Up to 3000 thousand people rallied in Sydney on July 5 calling for an end to Black deaths in custody. The rally heard from families fighting for justice. Since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991 more than 400 First Nations people have died in custody and no police or security officers have been brought to justice.
A largely young crowd heard from the families of David Dungay, Eddie Murray, Tane Chatfield, an African American activist and Maritime Union of Australia branch secretary and Communist Party member Paul McAleer. Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor and Nadeena Dixon, daughter and granddaughter of the legendary Aboriginal activist Charles “Chicka” Dixon, opened the protest action with a traditional dance and smoking ceremony.