Thursday, March 31, 2011

20 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody - Rally 15 April

From Deaths in Custody Watch Committee:

Friday 15 April 2011 marks 20 years since the release of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC).  In 1991, the RCIADIC found that too many Aboriginal people were in  custody too often.  Little has changed.  The RCIADIC made 339 recommendations to address this problem.  To this day, only a fraction of the recommendations have been acted upon.  We must demand that more is done, now!
 The Aboriginal Legal Service of WA together  with the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee of WA are holding a public event on Friday 15 April,  The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody:  20 years on - it's time for change!
  1. Please forward this email, the attached flyer, poster and the call for 269 volunteers to friends, family, co workers, students, community organisations, unions, churches, members of parliament, local councils...  Print out leaflets and hand them out, Put up posters, talk to people...

  2. Please consider registering as a volunteer and  encourage others to do the same.   At least 269 volunteers are needed to gather at the Stirling Gardens (cnr Barrack St & Georges Terrace, in front of the Supreme Court) on Friday 15 April at 11.30am for a 12 noon start. Each person will be given a cross to hold to represent the 269 Aboriginal deaths in custody in the 20 years since the release of RCIADIC. Once all volunteers have assembled we will then proceed to Parliament House with the crosses for a 12.30pm remembrance ceremony, which includes speakers and a media conference. 

  3. Volunteers to help make placards, banners and crosses for the event to meet on Saturday 9 April 20011.

To register as a volunteer, please go to click on Contact Details, complete your contact details in the message box type Volunteer and indicate whether your are available for the 9 April workshop and/or the actual event on 15 April 2011.  Alternatively you can register by calling/texting 0415074602, email  Please register by 14 April 2011.