130226 – Australia’s horrific incarceration rates of Aboriginal peoples: The Stringer

* The Stringer:
International Prisoners Justice Day highlights
Australia’s horrific incarceration rates of Aboriginal peoples
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* Dr Alice Clark, The Stringer:
Housing and homelessness issues for Aboriginal and Islander
Peoples living in South Australia

* The Stringer:
One of Australia’s worst massacres
– 150 Yaburara men, women and children slaughtered

* Paddy Gibson, Solidarity Online:
“Captain’s pick” Nova Peris will make NT Labor’s problems worse

* The Stringer:
“Nothing to live for,” said Stolen Generations father

* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer:
4 years on the Bellottis still wait for compensation and answers

* THE STRINGER:
INTERNATIONAL PRISONERS JUSTICE DAY HIGHLIGHTS
AUSTRALIA’S HORRIFIC INCARCERATION RATES OF ABORIGINAL PEOPLES

– News

The Stringer:
International Prisoners Justice Day highlights
Australia’s horrific incarceration rates of Aboriginal peoples
http://thestringer.com.au/international-prisoners-justice-day-highlights-australias-horrific-incarceration-rates-of-aboriginal-peoples/
19 Feb 13: “The maltreatment and abuse of prisoners, and
the high incarceration rates of particular cultures,
especially Indigenous cultures, is a world-wide phenomena,
according to social researcher and academic Dr Brian
Steels, however no peoples have endured worse
disproportionate incarceration rates than Australia’s
Aboriginal peoples. The Aboriginal peoples of the
Northern Territory and Western Australia are the world’s
most incarcerated peoples, and they will be at the
forefront of discussions and remembrance around the
world on International Prisoners Justice Day on August 10.”

See:

The Stringer
http://thestringer.com.au/the-stringer/
“Independent News, Investigative Journalism,
Multi Award winning writers
The Stringer went live on February 19 and will be formally
launched on February 25 at The Media at the Crossroads
Conference at NSW Parliament’s Theatrette. Independent news
media contributes to the unfolding landscape of human
rights and social justice. It is our aim to provide every
opportunity to the rise of voices that far too often are
denied. … Kind Regards from The Stringer editors
– Gerry Georgatos and Jennifer Kaeshagen.”

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

Last updated: 22 February 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

* DR ALICE CLARK, THE STRINGER:
HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS ISSUES FOR ABORIGINAL AND ISLANDER
PEOPLES LIVING IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

– Analysis / Opinion

The Stringer:
Housing and homelessness issues for Aboriginal and Islander
Peoples living in South Australia
http://thestringer.com.au/whats-happening-at-your-place-housing-and-homelessness-issues-for-aboriginal-and-islander-peoples-living-in-south-australia-2/
22 Feb 13: “Safe, affordable and culturally appropriate
housing is particularly difficult to attain for many
Aboriginal and Islander Peoples living in South Australia.
The majority of publicly owned housing is built to
accommodate small nuclear families consisting of mum, dad
and two kids, rather than catering for the extended family
groups and visitors that are an everyday part of life for
Aboriginal and Islander Peoples. When there are no
alternative housing options, Aboriginal and Islander
Peoples can find themselves without adequate space in
their homes and experience heavy drains on their financial
and material resources.” By Dr Alice Clark

* THE STRINGER:
ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S WORST MASSACRES
– 150 YABURARA MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN SLAUGHTERED

– News

The Stringer:
One of Australia’s worst massacres
– 150 Yaburara men, women and children slaughtered
http://thestringer.com.au/one-of-australias-worst-massacres-150-yaburara-men-women-and-children-slaughtered/
22 Feb 13: “For the first time in 145 years, black and
white Australians have jointly organised the first
national commemoration day of one of Australia’s largest
massacres – the Flying Foam Massacre. The remembrance of
the massacre nearly a century and a half later commenced at
dawn on Sunday 17 February. It was not only remembered in
the north west of Australia but also in every major city
in the nation. … Custodian of the Country where his
ancestors were nearly wiped out, Senior Law Boss and
Elder Wilfred Hicks said women and children were murdered
by the colonialists “by gunshot.” He called it “genocide.””

– Event

Event: Sun 17 February 2013: West Perth, WA
Flying Foam Massacre Remembrance Day
“In memory of the 17 February 1868
Flying Foam Massacre of the Yaburara people
of the Burrup, there will be a Stand Up for
the Burrup photo-shoot action at the the
WA Parliament House … ”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/53248

* PADDY GIBSON, SOLIDARITY ONLINE:
“CAPTAIN’S PICK” NOVA PERIS WILL MAKE NT LABOR’S PROBLEMS WORSE

– Analysis / Opinion

Solidarity Online:
“Captain’s pick” Nova Peris will make NT Labor’s problems worse
http://www.solidarity.net.au/53/captain%E2%80%99s-pick-nova-peris-will-make-nt-labor%E2%80%99s-problems-worse/
February 2013: “Prime Minister Julia Gillard has appointed
Indigenous former-Olympian Nova Peris as the lead
candidate on the Labor Party’s Northern Territory (NT)
Senate ticket for the September federal election. …
This so-called “captain’s pick”, however, is cynical
tokenism that will only add to Labor’s crisis. This turn
to celebrity rides rough-shod over the local committed
Labor members and branches and has increased the
disillusionment with Labor. Labor leaders’ use of “star
power” candidates like Peter Garrett, Maxine McKew and
now Peris, is part of the general, long-term
deterioration of Labor, desperate to find ways to try
to maintain votes as it slides in the polls but remains
determined to continue along its right-wing policy
trajectory.” Paddy Gibson

See:

WGAR News: NT leader: Nova Peris is wrong,
Stronger Futures must go: STICS (4 Feb 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/04/wgar-news-nt-leader-nova-peris-is-wrong-stronger-futures-must-go-stics

WGAR News: Sovereign Union condemns Peris-Kneebone
“steamrolling” (24 Jan 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/23/wgar-news-daughter-of-maralinga-test-victim-speaks-out-youtube

* THE STRINGER:
“NOTHING TO LIVE FOR,” SAID STOLEN GENERATIONS FATHER

– News

The Stringer:
“Nothing to live for,” said Stolen Generations father
http://thestringer.com.au/nothing-to-live-for-said-stolen-generations-father-3/
15 Feb 13: “Elderly Noongar couple Donald and Sylvia
Collard are fighting for a slice of justice in the Supreme
Court Stolen Generations test case. The case is underway
with the Western Australian State Government defending
itself in that “it was the right thing to remove the
children.” Mr Collard said that when his children were
taken from “a good family” he did not know what to do or
what to live for. Mr Collard told the Court he felt numb,
sick inside and unable to breathe when his children were
removed … ”

See:

WGAR News: “Landmark Stolen Generations Test Case Begins in Perth”
Media Statement (8 Feb 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/07/wgar-news-marie-sailor-an-aboriginal-elder-whose-wages-were-stolen-accent-of-women-radio-

* GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
4 YEARS ON THE BELLOTTIS STILL WAIT FOR COMPENSATION AND ANSWERS

– News

The Stringer:
4 years on the Bellottis still wait for compensation and answers
http://thestringer.com.au/4-years-on-bellottis-still-seeking-compensation-and-answers/
22 Feb 13: “Rex Bellotti Jr. – 15 years old at the time,
was struck by a police vehicle on Lower King Road, Albany
– it was shy of midnight as he was walking home from an
Aboriginal Wake on March 6, 2009. Four years later his
family are still waiting for answers and compensation
– for help with his ongoing medical care. The WA Police
Commission is still to come to terms with a commitment to
100 per cent responsibility, offering through their
insurers 70 per cent liability in regards to an insurance
claim payout.” By Gerry Georgatos

– Event

Event: 6 March 2013: Sydney, NSW
Part of the National Day of Action for
Justice for Rex Bellotti in Perth, WA
Rally outside office of Police Integrity Commission (PIC) NSW
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association – Sydney (ISJA)
Event details: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Redfern-Waterloo/message/7099

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