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ECCV All One Together Campaign Launch

ECCV’s All One Together campaign was officially launched on 9 December 2019 – timed to mark World Human Rights Day. The campaign launch was headlined by a high-profile panel discussion featuring:

  • Alan Dewis, Associate Director, Aboriginal Services, Victoria Legal Aid
  • Barry Berih, award-winning community activist – 2019 VMC Meritorious Award for Excellence
  • Diana Sayed, human rights lawyer and CEO of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights
  • Jennifer Huppert, President of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria and Board member – Victorian Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Commission Board member
  • Moderated by award-winning journalist and filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe

“My motivation to join the panel and engage in this campaign is to ensure a First Peoples’ perspective is active as I’m an advocate for diversity and inclusion in Australia,” said Alan Dewis.

“A positive outcome from this event would be for wider support from the mainstream media to unite all Australians in embracing diversity, respecting differences and echoing sentiments that discriminations will not be accepted or tolerated.”

“We need to shed light on the impact of discrimination so that we can support those who are impacted by it, and so we can encourage those holding positions of influence in our community to show leadership, and take a strong stand against discrimination and intolerance,” added Jennifer Huppert.

From around the Web

This is a curated list of news stories from various news outlets such as the ABC, SBS etc. The ECCV does not own or endorse any of the content of the stories.

Australians urged to 'show kindness' amid reports of COVID-19 racial discrimination complaints

FROM THE ABC: The Australian Human Rights Commission says about one in four people who lodged racial discrimination complaints in the past two months say they were targeted due to COVID-19.

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'Creeping normalisation of hate': Labor calls for national anti-racism campaign

From The Sydney Morning Herald: Pointing to the example of a News Corp columnist mocking the name of former race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane, Mr Giles will sound the alarm about a “creeping normalisation of hate and racism” in Australia.

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Why I will never forget the day I was racially abused in front of my young son

FROM THE ABC: It was October 26 last year when out of nowhere came a racial attack I will never forget. My six-year-old son Archie, who has autism, and I were at his favourite public swimming pool — his safe place, his happy place.

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Swastika graffitied at Queensland's popular Mount Morgan lookout

FROM THE ABC: The spray-painting of a large swastika, accompanied by the words “white power”, at a popular Queensland lookout serves as a reminder that racism is still highly prevalent within Australian communities, a psychologist has said.

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Extreme right groups exploiting virus fear and tension

FROM THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD: Right wing extremist groups are rallying to fuel coronavirus panic by exploiting images of social division – including fights over toilet paper, a leading expert warns.

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Racist coronavirus event at Melbourne nightclub Pawn & Co cancelled after backlash

From ABC News: Mr Leong said he had witnessed a resurgence of racism in Australia over the last decade. “It’s becoming increasingly difficult to call out racism — people say you’re being a bloody snowflake or you have a glass jaw,” he said. He also said education was “an uphill battle” when people were ignorant and unwilling to listen to how casual racism hurt those it was making fun of.

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My story of racism and discrimination in Australia

FROM THE ABC: There’s always a count on, and for a long time I thought it was something everybody did. On some level, the count is about safety. If I’m the only brown person around and someone says something racist, it plays into how I’ll react.

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Coronavirus fans xenophobia against Chinese-Australians

From ABC Radio: The coronavirus is having far reaching consequences here at home.

One result is rising xenophobia against Chinese-Australians with the Federal Government now being urged to fund a national campaign to combat virus-related racism.

The Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy has already demanded an end to the racist behaviour.

Guest: Mohammad Al-Khafaji, CEO, Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia

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Coronavirus Or Racism: Which Is Spreading Faster?

From FYA: Since the outbreak of coronavirus in China, anti-Chinese attitudes have pervaded our policies and affecting our communities, students and beyond, writes Asanga. Here’s how Asanga sees racism playing out and what you can do to stop it.

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Amid rise of race-based attacks, Labor calls for new federal anti-racism campaign

FROM SBS: The federal opposition is calling on the Morrison government to fund a fresh national anti-racism campaign amid a rising tide of race-based attacks.

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