Jill Reichstein OAM and Chair of the Reichstein Foundation announced the recipients of the 2015 fellowship this evening at the Progress 2015 conference in Melbourne.
Leading campaigner against racial discrimination by Victoria Police, Tamar Hopkins, is among three community workers who will visit the United States on a study tour of innovative not for profit and advocacy organisations.
Tamar Hopkins, Principal Solicitor at the Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre, has been brilliant in her work alongside young African Australian men in inner Melbourne, and with them won a major breakthrough with Victoria Police.
Ms Hopkins said: ‘The fight for justice against police brutality and racism is international. Policing systems around the world, and especially in the US, are struggling to shake off racism. This is a great opportunity to bring back lessons from campaigns in the US to eliminate racism in policing.’
Tamar was selected for the study tour along with Tanya Hosch from the Recognise campaign and Brendan Sydes, from Environmental Justice Australia (EJA), who will be joining the Australian Progress 2015 US Study Tour in July. The trip will include face to face meetings with counterparts in New York City, Washington D.C., Phoenix, and San Francisco.
‘All of these strong community advocates are working on difficult and urgent issues: policing, environmental sustainability and Indigenous rights. We wish them well on their study tour’, said Jill Reichstein.
The Flemington Kensingston Community Legal Centre acknowledges this timely and critical support of the Reichstein Foundation in building and strengthening the advocacy links between US movements against racialised police violence and the parallel movements here in Australia.