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      National day of action gives birth to a national body:
      Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer


      Newsletter date: 22 July 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/21/wgar-news-national-day-of-action-gives-birth-to-a-national-body-gerry-georgatos-the-strin

      Contents:

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: National day of action gives birth to a national body
      * Let's Talk's Karen Dorante interviews Gerry Georgatos, a Human Rights Advocate completing a PHD in Deaths in Custody
      * Penny Wright, The Guardian UK: Australia's culture of incarceration has gone too far
      * Emma Murphy, Green Left: NT going backwards on black deaths in custody
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Rising rates of Aboriginal women into prison can no longer be overlooked
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Climate of Death - Justice denied means more will die
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: No end to Western Australia’s jail rate shame
      * Amnesty International: Kids continue to languish in WA adult jail
      * ANTaR: Justice Campaign: Take Action
      * News on Aboriginal justice related issues
      * Background to Justice Reinvestment, Aboriginal imprisonment and Aboriginal deaths in custody


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION GIVES BIRTH TO A NATIONAL BODY



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer:
      National day of action gives birth to a national body

      http://thestringer.com.au/national-day-of-action-gives-birth-to-a-national-body/
      11 Jul 13: "John Pat died at the hands of police officers 30
      years ago but he has not been forgotten. His Mother is not
      alone in her pain - in September, Aboriginal peoples will
      remind Australians there is a long way to go in reducing
      deaths in custody with a national remembrance of John Pat.
      ... But 30 years since John Pat’s death there are more
      Aboriginal people incarcerated than ever before and the
      number of deaths in custody have not been reduced. The
      death of John Pat generated international attention upon
      the impoverished remote Western Australian town of
      Roebourne." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      - Upcoming Events

      Event: Sat 27 July 2013: Darlington, Sydney, NSW
      Sydney Launch of the National Stop Deaths in Custody Coalition
      Deaths in Custody Forum

      "This is a part of the nationally coordinated response to
      stop all deaths in custody. This event is also the Sydney
      launch of the National Day of Action on September 28th,
      2013 on the 30th Anniversary of the Aboriginal death in
      custody of John Pat by the Roebourne police in WA in 1983."
      Organised by the Indigenous Social Justice Association
      Speakers: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Redfern-Waterloo/message/7183
      Event details: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Redfern-Waterloo/message/7174
      Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/sydney-launch-of-the-national-stop-deaths-in-custody-coalition
      Event details: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Redfern-Waterloo/attachments/folder/955431784/item/1137964372/view
      WGAR Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

      Event: 28 September 2013: Melbourne, Vic
      Melbourne - Thirty Years But Still No Justice!
      National Day of Action to Stop Aboriginal deaths in custody!
      Remember John Pat and the hundreds who have died in custody since!
      "Support these demands made by John Pat’s mother, Mavis Pat:
      * An apology from the WA government for my son’s death in custody
      * An ex-gratia payment as compensation
      * That the police officers involved need to be brought to account and
      * a re-opening of the coronial inquiry into my son’s death ... "
      Organised by the Indigenous Social Justice Association - Melbourne
      Event details: http://isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
      Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54006
      Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/02/historic-national-stop-deaths-in-custody-coalition-formed
      Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/232079390250476/
      Analysis: http://thestringer.com.au/deaths-in-custody-when-will-something-be-done/
      WGAR Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody


      * LET'S TALK'S KAREN DORANTE INTERVIEWS GERRY GEORGATOS,
      A HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE COMPLETING A PHD IN DEATHS IN CUSTODY



      - Audio Interview

      Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
      Let's Talk - Gerry Georgatos

      http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
      11 Jul 13: "Gerry is a Human Rights Advocate, Journalist
      for Nation Indigenous Times, Co-Editor of 'The Stringer'
      and completing a PHD in Deaths in Custody."
      Listen to this interview on-line:
      http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/gerry-georgatos-12/


      * PENNY WRIGHT, THE GUARDIAN UK:
      AUSTRALIA'S CULTURE OF INCARCERATION HAS GONE TOO FAR



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Guardian UK:
      Australia's culture of incarceration has gone too far

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/11/australia-rising-incarceration
      11 Jul 13: "We have a choice: we can pour billions of
      dollars into dealing with the consequences of crime, or we
      can save billions by addressing underlining causes. ...
      Australia is locking up more people than ever before. Too
      often, time behind bars is a first, rather than last,
      resort - particularly with Indigenous youth. Less than 3%
      of Australians identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait
      Islander, but Indigenous Australians make up more than a
      quarter of the nation's prison population. They are among
      the most imprisoned people groups in the world."
      Penny Wright, the Australian Greens spokesperson for
      education, legal affairs, mental health and veterans' affairs


      * EMMA MURPHY, GREEN LEFT:
      NT GOING BACKWARDS ON BLACK DEATHS IN CUSTODY



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Green Left: NT going backwards on black deaths in custody
      http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54440
      5 Jul 13: "The Northern Territory’s new mandatory alcohol
      treatment law came into effect on July 1. Now, anyone taken
      into protective custody for drunkenness three times in two
      months can be referred to three months’ mandatory
      rehabilitation in a secure facility. ... It is incumbent
      upon all of us that we stand side by side with Aboriginal
      people, and against the government policies that bear down
      on them, and demand a better future, one that Jackson
      insists much be built on "sovereignty, treaty and social
      justice - until then, all these problems will continue,
      and will probably get worse."" By Emma Murphy, GLW author


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      RISING RATES OF ABORIGINAL WOMEN INTO PRISON CAN NO LONGER BE OVERLOOKED



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer:
      Rising rates of Aboriginal women into prison can no longer be overlooked

      http://thestringer.com.au/rising-rates-of-aboriginal-women-into-prison-can-no-longer-be-overlooked/
      10 Jul 13: "More Aboriginal women are finishing in prison
      than before, and with far too many with next to no chance
      of rehabilitative and restorative justice opportunities.
      Prisons are overcrowded with female prisoners sleeping on
      prison cell floors. In the last ten years the number of
      women prisoners has skyrocketed by 86 per cent. At Perth’s
      Bandyup Women’s Prison, the rise in numbers have
      overcrowded the prison facility. Last July, Bandyup’s
      prison population passed 300 for the first time. Up to 50
      women prisoners slept on mattresses strewn on prison cell
      floors." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      CLIMATE OF DEATH
      - JUSTICE DENIED MEANS MORE WILL DIE



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer:
      Climate of Death - Justice denied means more will die

      http://thestringer.com.au/climate-of-death-justice-denied-means-more-will-die/
      18 Jul 13: ""We have to get rid of racist cops. I don’t
      want to dwell on the past but I have grown up bitter," said
      Whadjuk Noongar Elder Ben Taylor. Mr Taylor said of
      colonial and post-colonial Australia, "They have been
      killing our people for two hundred years."
      John Pat is dead. Cameron Mulrunji Doomadgee is dead.
      T.J.Hickey is dead. Dion Woods is dead. Grantley Winmar is dead.
      Elder Mr Ward is dead. Peter Clarke is dead.
      Terrance Briscoe is dead. There have been more than 300
      Aboriginal deaths in custody since 1991 - the year of the
      339 recommendations from the 1987-1991 Royal Commission
      into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      NO END TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S JAIL RATE SHAME



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: No end to Western Australia's jail rate shame
      http://thestringer.com.au/no-end-to-western-australias-shame-nine-times-the-rate-of-apartheid-south-africa/
      20 Jul 13: "Half a dozen years ago I made several startling
      findings from comparative data research during Masters
      research into underlying issues that give rise to the
      shockingly high imprisonment rates of Aboriginal peoples
      - and to the disproportionate statistics evidencing the
      extensiveness of Aboriginal homelessness and acute
      impoverishment. I compared imprisonment rates of Aboriginal
      peoples with the imprisonment rates of the rest of the
      world. My comparative data research found that Australia
      jails Aboriginal adult males at five times the rate than
      did South Africa its adult black males in the final years
      of apartheid. ... " By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL:
      KIDS CONTINUE TO LANGUISH IN WA ADULT JAIL



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Amnesty International Australia:
      Kids continue to languish in WA adult jail

      http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/32208/
      4 Jul 13: "Amnesty International is extremely concerned the
      WA Government’s deadline to remove children from an adult
      jail, and return them to a juvenile facility, has once
      again been delayed. ... "We are very concerned at reports
      the children will now remain in Hakea until at least August
      this year, meaning some of the children in the adult prison
      will have been there for close to a year." said Rodney
      Dillon, Amnesty International Indigenous Rights Campaigner.
      "This is the third date the Department has committed to
      returning the children to appropriate facilities. It has
      once again passed; ... ""


      * ANTaR:
      JUSTICE CAMPAIGN:
      TAKE ACTION



      - Campaign

      ANTaR: Justice Campaign: Take Action
      http://antar.org.au/campaigns/justice-campaign
      "Stay on target with Justice Targets
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people comprise only
      2.5 per cent of the Australian population, but make up 26
      per cent of the total prison population and are imprisoned
      at a rate 14 times higher than non-Indigenous people. They
      are also much more likely to be victims of crime. Help us
      address this inequality - lobby your politicians now to
      develop justice targets to reduce imprisonment and
      victimisation rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander people. Governments need to know that thousands of
      Australians, including you, believe Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait Islander people deserve better."

      About ANTaR
      http://antar.org.au/about/who-we-are
      "ANTaR is a national advocacy organisation dedicated
      specifically to the rights - and overcoming the disadvantage
      - of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We do
      this primarily through lobbying, public campaigns and
      advocacy."


      * NEWS ON ABORIGINAL JUSTICE RELATED ISSUES


      - News

      ABC Indigenous:
      Judges consider how to improve Indigenous justice

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-18/legal-conference-looks-at-improving-indigenous-justice/4827948/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
      18 Jul 13: "Judges and magistrates from across Australia
      and New Zealand are in Adelaide to discuss ways to improve
      the justice system's dealings with Indigenous people. The
      two-day Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration
      conference will consider the problems in the legal system
      and new approaches which could be taken. The conference is
      to hear about the operation of Indigenous courts in New
      Zealand. South Australia's Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew
      Cannon said some work already had gone into improving the
      way the justice system dealt with Indigenous people in
      Australia."

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Justice reinvestment to 'reverse' jail trends

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29554/Justice-reinvestment-to-%27reverse%27-jail-trends.html
      15 Jul 13: "To Queensland, a law and justice advocacy
      worker says it's crucial to reverse current trends in
      incarceration rates. ... William Hayward from the
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Legal Service says his
      group is pushing for government to put in place more
      justice reinvestment strategies."


      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Mentor: Justice system situation 'upsetting'

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29560/Mentor%3A-Justice-system-situation-%27upsetting%27.html
      16 Jul 13: "By Warren Barnsley: Perth-based mentor and TV
      broadcaster Narelda Jacobs has spoken about her heartbreak
      in seeing our young women and girls being caught up in the
      criminal justice system."

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Greens want better debate on justice issues

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29567/Greens-want-better-debate-on-justice-issues.html
      16 Jul 13: "By Warren Barnsley: Federal Greens Senator
      Scott Ludlum has called for improved debate on law and
      order policies during election times."


      * BACKGROUND TO JUSTICE REINVESTMENT,
      ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND
      ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY:


      Last updated: 3 July 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

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