Newsletter date: 29 January 2015
* Analysis / Opinion: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Date with destiny - February 9 - First Peoples will Sit-In
* Analysis / Opinion: Shalailah Medhora, The Guardian: 'We have no friends in parliament,' Indigenous protesters tell Canberra
* Video: NITV News - 27 January 2015: Angry Protesters - The 'National Freedom Movement' marches on Parliament House on the day after Invasion Day [Featuring Michael Anderson, Ken Canning, Jenny Munro & Marianne Headland Mackay]
* Audio: Gerry Georgatos, NIRS: Freedom Movement to return on resumption of parliament [Featuring Michael Anderson]
* News: National Indigenous Times: Freedom Movement to confront politicians on February 9
* Homepage of the 'National Freedom Movement': http://freedommovement2014.wix.com/freedommovement
* Audio & Photos: CAAMA: Nyoongar Mob cross Nullarbor to share their struggle! [Featuring Marianne Mackay]
* Audio: Let's Talk: Canberra Tent Embassy Invasion Day [Featuring Tauto Sansbury]
* News: CAAMA News: National unity protest action on Survival Day in Canberra [Featuring Marianne Mackay]
* Audio: Gerry Georgatos, NIRS: Stolen Generations representative among attendees at Canberra rally [Featuring Eileen Cummings]
* News: Henry Belot & Emma Kelly, The Canberra Times: Day of mourning and hope at Canberra's Aboriginal Tent Embassy
* Photos: Sovereign Union: Freedom Summit Side Events: Canberra 2015
* WGAR Background to the National Freedom Movement
* WGAR News: Invasion Day / Survival Day Rallies and Marches Across Australia: NITV News; SBS News; Occupy Sydney
* WGAR News: The day I don't feel Australian? That would be Australia Day: Chelsea Bond, The Conversation
* WGAR News: Updated 26 January 2015 Events: Aboriginal Sovereignty Day, Invasion Day, Survival Day & Day of Mourning
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- Analysis / Opinion
The Stringer: Date with destiny - February 9 - First Peoples will Sit-In
28 Jan 15: "Delegates and supporters of the Freedom Movement have set themselves a date with destiny after marching on Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday declaring they would be back in even larger numbers on February 9 to confront the country’s politicians about their treatment and policies affecting First Nations People. ... On Tuesday the Freedom Movement delegates marched on Federal Parliament with more than 200 in support. Flags waved and were pitched at Federal Parliament. Police tried to stop the Freedom Movement marchers but they could not. The marchers walked past them, dignity in Culture at the fore. The Freedom Movement 200 who marched from Aboriginal Tent Embassy sat themselves right in front of Federal Parliament. ... " By Gerry Georgatos, a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner, a multi-award winning investigative journalist
- Analysis / Opinion
The Guardian: 'We have no friends in parliament,' Indigenous protesters tell Canberra
27 Jan 15: "Indigenous deaths in custody and cuts to funding among the grievances aired by the 200-strong protest originally planned for Australia Day ... Indigenous activists have protested outside parliament house in Canberra, saying that Aboriginal people have no friends in politics. Extra federal police officers were deployed to the capital’s most important building after being caught off guard by the 200-strong protest, which was originally planned for Australia Day. Demonstrators marched from the Aboriginal tent embassy to the front doors of parliament house which was locked for the duration of the protest. ... " Shalailah Medhora, a reporter for Guardian Australia
NITV News - 27 January 2015: Angry Protesters - The 'National Freedom Movement' marches on Parliament House on the day after Invasion Day
"Police had to call for backup as angry protesters converged on Parliament House the day after Invasion Day. It was the climax of the Canberra Freedom Summit. Here is NITV News' political reporter Myles Morgan."
NIRS: Freedom Movement to return on resumption of parliament
28 Jan 15: "Members of the Freedom Movement have announced they'll return to Canberra when Federal parliament resumes next month. Yesterday, hundreds of the movement's supporters marched from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy past police to stage a sit-in at Parliament House. Freedom Movement delegate Michael Anderson (pictured) says the Aboriginal rights struggle has a new lease of life. ... " Gerry Georgatos, Correspondent
National Indigenous Times: Freedom Movement to confront politicians on February 9
28 Jan 15: "Delegates and supporters of the Freedom Movement have set themselves a date with destiny after marching on Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday declaring they would be back in even larger numbers on February 9 to confront the country's politicians about their treatment and policies affecting First Nations People. More than 200 delegates and supporters marched on... "
'National Freedom Movement'
"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.
- Audio & Photos
CAAMA: Nyoongar Mob cross Nullarbor to share their struggle !
28 Jan 15: "Western Australian Nyoongar human rights campaigner Marianne McKay says it was important for her people to be a part of national unity protest action on Survival Day in Canberra... to alert the country about what is happening in the west. A group of thirty supporters made the long journey across the Nullarbor to voice their concerns about Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett’s recent announcement that he intends to close down more than a hundred and fifty remote Aboriginal communities."
Let's Talk: Canberra Tent Embassy Invasion Day
NIRS: Stolen Generations representative among attendees at Canberra rally
27 Jan 15: "A national protest in Canberra is expected to continue today, with hundreds of people around the country calling for First Nations rights on Survival Day. Yesterday, people gathered at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy at Old Parliament House after marching from the city's centre. It's believed they will today descend on Federal Parliament to commence a sit-in protest. ... " Gerry Georgatos
CAAMA News: National unity protest action on Survival Day in Canberra
28 Jan 15: "A Western Australian Nyoongah human rights campaigner says its was important for her people to be a part of national unity protest action on Survival Day in Canberra to alert the rest of the country about what is happening in the west."
The Canberra Times: Day of mourning and hope at Canberra's Aboriginal Tent Embassy
26 Jan 15: " ... indigenous and non-indigenous Australians at Canberra's Aboriginal Tent Embassy united in a national day of mourning. Some called it Invasion Day. Others dubbed it Survival Day. All came with one key message - recognising the sovereignty of indigenous Australians. Hundreds of marchers trekked from Civic to Old Parliament House Monday morning, their chants of "always was, always will be Aboriginal land" growing louder. Police escorted the rally across Commonwealth Bridge with congested traffic crawling behind the march as it inched towards its destination. ... " Henry Belot and Emma Kelly
Sovereign Union: Freedom Summit Side Events: Canberra 2015
- WGAR News
WGAR Background to the National Freedom Movement
(Last updated: 23 January 2015)
WGAR News: Invasion Day / Survival Day Rallies and Marches Across Australia: NITV News; SBS News; Occupy Sydney
WGAR News: The day I don't feel Australian? That would be Australia Day: Chelsea Bond, The Conversation
WGAR News: Updated 26 January 2015 Events: Aboriginal Sovereignty Day, Invasion Day, Survival Day & Day of Mourning
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