***** MEDIA RELEASE **** FATHER ROD BOWER TO JOIN ARTISTS & OTHERS TO MAKE A ‘SILENT’ STAND AGAINST RACISM OUTSIDE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
FESTIVAL OF DANGEROUS IDEAS SPECIAL GUESTS ARTIST MOLLY CRABAPPLE & BLACK LIVES MATTER CO-FOUNDER ALICIA GARZA PRESSURED TO BOYCOTT EVENT OVER ITS LINKS TO REFUGEE TORTURE CAMPS OF MANUS ISLAND & NAURU
A ‘silent’ stand against increasing racism around Australia will take place near the Sydney Opera House this Saturday (September 3) from 1pm, with the artistic action to involve crowds painting their hands red and covering their mouths with white tape.
Father Rod Bower, from the Gosford Anglican Church, who recently had his church stormed by far-right racist supporters of Pauline Hanson, will be just one of the many people from across the community who will be there to make the powerful statement.
Organisers of the event have also reached out to a number of key individuals and groups planning to take part in the Festival of Dangerous Ideas between September 3-4, including Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, artist and writer Molly Crabapple and The Guardian media group.
Only Ms Crabapple has responded to calls for a possible boycott of the event. She tweeted the following message to PR 4 THE PPL founder, Serkan Ozturk in mid-August.
WHAT WILL WE BE DOING ON THE DAY?
We will be taping our mouths shut with WHITE tape.
While our mouths are taped shut and with RED PAINT on our hands we will be holding signs, only reading:
“You do not care for our voices”
“But you fear our bodies and presence”
“Festival of Dangerous Racists”
In formation, one row of sign holders will kneel down / fall down while another moves forward.
*** WHY ARE WE HOLDING THIS ARTISTIC ACTION? ***
We are calling on SPEAKERS and ARTISTS who are presenting at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas to BOYCOTT the event and instead join with us as we stand against racism and the torture of refugees.
We are calling for the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and St James Ethics Centre to REMOVE Jim Molan from his position of privilege and power.
We are protesting against the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and the St James Ethics Centre which is heavily linked to the event because we believe it has a strong element of Islamophobia running through it as well as being partly responsible for the plight that refugees and asylum seekers find themselves in today.
– Jim Molan, the director of The St James Ethics Centre, is on record as one of the architects of the concentration camps and torture facing asylum seekers in places like Manus and Nauru. Jim is also an anti-Muslim bigot who supports the likes of Pauline Hanson, Andrew Bolt and Sonia Kruger if his commentary on Twitter is any guide to go by. How such a person can claim to be ethical is beyond us.
– Andrew Bolt, who is the headline act at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, and trades his two-bit Aryan racist schtick on every single platform imaginable already (his own newspaper column, tv show, radio show, online blog) particularly targeting Indigenous peoples and Muslims. We simply do not need to hear any more turgid and incoherent grumblings from this wilfully idiotic racist egomaniac.
– And, generally speaking, we believe this a good opportunity to point out the silencing of non-White voices in Australia and a present climate of increasing xenophobia, racism and even growing fascist attitudes. We also wish to stand up against calls that tell non-White peoples to “ignore” racism or be “nice” to racists so we can “better understand” them. We do not need to better understand racism, WE LIVE IT EVERY SINGLE DAY.
WE INVITE ALL PEOPLES FROM A MUSLIM, ARAB, REFUGEE BACKGROUND / HERITAGE AS WELL AS INDIGENOUS BROTHERS & SISTERS AND THEIR FRIENDS, FAMILIES & ALLIES TO JOIN US.
<<< INVITE ANY ONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED >>>
– Father Rod Bower, from Gosford Anglican Church, who had his Church stormed by far-right racist supporters of Pauline Hanson recently
– Serkan Ozturk, PR 4 THE PPL
– Comedians, and More!
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/270765893293197/
* This event is inspired by the thoughts and actions of artist, musician and poet Candy Royalle. SEE: https://www.facebook.com/CandyRoyalleFanpage/posts/1195101057188634
WHEN: Saturday, September 3
WHERE: Near Sydney Opera House