Invasion Day 2019

For First Nations people, January 26th 1788 marked the start of genocide, dispossession, displacement, and oppression.

January 26th is not a day to celebrate a country built on these atrocities. It’s not a day to embrace white nationalism or colonialism. January 26th is a day to protest!

Invasion Day 2007 – Stop Black Deaths in Custody

Join First Nations People in Meanjin and around the continent in our fight for justice and rights.

Details of the Rally and March are to be advised.

Invasion Day 2018

This event will be held on the lands of the Jagera, Yuggera, Yuggerapul and Turrbul people. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded, this land was never ceded, and it always was, and always will be Aboriginal Land.

Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance


2 thoughts on “Invasion Day 2019

  1. BushTelegraph says:

    Workers BushTelegraph has covered Invasion Day rallies for the past 12 years.

    Of course these rallies began much longer ago, in 1938, when white Australia was celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet.

    The first Invasion Day committee released a pamphlet asking what have we got to celebrate?

    In 2009 in Brisbane only a couple of hundred people turned up for Invasion Day; ten years later in 2019 there will be over 3,000 present.

    In 2009 there were no Aboriginal people in the Queensland parliament; there had only ever been one in the 150 year history of that place, Eric Deeral in 1974.

    During the intervening years (2009-2019) there have been three:
    Leeane Enoch, Billy Gordon and Cynthia Lui.
    Leeane Enoch is a minister in the current Labor government.

    The chants in the march in 2009 included: ‘They say justice, we say murder’ ‘Who owns this land? We do’ (A reference to the murder in 2004 of Mulrunji by Sgt Chris Hurley).

    During the Commonwealth Games in 1982 I attended a march of 5,000 aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander and supporters the familiar chant went up:

    Whaddya want? Land Rights! When do you want it? Now! Whaddya got? Fuck all!

    Many years on and Brisbane is still the only capital in Australia without an Aboriginal & Torres Strait islander cultural centre.

    Many aboriginal artists are reduced to busking on the street, some find it all too much. Some have died.

    In 1982, Australia’s most famous aboriginal poet, Kath (Oodgeroo) Walker stood in Emma Miller place and said these words of hope to a crowd of 3,000 people.

    Look up, my people,
    The dawn is breaking,
    The world is waking
    To a new bright day,
    When none defame us,
    No restriction tame us,
    Nor colour shame us,
    Nor sneer dismay.

    In solidarity,

    For Oodgeroo’s speech see

  2. christine Morrow says:

    The first white people said there were no people living in Australia, howvwrong80,000 years of being in county. Show respect.

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