ACAR Officers Report – O-week, Sem 1, 2018

Tanushri Saha, Nischeta Velu, Tanya Ali and Geneve Bullo

Hey everyone!
Hope your 2018 is off to a wondrous start as we approach the new uni year, and make our way well into the Lunar New Year of the Dog.
We are really excited to launch into Semester 1, and have some awesome things lined up for the upcoming weeks. We have been working hard on designing personalised ACAR tees and stickers(!) that you can come and pick up at our OWeek stall. There will also be flyers/brochures/magazines from a range of awesome and super important organisations, such as RISE, Sanction Australia, CPAC Youth, and Pencilled In, to name a few.
We also have an event lined up on the 8th of March (Week 1) where we will be cutting and pasting, collaging and zining through the afternoon, and we can’t wait to meet both new and continuing members, and chat about our exciting plans for the year over pizza and funky tunes. More details on our ACAR FB page. Looking forward, another event we are working towards is an ACAR Attends for the new, free White Rabbit Gallery exhibition opening early March.
Most importantly, we are planning an ACAR contingent for the “Stop Black Deaths in Custody” protest (May 12), in solidarity with First Nations brothers and sisters. Colonialism continues in this country – you will find it in the disproportionately high rates of Aboriginal incarceration in Australian prisons, deaths in custody, and heightened rates of child removal since Rudd’s important National Apology to the Stolen Generations in 2008. Whilst the many struggles against colonialism is seen in the histories of PoC families, our diasporas and bloodlines, and continues today for many PoC, we believe it is the duty of our non-Indigenous collective members, who benefit from living on stolen land, to take a stand against the racism and injustice faced by Aboriginal peoples. To fight back where possible, and to stand in solidarity with Aboriginal people, as allies in the pursuit for recognition of Indigenous sovereignty. We’ll see you there.
If you see us at OWeek, or around campus, come and say hello! We would love to chat and meet you.
Your 2018 Office Bearers of the Autonomous Collective Against Racism:
Tanushri Saha, Nischeta Velu, Tanya Ali & Geneve Bullo.