Housing Justice stands in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, other black people and people of colour in Australia and those across the globe, who are fighting to shine a light on and end systemic racism, police brutality and deaths in custody.
Since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991, there have been more than 430 further Aboriginal deaths in custody and no convictions.
Indigenous Australians make up just 3% of our population but 30% of our prison population.
These figures are disturbing, but we must highlight and remember them. Statistics like this only come about with many generations of entrenched oppression and racism. And behind every statistic are many individuals, families, friends and communities who are forced to repeatedly feel the pain and injustice that this creates.
We recognise systemic injustices that have been caused by colonisation and remain ongoing today. We know it is our responsibility to educate ourselves about these issues.
We commit to working alongside local Aboriginal communities and organisations to understand and listen to the changes that will deliver just outcomes for Aboriginal peoples.
For those of us born with white privilege, we commit to relearning, challenging and redressing the injustices it perpetuates. We will use our privilege to amplify the voices of Aboriginal Peoples as we walk together in the fight for equality and justice.
We will not be silent. We will stand in solidarity and ensure justice is done.