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WE ARE VICTORIAN. AND PROUD OF IT.

WE ARE VICTORIAN. AND PROUD OF IT.

20 February 2017

An open letter to you, our fellow Victorians.

In this great state of ours, we come from all sorts of backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. We must ensure that we treat others with respect. And that all voices are heard and considered.

This diversity enriches us. It has made us who we are.

But it doesn't come without challenges.

The world we live in is ever-changing. Right now, the threat of extremist violence and terrorism, whatever its source, is making it easy for fear, hatred and bigotry to take hold. It makes it easy for us to forget that we are above all, a community.

It's time for us to come together. To raise our voice and talk about the things that bind us rather than divide us.

As Victorians, there are values we all share that are non-negotiable.

Like, the right to a fair go. That discrimination is never OK. That you should be free to be yourself. That we should all abide by the same laws. That we have much to gain from interfaith and intercultural dialogue. And from working together to deal with common challenges.

It's up to all of us to contribute and belong.

We the undersigned call upon our fellow Victorians from all backgrounds to come together around the shared values we hold dear.

African Australian Multicultural Employment and Youth Services Inc
African Australian Small Business Association
African Music and Cultural Festival INC
African Think Tank
Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS)
Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC)
Baha'i Community of Victoria
Chinese Association of Victoria
CO.AS.IT
Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ)
Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV)
Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV)
Greek Media Group
Hindu Council of Australia (HCA)
Hindu Foundation
Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh
iEmpower
The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV)
Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV)
Kerala Hindu Society Melbourne Inc.
Melbourne Employment Forum
The Nigerian Society of Victoria INC
Pax Christi
Polish Community Council of Victoria
Sikh Interfaith Council Victoria (SICV)
Seva International
Somali Australian Council of Victoria
The Somali Elders Group
South Sudanese Community Association In Victoria Inc
Gary D Bouma AM, UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations - Asia Pacific, Monash University
Pastor Gordon Wegener, Lutheran Church of Australia Victorian District
The Union of Greater Upper Nile States Inc (UGUNS)
Paul Linossier, Chief Executive Officer, Uniting
Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Victoria & Tasmania
Vishva Hindu Parishad of Australia

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