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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 »
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 »
In late July, a Four Corners investigative report, titled Australia’s Shame, exposed the brutal abuse of Aboriginal youth in the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre in Darwin. Kids were routinely held in isolation for weeks at a time in cells with no running water and little natural light. Graphic CCTV footage showed six teens being… Read more »
Campaign demands Victorian Government be held accountable for Juvenile Justice crisis.
Residents of the Gaza Strip are caught in a brutal nightmare they cannot escape. In 2006, Israel imposed a military and economic blockade by land, air and sea. This coastal enclave is now a maximum security prison for Palestinians. Israel sends bombs and drones against fathers, mothers, and children, whose crime is being born in… Read more »
Over a year ago, the Sacred Stone camp was established on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline. Since then opposition has taken many forms and is not over. Earlier this year, a call was put out by the Standing Rock tribe and Indigenous leaders for a national day of action… Read more »
While at Standing Rock, Freedom Socialist Party representative and union carpenter Patrick Burns talks with Liam Cain, member of Laborers Union Local 1271 and the Industrial Workers of the World, about labor’s role in defending Native rights and fighting the pipeline companies. To see Patrick Burns and Gina Petry’s report-back from Standing Rock, click here.
Abuse of Indigenous youth has been in the headlines again recently in Australia. Indigenous-led protests erupted swiftly with women playing important leadership roles. Melbourne rally, 30 July, called by Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance. In the Northern Territory, these young people are 97 percent of all kids in custody. In July, a current affairs show… Read more »
Days 6 and 7, November 20-21, 2016 – State warfare intensifies – solidarity builds Our final days representing Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party at Standing Rock were action-packed and compelling. Varied voices of water protectors Patrick Burns and I spent time with the International Indigenous Youth Council and attended a council meeting. The youth… Read more »