120402 – Upcoming Aboriginal Rights Events

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: 11 February 2012 to 26 May 2012: South Bank, Brisbane, Qld
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Event: Intermittent 1 March – 3 May 2012: Various Locations
House of Representatives Committees
Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities
Public hearings:
Canberra, ACT: 1 March 2012
Canberra, ACT: 15 March 2012
Canberra, ACT: 22 March 2012
Adelaide, SA: 2 April 2012
Utopia Homelands, NT: 3 April 2012
Alice Springs, NT: 4 April 2012
Broome, WA: 30 April 2012
Halls Creek, WA: 1 May 2012
Darwin, NT: 2 May 2012
Nhulunbuy, NT: 3 May 2012
Event details: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=atsia/languages/hearings/index.htm

Event: Mon 2 April 2012: Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
Public Meeting:
Can Income Management help with Child protection?
Speaker: Sue Gillett
Hosted by:
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS)
“Under the scheme that set commence in Bankstown and four
other “trial sites” around Australia, Child protection
workers will be granted the power to put people on the
system against their will. 70 percent of Centrelink
payments are income managed in child protection cases.
There are serious concerns amongst both workers in the
sector and communities facing income management … ”
Event details: http://www.stoptheintervention.org/#2April2012
Bankstown Coalition: http://www.sayno2gim.info/
Greens: http://wa.greens.org.au/content/end-bankstown-trial-income-management-and-consult-locals-greens

Event: 3 April 2012: Wollongong, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by University of Wollongong Enviro Collective
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 5 April 2012: Perth, WA
Nyoongar Tent Embassy march
Rally against the Barnett/SWALSC deal and for sovereignty
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50549

Event: Thu 5 April 2012: Acton, Canberra, ACT
Our Generation Film Screening
and Panel Discussion Q&A Event
Panel discussants include:
* Professor Jon Altman
* Bree Blakeman
* Angus Bucknell
* Paul Howorth
Chaired by Geoff Buchanan
Event details: http://foodco-opshop.com.au/2012/03/28/our-generation-screening-at-the-co-op-4/
Event details: http://fieldnotesandfootnotes.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/film-screening-and-panel-discussion-on-indigenous-rights/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 6 April 2012: University of Melbourne, Vic
Gary Foley will be speaking on his amazing life and times
“The legendary Aboriginal activist has been at the
centre of major political activity for over 40 years.
In the 1970’s he joined the growing circle of Aboriginal
resistance in Australia, and formed the Aboriginal
Legal Service in Sydney. … ”
Part of Marxism 2012 Conference, Easter weekend
Presented by Socialist Alternative & ISO of NZ
Supported by Community Radio 3CR 855 AM
Event details: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=178&Itemid=80
Marxism 2012 details: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1

Event: Sat 7 April 2012: Darwin, NT
Darwin Rock Against Racism
Organised by DASSAN and Darwin Aboriginal Rights Collective
“The annual event that always gets Darwin rockin…
you all know why right?
because we like to keep racism on it’s toes.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/darwin-rock-against-racism
Event summary: http://dassan.weebly.com/rock-against-racism.html

Event: 7 April 2012: Adelaide, SA
136th Justice and Peace Candlelight Walk
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, and to
support the Ngarrindjeri and all other
Aboriginal people and the Stolen
Generations, their families and
communities left behind, in their
call for Peace and Justice. … ”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/category/news/2011/12/candlelight-walk-2/

Event: 12 April 2012: Teleconference
Amnesty International Australia:
Homelands update activist teleconference
“Dial in to our next activist teleconference for an
update about the campaign’s recent successes
and the recent trip to Utopia.
We also encourage groups who visited
their local MP to dial in and report back
on how it went.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/leader/comments/28272/?utm_source=leader_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=28Mar2012

Event: Wed 18 April 2012: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Free Public Screening of Our Generation
Introduction and Q&A by Jeff McMullen AM
Hosted by Reconciliation for Western Sydney
“Jeff will be talking about the Stronger
Futures legislation, its clash with our
human rights obligations and the
calls by NT Elders for opposition to
the Government’s approach.”
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/#OurGen
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/26/our-generation-screening-in-parramatta
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/28255/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-Parramatta-18-4-12r2.pdf
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-Parramatta-18-4-12r2_double.pdf
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 19 April 2012: Sydney, NSW
Saving the Kimberley. Our land or Gasland?
“Why the campaign to save the Kimberley
from gas and industrialisation matters
in Sydney and across NSW.”
Speakers:
* Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert from WA;
* Lyndon Schneiders,
National Director of The Wilderness Society;
* Geoff Cameron from Beyond Zero Emissions
Chaired by Coal and Gas Campaigner Justin Field
Event details: http://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/13669-saving-the-kimberley-our-land-or-gasland
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/saving-the-kimberley-our-land-or-gasland
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/191398650975307

Event: Thu 19 April to Mon 14 May 2012: Campsie, NSW
Homelands Photography Exhibition
“to explore the Aboriginal community of Utopia,
located in the Northern Territory”
Opening night: Thu 19 April
Demand Dignity – Amnesty International
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/28174/

Event: Mon 23 April 2012: Sippy Downs, Qld
Our Generation Film Screening
“The University of the Sunshine Coast’s
Amnesty International Uni group will be
hosting this screening as a part of
Amnesty International’s Homelands campaign.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/28240/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Tue 24 April 2012: UTS, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW
Public Lecture: UTSpeaks: More Intervention
“Will the Government’s Stronger Futures law
reforms aid indigenous communities or
further divide Australia’s people?”
Lecture by three UTS experts in Indigenous law reform:
* Nicole Watson
* Alison Vivian
* Craig Longman
All are senior researchers with the UTS
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning
Event details: http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/events/2012/04/more-intervention
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/utspeaks-more-intervention

Event: Thu 26 April 2012: University of the Sunshine Coast, Qld
Our Generation film screening
“The University of the Sunshine Coast’s
Amnesty International Uni group will be
hosting this screening as a part of
Amnesty International’s Homelands campaign.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/28240/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sat 28 April 2012: Janalli, NSW
Briefing on Constitutional change proposals
St George & Sutherland Community College
” … what the Expert Panel has proposed, to help people
understand what that is about and what are the
next steps. The briefing will include an interactive
session and briefing material.”
Presenters: Representatives of Reconciliation Australia
Event details: http://www.sydneykin.org.au/pipermail/womenforwik/2012-March/000724.html

Event: Sat 28 April 2012: Brunswick
Desert Liberation Front presents
Lizard Rising Fundraiser Gig
Special guest:
Uncle Kev Buzzacott
Flyer: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3154084985542&set=o.287408194659274&type=1&ref=nf
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/lizard-rising-fundraiser-gig
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224524544273924
Background: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/10/australia-approves-20-30bn-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam-mine-expansion/

Event: Sun 6 May 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Followed by Q&A with Dr Jeff McMullen
and Dr Thalia Anthony
Part of Sydney Greek Festival 2012
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 12 May 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Autumn Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/stop-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody-2012-autumn-action

Event: 23 and 24 May 2012: Wollongong, south of Sydney
Interim Aboriginal unity government assembly
Held at the Sandon Point Aboriginal Embassy
“All Aboriginal nations are being called on to send two
delegates to the inaugural assembly of the interim national
unity government in Wollongong in May.
“This gathering to form the Interim Sovereign Union
National Unity Government is so important, as the federal
government and their Uncle Tom collaborators are working
overtime to indoctrinate our children and youth into their
way of thinking by falsely promoting that recognition in
the Constitution will give our people something,”
the spokesman of the movement, Michael Anderson, writes in
a media release.”
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/call-delegates-aboriginal-unity-government-assembly-may-2012
Sovereign Union – National Unity Government: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/

Event: 27 May – 3 June 2012: various locations around Australia
National Reconciliation Week 2012
– Let’s talk recognition
“Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates
the rich culture and history of the First Australians.
It is the ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation
conversation and to think about how we can help turn
around the disadvantage experienced by many
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/get-involved/national-reconciliation-week
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/get-involved/events/events-calendar

Event: Sat 14 to Fri 20 July 2012: Olympic Dam, SA
The Lizard’s Revenge:
Olympic Dam expansion music/art/festival/protest
“Sleeping underneath the ground there is an old lizard,
Kalta the sleepy lizard. The lizard ain’t so sleepy anymore.
BHP is mining right into that Lizards body. The government
has just approved an expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium
mine, making it the biggest uranium mine in the world.
Kalta is angry and wants revenge.
Arabana elder Kevin Buzzacot is calling the people of the
world to help the lizard shut down the mine. He is calling
for people to come and heal the land in the name of peace
and justice for the next 10,000 generations to come.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/the-lizards-revenge-olympic-dam-expansion-musicartfestivalprotest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224524544273924
Background: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/10/australia-approves-20-30bn-bhp-billitons-olympic-dam-mine-expansion/

Event: 11 August 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Winter Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: 10 November 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Spring Action:
Stop Aboriginal Death in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

– ‘Our Generation’ Film Reviews

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaWinter2011.pdf
Winter 2011: “The Intervention is yet another example of
the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia
have been subjected to in such a short period of time
compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and
Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and
cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive
and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live
a more traditional life in their homelands and of those who
appear to be dispossessed.” Christine Waterer

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2010.pdf
Summer 2010: “Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen
introduced “Our Generation”, the film by Sinem Saban and
Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film explored
in depth the Federal Government Intervention into
Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had
told us that the film’s producers were not having any
success in having the film shown on government or
commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it
in local community halls to show the community at large
just what was involved in the Intervention. It is basically
a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession of the
Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new guise.”
Carol Gerrard

See:

Our Generation: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

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