Saturday, March 8, 2008

G20 rioter jailed for 14 months

Originally Posted by

A protester involved in the violent G20 riots in Melbourne in 2006 has been jailed for at least 14 months.
Akin Sari, 29, of no fixed address, was among a group of demonstrators who stormed a city office, attacked a police brawler van and hurled rocks, rubbish bins and milk crates at police outside the Group of 20 nations summit on November 17 and 18, 2006.

Sari pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated burglary and theft, two of riot, two of common assault and three of criminal damage.
The Victorian County Court was told that Sari played a major role in the protests and was caught on camera damaging a police brawler van at the intersection of Exhibition Street and Flinders Lane, in the city, on November 18.

"At the intersection of Exhibition Street and Flinders Lane a group of police were attacked," Judge Roy Punshon told the court.
"They tried to hide behind a brawler van.

"A DVD shows you (Sari) throwing objects at police."

Judge Punshon told the court that Sari was also seen smashing a window on the police brawler van and taking a log book.
Earlier in the afternoon Sari was with a group of protesters who attacked two traffic event officers, one a woman, outside the Grand Hyatt hotel where the summit was being held.

The court heard that the officers' utility was surrounded by protesters dressed in white jumpsuits.
"You grabbed the female victim by the arm ... and menaced both victims with a metal pole," Judge Punshon told the court.
"The common purpose of the riot was to gain access to the G20 summit."

A day earlier protesters broke into the defence force recruitment centre in Swanston Street, in the city.
"Each of the incidents was relatively brief, but I accept it would have (felt like) it lasted much longer for those involved," the judge added.

He said the "offending is serious" but he took into account Sari's guilty plea, that he had no previous convictions and had already spent 215 days in custody.

He sentenced Sari to 28 months in jail with a non-parole period of 14 months.
More than 20 other people involved in the protests have yet to be dealt with in the magistrates court

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Anarchist Federation Convergence coming up

On the Easter Long Weekend, 21st to the 24th of March, there will be a convergence in Melbourne to discuss the proposed Regional Anarchist Federation (Oceania).

The convergence is to be held at the Melbourne Anarchist Club's space.

More details at A-Fed.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Alarm youth anarchist collective meeting

Alarm is an anarchist youth organization. It was created as a means for young people – workers, and students alike – to effectively organize against capitalism and the state, and to help spread revolutionary ideas throughout Australia.

Alarm is having a meeting at Victoria Park (Next to Broadway and Sydney Uni)

on the 27th of January to help build the collective and work towards social change.

We will be meeting at 12pm, and will be marked by a Red and Black flag.

All welcome.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Stand up for Aboriginal rights on the first day of the new parliament.

Tuesday, February 12 2008
Turn back Howard and Brough's racist legacy!

- Mobilise for reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination Act
- Demand immediate review of the NT intervention
- End welfare quarantines, compulsory land acquisition and
'mission manager' powers
- Implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Aboriginal control of Aboriginal affairs

In the final months of government, John Howard introduced a package of discriminatory, unfair and punative measures against Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. Aimed at controlling Aboriginal lives and land, the legislation was a stark violation of basic human rights and dignities.

Federal Labor is promising a new era in Aboriginal affairs. They are
pledging to say sorry to the stolen generation and to sign the UN
declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. They have promised to restore both the CDEP (Community Development and Employment Program) and the permit system, which will ameliorate some of the worst effects of the NT intervention.

Unfortunately there are aspects of ALP policy that is still
disturbingly similar to the Liberals. Plainly discriminatory measures
such as mandatory welfare quarantines, compulsory land acquisition and the presence of non-Aboriginal "business managers" with extraordinary powers are being suffered under right now. There has been no move to allow the operation of the Racial Discrimination Act. The cry for immediate review of the legislation coming from across the NT has been ignored.

The Labor Government must comply with accepted international human rights laws and standards of non discrimination, equality , natural justice and procedural fairness. Legislation being implemented in the NT breaches commitments Australia has made as a signatory to major human rights treaties and conventions; such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Human Rights Commission must immediately review the legislation to ensure compliance with these obligations.

The federal election revealed overwhelming opposition to the
intervention among Aboriginal communities. When Labor MP's in affected areas emphasised political differences to the Coalition they consistently received over 80% of the vote; with 95% in the town of Wadeye.

Despite government claims that the intervention is a response to the Anderson & Wild "Little Children are Sacred" report, no new
community-based services to ensure the safety and protection of
children have been established, and there has been a notable
duplication of services - particularly in the area of child health
checks. There is an urgent need for delivery of essential services,
infrastructure and programs genuinely targeted at improving the safety and well being of children and developed in consultation with communities. Huge amounts of public money have been wasted, with $88 million alone going towards bureaucrats to control Aboriginal welfare.

Moving Forward
A vibrant, mass convergence Canberra on the first day of parliament will be an important step in challenging the lingering legacy of Howard's racism. We can strongly push for an immediate end to what Aboriginal communities have themselves described as an invasion. We can send a strong signal to Kevin Rudd and his new government to put Aboriginal rights at the centre of their agenda; to massively increase the resources available to communities across Australia and to respect Aboriginal control of Aboriginal affairs.

Initiated by the Aboriginal Rights Coalition, Sydney

Shane Phillips 0414077631
Greg Eatock 0432050240

Endorsements from Aboriginal leaders include:
Olga Havnen (Combined Aboriginal Organisations of the NT)
Barbara Shaw (Tangentyere council, Alice Springs)
Lez Malezer (Chairman, Global Indigenous People's Caucus UN,
Foundation Aboriginal Islander Rights Association)
Jackie Katona (CEO of Lumbu Indigenous Community Foundation, Djokcan)
Michael Mansell (Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre)
Sam Watson (Brisbane)
Mitch (Arrendte woman, NT)
Robbie Thorpe (Melbourne)
Phil Falk (Senior Lecturer School of Law, Griffith Uni, Wiradjuri nation)
Linda Murphy (Lecturer, School of Arts, Griffith Uni)
Sandra Phillips (QUT)
Nicole Watson (Jumbunna, Sydney)
Heidi Norman (UTS)
Victor Hardt (Oodgeroo, QUT)
Shane Phillips (Redfern)
Peta Ridgeway (Newcastle)
Arthur Ridgeway (Newcastle)
Greg Eatock (Aboriginal Rights Coalition, Sydney)
Indigenous Social Justice Association

"The true revolutionary is guided by feelings of Great Love." (Writing on the wall. S11.)

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Proposal for a regional anarchist federation in Oceania

This has been forwarded from the website at the bottom and was not written by Alarm

Even as many of us constantly engage in struggles to enact our revolutionary politics and ideas in collectives, as individuals, at work and at play, there is often an underlying sense of isolation from broader anarchist activity from which to draw knowledge and inspiration. We feel that this is a severe barrier on our ability to maintain effective struggle or to even propagate a revolutionary, anarchist politics on a larger-scale. We believe a Federation that collectives (and individuals) over the wide distances of this region can align with would begin to solve these problems.

Mostly the feeling that an Anarchist Federation is necessary emanates from a simple desire for solidarity amongst revolutionaries that cannot always be found in our local communities and workplaces. A Federation could provide strong support for campaigns and actions across the region. When organising around similar issues, collectives would gain a greater momentum from being able to share ideas and resources with others from across the continent and beyond. This is not a new idea but we hope that a new attempt can be made at solidifying such possibilities. That is what this proposal is for.

A solid, ongoing federation would help us look after each other. Solidarity with and support for those of us (and also those who aren’t ‘us’), who come under the repressive boot of the state is a crucial aspect of mutual aid and creating an anarchist community and will be an ongoing project for as long as we continue to resist.

Much of what communication currently takes place between anarchists happens on an ad-hoc basis at convergences, which are usually connected to major protests. This activist focus tends to exclude those who, because of family or work responsibilities, geographic isolation, or other reasons, can’t, or don’t want to, attend such events. A federation would enable better communication and ongoing political development. It could be a useful point of reference for people who, for whatever reason, are unable to be involved in collectives but who want to stay in contact or who need support. This would be important in helping to ensure intergenerational continuity so that individuals are able to stay involved and connected to anarchist struggle while being able to pass on their knowledge.

We do not wish to see a federation replicate or ‘override’ networks that already exist. By wanting to organise more explicitly as anarchists we don’t want to become inward-looking, purist or isolated. On the contrary, we hope that if we are more strongly organised, we will be better able to work alongside and be a part of social struggles that do not define themselves as anarchist.

One of the points we’ve discussed frequently is the tension between openness and political commonality. We don’t think it’s necessary or desirable to try to form an organisation of every activist, or even everyone who calls themselves an anarchist, in the region. Without a certain level of shared politics we won’t be able to go beyond talking about what we’re against and begin to talk about, and work towards, what we want. Alternately, we don’t want to define too narrowly a particular type of anarchism. One of the benefits we see of a federation is the possibility that different strands of anarchism can learn more about each other, and that we can further develop both our common and our separate politics. We want as much as possible that our contacts be your contacts, our networks your networks, our resources your resources and that internal strength can be translated into an outward focus.

This proposal is very much a draft. We’re putting forward our ideas in the hope that other people will consider and discuss the idea of a federation, not because we know for sure what it should be like. It was written by a small group of anarchists in Sydney. We’ve been helped a lot by discussion with others from Sydney and elsewhere, from looking at other models and from discussion that happened around previous proposals for a federation here. The people who wrote this are involved in anarchist projects such as Mutiny and the Black Rose Books collective, but it hasn’t been endorsed by these groups.

How we might get from proposal to federation:

Over the next few months, we hope that people will discuss the idea of an Anarchist Federation in their groups, in their cities, through existing forums & through an email list and a blog set up for such discussion.

Within the first half of next year we would like to help organise a convergence with the explicit purpose of discussing, and hopefully forming, the federation.

Common politics

The fundamental politics for participation in the federation would be that members:

  • Seek the abolition of capitalism and class society in all its forms.
  • Support an organisational philosophy based on decentralisation, mutual aid and autonomy, and reject domination and hierarchical/authoritarian organising.
  • Oppose all forms of oppression and power over others and recognise that these rarely play out in isolation but are strongly interwoven and connected.
  • Believe that an anarchist society is desirable, necessary and possible. Revolutionary change isn’t going to come from leaders, experts or professional activists but can only come from below: from the collective self-organisation of ‘ordinary’ people.
  • Believe in solidarity across and against borders and are internationalists. We reject the state and all its functions such as the police and military.

Some further points

Here are some more thoughts that we’ve been discussing, and which inform our understanding of what the 5 points mean. These are provided for the purpose of discussion, not to be limits on the basis of federation.

Radical Struggles, Capitalism and Class

There are many different important elements in revolutionary and radical struggle. These include, but are not limited to, class, anti-colonialism, anti-racism, feminism and queer liberation. Some see one liberatory movement - such as the class struggle - as most important, whilst others choose not to create such a hierarchy. We hope that through working together we can discuss these differences in helpful ways.

When we talk about class struggle, we don’t simply mean the actions of the ‘traditional’ blue-collar working class. We recognise that the class composition of today has changed - largely as a product of neoliberal economic policies - and is characterised by conditions of casualisation and precarity. The unpaid and unrecognised labourer, the unemployed, the casually and underemployed, are all integral to revolutionary change. This class is diverse, but interconnected and we realise that all these struggles are affecting the same global capitalist system.

We further understand that capitalism is not just multinational corporations, economic summits or secret meetings of the very rich; it is a social relation and system that is played out and produced in our everyday lives.

Living without Hierarchy

The language of ‘non-hierarchical’ organising can still be used to implement the centralised control of a few. We believe that radicals should create structures that are genuinely decentralised and leaderless. Some frameworks for this include rotating and recallable delegates, consensus-based process and spokescouncils.

Although we may formally understand that racism, sexism, etc are an oppressive part of capitalism we still need to consciously ‘unlearn’ these concrete ideas and ways of social interaction in our own political organising and daily lives. This cannot be achieved by merely writing a paper - we need to create a liberatory culture everyday. That there are many ways of resisting all these forms of oppression is a strength, and we want to find ways of connecting our politics with these struggles.

Some Thoughts on Contemporary Struggles

The struggle against the global environmental crisis is inextricably linked to that against capitalism, and is a significant part of contemporary radical action. Environmental crises will necessarily affect those already marginalised and excluded more than those who are economically and socially privileged. ‘Green capitalism’ is not an answer, and we understand that a truly sustainable society will necessarily be decentralised, anti-capitalist and radically democratic.

We support Indigenous struggles for true sovereignty, dignities and against the theft of land and resources and ongoing genocide. We understand that many modern states were built on a brutal and ongoing colonialism, which continues to be upheld and imposed by police and the military.

Our struggles are internationalist and directed against the nation state. Nationalism and patriotism are barriers that are used to divide and repress ‘ordinary’ people, and prevent our own autonomous self-organisation. Permitted and unpermitted migration is a pivotal part of contemporary capitalism, dividing rich and poor, and the vast bulk of people on the basis of a false nationality. We accept the slogan that “No One is Illegal”.

Direct Action, not Lobbying or Negotiation

We don’t want to negotiate with the representatives of the state or the functionaries of capital. We realise that the dominant global institutions are so intrinsically undemocratic, pervasive and directed by profit-making that lobbying has little or no effect. We see direct action and mutual aid as occurring in many different forms and as the most practical and realistic way of building our power, our autonomy and achieving revolutionary change.

Rough thoughts on structure

  1. When we talk about a regional federation, we are deliberately unclear about where in particular we are talking about. To limit ourselves to Australian borders seems silly: we would like to be open to comrades from Aotearoa and further. On the other hand, perhaps it would be more practical to begin with a smaller geographic region. There has already been some discussion about forming an Asian Anarchist Network as well.
  2. The federation would be horizontal and based upon already existing affinity groups or collectives that choose to align themselves with it. We see this as one way of ensuring a rejection of top-down politics.
  3. We do see there as being some solid requirements for participating individuals and collectives. We believe that there should be some kind of dues structure. This would give us some financial reserve and could be used on, among other things, a publication, jail solidarity and travel expenses for delegates. There would be an e-mail list or a message board for discussion.
  4. Anarchist spaces that already exist, such as infoshops throughout the country, could be supported more effectively. They could link up more frequently, and could provide an alternative space for organizing rather than through establishment-controlled structures like universities or student unions.
  5. A regular publication, either quarterly or biannually, could be produced. We see this as crucial to furthering both internal communication and propagating anarchist ideas to a wider audience. A website could be established.
  6. An annual convergence (that isn’t centred around a major protest) to bring together anarchists from across the region, to strengthen networks, share information and skills and to improve collective campaigns.
  7. Collectives would nominate rotating delegates or spokes that would meet either quarterly or every six months. This would be to further communication and facilitate the better functioning of the federation. We believe these would operate by a consensus-based model, with details to be decided at the foundation convergence.
  8. These people could be a contact point for the federation in their geographical area. A phone tree for urgent contact and discussion would be established.
  9. When there is a cross-over between collective work on certain important issues, federation working groups could be established. For instance this could include an Indigenous Solidarity working group or one against Australian Imperialism. We see collectives across the region working on these issues, and believe that there could be better co-operation and development of ideas. An Outreach working group could be set up to better spread our shared philosophy.
  10. We hope for a safer spaces policy to come out of a foundation convergence and we believe that there should be a grievance committee delegated at each convergence.

Ideas on Safer spaces

We have to talk and think about ways to make the Federation and its events spaces in which we respect and support each other: because this doesn’t just happen automatically. It is everyone’s responsibility to think about how their behaviour and the behaviour of others affect people’s ability to participate and feel safe in a space. We all have to constantly work to ensure our spaces are free from physical violence and sexual assault, from intimidation and discrimination. There will be people involved in the Federation from various backgrounds and with various identities and people will have different experiences of the same spaces. We want to be able to vigorously disagree with each other while still making sure that everyone is listened to and is able to talk.

We want to set aside significant time at the initial convergence to talk about these issues. Any founding document would highlight such concepts as a necessary element of revolutionary struggle. We hope that collectives and individuals will bring concrete ideas and proposals to participate in this dialogue.

Moving Forward

As we have tried to make clear, all parts of this proposal are open for discussion and change. To facilitate discussion over the next few months - hopefully leading to a convergence - we have created a blog and email account. We see the blog as a public forum for discussion while the email would originally be for direct queries/responses/getting in contact. If it becomes necessary we would possibly also look at creating an egroup for more practical matters such as organising a formation convergence.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Report back on successful picket action

Six weeks ago, on the 17th of October, a cleaner working at Australia Posts logistics center on the Burwood Highway in Knoxfield, Melbourne was arbitrarily sacked by his employer, CMC, at the request of Australia Post. The cleaner had been working there for 11 years and had never had a trust issue raised with him in that time.

The cleaner, going about his job as usual, was cleaning a bosses office when he found a tub of yoghurt on top of a plastic bag on the top of the desk. He put the yoghurt in the bin, opened the plastic bag to see if it was rubbish. There was paper inside so he opened the paper to check if it was rubbish. It was not, it was a letter, so he folded it back up and put it down on the desk. However as he was doing so, about to leave, the boss walked back in. The boss became irate, called the sub-contractor cleaning company, CMC, who employed the cleaner, and told them that said cleaner had been rifling through his files and documents and demanded that the cleaner be fired on the spot. CMC was all too happy to oblige, and this innocent worker lost his job without explanation. The cleaner and the union sought to take the case before the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) last week as an unfair dismissal case, however CMC have claimed they only employ 87 people, and therefore, thanks to John Howard’s harsh and despicable anti-worker laws, they do not have to take any responsibility or give any reasoning for depriving this innocent man of his livelihood, and he cannot take it before the AIRC.

On the Thursday the 29th, at 6:30am a small group of Union Solidarity activists, set up a community based picket line on the Deliveries gate of the Australia Post Logistics centre on the Burwood highway, in Knoxfield. Two Socialist Party members also participated later in the picket line. The picket did not block workers from attending their jobs, but blocked no less than 6 trucks, and had a further delivery cancelled. The picket was so successful that it blocked an Australia Post semi-trailer, due to arrive at 7am, carrying a ‘just on time delivery’ of stamps to be distributed for the Christmas period. The truck was blocked for 3 and a half hours before a supervisor from Dandenong was sent to try and get the truck into the facility. After a further half hour stand off, in which time the local media attended, the supervisor conceded, the semi-trailer was sent back to its origin and another delivery was cancelled. The picket line was abandoned at 12:30pm after a major victory. The Australia Post Logistics centre had been effectively shut down for an entire day and Australia Post Management was in a furor.

Since then, CMC have blamed Australia Post, and Australia Post have blamed CMC for the loss of this mans livelihood. The cleaner has not received his job back, or compensation yet, but the struggle will continue until this happens. The Socialist Party is in full support of this man and the struggle for his livelihood and wishes to express their solidarity.

Yeah thats the article I wrote for SP webby. I was there, I was one of the SP dudes.
When I said a 'small group' of US Activists, I mean it fluctuated between 6-9 for the entire time I was there, between quater to 9 and about 10:45. The Truckie was staunch as, but I shouldn't say to much more on a public forum. When they sent the supervisor out, we all thought it was gunna be some crazy cunt who was gunna try and just drive the semi straight through us and into the facility. This was partly because not to long ago there was a 3 month stand off at the Aus Post site in Dandenong for a whole swag of jobs, and the fucken' crazy bosses were like assualting the picketers, and charging them with vehicles and shit. Luckily enough the boss wasn't to intent on doing that, and due to Dave Kerin's skillfull negotiation and Steve's crazy as Bad-cop stylz going verbally balistic at this guy, aswell as some other actions to block the truck from moving at all, we were successfull, and the boss told us he'd cancelled another delivery due in a half an hour.



Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Akin Sari - Political Prisoner

On October 18, 2007, Akin Sari pled guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to a number of charges stemming from the G20 protests in Melbourne in November 2006. He was arrested in Sydney on September 6, 2007 for breaching his bail conditions, and was denied bail, just as he had been following his initial arrest. Akin Sari was granted asylum by the Australian government as a political refugee for his political activities in Turkey. He will now rot in an Australian jail ’til February 2, 2008, when he’ll be sentenced in the Victorian County Court.

Please send Akin Sari a letter or postcard in support today!

Write to:

Akin Sari
c/- Melbourne Remand Centre
PO BOX 500
St. Albans
VIC 3021

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Brief History, and outline, of some of the Human Rights violations under Colonial, and post-Colonial Australia toward Indigenous people.

By Nick

Like all colonial nations, established under the guidance and command of an empire, Australia has a history of Human rights abuses. What could be argued as an Apartheid-like-system was what Australia look liked; with racial segregation, racial oppression, and white dominance – and indeed, White Nationalist promotion by some of Australia’s – as a nation – founding fathers. Though White Nationalism is not a human rights abuse in itself, it is a mentality which leads to human rights abuses, in the form of racial oppression.

From the Bathurst Massacre of 1824, where martial law was declared and 100 Aboriginal people were killed; to the modern day example of the Northern Territory intervention – which Mob from Redfern and the N.T. have dubbed as the Northern Territory invasion – we can see this continue.

Historically, we have many examples.
The initial invasion of Australia in 1788 is in fact a breach of Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (of which we will refer to as UDHR), for it denied the right to a home – by the seizing of land by the invaders – as well as a the 3rd article, in which the British denied the right to security, liberty and life; as well as article 21 – of which an invasion always denies (the right to take part in the government of one’s country), as well as all other human rights, which the invasion removed (which is pretty much all of them).

After the initial invasion, the subsequent massacres which followed also are, quite obviously, major breaches of Indigenous Human Rights.
There are numerous examples of these massacres, such as the Waterloo Creek Massacre of 1838, where unmounted police attack a group of Kamilaroi people, killing between (what is estimated to be) between 100-300 people, of which no police officer was ever tried, or punished for.

Of course, these cannot necessarily be pinned on Australia, for it wasn’t a nation at that point, but rather, a series of racist, penal colonies.

Indeed, though prior to federation, what is now “Australia” were still in the same territory by the same system.
A pre-Federation example is the Amendment to the act, “An act to provide for the protection and management of Aboriginal Natives of Victoria”, is an example of a human rights violation, and systematic racial discrimination carried out by the state. Of which the right to freely marry who one chooses – whether on the basis of 'love' or tradition – was only possible with the approval of the Board for the Protection of Aborigines (a violation of article 16, and 3), also denying the right to their nationality and cultural practices, as it was an act of assimilation; the choice of where one was to live was also denied (violation of 17, 12, 7, and 13). Indeed, the lives of Indigenous people in Victoria (and later in W.A) were put under control of the state, which is a blatant violation of the most basic human rights.

After the Federation of Australia, and it becoming slightly more independent of the British Empire – slightly – the Human Rights abuses did not stop, despite a global push in most nations against such abuses – such as the American revolution, and some years later, the Russian Revolution – of which Liberty and justice were the foundations of these nation states (although, they had many other foundations, leading to the subsequent demise of these concepts in these nation states).

Indeed, after the Federation of Australia, the racial hierarchy was only reinforced, with Aboriginal people not being given the right to vote (violation of article 21), counted in the census, or even as human beings (violation of articles 5 and 6), but instead put under the Flora and Fauna act, which subsequently denied them many other basic human rights, such as liberty (3) and justice (6, 7), the right to own property (17), and the right to live free from persecution (14).

There are countless violations of Human Rights after the federation of Australia against Indigenous peoples. The simple establishment of Australia without any basic recognition of Indigenous peoples is an enormous one as is – as it ignores the role of the land to Indigenous life – culturally, spiritually, and as a means of subsistence – and essentially, is an invasion of their land, in which they're stripped of their culture, religion, and freedom, and everything that comes with it.

One of the biggest, State sponsored examples of this was a policy which was implemented in the early 20th Century which became known as the Stolen Generations, where “half caste” Aboriginal children were forcefully removed from their homes and families, and put on to missions, where they would be stripped of the Aboriginal culture – by not allowing Aboriginal children to speak their own languages, etc – by forcing British ethics, values, and religion onto the children (that being a violation of articles 15, 1, 3, 4, 5, [and much later, 8] 9, 12, 13, 18, 27, and 30).

Human Rights violations in Australia against Indigenous people, however, have never really ceased. Particularly instances of violations – such as the Stolen Generations has, but Australia, due to the nature of the state, and of it's foundations in racial and cultural hierarchies, the inequalities and injustice committed against Indigenous peoples continues to this day.

There are many examples of this.
As a general example, Indigenous peoples in Australia are some of the lowest on the socio-economic scale in Australia, if not the lowest.
This is not an example of systematic violations of human rights, but rather, covert racism, and sometimes overt, in employment sectors, where Indigenous peoples will struggle to get hired – due to their location, appearance, etc and the stereo types which are attached to that – and thus, be subjected to unemployment (violation of article 23), and numerous other factors.
This sometimes leading to other means of subsistence, some legal – such as welfare – and some not.

They make up 2% of the whole population of Australia, and 24% of the Prison population - in some states, such as the Northern Territory, Aboriginal peoples making up almost 80% of the prison population. This, too, can be drawn back to covert racism, and leads to human rights abuses (essentially, the right to be innocent until proven guilty [11]).

There are many examples of the violation of article 4, particularly around the subjection to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
Indeed, the portrayal of Indigenous people in the media as drunken-child-molesters (something which has been reaffirmed by the recent actions by the Federal Government in the Northern Territory) could be seen as an example of degrading treatment of Indigenous people.

Inhuman and cruel treatments can be seen in the recent death of an Aboriginal man, Mulrunji Doomadgee, who mysteriously died in police custody on Palm Island on the 19th of November, 2004, from a ruptured spleen, 4 broken ribs and a liver torn almost in two.
The police officer, Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley , who had arrested Mulrunji (alledgly, for singing “Who let the dogs out?” while walking down the street, which Sergeant Chris Hurley believed to be a reference to the police), was put on trial - only after a massive campaign was launched, headed by Palm Island locals, relatives, and indigenous leader Sam Watson, which got thousands of people marching on the street in Brisbane - but almost immediately acquitted despite the large amount of evidence to the contrary of what was claimed by the defence.
This being a violation of the right of article 8, in which no justice was achieved for the family of Mulrunji, as well as article 9, for which he was arrested on grounds which already violating innocence til proven guilty, but were clearly an act of racial profiling, though arrested anyway, and a violation of article 3, for which Mulrunji was killed that evening while in police custody.

An even more recent example of Human Rights violations was that committed by the State as a reaction to the “Little Children are Sacred” report, in which the Federal government sent troops and police to the Northern Territory, took away land (17), all rights and liberties (3), and presumed all Aboriginal men were Child molesters (both 11 and 12).

As we can see here, Australia has a long history, from the colonization, until the present of Human Rights violations against Indigenous peoples, from both the State – and all arms of it (from the police to the States and Territories, to Europeans).
Indeed, White Australia has a Black history, and it's certainly one covered in scars because of these violations, or rather, open wounds.

Monday, November 12, 2007

National day of action against the NT invasion!

National Day of Action – Unite for Aboriginal Land Rights!


The Block in Redfern

Wear Red. bring your banners. flags. your (angry) mob.. grrr. and packed lunches!
March from The Block to Victoria Park where more is happening!

- Restore the Racial Discrimination Act

- Remove Commonwealth “Mission” Managers

- No cuts to Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP)

- Fund community controlled services, not troops and bureaucrats

- End racist welfare quarantines

Speakers from affected NT communities – find out what’s really going on that you’re not being told!!

We write this in solidarity with Indigenous groups who have organised this rally. We want to bring as much of our mob as possible in support of these communities.

If the government, cops and general workings of the Australian state can be so damaging to indigenous people and communities, they can just as easily turn on any other community – women, immigrants, workers, queers, or anybody else.

We work together not (exclusively) out of our good nature, but because we’re interested in seeing the dismantling of the system of privilege and power which works against so many people and for so few.

A bunch of queers and others will be meeting at the block by the big pink flag. And we’re the ones with the smouldering good looks. We may have catchy chants with synchronized dance moves worked out by then so come prepared to strut your chanty stuff. or just come