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Dossier:
Racism

Anti-Racism - what works?

Editor: Ama Lorenz
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01.

Colours for the grey walls of racism

London Street and Fine Artist Ben Slow’s unique style of mixing Fine Art with urban surroundings illustrate his passion for finding meaning in his work, spreading a message, telling stories. 

That is why he joined forces with „Stand Up to Racism“ campaigners Rashida Islam and Barbara Ntumy to raise the profile of this year’s UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,  by attempting to paint as many walls as possible with Anti-Racist art work.

To make this happen a crowdfunding-campaign was initiated. With £ 1000 for materials and support for the demonstration on March 21st  „Street Art Stands Up to Racism“ aims to get the project from London to Paris and New York.

Support this outstandingly creative project, which represents a street art credo by uniting urban art and political activism and help them to stand up to racism.

 

02.

Racism. No way!

Australia has a unique history that has shaped the diversity of its peoples, their cultures and lifestyles today. Three major contributors to Australia’s demographic make-up are a diverse Indigenous population, a British colonial past and extensive immigration from many different countries and cultures. Although the majority of the population are Australian born, more than 75% of Australians identified with an ancestry other than Australian in the 2011 Census. In all, Australians come from over 200 birthplaces which makes the population of about 23 million one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse populations in the world.

It is no wonder, then, that the Racism. No way! Project had to be established since a very early anti-racist and pro-diversity education becomes essential in a state with that many different people. First it began as an initiative in 1998 and was launched two years later by the then Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Sir William Deane. Since then, the work of the project continues to be supported by the expertise of teachers, parents and curriculum officers throughout Australia.

You can support the Racism. No way! Project by donating or contribute via an online pledge.

03.

I, Too, Am Oxford

In early March 2014 the students called for a very similar photo session on the Oxford campus.

Until now, more than 90 students uploaded their photos on the blog. Many of them have an immigrant background, but are born British or have lived a long time in the UK. Nevertheless, they often experience situations where they are perceived as non-British or encounter other racial stereotypes. The quotes that they have chosen for their images display their experiences.

 

A university spokesman said Oxford was „committed to listening to our students and establishing what more can be done to ensure a fully inclusive experience“ for all of them.

You can see the full selection here.

04.

Mixtape against Racism

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, is announced annually on March 21st. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws. Proclaiming the day in 1966, the United Nations General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination!

Every year, March 21st marks “The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination”. In a joint initiative FAIRPLANET.org has teamed up with Tel Aviv-based SUAN.fm (Stayed Up All Night) to create the world’s longest crowdsourced mixtape in 2015.

602 people from 42 countries contributed 530 songs to give an universal statement against racism and discrimination. Click suan.fm/noracism to listen to the mixtape and check out the global Facebook event and Twitter #MixtapeAgainstRacism!

 

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Editor: Ama Lorenz
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