Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and non-binary activists, musicians, writers and artists are posting to the Instagram accounts of a group of influential Aussies today using the hashtag #ShareTheMicNowAustralia.
The initiative to amplify Indigenous voices was started by Wiradjuri writer Tara June Winch and Go-To founder and writer Zoë Foster Blake, and inspired by #ShareTheMicNow in the US. Tara has taken over Zoë's Instagram for today.
Tara described the initiative as such: "This is a call to stand with us, walk with us, not only during Reconciliation Week, or NAIDOC day, or last week's march — but on that road that is everything we carry when we Act and Write and Sing and Advocate for an honest truth telling for the nation and a vociferous, dignified, just future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
"It's a call for a wider audience to do the difficult work themselves too after we've spoken. Thank you for being a part of the first, female Takeover Tuesday and sharing that important, essential mic."
You can find #ShareTheMicNowAustralia on the pages for Phoebe Tonkin, Chrissie Swan, the Shameless podcast by Michelle Andrews and Zara McDonald, Madeleine West, Turia Pitt, Clare Bowditch, Olivia Molly Rogers, Jamila Rizvi and Tara Moss.
Taking over the accounts are: Goreng Goreng designer Rachael Sarra; Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri, and Yorta Yorta writer, Nayuka Gorrie; Wiradjuri musician, Mo'Ju; Gamilaroi and Dunghutti podcaster, Marlee Silva; Wongatha/Yamatji and Noongar/Gitja activist, Shareena Clanton; Warnindilyakwa musician, Emily Wurramara; Yorta Yorta model, Allira Potter; Narungga creative, Sianna Catullo; and South Sea Islander and Darumbal journalist, Amy McQuire.
The writers and activists are already using these platforms to explore the concept of white supremacy, speak to Indigenous disadvantage and to talk about Australia's violent colonial history.
It's so important for us to be amplifying — and more importantly listening to — Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices at this time. Click here for a list of organisations you can donate to who fight racial injustice in Australia.