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2003 Ten steps towards challenging racism in Australia todayThis is a resource for the 2003 Social Justice Statement.

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1.  Becoming Informed

2.  Surfing the Net

Numerous sites exist where information and activities can be accessed.

3.  Recognising Difference as Gift

Culture, language, religion and nationality provide us with identity and self-confidence, shaping our relationships with one another and the world.  People from many lands have enriched Australia, creating a multicultural nation.  We can delight in our own heritage and culture while recognising the contribution other cultures can make to Australia.  

4.  Becoming Action-Oriented

5.  Challenging Structural Racism

Look at the organisation and administrative structure of the workplace, parish, community, neighbourhood to discover inequalities and how they manifest themselves.  Understand the reasons for these inequalities with a view to eliminating them.  The existence of discrimination does not necessarily result from anybody’s particular will, but may be the result of a structural defect.  Establish a procedure to change structures in a way that improves the integration of people from ethnic minorities.

6.  Welcoming the Stranger

Ensure that the newcomer to our parish, school, workplace, neighbourhood, community has an experience of welcome, not of rejection or exclusion.  Consider what practices need to be in place for this to happen.  Learn the names of those who look different from us and learn how to pronounce them correctly.  Listen to other people’s stories, experiences and realities.

7.  Respecting Others’ Beliefs and Cultures

Respect the right of all persons to choose and to exercise their own religion. Respect their faith and religious views.  The diversity of culture in Australia enriches our nation and offers a great variety of experience and opportunity.

8.  Watching our Language2003 Ten steps towards challenging racism in Australia today

9. Enjoying and Contributing to Australia’s Multiculturalism

10.  Prayer