Tune in to our first official episode of Let’s Talk – Black Power with your new host Ruby Wharton & her super special co-host, Kevin Yow Yeh! This powerhouse duo talk a bit about what listeners can expect from Let’s Talk – Black Power this year, and why it’s important to create spaces to honour and respect the legacy and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander grassroots activism, community work, and struggle. Ruby talks about her own experiences growing up on the frontlines of the Black justice struggle on this continent, and what it means to see a new generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids taking up the fight. They talk through some of the key themes coming out of this year’s Invasion Day protests across the country: solidarity in sovereignty, the power of Blak joy and love, and the real work of “keeping the fire burning” year after year. And finally, they wrap up with a new segment for Let’s Talk Black Power, sharing details of some upcoming events, protests, pickets, and discussions that you can come along to in Magan-djin this week!
The Black Power Calendar
8am, Wednesday 31st January: Shut Down Ferra!
Join activists from Shut Down Ferra in a picket outside Ferra Engineering at 344 New Cleveland Road, Tingalpa. If you haven’t been following, Ferra Engineering are the SOLE SUPPLIER and manufacturer of the mechanism that holds and releases bombs in Lockheed Martin F-35 jet fighters. These jet fighters have been used by the Israeli Defence Force to drop approximately 900kg of joint attack munition bombs on the people of Gaza. That’s right – a BRISBANE ENGINEERING COMPANY is responsible for creating the mechanism that turns these planes into weapons of mass death and destruction. If you think they should stop creating tools of war, come and stand in front of the war machine on Wednesday morning at 8am for a peaceful picket.
6pm, Friday 2nd February: Trans Prisoner Solidarity Film and Panel
Join us at Echo and Bounce in Woolloongabba for this super special solidarity event. You’ll get to hear from our very own Ruby Wharton, as well as Deb Kilroy & Professor Sandy O’Sullivan, PLUS a special performance of “Criminal Queers: An Abolitionist Comedy”. Entry by donation & cash bar on the night, not to be missed!
4pm, Sunday 4th February: SOLIDARITY NOT SILENCE – Justice for Palestine Protest
Come along and join Justice for Palestine Magan-djin and friends as we protest the Australian government’s appalling complicity in the ongoing genocide in Gaza, and the recent decision to withdraw aid funding from the UN Refugee Agency for Palestinians. We’ll be meeting at Queens Gardens at 4pm. Please remember that we are still in a pandemic AND challenging weather conditions – please bring a mask, a hat, a waterbottle and all your friends!