Indigenous Australian musician Archie Roach and actor Uncle Jack Charles have introduced their assist for the Raise The Age campaign, launched by Change The Record.
Change The Record is an Indigenous-led non-profit organisation, petitioning to boost the authorized age at which kids may be arrested from 10 to 14 years previous.
According to the organisation’s web site, in a single yr, virtually 600 kids aged 10 to 13 years previous had been locked up or transgressed by way of the Australian authorized system.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are disproportionately impacted by these laws and pushed into prison cells at even higher rates, accounting for 70 per cent of these younger children in prisons,” a press release on the web site reads.
In a video posted to Twitter as we speak (July 1), Roach stated his charity, The Archie Roach Foundation, was supporting the Raise The Age campaign.
“Me and Uncle Jack Charles… we’d like to offer them our support. Children as young as ten shouldn’t be in gaol. They should be learning more about their culture and their history and their family and country. They’re not going to learn that behind bars.”
“So let’s raise the age, to 14, and get behind the Change The Record campaign to keep that happening as soon as possible.”
Roach first made his mark as a musician and Indigenous rights activist together with his 1990 track ‘Took The Children Away’. Since then, he has gone on to release 9 studio albums, together with final yr’s ‘Tell Me Why’. He has toured extensively the world over as a headliner and revered assist act.
Roach featured just lately on the third episode of livestream sequence, The State of Music, alongside Paul Kelly, Alex Lahey and Tim Freedman.
Charles is a member of the Stolen Generation and an Aboriginal elder. A prolific performer, musician and actor, Charles’ display screen credit embody the landmark movie The Chant Of Jimmy Blacksmith, Blackfellas and Pan.
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