Thursday, December 3, 2015

Protest against racism and deaths in custody outside Dhu inquest

Family members and supporters gathered on December 2 outside the inquest into the death in custody of 22-year-old Ms Dhu. The protest was a response to the shocking evidence of neglect and institutionalised racism revealed at the inquest and the fact that the conclusion of the inquest has been delayed so that police testimony won't be heard until at least March 2016.

Speakers pointed out that Aboriginal deaths in custody is an ongoing reality and that the lack of a Custody Notification Service in WA and the failure to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody contributes to these deaths.

The protesters also noted that the hollow promise of premier Colin Barnett in October 2014 to reduce the numbers of Aboriginal people in custody had not been fulfilled.

[This article first appeared in Green Left online.]

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

People's Climate March in Perth

5-8000 people marched from Wellington Square to the Hay Street Mall in the middle of Perth city as part of the international weekend of climate action.

The mobilisation took place in the days after serious bush fires in Esperance. Kevin Jolly of the United Firefighters Union was one of the speakers highlighting that bushfire season is starting earlier.

An Aboriginal contingent lead the march in which chants for "people power" as a means to achieve climate action were popular.

The Socialist Alliance marched behind a banner reading "Capitalism kills the climate: ecosocialism is the alternative".

Check out this video (above) from Perth and this video (below) from Bunbury.

climate chang- Bunbury WA

#climate_change March 2015 - #Bunbury, western Australia

Posted by Rez Nez Film on Monday, November 30, 2015