228 YEARS AND STILL FIGHTING FOR SOVEREINTY, TREATY, SOCIAL JUSTICE!
Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA) Sydney and Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy (RATE) and other organizations are calling all to unite together for an Invasion Day March Tuesday 26th January 2016. The Invasion Day March is called for 10am at the Block Redfern then marching into the city.
This call is for all who want to fight for sovereignty, treaty and social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders rights as well as to unite across Australia to protest the British Colonial Invasion 228 years ago. This will also be to remember the actions of our Aboriginal and allied comrades in 1938, the black rights struggle of the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s, the 21st century as well as too many others before or since. Our Invasion Day March will indeed be a peaceful one, but we of course, retain the absolute right to stop the violence of racism and prejudice towards anyone.
Governments and their hand-maidens have been quite successful in turning Invasion Day into a day of ‘celebration’. Meanwhile, they continue to forget that our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to suffer and diminish in numbers without any rights other than the rights of assimilation. This injustice must be overturned and brutality of the colonialism that we are all forced to live by must be brought to the forefront.
We intend to march from the Redfern Block into the city where the Sydney City Council will be doing their appeasement Australia Day celebrations. We, will not be disrupting their events nor calling for a Boycott of their events. Yet we will inform all concerned people along the way of the true history of Invasion Day with the following issues:
1. Sovereignty, Treaty, Social Justice!
2. Stop all deaths in custody!
3. Reinstate Commonwealth funding under community control!
4. Stop forced Closures of Aboriginal Communities by building communities not prisons!
5. Stop forced removals of all children!
6. Say no to cashless welfare!
7. Stop the Intervention!
8. Justice for the Bowraville 3!
9. Hands off Waterloo public housing!
10. Protect TJ’s memorial! Affix TJ’s plaque to the fence line!
It has been agreed by the organising committee that there will be a silent march to follow the original route of the 26 January 1938 Day of Mourning protest from Town Hall to the ‘Australian Hall’ (150-52 Elisabeth St.) that marked the sesquicentenary of the British invasion of this Sacred Land. This march will occur after the end of the Town Hall component of the rally. The organising committee encourages everyone to bring wreaths and other tokens of respect to remember and honour all of the great warriors of the past that have struggled for justice.
We call on all organisations and supporters of the Aboriginal rights struggle to join us. Always was always will be Aboriginal land!
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association Sydney and Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy.