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A message from our CEO, Emily Maguire

A message from our CEO, Emily Maguire

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This is an excerpt from DVRCV’s eNews from June 2020. Subscribe here.

The police killing of George Floyd and the resurgence of mainstream media attention on the Black Lives Matter movement in the US and internationally has sharpened our focus on racism, dispossession and oppression in this country. 

These are not new issues, but I hope this renewed spotlight will strengthen more people's understanding of our country’s history of colonialism, marginalisation and discrimination and propel people to action.

The mass incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is a feminist issue. The overwhelming number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people dying in custody is a violence against women issue. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their communities have long given voice to these intersections, while organising to resist systemic racism and state violence. 

It is our collective responsibility, now and always, to not only listen and reflect but to take up their calls to action.

You can find links to some key voices we’ve been learning from and some useful recommended resources below. 

Image courtesy of Rayna Mishra.