Vote out racism!

Reconciliation SA is committed to improving education about reconciliation in schools and the wider community. This is why we’ve been working with award winning company ActNow Theatre on our interactive Schools Congress program, now called ‘Generation of Change’. This program creates change where it can have the greatest impact; with young people.

We want to extend the High School program by creating a primary school specific version where it can have life long impact, and also a healthcare specific version to address systemic racism in the health sector. We’re asking for $68,920 through the state government initiative ‘Fund My Community’ to achieve this, and we need your votes before the 29th of May!

  1. Firstly, you need to login to Fund My Community Program
  2. Once you’re there, you can look at the amazing projects to vote for – you can’t just vote for one project, you have to create a ‘plan’ by voting for many projects (it takes 30+ minutes!).
  3. Our project, ‘Anti-Racism Education’ is in there, and it’s a pretty amazing project, so please vote for it!
  4. If you work for a Primary School, High School or Healthcare organisation and want to be contacted when we develop the project, get in contact here. Also please encourage friends and colleagues to vote too, the more people the better our chances!

This is participatory budgeting which takes a bit of time, so please get comfortable!

With your support, we can build on this awesome program that addresses racism within our communities.

If you want on overview of the voting process, you can check out this video.

Please contact us if you have any problems during your voting process at 8463 5525.

The Story of Kokoda

This poem was written my Harrison McLeod of Brighton Secondary School, and originally performed at their March to Kokoda Concert.

See cause we've been put down
Every since they reached our ground
We taught them our ways
For countless days
But as soon as they knew enough
They decided to reveal their bluff

Friends we were no longer
And now they were here to warmonger
Our land and our place
Our culture they defaced

But when the war began
Our ancestors decided to fight Japan
Despite the lack of rights
And fighting with nothing but whites
They took up there guns
And arose with the sun

They fought at each other's side
But being aboriginal had no pride
Hiding away their true race
Because being black had no place

Kokoda is a story of mate ship
But ever since that first ship
Australia has been a place
where the original race has no face

I know this might be hard to hear
But we're sick of living in fear
That the true story is never told
Because nobody is ever that bold

Moving forward we need to be one
No matter which one of us held the gun
Respecting those we lost
But at what cost

As I stand here with my back to the sun
Our true fight has only just begun
Because our Kokoda walk is just a small piece
Of a major fight for the right we call peace

Re-interment of Pte Miller Mack

After 98 years, Pte Miller Mack’s remains were re-interred at the Raukkan Cemetery on Friday 24th March.

He was given the honour of a full military re-burial which included gun carriage transport, three rifle volleys, soldiers carrying the coffin and the Last Post.