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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Support the Lazy Jack’s Voyage to Manus Island

Support the Lazy Jack’s Voyage to Manus Island

  The crew of the Lazy Jack are asking you all to join or to support the Flotilla for Justice that will be launched from Narrm/Melbourne in May and leave Australia from Gimuy/Cairns in June 2019. We will be taking to the seas and our destination is Manus Island. Donate to support the Lazy Jack You will be supporting the good ship Lazy Jack. She is a Tahiti ketch built by an arborist from timber collected for 20+ years and 15 years in construction. All the timber in her would have been...

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Stop West Papuan Genocide National Day of Action – Melbourne

Stop West Papuan Genocide National Day of Action – Melbourne

Sail4Justice crew are joining the Melbourne West Papua Community and supporters for the national day of action for West Papua at the front of the Indonesian Consulate at 10am Tuesday 12.2.2019 "In 2018, between December 4 and 15, the Indonesian government unleashed a brutal military operation in the central highlands of West Papua. Photos emerged of civilians limbs covered in burns and wounds. Seven are confirmed dead and thousands more fled to the nearby...

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Aboriginal Tent Embassy and Invasion Day Ashes

Aboriginal Tent Embassy and Invasion Day Ashes

Invasion Day 2019.  Crew from Sail4Justice freedom flotilla joined in solidarity with the First Nation leaders and activists at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. The camp on the lawns of old parliament house has been running 47 years making it the longest running protest in Australia. It is a place where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mob can come to bring their message to parliament and take action against the ongoing genocide. Invasion Day started with a march from Canberra city to the...

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Pirate Skill Share Report Back

Pirate Skill Share Report Back

Farewell French Island and The Western Port. Thanks for the great adventures, sun, beach, wind and waves, quicksand, march flies and good learning curve in tide versus wind and swell!  Big thanks to the locals who helped us out along the way with deliveries of delicious homegrown produce, local mussles, French Island wine and some very important sailing advice. Big shout out to Lexy for her Navigation training and a great overview of ocean survival.  We have had a great crew over the past 10...

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Sail4Justice joins the protest against AGL

Sail4Justice joins the protest against AGL

Get on Board! 🏄 Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 2PM Shoreham Beach, Shoreham, Victoria 3916 Peninsula’s biggest paddle out.Show your appreciation for our bay. A peaceful protest of AGL's proposal. Join us in kick ass community for this epic event! This is a day to come together and celebrate our beautiful Bay. All welcome, kayaks, sups, surfboards, boogie boards, flippers, drift wood, anything that floats! Get your froth on and bring your grommies 🙌 A little bit on AGL’s...

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