Newsletter date: 31 March 2015
* Media Release: Ghillar Michael Anderson, Sovereign Union: May Day marches: Forcibly removing our Peoples from their lands unacceptable as a remedy for governments trading insolvent
* Poster: Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia, facebook: "We would like to confirm that that 2nd National Call of Action will be held Friday 1st May 2015."
* Facebook: Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia
* Video: NITV News: Remote Closures - SA Communities Call Emergency Summit to Fight 'Cultural Genocide'
* News: Online News Team, Rewa Harriman, Maori Television: Maori supporters entertain indigenous protesters
* Background: Diet Simon, sourcing from WGAR, Linksunten Indymedia: Maori solidarity with the Nyoongar people at Matargarup, Perth
* WGAR Background to the Aboriginal Sovereignty Movement
* WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
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- Media Release
Sovereign Union: May Day marches: Forcibly removing our Peoples from their lands unacceptable as a remedy for governments trading insolvent
30 Mar 15: "This is an appeal for everyone in this country: supporters, unions, church groups and all people who believe in freedom and justice to attend a May Day National Day of Protest to commence at 11am at the Civic Centre, Canberra with a march to the lawns of new Parliament House. This is our right. This is Australia's autumn revolution. Let's make it a million man, woman and child march. This is our future. Let's tell the government how this country must commence healing, which we lead us to a healthy future. More May Day actions across Australia are being co-ordinated through sosblakaustralia on Facebook [ https://www.facebook.com/sosblakaustralia ]. ...
Despite Aboriginal people now owning land under existing State land titles, the Western Australian government, in particular, defies domestic and international legal norms in respect to privately held lands. In the case of Western Australia almost one third of the State is in the exclusive possession of Aboriginal Peoples and their Nations, but this seems to be irrelevant to the Western Australian government, which is forcibly shutting down, and planning to shut down, essential services to homelands, which negatively impacts on the Peoples' ability to remain on Country. ... " 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
Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia, facebook
24 Mar 15: "We would like to confirm that that 2nd National Call of Action will be held Friday 1st May 2015. Actions will begin at 10am in the Kimberley but there will be other times for other states behind this and we will promote the information specific to the locations when confirmed. Any communities wishing to organise an action on this day, please contact us so that we can support you and provide resources. (contact details for official sites are on the image below)"
Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia
NITV News: Remote Closures - SA Communities Call Emergency Summit to Fight 'Cultural Genocide'
27 Mar 15: "Remote Aboriginal communities in South Australia are holding an emergency summit this weekend in a bid to stop funding cuts that could force the closure of communities, in a move labelled "cultural genocide". Representatives from every regional and remote community are uniting... to call for long term bilateral agreement between Federal and State governments. Karen Ashford reports."
Maori Television: Maori supporters entertain indigenous protesters
30 Mar 15: "Australia: After a number of police raids at the Tent Embassy on Heirisson Island in Perth, where the Nyoongar people and others are protesting against the closure of remote communities and their own land rights issues. Maori living in Western Australia organised a cultural exchange of performances. This gave locals like Clinton Prior a first time experience,"I was pretty excited to come down here to see the dancing especially the haka, seeing the two native people coming together." ... " By Online News Team, Rewa Harriman. After 7 years on the circuit and travelling to over 30 countries, Rewa decided she was ready for the challenge of learning te reo Maori. She spent two years under Te Ataarangi which lead to her first job in Maori journalism at Radio Waatea in 2004. Rewa joined Te Kaea in 2010, firstly as a general reporter, ...
Linksunten Indymedia: Maori solidarity with the Nyoongar people at Matargarup, Perth
29 Mar 15: "Protests against the planned closure of remote Aboriginal homelands in Australia is growing, especially among New Zealand’s Maori. Maori have shown solidarity with the Nyoongar people at Matargarup, Perth, and Maori television reported growing Maori concern for Aborigines living in their remote and sacred ancestral lands. Maori students have joined online protest against the slated closures. A call has gone out for a second national day of action on Friday the 1st of May. ... " Created by: Diet Simon, sourcing from WGAR
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal Sovereignty Movement
(last updated: 29 March 2015)
WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
(last updated: 30 March 2015)
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