Indigenous Lives Matter.

Black Lives Matter in Australia, not just the US.

DO THE WORK: Educate yourself. Sign the petitions. Donate, not just this week, but in the future, because this problem isn't going away overnight. Listen and learn to BIPOC voices and be anti-racist in your daily life.

Updated: 12 Apr 2021

CREDIT/SOURCES:
Links Document #1
Links Document #2
Links Document #3
Junkee
list of U.S. Black-owned businesses

Note: I am not Aboriginal and the source documents were not created by Aboriginal Australians. Please contact me if there's anything that needs changing!

Email Your MP

Send to your federal government representative.
FIND OUR WHO YOUR MP IS HERE

Personalised emails tend to be better received, but you can use the following templates to help you write.

Additional templates and sample emails can be found here

Subject: Justice for Aboriginal Deaths in Custody


Hello [Minister/Name of Your MP],



I am a [your electorate] resident contacting you regarding the disproportionate rates of Aboriginal deaths in police custody and the racial prejudices that are present in many of these cases. I am a concerned citizen who would like to express my anger and concern over the 432 Aboriginal deaths in custody here in Australia and the abuse of police powers present within the prison system. I want justice for the families of the victims, and as a citizen, I demand reform and further accountability on behalf of the state, and the guards and officers involved. There have yet to be any officers found guilty of any crime regarding these deaths, despite clear negligence, human rights violations and discrimination shown in cases such as the deaths of David Dungay Jr, Tanya Day and Joyce Clarke, amongst many others.

Reform is achievable, with your support.


Regards,

[your name]

Things to Watch

Australian TV Series

You Can’t Ask That: Indigenous (ABC iView)

You Can’t Ask That: African Australians (ABC iView)

Black Comedy (Stan)

Bush Mechanics (YouTube)

First Australians (SBS On Demand)

The Beach (SBS On Demand)

Redfern Now (Stan)

Cleverman (ABC iView)


Other Series

Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap (Netflix, YouTube)

Time: The Kalief Browder Story (Netflix)

She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix)

When They See Us (Netflix)

Who Killed Malcolm X? (Netflix)

Dear White People (Netflix)

The Black Panthers: Revisited

Malcolm X Addresses Police Brutality

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Australian Films

Samson & Delilah (Stan, Google Play, YouTube)

In My Blood It Runs (Vimeo)

Ten Canoes (Youtube, Google Play)

Jedda (SBS On Demand)

Rabbit-Proof Fence (Stan, YouTube, Google Play)

Mabo (YouTube, Google Play)

Utopia (YouTube, Google Play)

Gurrumul (YouTube, Google Play)

The Australian Dream (ABC iView)

The Final Quarter (Stan, YouTube, Google Play)

Vote Yes (Vimeo)

Putuparri and the Rainmakers (YouTube, Google Play)

After The Apology (Vimeo)

Mabo: Life of An Island Man (SBS On Demand)


Other Films

13th (Netflix)

The Hate U Give (YouTube, Google Play)

Just Mercy (YouTube, Google Play)

Do The Right Thing (YouTube, Google Play)

I Am Not Your Negro (Stan, YouTube, Google Play)

If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)

Get Out (YouTube, Google Play)

BlacKkKlansman (Netflix, YouTube, Google Play)

Moonlight (Netflix, YouTube, Google Play)

The Black Power Mixtape (YouTube, Google Play)

Things to Read

Australian Books

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia by Anita Heiss

Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss

Decolonising Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles by Clare Land

Talking To My Country by Stan Grant

Australia Day by Stan Grant

Black Politics: Inside the Complexity of Aboriginal Political Culture by Sarah Maddison

Talkin’ Up to the White Woman: Indigenous Women and Feminism by Aileen Moreton-Robinson

Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman

The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia by Bill Gammage

Because A White Man’ll Never Do It by Kevin Gilbert

Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia by Victor Steffensen

Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture by Bruce Pascoe

Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World by Tyson Yunkaporta

White Tears, Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad


American Books

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in AmericaI by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Me And White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches by Audre Lorde

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald

This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

When Affirmative Action Was White by Ira Katznelson

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor