Leading Muckaty (NT) and other Aboriginal activists, to address Climate Change Social Change Conference

Two dynamic NT Aboriginal activists battling against a radioactive waste dump will travel to Melbourne to address a Climate Change, Social Change Conference. Kylie Sambo and Dianne Stokes, from the Muckaty NT have been fighting off a nuclear waste dump proposal for their traditional lands since September 2007.

In 2007, the Federal government announced its intention to dump radioactive waste around Muckaty Station, located 120km north of Tennant Creek. Ever since, sections of the local Aboriginal community have been campaigning against the proposal, travelling across Australia to gain the support they need to save their land.

Kylie Sambo is a Muckaty Traditional Owner and hip hop artist from Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Though still in high school, she has travelled with her family over the last few years speaking out against the imposition of a nuclear waste dump on her traditional land. In 2010 Sambo won the ABC Radio Heywire award for her song Muckaty, a rap song she wrote about fighting the waste dump and about keeping the country clean for the next generation. She will performing at the ‘Culture of Resistance’ performance night on the Saturday evening of the CCSC and talk about the battle to save her land.

Dianne Stokes Nampin, is a Warumungu and Warlmanpa woman and Traditional Owner for the Muckaty Land Trust. She is a  spokesperson for  Traditional Owners fighting against the proposed radioactive waste dump at Muckaty and has travelled extensively for five years to raise awareness and support for the campaign. Her community of Kalumpurpla is about 40km from the proposed dump site at Manuwangku / Muckaty.

Queensland Murri activist and Socialist Alliance spokesperson Sam Watson will be one of the fiery Aboriginal speakers to address the Climate Change Social Change Conference (CCSC) over land rights and justice. Sam Watson is a long term campaigner against black deaths in custody , centrally involved in the campaign for justice for the killing of Palm Island man Mulrunji Doomadgee. Mulrunji was pronounced dead on November 19, 2004, an hour after being put in jail four broken ribs and a liver cleaved in two.

Dotty Bamblett will also address the Conference. Dotty Bamblett is an Aboriginal community leader in the Save Ballerrt Mooroop College campaign. Ballerrt Mooroop College, located in Glenroy, is Melbourne’s only indigenous specialist school and the Victorian Department of Education has approved the construction of a new school directly on the land. A courageous fight is being waged against this attack on Aboriginal land rights.

More Aboriginal speakers are to be confirmed – from the Kimberly Gas campaign, and from the battle against a bridge development in Tasmanian.

Kylie Sambo, Dianne Stokes, Sam Watson, Dotty Bamblett can be heard at the World at a Crossroads: Climate Change – Social Change Conference II along with John Bellamy Foster (US); Ian Angus (Canada); S. Arultchelvan, Joethi Sahadevan & Angeline Loh (Malaysia); Farooq Tariq and Sonia Qadir (Pakistan); Ly Pisey, Chrek Sophea & Sao Sopheap (Cambodia); Sue Bradford (Aotearoa/NZ); Derek Wall (Green Party of England and Wales) Alex Bhathal (Greens Victoria); Aran Vaganam; Ben Courtice; Bob McMahon (Tasmanians Against Pulp Mill); Brianna Pike; Cam Walker & Jim Green (Friends of the Earth); Dave Holmes; Gemma Weedall; Graham Matthews; Greg Adamson; Dr Hans Baer; Jay Fletcher; Jess Moore; Drew Hutton (Lock The Gate Alliance); Kamala Emanuel; Dr Ken Coghill; Nat Wasley; Nic Maclellan; Peter Karamoskos; Pip Hinman; Reham Maklad; Samah Sabawi; Sam Wainwright; Simon Butler; Simon Cunich; Sue Bolton; Susan Price; Timothy Lawson; Tony Iltis; Trent Hawkins; Zane Alcorn; Dave Kerin; Australia-Asia Worker Links; Sally Goldner; Rachel Evans.

Friday, September 30 – Monday, October 3, 2011 from 7pm on Friday
Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Melbourne University

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For more information contact Green Left Weekly (03) 9639 8622 Rachel Evans 0432 257 732  Peter Boyle 0401760577

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