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MULTICULTURAL AND MULTIFAITH VICTORIA SUPPORTS OUR FELLOW AUSTRALIANS OF AFRICAN DESCENT

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Sent: Monday, January 15, 2018 11:11 AM

Subject: Media Statement – Multicultural and Multifaith Victoria supports our fellow Australians of African descent

A STATEMENT FROM THE COALITION TO ADVANCE MULTICULTURALISM

Victoria’s diverse faith and multicultural communities are extremely concerned and disappointed by the media reporting, unhelpful statements by politicians and public debate surrounding youth crime in Victoria, which appears to target and make scapegoats out of the Victorian African community, and the South Sudanese community in particular.

Our political leaders must understand that language is important and that we are all Australians. To protect the integrity of our multicultural society, communities must not be targeted for political ends, and politicians should communicate responsibly, to not victimize or alienate whole communities. Our leaders must stand up for the values which define our multicultural society not only when it is politically expedient.

No community should be held accountable for the actions of a few, and no community should become a target for racism, hate speech, intolerance and discrimination.

Criminal behaviour, whether by individuals, gangs or groups of perpetrators must be appropriately addressed, including effective policing, bail laws, sentencing and parole procedures.  The safety of our homes and streets should be a top priority for any community, and Victoria is no different.

We acknowledge that there is a youth crime problem, and congratulate Victoria Police for their work in crime prevention, securing our streets and in organising youth crime forums to address the breadth of issues which need tackling to prevent and reduce youth crime.

We support the Australian African community and their leaders’ work in dealing with this problem. We also call on the State and Commonwealth governments to provide financial assistance for programs to integrate newcomers to Australia with effective education, job training and community support. These programs have assisted new communities in the past and were highly successful, as many of our longer established immigrants and refugees can attest.

Clearly, more needs to be done, but making one community a scapegoat is not acceptable in a free, inclusive and democratic society.

This statement is supported by the following organisations:

African Australian Communities Leadership Forum

African-Australian Multicultural Employment and Youth Services (AAMEYS)

Afro-Australian Student Organisation (AASO)

AMAFHH Federation

Bishop Philip Huggins, Vicar – General in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne

Asian Australian Democracy Caucus

Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS)

Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council Inc (AGMC)

Australian Intercultural Society (AIS)

B’nai B’rith Victoria

Board of Imams Victoria

Buddhist Council of Victoria (BCV)

Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY)

Council of Christians and Jews Inc Victoria

Eritrean Jeberty Community in Australia

Ethnic Communities’ Council of the South East (ECCOSE Inc)

Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV)

Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV)

Hindu Council of Australia (Victoria)

Incubate Foundation

The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne

Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV)

Islamic Shia Council Victoria

Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV)

Jewish Christian Muslim Association (JCMA)

Melbourne Employment Forum

National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (Victoria) (NCJWA)

National Liaison Council of Chinese Australians

Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI)

Pax Christi

Progressive Judaism Victoria

Sikh Interfaith Council

Stand Up

Team Africa

Emeritus Prof Gary Bouma AM, UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific

Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania

Uniting (Vic/Tas) Limited

Bishop Peter Danaher (President) and Rev Ian Smith (Executive Officer), Victorian Council of Churches (VCC)

Youth Activating Youth (YAY)

 

MULTICULTURAL AUSTRALIANS THANKED FOR VOTING YES IN THE POSTAL SURVEY

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original: http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/national-news/multicultural-community-thanked-voting-yes/163374

Multicultural community leaders and the Australian film industry have launched a new ad thanking Australians who voted Yes in the marriage equality postal survey.

The video, produced by Sarah Freeman with executive producer Tony Ayres and the team from Matchbox Pictures, acknowledges that voting Yes was a difficult decision for many people from religious, migrant, or conservative backgrounds.

“Millions of Australians have voted yes and although we don’t know the outcome yet, we know that for some people voting yes was hard but we are so glad they did,” said Yes Alliance President Dr Judy Tang.

The Yes Alliance, representing 32 multicultural and faith-based community groups, said voting Yes for marriage equality is consistent with Australia’s enviable record of fostering a diverse, open, and welcoming society.

Almost one in two Australian was born overseas or is a second generation Australian, and more than one in four Australians speak a language other than English at home, according to the 2016 census.

“Together, we have built a place where people from every corner of the world can live and work side by side—a place where everyone can belong,” Dr Tang said.

“Marriage equality is the next step in ensuring ours remains a tolerant and respectful society.”

Film industry professionals donated their time to create the ad to coincide with the conclusion of the postal vote period.

Inspired by real conversations between LGBTI people and their families, the ad tells the story of a woman from a conservative migrant background voting Yes for the love of her gay son.

“For me, it was pretty easy to say yes because I’m gay and I may or may not want to get married but I want to have the choice,” Ayres said.

“For other people, it’s more difficult because they are religious, or come from an immigrant background or more conservative background. That’s a story that has not been told.

“We hope this ad will be a gesture towards healing between the conflicting sides.”

VIDEO OF AN INTERVIEW WITH AN AUSTRALIAN MUM

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VIDEO OF AN INTERVIEW WITH AN AUSTRALIAN MUM, PAMELA (HONG KONG BACKGROUND), ON HER FEELINGS TOWARDS HER SON’S COMING OUT AND VIEWS ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY

AGMC launched a heart warming video of an interview with an Australian mum, Pamela (Hong Kong background), on her feelings towards her son’s coming out and views on marriage equality. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience hearing not only her candid views but also Tim’s (Pamela’s son).

Being a family of faith made the whole experience challenging from the get go of coming out to where they are at this point in time – mutual understanding and respect and constant open communication. We hope you’d find get support in hearing the interview.

AGMC thank Pamela Fok and her family for their time in sharing their story and allowing the video to be distributed publicly. AGMC also thank NR Studio for editing and translating this video pro bono.

AGMC PROMOTES THE YES MOVEMENT

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AGMC noted that there was limited engagement with the older Chinese community for the marriage equality survey and has since launched a couple of the Chinese language posters in social media.  These posters are currently also being shared by community organisations, councils and a peak body, FECCA.

Unfortunately, AGMC, similar to other support groups, unexpectedly faced some resistance when attempting to place advertisement on a couple of Chinese newspapers to support marriage equality.  The incident has been reported in The Saturday Times: https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/media/2017/10/14/the-no-case-chinese-media/15078996005346.

FECCA expresses its support for marriage equality

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Today the Chairperson of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, Mr Joe Caputo OAM, made a statement expressing his support for marriage equality.

Mr Caputo said: “FECCA urges all Australians, of all backgrounds, to choose ‘yes’ in the marriage equality survey.”

“FECCA’s support for the principle of marriage equality was endorsed by the majority of the FECCA Executive.”

Mr Caputo continued: “Our support for marriage equality is in line with FECCA’s continuing advocacy for equality and non-discrimination across Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) society.”

“Australia must join the many other liberal, democratic nations across the world – including Ireland, Malta, Portugal and Taiwan – who have introduced marriage equality into their laws.”

Mr Caputo said: “FECCA recognises that there are diverse views across Australian society on the issue of marriage equality. I therefore welcome the leadership shown by community leaders from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in supporting marriage equality.”

“Today I will be attending the launch at 1pm on the steps of Parliament House in Victoria of The YES Alliance – Multicultural Australians for Marriage Equality who supports a ‘yes’ vote in the marriage equality survey.”

FECCA encourages all Australians including those from CALD backgrounds to participate in the postal survey.

FECCA is working closely with the Australian Bureau of Statistics to ensure that individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can fully participate in the same-sex marriage survey process.

The ABS has implemented a number of measures designed to ensure access and equity for all Australians in the postal survey process, including the use of interpreters at no cost to the user.

FECCA is the peak national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. FECCA’s role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community.

Media contact: (0424) 910617 / emma@fecca.org.au

How to engagae in marriage equality discussion (Chinese version)

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澳大利亚距离婚姻平等的目标已近在咫尺了。我们千万不可在这个时候放弃追求婚姻平等!

为了使在澳大利亚的所有人都享有平等权利,我们需要想办法与更多人谈论这个议题。研究表明,人们在日常生活中的谈话内容极具影响力,能改变人的想法与态度。

此外,你认识的人,无论是朋友、家人、同事、与你一同参加宗教或运动俱乐部的朋友,他们与你聊天时受到谈话内容的影响远远超过受到广告或其他陌生人的影响。其实议会的议员也一样:关心这个议题的选民与议员面对面交谈也能起到很大的作用。与人讨论重要议题能帮助他们决定支持和提倡婚姻平等。

因此,此时此刻,支持婚姻平等的人正在澳大利亚全国范围内与人积极讨论这个议题。与我们交谈的人当中,有些人认同婚姻平等,有些人还未仔细想过这个议题,或者还不确定自己的立场。研究显示,只有非常小部分的澳大利亚人坚决反对婚姻平等。其实,支持婚姻平等的人占澳大利亚总人口的三分之二!

可是,一些“原则上”支持婚姻平等的人仍旧有一些疑问。国外的研究证据显示,与其与人进行激烈辩论,仔细聆听别人的想法、跟他们分享我们的经验以及与人讨论这个议题更能鼓励人接受我们的观点。

因此,我们必需说服议会的议员立刻表态支持婚姻平等。

当然,要跟人讨论这个议题有时非常不容易。不过,只要方法得当,就可以让大家在讨论时觉得受尊重、气氛愉快,而且谈话内容很有意义。我们努力营造出一个让人能仔细思考、提问以及表达个人意见的开放空间,这么做与我们提倡的尊重、尊严、爱等价值观完全符合。这么做也意味到我们在争取婚姻平等的过程中努力保持积极、促进团结,而不是制造分裂、挑起争端。

以下的附件信息能对你有帮助,不过这份指南只提供一些例子供你参考。

或浏览equalitycampaign网站上的常见问题与解答:
equalitycampaign.org.au/faq

Marriage equality to all in Australia (Chinese version)

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每個澳洲人都應該有結婚的權利

我們的家人、朋友、鄰居和社會群體都應該享有受到別人的尊重、

維護自己的尊嚴和尋求幸福的權利。

為什麼婚姻平權很重要

讓每一個人都有結婚的權利,這並沒有損 害 其 他 任 何 一 個 人 的 權 利 。但 是 ,它可以使我們的生活變得更加美好、社會變得更加的包容和睦。同時,這也是每一個澳洲人享有平等權利的體現。婚姻平權並不是宗教自由的負擔。它只是賦予兩位相愛的人一個平等的機會,在法律 的 見 證 下 ,“執 子 之 手 ,與 子 偕 老”。
婚姻平權,即在當下。讓我們確保所有澳洲公民擁有幸福的權利。

只有我們一起才能實現婚姻平權!

支持婚姻平權的三個原因:

一切都關係到「平等」

在 澳 洲 ,我 們 堅 信 每 個 人 都 應 該 享 有 平等的權利。每一個澳洲人都有婚姻合法化的權利是確保法律體現我們追求平等的共同理念。這正如移民家庭的權利一直受到澳洲法律保護一樣。每個人都是生來平等的,這當然也包括選擇和所愛的人結婚的權利。

這也事關愛和承諾

婚姻是一個承諾。它是兩個彼此相愛、想要共築未來的人之間的承諾。婚姻平權可以讓我們親友所摯愛的人有機會融入我們家庭、變成我們家庭的一份子。它可以增進人與人之間的關係,讓我們的社區更加和睦。因此,婚姻平權和每一個人都息息相關。