Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Telling Jenny Macklin to stop the Intervention

To-day was a big day - a major demonstration outside the office of Jenny Macklin, the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). Our emphasis was on the Indigenous Affairs part of her portfolio. In particular,the Northern Territory Emergency Response(NTER) commonly known as The Intervention. The Intervention must stop.

So the banners were out.
Music was there - a major necessity
The Literature Table
carried the voices of Aboriginal communities
across the Northern Territory.
Some of us came on wheels...
...of various designs.
Cheryl was there of course...
...with a postcard
which Sister Joan was busy handing out complete with stamp

Here's a close-up
There was a police presence
...and lunch turned up thanks to the people over at Monash Uni
Time was taken to convince the press...
...and there were other conversations of importance...
...and other importance.
Another sign bringing back memories of a long-lasting campaign.
And then the re-inforcements arrived...
...and they poured out...
...and they kept on coming
...and coming
Barb Shaw arrived in regal fashion
The crowd built...spilling off the footpath...
...into the parking bays....and across those lines onto the road...
except the police presence grew and kept everyone within bounds.
There was no shortage of spruikers...
...and do you want an extra banner with that?
Of course, supersize me, please.
Experienced campaigners turned up...
...Ducky from the Lake Cowal Campaign...
...and a uranium campaigner fresh from BHP Billiton
...and Martin Ferguson's office.
And another anti-uranium campaigner snuck in...
...as well as one of the Sydney Collective..
....and yet another Lake Cowal campaigner...
...and we must keep trying for the Treaty, mustn't we?
But Barb Shaw of the Mount Nancy Town Camp in Alice Springs...
...was there to keep us on track and on message.
'Onya, Barb.
May your energy keep on keeping on.

MissEagle
racism-free

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