Sail 4 Justice recognises and asserts the sovereignty of First Nations people. We wish to pay our respects to the First Nations peoples on whose land and seas we travel and sail. We pay respect to the Elders past, present and emerging and to the strength of the Indigenous communities in ongoing struggles for self-determination. 

We are asking you all to join or to support the Flotilla for Justice that will be launched from so-called Melbourne in May and leave Australia from Gimuy/Cairns in June 2019. We are taking to the seas and our destination is Manus Island.

All refugees on Manus Island, Nauru and onshore are political prisoners. The Australian government and private corporations are committing gross violations of human rights, so we are sailing to bring the world’s attention to their torture and abuse of refugees. We are sailing in spite of the borders enforced by this government, because we reject their authority. Australia’s border policing and refugee policies are premised on the notion of Australia’s jurisdiction over this land. However, this country was occupied illegally, under the legal fiction of terra nullius – empty land. To this day, Australia has no treaty with the original sovereigns of this land. As uncle Robbie Thorpe says: “Indigenous people never ceded sovereignty over Australia. The Australian government has no legitimate right to grant or refuse entry to this country.” The Freedom Flotilla will be traveling with the Kangaroo skin engraved with an important message from Arabunna Elder Kevin Buzzacott. The engraving, depicting people of all colors gathered around the sacred fire, will be accompanied by ashes from the tent embassy and water from Uncle Kevin’s traditional country surrounding Lake Eyre. These gifts are to be presented by First Nations and West Papuan Flotilla participants upon our arrival to Manus. The ceremony will include the gifting to the men on Manus of Original Nation passports sent by Uncle Kevin as well as a fire, dance and song performed as an act of resistance to overcome the walls of racism and the politics of greed that keep us divided. We will carry with us messages of solidarity as well as practical donations.

On our journey we will visit many communities who continue to struggle for social and environmental justice to stand with them, support their fight and bring attention to their causes. We recognise that the destruction of lands and oceans in the Pacific region is deeply connected to the histories of colonisation in the region. We aim to highlight issues faced by Original Nations in the areas that we will visit, including Indonesian occupation of West Papua and the ongoing genocide of the West Papuan peoples. The ongoing land theft and dispossession of Indigenous people severs the human relationships to land and oceans that are based on mutual care and sustainability. Colonialism brings with it the logic of rampant capitalism, growth and profit, enforcing ever new tactics of environmental exploitation. For centuries it has imposed artificial borders that have carved up Indigenous nations and their lands. Globally, the ongoing impacts of colonisation and imperialism create conditions such as war, global wealth disparity and environmental changes that force people to flee their lands. We are faced with climate changes, rising oceans, pollution and loss of diversity, among many issues. There are currently millions of environmental refugees. It is projected that climate change will create the world’s biggest refugee crisis in the next decade.

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Sail4Justice with the Wa Canoe joins Walk4Refugees Rally

Sail4Justice with the Wa Canoe joins Walk4Refugees Rally

Sail4Justice with the Wa Canoe joins Walk4Refugees Rally To raise awareness about the ongoing human rights violations in West Papua and to draw attention to this slow motion genocide on our doorstep, the West Papuan community and their supporters pushed the Wa Canoe for Freedom during the Palm Sunday Justice for Refugees rally. Built by Lober Wainggai and decorated by Amos Wainggai, the canoe is a replica of the one that arrived on Australian shores in 2006 carrying 43 West Papuan refugees,...

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Fight for the Bight

Fight for the Bight

On Sunday some of our #sail4justice crew joined in solidarity with a fantastic turn out of people who care about our oceans and coastal communities, Fight for the Bight, at St Kilda West Beach - Melbournians standing up when our politicians won’t. There was a massive paddle-out protest against Norwegian Company Equinor’s plan to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. .   THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT IS UNDER THREAT FROM BIG OIL. The Bight is no place for risky deepwater drilling. You...

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Plant Dem Seeds

Plant Dem Seeds

Melbourne Political Hip-hop band Combat Wombat will be donating all proceeds from downloads from their revolutionary hip-hop track ' Plant Dem Seeds' to #sail4justice! Pay as you feel to support this epic mission and check out our deadly new film clip from Moja film. Download song here:https://combatwombat.bandcamp.com/track/plant-dem-seed-feat-yt  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlR3tpIv3wQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0hLdyOQyIyvH-96YT9mxldQ1gfi0b2sxtKx0tSRywuLE0Mp4-FYryakNU Plant Dem...

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Sail 4 Justice Launches Crowdfunder

Sail 4 Justice Launches Crowdfunder

We sail for human rights, Indigenous sovereignty, and climate justice. Our destination is Manus Island. We will travel with a message across land and sea, for freedom and justice across the Pacific!This is a huge undertaking and we need your help!

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As the dust settles on Medivac Bill

As the dust settles on a historic day in Parliament we would like to acknowledge the work of the community - people in detention, activists and advocates - in the passage of the Medical Evacuation Bill. This bill recognises that it is unjust to refuse medical treatment to critically ill people. We must go a step further and recognise the underlying injustice - and the cause of these illnesses in the first place - that it is unjust to refuse protection to people seeking asylum. We truly hope...

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