Peace Witness: Zelda Grimshaw, Disrupt Land Forces campaign, Brisbane, Australia

By Liz Remmerswaal, World BEYOND War, June 17, 2021

Zelda Grimshaw has been a grassroots activist for earth rights and human rights since her teens.

Zelda was an observer at the UN administered ballot on independence in East Timor in 1999 and later worked on the Truth, Acceptance and Reconciliation Commission there.

Back in Australia, Zelda has worked with First Nations sovereignty and climate justice campaigns, advocating for Indigenous custodianship and protection of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.

Zelda was a central figure in establishing the Stop Adani campaign in North Queensland, working to prevent a massive new coal mine on Wangan and Jagalingou country.

Currently Zelda is a weapons campaigner with Wage Peace, focussed on the companies supplying arms to Indonesia, and collaborates closely with West Papuan human rights defenders.

Zelda is one of the key organisers of Disrupt Land Forces, a mass mobilisation to hinder, hamper and eventually halt Australia’s biennial weapons expo. Land Forces which was held on 1-3 June 2021 in Brisbane.

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  1. Thanks this interview was very interesting. The wide community support offered to Zelda and WagePeace is very encouraging to many of us in the peace movement. #DisruptLandForces campaign illustrates the reanimation of people opposed to Australia signing up as a country where arms manufacturers are welcomed by Government.

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