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Everything You Need To Know About Sydney’s Black Lives Matter Vigil Happening Today

By Jessica Best
6th Jun 2020

Update Friday 5 June

Sydney's vigil for George Floyd and protest for indigenous deaths in custody has been declared illegal by the NSW Supreme Court.

Justice Desmond Fagan has ruled that there would be a public safety risk in allowing the vigil to go ahead, and that the protest would be in violation of current COVID-19 social distancing regulation (which prohibits gatherings of 10 people or more). Organisation from ISJA, ACAR and AAA has now, understandably, ceased. 

If you are planning to still attend, it's really important to know and understand your legal rights. NSW Legal Aid details your rights at arrest here

If you are feeling unwell or live with people who are most at risk with COVID-19, you should stay home today.

Remember there are many, many other ways you can use your voice, your vote, your money and your time to support this cause both today and into the future. We detail some below, but encourage you to research and read as much as you can and stick with it. 

Update Wednesday 3 June

This weekend, several protests and vigils will be held around the country. They’re a sign of solidarity for the death of George Floyd but also a time to reflect upon and learn about  Australia’s long-standing and deeply troubled history of racism, and specifically, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody. 

For Sydney, there will be a peaceful protest on Saturday 6 June from 3pm until 5pm. This vigil has been organised by the Anticolonial Asian Alliance, the Indigenous Social Justice Association and the University of Sydney’s Autonomous Collective Against Racism and coincides with and supports the Black Lives Matter protests taking place in the US.

George Floyd’s tragic death has caused cataclysmic reactions throughout the world, forcing those of us in Australia to face our own history and track record of unjust Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody which currently sits at 432 known deaths since 1991, with zero police convictions.

Those wanting to show support are encouraged to join the march this Saturday. Attendees are also reminded that social distancing rules are still in place and should be followed on the day.  

Those unable to attend will be able to watch a live-stream of the event in its entirety on Facebook and Zoom. Links will be posted in the event on the day.

You can also show your support by 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

A fund supporting the family of David Dungay Junior, who died in Long Bay Jail.

​A fund that assists freeing Aboriginal women from fines and prison in Western Australia.

A group tackling Minnesota's justice system.

The official fund supporting George Floyd's family.

A national advocacy platform and touchpoint for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander              lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and intersex (LGBQTI) peoples.

Advocates for the decarceration of Australian First Nations people and campaigns for public education to foster support for the implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

PETITIONS YOU CAN SIGN

A petition for charges to be filed on the police officers involved in George Floyd's death.

A petition intending to free a terminally ill Aboriginal man from immigration detention.

The Details

What: Stop All Black Deaths In Custody: Vigil For George Floyd
When: Saturday 6 June, 3pm - 5pm
Where: Sydney Town Hall

While you’re here, step up and help the Gumbaynggirr Embassy end excessive logging in NSW.

Image credit: Vince Flemming

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