Community organisations | Racism. It Stops With Me

Community organisations

Multicultural Development Association

MDA is an active promoter of the campaign. It offers staff a range of opportunities to get involved. Staff wear Racism: It Stops with Me cards on their security pass lanyard. They card also includes a QR code which, when scanned with a smartphone, takes users to more information about the campaign on the MDA website. MDA partnered with the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission to deliver training on racism and how to make complaints, as part of regular professional development sessions for staff. MDA trainers incorporate the campaign into all their Lifeskills training sessions for newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers.

All Together Now

All Together Now is active in seeking to prevent racism across Australia. The organisation has created a number of anti-racism bystander resources.

everyday racism

Its award-winning ‘One Parramatta’ project encouraged people to reflect upon their attitudes towards people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. It created seven short films and were screened at Parramatta cinema over 12 weeks.

All Together Now also created an app called ‘Everyday Racism’, which challenges players to live seven days in the life of someone from a different ethnic background. The player receives texts, tweets and videos that gives them a better understanding about other people’s lived experience of prejudice in Australia.

Welcoming Intercultural Neigbours

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Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours was founded to help new residents adjust well into the Gladstone region, Queensland. It builds tolerance and harmony in the region by engaging new and local residents to participate in community programs. Its projects include the Cultural Diversity Youth Forum, in which students from Gladstone high schools discussed new ways to make their community more inclusive.

Brotherhood of St Laurence

Brotherhood of St Laurence recognises the employment barriers faced by refugee communities. The Given the Chance program helps refugees to access and participate in the Australian workforce. It arranges work experience placements, matches people with staff mentors and provides comprehensive pre-employment training. The program relies on the support of Australian businesses such as ANZ bank to achieve its outcomes. Staff from participating organisations also benefit because they get to understand the lived experience of refugees in Australia.

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