WEST PAPUA FREEDOM FORUM 4th to 6th July Stokes Hill Wharf Function Centre, Stokes Hill Rd, DARWIN ENTRY FREE or by donation, food & refreshments by donation Welcome to Country Sat 4th July (starting time to be confirmed)
Enquiries: 0410535896 or 0450672692
This is a call out to Australian West Papua organizations, supporters, freedom fighters and concerned citizens, artists, musicians and media. This is an invitation from Larrakia June Mills Gunluckiinimul and Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna Elder, as well as the West Papua Freedom Flotilla, Australians For a Free West Papua and the Federated Republic West Papua Women’s Office to come together on Larrakia Country in Darwin for the West Papua Freedom Forum 2015.
Get involved in a nation wide anti-colonization gathering of consciousness to coordinate solidarity between allies within the Free West Papua movement and Indigenous struggle everywhere. Share skills and experiences, and increase involvement in each others projects, we invite you to propose a workshop, talk, creative action, storytelling or musical performance.
The Freedom Forum will result in a public statement and action plan.
Day 1 – July 4 Opening Welcome to Country Ceremony Info Update, Workshops, Presentations future vision and mission – concert/ film night
Day 2 – July 5 Draft Statement and press release
Day 3 – July 6 Day of action – Biak Massacre anniversary at Indonesian Consulate Darwin Closing Ceremony
Share skills and experiences, and increase involvement in each others projects, we invite you to propose a workshop, talk, creative action, storytelling or musical performance. Please let us know if you want to propose a contribution to the event, or if there are any other key people in the campaign that we should forward this invitation to (Contact Izzy Brown, logistics 0410535896 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are still fundraising for this event. Please consider donating to help make it happen! BENDIGO BANK bsb 633000 a/c 153295308
As West Papuans surge forward with their push for membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group, and the campaign in Australia gathers momentum from decades of awareness raising in the wake of the Freedom Flotilla: Lets gather to take the campaign to the next level.
Last year we witnessed the historic foundation of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, bringing the West Papuan National Coalition for Liberation, the Federated Republic of West Papua and the National Parliament of West Papua (along with the West Papuan National Committee) together in their push for diplomatic recognition at the MSG. We believe that now is the time for the Australian Solidarity movement to follow their lead and revive the co-operation between our regional campaign groups, consolidate our strength and co-ordinate our strategies to increase pressure on the Australian and Indonesian governments.
We believe that the Australian campaign strength lies in its regional and demographic diversity, with campaign groups having strengths including church and union organising, academic research and media production, fundraising and direct action. By co-ordinating our campaigns around certain events and focused demands, we can better share our skills and resources and amplify the effects of our campaign internationally.