Thursday, 15 July 2010

Listen & Learn From People Who Struggle For Indigenous Rights

Thursday July 22, 6.00pm 
chat & nibbles for a 6.15 start

Donkey Wheel House board room

673 Bourke Street, Melbourne
 just across from Southern Cross Station

Indigenous communities across the globe have been struggling for rights, respect and social justice for decades. These global struggles are just as relevant to Australian indigenous communities and whilst we all remember the 'Sorry ' speech and the 'Closing the Gap ' promises, it is time we turn our attention back to the real issues faced by Australian indigenous people.

Join us for a night of learning guided by the first hand experiences of indigenous rights campaigners. Join in the conversation as we share stories, knowledge and discuss practical ways you can continue your journey to learn more and help make a difference to supporting indigenous struggles.

We welcome people who are just starting their journey and wanting to learn about issues in a non-confrontational setting. We also welcome seasoned campaigners to come and share their stories and experience.

Hear from:

* Indira Narayan (Friends of the Earth - Murray Country Coordinator)
* Jenne Perlstein (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
* Robbie Thorpe (Treaty Republic & long time campaigner)
* Dr Jim Green (FoE Anti-nuclear Collective campaigner)
* Marisol Salinas (FoE & LASNET Indigenous Rights campaigner)
* .. and for your entertainment 'The Gathering' featuring some former members from  the Choir of Hard Knocks (TBC)

Take Action:

- Put your thumbprint on the Treaty petition

- Join in the virtual Sydney Harbour bridge walk

- Get a report back from the Indigenous Solidarity Gathering and Defending Indigenous Rights Conference being held in Alice Springs

- Sign up to support groups already active on the issue

Numbers are limited, so RSVP before you miss out.

Yummy nibbles provided - Entry by donation

* The Melbourne Social Forum does not claim to represent the voices or concerns of Indigenous people in Australia or anywhere else in the world. We aim to provide an open space for those who are actively working on the issues to connect with others and share their stories so we can all learn and take action together.

RSVP preferred:

Organised by the Melbourne Social Forum  -

Related reading:
International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples (Elective Series)

A Revolution for Our Rights: Indigenous Struggles for Land and Justice in Bolivia, 1880–1952

European Conquest and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: The Moral Backwardness of International Society

New World of Indigenous Resistance (City Lights Open Media)

Decolonising Indigenous Rights

Indigenous Rights and United Nations Standards: Self-Determination, Culture and Land

Indigenous Peoples and the Law: Comparative and Critical Perspectives (Osgoode Readers)

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