Walking together

November 12, 2018 by Community newsdesk
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The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV), together with the William Cooper Legacy Project invite friends and allies to join with us in Walking Together, as we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the William Cooper march on the German Consulate which took place in Melbourne on the 6th December 1938.

William Cooper

While world leadership watched in silent disbelief to the events of Kristallnacht, Uncle William Cooper, the Secretary of the Australian Aborigines’ League and an elder of the Yorta Yorta, led the only known private protest against the Nazi regime.

At a time when the Aboriginal and  Torres Strait Islander peoples were themselves denied citizenship and other basic human rights, and where they were frequently subjected to appalling physical, social and economic hardships, he chose to stand for our people and our future.

Exactly 80 years later, we seek to honour William Cooper’s memory by making a similar stand on behalf of his people and their future.

 

Thursday 6 December 2018

6:30 pm     Opening Ceremony & Remembrance Walk

                    Separation Memorial, Flagstaff Gardens

8:00 pm     Smoking Ceremony & Chanukiah Lighting

                    Peppercorn Park, Alexandra Gardens

 

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