On high of this, the Aboriginal neighborhood is grossly over-represented in Australia’s felony justice system. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults make up over 27 per cent of the nationwide jail inhabitants, however solely two per cent of the nationwide inhabitants.
We explored this injustice in an episode of The Quicky, Mamamia’s day by day information podcast, earlier this yr. Submit continues after audio.
In 2018, an inquiry by the Australian Legislation Reform Fee discovered that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals have been 12.5 occasions extra prone to be in jail than non-Indigenous individuals. They described the over-representation of Indigenous Australians in our prisons as a “persistent and rising downside” and a “nationwide shame”.
On Saturday, nationwide rallies noticed tens of hundreds of individuals march throughout cities as they waved indicators within the air that highlighted these systemic injustices towards the Indigenous neighborhood.
If in case you have the means to take action, you may actively assist the Black Lives Matter trigger in Australia and the USA by donating to organisations working in direction of racial justice, such because the Nationwide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ladies’s Alliance and the Justice for David Dungay Fund to help the household of David Dungay Junior, an Aboriginal man who died in a Sydney jail. You can even donate to the Black Lives Matter World Community right here. Should you can, contemplate repeatedly donating to Indigenous-run organisations and First Nations causes.
Different lively methods to assist embody signing petitions, attending peaceable protests, listening to BIPOC, elevating their voices, educating your self on racism and privilege and guaranteeing we’re all participating within the dialog to dismantle systemic racism.
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