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Hearts and minds

As readers may know I am an occaisional writer for the greenish leaning “Dead Roo” blog. I have also begun writing for  “Leftrights”, a leftish leaning blog.

My first post on Leftwrites is entitled “The Eurocentrism of Australian Socialism”

Here is my most recent comment on that discussion……

The point of real connection with Aboriginal Australia is spirituality, not ideology. It is about the heart not the head.

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The war at home

Huey P. Newton – interview from jail.                                                                 Thanks to Whenua, Fenua, Enua, Vanua  for drawing my attention to this video.

The Late Dr. Huey P. Newton was one of the leaders of the Black Panther movement in the 1960s and 70s.

There are many differences between the situation African American people and Australian Aboriginal people. The most basic difference being the Africans were stolen from their homelands and transported to another continent. Aborigines have been dispossessed within their own country the same as Native Americans.

However Newton’s perspective on the colonisation of African American communities and the Vietnam war is very relevant to the situation in Aboriginal Australia and Iraq today.

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C.D.E.P. The protection of Aboriginal children and the welfare tit.

sitdownmoney1.jpg                  Photo from Jangari’s mate Joe on matjjin – nehen 

CDEP in the Northern Territory Emergency Response
Fact Sheet—CDEP Participants

“Beginning in September 2007, the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) programme in the Northern Territory will progressively be replaced with other services.

This is to support the emergency response to protect your children, make your communities safer and improve services.

You will be helped to move into real jobs, training or income support.”
From the Department of Employment and Workplace relations website.

“Nobody here knows why this is being done to them. CDEP works well here and it’s being taken away, even though many people have worked very hard for years. Had some positive options been presented, then great – good riddance CDEP – but the impression given was that the only option is Centrelink. Well, I think it just broke people’s spirits.”
From “The Intervention Pt. 2 on “That Munanga Linguist”, a blogger posting from Ngukurr in the Northern Territory, one of the communities targeted by the intervention.

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