“We have a responsibility to care for our brothers and sisters from across the water. We must bring the water and the fire, the love and the music to heal the country and move in solidarity.” Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna Aboriginal Elder<
The voyage of the Freedom Flotilla to West Papua was an unprecedented event of creative resistance to the Indonesian occupation of West Papua. The initiative of Indigenous Elders of Australia and West Papua built global solidarity and highlighted the abuses of human rights and land rights carried out under the occupations of their lands on an international stage.
The Freedom Flotilla campaign continues to fight for the rights of West Papuans on land and at sea. Follow the journey on this website or via twitter & facebook.
‘“We work for world peace and justice, we start from our region, the Pacific.” Jacob Rumbiak, Foreign Affairs Minister of the Federated Republic of West Papua.
Bella Union and New Ballroom, Trades Hall, Carlton
Saturday, November 15, 12:30 pm-12 am
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The Inaugural Melbourne Activist Arts Festival will be presenting photos from the Freedom Flotilla’s journey alongside a huge array of artworks, poetry and film in a showcase of creative resistance from around the world. Check out the lineup below!
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Territorians for a Free West Papua will stand alongside with members of the West Papuan Community and members of the International solidarity movement ‘United Struggle’ at a rally to be held at the Indonesian Consulate Darwin at 8 am on Wednesday October 21.
The rally will include a statement to be delivered to the President of Indonesia and include messages from West Papuan activist Lober Wanggai who asks the President to “leave West Papua in Peace’ whilst activist Alpheus Meage says “all the people of West Papua want is freedom’.
Saturday 14th June from 7pm
Bowden Brompton Community Centre 19 Green St, Brompton, South Australia.
Showing a film made from footage taken during the journey by land and boat from Lake Eyre to West Papua.
Event hosted by the Australia West Papua Association S.A and the Australia East Timor Friendship Association
The Embassy is a reclamation of the sovereign indigenous land and represents a united front of world indigenous movements against the destruction of the earth and its peoples.
“The Earth Embassy brings the reality of the environment emergency to the parliament and big business district of Melbourne through traditional, beautiful radical and necessary acts of creative resistance.”
This World Environment Day, June the 5th 2014 an Earth Embassy will be established at the Victorian Parliament House precinct. The Embassy is a reclamation of the sovereign indigenous land and will represent a united front of world indigenous movements against the destruction of the earth and its peoples.
The autonomous space will be a hub for all earth defenders to establish a presence on Aboriginal land and bring their issues to the city streets.
The protest features the First-nations Liberation Movement (FnL). They will bring Black issues to the conversation on World Environment Day, creating a space for indigenous people to join forces in solidarity with others responding to the ecological emergency facing our planet.
West Papuan indigenous activists will construct a traditional hut to bring their demands for environmental justice and human rights in their homeland to Melbourne.
Earth Embassy Manifesto-
From land rights and the environment, from toll ways to fracking, from old growth forests to coal mining, from dredging to drilling, from human rights to animal liberation, from sustainable energies to anti- nuke.
Our forces combined, our powers united. No longer will we allow our world to be destroyed in silence.
On the auspicious day of World Environment Day, 5th June 2014, may we combine our global efforts to become a force to be reckoned with.
This is a call out to all individuals, groups, collectives and organisations that stand in the defense of the earth, its environment, animals and people, to respond to global environmental and social injustice, in anyway, shape or form.