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Donate to These Organisations to Help Combat Racial Injustice in Australia

Protestors wearing masks in Martin Place during a ''Black Lives Matter'' rally, held in solidarity with U.S. Protests over the death of George Floyd on June 02, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. The event was organised to rally against aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia as well as in solidarity with protests across the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Izhar Khan/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As we watch what's unfolding in the United States, we can't help but reflect on what's going on in our own country. The protests sparked from the death of George Floyd at the hands of police have illuminated the history of systematic racism, oppression and discrimination that still goes on on Australian soil, and it's about time.

Since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody ended in 1991, more than 400 First Nations people have died while in the hands of police. Not once has there ever been a single criminal conviction for any of the officers involved, nor has anyone ever been held criminally responsible.

Now, more than ever, you might feel at a loss on how to support our First Nations people during this very real and raw time. Below is a list of organisations committed to tackling the systemic injustice and racism within the Australian legal systems and Government institutions, as well as the oppression of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Organisations:

The National Justice Project

The National Justice Project is a civil rights organisation dedicated to tackling systemic injustice and racism within government institutions. It provides a targeted health-law service for First Nations peoples and communities who have experienced discrimination in healthcare or medical negligence, and has also campaigned against the unlawful treatment of refugees in Australia's offshore detention camps.

You can donate here.

Healing Foundation

The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that partners with communities to address the ongoing trauma caused by actions like the forced removal of children from their families.

You can donate here.

Human Rights Law Centre

The Human Rights Law Centre uses strategic legal action, policy solutions and advocacy to support people and communities to eliminate inequality and injustice and build a fairer, more compassionate Australia.

You can donate here.

ANTaR: (Australian for Native Title and Recognition)

Since 1997, the ANTaR has continuously worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and leaders on rights and reconciliation issues. ANTaR is an independent, national network of organisations and individuals working in support of justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

You can donate here.

North Australia Aboriginal Justice Agency

NAAJA delivers high quality and culturally competent legal services to Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, providing both law and justice related services that aim to ensure that Aboriginal people have real access to justice across Criminal, Civil, Law & Justice, Community Legal Education and Indigenous Prisoner Throughcare.

You can donate here.

Aboriginal Legal Services

Founded in 1970 as a response to the forced dispossession of Aboriginal land across NSW and the ACT, the ALS now does legal work in criminal law, children's care and protection law and family law. They also support the development of wraparound programs and undertake broader policy and law reform work.

You can donate here.

Change the Record

Change the Record is Australia's only national Aboriginal-led justice coalition of Aboriginal peak bodies and non-Indigenous allies. They're working to end the incarceration of, and family violence against, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

You can donate here.

Sisters Inside

Sisters Inside provides comprehensive, holistic support for women and girls from marginalised communities who have been imprisoned and criminalised. They also campaign to address the factors that have led to the drastic overrepresentation of First Nations women in Australia's prisons.

You can donate here.

Common Ground

Common Ground's mission is to help Australians see the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through providing access to engaging and authentic content that will help bridge gaps in knowledge.

You can donate here.

Children's Ground

Children's Ground works across 5 intersecting platforms: learning, health, economic well-being, culture and community, helping indigenous youth obtain skills that create local, national and global opportunities.

You can donate here.

Black Rainbow

Black Rainbow is a national advocacy platform and touchpoint for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBQTI) peoples. They support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI people through a variety of community projects and initiatives.

You can donate here.

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Grandmothers Against Removals

Grandmothers Against Removals (GMAR) is a grassroots group led by Aboriginal grandmothers, helping to support those affected by and bring an end to the forced removal of First Nations children from settlements across Australia.

You can donate here.

Justice for Tanya Day

Tanya Day died in the custody of Victorian Police after she was taken into custody for the offence of 'public drunkenness' in December 2017. A series of ultimately fatal falls went ignored by the officers who were holding her. This fund helps fund the campaigning and media work to try and expose the circumstances of her death in custody through an inquest hearing.

You can donate here.

Justice for David Dungay Junior

In December 2015 while being detained by six corrective services officers at the Long Bay Gaol in Sydney, David Dungay died in similar circumstances to George Floyd. The officers, who were caught on camera pinning Dungay to the floor despite his repeated cries that he couldn't breathe, were acquitted of any wrongdoing by a NSW coroner's inquest. A campaign has now been made to the Director of Public Prosecutions to find out if the officers involved will be held criminally responsible.

You can donate here.

Justice for Yuendmu

Kumanjayi Walker, a 19-year-old Warlpiri Aboriginal person, was shot dead by police during an arrest for a breach of parole on November 19, 2019. The funds raised through the campaign will be withdrawn by Lisa Watts directly, and will be used to pay for lawyers to travel to Yuendumu to facilitate an independent inquiry into the shooting.

You can donate here.

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