…” by m4tik.

One Parramatta Episode 5: TALK + LISTEN = RESPECT

One Parramatta’s episode 5 explores how the power of talking and listening can make a real impact in terms of well-being and integration. This time, our journey took us from the streets of Parramatta to a hip-hop workshop. Definitively a new tone of voice thanks to the support of ICE (Information & Cultural Exchange).

Episode 5 is  a journey between different cultures, countries of birth and stories. Still racism is here, in our streets, in our public transport, sometimes in our family. But do you know that racism is partly due to a lack of knowledge? A fear of someone’s differences? A misconception of another culture?

The good news is that we all can make a difference by starting to do the most natural thing in the world: telling each other our stories, listening and sharing them!

“I keep being told to go back where I come from

But I don’t know where that is”

Written and sung by Maurice.

And you, what is your story?

Win movie tickets

Tell us your opinion by filling this survey about the One Parramatta project and enter the draw to win movie tickets to any Event Cinema complex in Australia.

One Parramatta Episode 4

Racism — who is responsible for preventing it?

Who do you think is responsible for perpetrating and preventing racism?

Does the Government have a role to play in preventing racism?
Does the media contribute to racism or help to stop it?
What about the education system?
For Episode 4, we asked this difficult question of around 30 people in Parramatta Church Street mall. While it wasn’t an easy one to answer, people gave it a go anyway…

While the responses were as diverse as the interviewees, everyone agreed that this is a serious issue.

Whoever may be given the task for reducing it, tackling racism starts with every individual being self-conscious of their own impact and influence. If we all start owning the problem, we will go a long way to fixing it!

We think the last answer in the film is certainly the best one: Racism. It stops with me.

WIN MOVIE TICKETS

Tell us your opinion by filling in this survey about the One Parramatta project and enter the draw to win movie tickets to any Event Cinema complex in Australia.

New report about Online Hate by OHPI

The Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI) today released a report Aboriginal Memes and Online Hate.

Priscilla Brice-Weller, Managing Director of All Together Now said of the report, “Memes based on racial stereotypes undermine the hard work OHPI, All Together Now and others are doing to promote the prevention of racism in Australia. This report provides evidence-based and achievable recommendations for all sectors to respond to these hateful memes.”