Hello All – On the 28th of September – this Saturday – it will be 30 years since John Pat of Roebourne, WA, was killed by police. A number of groups have got together to instigate a National Day of Action : Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Mrs Mavis Pat – John Pat’s mother – has given permission for this National Day of Action.

The Castlemaine Vigil in Recognition of Sovereignty and in Solidarity with Refugees will be holding REMEMBRANCE: STOP ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY on the eve of this Day of Action.

Meet at the Vigil on the Steps of the Castlemaine Market Bldng at 6pm on FRIDAY 27TH OF SEPTEMBER – THIS FRIDAY and we will remember the many who have died in custody; the heartbroken families and communities affected; and send love to those who are currently incarcerated – speaking out to STOP ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY.

WHAT DOES THIS INVOLVE: We will read Uncle Jack Davis’ poem for John Pat; exchange information and get up to date on the state of Aboriginal incarceration in 2013; sign cards for the mothers of some of those Involved who have died; light candles and I will sing a short song that others can join should you wish. This short event will be filmed so to send to those who are concerned with Deaths in Custody – and hopefully to some of the families. Should you wish not to be filmed let me know on the evening.

Bring along any poetry, songs, SIGNS etc that you may wish to share. Please run these by me on the evening.

Melbourne’s Day of Action will be held at the State Library at 12noon on Saturday the 28th of September. It would be good to see as many Castlemainians attend as can.

Hope to see you there and please pass this on to any who may be interested.

Aboriginal Elder, the late Dr Jack Davis AO, BEM once said, “The beginning of the cause of deaths in custody does not occur within the confines of police and prison cells or in the minds of the victims. Initially, it starts in the minds of those who allow it to happen.”

janet galbraith

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