find attached and below the press statement that was meant to go out last night after speaking with a redfern police officer relative to the actions being taken against the family of tj hickey and myself as the president of the indigenous social justice association. i was to either agree to the terms, or dictates, of the redfern police command to begin the rally at tj hickey park at waterloo and to finish at the block at redfern, or failing that, to have no 11th anniversary rally and march to honour tj’s life and the circumstances of his most tragic and callous death arising from a redfern police pursuit.
the release is self-explanatory and remains to date as our stated action. there is, however, an error of information within it and that is the changed time relative to our appearance before justice garling to reply to the attached documentation presented to us by the crown solicitors office. we are to appear at 3.30pm at court 11c for a mention tomorrow, wednesday 11 february, and to appear again on friday at 10am, again in court 11c to show due cause why the summons is in error as to its stated facts and in its intent to stop the 11th anniversary march and rally for tj hickey arising from a redfern police pursuit on 14 february, 2004.
the court will be open, i believe, to the public on the friday 13 february and should you wish to come and support our arguments then please attend court 11c at the supreme court, queens square and macquarie street, sydney.
further explanations and clarifications sought to the numbers below in the press release.
10 February 2015
REDFERN POLICE DENY 11TH ANNIVERSARY MARCH
FOR FAMILY OF TJ HICKEY
REDFERN POLICE CONTACTED THE PRESIDENT OF THE ISJA, RAY JACKSON, AT 5.45PM MONDAY EVENING INFORMING HIM THAT THEY HAD REJECTED THE ADVISED MARCH ON THE 14TH FEBRUARY FOR “SAFETY REASONS” AND UNLESS WE AGREED TO FINISH AT THE BLOCK AT REDFERN THEY WOULD TAKE US TO COURT TO HAVE THE MARCH LEGALLY BANNED. WE HAD JUST 18 HOURS TO COMPLY.
THE REDFERN POLICE WERE AWARE THAT RAY JACKSON WAS TO BE IN CANBERRA UNTIL FRIDAY THE 13TH FEBRUARY.
THE LETTER GIVEN TO ISJA ON FRIDAY 6TH OF FEBRUARY WAS NOTHING OTHER THAN A PLANNED PRELUDE TO THE THREATENED COURT ACTION.
ISJA IS BEING LABELLED AS A VIOLENT OUT-OF-CONTROL GROUP THAT CONTINUALLY ATTACKS THE REDFERN POLICE ON OUR MARCHES. NOTHING IS FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH AND ANY MINOR ISSUES THAT HAVE OCCURRED HAVE BEEN AMICABLY RESOLVED BETWEEN THEM AND US.
ISJA WILL APPEAR IN THE MAGISTRATES COURT, MACQUARIE STREET SYDNEY ON THURSDAY 12THFEBRUARY. WHERE WE WILL ARGUE AND DEFEND OUR ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO MARCH IN COMPLETE SAFETY AS WE HAVE DONE OVER THE PREVIOUS 10 YEARS.
THE HICKEY FAMILY HAVE ADVISED US THAT THEY WISH TO BRING THE TRAGIC DEATH OF TJ RESULTING FROM A REDFERN POLICE PURSUIT TO THE FULL VIEW AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE PUBLIC.
COME AND SUPPORT US IN COURT IF YOU ARE ABLE.