First Nations peoples should be aware that this post contains the names and references stories of people who have passed away.
The ongoing waves of protests across the US are once again shining a light into the systemic failure of the criminal justice system to protect black Americans.
It is an ongoing and systemic failure that we share here in Australia.
The deaths in custody of black and brown citizens in the US and of First Nations peoples here in Australia are a stain on each country's culture and history.
They are not okay. Black Lives Matter.
As Australians we have much work to do. Deep anguish continues to be felt across our indigenous communities as deaths continue. There have been 432 Aboriginal deaths in custody since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody ended in 1991. Four hundred and thirty two lives.
And so many more.
We must all take the opportunity that this moment represents. To reflect, listen, learn. To speak up and fight for equality and justice. We believe that those of us, who have a position of privilege (as we do), have a role to play. We need to address criminal justice reform. We need to support other advocates. We need to vote and uphold democracy. We need to educate ourselves and each other. We need to do better ourselves. Change comes from our collective voices.
So lets each speak up for justice.
John, Andy & Romilly