Staff of Fitzroy Legal Service wish to convey our deepest respect and gratitude to Uncle Jack Charles.
In a relationship that has spanned over fifteen years, we acknowledge Jack’s transformative role as a champion of the people locally and across the country. We are so very proud of every collaboration with Uncle – from a packed-out debut screening of Bastardy for people who use drugs in the City of Yarra (invitations were distributed through local needle syringe programs, pawn shops, street corners), to long term advocacy on public drinking laws and criminal record discrimination (including a short film), to the struggle against legalistic impositions of proof of identity on the dispossessed and stolen generations, to advice and guidance on strategic cases and policy positions impacting communities experiencing homelessness, using drugs and alcohol, and/or in and out of the criminal justice system. We celebrate your State Funeral without the anthem, flag, a VIP list of our local Aboriginal community, and streamed into prisons across the State. Thank you Jack. Your wisdom is carried deep by so many, and we are so very grateful. You are so very alive to us, and we keep that fire burning.
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