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The Theory of Change

The theory of change is the basis to the work that All Together Now uses to engage society to erase racism in Australia. Speaking up on the bus, in the street, at work, in school or at home with friends and family all lead to an overall social change to end racism. Ideas are shared and encouraged through conversation. To see how this works and how you can make a difference check out our infographic below:

Theory of Change

Dr Cornel West and a theory for change

“Justice is what love looks like in public.”

What could you expect from an Evening with Dr. Cornel West? He is a man who is a theologian, philosopher, poet, author of 20 books, and a love warrior. His real, truthful and revolutionary philosophies reverberate in the changeable and mood swinging beats of jazz and blues greats of the 20th Century.

Dr. Cornel West opened with his most important point:

In the face of 400 years of being hated for the way [African-Americans] look the community has produced the ultimate counter product: “love warriors.”

This is the ability to love in the face of animosity and is the most beautiful action one could possibly take. The death of restrictions of social concepts like gender, race, sexuality, the poor and wealthy allows for openness through that positive force of love. This is what makes governments so timid and frightened by non-violent movements like Martin Luther King, Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

The creation of love warriors is part of this three-point theory to create love that occurs in the social down-trodden and marginalized communities: At first grief and crying occurs; then there is silence; and finally, music.

Music and dance was one thing that could not be taken away from the African slaves taken to America. Even though their language, culture, food and children were altered until they no longer knew where they came from; they held on to what they could through dance, song and music. This is the case for many displaced peoples. Poetry and music are important parts of holding on to a culture and remembering history. This is a long tradition that is still relevant and important in our contemporary culture in reviving the untold history keeping this nation from moving forward.

What we learnt from Dr. West:

What Australian society can really take away from Dr. Cornel West is the point about collective understanding to create great social change. We should not white wash over the history of this nation. It is important to remind ourselves of the true facts and to teach them to the generations to come. The arts will play an important part in reclaiming that history and restoring it. The arts helps us listen to the voices of the marginalized, and most importantly of the Indigenous population of Australia to create a new identity. By embracing this, Australia would begin to move forward and become the harmonious country it is striving to be.

 

Australia: Are we ready to dance to the new sound track to reform this nation?

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All Together Now Managing Director Priscilla Brice with Dr. Cornel West, Big Top Luna Park, Sydney 2015.

 

 


 

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If you would like to learn more about Dr Cornel West you can go to his website, discover some of his past lecture on YouTube or like and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

The One Parramatta project – erasing racism in Parramatta

The One Parramatta project is an original pilot dedicated to addressing interpersonal racism in Parramatta.

An initial grant of $50,000 from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship made this idea of erasing racism in Parramatta a reality. From this seed funding, All Together Now managed to quadruple this amount by garnering over $250,000 of project value along the way by leveraging business, volunteer and community support.

Parramatta is one of the most multicultural places in Australia, with 51% of the population born overseas. But it is also a place where 31% have been called names or insulted due to their cultural background or race. Based on the study led by Challenging Racism from the UWS, it appears that young adults are both primary perpetrators and victims of racism in the Parramatta area.

The goals of One Parramatta project was:

  • to encourage people to reflect on their own behavior towards people of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds;

  • to develop the feeling of belonging to the same community;

  • to provide people with information about how to speak up when they witness racism in their community.

  • to ultimately help in erasing racism in Parramatta.

 

Over the course of this one-year project, All Together Now spoke to +250 people, created seven films of one-minute length, and shared their stories at Parramatta local cinema and on social media. More than 50,000 people saw one of the episodes. The project evaluation found that:

  •  79% of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they better understand racism after watching one of the One Parramatta films.

  • 88% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they are more likely to be welcoming of other cultures as a result of watching one the One Parramatta films

  • Several people acknowledged that they realized that they have the right to fight racism and to stand up.

 

“People do change when they are pushed to reflect on their past behavior.”

 

But the One Parramatta project is just a start: a small drop in an ocean of ideas and projects that All Together Now would like to develop. You can contribute to help see other projects become real by making a donation.

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