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Australia Day: Invasion Day rallies held across nation

Australia invasion day 2016 9ABC News, January 26, 2016

Invasion Day rallies have been held across the nation to remember the First Fleet landing in Australia and the ensuing killings of Indigenous people.

For many Aboriginal people, Torres Strait Islanders and activists, there is little to celebrate on Australia Day, which is seen as the dispossession of Indigenous land and a day of mourning over the First Fleet’s arrival at Port Jackson, Sydney, in 1788. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Tent embassy prepares to leave the Block as Indigenous housing ‘guaranteed’

Aboriginal men and women raise their arms in support at the Block in Redfern before negotiations resolved the dispute. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Aboriginal men and women raise their arms in support at the Block in Redfern before negotiations resolved the dispute. Photo: Kate Geraghty

by Rick Feneley, Sydney Morning Herald, August 27, 2015

The Redfern Aboriginal tent embassy is preparing to walk away from the Block, claiming it has seized a moral victory from the jaws of legal defeat under a $70 million deal that will see 62 homes built for Indigenous families.

Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has been brokering the deal with the Aboriginal Housing Company, which will learn in the Supreme Court on Thursday morning when it can evict its Indigenous rivals, the tent embassy protesters who have occupied the historic site for 15 months. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Support Black Nations Rising magazine

Australia black nations risingBlack Nations Rising (BNR), published by Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, is a grassroots Aboriginal magazine dedicated to the cause of decolonization and self-determination.  Our publication, launched in January 2015, promotes symbols, stories and strategies of indigenous resistance and revival.  We have published two editions of BNR so far, and will publish another two this year. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Aboriginal Group To Shadow ANZAC Day March And Highlight Frontier Wars

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By Amy McQuire, New Matilda, April 23, 2015

The annual gesture is intended to remind Australians about a war many don’t realise took place. Amy McQuire reports.

It’s the war that Australia doesn’t like to remember, but that has never deterred the group of Aboriginal people who have walked behind the official ANZAC Day march in Canberra each year since 2012, calling on the nation to remember the first people who fell in defence of country. [ANZAC: Australia New Zealand Army Corps]

This year the group, which usually numbers between 20 and 60 participants, are preparing to make their mark on the centenary of Gallipoli. They will mobilise at 10:30 am on ANZAC Parade, which bares no trace of the existence of the Aboriginal warriors who died in the Frontier Wars.

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Evicting Indigenous Australians from their homelands is a declaration of war

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Rally against forced closure of Aboriginal communities, held in Brisbane, Australia, March 2015.

Australia occasionally interrupts its ‘normal’ mistreatment of Aboriginal people to deliver a frontal assault, like the closure of Western Australia’s homelands

Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South Africa. Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where their communities have lived for thousands of years. In Western Australia, where mining companies make billion dollar profits exploiting Aboriginal land, the state government says it can no longer afford to “support” the homelands.

Vulnerable populations, already denied the basic services most Australians take for granted, are on notice of dispossession without consultation, and eviction at gunpoint. Aboriginal leaders have warned of “a new generation of displaced people” and “cultural genocide”. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Thousands rally against closure of indigenous communities

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People rally in Brisbane on March 18, 2015, against the proposed closure of Aboriginal communities.

Russia Today, March 19, 2015

Hundreds have taken part in rallies in Western Australia, protesting the closure of remote indigenous communities in the state, according to local and social media.

More than a thousand protesters rallied in front of the Parliament House in the state capital, Perth, according to ABC News. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Heirisson Island Aboriginal resist Police effort to clear camp

Photo: Aboriginal protesters stand their ground as police move in to clear camps at Heirisson Island. Mar 13, 2015 (ABC News: Rebecca Trigger).

Photo: Aboriginal protesters stand their ground as police move in to clear camps at Heirisson Island. Mar 13, 2015 (ABC News: Rebecca Trigger).

By Rebecca Trigger, ABC News, March 13, 2015

Angry scenes erupted at Perth’s Heirisson Island today as police and the city moved to dismantle an Aboriginal camp, set up in response to the State Government’s plan to close remote communities.

Dozens of officers, including mounted police and the canine squad moved in on the island at about 3:00pm, after the Perth council gave the group until midday today to remove their belongings. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Hundreds Attend TJ Hickey March for Justice, Cops Try to Shut it Down

Hundreds participated in march for justice for TJ Hickey in Sydney, Australia, on Feb 14, 2015.

Hundreds participated in march for justice for TJ Hickey in Sydney, Australia, on Feb 14, 2015.

by Warrior Publications, Feb 15, 2015

On Feb 14, 2015, hundreds of people participated in the 11th Annual March for Justice for TJ Hickey, a young Aboriginal man who died fleeing from police in Sydney’s Redfern district in 2004.   A large police presence accompanied the rally, with police attempting to seize banners implicating cops in Hickey’s death and assaulting people in the march.  Before the march, police also attempted to restrict the route of the march, and have warned that this will be the last march for justice for TJ Hickey.  Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Aboriginal rights protest disrupts Australia Day Parade in Melbourne

Hundreds of Invasion Day protesters march at the back of the Australian Day Parade in Melbourne's CBD. Photo: Jason South

Hundreds of Invasion Day protesters march at the back of the Australian Day Parade in Melbourne’s CBD. Photo: Jason South

by Allison Worrall, WA today.com, Jan 26, 2015

Hundreds of people marching for Aboriginal rights have disrupted official Australia Day celebrations in the Melbourne CBD.

The group – holding Aboriginal flags and chanting “always was, always will be Aboriginal land” – followed the parade down Swanston Street, flanked by police.

The rally came after more than 100 special interest, sporting and cultural groups had marched from the Melbourne Town Hall to Kings Domain as part of the Australia Day Parade.

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Aboriginal Australia: Five per cent of the population, almost 60 per cent of the prison inmates