News for the Heart and Mind – 8 July

In This Issue: Hiroshima Day 2010; Deaths in Custody WA protest; Australian Student Christian Movement dialogue on Human Rights, Indigenous Rights and Climate Change.

Hiroshima Day 2010

When: Friday 6 August, 12 noon to 2pm
Where: Cnr. Hay/William Streets, Perth (Outside Wesley Church)

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in May 2010 failed to advance a Nuclear Weapons Convention. Please come to this event to demand that Australia pursues this greatly needed instrument of international humanitarian law with much more determination. There must never be another Hiroshima.
This event is organised by PND (WA) with support from Anti-Nuclear Alliance WA, Christian Centre for Social Action, Council of Churches of WA, Medical Association for Prevention of War, The Society of Friends (Quakers), and Uniting Church in the City.

Deaths in Custody WA protest

When: Sunday 11 July, 1pm
Where: Supreme Court Gardens, Perth (Cnr St George’s Terrace and Barrack St)
Join with Ward Family Members in demanding that:

  1. The Coronial Inquest into Mr Ward’s death be re-opened;
  2. An independent review of the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) decision not to bring criminal charges be conducted;
  3. The evidence and advice that the DPP used to make its decision that no criminal charges be laid, be tabled in Parliament;
  4. The transportation of detained persons be returned to the Department of Corrective Services & the G4S Contract ended;
  5. There be independent and effective investigations of any future deaths in custody;
  6. New criminal offences of corporate and custodial manslaughter be introduced into legislation – to ensure that parties responsible for any similar deaths in custody in the future cannot escape being held criminally responsible;
  7. An independent public inquiry into institutionalised racism in the WA criminal justice system.

12 months ago, thousands marched the streets of Perth – demanding justice for Mr Ward; the DPP has decided no criminal charges will be laid against any party responsible for Mr Ward’s death. That’s not justice! The fight is not over! Contact Marc Newouse 0415 074 602 or dicwc@iinet.net.au

Australian Student Christian Movement dialogue

A student and youth dialogue on: Human Rights; Indigenous Rights; and Climate Change.
Where:Alice Springs
When: 24-30 September
The workshop look indigenous issues through the lens of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Participants will hear the stories of Indigenous Australians as well as look at the issues of colonisation, the stolen generation, discrimination, land take-over and the Northern Territory Intervention.
The workshop will also focus on climate change and the devastating effects it will have on the rights of all peoples, particularly indigenous peoples in our region. Those who are less equipped to respond or closer to the rhythm of county will be most exposed to climate changes such as increasing temperatures, changed rainfall patterns and sea level rise.
Participants will be encouraged to develop plans for action in response, bringing thinking about indigenous rights and sustainability into our own lives, work and communities.
Cost: $150 includes accommodation, food and resources. Scholarships for travel to Alice Springs and cost available for those willing to attend the Australian Student Christian Movement AGM following Workshop 1-3 October.
Find out more at www.ascm.org.au or conference@ascm.org.au