About JAM!

JAM! began in early 2021 ...

JAM! began in early 2021 as an informal gathering of Maribrynong residents interested in supporting the call for Maribyrnong City Council to formally acknowledge January 26 as Invasion Day / Day of Mourning / Survival Day.

JAM! seeks to support and raise awareness of First Nations cultures and justice issues. We are also more broadly interested in initiating and promoting anti-racism and diversity projects. We meet monthly at Victoria University. You can read about our activities in the Action Archive or Contact JAM! to get involved.

Current members of the JAM! Group include David Jones, Terri Soumilas, John Chadderton, Clint Lingard, Bernadette Thomas, Jorge Jorquera, Sarah Tartakover, David Mountford, Clare Green, Howard Nicklas and Nick Wight.

JAM! SUPPORTER: Mark Cafarella, owner of Pomello Fruit and Vegetable store in Seddon.
JAM! SUPPORTER: Mark Cafarella
Owner, Pompello Fruit & Veg Store, Seddon


Protesters marching In Memphis after Dr King assassination April 1968

The typeface font used in the JAM! logo and across the site is called MARTIN. It’s a non-violent typeface inspired by a famous sanitation strike in Memphis, United States of America in 1968.

Memphis sanitation workers, the majority of them Black, went out on strike on February 12, 1968, demanding recognition for their union, better wages, and safer working conditions after two trash handlers were killed by a malfunctioning garbage truck.

Martin Luther King Jr. joined the cause, speaking to a crowd of 6,000 in late March and returning on April 3rd to deliver one of his most famous speeches, I’ve Been to the Mountaintop. Dr King placed the strike in a larger context, declaring, “The masses of people are rising up.”


Acknowledgement of Country

JAM! meets and works in ‘Mirring-gnay-bir-nong’ (Maribyrnong), which can translate as ‘I can hear a ringtail possum’, on the stolen lands of the Bunurong/Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge, recognise and respect their Ancestors, Elders and families as the traditional owners of this land who have never ceded sovereignty.

Warning – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, please be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.

Support – If you require support, please contact 13 9276 (YARN) or The Healing Foundation.

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