Feature – 100 Days of Deadly

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Clinton Pryor, Noongar – walking to Canberra, the long way.

“My first ever protest was Herrisson Island… And I was real scared. At first, I just took photos there. I got all the likes – people thought I was a real warrior. But I felt like a bullshit artist. There was a quote that stuck with me, by Ghandi’s granddaughter, “there are two kinds of people: those who do the hard work, and those who take the credit.” I wanted to be in the first group. I ended up camping there for 16 months.

It was a real well-controlled community, you know, real diverse, real safe. We had Asians, French, Germans, Africans, whitefullas, families with kids, single men, single women, all homeless. There were actually plenty of single women – they used to sleep in the city streets, but they were vulnerable there. They were easy targets for predators, and lots got sexually assaulted. But here, they were safe. We had no drugs, no alcohol, no fighting. It was safe for them.

And now I’m protesting a different way – I’m going to walk across Australia. I was inspired by Ghandi and his Salt March. He marched 240 miles in protest, all the way to the Indian coast, and thousands of people marched with him. He’s the man who invented non-violence, the weapon of the strong. Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, they all looked up to him – even Martin Luther King did a 54 mile march for voting rights for African Americans.

But, I’m not marching to be a hero myself. I just want to give our people hope – because a lot of our people have given up. We’re getting closer to a treaty every day, remote communities are being shut down, sacred sites are being demolished – now is the right time to walk for justice.”

“What message do you want to send people?”

“Everyone’s welcome to join me anywhere. I’d love some company along the way… It’s a long way to walk. That’s basically it. Oh and also, people can donate… I’m gonna need a lot of shoes.”

Clinton will be walking from Perth to Canberra, via Kalgoorlie, Uluru, Adelaide and Melbourne. He begins his walk this Thursday (8 September) – leaving Herrisson Island at 10.30am.

You can keep updated on his Facebook page: Clinton’s Walk for Justice. You can donate funds here: https://startsomegood.com/clintonswalkforjustice

Epic feat ahead – good luck Clinton.

Thanks 100 Days of Deadly!

Wandjinas…

Wandjinas are sacred.

kimberley_mapWandjinas are only found in the Kimberley region (north-eastern Western Australia), nowhere else in Australia.

They are deeply spiritual to the people of this area, the Mowanjum people, who comprise three language groups, the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal.

To these people, the Wandjina is the supreme Creator and a symbol of fertility and rain. Their ancestors have been painting Wandjina (also spelled wanjina) and Gyorn Gyorn (also called Gwion Gwion) figures in rock art sites scattered throughout the western Kimberley for millennia. This is the oldest continuous sacred painting movement on the planet.

Three Wandjina figures next to each other. Three Wandjinas painted by a contemporary artist of the Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre. Image used with kind permission.

Unique to the Mowanjum people, Wandjinas (pronounced ‘wannias’) have large eyes, like the eye of a storm, but no mouth. It is said they have no mouth because that would make them too powerful. They are often depicted with elaborate headdresses, indicating different types of storms.

To the Mowanjum people, the elegant, elongated figures of the Gyorn Gyorn depict their long-ago ancestors, before the Wandjinas brought the law. Gyorn Gyorn paintings in rock art sites have been dated at 20,000 years and are often over-painted with Wandjinas and other imagery. These figures are sometimes known as Bradshaws.

– Clinton

Heirisson Island…

I remember this picture I took with Uncle Herbert Kenneth Bropho doing a press release. We told them we going to rebuild, stand and not move after the city of Perth and the police none stop keep on raiding us. This fight is just beginning and was just getting warm up. Soon we be back on Heirisson Island to rebuild the Matagarup camp once again.

But still waiting for the federal court to call the law to let her know when we go back in for our injunction. we stood on Matagarup for over 16 month for the force closer of community and the homeless and we not going give up that easily. You can not beat a family who strong and proud for doing the right thing.

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(music video) Beni Bjah – Survivors

We Survivors my people and we going keep on fighting for our right as first nation people of this land we stand on. We not going to back down until we win.

Noongar man Beni Bjah took out the Western Australian Music Song of the Year award in 2016 with this powerful track. The equally deadly video was shot by documentary film maker David Vincent Smith.

Fremantle Considers Cancelling Australia Day Fireworks!

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From the Bropho family to the Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt. We just wanted to say thank you for not going ahead to host fire works next year on Australia day in Fremantle and recognising that celebrating Australia day on January 26. It is painful day to First Nation people. So well done Brad Pettitt mayor of Fremantle for making a stand.

We hope that the other counsel ground around Perth well do the same and make a stand with Fremantle who trying to push for Australia day to be change or Australia day should be celebrate as a multicultural australia day where Aboriginal culture is involved.

So once again well done Brad Pettitt your have full thank you from the family and support.

– Clinton Pryor

Fremantle Mayor, Brad Pettitt’s Statement

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