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First Nations human rights campaigner Ray Jackson shone a light on deaths in custody for 30 years

On April 23, an Aboriginal man who dedicated his life to fighting against the deaths of his people in Australian police and prison cells succumbed quietly to his own death in his small flat in Waterloo. Ray Jackson, a Wiradjuri warrior for human rights, was one of Australia's most vocal and knowledgeable deaths-in-custody campaigners. A fighter for Koori justice – or "fkj", as he always signed his weekly emails – Jackson spent nearly 30 years holding our police, prison and court systems to account every time a "blackfella" died in custody. Read more about First Nations human rights campaigner Ray Jackson shone a light on deaths in custody for 30 years

Videos - SOS Forced closure of Aboriginal homelands - Smoking, March & Speeches - Canberra

Here are the videos of the Canberra gathering, smoking ceremony, speeches and march. The speakers were Senator Rachel Seiwert (Greens), Nova Peris (Aboriginal Labor MP), Alice Haines (One of the key SOS Global organisers), Ghillar Michael Anderson (Sovereign Union), Nicole Culbong (Perth), Shaun Harris (WA), Gerry Georgatos (WA), Rod Liddle and Hamid Bin Saad (Kimberley). Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities was an Australia wide rally and online event with international support. Read more about Videos - SOS Forced closure of Aboriginal homelands - Smoking, March & Speeches - Canberra

Protesters 'shut down Melbourne' to fight against closure of First Nation communities

More than a thousand protesters shut down traffic in Melbourne's CBD to rally against the planned closure of remote Indigenous communities in West Australia. The group initially hoped to confront Tony Abbott at the National Gallery of Victoria about his statement and support of the displacement of thousands of peoples. The crowd eventually gave up on seeing Abbott and walked from the gallery to the State Library. About half-a-dozen tram routes were disrupted and roads were closed as they made their way up Swanston Street. Read more about Protesters 'shut down Melbourne' to fight against closure of First Nation communities

Heirisson Island ‘refugee’ campers have no plans to move

A group of Indigenous campers on Heirisson Island say the self-declared refugee camp is “for all homeless and displaced person” and not a protest. The camp has been running since Sunday, with a sign declaring the area “Private property of the Djurin Republic”. The group are reportedly also protesting the proposed closure of remote communities in the State’s north. “This is a refugee camp, and it’s dry and peaceful,” one camper Willow said. “It’s for all homeless and displaced persons, we are not protesting or declaring war. Read more about Heirisson Island ‘refugee’ campers have no plans to move

In the heart of Perth, an 'Aboriginal Sovereign Tent Embassy' and a 'Refugee Camp'

Matargarup Sovereign Embassy - Heirisson Island Wa

A group of First Nations women have established a 'Sovereign Tent Embassy' at Matargarup (Heirisson Island) WA which also hosts a "Refugee Camp" for their homeless sisters and brothers and for the displaced First Nations people from their Homelands. Elder Maureen Culbong said, "We will stand in even stronger numbers together than even the two years ago where we stood for so long. There are so many issues our peoples face that we need the Embassy as a place of sanctity for all those hurting ... " Read more about In the heart of Perth, an 'Aboriginal Sovereign Tent Embassy' and a 'Refugee Camp'

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