Newsletter date: 18 March 2015
* Analysis / Opinion: Paddy Gibson, The Stringer: Aboriginal 'recognition' - a cover for assimilation
* Media Release: Ghillar Michael Anderson, Sovereign Union: Governments are attempting to steal our original sovereign citizenship and independence
* Media Release: Callum Clayton-Dixon (Nganyaywana), Aboriginal Provisional Government: Let's vote for independence, not assimilation!
* Analysis / Opinion: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Forced to dance to the White Man's song - Australia, steeped in racism
* Media Release: Ghillar Michael Anderson, Sovereign Union: Governments attempting to counter Sovereignty Movement: Understanding when we are winning!
* Media Release: Michael Mansell, Aboriginal Provisional Government: Sovereignty is the foundation of Aboriginal rights
* Media Release: Sovereign Union: Anderson calls on 'Expert Indigenous Working Group' on land to take a firm stand for justice and our true and legal rights
* WGAR Background to the Aboriginal Sovereignty Movement
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- Analysis / Opinion
The Stringer: Aboriginal 'recognition' - a cover for assimilation
The Stringer: http://thestringer.com.au/aboriginal-recognition-a-cover-for-assimilatio...
Solidarity Online: http://www.solidarity.net.au/best/aboriginal-recognition-a-cover-for-abb...
15 Mar 15: "Constitutional recognition is a farce designed to divert attention from the decimation of Aboriginal life through funding cuts and the closure of communities, argues Paddy Gibson ... Abbott wants Aboriginal people to accept some flowery poetry in a preamble of the constitution, which will recognise that their ancestors did in fact exist when the British military dictatorship arrived in 1788, but will not recognise the attempted annihilation of those ancestors by the state or their right to a single square inch of the continent. Meanwhile, the Liberal government has been continuing with their historic process of decimation." By Paddy Gibson
- Media Release
Sovereign Union: Governments are attempting to steal our original sovereign citizenship and independence
16 Jun 13: "Michael Anderson said from his home today that research analysis has now shown the real nature of the contemporary Australian Assimilation policies. ...
"Now there is the move to have Aboriginal people recognised in the Australian constitution by referendum. There will be no rights granted as a result. Just simple recognition so that the Government can run around the world saying look at us, look how good we are, and Aboriginal people have consented to be governed by us. ...
"They are doing it by engaging deceitful covert policies. The Government seeks to erase our Aboriginality and make us Australian, and then we will have no connection to our land, or our spirituality. All that will be left are tourist exhibitions of our songs and dance; our art will be museum pieces; our Law, customs and song-lines across country will become folklore; our knowledge of Country will be used only as tourist adventures. ... " Michael Ghillar Anderson, Convenor, Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia
- Media Release
Aboriginal Provisional Government: Let's vote for independence, not assimilation!
23 Feb 15: "The Aboriginal Provisional Government (APG) deems the multimillion dollar campaign for Constitutional recognition to be nothing more than a flashy distraction and yet another attempt to politically assimilate Aboriginal people. Reconciliation was used by the Australian government to pacify Aboriginal activism in the 1990s and 2000s, to drown out calls for a treaty and national uniform land rights legislation. Recognise is their latest ploy to sell our people superficial appeasement, policy based in symbolism rather substance.
The Recognise campaign, backed by both the Coalition and Labor, operates on the assumption that Aborigines are Australians and that we want to be Australians. We never agreed to become Australians, to become citizens of the colonial nation built upon the genocide of our people and theft of our land. ... " Callum Clayton-Dixon (Nganyaywana), chairperson, Aboriginal Provisional Government
- Analysis / Opinion
The Stringer: Forced to dance to the White Man’s song - Australia, steeped in racism
15 Mar 15: "A Wiradjuri Elder once said to me, "There is a sickness in this country, and it is called racism - we stand in it knee deep." Whether you are Black, Brown or Yellow, the only way you can majorly get ahead in the ways White Australians do is to sing the White man’s song, and dance to the White man’s song - do as they do or be damned. This is what assimilation means - do as they do, be as they are, deny who you are, betray truths, turn against your own (heritage)." By Gerry Georgatos, a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner, a multi-award winning investigative journalist
- Media Release
Sovereign Union: Governments attempting to counter Sovereignty Movement: Understanding when we are winning!
18 Feb 15: "After 227 years of military occupation by the British, we have reached a highly significant position in our history. The invaders never thought the day would come when Aboriginal Nations and Peoples would be such a powerful force in the Australian politics. We must understand that, as affirmed by the High Court Mabo (No. 2) judgment, our ancient cultures and Laws have survived British sovereignty and remain the Law of the Land, as they have never been ceded. We are now challenging more than ever the power and authority of the colonial governments." Ghillar Michael Anderson, Convenor of the Sovereign Union and co-founder of the 1972 Aboriginal Embassy in Canberra
- Media Release
Aboriginal Provisional Government: Sovereignty is the foundation of Aboriginal rights
30 Jan 15: "The APG is fully in support of the Aboriginal delegates who met with Minister Scullion in Canberra on February 9, and of the delegates who protested outside the Parliament to raise awareness of Aboriginal issues.
APG Secretary Michael Mansell said the delegates were right to raise sovereignty as a key issue. Mansell claimed Aboriginal sovereignty was the "foundation" for Aboriginal rights and entitlements in the twenty-first century.
"We had absolute control over ourselves and our lands before the invasion. Those rights may have been absolute then but because things have changed over the last two hundred years the rights we are entitled to today are tempered only by today’s circumstances." Michael Mansell, National Secretary
- Media Release
Sovereign Union: Anderson calls on 'Expert Indigenous Working Group' on land to take a firm stand for justice and our true and legal rights
27 Feb 15: "It is very clear that the members of the Australian government are themselves desperate to hold onto power in order to maintain their dominance over Aboriginal people, while at the same time knowing that their time is limited, because Aboriginal Peoples throughout Australia do realise that what was done during the colonial period and up to the modern day was done by deceit and by fraud. Their colonial courts said that we are, and were, British subjects and now Australian subjects, but it seems this is purely a convenience, because in reality, if we were British subjects, then why weren't we offered, and why are we now, denied the same rights as British subjects and non-Aboriginal Australians, ... " Ghillar Michael Anderson, Convenor and Joint Spokesperson of Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia and Head of State of the Euahlayi Peoples Republic
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal Sovereignty Movement
(last updated: 11 March 2015)
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