On January 26th 2014, we rallied outside QLD Parliament in Brisbane City at 10am. There were twice as many people as last year. People from all tribes spoke and danced. Shannon Ruska led a thousand others in the welcome song.
People brought their clap-sticks, their boomerangs and their ochre, so when we marched through the streets painted up, our old people could hear us.
We marched over to Musgrave Park to commemorate those who walked before us, and walk in their footsteps as we continue the resistance against invasion, genocide and assimilation.
The march was stopped from going through South Bank. The reason given was because we were causing a disturbance. However, when first approaching the gate, one of the marches calmly told everyone to go through 2 at a time only so as not to cause anyone grief.
All the white non-marchers were allowed to go in two-at-a-time, so when Ruby went to go through (shown wearing the Torres Strait Island flag) a wall of police said Ruby could not go through and then they shut and locked the gate.
What you are seeing now is when the marchers went past a second gate and tried again to go though and were again stopped by a wall of police.
Volunteers worked all morning making sandwiches, johnny cakes, damper, fruit, bunya nuts etc. to feed the hungry crowd. Old people and young people first. All this came from organisation planned the week in advance and the funds came out of our own pockets. No government handouts.
The Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy hosted the family day in Musgrave Park, with smoking ceremony, with face painting, live music, free food and drinks and the screening of John Pilger’s new film Utopia.
Jagera Hall was packed with people to see John Pilger’s Utopia. Ricky made sure there was entertainment till nightfall. People hung around yarning. Sam Watson called for people to join Musgrave Park Cultural Centre, which is being opened up to the community. Forty-five (45) new members were signed up to add to the fifty (50) who joined in the last couple of weeks. The tent Embassy had their stall and Karen Fusi sold beads to raise money for the food program.
Following the First Nations annual march from Parliament House to Jagera Hall. The Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy Presented UTOPIA by John Pilger to an audience of over 300 people at 4pm Sunday 26 January Jagera Hall, 121 Cordelia St. South Brisbane
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For more information about the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign embassy, call 0424 610 492.
28 January 2014