Aboriginal rights

More than 100 people attended a forum about Indigenous youth incarceration and education on August 8. Discussion focused on the links between the education system and skyrocketing imprisonment rates among young Indigenous people — dubbed the “school-prison pipeline”.

More than three years after Category 4 Cyclone Lam lashed the Galiwin’ku community on Elcho Island, residents are asking why the rebuild is taking so long.

In reviewing this important - but not self-important - book by Lindy Nolan, I can hardly do better than start by quoting Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Northern Territory Australian of the Year in 2015 and Amatjere Elder, from the backcover of the book: “Such deep and fearless truth.”

In February 2016, I wrote an article for Green Left Weekly about that year’s Closing the Gap speech, with the headline “PM’s Closing the Gap speech — more Turnbullshit”. Aptly named I thought. But two years later nothing has changed.

A group of activists from Grandmothers Against Removals (GMAR) and the Socialist Alliance gathered in front of NSW Parliament on February 9 to protest on the 10th anniversary of the national apology from former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Fourteen long years after young TJ Hickey was chased to his death in Waterloo, his family and the Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA) organised a moving rally in Waterloo, along the fence line where the young Kamilaroi man was killed.

Photos from the Justice for TJ Hickey rally on February 14.

The rally called for parliament to Re-open the inquiry into TJ Hickey's death.

TJ Hickey was killed in a police chase whilst ridding his bike in Waterloo.

Read more: https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/tj-hickey-14-years-and-still-no-jus...

If national unity and harmony are the goals for Australia’s national day, then January 26 is no longer, if it ever was, fit for purpose. It does not meet its objective and, no matter how much it “disappoints” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, we need to re-think Australia Day.

On 26 January 2018 a march calling for ‘Justice through Treaty’ seeks to show broad public support for the development of a Treaty with Aboriginal people. The march will build on the 1988 Long March for Peace Justice and Hope, where 40,000 people showed their support for Aboriginal rights and the 1938 Day of Mourning, where Aboriginal people from different states first joined forces in a call for justice.

The war on Aboriginal people continues … Sovereignty and Justice Now!

This rally will mark 230 years since British military forces invaded Gadigal land and declared British rule over this continent, along with Aotearoa and other Pacific Islands. While colonial regime continues to hold a day of celebration, we resist the ongoing war against Aboriginal people.

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