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      Ongoing racism and abuse at Brisbane [Aboriginal] Sovereign Embassy:
      Sovereign Union

      Newsletter date: 4 May 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/03/wgar-news-ongoing-racism-and-abuse-at-brisbane-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-sovereign-uni

      Contents:

      * Michael Anderson: Don't sign your sovereign rights away with ILUAs [Indigenous Land Use Agreements]
      * The Stringer: Ceding Sovereignty for a few crumbs
      * Let's Talk's Tiga Bayles interviews Aunty Lilla Watson & Mary Graham
      * Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement and the Aboriginal tent embassies

      * Sovereign Union: Ongoing racism and abuse at Brisbane Sovereign Embassy
      * Sovereign Union Audioboo: Musgrave Park Arrests - Wayne Coco Wharton Interview
      * 4ZZZ Brisbane: BCC clash with Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy [Kevin Arjin Interview]
      * Workers Bush Telegraph: Why the sacred fire is important to everyone
      * NIRS: Police make more Musgrave Park arrests
      * Background to the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld

      * Australian: Aboriginal actors refused taxis four times before being racially abused
      * Yahoo!7: Aboriginal actors racially abused in Melbourne
      * NIRS: We were racially abused in Melbourne: Actors
      * Tracker: Melb taxi drivers may dodge racism probe


      * MICHAEL ANDERSON:
      DON'T SIGN YOUR SOVEREIGN RIGHTS AWAY WITH ILUAS



      - Media Release

      Don't sign your sovereign rights away with ILUAs
      Sovereign Union: http://www.sovereignunion.mobi/content/dont-sign-your-sovereign-rights-away-iluas
      2 May 13: "Michael Anderson, 2 May 2013
      Having reviewed more of the legal aspects associated with
      Aboriginal sovereignty, I now understand in greater detail
      why the Australian state and Territory governments are
      quickly offering Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs).
      My concerns come from international legal advice based on a
      Canadian Supreme Court case Delgamuukw [1997] coupled with
      the Mabo judgement of 1992. ...
      Everything we have, we achieved by getting on the streets
      and fighting for it. Nobody gave us anything. The
      Aboriginal Embassy is a testament to the fact that we are
      independent sovereign peoples and the authorities respect
      its function and purpose. We argue that it is an embassy
      in the real sense of the word, covered by international
      law. It is not a protest. It is an embassy that stands for
      'sovereignty never ceded'.
      I appeal once again to all our countrymen and women - think
      about what you are doing when you sign an ILUA, for you are
      in fact ceding your sovereignty for a few crumbs."


      * THE STRINGER:
      CEDING SOVEREIGNTY FOR A FEW CRUMBS



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Ceding Sovereignty for a few crumbs
      http://thestringer.com.au/ceding-sovereignty-for-a-few-crumbs/
      2 May 13: "One of Australia’s most prominent Aboriginal
      voices and the last remaining founder of Aboriginal Tent
      Embassy, Michael Anderson warns Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait peoples against signing Indigenous Land Use
      Agreements (ILUA). He said to do so is to hand over every
      prospect of sovereignty. The former lawyer said the ILUA is
      poor compensation for sovereign rights. The Native Title
      Act was set up to procure compensation for Traditional
      Owners who agree to access to Country for predominately the
      resource sector. But the Act was watered down by former
      Prime Ministers Paul Keating and John Howard."


      * LET'S TALK'S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS AUNTY LILLA WATSON & MARY GRAHAM


      - Audio Interview

      Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
      Let's Talk - Aunty Lilla Watson & Mary Graham

      http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
      2 May 13
      Listen to this interview on-line:
      http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/aunty-lilla-watson-mary-graham-3/


      * BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT
      AND THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:


      Last updated:  28 April 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies


      * SOVEREIGN UNION:
      ONGOING RACISM AND ABUSE AT BRISBANE SOVEREIGN EMBASSY



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Sovereign Union:
      Ongoing racism and abuse at Brisbane Sovereign Embassy

      http://www.sovereignunion.mobi/node/544
      "Almost one year on from the denial of Aboriginal Sovereign
      rights at Musgrave Park and 16 days preceding an Annual
      Gathering followed by National Treaty Talks at the same
      location, the police arrested a Jagera elder for
      maintaining the sacred fire. The Jagera elder, Kevin Arjin
      Warrugar, was arrested on Monday 29th April and held in
      custody at the Roma Street Watch House. He was charged
      with obstructing police. His bail conditions restricted him
      from attending the Embassy on his own peoples land. He
      returned to the Embassy on the following day to re-light
      the sacred fire and has been arrested for breach of bail."


      * SOVEREIGN UNION AUDIOBOO:
      MUSGRAVE PARK ARRESTS
      - WAYNE COCO WHARTON INTERVIEW



      - Audio Interview

      Sovereign Union Audioboo:
      Musgrave Park Arrests - Wayne Coco Wharton Interview

      http://audioboo.fm/boos/1363333-musgrave-park-arrests-wayne-coco-wharton-interview
      "Two men have been arrested following a confrontation with
      police at the site of the Musgrave Park Aboriginal
      sovereign embassy. The men were charged with wilful damage
      and obstructing police after lighting a sacred fire. Terri
      Begley asked Embassy spokesman Wayne Warton why things have
      come to a head
      Source: ABC 'Drive' with Tim Cox
      Image: Embassy site at time of interview - arrests made,
      fire extinguished and and site cleared later in the day
      30/04/13. Wayne 'Coco' Wharton interview
      (Pictured - bottom right)"


      * 4ZZZ BRISBANE:
      BCC CLASH WITH BRISBANE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGN EMBASSY
      [KEVIN ARJIN INTERVIEW]



      - Audio Interview

      4ZZZ Brisbane:
      BCC clash with Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy

      http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/news/audio/2013/apr/30/bcc-clash-brisbane-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy
      30 Apr 13: "Monday saw the Brisbane City Council descend on
      the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy, which saw the
      sites sacred fire being extinguished. Jagera elder Kevin
      Arjin was arrested for lighting the fire but was later
      released without charge, and had his tent confiscated.
      4zzz reporter Sarah Wykes spoke to Kevin Arjin about the
      events of the day and the actions of the Brisbane City
      Council. Lord Mayor Quirk's office was unavailable for
      comment at the time."


      * WORKERS BUSH TELEGRAPH:
      WHY THE SACRED FIRE IS IMPORTANT TO EVERYONE



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Workers Bush Telegraph:
      Why the sacred fire is important to everyone

      http://workersbushtelegraph.com.au/2013/04/29/traditional-owner-taken-into-custody-for-lighting-the-sacred-fire/
      29 Apr 13: "A week ago, Jagera elder, Kevin, was kicked out
      of his housing commission home. Tonight Kevin is in jail
      for re-lighting the sacred fire. A little after noon today,
      West End police arrested a traditional owner of Musgrave
      Park. Policewoman Luskin and policeman Keene acted under
      the direction of Sgt Brock Murphy, the officer-in–charge.
      A 62-year man was arrested along with the traditional owner
      by policeman Jason Zuanetti and policewoman, Moran. Later
      at 5 pm, the two were arrested for a second time, and taken
      to the police watchouse."


      * NIRS:
      POLICE MAKE MORE MUSGRAVE PARK ARRESTS



      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Police make more Musgrave Park arrests

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29163/Police-make-more-Musgrave-Park-arrests.html
      1 May 13: "The Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy says
      three of their members were arrested yesterday afternoon at
      Musgrave Park. ... One of yesterday’s arrestees, Kevin
      Arjin, spoke outside the Brisbane watch house at Roma
      Street after being released."


      * BACKGROUND TO THE BRISBANE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGN EMBASSY,
      MUSGRAVE PARK, SOUTH BRISBANE, QLD


      Last updated: 26 March 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/brisbane-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-musgrave-park-south-brisbane-qld


      * AUSTRALIAN:
      ABORIGINAL ACTORS REFUSED TAXIS FOUR TIMES BEFORE BEING RACIALLY ABUSED



      - News

      Australian:
      Aboriginal actors refused taxis four times before being racially abused

      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/aboriginal-actors-refused-taxis-four-times-before-being-racially-abused/story-e6frg6n6-1226633724677
      2 May 13: "A GROUP of Aboriginal actors has been refused
      four taxis in Melbourne and then racially abused when they
      resorted to using public transport. Actor Jada Alberts said
      she had been in the city rehearsing for The Shadow King, an
      upcoming indigenous production based on Shakespeare's King
      Lear, when several cast members were refused cab rides and
      later told they "don't exist" by an angry tram passenger
      the next day. ... Ms Alberts said the trouble started on
      Monday evening, when their attempts at getting a cab from
      outside the Malthouse Theatre in South Melbourne proved
      fruitless ... "


      - Related Audio

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/am-3-05.mp3
      3 May 13: "Racism is alive and well in Melbourne again with
      several prominent aboriginal actors refused taxi service
      and racially abused on a St. Kilda tram while making their
      way back to work at a local theatre."


      * YAHOO!7:
      ABORIGINAL ACTORS RACIALLY ABUSED IN MELBOURNE



      - News

      Yahoo!7: Aboriginal actors racially abused in Melbourne
      http://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/latest/a/-/article/16972298/aboriginal-actors-racially-abused-in-melbourne/
      2 May 13: "A group of Aboriginal actors say they were
      refused service by four Melbourne taxis and racially abused
      on a tram within a 24-hour period. Actor Jada Alberts, one
      of the cast members of the production The Shadow King, says
      four booked taxis drove away after rehearsals at the
      Malthouse Theatre on Monday night. A group of Alberts's
      fellow actors was waiting outside Melbourne's Malthouse
      Theatre to collect taxis to take them the couple of
      kilometres to their hotel."


      * NIRS:
      WE WERE RACIALLY ABUSED IN MELBOURNE: ACTORS



      - News

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      We were racially abused in Melbourne: Actors

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29182/We-were-racially-abused-in-Melbourne%3A-Actors.html
      3 May 13: "One of a group of Aboriginal actors who say they
      were the victims of racism in Melbourne has described the
      ordeals as 'heartbreaking'."


      * TRACKER:
      MELB TAXI DRIVERS MAY DODGE RACISM PROBE



      - News

      newsTracker: Melb taxi drivers may dodge racism probe
      http://tracker.org.au/2013/05/melb-taxi-drivers-may-dodge-racism-probe/
      3 May 13: "Four Melbourne taxi drivers who refused to carry
      Aboriginal actors may never be formally punished because the
      group hasn’t lodged a complaint with the industry watchdog.
      Playwright and actor Jada Alberts came forward on Thursday
      to express outrage over being denied a ride earlier in the
      week when cab drivers realised their prospective passengers
      were Aboriginal."

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