Rock Against Racism
By Paul Howes
SYDNEY — Four hundred rockers crowded into the Harbourside Brassiere on August 28 to protest against racism and to listen to 13 of Australia's best known bands.
The bands performing at Rock Against Racism included Tim Finn; Yadiki Aboriginal dance company; La Perouse dance group Goorawal, which opened the night; Ochre; Leonardo's Bride; Deadly; Holly Go Lightly; Cactus Child; Charlie McMahon from Midnight Oil; Rasta Ronny; Jack Housden from the Badloves; DJ Sista Agnes; Steve Baldi; Glide; and Mark Snarski.
All the performers donated their services, and Holly Go Lightly provided all of the instruments.
Organised by Resistance to raise funds for the anti-racism campaign, the evening also attracted new activists; 70 people signed up to get involved.
One of the organisers, Resistance member Cassandra Pomroy, told Green Left Weekly: "The night was an overwhelming success, not only in raising money for the campaign but also because it helped raise awareness about racism in Australia and how to fight it".
The night also featured speeches by Resistance activist Bea Brear and Democratic Socialist Party member Reihana Mohideen. Both strongly condemned the racism of Pauline Hanson and the Howard government.
The main organiser of the event, John Gauci from Holly Go Lightly, has since received enthusiastic endorsement from a number of performers keen to contribute to the campaign.
T-shirts emblazoned with an anti-racism statement and the names of the bands who signed it are still available from Resistance.
Following the success of Rock Against Racism, Resistance is planing an all-ages Rage Against Racism at Parramatta Park on October 11. Performers confirmed so far include Cult 45, Skulker, Poinaz Dare (formally Tinderbox) and General Mayhem. A Jazz Against Racism is also being planned.
To get involved in organising these events, phone Resistance on (02) 9690 1977.