Our Generation - screening at FERN - 7pm, Thurs 4 Nov  

“This is a very important film that everyone needs to see… It will change your life” John Butler, of the John Butler Trio
“The truth in this film is like a red hot poker driven into the conscience of a nation. Aboriginal voices, unheard or ignored, make it plain that they are ‘of their land’ and that they will not trade off their lawful rights. This film is a plea for reason. Are we listening? Will we act?” Jeff McMullen (former ABC Foreign Correspondent)
“If ever Australia had an Inconvenient Truth, this is it. Our Generation is a highly emotional, powerful journey into territory that we have chosen too long to ignore. This is a film every Australian needs to see.” Cathy Henkel (director of The Burning Season)
"From the ongoing controversy of the Northern Territory Intervention, to being forced off their traditional lands into larger townships crippled by social dysfunction, to their languages being removed from school education, to mining deals sidelining traditional owners, the Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory are fighting for freedom.

Our Generation is their untold story; of a struggle hidden from the eyes of mainstream Australia."

-Come get informed and share ideas on how to help.

- All proceeds go to Aboriginal Rights Coalition

-donation based, suggested $5-$10

7pm at FERN, corner of High St and Montreal
NEED I SAY MORE? Bring a deck chair or a cushion as we'll be screening outside.... SEE YOU THERE.

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Our Generation - new film about the NT Intervention  

Our Generation

Fremantle Launch - Wed 6 October
Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle

The new, groundbreaking documentary on Aboriginal rights, presented by the film makers.

"This is a very important film that everyone must see. It will change your life." - John Butler.

Tickets $15/$10 on the door
Gates open 6:30pm. Film starts 7:30pm.


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Public Forum: The Fight for Aboriginal Rights in the NT  

The Northern Territory Intervention, the NT government’s policy of withdrawing resources from Aboriginal homelands and bans on education in Aboriginal languages all form part of a savage assimilation agenda in the NT. Racist legislation is fueling apartheid style conditions in urban centres like Alice Springs. An explosion in uranium exploration and the push for an NT nuclear waste dump are also increasing pressure on communities.

These attacks are being met with strong resistance from a growing protest movement. And in the recent federal election, anti-Intervention Greens candidates outpolled both Labor and Liberal across Central Australia. Come along, participate in discussion and hear analysis and updates from Aboriginal rights activists based in Alice Springs.

Nat Wasley (Beyond Nuclear Initiative)
Paddy Gibson (Intervention Rollback Action Group)

Monday 27 Sept
6:30pm Earthwise (315 Bagot Road, Subiaco)

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The "intervention walk-off" and human rights in NT  

The "Intervention Walk-off" and human rights in NT

By Richard Downs (Alywarr spokesperson for the intervention walkoff)

6 for 6:30pm
Thurs 24 June
Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Blg 211
Curtin University of Technology.

"When I first heard Downs speak ... I knew that an exciting new chapter in the struggle of Indigenous Australians had opened. One of the most important political events of my lifetime was the long strike by the Gurindji people when they walked off the cattle station at Wave Hill in the Northern Territory in August 1966.

"The issues which the Gurindji brought to light — the denial of basic human rights, the lack of proper living and working conditions and the racism — are no different in principle from those described by Downs and other Alyawarr elders since their own historic walk-off in July last year." (John Pilger, April 2010)

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Defending Indigenous Rights: land, law, culture - Anti-racist convergence in Alice Springs  

Dear Comrades,

We’re writing to tell you about the important next steps in the campaign against the Northern Territory intervention, and to invite you continued participation in it.

The February protest house project at the Alyawarr people’s walk-off was the result of much collaboration with and solidarity from the union movement across this country. We understand the importance of our comrades in the unions being part of our struggle: we’ve learnt from history and appreciate the role that particular unions played in organising and constructing the protest house.

Many unionists came away from the experience inspired and wanting to stay in touch and involved in the campaign. While solidarity from unions is growing, the momentum across Aboriginal communities affected by the intervention also gathers pace: more communities are coming on board, wanting to make a stand against the laws. There is a campaign to unionise Aboriginal workers who are forced to work for nothing more than the Basics Card – a policy taking us back to the rations day.

Because of this momentum, and the need for us all to come together in a display of strength and opposition to the intervention, we’re planning what looks set to be an historic gathering of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Alice Springs: 6-9th July 2010.

We want people to come together to hold workshops and forums, plan a national strategy to defeat the intervention, and learn from each others’ experiences in other campaigns.

The demands of the gathering are:
* Stop the intervention &
* Reinstate the Racial Discrimination act with no conditions and no special measures.

Students and other groups around the coast are already planning “Freedom bus rides” to converge on Alice Springs for the event, and we’re mobilising families and communities across central Australia.

We are asking unions, activist groups, churches – anybody concerned with human rights for Aboriginal people- to join us in this campaign.

Please consider being part of the July gathering. This is an invitation to attend the event.

But we also invite you to consider being a part of it in other ways: official endorsement; host a workshop or stream (you may want to consider a theme relevant to your organisation- “Unions and the Aboriginal rights movement”, “Climate change and Aboriginal people”, etc); provide material support for the event such as marquees, donations of food, money etc; “sponsor a seat” on the freedom bus rides to enable a student or young Aboriginal person from your state to attend…

Monday 5th July - Arrival of every one

Tuesday 6th July 10:00am - Arrente welcoming speech to all

Richard Downs
Alyawarr Spokesperson for Intervention walk off

NB: Richard Downs will be speaking in Perth on Thurs 24 June and Sat 26 June

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Marianne MacKay speaking at rally for Mr Ward  

Marianne MacKay speaking at rally for Mr Ward 17 March 2010

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KultureJam video from Feb 13 rally  

From: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvdJuu-qJ84

From: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwX273x6nTs

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