For many people in Australia and the Pacific, nuclear weapons are not a distant, abstract threat, but a lived reality – a persistent source of pain and suffering, of contamination and dislocation. Indigenous communities bear the brunt of this ongoing scourge.
Over 4 days in 4 cities, join us in exploring the ongoing impacts of nuclear testing and the inspiring triumph of cultural survival. The stories from the front lines are a driving force behind the movement for a nuclear weapons ban.
Speakers in Brisbane:
Abacca Anjain-Maddison (Marshall Islands)
Rose Lester (Yankunytjatjara-Anangu)
Sue Coleman-Haseldine (Kokatha-Mula)
Dr Bill Williams (ICAN)
Welcome to country by Uncle Sam Watson.
Music by Ofa Fanaika, treats by Native Culinary Ecstasy.
Slideshow by Jessie Boylan and the Atomic Photographer's Guild.
109 Edward St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
The event begins at 6pm, and is free.
Sue Coleman-Haseldine, Kokatha-Mula, and Abacca Anjain-Maddison, Republic of the Marshall Islands, spoke to over 150 governments at the Third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Vienna, December 2014. They are joining forces again to bring their personal stories to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
“The bombs have destroyed a large part of Australia and despite several attempts it will never be safe or clean. There are many Aboriginal people who cannot go back to their ancestral lands and their children and their children’s children and so on will never know the special religious places it contains.” Sue Coleman-Haseldine.
Coleman-Haseldine and Anjain-Maddison will be joined by Rosemary Lester, the daughter of Yankunytjatjara elder Yami Lester, who was blinded by the Totem 1 nuclear test at Emu Field in 1953. Speaking about the nuclear testing conducted in South Australia.
Join them in exploring the ongoing impacts of nuclear testing in our region and the inspiring triumph of cultural survival.
More info: Friends of the Earth Brisbane: 0411118737
Gem Romuld - firstname.lastname@example.org - 0421 955 066