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Issue #1715      January 20, 2016

Stolen Generations action

Appeal to endorse February 11 protest in Canberra against Aboriginal child removal

Grandmothers Against Removals (GMAR) is a national network led by Aboriginal families directly affected by the forced removal of children by child welfare agencies.

On February 11, 2016, GMAR will rally at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra and march on Parliament House to protest against the escalating mass removal of Aboriginal children from their families. We will conference at the Embassy until February 13. This date will mark eight years since then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made an Apology to the Stolen Generations of the 20th century – we say “sorry” means you don’t do it again!

Currently, there are more than 15,000 Aboriginal children in “out-of-home care” on any given night. This is more children than were forcibly removed at any point in Australian history. More than half of these children have not been placed back with their Aboriginal family, despite the “Aboriginal placement principle” being mandated by law in every State and Territory. There has also been a national push for changes in legislation that are seeing many more children removed until 18 years of age, with new “permanent guardianship” laws either planned or in place across Australia.

Since forming almost two years ago, GMAR members have been at the forefront of challenging forced removals, with consistent work assisting families fighting to have their children returned, protests that have forced the issue into the national spotlight and negotiations with welfare departments in an attempt to change practice.

We demand Aboriginal control of Aboriginal child welfare. We want to see resources and opportunities provided to struggling families, rather than the punishment and trauma of forced removal. We want 2016 to be the year when these horrible statistics start to turnaround and the children are brought home. This will only come when a people’s movement grows to challenge racist departments and put Aboriginal people in control of their own communities.

Join us in Canberra on February 11 to stop continuing Stolen Generations.

Please send notice of your

endorsement to stopstolengenerations@gmail.com or contact: Debra (NSW): 0413 732 344Karen (Qld): 0455 728 617Vanessa (WA): 0448 054 686

If you are able to contribute to the substantial costs of this event, please make a donation! Account Name: GMAR NSW BSB number: 633 000 Account number: 153 568 613

In solidarity, Grandmothers Against Removals

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