#BlackLivesMatter rally, Perth Cultural Centre, Saturday 23 July, 12pm
The Deaths in Custody Watch Committee (DICWC) WA is supporting the Black Lives Matter Peaceful Rally. See event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/215752168824563/
We call on all our supporters to join us in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the US and raise your voices in protest of institutionalised racism and systemic discrimination that is happening right here, right now.
If people believed that #BlackLivesMatter in Australia, Aboriginal people would not be dying in custody. If people believed that #BlackLivesMatter in Australia, Aboriginal people would not be so grossly over-represented in the criminal (in)justice system. If people believed that #BlackLivesMatter in Australia, remote Aboriginal communities would not be threatened with forced closure. If people believed that #BlackLivesMatter in Australia, families like those of John Pat, TJ Hickey, Mr Ward and Ms Dhu might not have had to bury their loved ones.
We stand in solidarity with all those who have been affected by police brutality and state violence. Bring your banners and placards. See you there. #BlackLivesMatter #BuildCommunitiesNotPrisons #stopdeathsincustody #justiceNOW #alwayswasalwayswillbe
With guest speaker Lex Wotton, Shaun Harris, and chaired by DICWC member Carolyn Lewis. https://www.facebook.com/events/245947625787550/
Lex is coming over from Palm Island. Please make a contribution to his travel costs by donating via https://www.gofundme.com/22a4sdas
We support Ms Dhu’s family in calling for the coroner to #ReleasetheCCTV
To mark the 25th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 2016, the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee and Curtin University are calling for poems on deaths in custody, whether commemorating an individual who has died in custody or exploring why Aboriginal people continue to be imprisoned at disproportionate rates. In 1983, 16-year-old John Pat died in custody in Roebourne jail of injuries inflicted by five off-duty police officers. This was a formative moment for the movement to end deaths in custody. Since the Royal Commission, there have been more than three hundred Aboriginal deaths in custody. Rates of imprisonment are worse for Aboriginal women and even more so for Aboriginal juveniles. Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in Western Australia. On 4 August 2014 a young Aboriginal woman, 22-year-old Ms Dhu, died in the Port Hedland lockup after being imprisoned for unpaid fines.
This call for poems is supported by Aunty Carol Roe, grandmother of Ms Dhu. Click on the heading above to read poems from John Kinsella and Tracy Ryan.