Looking closer to home in the "Black Lives Matter" movement. - upstart

BlackLivesMatter must include the lives of Aboriginal Australians. Over 400 Aboriginal men and women have died in police custody since 1991, and no officers, guards or medical professionals have been given anything worse than a warning. The death of David Dungay Jr draws parallels to the death of George Floyd, in Minneapolis - his last words were ‘I can’t breathe’ as he was murdered in prison when he refused to put down a biscuit. Change must be made everywhere around the world but we cannot forget Aboriginal Australians.


Victorian Aboriginal Lives Matter - Demand Funding For First Peoples' Health And Wellbeing

Prevent Another Aboriginal Death In Custody

Investigate Police at Sydney BLM Protest 

Acknowledge Traditional Custodians At Hills Shire Council 

Reduce Indigenous Incarceration

Close The Gap

Change the Date

Free The Flag

Change The Record

Hold Rio Tinto To Account



Justice for David Dungay Junior

Justice for Yuendumu: Inquiry on Police Shooting

In Memory of Tanya Day

In Memory of Joyce Clarke

Deadly Connections Community and Justice Services 

Sisters Inside

Women's Justice Network

National Justice Project 

Bridge The Gap Foundation 

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation

Human Rights Law Centre

Weave Community Services

The Healing Foundation

Change The Record 

Australian Indigenous Education Fund


State-based Aboriginal Legal Services:

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency


Aboriginal Legal Service Western Australia

Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement South Australia

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

Aboriginal Legal Service New South Wales and ACT 

Peaceful Protests And Vigils

Please practice social distancing measures while protesting and wear masks! If possible, try and self-isolate and take a COVID test afterwards as well. Protests are important to attend, but so is the health of yourselves and those in your community :)


  • Stop All Black Deaths In Custody: Vigil for George Floyd, Saturday, June 6, 3-5pm: Sydney Town Hall
  • Stop Black Deaths in Custody: Black Lives Matter, Sunday, July 5, 1-3pm: The Domain


  • Stop Black Deaths In Custody - Justice For George Floyd #BLM hosted by Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, Saturday, June 6, 2-5pm: Parliament House, Melbourne


  • Black Lives Matter Peaceful Protest - Friday, June 5, 10.30am: Garema Place
  • #BlackLivesMatterACT Protest, Saturday, June 6, 3pm: Parliament House


  • Black Lives Matter - Stop Deaths In Custody Meanjin, Saturday, June 6, 1-5pm: King George Square
  • Say Their Name - Black Lives Matter Vigil, Saturday, June 6, 6pm: King George Square


  • Perth Peaceful BLM Protest, Saturday, June 13, 12pm: Langley Park


  • Adelaide: Solidarity With Minneapolis! Justice For George Floyd, Saturday, June 6, 12-1:30pm: Northern end of Tarndanyangga, Victoria Square


  • Stop Black Deaths In Custody - Justice for George Floyd #BLM, Saturday, June 6, 2-5pm: Civic Park

Byron Bay:

  • Black Lives Matter, Saturday, June 6, 2pm: Byron Bay Recreation Grounds


  • Indigenous Lives Matter, Saturday, June 13, 3-7pm: Koshigaya Park


  • Solidarity for Aboriginal Deaths In Custody and BLM, Saturday, June 13, 10am: Parliament House


  • Black Lives Matter Protest, Sunday, June 7, 3pm: Fogarty Park


  • Black Lives Matter Protest, Sunday, June 7, 10am: Market Square


  • Black Lives Matter Vigil, Saturday, June 6, 4-5.30pm: Princess Square


  • Black Lives Matter Vigil, Saturday, June 6, 3.30-8pm: Parliament Lawns


  • Stop Black Deaths In Custody Silent Protest, Saturday, June 6, 2-3pm: Camp St, Ballarat Central


  • Black Lives Matter - Protest Against Black Deaths In Custody, Saturday, June 6, 12.30-5pm: Spinks Park


  • Stand With Minneapolis #BlackLivesMatter, Sunday, June 7, 2-5pm: Crown St Mall Amphitheatre

Alice Springs:

  • Mparntwe: Stop All Black Deaths In Custody: Vigil for G Floyd, Saturday, June 6, 2-5pm: Court Lawns


Scott Morrison, Prime Minister:  (02) 6277 7700 / https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

Ken Wyatt, Minister for Indigenous Australians: (02) 6277 7780 / minister.wyatt@ia.pm.gov.au

Peter Dutton, Minister for Home Affairs: (02) 6277 7860 / peter.dutton.mp@aph.gov.au

Anthony Albanese, Leader of the Opposition: (02) 6277 4022 /  a.albanese.mp@aph.gov.au

Linda Burney, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians: (02) 9587 1555 / linda.burney.mp@aph.gov.au

Kristina Keneally, Shadow Minister for Home Affairs: (02) 6277 3512 / senator.keneally@aph.gov.au

Your federal government representative. Find out who your MP is here: https://electorate.aec.gov.au/

A letter or personalised email appears to be better-received, but if this is not possible, a sample email is provided below.

Subject: Justice for Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Hello [Minister/Name of Your MP],

I am a [your electorate] resident contacting you regarding the disproportionate rates of Aboriginal deaths in police custody and the racial prejudices that are present in many of these cases. I am a concerned citizen who would like to express my anger and concern over the 432 Aboriginal deaths in custody here in Australia and the abuse of police powers present within the prison system. I want justice for the families of the victims, and as a citizen, I demand reform and further accountability on behalf of the state, and the guards and officers involved. There have yet to be any officers found guilty of any crime regarding these deaths, despite clear negligence, human rights violations and discrimination shown in cases such as the deaths of David Dungay Jr, Tanya Day and Joyce Clarke, amongst many others.

Reform is achievable, with your support.


[your name]

Contact me if you see any changes to be made or things to be added!  twt/ig: sophielinehan_

disclaimer i am not aboriginal! please message me if anything isn’t quite right!!