Document prepared for John Sheed, AAP Reuters
by Scott Balson
It is widely accepted that, at best, Lorenzo Ervin is a bit of a shit-stirrer, while, at worst, he is a terrorist working for the radical Anarchist Black Cross. To find out just what Ervin stands for and who he is working with we need to start by examining facts using the Internet as our base:
Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin broke onto the Australian scene when he was invited by Queensland based "Angry People".
We know that Angry People are associated with the on-line "Anarchist Network" through direct links from their page and because they share the same Internet domain - www.anarki.net
The Anarchist Network is directly linked to another Australian organisation, The Anarchist Black Cross, "an organization that's dedicated to supporting anarchist and other political prisoners".
Here is a quote from the Anarchist Black Cross page: "We don't place judgements on what are valid or invalid expressions of resistance; non-violence is not a criterion for support. We hope that we can encourage activists by providing assurance that even if you are persecuted for your activities, the movement will not abandon you: we will take care of our own. Through the ABC we are building organisational support for resistance".
We know that Anarchist Black Cross promoted Lorenzo Ervin's visit to Australia and are associated with Angry People. On this page they say, and I quote: "His (Ervin's) book, Anarchism and the Black Revolution, his Draft Proposal on the Anarchist Black Cross, and writings in various anarchist journals are available from Barricade Books: 115 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Vic, 3056."
In other words we can accept that Lorenzo Ervin still has terrorist (violence) leanings "non-violence is not a criterion for support".
Anarchist Black Cross lists cat@lyst - community activist info node which links directly to Lorenzo Ervin's official Australian web site.
The cat@lyst "Anarchist archive includes this revelation on the attitudes of this group to our police force: "We can only be free of the Police State when we refuse to condone it. We must refuse to cooperate with its activities. We must challenge the free reign of police terror and hold each police action accountable to the members of our communities. We must be the court of last resort that decides the fate of any cop who violates us. We must treat cops as criminals and accept no excuses. We must expose all police criminals and kick them out of our communities. WE MUST REFUSE TO BE ABUSED. OUR POWER IS IN OUR REFUSAL!"
From Lorenzo Ervin's official Australian web site we read in the article "Lorenzo speaks out at the settlement, Sydney":
"In the end, he (Ervin) says, we have to overthrow capitalism, to smash the state. This stuff has got to lead to action, and it has got to be international - so people don't get confused that it's just those funny people in Australia acting out. He says he turned to anarchism so that the next revolution will be organised from the ground up - the state won't be able to squash it via the leaders 'cos there won't be any."
To summarise statements from Lorenzo Ervin's own mouth and words as seen above:
Ervin's short visit to Australia ended in his forced eviction after it was revealed that he had served time in prison in the US for hijacking a plane. This public face of Ervin is well reported and is not covered in this page.
One of the most surprising links between the Australian promotion of Ervin post-eviction is that to the Australian Labor Party through an associated on-line organisation called Left Link.
Left Link - Victoria's Broad Left are noted as a "national organisation" by the Australian Council of Trade Unions as the ACTU links page confirms. (Look under "L" in the Australian heading).
Left Link have promoted Ervin's post through their moderated archive without any concern about the implications.
The five most infamous posts being:
It is through Left Link's active involvement that Ervin and the Nyungah Circle of Elders have forged a public alliance and the Sydney 2000 Olympics boycott has found its international beginnings.
The Nyungah Circle of Elders have the following statement on their web page, "The Smell of the Whiteman is Killing Us." They also now prominently link their page to that of Lorenzo Ervin.
The link between Lorenzo Ervin, the terrorist, and the West Australian based Nyungah Circle of Elders has developed over the last few months with the "Nyungah Circle of Elders" (or Settlers for Indigenous Sovereignty - Aboriginal First Nation & Fourth World Peoples) web page today carrying a direct link to Lorenzo Ervin's on-line (Australian Angry People) web site.
The Nyungah Circle of Elders, led by Robert Bropho, recently "reclaimed" Yagan's head from overseas and have continued to be outspoken over the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games boycott, egged on overseas by Lorenzo Ervin.
Robert Bropho was the man who tried to get Aboriginal track star Cathy Freeman to pull out of the Sydney 2000 Olympics a few weeks ago. This event was highly publicised at the time in the Australian media.
They, under the heading, "NO NATURAL JUSTICE, NO OLYMPIC GAMES" have taken up Ervin's original call for overseas help in a post on Left Link.
Quote from Left Link post: "(call for our) our Black and White Sisters and Brothers of the World to come to our Aid and assist us because there is no help for us in Australia in keeping our Basic Human Rights, our Religion, our Culture, our Dignity in the remaining time we've got of our lives fighting for existence".
"WE CALL ON: all Indigenous Land Councils, all Medical Services, all Legal Services, all Indigenous Communities throughout the breadth and length of the World and of Australia, all Aboriginal Peoples of the World and Australia, all Media of the World and Australia to participate in assisting us on the grounds and the basis of the Howard Government targetting us the Original Owners as the Public Enemy Number 1, yet we have given them a Home, it is our Land they are using for their European living life style.
"WE ALSO CALL ON ALL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES OF THE WORLD: To act according to their 10 Commandments saying "Thou shalt not steal" & "Thou shalt not kill" and to follow Jesus Christ's stand to love thy neighbour and respect one another.
"WE ALSO CALL ON all Religions of the World be they Indigenous, Animist, Hindu, Buddhist, Moslem, Tao, Confucian or the many other Religions: To assist us in their belief in Justice.
"WE CALL ON Pat Dodson: Stay on course and Resign as Chairperson of the reconciliation Council.
"WE CALL ON Ray Martin, of TV and Member of the Reconciliation Council: To do the Same.
"WE SAY to Richard Court, Premier of Western Australia: It is a Race Issue.
"WE ASK Tim Fischer, Leader/National Party and Deputy Prime Minister: Where is the money for Aboriginal People to fight their land Claims in Court?
"WE CALL ON Mr Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs: To stop contradicting the Truth in speaking to the World, when Aboriginal People ask the World for assistance.
"WE CALL ON the President of Indonesia and the people of Indonesia: To return that money back that John Howard and his Government gave you because they are depriving Aboriginal people of money to fight for their land and their Survival.
"WE CALL ON Nick Minchin Special Minister of State for Native Title: To RESIGN. You are irresponsible in your comments. You know not what you are talking about. You don't feel the suffering that we the Aboriginal People feel.
"WE CALL ON Lois O'Donaghue ex-ATSIC Chairperson Lois O'Donaghue: You have run your race in the political arena. You did nothing good for us the Aboriginal People of Australia. Please go home back to your homegrounds.
"WE CALL ON the President of South Africa Mr Nelson Mandela and our Brothers and Sisters of Africa: To Help us get Justice done. We are asking you as a Nation of People: Help us, not John Howard. It is an international human concern."
Interesting that, not long after, President Mandela offered to help Australia over it's "Aboriginal crisis".
The public face of the hidden (direct email) communication between Lorenzo Ervin and the Nyungah Circle of Elders under radical Aboriginal leader Robert Bropho should be of real concern to all Australians.
We now have the missing link in the lead-up to the subversive elements within the Aboriginal community... the weaponry to be used by a few radical Aborigines in Australia.
This page, revealing their location, has been compiled from two recent email posts received by Scott Balson from a well known informant who gives a first hand report on the stockpiling by Aborigines of sophisticated M16 automatic weapons in the Pilbara in Western Australia.
While we cannot say that these posts and the weaponry are tied-up with the Nyungah Circle of Elders or Ervin, what we can deduce from the links and information supplied here is that the international attention given Ervin through the ALP's Left Link web site has started a negative international portrayal of Australia that belies the worst impact that the media-inspired "Pauline Hanson racism debate" could ever achieve.