The ANTaR Qld Monthly
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DON’T LET THE GAP WIDEN IN QUEENSLAND
This is urgent.
Write to the Premier and ask him what he intends on doing over the next three years to close the gap in health, education, justice, housing and employment here. Read the latest media release by the peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health body, QAIHC, on budget cuts and the impact on the community controlled sector here
THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THE QUIZ NIGHT
Thanks to everyone for an absolutely wonderful night filled with fun, food and friends. The night was a complete sell out and we raised much need funds for the ongoing campaigns of closing the gap and reducing imprisonment. Photos of the night are now online here
CLOTHES RECYCLING FUND RAISER AT EARTH AWAKENING
Sat 13th Oct
Saturday 13th October 2012, 10 am – 12:30 pm, Downstairs 9 Browning St, West End. (Follows reduced Sat morning yoga class of $5) People bring their old (clean & good quality) clothes and then can buy a whole bunch of other 2nd hand clothes for 50c per item. Funds raised will be donated to ANTaR Qld. map
In the News
“Indigenous leaders are concerned plans to relax alcohol bans in Queensland indigenous communities could set back progress in reducing violence. There's a different view in some of the communities, though they've welcomed the state government's review” SBS news here
“NT Coordinator General released the first report into government expenditure, programs and service delivery aimed at closing the gap in living conditions and social outcomes for Aboriginal people in the NT”. Media release here
“Referendum on constitutional recognition postponed by Labor who argue that the campaign needs more time to build community awareness”. ABC story here
COMMEMORATION OF THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1982 COMMONWEALTH GAMES PROTESTS:
October 5-7, 2012
The weekend of October 5-7 will be packed with activities to ay tribute to the important protests that took place thirty years ago, which marked a turning point in the struggle for the recognition of Aboriginal rights in Queensland and across the country. At the time of the 1982 Commonwealth Games, Queensland was the last state to have an “Aborigines Act” and the mass protests of Aboriginal people and their supporters were crucial in raising the pressure to have the act repealed. Those protests saw hundreds of people arrested, as they took to the streets in the face of repression from the Bjeke-Peterson Government – who had declared a State of Emergency and proclaimed street marches illegal. During the week of protests, there were over ten thousand people who camped out in Musgrave Park – which provided both a base for the protests and a place to gather, meet and share. The commemoration of this important milestone will both honour the veterans of the struggle and those that were part of the 1982 protests and also provide a chance to once again gather, meet and share. There will be a camp established in Musgrave Park from October 5 -7 and all supporters are invited to pitch a tent for the weekend or just one night. There will also be three days full of activities to join in: Friday October 5 12 noon: Rally at Roma St Forum for a march to Musgrave Park. 4:30pm: Opening ceremony, dinner to honour the veterans of our struggle followed by a feature screening of a documentary that was made about the 1982 demonstrations. Saturday October 6 10am: Forums and Embassy Idol! 2pm-late: The Rainbow Republic Concert Sunday October 7 10am: Combined Church service, 12 noon: Forum to discuss the future of the Sovereignty movement. For more information about these activities or to volunteer: Phone 0408 064 900 (Wayne Wharton), 0438 781 121 (Natalie Lewis), 0431 525 924 (Boe Spearim)
STATE OF EMERGENCY EXHIBITION
30 Sep - 19 April 2013
kuril dhagun, level 1, State Library Queensland, During the Commonwealth Games in 1982, Brisbane came alive with political demonstrations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander civil liberties and land rights. This incredible exhibition allows you to relive and reflect on this politically significant time through original footage and photographs, and personal stories from the advocates of this revolutionary movement.
YARNIN' TIME WITH TIGA BAYLES
10th October 2012, 11:00am-noon, kuril dhagun, level 1, State Library.
Tiga Bayles, a descendant of the Wirri clan of the Birri Gubba Nation, has long been a social activist and supporter of Aboriginal land rights, and was heavily involved in the 1982 Commonwealth Games protests. Tiga was one of the original Aboriginal Tent Embassy members in 1972 and this year he was in Canberra on Australia Day for the highly publicised 40th anniversary. Join Tiga for some Yarnin’ time this month, as he provides an insight to his life, his experiences, and his views on Indigenous politics and protest.
STOLEN WAGES MEETING
Thursday 11th Oct
For involved parties, there will be a stolen wages meeting at the TLC Meeting starting at 10.30am.
BL.INK: BLACK INK AT THE STATE LIBRARY OF QUEENSLAND LIBRARY CAFÉ
Thu 18 Oct, 6pm–7.30pm
Enjoy a night of black humour with a whole lot of cheek. It’s gonna make you laugh and cry and will definitely make you blush – no matter what your colour! Forms part of a series of monthly performances (the second last Thursday of each month) celebrating Indigenous writers from Australia and around the globe.
UP THE LADDER,
Featuring more than 50 Dancers, Singers, Actors and Musicians from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts. An inspiring story of triumph over adversity, Up the Ladder evokes the carnival atmosphere, humour and energy of 1940s and 50s sideshows as we follow an Aboriginal man’s journey from the humble rough and tumble of post-war Australian boxing tents to a high profile professional career as a champion boxer. http://www.qpac.com.au/event/ACPA_Up_the_ladder_12.aspx
Exhibit at the State Library, open daily 10am-5 pm until 9th December. It is a unique showing of photographs taken from anthropologist Norman Tindale’s 1938 Queensland expedition. Features the work of artist Verhon Ah Kee. Events include: Deepen the Conversation: Transforming Tindale, 25th October 2012, 6:00pm, slq Auditorium 1, level 2, Book @ slq.eventbrite.com or 3840 7768
INDIGENOUS VOICES BLOG
Amanda's trip to Canberra, Hear from SLQ staff and special guests about Indigenous issues, discover what’s happening behind the scenes, and dig deeper into kuril dhagun events and exhibitions. This month, SLQ’s Amanda Hayman was one of the lucky few selected to attend the 2012 Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Leadership program. Read all about her incredible 10-day experience in Canberra on the SLQ Indigenous Voices blog. http://blogs.slq.qld.gov.au/indigenous-voices/2012/09/25/amandas-trip-to-canberra/
NEW PUBLICATION: BRISBANE BLACKS MONTHLY
This new monthly publication from the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy was launched on Friday 7 September at the Embassy in Musgrave Park. Brisbane Blacks Monthly celebrates the voice of the First Nations people, seeking to inform and educate both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community about the fight for sovereignty and other issues facing indigenous people. The magazine is a wonderful collection of stories, personal profiles, and images, as well as information about upcoming special events and weekly gatherings hosted by the Embassy. The next of these will be a weekend festival to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games protests. The festival runs from 5-7 October, with three full days of rallies, discussion forums, a feast, and a doumentary screening. Head to brisbaneblacksmonthly.weebly.com to find out more. Contact the editor, Callum Clayton-Dixon (Anaiwan Nation) at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contribute to this invaluable magazine.
THE BLACK DRUM ARTS & CULTURAL MARKETS
Wednesday 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Brisbane's Queen Street Mall comes to life every Wednesday with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural dance, music, art and craft. Enjoy vibrant performances, chat with local artists and immerse yourself in this cultural experience.
This E-newsletter is compiled by ANTaR Qld and sourced from community news items. Subscribe on the right hand side of our home page. Our thanks to the editorial team of Mikie Gardner, Kitty Carra and Kate Roberts.
ANTaR Qld acknowledges the traditional owners of Queensland and we pay our respects to Elders both past and present. We also pledge our support for the ongoing struggle for rights, justice and recognition in this country.