By way of background, we held a stall at BSD in 2014, after being invited to participate by a committee member who was keen to inject an activist element into the day. We were delighted to take up the opportunity and, as the BSD Committee knows, we campaigned vigorously in support of Justice for TJ Hickey in the lead up to the 10th anniversary of his death.
The email said: “ Thank you for your email and apologies for the delay in response.
We have discussed the possibility of Indigenous Social Justice Association Melbourne having a stall at the 2015 Belgrave Survival Day and have come to the conclusion that there are other events to which your stall would be more suited.
We received a significant amount of feedback at the 2014 Survival Day from both indigenous and non indigenous attendees that they felt the approach of the ISJA-Melb group and particularly Alison’s speech was not conducive to the harmonious spirit of reconciliation which Belgrave Survival Day aims to nurture.
We recognise the devastating injustices that indigenous people face and commend you on your tireless work to bring about equality. May you continue to do so skillfully and effectively.
Thank you for your understanding.
The Belgrave Survival Day Committee.”
We make the following points in response to this email: (more…)
The Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne and First Nations Liberation organised the Melbourne action to demand Justice for Ms Dhu. It was part of a National Day of Action, initiated by the family, on 23 October. Rallies took place in Geraldton, South Headland, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.
Ezekiel Ox, founder of Musician Against Police Violence, performed his song P.I.G. Spells Police Man! at the Melbourne Justice for Ms Dhu Rally
ISJA in action at Belgrave Survival Day January 26 2014: Alison Thorne fires up the crowd to demand justice for TJ Hickey.