There are countless grassroots groups based in local communities across Australia that provide a mix of welcome and support initiatives for people seeking asylum and refugees, as well as seeking to influence broad community views through education and awareness initiatives.
Constance on the Edge highlights the debilitating impact that discrimination and racism can have – as well as how the simple acts of welcome and assistance from community members can make all the difference to how refugees settle in Australia.
The Racism. It stops With Me campaign aims to:
All Together Now is Australia’s only national charity dedicated to erasing all forms of racism in Australia. All Together Now promotes the prevention of racism using creative, innovative, evidence-based and effective social marketing – including tools to safely speak up against racism.
The Racism No Way website provides anti-racism education for Australian schools.
The Australian Human Rights Commission website provides an online 'Building Belonging' toolkit with early education resources that encourage respect for cultural diversity and tackle racial prejudice in early childhood settings. Further info here.
Screenings of Constance on the Edge can be held anywhere in Australia, in any venue with a DVD player or data projector – workplaces, universities, or local community centres. There is also the opportunity for host organisations to screen the film in local cinemas.
Community groups can organise screenings as a fundraiser for their activities, or simply as a conversation starter, to bring the community together to talk about how everyone can play a part in welcoming refugees.
A Screening Kit has been developed to assist host organisations plan, promote and execute a successful Constance on the Edge screening event, wherever it is held.