Where and when to find a Stop Black Deaths in Custody rally across Australia
The families of Aboriginal people who have died in custody are holding a national day of action on Saturday to mark 30 years since the royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody handed down its final report.
An investigation by Guardian Australia found that at least 474 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have died in custody since then, including five people since the start of March this year.
More than 200 of those cases are listed in the Deaths Inside database, which provides information about individual deaths in custody from 2008 to now.
The royal commission made 339 recommendations but many, particularly those pertaining to reducing rates of Indigenous incarceration, which was the top-line finding of the inquiry, have either not been fully implemented or not received the adequate funding since implementation.
Rallies calling for the full implementation of all recommendations and a diversion of funding away from policing and prisons and into programs designed to strengthen communities will be held in most major cities tomorrow.
Representatives from the families of 15 people who died in custody since the royal commission will speak at the rallies. In a joint statement released on Friday, they said: “this system is killing our people and our future”.
“We will march the streets for the loved ones lost to us,” they said. “We welcome the Australian public to walk with us on this journey to stopping deaths in custody. Our voices will not be silenced.
“Our 15 families have united together in solidarity to lead a campaign that will end this injustice once and for all.”
Here’s where you can find a rally near you:
Sydney, Gadigal land
The rally will kick off at Town Hall on George Street at 1pm.
Melbourne (Naarm), Kulin land
Gather at the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street at 1pm.
Brisbane (Meanjin), Turrbal and Yugara land
The rally begins at 10am in King George Square at Roma Street.
Alice Springs (Mparntwe), Arrernte land
A rally will be held from 11am on the lawns opposite the Alice Springs local court, on the corner of Parsons and Hartley Streets.
Lismore, Bundjalung country
Meet outside the Lismore Environment Centre at 115 Molesworth St at 12pm.
Perth, Whadjuk Noongar boodjar
The rally in Perth will be held on Thursday, 15 April, the actual anniversary of the royal commission findings. Meet at 12pm at Forrest Place in the Murray Street Mall.
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