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Join us this Thursday for the People's March Against Xenophobia. Sonke joins South African civil society organisations to stand up for equality and against discrimination, violence and hate.

Join us at 1pm on Thursday, March 23rd at Pieter Roos Park in Hillbrow and march to Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown. Stand Together for Human Dignity. #NoToXenophobia.
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Sonke urges the people of South Africa to come out in full force to participate in the People's March Against Xenophobia, scheduled to take place in Johannesburg on Thursday, 23 April. Let us stand together, united in one spirit, and show the world that the majority of South Africans do not support xenophobia - that we are a nation that welcomes migrants regardless of economic status or race and appreciates their contribution to our society. This nation is non-discriminatory, compassionate, welcoming, respectful of diversity and committed to the advancement of human rights and social justice.

The People's March Against Xenophobia is being organised by an emergency coalition comprising of social movements, faith-based and civil society organisations as well as trade unions. The coalitions has been convened to confront the horrors of xenophobia in South Africa and to take a stand to denounce the violence and embrace unity. It endorses the message that no-­one is ‘illegal’ and calls on all people living in South Africa to unite against unemployment, inadequate housing, rising crime and bad schools, instead of turning against people seeking refuge in the country for political and economic reasons.

The march will start at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at Pieter Roos Park in Hillbrow, and will end at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown.

For more details contact: peoples.march.xenophobia@gmail.com
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