Voices of Resistance

Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ fm 102.1 at noon 25 Jan 2019
Listen @ http://ondemand.4zzzfm.org.au/paradigm-shift

Shona and Craig present voices of resistance, defiance and truth-telling from some of the hundreds of sovereign nations across the continent of Australia. These stories are transmitted through song, through poetry, through music and through speaking up. 

We pay our respects to the traditional owners of the lands on which we broadcast from. We acknowledge their elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge sovereignty was never ceded. 
We acknowledge the hundreds of massacres that took place across this country and the ongoing killing and oppression of First Nations people. 

And we acknowledge our own place in this structure of violent invasion and occupation. We look to the voices you’ll hear today not only to understand the oppression of First Nations peoples, but because we in invader culture have been deprived of the basic human knowledge of what it means to live in a peaceful society. 

Bangarra – Diary 
David Page and Paul Mac, David Page was a descendant of the Nunkul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh peoples.

That piece was from “Our Land People Stories”

Arende  elder Aunty Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
Her speaking on Q&A, 2014

Aunty Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
So this week we’ve had the horrifying news of the spate of suicide of First Nations kids across the continent, with five dead. And it reminded me of Robbie Thorpe’s discussion of the links between genocide, homicide, ecocide and suicide and this is a piece Craig produced in the lead up to Invasion Day last year. 

Vicki Roach

Let’s Talk – hosted on Brisbane Indigenous Media Association’s 989 FM. Its hosted by Boe Spearim – a Gomeroi man and formidable activist in Meanjin and nationally. All this week, Boe’s been talking to First Nations activists about their views on Australia Day and Invasion Day; including Gary Foley, Celeste Liddle, Luke Pearson from Indigenous X and activists from Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance. So you can put “Let’s Talk” into your podcast browser and find it all there. 

On 20 and 21 November 2018 Let’s Talk broadcast parts 1 & 2 of the ‘Challenging the Racist Carceral System’ panel discussion, which Boe Spearim recorded at the 9th Sisters Inside International Conference called Imagining Abolition A World Without Prisons. Chairing the panel is Neta-Rie Mabo (Youth Worker from Sisters Inside), and joining Neta-Rie is Latoya Hohepa (sister of Wayne Fella Morrison who died in custody at Yatala prison South Australia), Julia Whaipooti (Wellingtonian social justice warrior who wants to reshape the ‘pale, male, stale’ world of law), Professor Tracey McIntosh (Professor of Indigenous Studies and Co-Head of Te Wānanga o Waipapa at the University of Auckland), Vickie Roach (Yuin woman and prison abolishonist), Amy McQuire (Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman from Rockhampton.

We’re going to play three of the really powerful talks from that panel, we’ve edited them down a bit for length but you can hear the full panel at Lets Talk. 

We’ll start with Yuin woman Vicki Roach. She’s a writer, poet and prison abolitionist. In 2007 she lead and won, a High Court challenge to the Howard Government’s ban on prisoners’ right to vote – again, achieving this from a cell at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre women’s prison.

Samuel Wagan Watson: “Reflex Point” 
Poem from the Brisbane Poetry Map
Samuel Wagan Watson is from the south-side of Brisbane and comes from a family of accomplished writers and artists. He hails from an ancestry of Birri Gubba, Munanjali, Germanic and Gaelic peoples. 

Latoya
Next on the Sisters Inside panel is Latoya Hohepa – sister of Wayne Fella Morrison reading up a piece she’d written. 

One of the reasons we’re playing Sisters Inside panel, is that they’ve been fighting against the imprisonment of people for unpaid fines in WA – and single Aboriginal mothers make up the majority of those who go to jail under this policy. If you want to contribute to that fundraiser: Go to “Go Fund Me” and type in “Sisters Inside” and you’ll see it there. I’ve tipped in a couple of dollars. And please share it on social media  

Sylvia Nakachi: “Jagera Country”
Poem from the online Brisbane Poetry Map 
Sylvia Nakachi is a descendant of the Eastern Islands of Erub in the Torres Strait Islands, and has lived all her life in the community of Bamaga. Through her mother’s bloodline, she is a Meuram (worshippers) Tribe woman whose totem is the Beuger (Fridget Bird). Through her father’s bloodline, she is a Peidu (warrior) Tribe woman, whose totem is the Dabor (Mackerel).

Amy McQuire
So coming back to the last piece we’ve got today from the Sisters Inside panel. Amy is a Durumbal and South Sea Islander woman who grew up in Rockhampton and Central Queensland. She’s also an award-winning journalist, and her podcast Curtain which looks at the wrongful conviction in a murder case in Rockhampton is one of the most stunning pieces of investigative journalism to come out of this continent.

Emily Wurramurra: Ngarrikwujeyinama 

Emily is from Groote Eylandt and you’ll hear everyone singing in Anindilyakwa language. This was recorded for 4ZZZ at this year’s Woodford Folk Festival by Scott Mercer from Exit Stage Zed. 


Events 
Invasion Day: 10 am at Emma Miller place in Roma Street Brisbane. Speeches start at 10.30am and the march starts at 11.30am. So bring a hat and water. 

4ZZZ Souljah Sistas 1-2pm Saturday are going to be reporting live from the Invasion Day march on Saturday 
98.9FM You can also listen in to The Original 100 – That is a playlist comprised of music that speak to the perspective of First Nations peoples’ history 

Listen into the podcast “Let’s Talk” from Brisbane Indigenous Media Association all this week, Bo Spearim has had people from Celeste Liddle, Luke Pearson, Gary Foley  and activists from Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance talking about Invasion Day 

And if you want to hear more First Nations voices, you can listen to Souljah Sistas every Saturday and 4ZZZ Indigi-Briz Sundays 1-3pm with Kristy-Lee and Leon and they both post really interest activist resources on their Facebook pages. And a huge shout out to Leon – he’s helping to set up the The new Ngamba Gumbaynggirr Sovereign Tent Embassy, riverside drive Nambucca. And they want ppl to come down and stand in solidarity, stand united. Gumbaynggirr never ceded their sovereignty.

Briggs, featuring Gurramul an\d Dewayne Everettsmith: The children came back
Yorta Yorta rapper, writer, Cleverman actor and Black Comedy star. He’s one half of AB Original – 26 January 
Bangarra – Sunrise

Playlist
Bangarra – Diary
Alice Ether – My Story is Your Story
Emily Wurramara – Ngarrikwujeyinama
Briggs – The Children Came Back
Bangarra – Sunrise
Samuel Wagon Watson – Reflex Point
Sylvia Nakachi – Jagera Country


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2 thoughts on “Voices of Resistance”

  1. This is to let you know that Guniwaya Ngigu [We Fight], is to be screened nationally on NITV on 4th February at 7:30pm. The film was made by the Black Film Unit and is about the 1982 protests at the Commonwealth Games. After nearly 40 years this is the first time this landmark documentary has received any exposure on Australian TV or anywhere really. The screening of this film was made possible by the efforts of Peter Gray from Radical Times archive.

    I did an interview yesterday with the director of the film, Madeline McGrady, see https://soundcloud.com/ian-curr/sets/guniwaya-ngigu-we-fight-a-film

    Please contact iancurr@bigpond.com if you wish to download a copy.

    You are welcome to use parts or all of the interview but please credit ‘Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at noon’.

    The Black Film Unit was involved with three key productions during the active period of its existence: (1). “Welcome To Wee Waa – In Memory Of Eddie Murray” (1981/2) Unreleased (2). “We Fight” (“Guniwaya Ngigu”) (1982/3) Very limited release (3). “Fight For Your Rights – In Memory Of Cheeky McIntosh” (1982/3) Unreleased

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  2. Reblogged this on Workers BushTelegraph and commented:

    ***Media Release***
    This is to let you know that Guniwaya Ngigu [We Fight], is to be screened nationally on NITV on 4th February at 7:30pm. The film was made by the Black Film Unit and is about the 1982 protests at the Commonwealth Games. After nearly 40 years this is the first time this landmark documentary has received any exposure on Australian TV or anywhere really. The screening of this film was made possible by the efforts of Peter Gray from Radical Times archive.

    I did an interview yesterday with the director of the film, Madeline McGrady, see https://soundcloud.com/ian-curr/sets/guniwaya-ngigu-we-fight-a-film
    Please contact iancurr@bigpond.com if you wish to download a copy.

    You are welcome to use parts or all of the interview but please credit ‘Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at noon’.

    The Black Film Unit was involved with three key productions during the active period of its existence: (1). “Welcome To Wee Waa – In Memory Of Eddie Murray” (1981/2) Unreleased (2). “We Fight” (“Guniwaya Ngigu”) (1982/3) Very limited release (3). “Fight For Your Rights – In Memory Of Cheeky McIntosh” (1982/3) Unreleased

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