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Still We Rise explores the 50+ year fight for Aboriginal land rights

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On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the legacy of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the site of the longest continuous protest for Indigenous land rights in the world.

The Embassy was established in 1972 when four Aboriginal Australian activists — Michael Anderson, Billy Craigie, Tony Coorey and Bertie Williams — planted a beach umbrella on the lawn outside of Parliament House in Canberra, the seat of power for the federal government of Australia.

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy is at the center of Still We Rise, a documentary that explores the colonial forces that stripped Indigenous Australians of their land and the national movement that sprung up on the Parliament lawn.

The film will screen on May 19 at 3:30pm at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland as part of CAAMfest.


John Harvey, filmmaker from Saibai in the Torres Strait Islands, and director of Still We Rise


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Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.