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December 6, 2021

The crime of being black

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Cadwallader, Lyon and Krieg most likely new Far North Coast mayors

With most of the votes cast, and counting over until tomorrow, the New South Wales Electoral Commission stats would suggest that there are three clear winners of the mayoral contests in Ballina, Byron and Lismore Shires.

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Lismore Councillor candidate bios – Group E: Our Sustainable Future

The Echo asked all the Lismore Councillor candidates to send in a bio. Led by current Councillor Elly Bird, the Our Sustainable Future team is Group E.

Cartoon of the week – 1 December, 2021

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Which values are important for the region?

Public opinion sure is divided about the Dunoon Dam (the DuD). Clearly it does not have sufficient social licence...

Evidence-based claims on Dunoon Dam

Why is it that all I hear from the pro-dammers is: ‘Save Our Dam’, ‘Build the dam’ or some...

Outgoing Ballina independent speaks out against Dunoon Dam campaign

Outgoing independent Cr Sharon Parry has seldom contacted The Echo during her time on the council but says she felt honour bound this week.

Lismore Councillor candidate bios – Group A: Labor

The Echo asked all the Lismore election Councillor candidates to send in a bio. First cab off the rank was current Councillor Darlene Cook and Group A.

Jo Faith, Newtown

Derek Chauvin, the American cop who continued sitting on the neck of George Floyd as he endured his death cycle mutterering for nearly 10 minutes, ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,’ has been convicted of two counts of murder, and one of manslaughter. His crime? He was a Black man in America.

In Australia, the campaign for justice for young David Dungay continues. Davids crime? He was a Black man who was a diabetic and refused to give the prison guards the packet of biscuits he was eating. This crime ‘justified’ the need for Corrective Services to call in the ‘De-escalating Team’ who pounced on David’s neck. A nurse administered a ‘tranquiliser’: a needle that is used on Death Row in America. A team of four to five ‘De-escalating team members’ maintained this choke-hold on David. He constantly repeated ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe’. Amongst the last words he heard before he departed Earth was one of the choke-hold De-esculating Team stating, ‘You must have breath if you can keep repeating I can’t breathe’. The campaign for justice for David continues.

Approximately three years ago young, innocent, Tane Chatfield, a Black youth, ‘suicided’. Tane was excited about returning home after being found innocent of the crime that led to his incarceration. His body was covered in bruises. There was blood under his nails. His eye-socket was severely damaged. His long plait or ‘ratstail’ had been cut before he ‘suicided’. It was never found at the scene of his ‘suicide’ – never!

At the recent passionate Deaths in Custody demonstration remarkable youths loudly chanted ‘They say accident… We say murder!’ Justice awaits in white supremacist Australia 2021. Never give up!


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