Stop deaths in custody and hold police to account!

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 18:00 to 21:00
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Public meeting in memory of TJ Hickey
How can we stop deaths in custody and hold police to account?

In 2004, Aboriginal teenager, TJ Hickey died as a direct result of police action in Redfern. A decade later, Ms Dhu, a young Yamatji woman died from undiagnosed septicaemia because the South Hedland police thought she was “faking it.” 

Both deaths provoked community outrage. Both were preventable and highlight massive systemic issues. And in both cases — and hundreds of others — those responsible have not been held to account. 

Why do the police racially profile First Nations people, African youth and other people of colour? How does a young woman end up incarcerated for being unable to pay fines? Why do police facilitate neo-Nazi thugs rallying while dousing anti-fascists with capsicum spray? This public meeting will hear from voices from the front lines who will focus on solutions.


• Maki Issa: Actor with the Flemington Theatre Group, Eritrean born campaigner against racial profiling by the Victoria police and co-winner of the 2014 Young People’s Human Rights Medal.

• Viv Malo: passionate organiser for justice, opponent of deaths in custody, anti-capitalist host of The Black Block on community radio 3CR and proud Gooniyandi woman.

• Alison Thorne: Founding member of the Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne, CPSU union delegate, managing editor of the Freedom Socialist Organiser and anti-fascist activist. 

Bring your ideas and join in the discussion about what it will take to hold the police to account.

Thursday 23 February
Doors open 6:30 pm with snacks served for a prompt 7 pm start

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Take the Upfield train to Anstey Station or the route 19 tram to stop 25, Stewart street. Plenty of free parking at the rear – enter from Staley Street.

Organised by the Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne

Endorsed by Campaign Against Racism and Fascism, Doin Time Show - 3CR, Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre, Freedom Socialist Party, Radical Women, Socialist Alliance *

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Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick