International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination March 21st
RISE: Refugees, Survivors & Ex-Detainees is running the first of a series of Anti-Racism Training in Victoria that aim to resist the racism experienced at all levels of society. The workshops coincide with International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the 21st March.
“Our workshops will provide the techniques of identifying, describing, critiquing and, in particular, responding to different forms of racism, including both interpersonal and systemic racism.” says, project coordinator, Mera Sivanesan.
RISE, being the first refugee and asylum seeker aid and advocacy organisation in Australia to be run and governed largely by people of refugee, asylum seeker, and ex-detainee backgrounds, has designed these interactive workshops through their own lived experiences and through the work that they do in their communities,
“RISE has long recognised a need for anti-racism education that goes beyond individual-focused and cultural awareness training models, to address the systemic and structured ways that racism manifests in our daily work and personal lives.”, explains workshop facilitator Jayani Nadarajalingam
The training consists of one, two-day workshops which will be repeated monthly. The first of the series runs from Wednesday 20th March to Thursday 21st March. The participants represent a broad range of professions who will use this experiential learning opportunity to help eradicate the racism that they or people they work with experience.
“The outcomes of the workshops will be far reaching” says Mera Sivanesan, “with participants taking these techniques to their respective organisations in order to begin the process of creating and implementing an anti-racist organisational structure.”
Presenters at the workshop include:
· Historian and longtime Aboriginal Activist, Gary Foley
· Hip Hop Artist and Youth Worker, Pataphysics
· Principal Lawyer for the Eastern Community Legal Centre, Belinda Lo
WHEN: Wednesday 20 March & Thursday 21 March
WHERE: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
For interview and photo opportunities, please contact: Mera Sivanesan 0470 700 578
More information about the workshops here http://riserefugee.org/post/42345931452/rise-anti-racism-training-will-begin-in-march-2013