About unitedstruggleproject

UNITED STRUGGLE PROJECT Objectives: Record music and make music video clips addressing issues face by displaced people with artists in affected areas, including one collaborative song with a representative from each place Forum for displaced people to express their stories through music and video and documentary making Create networks to unite global struggles Create links with artists globally Target racism against refugees in the broader community Background and Inspirations My main motivation is my love of music and belief in social and environmental justice. Music can be used as a tool for change and education to break down walls, create common ground and unite common struggles. Lake Eyre to West Papua Land and Sea Convoy for Peace and Justice Looking at the ancient ways to find the new beginnings… ‘’We were one people, we still are one people, we must up hold our cultural connection, the old land is calling us.’’ Uncle Kevin Buzzacott Arabuna elder.

West Papua Freedom Forum 2015

11011756_715874311874989_574954193384334094_nThe first Freedom Forum held in Darwin on Larrakia Land was held this week. The forum was a united gathering of representatives of West Papuan and Indigenous nations and non-Indigenous Australians who resolved to recognise the sovereignty of West Papua and work towards a peaceful end to the brutal Indonesian military occupation of West Papua.

The first Freedom Forum held in Darwin on Larrakia Land  Papua Merdeka!

The first Freedom Forum held in Darwin on Larrakia Land
Papua Merdeka!

The Forum applauded the recent endorsement of the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP) as observers in the Melanesian Spearhead group.

The forum welcomed the solidarity and support offered to the West Papuan Independence movement by the Maritime Union of Australia NT who resolved to “speak out against the atrocities being perpetrated on the West papuan people by Indonesia”.

The forum calls on the Australian government to end all cooperation with the Indonesian occupying forces carrying out a slow genocide of the West Papuan people. The Australian government has been working hand in glove to maintain Indonesia’s occupation of West Papua by providing political endorsement, financial assistance and military training used to perpetrate the most severe human rights violations.

The first Freedom Forum held in Darwin on Larrakia Land  Papua Merdeka!

The first Freedom Forum held in Darwin on Larrakia Land
Papua Merdeka!

The forum calls for Australia to rescind the 2006 Lombok Treaty between Indonesia and Australia which seeks to silence speech and actions in support of a free West Papua.11220479_10153504116554040_4012955531909460644_n

The forum further resolved to:

i) send a delegation of representatives from Indigenous nations across Australia to attend the Pacific Island Forum in September 2015.

ii) To escalate actions aimed at exposing the human rights abuses taking place in occupied West Papua, including efforts to increase media access and international attention on the occupation

iii) to support further attempts to reunify the Indigenous nations across the Pacific including through further actions by the Freedom Flotilla and actions to undermine the false borders established by the occupation.

Honai Embassy

Honai Embassy

West Papuans struggling for freedom deserve our solidarity and support. The conference resolved to intensify our efforts to bring justice and freedom to the people of West Papua.

Papua Merdeka!

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World’s only West Papuan embassy under eviction

DARWIN 7 July 2015
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The world’s only West Papuan embassy was established yesterday on the lawns of the northern territory parliament, this morning it still stands, but it is under threat of eviction.

The embassy is making history, with West Papuan, Larrakia and Arabunna Elders and non-indigneous activists gathering on the grounds outside parliament drawing attention to the ongoing genocide in West Papua by the Indonesian occupiers.

“We’re refusing to leave until a parliamentary representative speaks with us and commits to a plan of action for West Papuan Independence.”said spokesperson Izzy brown

With a traditional Honai hut erected, a welcome by Larrakia elder June Mills, and the morning star flag flying, the embassy stands as a space where West Papuan culture is celebrated.

“This falls on the anniversary of the Biak Massacre but the killing is ongoing. The Biak Massacre started by a flag raising, by people celebrating their Papuan identity with the morning star flag. Men. Women and children were slaughtered, put up as an example to any one that raises a flag of self-determination.” Said Larrakia Elder June Mills

Exile  West Papuan Foreign Affairs Minister, Jacob Rumbiak, said recently the occupation in West Papua has worsened with Indonesia killing hundreds involved in the student movement.

“We are supporting the United Liberation Movement of West Papua. People in Papua are united in their struggle for independence” Jacob Rumbiak, West Papuan Foreign Affairs Minister

“We are not going to close our eyes we are not going to close our hearts. We are here to give a voice to the voiceless. Children do not deserve to grow up in a war zone” said Larrakia Elder June Mills

“The time has come for us to make world peace, West Papuans have the right to live in freedom” said Arabunna elder Kevin Buzzacott

The embassy has resulted from a 3 day forum on the West Papuan struggle in Darwin, which was attended by West Papuan, Larrakia, and Arabunna elders, and representatives as well as non-indigenous supporters, including crew members from the West Papuan Freedom Flotilla.

The Freedom Flotilla is set to sail again to draw attention to the destruction and genocide perpetrated by multinational corporations and colonial governments against the West Papuan people, we are targeting share-holder Rio Tinto over the Freeport Grasberg mine.

Further comment:
Izzy Brown, Freedom Flotilla Spokesperson, 0410535896
Ronny Kareni, West Papuan Media Spokesperson 0401222177

KSI LANGSUNG FREEDOM FLOTILLA PAPUA BARAT 2015

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Juru bicara Freedom Flotilla Papua Barat, Izzy Brown, telah mengkonfirmasi bahwa Freedom Flotilla akan membentangkan layar dari Darwin pada tahun ini untuk melakukan aksi langsung terbaru mereka di lautan untuk menyorot kerusakan yang dilakukan oleh korporasi multinasional dan pemerintahan kolonial pada lahan dan masyarakat Papua Barat; terutama menargetkan pemilik saham terbesar di pertambangan Freeport di Timika, yaitu korporasi Rio Tinto.
”Kami menargetkan Freeport karena pembunuhan masal yang mereka lakukan di Papua Barat sangatlah menjijikkan. Selain membiayai militer Indonesia untuk membunuh masyarakat pribumi Papua Barat, mereka juga meracuni tanah dan perairan di Papua Barat hingga titik yang mustahil untuk diperbaiki, tanpa mempedulikan standar lingkungan internasional sama sekali,” kata Brown. Freedom Flotilla Papua Barat telah berhasil melewati Angkatan Laut Indonesia dan petugas pemerintahan Australia pada tahun 2013, ketika mereka berhasil melakukan misi mereka untuk menghubungkan kembali masyarakat Papua Barat dan kaum Aborigin. Setelah melewati perjalanan sejauh 5000 kilometer dari Danau Eyre di Australia Selatan hingga titik yang disebut sebagai “perbatasan Indonesia” jauh di Utara pada selat Torres; Tetua Arabunna, Paman Kevin Buzzacot, memberikan air suci dari lahan mereka sendiri disertai abu dari upacara sakral yang dilakukan diantara dua kapal kecil diluar teluk selatan Papua tersebut, dengan menghindari intersepsi oleh petugas pemerintahan. Aksi tersebut berhasil mendapatkan perhatian sorotan media global kepada isu Papua Barat.

FREEDOM FLOTILLA dan FORUM PEMBEBASAN PAPUA BARAT, DARWIN 2015
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Paman Kevin Buzzacott dan Freedom Flotilla Papua Barat akan berpartisipasi dalam Forum Pembebasan Papua Barat di Darwin pada bulan Juli untuk memperingati Pembantaian Biak, dengan fokus kepada pembangunan jaringan pribumi Papua Barat dan Australia. Tetua Aborigin Larrakia dan Arabunna June Mills dan Paman Kevin Buzzacott, bersama dengan organisasi-organisasi Papua Barat Australia, kelompok-kelompok pribumi, dan para pendukung non-pribumi akan berkumpul di forum ini pada 4-6 Juli untuk berpartisipasi dalam diskusi, workshop, berbagi cerita, dan pertunjukan musik. Pemimpin Papua Barat yang terusir, mantan tahanan politik dan anggota dari Persatuan Pergerakan Pembebasan Papua Barat, Jacob Rumbiak, juga akan menghadiri Forum Pembebasan tersebut setelah kembali dari Kepulauan Solomon dimana ia telah memfasilitasi penyertaan keanggotaan Papua Barat dalam badan regional yang tangguh, Melanesian Spearhead Group.
“Kami bekerja untuk kedamaian dan keadilan di dunia, dimulai dari area kami, Pasifik.” kata Rumbiak. Paman Kevin Buzzacott telah mengkonfirmasi bahwa Forum Pembebasan Papua Barat akan mengeluarkan pernyataan publik dan rencana aksi untuk memperingati Pembantaian Biak, dimana lebih dari 150 orang telah disiksa dengan brutal, hingga kemudian dibunuh dan dibuang tubuhnya di lautan; setelah aksi protes mendukung kemerdekaan pada kepulauan utara Papua Barat, Biak, Juli 1998.
“Kami tidak bisa membiarkan pembunuhan ini didiamkan pada pintu kami. Kami harus menantang kekuasaan Indonesia. Kami harus memerdekakan Papua, dengan risiko apapun.” kata Buzzacott.

Kontak Media untuk Forum Pembebasan: Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Tetua Arabunna 0431157747
Kontak media untuk Papua Barat: Ronny Kareni, Juru Bicara Media Papua Barat 0401222177

Flotilla Fundraiser Sydney

Flotilla Fundraiser Sydney

P1160544Friday 29th May @ Monster Mouse warehouse

Come for an indulgent night of some bad arse live music while supporting the West Papua Freedom Flotilla.

If you haven’t already heard, the West Papua Freedom Flotilla is an initiate of Indigenous Elders and West Papua to build a global solidarity and highlight the abuses of human rights and land rights carried out under the occupations of their lands on an international stage.

The line up will include Monkeymarc feat Mc Izzy from Combat Wombat, Thrasher Polka, SlingShot and Cap a Capo. Felon and the ProVocals and Black Vat Trio will also be playing!

We will also be providing food by donation.

Entry $5-10
Hope to see you all there!

Biggest thank you to all the fabulous crew that donated to the to our crowd funding campaign!

Biggest thank you to all the fabulous crew that donated to the to our crowd funding campaign!

The Freedom Flotilla to West Papua would like to thank you for your support in creating an unprecedented event of creative resistance to the Indonesian occupation of West Papua.

This initiative by Indigenous Elders of Australia and West Papua will build global solidarity and highlight the abuses of human rights and land rights carried out under the occupations of their lands on an international stage.

The whole Free West Papua campaign in Melbourne has been re-invigorated by all the energy people have been putting in to get this Freedom Flotilla happening, making donations, organizing and playing at benefit gigs, and spreading the word about the situation of West Papuans.

With this kind of support, we believe the Freedom Flotilla can plant West Papua firmly on the map of peoples’ consciousness world-wide. The more supporters we have behind it the more we can get the word out to the international public and demonstrate that West Papua’s isolation is not a product of geography, but of artificial barriers created by the occupation against journalists and NGOs.

Again we thank you for investing your money and your belief in this historic event.

Join our list of  supporters via video message, facebook, email, or commenting here, and add your or your communities name to the growing list of supporters from politicians,  unions, campaign groups and musicians.

Thanks for all the work that you’ve done and continue doing that will make this journey possible.

Freedom Flotilla – Taking direct action on the high seas

ff2015  Freedom Flotilla – Taking direct action on the high seas against human rights abuses dispossession and poisoning of indigenous land and water in West Papua.

A river of poison flows from the last tropical glassier in the world. It is a sacred place for the Amungme People.The glassier is called Nemangkawi ‘’the white arrow’’. Many people have died by the hands of the Indonesian military who control the area since the mines inception.The Indonesian military are payed over 3 million dollars a year in “protection money” by Freeport McMoran which operates the nearby Grasberg goldmine.

‘’The republic of Indonesia kills people like me, Amungme people, the land the military own in Timika was not bought, it was taken at gunpoint. The Indonesian military is used as a tool by Freeport mine to kill us.’’ Mama Yosepha Alomang.

In 2013 the freedom flotilla reconnected the lands and the struggles of Papuan and Australia indigenous people with a sacred ceremony conducted in the water off the coast of Papua. Indigenous elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott of Arabuna country in South Australia delivered the sacred water from the mound spring in his country and ashes from the Aboriginal tent embassy’s around Australia to West Papuan Elders leaders and Activist to reconnect the land and people that were once joined.

This year the Freedom Flotilla wants to follow up that reconnection with an action to highlight the suffering of West Papuan People and the damage caused by Multinational companies and colonial governments on the land and people, specifically targeting Rio Tinto’s Freeport mine in Tamika West Papua.

Grasberg Freeport McMoran mine In partnership with Rio Tinto the mine accumulates some 700,000 tonnes of toxic mine waste tailings per day ’(that’s nearly 26 billion tonnes a year) discharged out over the mountain polluting the head waters of the life line of the Amungme people.

West Papua is the scene of the most brutal colonial genocide in the region since Britain’s invasion of Australia. The ‘state torture and terrorism’ inflicted on West Papuans is the saddest and most horrific situation a human being can endure.

Desert to the Sea Sydney Exhibition

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Sydney Exhibition photos films and art generated by the Freeedom Flotilla to West Papua
6pm Thursday 22nd January
Tortuga Studios 31 Princes Hwy , St Peter’s NSW 2044,
www.tortugastudios.org.au

Photos by Jeevi Ka, Kim Westmorland, Tully Starr, Margret Freeradical Gilchrist, Izzy Brown, Ðavid Wainggai & Jessie Boylan.

Traditional art by Lober Eto L Wainggai

Films by Izzy Brown and Jeevi Ka

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