Social Media Campaign lifts spirits after Sydney Siege

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Maori Party Co-leader, Marama Fox, has reached out across the Tasman to commend the initiative of Australian woman, Rachael Jacobs, whoinspired the#illridewithyoucampaign.

ill_ride_with_you_300x225As New Zealanders have reflected on the horrific ordeal that took place in a Sydney caf yesterday, many of us have struggled to make sense of the brutal standoff that left three people dead.

The hashtag campaign encourages us all to look past the actions of the gunman and stand up for unity rather than to become agents of anger and prejudice.

I understand the social media initiative occurred spontaneously in response to some reported racist accusations levelled towards members of the Muslim community, especially on public transport.

Ill ride with youis a statement of cultural competency; an affirmation of kotahitanga the drive to come together as one.It has been so powerful to see the hashtag campaign trending globally on Twitter, mobilising the might of many to believe in the power of good rather than collapsing in the shadow of fear. Maori Party is proud to join the world in declaring, #illridewithyou any day.

Media contact:Marama Fox 027 516 1979

Background:

Within hours of the first tweet, #illridewithyou had been used in almost 120,000 tweets as a show of solidarity for Muslim Australians who revealed they were too scared to use public transport following the siege in the Sydney caf

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