people of color

1981: Apartheid sparks showdown in New Zealand

Summer/Autumn 2008

12 September 1981 was the fifth anniversary of the death of the radical black South African activist, Steve Biko, in police custody. That day, the South African rugby union team, the Springboks, was playing a match against the New Zealand (NZ) rugby union team, the All Blacks (named for the playing colours they used). Members… Read more »

Farewell Veronica Brodie

Winter/Spring 2007

Campaigners for Aboriginal justice lost a champion with the death of Veronica Brodie on the 3rd of May. Veronica, a respected elder, was a tireless freedom fighter from Ngarrindjeri-Kaurna nations. She was born Veronica Wilson at Point McLeay Mission, South Australia (SA) in 1941. Until the mid 1960s, her life was completely controlled by the… Read more »

Revolutionary Integration: A Marxist Analysis of African American Liberation

Winter/Spring 2004

My hometown, Guilford Connecticut, had one African American family. The only other family of colour was from Puerto Rico, brought in as cheap labour for Pinchbeck’s prosperous rose farm, just down the road from my house. We kids went to primary school together. Our education system didn’t provide much for special needs, so my eighth… Read more »

Standing in solidarity with Muslim women

Summer/Autumn 2003

Bush’s “War on Terrorism” has the sickening stench of racism — as wars for profit always do. In the previous world war, Uncle Sam saved “Western Civilisation” from “Asian hordes.” Today, he’s going after “Islamic terrorists” from the Middle East and Asia. According to Fred Nile, Christian fundamentalist Member of Parliament in New South Wales,… Read more »

No justice, No peace Letty Scott: The story of a fighter

Winter/Spring 1999

Letty Scott is a fighter. Her husband allegedly hung himself at Berrimah Prison in the Northern Territory on 5 July 1985. For the last decade-and-a-half, Letty has used her anger to campaign for the reopening of his case to expose the truth surrounding his death.

Stealing Moments for Poetry

Summer/Autumn 1998

Nellie Wong is a citizen of the world. An off-hand comment by her boss, a skin irritation, a homeless person on the street, the smell of food cooking or tanks in Tiananmen Square . . . all these scenes from working class life are her inspirations. Her work is complex, evocative and rich with imagery.

Exclusive: FSB talks with Victorian Koori Elder, Liz Hoffman

Summer/Autumn 1994

Elizabeth Hoffman, is chair of the Yorta Yorta Clans Group. She shared insights into the hidden history of the Indigenous peoples of the continent’s south-east. Like so many other such histories, it is about the murderous onslaught of the white invaders and of the struggle of the people to survive.