Cherri Bonney and her band NCHANT
by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB
It takes all kinds to make a world. I’ve been working on the case of Jahar Tsarnaev, who was unfairly convicted of being the Boston Marathon bomber. This has caused me to meet people from unexpected places whose sense of justice compels them to get involved. It is wonderfully stimulating.
Today happens to be Human Rights Day, and this article celebrates the fact that one thousand signatures have now been obtained for the sake of Martin Bryant “and all our sakes.” The person who organized it is Cherri Bonney of Perth.
Recently I was thrilled to meet Cherri. Thrilled because she is so strong and competent and has simply decided that she can’t put up with Martin Bryant’s incarceration any longer. See the video below an interview she gave for Gumshoe News.
Her petition is at Change.org. As of yesterday, December 9, 2015, it passed the thousand-signature mark. SO WHO EVER SAID AUSTRALIANS DON’T CARE ABOUT MARTIN BRYANT?
Oops, I said it myself but I apologize. It’s lovely to think I was wrong.
Actually, we have only just learned that in 2008 anther lady, Salama Shaquana, got a petition going re the innocence of Martin Bryant. She obtained over 300 signatures.
Cherri’s petition merely asks the premier of Tasmania to hold a coronial inquest – which happens to be required by state law anyway (The Coroner Act, 1995). No doubt he will say yes.
For overseas readers of Gumshoe: Here in Australia there was a massacre in 1996 and one man has been doing prison time, unfairly, ever since then, namely, Martin Bryant. He happens to be an intellectually handicapped person.
An Added Attraction: Music!
What’s more, Cherri has composed a new song for Martin Bryant. The title is: “I Wish I Knew How To Be Free.” It is hoped that her music may transmit a message to even to the hardest of hearts.
Cherri was born in beautiful Renmark, South Australia. With her mother being a classical pianist and her father a guitarist she never had a chance to be other than musical. Her best instrument is the autoharp.
She has also been a long distance runner and cyclist, and is qualified to practice herbal medicine!
Note: The petition is ongoing – please add your signature. Maybe we’ll get a million!
— Mary Maxwell has camera, will travel. Do you have information that could help Martin Bryant? Contact Dee McLachlan, editor of Gumshoe News, or Mary at maryWmaxwell.com.