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A weekend of radical and intersectional struggle honouring Ray Jackson his life and legacy
December 8 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
One event on December 9, 2018 at 10:00am
Ray Jackson (27 March 1941-23 April 2015) was a proud Wiradjuri warrior, socialist, unionist, wharfie, feminist, LGBTIQ liberationist, internationalist, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and tireless fighter for Koori justice (fkj). His life and legacy inspire those who carry on these struggles. Remembered as a visionary, he was awarded the French Human Rights Award in 2013 for his Black deaths in custody work with the Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA).
To celebrate International Human Rights Day, ISJA Melbourne, First Nations Workers Alliance, Abolitionist and Transformative Justice Centre, Freedom Socialist Party, and Radical Women invite you to the Maritime Union of Australia for the Naarm Melbourne launch of an exhibition of Ray’s collection of political t-shirts, posters, and badges, as well as more than 200 photos from his life of struggle.
The poster will be launched at 2pm on Saturday afternoon, followed by a day of workshops on Sunday. Sunday’s activities will focus on the interconnected issues that Ray brought together in his activism and look for ways that this history can inform ongoing local struggles for justice.
Ray Jackson resisted across many platforms during his life. He organised in various trade unions and as a member of the Communist Party, Freedom Socialist Party and Socialist Alliance. He coordinated the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Watch Committee (1987-1997), led the Justice for TJ Hickey campaign, and fought for an inquiry into the death of Indigenous trans woman Veronica Baxter in Silverwater men’s prison in 2009. He organised Aboriginal passport ceremonies for more than 400 refugees both in and out of detention. Ray was committed to building solidarity and unity amongst diverse groups and is remembered as someone who fought for all.
Location: Maritime Union of Australia, 46 – 54 Ireland Street, West Melbourne, 3 minutes walk from North Melbourne Station.