Benjamin Lawson's tweet about the RDA. © Wayne Quilliam & Twitter

#FreedomofSpeech should not empower racism. Take action now.

UPDATE: The Senate is set to vote this week on proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. Any amendment to section 18C will give license to more racism in Australia and will only amplify the horrific experiences of racism shown below.

There’s still time to stop this happening. Share these stories and tweet at key Federal leaders Nick Xenophon, Jacqui Lambie, Richard Di Natale and Bill Shorten telling them you support them to block these damaging changes:

#FREEDOMOFSPEECH SHOULD NOT HURT PEOPLE. WE NEED YOU TO #SAVETHERDA

#FREEDOMOFSPEECH SHOULD NOT EMBOLDEN RACISTS. WE SUPPORT YOU TO #SAVETHERDA

WE CAN STOP RACISM & PROTECT #FREEDOMOFSPEECH. PLEASE #SAVETHERDA

22 March 2017

Today the Australian Government introduced a Bill to water down the Racial Discrimination Act — a law that’s in place to make sure that everyone in Australia is protected from harmful racism.

If passed, the changes could weaken the legal protections that we have against racism. In response, Benjamin Law took to Twitter to protest the changes, and thousands joined him to share their experiences of racism with the hashtag #FreedomofSpeech.

Here are some of the most powerful tweets we’ve seen so far. Warning: some of these stories might shock you.

1. The one that kicked it all off

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Again, there’s still time to stop this happening! Share these stories and tweet at key Federal leaders Nick Xenophon, Jacqui Lambie, Richard Di Natale and Bill Shorten telling them you support them to block these damaging changes:

#FreedomofSpeech should not hurt people. We need you to #SaveTheRDA

#FreedomofSpeech should not embolden racists. We support you to #SaveTheRDA

We can stop racism & protect #FreedomofSpeech. Please #SavetheRDA

And one last note from Benjamin…

Want to know more? Take 2 minutes to read our explainer on the Racial Discrimination Act or check out our submission to the Inquiry into Freedom of Speech.

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