Theories of Change Seminar - Members Only Event

Friday 18 November, 1-4 pm, City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi Street, West Perth

This members only event will be co-presented by Catherine Atoms, Community Participation Lead of the Conservation Council of WA, and Carolyn Lewis, Convenor of the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee of WA (Inc.). Participants in the workshop will discuss major debates in social change such as the role of institutions, root causes of social issues, visions for the world and mechanisms of change.

Invitations have been emailed. Members should contact DICWC at if you have not received an invitation and would like to attend.

We hope all members can make it.


Courageous Conversations about Race  - Members Only Event

Saturday 19 November, 10am-1pm, Citiplace Community Centre, Upper Level Walkway, Shop 2, Perth Railway Station Complex

This members only workshop will be led by Malcolm Fialho, Senior Diversity Officer at the University of Western Australia. Malcolm has spent 20 years working in the area of human rights and is considered to be at the leading edge of cultural competency building, bringing a power-based analysis of race and culture. 

Please bring a packed lunch. 

Invitations have been emailed. Members should contact DICWC at if you have not received an invitation and would like to attend. A work booklet for the workshop will be supplied via email closer to the date of this event.

We hope all members can make it.


Annual General Meeting, Thursday 13 October, 6–8pm, UnionsWA meeting room, Level 4, CSA building, 445 Hay Street, East Perth

Members are strongly encouraged to attend this year’s AGM as a special resolution on a new constitution is being proposed, including a name change, changes to the aims and objectives of the association, increasing First Nations involvement on the board, deductible gift recipient status and compliance with the new Associations Act. All current financial members can vote.

The meeting will start promptly at 6pm. Note that the entrance doors to the building do not allow people to enter after 6pm. Please arrive early.


#ReleasetheCCTV hearing, Perth Central Law Courts, Court 51, Wednesday 28 September, 10am

On John Pat Day the coroner is hearing submissions on releasing the CCTV footage of Ms Dhu in custody. This is what the family has asked for. Come along to support Ms Dhu's family.

"My niece's footage will cause uproar." – Shaun Harris, uncle of Ms Dhu


John Pat Memorial Day, Sunday 25 September, 12pm

Join us in marking the 33rd anniversary of John Pat's death in custody with our annual ceremony of remembrance for all who have died in police and prison custody and police pursuits.

John Pat Memorial at Fremantle Prison, to the left of the prison entrance. Light refreshments provided.

Click here to download a letter to fill out and send to the president of the Legislative Council demanding changes to protect people in custody.


Callout for poems

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.


Justice for Ms Dhu rally, Thursday 4 August, 12pm, Central Law Courts, Perth

We support Ms Dhu’s family in calling for the coroner to #ReleasetheCCTV





















Surviving Tragedy: Lessons in Resistance forum, Wednesday 3 August, 6-8pm, Derbarl Yerrigan

With guest speaker Lex Wotton, Shaun Harris, and chaired by DICWC member Carolyn Lewis.

Lex is coming over from Palm Island. Please make a contribution to his travel costs by donating via
























National Day of Emergency: 25 years. 339 recommendations. 355+ Aboriginal deaths in custody.







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