Saturday 21st March is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
As an active member and co-convenor of the Inner West Multicultural Network, Addison Road Community Organisation is taking the lead in organising the inaugural ‘Inner West March and Festival for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’.
The Inner West Multicultural Network has a membership of 120 civil society organisations and is supported by Inner West Council.
We come together in the belief that we must challenge harmful forces that are growing in our society.
We believe that a unified and diverse community, speaking up and taking action, shows the best way forward for all at this critical time.
Meet: ENMORE PARK, 10am, Saturday 21st March.
March: To the Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville.
March will leave Enmore Park and follow a direct route along Addison Road, which will be closed for the morning to allow the march to travel in the style of the multicultural street parades held in Marrickville in in the 1970s and 80s
Once the march reaches Addison Road Community Centre, festivities will begin, starting at 11am.
Guest speakers include Local Elders and Thinethavone ‘Tim’ Soutphommasane (former Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2013 to 2018). Further speakers to be announced over coming weeks.
There will also be music, dance and other entertainment, as well as an Open Mic for poets and performers. Workshops and food stalls will reflect the multicultural and community spirit.
All over the world the 21st March is known as ‘International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’.
Only in Australia has the name been changed and rebranded as ‘Harmony Day’, diluting the meaning of the day.
Addison Road Community Organisation says there is,
“NO HARMONY IN RACISM”.
Come join us for one of this year’s most important expressions of community solidarity. Come make your voice against racism in our society heard, loud and clear.
“We must all work harder to repair the fissures and polarization that are so prevalent in our societies today. We must nurture mutual understanding and invest in making diversity a success. And we must counter and reject political figures who exploit differences for electoral gain." – UN Secretary-General António Guterres
This event takes places on the land of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation.