Monday, October 14, 2013

yarra ranges signs on for racism it stops with me

report from the roundtable – 8 oct         

At last week’s council meeting I was proud to be able to move a motion to support the Racism It Stops with Me campaign. 

Racism is insidious in our society and we’ve seen casual racism emerge as on ongoing issue. The Racism It Stops with Me campaign is a great way for Yarra Ranges Council to show leadership on the issue and drive action at a local level.

There is no place for racism in our society and it has serious consequences for individuals and local communities. It can affect people’s physical and mental health. It can undermine their ability to work or study or participate in community life. It can also increase social isolation when people try to avoid the sites where racism does happen, like in public spaces.

The Australian Human Rights Commission in encouraging oranisations and individuals to participate in the campaign and you can find more info on the Racism It Stops with Me here. I encourage you to be part of the campaign too.  

No matter what your cultural background you should always feel safe and respected.

I’m pleased to report that council was unanimous in its support of the Racism It Stops with Me campaign.

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