When have you stood up to racism? Although unacceptable in our community, racism is widespread and affects many individuals in the City of Greater Dandenong.
Have you witnessed racist behaviours or racial discrimination? One in seven Australians say they experience discrimination because of their colour or background.
Racism. Get Up. Speak Out. is a community project that encourages local people to speak out against racism. The experiences shared will contribute to a collection of anecdotes, stories and films that celebrate the positive action people take when they witness racist behaviour.
This website features some of the stories of local people who are speaking out against racism. Some stories are told in text and others are told via video.
You can find the stories on the bottom of this page.
If you have a story to share we'd love to hear from you.
If you would like to be part of the Racism. Get Up. Speak Out. project email firstname.lastname@example.org
The stories provided will be shared anonymously unless specific consent is provided.
Racism. Get Up. Speak Out. is part of the National Anti-Racism Strategy
The City of Greater Dandenong has unanimously pledged support for the National Anti-Racism Strategy's campaign, Racism. It Stops With Me. This is a three year national anti-racism campaign launched by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2012.
The Racism. It Stops With Me. campaign offers the City of Greater Dandenong an opportunity to take a public stand against racism in our community. The campaign aims to build the individual and community resilience and capacity to respond to racism in all its forms. Everyone has a role to play.
Racism. Get Up. Speak Out. will play a significant role in advancing Council's position on this very important issue.
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For more about the National Anti-Racism Strategy visit itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au
Innovation and leading practice
The City of Greater Dandenong is proud to have won a prestigious award for its innovative project Racism. Get Up. Speak Out.
The project was awarded the ‘Multicultural Australia – Strength in Diversity’ award at the National Awards for Local Government in June 2014.
The awards highlight innovative projects that deliver better outcomes for communities and acknowledges how Racism. Get Up. Speak Out. is a practical, innovative and local response to the National Anti-Racism Strategy.
Racism. Get Up. Speak Out. and the City of Greater Dandenong was further acknowledged in the Australian Human Rights Commission’s first-year in review of the National Anti-Racism Strategy as an example of leading practice and honoured by the participation of the Australian Human Rights Commission in a community celebration of Racism. Get Up. Speak Out.
City of Greater Dandenong continues to work with local partners to provide knowledge and tools that can be used to take action when racism occurs. Racism. Get Up. Speak Out. will continue to be utilised as a vehicle for empowering our community.