AJDS responds to JCCV statement to affiliates

1. On the situation in GazaOver the last week, the JCCV has released a statement on facebook, and then via email to affiliates, regarding the AJDS and our response to the recent events in Gaza. An article has subsequently appeared about this in the AJN on June 7th.As we note on our website, “while we […]

AJDS Statement on the massacre of Gazan protesters.

This past week has been a week of horror in Palestine and Israel.Marking 70 years since the Nakba of Palestinians, the week has seen the continuation of the Great Return March by Palestinians in Gaza, and the indiscriminate killing of some 60 people by Israeli snipers and tear gas and wounding over 1000 others. The […]

The differential impacts of colonialism across race and whiteness

Anastasia Kanjere is a white settler scholar, writer and activist born and raised on stolen land in Narrm.  Hit me up on twitter at @a_kanjere Colonisation hasn’t, and doesn’t, impact people along binary dimensions. In so-called settler colonies, it’s common to use the binary of settler/First Nations as a rough way of distinguishing who has been […]

AJDS Indigenous statement – Issued Nov, 2015.

Read more on our campaign website: https://www.ajds.org.au/indigenousjustice/The AJDS formally acknowledges that we, as an organisation, have members who live and work on the land of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung peoples of the Kulin nation, owners of the Melbourne region. We also have active members in other parts of Australia, all of whom reside on Aboriginal […]

Thoughts on Decolonization: Clare Land

This text is Clare’s presentation from the Decolonisation Forum: From Australia to Israel-Palestine, organised by AJDS in Melbourne on 4 September 2016.  Also on the panel were Prof Gary Foley from Victoria University, Dr Sary Zananiri from Monash University and Niva Grunzweig from Zochrot (zochrot.org).Dr Clare Land is a non-Aboriginal activist and researcher who has […]

What’s wrong with colonialism?

by Avigail Abarbanel.  Printed with permission by the author. Originally article published in Mondoweiss. http://mondoweiss.net/2018/01/whats-wrong-colonialism/ Avigail Abarbanel was born and raised in Israel. She moved to Australia in 1991 and now lives in the north of Scotland. She works as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in private practice and is an activist for Palestinian rights. She […]

The Empire Gets Smacked

by Bogaine Spearim (Kooma/Murrawarri/Gamilaraay). Printed with permission by the author.  The original article appears in The Black Rising Magazine; ‘A national Aboriginal publication dedicated to informing our people about decolonization and inspiring them to take action in the anti-colonial struggle.’ https://issuu.com/blacknationsrisingThe 2018 Commonwealth Games is fast approaching, with this on the horizon I want to […]

Vox Pop On Decolonisation

Just Voices did a Vox Pop on decolonisation. This is what we heard.Adam Sharah is co-chair of ANFA- Australian Nuclear Free Alliance, Campaigner with Friends of the Earth QLD and student of Bachelor of Contemporary Aboriginal ArtWhat does decolonisation mean to you?Decolonisation means liberation and freedom from colonial systems designed to oppress Indigenous First Nations […]

How Can We Begin to Think About Decolonising Palestine?

by Nader Ruhayel Comparative settler colonial studies have been productive in highlighting parallels and divergences in the methods of establishment and expansion of settler colonial societies. An examination of the patchwork of juridical, military, political, and social strategies by which these societies are established, can lead us to understand the particular ways in which indigenous […]

Pay the Rent

By Yael Leah, with the help of Uncle Robbie Thorpe Pay the rent concept and history Since the 1970’s there have been repeated calls by indigenous activists for non-Aboriginal Australians to pay the rent to local land owners.  The concept of pay the rent recognises Aboriginal sovereignty of the land.  It recognises that this sovereignty has never been […]