Media Release 30 Oct 2018: STRONG GRANDMOTHERS OF THE CENTRAL DESERT REGION HEADING TO BRISBANE FOR THE IMAGINING ABOLITION CONFERENCE

 

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INVITATION TO

ATTEND A FUNDRAISER THIS FRIDAY 2ND NOVEMBER MPARNTWE / ALICE SPRINGS and also

INTERVIEW THE GRANDMOTHERS

 

The Strong Grandmothers of the Central Desert Region are Aboriginal grandmothers from Central Australia with a focus of kids in country not in custody, who are worried about their grandchildren’s safety on the streets and in the youth justice and welfare systems.

In two weeks, the Strong grandmothers are heading to the international Sisters Inside conference ‘Imagining Abolition’ in Meanjin (Brisbane).

Margie Lynch Kngwarraye, one of the Grandmothers said

“The grandmothers are looking forward to going to this conference. It will be good to listen and learn from women who have been in prison about their experiences and how best we can, as a group of grandmothers, help support them and our kids who are all caught up in these facilities that are what the Royal Commission said are not fit for living let alone rehabilitation.”

100% of all children in youth detention in the Northern Territory are Aboriginal. Most children have not yet been convicted with rates between 65% and 95% of children in custody on remand.

Sabella Turner Kngwarraye, another of the grandmothers said

“We can’t understand why the Don Dale Correctional Facility has not been closed. Our kids are still in there. The children are so far from their families.  We don’t want new prisons. Why are they spending millions and millions of dollars on prisons instead of creating something in communities so the families can look after their kids with love. Give the communities their responsibilities back. We support kids in country not in custody. It’s just another failed Royal Commission inquiry.”

Few of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and
Detention of Children in the Northern Territory have been implemented, and no guard
has been charged for assault.

DETAILS OF FUNDRAISER

WHERE: Red Hot Arts. 67 Bath St Alice Springs
WHEN: 5 – 9 pm this Friday 2nd November

WHAT: The fundraiser is for the Grandmothers to attend the Imagining Abolition conference next month. It is an opportunity to meet with the Grandmothers, with a multimedia exhibition of archives from the last 2 years, an art auction and live music.

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