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1 May  2015                         MEDIA  RELEASE  –  WAR  to  shut  down  Melbourne  city       The   Warriors   of   the   Aboriginal   Resistance   (WAR)   have   organised   a   rally   for   1   March   2015   (commencing   4:00pm  outside  Melbourne  Town  Hall)  that  will  shut  down  the  Melbourne  CBD,  in  solidarity  with  Aboriginal   communities  facing  forced  closure.  The  shut  down  a  proud  expression  of  Aboriginal  sovereignty  and  a  clear   signal  to  government  that  our  resistance  is  rising.     Thousands  will  attend  the  rally,  with  guest  speakers  including  Marama  Fox,  co-­‐leader  of  the  Maori  Party.  As   part  of  the  rally,  we  are  asking  unions,  universities  and  employers  to  close  business  at  12:30  pm  in  solidarity   with  the  Aboriginal  communities.       As   we   prepare   to   shut   down   the   CBD,   we   watch   as   state   and   federal   governments   dismantle   Aboriginal   communities  in  clear  defiance  of  the  well  expressed  will  of  the  people.  It  is  routine  in  the  Australian  colonial   state   for   the   government   to   degrade,   discriminate   against   and   disrupt   Aboriginal   people   in   an   ongoing   campaign  of  genocide  designed  to  slowly  destroy  us.       Every  so  often,  the  beast  of  Australian  genocide  rears  its  ugly  head  and  displays  its  colours  in  full  light  of   day.   The   forced   closure   of   WA   Aboriginal   communities   is   one   such   moment.   These   forced   closures   is   indisputably  an  act  of  genocide  that  will  have  grave  consequences  for  the  people  forced,  under  duress,  to   leave   country.   It   is   an   act   of   cultural   genocide   that   will   damage   vital   cultural   connections   to   country.   It   also   signals   an   impending   ecocide,   resulting   from   the   mining   exploration   and   aggressive   destruction   of   Aboriginal  land  that  will  inevitably  ensue.       WAR  refuses  to  stand  idle  and  watch  this  genocide  unfold  any  further.  We  recognise  this  brutal  government   for  exactly  what  it  is,  and  we  accept  no  alternative  explanation.       We   have   a   strong   vision   of   Aboriginal   social   and   political   independence,   in   which   Aboriginal   people   have   the  power  to  decide  their  own  destiny.  Under  our  vision,  the  Australian  government  lacks  the  competence   to  shut  down  Aboriginal  communities,  or  to  have  any  say  whatsoever  in  relation  to  Aboriginal  lives.       We   reject   any   government   attempt   to   assimilate   us   into   the   Australian   political   mainstream   or   to   do   ‘what   is  best  for  us’.  We  do  not  want  to  be  reconciled  with  and  we  do  not  want  to  be  recognised  in  a  racist  and   corrupt  constitution.       We   want   full   and   genuine   recognition   of   our   un-­‐ceded   sovereignty   and   we   will   not   rest   until   this   is   achieved.   The   plight   of   WA   Aboriginal   communities   is   the   most   recent   instance   of   more   than   two   centuries   of   government   destruction   of   Aboriginal   communities   and   clearly   demonstrates   that   the   only   way   in   which   we  can  protect  ourselves  from  genocide  is  to  fully  reject  government  control  over  our  lives.       Over   the   past   year,   WAR   has   witnessed   an   immense   re-­‐awakening   of   Aboriginal   political   consciousness,   driven   by   the   energy   of   our   young   people   with   the   support   and   guidance   of   our   old   people.   The   message   is   resoundingly   clear:   Aboriginal   people   will   no   longer   accept   government   control   or   cynical   government   interventions  into  their  lives.    


1 May  2015     Sovereign  Hub  (#SovHub)   After  the  rally,  WAR  will  lead  the  march  to  Sovereign  Hub,  which  will  be  set  up  next  to  the  Myer  Music   Bowl.  It  will  be  a  two-­‐day  camp  consisting  of  smoking  ceremony,  information  sessions,  panel  discussions,   children’s  activities,  music,  dance  and  much  more.  Sovereign  hub  aims  to  share  information  on  our  true   history,  our  current  affairs  and  our  solutions.  Some  of  the  sessions  will  include  genocide,  sovereignty,   beyond  recognition,  decolonising  lifestyles,  WAR  –  resist  and  revive,  repatriation  and  decolonising     Sovereign  Hub  pays  homage  to  Camp  Sovereignty,  a  protest  camp  against  the  2006  Stolenwealth  Games   organised  by  the  Black  GST.  Sovereign  Hub  also  pays  its  deepest  respect  to  the  repatriated  remains  of  37   Aboriginal  people  from  around  Victoria,  this  site  otherwise  known  as  “kings  domain”  is  the  resting  place  for   our  forgotten  ancestors.       If  you  have  any  questions  about  the  rally  or  the  Sovereign  Hub,  contact  WAR  on  0412  215  838  or   warcouncil.media@gmail.com      

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WAR to shut down Melbourne

WAR Media Release - 1 May 2015  

WAR to shut down Melbourne

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