Patty Mills puts global spotlight on Black Lives Matter Australia, it’s time for Governments to act  

[supplied by NATSILS]

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Patty Mills. Image: supplied

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) has praised the announcement of NBA basketball star Patty Mills that he will donate almost $1.5 million of his earnings to Black Lives Matter Australia, Black Deaths in Custody and The We Got You campaign. 

Patty Mills is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man who plays for the San Antonio Spurs. He has said that the money will go directly to black communities for these causes, putting a global spotlight on the need to end police violence and black deaths in custody in Australia.

“Thank you Patty for using your platform to tell the world that we must end the injustice of black deaths in custody in Australia. It is incredibly inspiring to see one of our people using the world stage to call for justice and real change. Australian Governments must hear this call and immediately act. There have been 437 black deaths in custody since 1991 in Australia and no justice,” said Cheryl Axleby, co-chair of NATSILS. 

The announcement comes as NATSILS releases its policy statement on Black Lives Matter. The policy statement outlines clear steps that governments need to take to ending the systemic and entrenched racism that causes Black deaths in custody. The calls include for governments to work with affected families, for accountability, justice reinvestment, ambitious national justice targets, raising the age of criminal responsibility, to end racist policing and repeal low level offences. In making these changes, governments will be implementing recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody that have been ignored for almost 30 years.

“It says so much about this country that this proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man is contributing more funding to ending the systemic racism that causes Black deaths in custody following recent community outrage than governments have. It's time for Governments to create real change to end black deaths in custody, this is what our people need, we are not interested in more empty gestures,” said Nerita Waight, co-chair of NATSILS.

“We have the solutions, we know what needs to happen. Governments need to show that they are committed to working with families whose loved ones have died in custody and our communities. Black Lives Matter: they always have and always will.” 


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