[Admin Toby] In a movement to educate wider Australians of ongoing Indigenous wage discrimination, during the lead up to the 50th anniversary of the Wave Hill walk-off in August 2016, a flash mob style “art installation” was staged as a form of protest which took social media by storm.
The First Nations Workers’ Alliance followed as a new organisation formed alongside the Australian Unions. With CDP workers and the community they serve to give a voice to workers being exploited, while campaigning to end the CDP and replace it with a program that works for Indigenous people rather than oppressing them.
We were really pleased to see Zachary Joseph Wone caught up with Clinton in La Perouse!
Here is more info about FNWA from Australian Unions:
The Turnbull Government’s Community Development Program (CDP) is depriving tens of thousands of people of that opportunity. It’s punitive, heavy-handed and racially discriminatory and the Union movement is determined to see it removed.
CDP workers are not actually classified as workers. They get well below the minimum wage (the dole pays $11.60/hour or $290/week) for working for 25 hours a week for non-profit and now for-profit businesses.
They are not covered by the Fair Work Act, they don’t have Federal OHS protections or workers compensation and they can’t take annual leave, sick leave or carer’s leave.
Those under the CDP are forced to work up to three times longer than city-based jobseekers to receive welfare payments.
CDP workers have 70 times the financial penalties imposed upon them than non-remote dole workers.
Fines for missing activities under CDP – which coverers a tiny fraction of the population – account for more than half the total penalties across the entire welfare system.
Good morning guys please donate we need all the help donation we get for the team to get food equipment and other thing we need and after Canberra it the long drive back home to Perth. Please share and tell your family an friend about the walk for justice about the event on September the 3th also tell them to help donate.
Good morning all calling out for assistance for LR licence drive to help drive the second Clinton walk for justice shuttle bus and to help people walk and rest on the bus. I need this LR licence drive by today this afternoon because tomorrow we heading of down the road to get closer to Canberra. We are in Mittagong town if people need to know where we are. So please if anyone that has a LR licence to help please message me thought Facebook message or on Clinton walk for justice page thank you.
Day 347: 8am
[Admin Luke] Do you live in Queensland and want to join Clinton’s Walk for Justice in Canberra for the big celebration on September 3? Well Democracy in Colour have organised a bus trip from Brisbane!
Tickets are subsidized and will be very popular, get in quick though because they may sell out fast!!!
Word been going around saying I going to treaty with the government. Who said I was going to speak about treaty to the government. People thing I dont know anything try as many. When I have said I going to the governor general and speak to the represent of the crown to talk about treaty between two Sovereign country. I only going do that if only all the serious elder’s who a coming agree on it. If they say no I not going to do it. I listen to my elder and follow culture way and not lising to other people agenda to change my view on what I trying to do. I getting sick to death with people jumping the gun with non-think never happen yet. People need to pull up and think for a sec. I have organised a big meeting in Canberra with everyone when they arrive to talk about issues and what need to be done to start moving thing forward. The topic well be talk about treaty and what tip of treaty need to be done to make sure to save our culture, lore, land and most of all to getting think done so we can help our people an the future generations. There be other talk about issues but like how I said I not going to do anything without elder and everyone else agree on thing.
People trying to hijacked my walk to push for they agenda. I also going to speak out about this people trying to hijacked my walk. I have walk a long way from where I have started to now people should respect that. I be speaking out for justice for those who never got justice for love once, community that a living in 3rd world condition, community that been close down like my family community was close down and half of my family die living on the street and other issues we collected ever sin been on the journey. This walk was never easy it is a hard road to walk on but at less we know now I getting closer coming to the end of this amazing journey. People should respect what I have done and not go jumping the gun when you should know none thing have not been done yet. But remember who the person walk all that way Clinton walk for justice.
Day 347: 12pm
[Admin] Coming from Sydney ?
Did you know Democracy in Colour have arranged for transport to Canberra.
Tickets are selling, so be quick
Day 347: 12.30pm
[Admin Lisa] Welcome to the Event Page for the final days of Clintons Walk for Justice.
This page is where you will need to check in, we will post daily about where to join the walk, what progress is being made and any other important information that we feel you need to be aware of. Please read the current expectations:
👣 Joining the walk 👣
What you need to bring :
You will be responsible for your own food, camping gear, water, money and any other costs incurred while walking.
We would love you to bring your commitment, your sense of humour and your deepest respects for what Clinton has achieved in the last year and how important this last final part of his walk is.
We want to keep the fires burning, so if you are coming to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy please bring some wood to offer, funds for yourself and a sense of unity and purpose.
We want to use this opportunity to remind people that Clinton is THE ONLY spokesperson for his Walk for Justice .
We will not tolerate any unsociable behaviours, drugs and alcohol are not appropriate or acceptable and you will be asked to leave if any of these basic courteous rules are not followed.
Everyone is welcome to join in but it is up to you to work out where, when and how.
There are buses available for people who may be having a tough day or just want an easier day, the buses can also be used to store your camping gear on during the day so that you are free to walk.
The Admin Team are flying over to join you all next week and we want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your help and support in getting us over there. It is really appreciated and we couldn’t have done any of this without you !!
Day 347: 12.30pm
[Admin Lisa] Coming from Melbourne ?
Did you know Democracy in Colour have arranged for transport to Canberra ?
Tickets are selling, so be quick
We officially reached our Goal for this fundraiser just this morning!
Thank you all! (30/08/17)
Day 339: 7.30am
Day 339: 8.30am
Day 339: 9am
Day 339: 9am
Good morning guys it another beautiful day of walking today. I just what to thank people of Sydney for the amazing support and welcoming into Sydney Redfern the block.
I what to thank aunty Jenny Munro an her daughter Lorna Munro for organising everything in Redfern the event, food and welcoming to country in the block. Also doing a lot of the hard work to make sure the event when very well. I what to thank everyone else for coming to the event and welcome us into Redfern.
Thank you aunty Jenny an Lorna for doing all this for us and thank you, you mob from sydney for coming and showing support for the walk for justice.
I what to thank Kristen Parker the CEO of National centre of Indigenous excellence but now has left for helping us with accommodation in Redfern and making sure we had some where to stay.
The national centre of indigenous excellence don’t let any one stay at the place with out paying. But they have done this for us for free and the team and I what to thank you guys for letting us stay there.
Thank you everyone from sydney and thank you everyone from Redfern the block.
Wednesday, from Kiama, it look like the rain mite have been with us today, then the rain was gone, the sun was here to stay. – Noonie
Day 339: 10.30am
I just what to thank the people of La Perouse community for inviting us out to the community an organise a event on the day we arrived out there.
I want to thank the La Perouse aboriginal community health centre for organising everything like the BBQ, event and welcoming to country. Thank you La Perouse aboriginal community health centre.
I want to thank the elder’s for coming a lone to welcome me an the team to the community. I want to thank the year 4 kids for singing songs and welcoming us into the community. I also want to thank the school kids and high school kids for doing a welcoming to country traditional dance.
I want to thank everyone else from La Perouse and other for coming and showing support for want we a doing an also I what to thank you all for the amazing welcome into La Perouse community.
Day 339 11am
Day 339: 12.30pm
Wednesday the 16th, from Bombo to our rest stop, where we left the Princes Highway for a safer road to walk on Shellharbour Rd. – Noonie
Day 339: 2.30pm
On Shellharbour Rd to were we finished our day. – Noonie
My favourite scene on gladiator. Win the people heart and support and you well gain your freedom. Be the people champion.
On the walk, Monday. – Noonie
Day 337: 8pm
Day 337: 9pm
Day 337: 10pm
– Herbert Bropho
Day 337: 10.30pm
[Admin Toby] National Indigenous Times reports; ‘it is time for the Indigenous disciples of Constitutional recognition to turn their eyes to legislation’.
Michael Mansell adds: “I totally support the group that led the referendum push being an integral part of developing new legislation, provided some sobering lessons are learned.”
One of those lessons most notably: that the overwhelming objection to First Nations People being included in a colonial constitution is the assertion and need for regard of First Nations continued Soverienty.
Now it seems obvious the ‘Uphold and Recognise’ organisation will continue from the abandoned Recognise campaign. To further this are the events listed under their website: http://www.upholdandrecognise.com/events/
This is what I do every Monday I said the community hoping to get a answer from the government so this is what I did I don’t get I don’t get big support it just me and my friends and that’s it and I respect my friends for standing with me respect – Herbert Bropho
Day 335: 7am
Day 335: 9am
The one think that keep me going on this amazing walk for justice is the love and the support from everyone. I want to thank you all for supporting us and standing with us for what we doing for everyone. It time we get justice for all
Day 335: 10.30am
Enjoying and relaxing the beautiful sunny day in Newcastle aboriginal culture centre. There non-think more better than laying down in the sun looking at a beautiful old tree.
Day 335: 11am
[Admin Toby] Last night ‘Tent City’ in Martin Place that took care of the vulnerable and homeless for 10 months was disassembled peacefully before any incident could take place with police or state authorities.
Co-ordinator Lanz Priestley made certain all people who sheltered in Martin Place found alternative accommodation. The Tent City provided a safe communal place for over 200 people since December 2016 and countless people were fed.
We share our respect and amazement at Lanz’s determination to highlight the social inequality and housing crisis faced in every major city.
Day 335: 12pm
At Newcastle today with Channel 9 then spending the day in Newcastle. As well as going to Murrook. – Noonie
At Murrook a good day at Newcastle, good people to meet. – Noonie
Day 335: 2.30pm
[Admin Gee] Pics of some of the people at Murrook thanks to Noonie.
Day 335: 5pm
It a beautiful night in Sydney. Looking around and enjoy the beautiful view.
Day 335: 6pm
When I stand here and look at the Sydney harbour bridge. I think they should add the our flag to on the top for unity. But the government won’t what that because they what us divide and not stand together as one. Well I think it time for unity and time to stand together as one people for a better change for the future. I know you what that to.
We on our way towards lapa today to see the mob out there. Also we running a bit late because I wake up with a cold guys but we on our way.
Day 334: 8.30am
Day 334: 9am
Day 334: 9.30am
On the 26th is invasion day and on that day should be called Remembrance Day remember how the White Australia colonized and took Australia from the Aboriginal original Australians the truth the one day around about the truth – Herbert Bropho
Day 334: 11.30am
The sydney morning herald newspaper written a stroy about the walk for justice and the walk into Redfern the block.
Day 334: 12.30pm
Day 334: 1pm
Finley got to meet you and it a great horour my brother Dylan Voller your strong and deadly brother standing up for our people. We must keep fighting brother until we get justice for you and for other who gotten injustice towards them. It time for justice to come forward and it time for change.
Day 334: 3pm
Day 334: 7.30pm
[Admin Luke] Clinton will be at Murrook Culture Centre, Williamstown at 2pm on Saturday, make sure to be there if you live in the region!
Day 334: 8pm
Hey all we just hit 5,000 follower on twitter today yyyyyyyeeeeeeeee please keep sharing and spend the message of Clinton walk for justice page guys. The more people know the bigger the walk get
Day 334: 8.30pm
[Admin Luke] ICYMI – Great piece from Clinton’s arrival in Redfern yesterday, by NITV
Good morning guys it another beautiful day of walking today. I be on BBC world news tonight at 9:30pm until 10:00pm to talk on they show on Skype about the walk for justice. If your follower from London please watch when I on show it will be 1:00pm your time in London. It well be a half a hour interview and the BBC world news have 44million view. It is to let the world know about the walk for justice and why I have when on this amazing journey in the first place with a team of amazing people.
Day 333: 10am
This is the home of the homeless on Heirisson island it was a quiet day and then the next day the police raid. – Herbert Bropho
Looking around off the road today, I just love the Countries we have been walking through and for me some riding the bike as well. Love it. – Noonie
Day 333: 11am
Hey from sydney and surrounding areas we be in Redfern today at 3:00pm please come a long and meet me and my team. It will be a day to remember
Day 333: 11am
Stood right in front of the right squad and no one else was standing with me the only people was there standing was the West Australian media and the West Australian police and myself I confronted him face to face I didn’t run I will straight up to him and stood in front of me they had guns and they was ready for war but I stood my ground always was always will be Aboriginal land – Herbert Bropho
Day 333: 1pm
Thanks NITV 🐾👣👍
Day 333: 2pm
After a walk today we are heading for Sydney. – Noonie
Day 333: 2pm
Hey everyone we on our way into Redfern now. The only think is we running a bit late we just made it into Sydney and we going to drive to Redfern so we don’t what people to wait. I hoping we be there before 4:00pm guy. If not we be there before 4:30pm guys sorry about this running a bit late.
Early this morning. I never had the earge to howl at it. But I have. The dingos do sound a lot better than me, after I had turned off my alarm early one morning in the west, the dingos howling started first one, then two then three, soft and a gentle howling, no sound of aggression, just an answer to a strange sound of music they have never heard befor. Bitter sweet, they had heard the sound of the violin. They must have like it. They have good tast in music. – Noonie
Day 332: 5.30am
Day 332: 6am
Clinton’s Walk For Justice calls for support rallies and events to be held all across the country on September 3, as Clinton’s big Canberra arrival event is held.
We’ll be calling on the Governor General to meet with Clinton and begin discussions about treaty – sovereign to sovereign.
We encourage all people – from the cities all the way out to the remote communities – to take part in a national day of action to push for treaty and address issues of injustice faced by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
Some event ideas you could use:
A big bus-ride to Canberra!
Convoy to Canberra!
Organise rallies in your city or town!
Hold big gatherings,
Do a dance for justice,
Put up posters and banners in public,
Write letters to the Governor General and mail them all together on Sept 3
Or maybe do your own walk for justice through your town!
And make sure to create your local events on Facebook and let us know about them through the Clinton’s Walk For Justice Facebook Page, we’ll help you spread the word! You can even make us co-host if you like!
Non-Aboriginal people – it’s time to stand up in support of treaty and justice for Aboriginal people, come stand with us.
Help us finally move this country forward.
Democracy in Colour have organised a series of buses running from major cities to Canberra for this event. It is ticketed and we will be updating as we hear more. Check the Facebook Events page for more details.
Please also see this post from Admin Lisa RE Tent Embassy Camp Rules and What To Bring.
Day 332: 6am
Day 332: 8.30am
Got a email from The Museum of Australian Democracy.
I work at the Museum of Australian Democracy, based at Old Parliament House, across the road from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra.
Clinton we’ve been following your journey with great interest and we’re all excited about your arrival in Canberra, especially now you’ve named the day.
We’re a museum that collects items that, amongst other things, represent people’s efforts to bring about better conditions for people and raise awareness of different issues.
I’m contacting you to see if you would be interested in donating something to the museum from your walk. We would love to be able to display something that tells visitors to the museum about your journey and what you were aiming to do. We’re thinking about something like one of your many pairs of worn out runners, or a flag or banner, or maybe something that someone gave you during the journey.
If you’re is happy to do this we could do a handover on the day of your arrival, when I imagine media will be there, to add another dimension to your arrival, or we could do it in the days afterwards, depending on what demands there are on your time.
Day 332: 11am
BBC news from London has email me asking to do a live interview over in London on Skype about the walk for justice. They most of gotten the story from The New York Time. The BBC news in London has over 44million follower. If I do it I know the British government and royal family will be watching it. The three think I be letten BBC news is that.
Opinions.1 = It time for the crown to had back the country of the land down under to the sovereign ower of this land we live on. It is because this country was never your in the first place your systems is a illegal and there is no treaty in place.
Opinions. 2 = On the behalf of my people and the Australian people we call on the Crown to come down here to deal with this matter we have with the Australian government because the Australian government is no long a sovereign British parliament. It now a Australia corporation government sin 1972 and this government put this law in place without putting it into a referendum for the people to vote on it and they a not following original constitution law.
Opinion. 3 – On the behalf of my people the sovereign people of this land. We call on the crown to Finley come forward and to ask for represent on the behalf of the crown to come down to the land down under to talk about treaty between us and the crown.
We what to move this country forward and we as a musculature people what the crown to hand back this land to Sovereign people an leave as friends. But we what governor general practice to be place by a governor culture council who is run by Sovereign elder’s and there be chairs for none indigenous. So the power is given back to the people and that this government should be over seen by the people.
This what the people of the land down under what.
Day 332: 12pm
Day 332: 12pm
Join us for an afternoon tea, enjoy the children’s dancing act
& meet Clinton Pryor on his quest for justice walking from
Western Australia to Canberra in protest against the forced
closures of Indigenous communities.
Day 332: 1pm
We should be free like the white population an we black of aboriginal blood wish to have our freedom for all our life time.
– William Barack 1860 photo taking from wurrundjeri people –
Day 332: 1.30pm
Wednesday the 9th start of the walk to near Berry. – Noonie
Day 332: 1.30pm
The Spirit Walker is coming on a special trip Worimi country, he’s very excited to meet everyone here in the Newcastle & Hunter regions to tell his story, listen to a man that has crossed the land so he’s voice can be heard, be part of his spiritual journey, not only is he your voice to his own country but he is a voice to all of us to call the land home.
• There will be a welcome to country
• Your chance to meet with Clinton for some Selfies 😉
He’s completely crowd funded and he’s here is our guest in Worimi Country everyone is welcome, and please if you could Bring something to help his cause and get him to Canberra.
There will be donation buckets – money is okay but he really needs is gift cards for Groceries, Clothes and Fuel for his Road Crew.
He looks forward to coming up on a special visit, so let’s make some noise.
I just wanted to thank aunty Merryn Apma an aunty Cheryl Davison, wally Stewart and Kenny Campbell for organising everything in Tilba Tilba town and organise a raffle tickets that rise upto $875 dollars to help us continue our walk towards Sydney an then Canberra.
Also I what to thank everyone for going fishing an getting a lot of sea food for everyone so that everyone have something to eat on the day went we made our way into Tilba Tilba town on Yuin country area.
In the raffle tickets that when on sale was three prise win.
The first prize winner go to Cheryl Moreton.
The second prize winner go to Carol Andrew.
The third prize winner go to Lyndall majnusseson.
We what to thank every one for paying a ticket to enter the raffle and also help rise some money to help us on our journey. Thank you everyone for coming our yesterday and coming our to walk with us an having a talk about why we doing the walk for justice for.
On the road again we now heading towards Batemans Bay town it well be a two day walk. We be getting into Batemans Bay by tomorrow night. If people a looking for us we are walking on A1 hwy towards Sydney Redfern.
I found a a bit of magic on the side of the road, but I could not get it to work. – Noonie
Day 320: 1pm
It time for thing to change and the time is now. I have come a long way and I’m now close to the end of this amazing journey we all come on together. We must now come together to stand for truth and justice or we be at this for year to come. I ask all my people and none indigenous people to meet me in Canberra when I get there or organisae national rally cross this country when we reach Canberra to rally for justice and for thing to change.
– The spirit walker –
Day 320: 1.30pm
Australia needed a treaty with its Aboriginal population giving elders more control over their people, which would help address inequality and issues that the Indigenous people faced every day.
Many in the Aboriginal community had lost faith in the “Recognise” movement and just wanted a formal treaty in place, giving them the rights they needed to improve their lives and future of the race.
“It should have been done in 1788, 229 years ago and we are still waiting for it to happen,” he said. “The most thing I worry is see a lot of my people living homeless, watching the land being destroyed and my culture dying out.”
Day 320: 1.30pm
On our way and walking. – Noonie
Day 320: 1.30pm
Please have a read from Narooma news it about the treaty I talk about.
Up to our lunch stop. – Noonie
Day 320: 2.30pm
[Admin Toby] Rally for David Dungay in Sydney today with the families lawyer from the National Justice Project Mr Duncan Fines (last picture)