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Issue 260

new internationalist
issue 260 - October 1994

ACTION

Groups to contact...

AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND
Network Waitangi Whangarei
P O Box 5098, Whangarei, New Zealand
Web: http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~the-farm/
Email: kmck@clear.net.nz

CCANZ Programme on Racism
Postal addressl: P.O.Box 22 652, Christchurch
Street address: Level 4, 159 Manchester Street, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand
Phone: (64) 03 377 2703
Fax: (64) 03 377 2702
Web: http://www.ccanz.net.nz/
Email: admin@ccanz.net.nz

Maori Legal Service
PO Box 6528, Wellington.
Tel: (4) 473 1781. Fax: (4) 473 1781.

Maori Congress Foreign Policy Committee
PO Box 5079, Wellington.
Tel: (4) 499 4605. Fax: (4) 499 4608.

Matariki (Maori Language Committee)
Postal address: P O Box 411, WELLINGTON
Street address: Level 14, Investment Centre
Corner Featherston & Ballance, WELLINGTON
Tel. (4) 471-0244
Fax. (4) 471-2768
Web: http://www.matariki.net.nz/
Email: tereo@tetaurawhiri.govt.nz

 

AUSTRALIA
Campaign Against Racial Exploitation
PO Box 159, Mt Lawley, WA 6050.

Committee to Defend Black Rights
PO Box 498, Broadway, NSW 2007.
Tel: (2) 698 9166.

Aboriginal Support Group
156 George St., Fitzroy, VIC 3065.

The Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater (ASG)
PO Box 129, Narrabeen NSW 2101
Phone: (02) 9913 7940 or (02) 9982 1685
Fax: (02) 9913 7940
Web: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm
Email: annabell@alpha.net.au

 

CANADA
Anti-Racist Action
P.O.Box 291 Stn.B, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 2T2
Tel: (416) 631 8835
Web: http://www.antiracistaction.ca/
Email: ara@web.net
Challenging the rise of far-Right racism.

Canadian Centre on Racism and Prejudice is an autonomous research centre.
Located in Montreal it can be reached on (514) 495 3954.

Salmon Arm Coalition Against Racism (SACAR) - David Lethbridge
1481 Okanagan Avenue, Salmon Arm, British Columbia
V1E 4M4
Telephone: (250) 833-0692
Fax: (250) 832-6678

The National Association of Friendship Centres
Rights advocacy for indigenous peoples.
396 Cooper St., Ottawa, Ont. K2P 2H7.
Tel: (613) 563 4844. Fax: (613) 594 3428.
Web: http://www.nafc.ca
Email: pdinsdale@nafc.ca

World Council of Indigenous Peoples
100 Argyle, 2nd Floor, Ottawa ON K2P 1B6.
Tel: (613) 230 9030.

UK
Commission for Racial Equality,
Elliot House, 10/12 Allington St., London SW1E 5EH.
Tel: 020 7939 0000
Fax: 020 7939 0004
Web: http://www.cre.gov.uk
E-mail: info@cre.gov.uk
Offices in Leicester, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh.

The Runnymede Trust
Suite 106, The London Fruit & Wool Exchange
Brushfield Street, London E1 6EP
Tel: 020 7377 9222
Fax: 020 7377 6622
Web: http://www.runnymedetrust.org/
Email: info@runnymedetrust.org

Institute of Race Relations
2-6 Leeke St, King’s Cross Road, London WC1X 9HS. Tel: 020 7837 0041 / 020 7833 2010
Fax: 020 7278 0623
Web: http://www.irr.org.uk
Email: info@irr.org.uk
Publishes a wide range of topical texts.

Campaign Against Racism and Fascism
BM Box 8784, London WC1N 3XX.
Tel: 020 7837 1450
Web: http://www.carf.demon.co.uk/
Email: info@carf.demon.co.uk

Searchlight Magazine
PO Box 1576, Ilford IG5 0NG
Tel: 020 7681 8660
Fax: 020 7681 8650
Web: http://www.searchlightmagazine.com/
Email: editors@searchlightmagazine.com
Working against the far-Right.

Anti-Racist Alliance
PO Box 150, London WC1X 9AT.
Tel: 020 7278 6869.

Anti-Nazi League
PO Box 2566, London N4 2HG.
Tel: 020 7924 0333
Fax: 020 7924 0313
Web: http://www.anl.org.uk/
Email: anl@anl.org.uk

Survival International
6 Charterhouse Buildings, London EC1M 7ET
Tel: 020 7687 8700
Fax: 020 7687 8701
Web: http://www.survival-international.org
E-mail: info@survival-international.org
International campaigns for indigenous rights.

US
Center for Democratic Renewal
PO Box 50469, Atlanta GA 30302.
Tel: 404.221.0025
Fax: 404.221.0045
Web: http://www.thecdr.org/
E-mail: info@thecdr.org

Centre for Third World Organizing
1218 E. 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94606
Tel: (510) 533-7583
Fax: (510) 533-0923
Web: http://www.ctwo.org/
Email: ctwo@ctwo.org

National Congress of American Indians
1301 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 200,
Washington D.C. 20036
Tel: (202) 466-7767
Fax: (202) 466-7797
Web: http://www.ncai.org/
Email: ncai@ncai.org

Southwest Organizing Project
211 10th St. SW Albuquerque, NM 87102.
Tel: (505) 247 8832
Fax: (505) 247 9972
Web: http://www.swop.net/
Email: swop@swop.net

People’s Institute
7166 Crowder Blvd., Suite 100
New Orleans, LA 70127
Tel: (504) 241-7472
Fax: (504) 241-7412
Web: http://www.thepeoplesinstitute.org/
Email: contact@thepeoplesinstitute.org
Offers training in anti-racist awareness.

Jane Elliott’s Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise
www.janeelliott.com
Exposes prejudice and bigotry for what it is, an irrational class system based upon purely arbitrary factors.

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When Hate Groups Come to Town by the US Center for Democratic Renewal (Montgomery, Alabama, 1992) is a handbook of community responses to the far-Right. It’s first chapter offers one of the clearest insights on the roots of racism. Michael Banton’s Racial Consciousness (Longman, 1988) is an illuminating dissection of the idea of race. Rodolfo Stavenhagen’s examination of The Ethnic Question (UN University Press, Tokyo, 1990) disentangles the role of ethnicity in conflict worldwide. For an anthropologist’s view read Thomas Hyland Eriksen’s Ethnicity and Nationalism (Pluto Press, London, Boulder, Colorado, 1993). Race by Studs Terkel is a gripping collection of interviews with people from all walks of life in the US. Passionate and punchy this is essential reading. On state racism two short, well-researched and shocking books – Inside Racist Europe by Liz Fekete and Frances Weber (Institute of Race Relations, London, 1994) and Racism: The Destruction of Civil and Political Liberties by Anti-Racist Alliance and the National Council for Liberties (London, 1993). On race gender and feminism, the writings of Bell Hooks are accessible and wise. Her first book Ain’t I a Woman: black women and feminism (Pluto Press, London 1981) is a good starting point. On interpersonal issues Lesbians Talk Making Black Waves by Valerie Mason-John and Ann Khambatta (Scarlet Press, London, 1993) is wide-ranging yet succinct and of use to all readers. On scientific racism Stephen Jay Gould’s The Mismeasure of Man (sic. Penguin, London, 1992) takes on IQ testing, while Anti-Racist Science Teaching edited by Dawn Gill and Les Levidow (Free Association Books, London, 1987) is strong on strategy for the classroom.

Some things to do...

The workplace is a good place to put your anti-racism into practice. Here’s a checklist:
[image, unknown] Is there a written equal opportunity policy which includes plans for hiring and promoting staff fairly and is supported and monitored by both unions and management?
[image, unknown] Does the staff include people from minorities and reflect the multicultural mix in society at large?
[image, unknown] Do advertisements for recruiting new employees state a commitment to equal opportunities and are they placed in newspapers or magazines which are likely to be read by minority groups?
[image, unknown] Is it recognised that women from minority groups face the double disadvantage of both race and gender discrimination?
[image, unknown] Are people from minority groups represented on interviewing and selection committees?
[image, unknown] Do all employees get training in Equal Opportunities?

Hate groups often fuel racist behaviour among people who might not otherwise be so inclined.
Here are some ways of combating racism in your area:

[image, unknown] Keep informed, document the problem and inform others.
[image, unknown] Speak out and create a moral barrier to hate activity.
[image, unknown] Build coalitions; violence against any particular group can be used to legitimize activities against other groups as well.
[image, unknown] Provide support and aid to victims of racist groups.
[image, unknown] Work with those targeted as potential recruits. People join hate groups out of frustration, fear, anger and the need to blame someone else for their troubles. Provide them with more rational political, social and economic explanations.
[image, unknown] Target your own community. Hate groups manipulate community tensions in order to exist.
[image, unknown] Encourage anti-racist youth activity. Most hate groups rely on disaffected youth.

Special thanks for help in researching this issue to: Franca Tranza at Survival International, Suhith Shivanath and Olukemi Williams at World University Service, Liz Fekete at Institute of Race Relations, Peter Wade at the University of Liverpool, David Owen at National Ethnic Minority Data Archive, Oxford DEC, UNRISD, UNHCR, The Runnymede Trust, Pat Stocker, Patricia Sellick at Minority Rights Group, Deborah Eade at Oxfam, Liberty, Human Rights Watch/Africa, and Center for Democratic Renewal.

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