Fundraiser to save Aboriginal women from prison

Jacinta Taylor-Foster is part of a fundraiser for Sisters Inside to support Aboriginal women in custody. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Jacinta Taylor-Foster is part of a fundraiser for Sisters Inside to support Aboriginal women in custody. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

A FUN family film is being used to tackle a serious issue.

Balcatta resident Giovanni Torre and Fremantle artist Jacinta Taylor-Foster are holding a movie night fundraiser to raise money for non-profit organisation Sisters Inside.

The pair have organised a screening of The Secret Life of Pets 2 at Windsor Cinema in Nedlands on June 24 at 6.30pm.

Money raised will be donated to Sisters Inside’s Free the People campaign, which uses donations to help release WA indigenous women from prison who have been incarcerated because they cannot pay fines.

According to the organisation, most of the people imprisoned for unpaid fines are single Aboriginal mothers.

Mr Torre said 28 years after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, incarceration remained “very dangerous” for Aboriginal people.

“Prison doesn’t improve someone’s ability to pay fines, and it doesn’t recoup anything for the State – in fact, it costs the State even more money,” he said.

“It does a lot of harm and no good at all.”

Ms Taylor-Foster said prison should be for offenders who posed a risk to society and highlighted the case of Ms Dhu, who died in 2014 after being taken into police custody for owing $2000 in unpaid fines.

“Ms Dhu called for help and first she was treated like a criminal, and then she was treated like someone who was less than human,” she said.

“It is a light-hearted film for a serious situation but we wanted a family-friendly event.

“A lot of these women have children and they’ve fallen behind on bills and rent. Sending them to prison only makes their life harder.”

Tickets to the fundraiser cost $25 for adults and $18 for children.

Buy tickets on the night or online at bit.ly/2I8TPab.