Posts in: indigenous struggles

A conversation with First Nations Feminist Firebrands, Leslie Spillett and Nahanni Fontaine

Winter/Spring 2009

Last February, Nahanni Fontaine and Leslie Spillett, two First Nations women from Canada, visited Melbourne for a brief visit. Alison Thorne caught up with them to explore similarities and differences between Indigenous struggles in Canada and Australia. Nahanni, an Ojibway woman, is the Director of Justice for the Southern Chiefs Organisation in Manitoba. She is… Read more »

For my sister, Letty Scott: a strong justice woman

Winter/Spring 2009

Letty Marie Scott was born on the 26 April 1953 at Raggetts Well, Glen Helen in the Northern Territory. Her Mother was Lucy Gibson, nee Briscoe Nampijimpa, an Anmatyerre woman from Central Australia, and her father was Arthur William Gibson from New South Wales who claimed Irish descent. On 25 November 2006, Letty was diagnosed… Read more »

Aboriginal Hip-Hop promotes pride

Summer/Autumn 2010

Resistance, survival and pride are themes inseparable from hip-hop music produced by Aboriginal Australians. While most recordings are self-produced disks unavailable through mainstream retail outlets, at the grassroots the scene is thriving. Mixed origins. Australia was introduced to hip-hop in the 1980s as a wave of African American performers, such at New York’s Public Enemy… Read more »


Summer/Autumn 2010

Unionism is not a crime! Drop all charges against Ark Tribe now! It’s a bloody disgrace! Unionist Ark Tribe will be back in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 15 June for refusing to appear before the coercive Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). He faces a possible jail term of up to six months! What’s… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial: Defend Palestinian hunger strikers

June 2017

Fifteen hundred Palestinian political prisoners launched a hunger strike on April 17, ongoing as of this writing. They are protesting abominable conditions in Israel’s privately run prisons. Their demands include decent medical treatment; an end to solitary confinement and Israel’s policy of renewable detention without trial; relocation to facilities in the Palestinian territories; reinstatement of… Read more »

Catalonia’s right to decide

December 2017

Spain’s right-wing government is using every weapon to stifle the independence movement and imprison or otherwise sideline its leaders.

Lex Wotton: Palm Island class action win is an important precedent

January 2017

If I had to choose one word to described Palm Island community leader, Lex Wotton, it would be “tenacious.” In 2008, Wotton visited Melbourne for his first speaking tour, organised by the Indigenous Social Justice Association. At that time, Wotton faced the threat of jail for his role in a protest in November 2004, following… Read more »

Pine Gap: 50 years of U.S. & Australian imperialist collaboration

October 2016

The Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap, Australia is possibly the most important U.S. intelligence gathering facility outside of that country. It collects many different types of data to aid the U.S. imperialist war machine. It also aids Australia’s own military imperialism in this region and has done so for 50 years. Stolen land. Pine… Read more »