A preamble by Ray Jackson, Indigenous Social Justice Association president and then a statement from the Freedom Movement about the Sit-In at Canberra. There are three lead up forums - Adelaide (today), Sydney (Sunday) and Brisbane (Tuesday) before the January 26th Sit-In.
By Ray Jackson - The Sydney section of the freedom summit to be held at the Redfern Aboriginal tent embassy at the block to be held at 3pm on sunday 18 january. this forum is to allow two of our freedom summit delegates, aunt jenny munro and les coe to relate what occurred at alice springs last november. information will also be related on the critical need to attend the canberra tent embassy sit-in on the invasion day weekend and beyond up to the opening of the federal parliament. our other nsw freedom summit delegate, ghillar michael anderson, is unable to attend due to other matters. further details are listed below as well.
information is given also on the freedom summit events that are to be held at tandanya in adelaide where tauto sansbury, ms. christine abdullah, john singer and roxley foley. plus others. see below for full details.
on january 20 the queensland section meets to spread the call for solidarity to this most important event. it is to be held at musgrave park at 3pm. a fine line-up of murri warriors, male and female, will be relaying the call of attending the sit-in.
these three events clearly show our united determination to discontinue the colonisation of our peoples. the time for fight-back has arrived and we are more than ready to take back our lands and our sovereignty. aboriginal control of aboriginal lives. sack the foul abbott government from their thieving ways.
all information attached and below.
indigenous social justice association
prix des droits de l'homme de la republique francaise 2013
(french human rights medal 2013)
1303/200 pitt street, waterloo. 2017
61 2 9318 0947
0450 651 063
we live and work on the stolen lands of the gadigal people
NATIONAL FREEDOM MOVEMENT – lead-in forums to the January 26 Sit-In, Canberra
“We can wait no longer to reclaim the Aboriginal rights struggle, to reclaim the Aboriginal voice. Our old people have waited their whole lives and have had their expectations betrayed... Our people are dying far too young – in unprecedented numbers and rates. The Freedom Summit came together over two days in Alice Springs in the last week of November. Now we have a movement and we’re carrying the call for our people’s justice,” said Freedom Movement spokesperson and Chair of the Narrunga People, Tauto Sansbury.
“This movement has brought great hope to my heart for the first time in a long time. I am overwhelmed and emotional by the support and by the numbers of our people who are heading to Canberra… We are cultured people, we are dignified people,” said Freedom Movement spokesperson and Arrernte Elder, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks.
Convoys are leaving from around the country and heading to Canberra for the Freedom Movement’s Sit-In outside Federal Parliament. They will first gather at the Old Tent Embassy. In the context of the last 50 years it has never been worse for far too many of our People – our children are removed from their families at the most horrific rates yet known, our people imprisoned at the highest rates known, more of our people are homeless than ever before, more of our people are living in extreme poverty than ever before, land rights have become land grabs by non-Aboriginal corporate Australia, hundreds of our homeland communities have been threatened with closure and our people are relentlessly threatened with assimilation. Our people are dying of suicide at the highest rates ever known. Professor Sam Watson said that the Aboriginal rights struggle began to collapse in the “mid-1970s when we went from the streets to the suits… we have to go back to the streets.”
Starting tomorrow there are 3 major lead-in forums – in Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane – to inform our people of why as many of us as possible must journey to Canberra to support the Sit-In by our Elders.
Adelaide - Thursday, 15 January – 6pm at Tandanya
Come and listen to lifelong Narrunga advocate and campaigner, Tauto Sansbury. Tauto has fought long and hard for our people on so many issues. Tauto is calling for all our people to unite and reclaim the rights struggle, reclaim our voices and we can only do this if we are strong in numbers, and tied to the message of unity.
Freedom Movement delegates, Ngarrindjeri advocate Christine Abdulla, APY’s John Singer and Roxley Foley (son of Dr Gary Foley) will speak. They are all heading to Canberra for the Sit-In.
Relentless social justice advocate Gerry Georgatos has also been invited to speak.
Sydney - Sunday, 18 January – 3pm at The Block, Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy
Indigenous Social Justice Association president, Ray Jackson, will MC the event at The Block. Ray is a lifelong campaigner and especially on deaths in custody and the Stolen Generations. Ray has assisted many families over the years through the grieving process that comes with a death in custody. Ray attended the Freedom Summit in Alice Springs.
Freedom Movement delegates, Wiradjuri man and woman, brother and sister, Les Coe and Jenny Munro will speak. They are lifelong fighters, and have been at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy since 1972. One generation after another generation of their families have fought for the freedom of their people. Last year Jenny set up the Redfern Tent Embassy to save The Block, and eight months later the Embassy thrives.
There are two powerful guest speakers who will urge Black and White to get to Canberra to support the Elders’ Sit-In. Former international journalist and filmmaker and non-stop humanitarian Jeff McMullen will speak. His dedication to the Aboriginal rights struggle is now more than four decades old. He is loved by many. Fellow humanitarian Gerry Georgatos will also speak and his work among our people at the coalface and in communities is second to none.
Brisbane – Tuesday, 18 Jan – 3pm at Musgrave Park
An impressive array of ten speakers will urge people to journey to Canberra or to engage in peaceful actions of solidarity on the day of the Sit-In.
Powerful cultural man and rights advocate, Uncle Paul Spearim will lead the rich array of speakers. Uncle Paul attended the Freedom Summit in Alice Springs. He is a cultural warrior. His sons, Paul Bud Jr and Boe will both speak. Their deeds at the community level in helping those most in need, speaks for itself. Paul Spearim Jr is a Freedom Movement delegate.
The uncompromising and irrepressible tribal warrior, Wayne Coco Wharton shall also speak.
Other powerful speakers will include powerful justice stalwarts Rosemary Bell and Jade Slockee.
Dr Marcus Woolombi Waters is an academic who stands with the coalface, who has never compromised himself and stands solid on the ways forward.
Legendary Black Power champion, Professor Sam Watson will speak. He has dedicated his life unswervingly to the cause.
Cairns based academic and social justice stalwart, Professor Gracelyn Smallwood is journeying to the event to urge everyone to Canberra. Her body of work in the Aboriginal rights struggle and in improving lives has been life-long.
Lastly, once again, Gerry Georgatos will speak. This human rights warrior is journeying to all three events while at the same time fleeting in and out of communities where he is doing vital work. Gerry and Jeff McMullen have been invited to speak because they are our brothers. They are one of us in their hearts. Jeff has given more than 40 years of his life to our cause and Gerry’s work among our people has gone on for more than 30 years. Gerry’s most recent campaigns in highlighting the suicide crisis and in working in the ways forward is unprecedented, his contribution has been mind-boggling. His work and research with deaths in custody, with our people in prison and upon release, his work with our homeless and in finding many homes are all the work of a true humanitarian. His work in exposing corruption has seen him persecuted but yet he stands solid
on our side
One of his great battles was fighting for the release of nearly 100 children from Australian adult prisons. If it was not for him many Australians would not have known about these children. He fought and won their release. Gerry once said, “Only when we get the justice done for First People - only then can we get it right for everyone, for all of us. No other justice should be our highest priority than that which seeks to correct the worst and cruelest injustices."
Please spread word, this is our time, our chance to reclaim our rights struggle.