I am asking you all to join or to support the Flotilla for Justice that will be launched from Narrm/Melbourne in May and leave Australia from Gimuy/Cairns in June 2019. We will be taking to the seas and our destination is Manus Island.
You will be supporting the good ship lazy Jack. She Tahiti ketch built by an arborist from timber collected for 20+ years and 15 years in construction. All the timber in her would have been chipped if not salvaged to construct this beautiful boat.
All funds raised will contribute to the safety and communication requirements of the flotilla. Including internet to keep you all informed of issues and events relating to the flotilla, the plight of the people on Manus island and local issues we will encounter along the way.
Your support will help these stories be told.
After a motorcycle accident, a year in hospital and a leg amputation i decided i needed a new terror in my life. As i was frightened of the sea what better terror than to buy a boat. Unfortunately my injuries have made my ability to earn some what and i am struggling to be fully self funded as i had intended.
All refugees on Manus Island and Nauru are political prisoners. Our Government and private corporations are committing gross violations of human rights, so we are sailing to bring the world’s attention to our Government’s torture and abuse of refugees. We are sailing for human rights, Indigenous sovereignty and climate justice. The Freedom Flotilla will be traveling with the Kangaroo skin engraved with an important message from Arabunna Elder Kevin Buzzacott. The engraving, depicting people of all colors gathered around the sacred fire, will be accompanied by ashes from the tent embassy and water from Uncle Kevin’s traditional country surrounding Lake Eyre. These gifts are to be presented by First Nations and West Papuan Flotilla participants upon our arrival to Manus. The ceremony will include the gifting to the men on Manus of Original Nation passports sent by Uncle Kevin as well as a fire, dance and song performed as an act of resistance to overcome the walls of racism and the politics of greed that keep us divided.
On the journey we will highlight issues faced by original nations in the areas that we will visit, including Indonesian occupation of West Papua and the ongoing genocide of the West Papuan peoples. Australia’s border policing and refugee policies are premised on the notion of Australia’s jurisdiction over this land. However, this country was occupied illegally, under the legal fiction of terra nullius – empty land. To this day, Australia has no treaty with the original sovereigns of this land. As uncle Robbie Thorpe says: “Indigenous people never ceded sovereignty over Australia. The Australian government has no legitimate right to grant or refuse entry to this country.”
We can all make a difference to right the wrongs of the passed the present and the future the choice is ours and the time is now.https://sail4justice.org/?fbclid=IwAR3ZQ8kPDIH91hup4HBJEKhxOZMmMq2P3NQgRbjsoS1ljSe7ZzEEDnSzkgg