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Race Discrimination Film Fundraiser

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 -
5:30am to 8:00am

WEST OF MEMPHIS

Cross Border Collective presents a special screening to raise money for the Race Discrimination Case being brought in Victoria against Victoria Police.

Tickets: $15 concession/$20 waged/$25 solidarity: purchase tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/41084

The new documentary "West of Memphis" directed by Amy Berg and backed by Peter Jackson has already received much critical acclaim, and covers the gripping case of the West Memphis Three, the true story of a colossal miscarriage of justice in Arkansas beginning in 1993. The film tells the story of the powerful public awareness campaign that finally saw the three young men in question released from prison for crimes they did not commit. The film starts with an examination of the police investigation into the 1993 murders of three 8 year old boys, and then goes onto uncover new evidence regarding the arrest and conviction of three teenagers, who then lost 18 years of their lives to prison and death row for crimes they did not commit.

Soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, with Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, and Lucinda Williams and more. West of Memphis official site:http://www.sonyclassics.com/westofmemphis

All funds raised go to support the groundbreaking Race Discrimination Case being brought by six brave young men against the Victoria Police. The case begins in the Federal Court on Melbourne in February. The funds raised will fund a Youth Engagement Worker to support Flemington Kensignton CLC's young clients. Many clients are already marginalised young people who have experienced many layers of disadvantage.

David Porter, Redfern Legal Centre, will also speak about policing issues in NSW.

Please invite your friends!

MORE ABOUT THE CASE FROM Flemington Kensington Legal Centre:

In February 2013, six brave young men are taking their claims of racial discrimination by Victoria Police
to the Federal Court.

This case, which Flemington Kensington Legal Centre have been working on for over five years, will highlight the experiences of many young refugee and migrant people with police.

It has the potential to substantially improve the way police treat new and emerging communities. We have brought together a prominent, high profile legal team in this fight for justice. Jeremy Rapke QC has joined our ranks and the ongoing support from Arnold Bloch Leibler is extraordinary.

This is our biggest and most time consuming case. As a small community legal centre we will need your help to get through this enormous commitment and to support the six young men who will be required to attend every day of the case; leaving work, study and family each day.

This could be one of the most important police cases in modern Victoria's history. Please add your support.

How will the funds be used?

The case will take eight weeks. Litigation is extremely stressful and will put people's lives effectively on hold.
Your support will allow our Youth Engagement Officer to support our clients before, during and after the case, with transport, food, logistics and much needed moral support.

Our Youth Engagement Officer is a highly experienced youth worker who is well known and trusted by the young men and their families. She will work closely with the legal team and be there full time throughout the case.

Our clients are already marginalised young people who have experienced many layers of disadvantage.
Without this support, many of them may not have the capacity to make it through the long and stressful court process.

Funds raised beyond that target will enable her support for Police Accountability Project engaged in this or other human rights cases.

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