The ultimate, deadly consequences of hate speech

We declare our absolute abhorrence for the shocking massacre in Christchurch, we grieve with the families of those whose lives were violently stolen, and we utterly reject and condemn the terrorist who committed this crime.

Again, the most dangerous consequence of prejudice has reared its ugly head and revealed itself.  With complete disregard as to whether the victims were men or women, old or young, able-bodied or disabled, these perpetrators have very consciously planned to murder a group targeted because of their religious faith.

Beyond this perpetrator, those who fuel racism and hatred through malicious speech or tolerate racist political arguments,  are also culpable – not only for these worst of consequences but also for the fear, insecurity and distress caused to the victims of hate and to our community as a whole.

At Courage to Care, we believe the most powerful counter to such evil is to educate the community, in particular, the younger generation, of the dangers of prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping and racism. We challenge them to be ‘upstanders’ rather than bystanders in the face of such negative human traits.

The need to deliver this message has become greater than ever. Courage to Care, an organisation whose volunteers are mainly, but not exclusively Jewish, is dedicated to this mission.

A final thought: The perpetrator has achieved the infamy he sought; we all know his name. Yet the individuals whose lives he callously, calculatedly and violently stole are largely unnamed and unknown. Let us humanise these 50 human beings: women, men, children – husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children. Their names should be immortalised, their lives, their achievements, their dreams, should not be forgotten.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/who-were-the-victims-of-the-christchurch-mosque-massacre?fbclid=IwAR3kT7nw9auJfk-I5LW1jnCS0a6A9p9jgSiyAYUO7lCJf8aT-nbrrvBf48A

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We can’t just ignore hate

The recent rally by white supremacists on St Kilda beach shocked many Australians. Courage to Care urges that Australians respond not just by putting pen to paper or demonstrating in protest, but by emphasising education about racism, prejudice and discrimination, and the power of standing up against such hateful human traits.

Opinion piece published in the Herald Sun 20 January 2019

Courage to Care National Conference

Graphic for conference Thinking Big Courage to Care Across Australia

An opportunity for volunteers of all State Courage to Care bodies across Australia
to come together to discover, discuss and develop new ideas
for a more national approach to cooperation, collaboration and coordination
while maintaining state autonomy and growing program delivery and professionalism.

Program details can be downloaded HERE 

Register to participate HERE 

Courage to Care: What we do and why we do it

Are you curious about what we do and why we do it? Dr Tony Weldon FRACP OAM, Courage to Care Victoria Chairman, will sate your curiosity in THIS PODCAST. Have a listen!

 

Walking Together: Honouring the Legacy of William Cooper

Join Courage to Care in Walking Together to honour the legacy of William Cooper

Courage to Care will walk together with friends and allies in remembrance and appreciation of William Cooper and to reciprocate the march that he led on the German Consulate in Melbourne on the 6 December 1938. While world leadership in silent disbelief watched the events of Kristallnacht, Uncle William Cooper, the Secretary of the Australian Aborigines’ League and an elder of the Yorta Yorta, led the only known private protest against the Nazi regime.

At a time when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people were themselves denied citizenship and other basic human rights, and when they were frequently subjected to appalling physical, social and economic hardships, he chose to stand for the Jewish community of Germany.

Today, exactly 80 years later, we honour William Cooper’s memory and legacy.

6:30 pm         Opening Ceremony and Remembrance Walk (Separation Memorial, Flagstaff Gardens)

8:00 pm         Smoking Ceremony and Chanukiah Lighting (Peppercorn Park, Alexandra Gardens)

  CLICK on the map to see the route

 

Commemorative T-shirts

Available by mail order from William Cooper’s Legacy site 

Or you can pick one up personally from the Courage to Care office 843A Glenhuntly Road Elsternwick.

$29  size: L M S    Cash or card payment