26 January 2011

Conversation with Elders from the NT

concerned Australians presents...

A Further Conversation with Elders:
Bringing you up to date with the impacts of living under the Intervention
Monday, 7 February 2011, 5.45pm - 7pm

In May 2010 elders, Rosalie Kunoth Monks OAM from Utopia in Central Australia and Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM from Galiwin’ku in Arnhem Land joined in conversation with Professor the Hon Alastair Nicholson AO giving their views on the Northern Territory Intervention.

Since then they have visited Geneva and shared their concerns with the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On 7 February 2011 Rosalie and Djiniyini will visit us in Melbourne to share with us the response of the United Nations.

They will be accompanied by a number of other elders and leaders from across the Territory and together they will share with us what has been happening in the period since last May and highlight the changes that are taking place in the various communities and homelands from Arnhem Land to the Central Desert. Those who met with Rosalie and Djiniyini last year will remember their distress and despair brought about by over three years of Intervention.

Guest Speakers include:
Professor The Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC, Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne

Rosalie Kunoth Monks OAM from Utopia in Central Australia

Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM from Galiwin’ku in Arnhem Land

Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumanm AM, from Daly River, south of Darwin

Yananymul Mununggurr, from Yirrkala East Arnhem Land

Again we are fortunate to have Mr Jeff McMullen AM joining us as the facilitator for the evening.

This is a free public event however registration is required to attend.
Please register here.

If there are particular topics you would like to be covered in the Conversation, please send a brief email and if time permits we will endeavour to include it.

Venue Theatre G08
Address Ground Floor Melbourne Law School 185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Contact Person For queries: Dianne Costello
Contact Details d.costello@unimelb.edu.au or Tel: (03) 8344 1153
RSVP Contact Via the on-line registration form

23 January 2011

Invasion Day: Join MAIC at the Share the Spirit Festival

Date and Time: Wednesday, 26th January - 1pm - 4pm
Location: Treasury Gardens, Spring St and Wellington Prd, Melbourne

Join MAIC at the Share the Spirit Festival this Wednesday . We will be holding stall, come along to find out what MAIC has coming up in 2011 and to sign the petition in support of SIHIP workers in the Northern Territory.
Celebrate the country’s Indigenous culture at Share the Spirit Festival on Invasion Day in the Treasury Gardens, East Melbourne.

It's that time of year again and Songlines has put together its best ever lineup for this years FREE Share the Spirit Festival.

Taking place every year on Survival Day, otherwise known as Australia Day or Invasion Day – Share the Spirit has been created by Aboriginal people for all Australians to come together and celebrate the country’s Indigenous culture through music, performance workshops, information stalls, and most importantly through personal exchanges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

On top of the non-stop music, Share the Spirit will also host community market stalls where Indigenous artists and designers from all over Victoria will be selling locally made crafts, traditional artefacts, t-shirts, bags, CDs, photographs and paintings.

12 January 2011

MAIC returns to activity this Monday!

MAIC and campaigners against the NT Intervention all around Australia are gearing up to continue the fight. We are very excited to hear of new groups being established in South Australia and Queensland. The momentum is building!

 Join us for our first meeting of the year: 6.30pm, Monday, 17th January at our usual meeting place, New International Bookshop in the basement of Trades Hall (cnr Lygon and Victoria Sts). 

We will be discussing the sort of activity we want to do in 2011 to put pressure on the government to scrap this racist Intervention. 

At the end of last year, MAIC decided to hold a rally in early March. We will be discussing how to build this big action, and the events surrounding Invasion Day (January 26th) and the anniversary of the apology (February 13th). 

We are collecting signatures to demand 'jobs with justice' for Aboriginal workers in the Northern Territory. Help us with this task by organising a stall. 

Come along to the meeting and meet other like-minded activists and make stuff happen!

Stop the racist NT Intervention. 
Jobs with Justice now!

5pm, Friday 4 March 2011
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

We are calling for endorsements for this major action next year. Please email melbourneaic@gmail.com in order to confirm the support of your community organisation, union, church, student group etc.