Multiculturalism

The entire justice system here is run by black women. It’s not a diversity experiment. They do things differently.

South Fulton, Georgia (CNN) – When LaDawn “LBJ” Jones walked into a meeting at work a couple of months ago, she was hit with a serious case of “black girl magic.” Doug Criss Jones, the city solicitor in South Fulton, Georgia, was meeting for the first time with the city’s municipal court staff. As she entered the room, she realized she was looking at something she’d never before seen in her legal career. Everyone in the room looked like her. “I ... Read More »

Victoria passes historic law to create Indigenous treaty framework

It is the first ever Australian legislation stating intent to negotiate a treaty Calla Wahlquist The Guardian The Victoria parliament has passed legislation that will create a framework for negotiating a treaty with Aboriginal people. It is the first time legislation stating a formal intent to negotiate a treaty or treaties with Aboriginal people has ever been adopted by an Australian parliament, and comes as a federal parliamentary committee conducts hearings to examine national options for… Other jurisdictions have also ... Read More »

Strengthened hate speech laws pass NSW Parliament in ‘great day’ for Australia

Inciting violence against a community or person based on their race in New South Wales could result in three years in jail under new laws which have passed State Parliament. Meredith Griffiths ABC The Keep New South Wales Safe Alliance, a coalition of about 31 community organisations and leaders, has been lobbying for the changes for three years, saying that previous provisions in the Anti-Discrimination Act had not led to a… They described the passing as a “great day for ... Read More »

The surprising corporate response to a global crisis

THIS week, it was revealed that the level of forced displacement globally has reached a new, alarming high. Naomi Steer The Daily Telegraph Some 68.5 million people are now displaced according to UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report. That’s one in every 110 people in the world. More than half are children. On top of this, the report shows the vast majority — 85 per cent — of displaced people are hosted in developing countries that simply don’t have the resources ... Read More »

New Yorker cover shows migrant children hiding at Statue of Liberty’s feet

The latest cover of The New Yorker takes on President Trump‘s immigration policies, showing migrant children hiding at the feet of the Statue of Liberty. Aris Folley The Hill The issue, which is slated to hit shelves on July 2, features artwork showing five migrant children hiding underneath the robe of Lady Liberty, gripping her legs… “I can’t watch TV news anymore; it’s always people yelling at each other or… There’s always a background drone of outrage, it seems. Stories ... Read More »

How a photo research project gives refugee women a voice in resettlement policy

Between 2000 and 2017, the number of refugees and asylum seekers globally increased from 16 to 26 million. Authors: The Conversation In 2016, women made up 49% of global refugees. Dominant representations of refugee women are that of vulnerable and helpless victims. This disregards women’s agency, voice, and deep desire for education and social enterprise. Australia’s refugee intake is expected to increase to 18,750 in 2018-19, the largest intake in 30 years. In 1989, Australia established a “Woman at Risk” ... Read More »

Friday essay: Australia’s dangerous obsession with the Anglosphere

Over the past three weeks the ABC program Four Corners has presented special reports on American politics, which involved one of our best journalists, Sarah Ferguson, travelling to the US on special assignment. Dennis Altman The Conversation I watched these programs and I enjoyed them. But in part I enjoyed them because they covered ground that is already familiar. If the same effort had gone into bringing us in-depth special reports from, say, Jakarta or Mumbai they would have been ... Read More »

How refugee children make American education stronger

In recent years, there has been a great deal of public angst about refugee resettlement in the U.S. and Europe. Shawna Shapiro The Conversation Americans are deeply divided on the issue. For instance, a Pew Research Center study published in May of this year found that only a quarter of Republicans and right-leaning independents say the U.S. “has a responsibility to accept more refugees,” compared with almost three-quarters of Democrats and… Policies under the Trump administration reflect this division: The ... Read More »

Hungary passes ‘Stop Soros’ law banning help for migrants

The Hungarian parliament has passed new legislation that criminalises lawyers and activists who help asylum seekers. BBC Anyone “facilitating illegal immigration” will face a year in jail. Viktor Orban’s government has dubbed the legislation the “Stop Soros law”, after the billionaire philanthropist it accuses of supporting Muslim migrants. The vote in Budapest came hours after a number of European Union leaders agreed to hold crisis talks on how to overhaul asylum rules. Hungary says immigration… Hungary passes ‘Stop… Read More »

How to heal African-Americans’ traumatic history

Do you smell it? That foul odor that floats in the air, when something you thought was dead is unearthed. Authors: The Conversation That’s the smell of ole man Jim Crow crawling back into our daily lives. One of the most horrendous and abhorrent forms of Jim Crow violence – the racial caste system that operated between 1877 and the mid-1960s, primarily in Southern states – was the publicly sanctioned use of… These killings were perpetrated by those who enjoyed ... Read More »

The politicisation of English language proficiency, not poor English itself, creates barriers

The Australian government is considering yet another English language test for migrants. Ingrid Piller The Conversation The rationale for the proposal is the prospect “Australia will be home to one million people who do not speak English well or at all by 2021”, as Human Services Minister Alan Tudge claimed. In particular, he suggests today’s migrants are less likely to know English than their counterparts in previous generations. His concern is this development suggests a looming crisis of social fragmentation ... Read More »

Why victims aren’t coming forward about forced marriages

Since forced marriage was criminalised in March 2013, over 230 cases have been referred to the AFP, but advocates say this number does not reflect the real number at risk. Sandra Siagian ABC They are calling for more measures to be introduced to protect victims and provide a safe space for them to come forward. No prosecutions here — why? Since the criminalisation of forced marriage in Australia, there have been no successful prosecutions. Commander Lesa Gale, who heads the ... Read More »

Community Sector Protests Cuts to Asylum Seeker Support Payments

Community sector leaders have gathered in Canberra to protest cuts to asylum seeker support payments, as a new report reveals that government policy is driving people seeking asylum into destitution. Luke Michael ProBono Leaders from 10 national NGOs, along with a delegation of asylum seekers and community members, gathered at Parliament House on Monday to urge the federal government to stop cuts to the Status Resolution Support Service (SRSS). This service provides asylum seekers with a basic safety net of ... Read More »

#AllWomenCount: art and culture at the forefront of World Refugee Day

The number of forced migrants is now at an all-time global high – and a majority of these are women and children. Images of refugee women are a familiar sight in press coverage of the variously defined “refugee” or “migrant crisis”. Anna Ball The Conversation These are portrayals of victims – their eyes downcast, arms clutching a young child in tearful desperation as they teeter aboard an inflatable craft. Yet these images do not represent the richly complex identities of ... Read More »

Playing this board game will challenge your ideas about refugees

When immigrants come to Canada, they have to quickly adapt and they have much to learn. Many of them need to learn a new language and a new culture. Michelle Lam The Conversation The Canadian government defines integration as a two-way street. Newcomers strengthen the Canadian economy by bringing diverse perspectives which can lead to better workplace outcomes, innovation and strong community connections. As an educator working with newcomers for the past decade, I have seen a need not just ... Read More »

Obama Homeland Security Secretary: Trump immigration policy ‘unsustainable’

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson criticized the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy on Saturday, calling the practice “unsustainable.” John Bowden The Hill Johnson told CNN that the Trump administration was attempting to “send a shock to the system” by separating thousands of migrant families in order to drive down the number of overall immigrants attempting to cross into the U.S. illegally — a practice, he said, that cannot withstand the… “This is obviously a deliberate effort, short-term, to try to ... Read More »