Black Lives Matter

US-based singer-songwriter David Rovics wrote this song on hearing of the arrest of long-time human rights activist Stephen Langford, who was charged with defacing the Governor Lachlan Macquarie statue in Sydney's Hyde Park.

Rupen Savoulian writes that modern history is full of examples where, rather than erasing history, tearing down statues of racist conquistadors has been a necessary starting point for illuminating the darkest corners of imperial colonisation.

The second round of the French local elections was bad news for President Emanuel Macron and his austerity agenda, writes John Mullen

Black Lives Matter protesters will once again take to the streets this weekend to demand an end to Black deaths in custody in Australia, reports Kerry Smith. Find details for a protest near you.

Trump’s authoritarian aspirations are becoming more evident, writes Barry Sheppard. But the force blocking Trump is the mass Black Lives Matter uprising, which looks to continue the fight beyond the next election.

A new global focus on police brutality against people of colour has erupted. Pressure for change is mounting in Australia too, writes Paul Gregoire.

Kerry Smith reports Australian unions are showing support for the Stop Black Deaths in Custody–Black Lives Matter movement.

What began as a response to anti-Black police violence and the murder of George Floyd on May 25 is now a deepening “American Spring”, writes Malik Miah, demanding revolutionary change to a system that puts white lives above Black lives in all walks of life.

Between 10–20,000 people chanted, danced and sang in the rain at Langley Park, Perth, on June 13 in one of the biggest protests for Black rights and against deaths in custody in West Australia ever, reports Alex Salmon.

Sue Bolton argues only a sustained mass movement, led by First Nations people, will have a chance of dismantling the racist and repressive system which criminalises people on the basis of their skin colour.

Paul Gregoire lays out the context to the massive and youthful Stop Black Deaths in Custody — Black Lives Matter protest that took over the centre of Warrang-Sydney.

Close to 200,000 people took to the streets across Australia for Black Lives Matter–Stop Black Deaths in Custody rallies on June 6-7, reports Zebedee Parkes.

Between 300-350 people attended a solidarity action in Katoomba, reports Lisa Macdonald.

The huge size of the Black Lives Matter protests across Australia on June 6 took everyone by surprise, reports Pip Hinman.

Actions in solidarity with those protesting in the United States against the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police will be held across Australia this weekend. The protests will also be demanding an end to Black deaths in custody in Australia, reports Kerry Smith.

In response to the murder of George Floyd by white police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, protests have erupted across the United States. Protesters took to the streets of New York City on May 31. These images were captured by Edward Leavy.

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