‘Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud’ by Jagath Dheeraskara
Place: Queensland Centre for Photography Cnr Cordelia St & Russell St, South Brisbane.
When: July 13 (sat) 5:00pm until 8:00pm
To be opened by Muckaty Traditional Owner Dianne Stokes
In 2007, Muckaty (Manuwangku), 120km north of Tennant Creek, was nominated as another site to be assessed for nuclear waste storage. Called Manuwangku by Warlmanpa and Warumungu Traditional Owners, this place is far from ‘middle of nowhere’. They maintain a deep spiritual and cultural connection to the area.
Supported by people across the NT and Australia, the community has engaged in protests and legal action in the Federal Court to defend their right to live in a clean and safe environment, free of hazardous waste. The photographic narrative ‘Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud’ is a portrayal of this community’s spiritual connection to their land and resilience in the face of an overwhelming conflict through a common struggle to keep their traditional land free and safe.
Photography by Jagath Dheerasekara
July 22-23 (mon): Chamorro campaigner Vicky Leon visits Brisbane (begins Aus tour)
Brisbane Event details TBA
Vicky will be visiting Australia during the Talisman Saber war games. Guam or Guahan – the southernmost island of the North Mariana islands – a Non-Self Governing territory of the US is the traditional home of the Chamorro people. With the land 1/3 occupied by US military, the Chamorro people struggle to reclaim their land and keep their culture. Australian military agreements with the US support this occupation of Guahan; for example, US is permitted to conduct bombing practice over the NT that flies out of Guahan.
For more information: Annette Brownlie Just Peace/IPAN 0431597256
July 29: LAKE EYRE to WEST PAPUA FREEDOM Land and Sea Convoy for Peace and Justice
Brisbane event TBA
Calling on all our friends and families of all nations to join us at the shores of Lake Eyre (From July 20 in South Australia) for a music festival to celebrate the survival of the old country and to stand strong to make an action of creative resistance against the apartheid of colonization and destruction caused by multinational mining companies on this land.
From the shores of the Lake, we will follow the underground water across “Australia” in a freedom ride convoy of artists, musicians, activist, Original Sovereigns and Indigenous ambassadors from Australia and West Papua that carry the ancient water collected from the sacred mount springs of Arabunna country, the fire from the old Lake Eyre and ashes from Aboriginal tent embassies across Australia. These offerings of peace and justice will be taken on a flotilla as a symbol to support the freedom and justice for West Papuan people.