Black Lives Matter Globally
As a series of controversial shootings of African-American men by police has renewed attention to the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S., people around the world have stood in solidarity with black Americans seeking to root out racial profiling, excessive use of force, and lack of accountability in U.S. law enforcement. For some, the demonstrations have been defined mostly by a kind of international allyism, but in many parts of the world, the American movement has prompted reflection on the treatment of local black communities—native, historical, and immigrant—by law enforcement, politicians, and broader society. Here is a look at the global demonstrations and solidarity movements in the name of Black Lives Matter: Continue reading Global Events: Black Lives Matter Protests →
Housing in New South Wales domestic violence centers maxed out as government changes reshape landscape of crisis housing
- In the southeastern Australian state, 90% of the 350 available rooms are full, while Sydney’s accommodations are at capacity.
- The housing saturation comes as 28,870 domestic violence incidents were reported in the first quarter of the year, including 8 deaths.
- Center managers report that a recently implemented governmental program has consolidated transitional and crisis housing with generalized homelessness services, leading to a sharp increase in housing demand and more turn-aways.
“It used to be that we were real advocates for women and now we are quite fearful of saying anything at all. We have to be grateful for every cent that we get.”
Read the full story at the Sydney Morning Herald.
(Image Credit: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, via The Sydney Morning Herald)
Western Sydney Aboriginal community health center de-funded by government due to debts
- The Department of Health announced that it was cutting AUS$2.6 million of funding from the Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney, a primary health care center for western Sydney’s indigenous community serving 11,000.
- A department spokesman said that the department would work with the center over the next three months to transition its patients to other health service providers.
- AMSWS had been found to have AUS$4 million in debt and had applied for funding from the government’s new Indigenous Advancement Strategy program.
“The Australian government acknowledges that this could be disruptive for patients, many of whom benefit by the community controlled model of care presently offered by AMSWS, but as this service is now no longer viable, every effort will be made to transition patients to other services, including local GPs and mental health and drug rehabilitation services.”
Read the full story at The Australian.