Since its inception three years ago, the Autonomous Collective Against Racism has strived to empower and grant voices to students who come from a minority ethnocultural background, are marginalised by white supremacy, who identify as a ‘person of colour’ or those who identify as Indigenous. A major part of our activism involves addressing and raising awareness about racism, white supremacy and their manifestations on and off campus. Through a variety of projects and initiatives we have drawn attention to our experiences, and done so on our own terms. 2016 promises to be no different!
The Aims of ACAR are:
- To establish a safe, inclusive and autonomous space for students of minority ethnocultural backgrounds to share and validate their lived experiences of racism and intersecting issues.
- To provide students with an active collective body by which they are empowered and supported to address racism and intersecting issues on and off campus.
- To be an intellectual space where students come together to explore, learn and critically discuss issues of race, ethnicity, culture and intersection.
- To ensure any discussion, space, event, or project affiliated with ACAR actively acknowledges that major systems of oppression are interlocking and that students of minority ethnocultural backgrounds also experience a range of intersecting oppressions.
- To ensure that any discussion, space, event, project affiliated with ACAR is non-factional and not aligned with any political faction or brand
- To form networks and collaborate with like-minded university bodies and student collectives to effectively and sustainably work towards the eradication of racism and intersecting issues.
What does ACAR do?
We are currently planning a suite of projects, events and initiatives to encourage your participation and strengthen our presence on and off campus.
Like previous years, we will be running our much loved Autonomous Collective Against Racism edition of Honi Soit, produced only by people who self-identify as a person of colour, a person from an ethnocultural background, an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, or someone marginalised by white supremacy.
Building on last year’s success, we will also organise our second edition of ACAR Revue, a creative showcase of our politics on stage.
Above all, our aim this year is to provide greater opportunities for collective members to meet one another and be more directly involved in the running of our collective and its representation on and off campus.
More information about ACAR:
To join our community, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! If you support our cause you can also like our Facebook page: search for “Sydney Uni Autonomous Collective Against Racism”.
With love and rage your OBs: Aparna Balakumar, Elizabeth Mora, Lamya Rahman, and Adam Ursino