Untitled, from 'No More Than What You See' (1993) by Ricky Maynard

Peaceful Protests and Vigils Happening in Australia This Week


As the world watches the events unfolding in the US in shock, many cities have begun to arrange their own protests and vigils in solidarity.

Calls to end systemic racism and police brutality not just in the States, but worldwide, have gathered steam since the weekend, with Australia’s first peaceful protest march occurring on Tuesday in Sydney. No arrests were made at the rally. As Australians, we must look in the mirror and address our own history of racism and oppression of First Nations people, which includes the death of 432 Indigenous Australians in custody since 1991. We stand in solidarity with Black and Indigenous communities and protestors, and we urge our readers to actively do so as well.

There are a number of ways this can be done, including attending one of the below peaceful protests and vigils in locations around Australia. If you’re thinking about attending, consider the following:

Do

– Abide by physical distancing measures by standing 1.5 metres apart. Coronavirus is still a very real threat
– Wear a face mask for the duration of the vigil/protest
– Bring water, snacks, and appropriate clothing
– bring a sign if possible
– listen to safety marshals

Don’t

– Attend if you are feeling unwell, or live with the elderly or immunocompromised people. Many of these events will be live streamed, so you can tune in at home.
– Be a dickhead to those around you. Remember what you’re there for.

SYDNEY

Stop All Black Deaths in Custody: Vigil for George Floyd

Location: 20 Lee St, Chippendale
Time: 3-5 PM, Saturday, June 6
Event details can be found here.

MELBOURNE

Stop Black Deaths in Custody – Justice for George Floyd #BLM

Location: Parliament House steps
Time: 2-5 PM, Saturday, June 6
Event details can be found here.

BYRON BAY

Black Lives Matter

Location : Byron Bay Recreation Grounds
Time: 2 PM, Saturday, June 6
Event details can be found here.

NEWCASTLE 

Stop Black Deaths in Custody – Justice for George Floyd #BLM

Time: 2-5 PM, Saturday, June 6
Location: Civic Park
Event details can be found here.

BRISBANE

Black Lives Matter – Stop Black Deaths In Custody Meanjin (BNE)

Location: King George Square
Time: 1-5 PM, Saturday, June 6
Event details can be found here.

ADELAIDE

Solidarity with Minneapolis! Justice for George Floyd

Location: Victoria Square
Time: 12-1:30 PM, Saturday, June 6
Event details can be found here.

CANBERRA

Black Lives Matter Peaceful Protest. Justice for George Floyd!

Location: Embassy of the USA
Time: 10.30 AM, Saturday, June 6
Event details can be found here.

We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the lands on which we work and pay our respects to Indigenous Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty has never been ceded. It always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.

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