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2019 Backhouse Lecture

2019 James Backhouse Lecture 

8 July at 7.15pm

The Farrall Centre at the The Friends' School in Hobart Tasmania

Animating Freedom: accompanying the West Papuan struggle

by Jason MacLeod

The James Backhouse Lecture Series offers new insights into Quaker faith and practice and into contemporary concerns

In 1991, Jason MacLeod travelled to occupied West Papua. That visit changed his life. Eight years later, in 1999, Jason made a thirty-year commitment to journey in solidarity with West Papuans as they search for nonviolent ways out of occupation. Since then he has been regularly traveling inside the country. He has walked alongside Papuan leaders as they travelled from West Papua to Washington; Port Moresby to Port Vila. It is a journey has taken him deep into the mountains and forests of West Papua; from the halls of power to the inside of police interrogation rooms.  

Jason MacLeod has been accompanying the struggle for liberation in West Papua since 1991. An educator, organiser and researcher, Jason works with local communities, campaigns and environmental and social justice movements in Australia, Asia and Oceania. He is a Quaker and descendant of crofters from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. He lives on Jagera and Turrbal Country and is a member of the Meanjin (Brisbane) Meeting.


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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 - 6:27pm