121214 – Michael Anderson’s urgent letter to United Nations Ambassadors, New York: Sovereign Union

* Indymedia Australia:
Powerhouse of Indigenous protest celebrated in art
* NIRS: Sandon Point Embassy to celebrate 12 years:
[15 & 16 Dec 12]
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies

* Sovereign Union: Michael Anderson’s urgent letter to
United Nations Ambassadors, New York
Re: 12 Dec 12 Assault on Aboriginal Embassy in Brisbane
by colonial authorities
* ABC Brisbane:
Sacred fire re-lit at Musgrave Park as supporters vow to stay
* SMH Video:
Three arrested in [Brisbane] tent embassy midnight raid
* news.com.au Video:
Police storm Aboriginal tent embassy after Indigenous
activists re-light flame in Musgrave Park, West End
* We will keep the fire burning:
Rally and march to Town Hall [Friday 14 Dec 12]
* Workers BushTelegraph: Save the Sacred Fire in Musgrave Park!
* Videos re Brisbane Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park, Qld
* News re Brisbane Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park, Qld
* Background to the Brisbane Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park, Qld

* INDYMEDIA AUSTRALIA:
POWERHOUSE OF INDIGENOUS PROTEST CELEBRATED IN ART

– News

Indymedia Australia:
Powerhouse of Indigenous protest celebrated in art
http://www.indymedia.org.au/2012/12/11/powerhouse-of-indigenous-protest-celebrated-in-art
6 Dec 12: “An artwork that will continue to grow is among
the highlights of an art exhibition honouring 40 years of
the Aboriginal tent embassy. … the embassy has become a
heritage-listed landmark for Aboriginal protest. “The
students have grasped a strong understanding of the roots
of the tent embassy … Koori Art Expressions 2012, which
opened last month at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, contains
artworks created by Sydney school students from
Kindergarten to Year 12. More than 70 works and 26 schools
were represented in the exhibition that was inspired by
this year’s theme for NAIDOC Week – the Spirit of the Tent
Embassy: 40 years.”

* NIRS:
SANDON POINT EMBASSY TO CELEBRATE 12 YEARS [15 & 16 DEC 12]

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Sandon Point Embassy to celebrate 12 years
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7688-sandon-point-embassy-to-celebrate-12-years
13 Dec 12: “The Sandon Point Aboriginal Embassy at Bulli
in New South Wales will celebrate its 12th anniversary this
weekend. The Embassy will mark the occasion over the 15th
and 16th of December with traditional ceremony and music
from Coloured Stoned, Joe Geia and Bart Willoughby.
Roy ‘Dootch’ Kennedy is the Chair of the Illawarra Local
Aboriginal Land Council and Embassy ambassador. He says
it’s an important occasion for the Embassy, which was set
up to protect a burial site.”

– Event

Event: Sat 15 and Sun 16 December 2012:
McCauley’s Beach, Thirroul, NSW
Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy and
North Illawarra Reconciliation & Treaty Group
are proud to present the
SPATE 12th
Anniversary Ceremony and Community Celebration &
Gathering of the Sovereign Aboriginal Nations
“We dedicate the SPATE 12th to honouring the
leadership, strength and integrity of
Aunty Isabell Coe” (Roy Dootch Kennedy)
“Saturday morning start gathering for
cultural ceremony around the Sacred Fire
for peace and justice at Kuradji.
Then a meeting of the Aboriginal Sovereign
Nations, with elders and representatives of
Aboriginal Tent Embassy from all over
the country coming.”
Event details: http://songlines.org.au/2012/11/30/kuradji-sandon-point-aboriginal-tent-embassy-12th-celebration-sat-15-sun-16-dec/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/281539401952506/?fref=ts
Event details: http://www.sandon-point.org.au/event/20121215/441.html
Flyer: http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/32378_3915139918664_207529391_n.jpg
About SPATE: http://www.sandon-point.org.au/content/about-sandon-point.html

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 13 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

* SOVEREIGN UNION:
MICHAEL ANDERSON’S URGENT LETTER TO
UNITED NATIONS AMBASSADORS, NEW YORK
RE: 12 DEC 12 ASSAULT ON ABORIGINAL EMBASSY IN BRISBANE
BY COLONIAL AUTHORITIES:

– Letter

Sovereign Union: Michael Anderson’s urgent letter to
United Nations Ambassadors, New York
http://www.sovereignunion.mobi/content/michael-andersons-urgent-letter-united-nations-ambassadors-new-york
12 Dec 12: “(Letter sent to all UN Ambassadors in New York)
Your Excellency,
Re: 12 December 2012 Assault on Aboriginal Embassy in
Brisbane by colonial authorities
Just after midnight on 12 December 2012 eighty police,
firemen and council workers stormed the Brisbane
Aboriginal Embassy for no justifiable reason. The Embassy
has been established for the last nine months, as a focal
point for Aboriginal expression and representation of
issues. Our Aboriginal Embassies are no longer viewed as
protests, but as an expression of our continuing
sovereignty in our own land.
The government in Australia knows full well that individual
Aboriginal Nations represent their own Nation’s interests.
Musgrave Park was chosen as the site for the Brisbane
Embassy, because it is a well-known gathering place for our
people, who come from different nations. It has been used
as a meeting place by Aboriginal people from all over
Queensland and other states for the last 80 years or more.
Musgrave Park has offered sanctuary as a meeting place for
all that time and is respected as a neutral zone by so many
people from different nations.
The Brisbane Musgrave Park Embassy has been distributing
information and holding discussions expressing the plight
of their respective nations and communities. Recently the
Brisbane Embassy hosted a conference on Sovereignty and the
fraudulent Native Title system. It is not surprising that
the invading colonial state of Queensland seeks to silence
these expressions. … ”

See:

WGAR News: 1st Brisbane Sovereignty & Land Rights Conference:
Sovereign Union & Treaty Republic (5 Dec 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/05/wgar-news-1st-brisbane-sovereignty-land-rights-conference-sovereign-union-treaty-republic

Sovereign Union – First Nations Interim National Unity Government:
Asserting Australia’s First Nations Sovereignty into Governance
http://www.sovereignunion.mobi/

* ABC BRISBANE:
SACRED FIRE RE-LIT AT MUSGRAVE PARK AS SUPPORTERS VOW TO STAY

– News

ABC Brisbane:
Sacred fire re-lit at Musgrave Park as supporters vow to stay
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/12/06/3652436.htm?site=brisbane
12 Dec 12: “Supporters of the Aboriginal tent embassy have
gathered in Musgrave Park for a planned community meeting
on the future of the presence of the embassy. Long-time
embassy leader Wayne Coco Wharton addressed the group of
around 50 supporters of the Aboriginal embassy at Musgrave
Park on Wednesday just hours after he was released from
bail following a number of arrests at the site on Tuesday
night. Mr Wharton addressed the crowd from across the road
due to his bail conditions calling for the resignation of
Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and canvassing support
for a continued embassy presence.” By Emma Sykes

– Related Audio

ABC Brisbane Drive with Tim Cox:
Brisbane sovereign embassy packed up
http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2012/12/brisbane-sovereign-embassy-packed-up.html
12 Dec 12: “After several months of being in existance
Brisbane’s Sovereign Embassy site in Musgrave Park has been
closed down by Council and police. Tim spoke with Lord
Mayor Graham Quirk just before the site was dismantled.”

* SMH VIDEO:
THREE ARRESTED IN [BRISBANE] TENT EMBASSY MIDNIGHT RAID

– Video

SMH: Three arrested in tent embassy midnight raid
http://www.smh.com.au/queensland/three-arrested-in-tent-embassy-midnight-raid-20121212-2b8he.html
12 Dec 12: “Indigenous protesters and Brisbane City Council
are at loggerheads, with the protesters vowing to stay at
the Aboriginal Tent Embassy site in Brisbane’s Musgrave
Park “until we die” and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk standing
behind his decision to shut it down. The council shut down
the embassy on Tuesday, extinguishing a “sacred fire” under
the watch of Aboriginal elders, but overnight protesters
tried to re-establish the embassy and police arrested three
people during midnight raids.”

* NEWS.COM.AU VIDEO:
POLICE STORM ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY AFTER
INDIGENOUS ACTIVISTS RE-LIGHT FLAME IN MUSGRAVE PARK, WEST END

– Video

news.com.au :
Police storm Aboriginal tent embassy after
Indigenous activists re-light flame in Musgrave Park, West End
http://www.news.com.au/national/aboriginal-tent-embassy-in-west-end-closed-down-after-request-from-elders-lord-mayor/story-fndo4ckr-1226534761089
12 Dec 12: “PROTESTORS have vowed not to leave the Brisbane
tent embassy site and have called on Lord Mayor Graham
Quirk and police to meet with them. About eight protestors
remain at the tent embassy site on Wednesday morning, with
a small fire continuing to burn. Brisbane City Councils
workers were watching the protestors from about 200 meters
away but left about 8am. … Judulu of the Woomera people
said all property including tents and bedding were taken
away by police during last night’s raid but the protesters
are determined to rebuild their site.”

* WE WILL KEEP THE FIRE BURNING:
RALLY AND MARCH TO TOWN HALL [FRIDAY 14 DEC 12]

– Event

We will keep the fire burning: Rally and march to Town Hall

Socialist Alliance Qld:
Tent Embassy Closure:
Rally and march on Town Hall: This Friday Dec 14
http://socialistalliance-brisbane.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/tent-embassy-closure-rally-and-march-on.html

* WORKERS BUSH TELEGRAPH:
SAVE THE SACRED FIRE IN MUSGRAVE PARK!

– Advocacy

Workers BushTelegraph: Save the Sacred Fire in Musgrave Park!
http://workersbushtelegraph.com.au/2012/12/11/save-the-sacred-fire-in-musgrave-park/
11 Dec 12: “Call to workers, to unions:
This is a call to workers and their organisations. Do not
participate in this shameful act of dispossession – ask
yourselves what job description as council officer, as
fireman, as social worker says that you must assist is
taking Musgrave Park from people who have always lived
there and for whom it is a sacred place where all tribes
come together.”

* VIDEOS RE BRISBANE SOVEREIGN EMBASSY,
MUSGRAVE PARK, SOUTH BRISBANE, QLD:

– Photos

Courier-Mail Image Gallery: Police raid Musgrave Park
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/gallery-e6frer9f-1226534948853?page=1

– Videos

SBS World News: Police quell Brisbane Tent Embassy clashes
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/video/12068419610/Police-move-in-on-Brisbane-Tent-Embassy
12 Dec 12: “Police have moved in to break up the Brisbane
Tent Embassy at Musgrave Park. Apparently there were
clashes overnight when suporters tried to take back the
site and re-establish the sacred fire.”

Brisbane Times: Three arrested in tent embassy midnight raid
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/three-arrested-in-tent-embassy-midnight-raid-20121212-2b8he.html
12 Dec 12: “One of the Aboriginal tent embassy protesters
arrested in Musgrave Park overnight has denied the elders
who gave permission for the embassy to be taken down have
the authority to order such a thing. Brisbane City Council
shut down the embassy on Tuesday, extinguishing a “sacred
fire” under the watch of Aboriginal elders, but overnight
protesters tried to re-establish the embassy and police
arrested three people during midnight raids.”

Nine MSN Video:
Police, activists clash over Brisbane tent embassy
http://video.au.msn.com/watch/video/police-activists-clash-over-brisbane-tent-embassy/xm4yr3r?cpkey=900d6dc1-b1b4-45f8-914c-e0c55c553f65%257c

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12 Dec 12: “Police and Aboriginal activists have gone
head-to-head at the tent embassy in Brisbane overnight as
officers moved in to dismantle the site.”

Australian: Three arrested in Brisbane tent embassy dispute
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/three-arrested-in-brisbane-tent-embassy-dispute/story-e6frg6nf-1226535024598
12 Dec 12: “BRISBANE’S lord mayor says any further attempts
to re-establish an Aboriginal tent embassy in a city park
will be shut down. Three people were arrested overnight
after Brisbane City Council staff yesterday dismantled the
tent embassy in Musgrave Park. The council said it was
acting at the request of local elders, who believed the
site wasn’t being run in accordance with its original
purpose. But supporters moved back in last night, setting
up new tents and re-lighting a sacred fire.”

Age: Tent embassy gone
http://media.theage.com.au/national/selections/tent-embassy-gone-3882755.html
12 Dec 12: “Elders agree to have the aboriginal tent
embassy at Musgrave Park removed late Tuesday, saying it
has been “overrun” by people being “disrespectful of
Musgrave Park”.”

* NEWS RE BRISBANE SOVEREIGN EMBASSY,
MUSGRAVE PARK, SOUTH BRISBANE, QLD:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6

13 Dec 12: “One of three Brisbane Aboriginal Tent Embassy
campaigners who spent a night in jail after being taken
into custody on Tuesday says attempts by the state Premier
and Mayor of Brisbane to remove the campsite are futile.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Vows to keep sacred fire burning at Musgrave Park
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7689-vows-to-keep-sacred-fire-burning-at-musgrave-park
13 Dec 12: “Brisbane Sovereign Embassy members says they’ll
continue their protest and keep the sacred fire burning
after it was extinguished by the City Council on Tuesday
night. Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says community
elders asked for the fire to be put out and the site to be
dismantled. Embassy members have rejected this and say
those present at a meeting with council didn’t represent
the views of the Embassy. Jagera elder and member Kevin
Vieritz says the Embassy will continue their demands for a
treaty and it was disrespectful to extinguish the fire.”

news.com.au : Activists still guarding tent embassy fire
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/activists-still-guarding-tent-embassy-fire/story-e6frfku9-1226535906767
13 Dec 12: “TWO activists have spent the night guarding the
smouldering coals of a fire at the Aboriginal tent embassy
in Brisbane. Protester Gladys Weazel vowed on Thursday to
stay put and continue the vigil with her father in Musgrave
Park. Brisbane City Council evicted people from the site on
Tuesday, three of whom were later arrested in a midnight
raid. Ms Weazel says the council “just doesn’t like
Aboriginal people”. “We clean up our mess. We don’t hassle
anyone. This is our meeting place. All our people passed
away here,” she told AAP.”

Australian: Police move in on tent embassy again
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/activists-still-guarding-tent-embassy-fire/story-fn3dxiwe-1226535906767
13 Dec 12: “AUTHORITIES have again doused a sacred fire and
attempted to evict Aboriginal activists trying to
re-establish Brisbane’s tent embassy. The Brisbane City
Council shut down the embassy in inner-city Musgrave Park
on Tuesday, extinguishing a sacred fire under the watch of
Aboriginal elders. … But an elder, Judulu, said it was a
peaceful protest and urged council to let the protesters
be. He said they would not be removed from the park. …
Activists who support the embassy say the council has
listened only to some elders to push its own agenda.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Shut down of Brisbane Embassy slammed
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7686-shut-down-of-brisbane-embassy-slammed
12 Dec 12: “Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy
campaigner Boe Spearim says the Brisbane City Council
wasn’t justified in dismantling the site at Musgrave Park
last night. … It’s reported the Embassy was being
misused, piling up rubbish and no longer serving its
intended purpose. Mr. Spearim says groups who called for
the Embassy to be shut down have limited involvement with
it and reports of drug and alcohol use there are
misguided. He says there’s always been substance abuse in
the Musgrave Park area and often the Embassy attempts to
help people.”

Perth Now: We won’t budge: tent embassy supporters
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/breaking-news/stand-off-at-brisbane-tent-embassy/story-e6frg13c-1226534919800
12 Dec 12: “A HANDFUL of supporters say they’ll ignore
orders to abandon the site of an Aboriginal tent embassy in
Brisbane. Three people were arrested overnight after
supporters moved back into Musgrave Park in South Brisbane,
in a bid to re-establish a tent embassy dismantled by
council officers on Tuesday. … On Wednesday a few
supporters remained on the site, refusing to budge. They
included Woomera elder Judulu, who said the group had
salvaged a hot coal from the sacred fire authorities had
tried to put out on Tuesday. It was used to light another
nearby.”

Nine News: Protesters remain at Brisbane tent embassy
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2012/12/12/01/07/stand-off-at-brisbane-tent-embassy
12 Dec 12: “This week has seen the end of Brisbane’s
Aboriginal tent embassy, with indigenous elders turning on
each other over its unceremonious closure. … A handful of
supporters rekindled the fire again on Wednesday and
guarded it, vowing not to move. … One of the three
arrested in the clashes, Wayne Wharton of the Kooma people,
wants an investigation into the motives behind its closure.
“He (Mr Quirk) has caused irreparable damage to the
Aboriginal community and their relationship with the
broader community,” Mr Wharton told AAP.”

Koori Mail: Arrests after Bris embassy closed
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
12 Dec 12: “THREE people were arrested late yesterday while
trying to re-establish the Aboriginal tent embassy in
Brisbane’s Musgrave Park, which had earlier been closed
down by Brisbane City Council staff. Brisbane lord mayor
Graham Quirk told AAP that Aboriginal Elders had asked for
the site to be closed because it had lost its original
purpose. But Embassy supporters including Wayne ‘Coco’
Wharton insist the embassy has the support of the Brisbane
Aboriginal community. It is understood those arrested were
charged with breaching the peace, and contravening a
police direction.”

Brisbane Times: Tent embassy cleared
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/tent-embassy-cleared-20121211-2b7lk.html
12 Dec 12: “The sovereign tent embassy at Musgrave Park was
shut down and cleared up by council officers after Lord
Mayor Graham Quirk revoked permission the site be used for
the purpose of peaceful protest on Tuesday. Following an
afternoon meeting with elders from the Jaggera community Cr
Quirk approached the South Brisbane campsite, formally
withdrew the council’s permission – granted in May – and
called in a rapid response team to pack away tents and the
possessions of those camped there.”

ABC: Police arrest Brisbane tent embassy supporters
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-12/police-arrest-brisbane-tent-embassy-supporters/4422720
12 Dec 12: “Three people have been arrested during an angry
clash between police and Aboriginal protesters at the
Brisbane tent embassy overnight. The council shut down the
embassy site at Musgrave Park in South Brisbane yesterday
afternoon, at the request of local Indigenous elders. The
elders had expressed serious concerns to the council about
the way it was being run. Later in the evening, a smaller
group of Indigenous embassy supporters returned to
Musgrave Park, set up tents and restarted two sacred
fires.”

ABC Brisbane:
Tent embassy supporters arrested at Musgrave Park
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/12/06/3652436.htm
12 Dec 12: “Supporters of the Aboriginal tent embassy in
Brisbane have been arrested after refusing to leave the
site overnight. Three people have been arrested during an
angry clash between police and Aboriginal protesters at the
Brisbane tent embassy on Tuesday night. Officers with
Brisbane City Council were called in to clean up the tent
embassy on Tuesday, after Cnr Quirk formally withdrew the
council’s permission for the embassy at Musgrave Park at
the request of local Indigenous Elders.

SBS World News: Tent embassy won’t rise again: mayor
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1719831/Stand-off-at-Brisbane-tent-embassy
12 Dec 12: “Any attempts to re-establish an Aboriginal tent
embassy in a Brisbane park will be shut down, the city’s
mayor says. Brisbane City Council staff dismantled the tent
embassy in Musgrave Park on Tuesday. The council said it
was acting at the request of local elders, who believed
the site wasn’t being run in accordance with its original
purpose. But supporters moved back in on Tuesday night,
setting up new tents and re-lighting a sacred fire.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE BRISBANE SOVEREIGN EMBASSY,
MUSGRAVE PARK, SOUTH BRISBANE, QLD:

Last updated: 8 December 2012

[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

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