Autonomous Collective Against Racism (ACAR)
The Students’ Representative Council’s Autonomous Collective Against Racism (ACAR) aims to fight for the equality and liberation of all people who self-identify as people of colour, a person from an ethno-cultural background or marginalised by structures of white supremacy.
Our ideals and beliefs in the empowerment and self-determination of people coming from a minority ethno-cultural background, or those marginalised by white supremacy and settler-colonialism, or those who identify as a person of colour. This collective welcomes any persons who self-identify with any of these groups and are working on ways to still better represent and account for the ways people identify in terms of experiencing racism.
The collective operates not only as a space of activism and political organising, but also as a support space where people can share their experiences.
We encourage people, regardless of their political knowledge, to get involved. We run workshops and events on campus. We also publish an ACAR Honi Soit edition every year. We also highly encourage participation in the Critical Race Discussion groups. Additionally, in 2014, we successfully ran the ‘I, too, am Sydney’ campaign, highlighting race issues on campus. We are always open to any ideas and feedback.
For most of us who are already part of the collective, autonomous organising against racism is something new and it will be exciting to see the myriad of faces and paths we can take. Racism and its effects are diverse and as a collective, we hope to make visible the different ways in which racism can manifest.
The Office Bearers for the Autonomous Collective Against Racism are: Eden Caceda, Deeba Binaei, Lamisse Hamouda and Kavya Kalutantiri. We are also your SRC Ethnic Affairs Officers for 2015.
ARC – Anti Racism Collective
The Anti-Racism Collective is a campaign group open to any student wanting to fight the government’s refugee policy. We are committed to fighting racism on and off campus and building up a student movement that demands an end to offshore processing and mandatory detention.
Currently there are no guaranteed or safe resettlement options for any of the refugees on Nauru or Manus. The government wants to deport them back to danger or force them to languish indefinitely in the Pacific. Those locked up on the mainland do not fare much better – most spend more than a year in detention and develop severe mental health issues. With the recent re-introduction of Temporary Protection Visas, refugees who are released in Australia will live in constant fear of deportation.
But we also can’t rely on Labor to welcome refugees. Under Kevin Rudd they re-opened the offshore detention camps and paved the way for Abbott’s Operation Sovereign Borders. The collective is committed to breaking this bipartisan support for refugee-bashing, which is why we strongly support initiatives like Unions for Refugees and Labor members speaking out against the policy.