Today, a peaceful protest will be taking place on the Sunshine Coast in solidarity with the uprising in the US over the death of George Floyd, as well as the deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in custody.
Held at Cotton Tree Park from 3pm to 5pm, this is a chance to join the movement locally, in support of the Black Lives Matter protests currently taking place in America and across the world.
As a nation, Australia is not exempt from injustices and this event will highlight and honour the death of David Dungay and the 432 Indigenous Australians who have died in custody since 1991.
Those wanting to show support, and are able, are encouraged to join the protest today, bringing along any banners and posters to help spread the word.
Attendees are also reminded that social distancing rules are still in place and should be followed on the day. Find out more here.
Those unable to attend can show support via donating to relevant charities, signing petitions and educating yourself further on the situation. Here are just some of the ways you can get involved:
CHARITIES AND FUNDS YOU CAN DONATE TO
- Justice for David Dungay Junior: A fund supporting the family of David Dungay Junior, who died in a NSW jail.
- FreeHer: A fund that assists freeing Aboriginal women from fines and prison in Western Australia.
- Minnesota Freedom Fund: A group tackling Minnesota's justice system.
- George Floyd Memorial Fund: The official fund supporting George Floyd's family.
PETITIONS YOU CAN SIGN
- Justice for George Floyd: A petition for charges to be filed on the police officers involved in George Floyd's death.
- Prevent Another Aboriginal Death In Custody: A petition intending to free a terminally ill Aboriginal man from immigration detention.
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