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Black Lives Matter — Stop Black Deaths in Custody Meanjin

Here's how and where you can show your support on Saturday.
By Samantha Teague
June 05, 2020
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Black Lives Matter — Stop Black Deaths in Custody Meanjin

Here's how and where you can show your support on Saturday.
By Samantha Teague
June 05, 2020
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This Saturday, June 6, rallies will be held across Australia in protest of Black and Indigenous deaths at the hands of police, both locally and in the US. Held in solidarity with the protests currently happening in the States — in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis — and in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the Brisbane rally is also a call to action on the systemic mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by police.

Since 1991's royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody, another 432 Indigenous Australians have died in custody, including Dunghutti man David Dungay Jr, who's 2015 death draws many parallels to that of Floyd.

Organised by the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, the Brisbane protest is called Black Lives Matter — Stop Black Deaths in Custody Meanjin. It'll be held from 1–5pm, starting at King George Square.

While Queensland's COVID-19 cases are declining, we're still in the midst of a pandemic and rally attendees are encouraged to practise social distancing measures, with the organisers saying everyone should wear a mask, stand as far apart as possible and do not attend if they are feeling unwell. If you have even mild symptoms, it's strongly encouraged you go and get tested.

If you can't attend, but would still like to do your part, you can donate to an Indigenous Australian charity or organisation — including to the family of Dungay Jr, who are currently raising money to cover legal costs — and educate yourself on Australia's Indigenous history. To help start with the latter, here are 13 films by Indigenous Australian filmmakers you can stream.

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