By Paul Torzillo and Heather Goodall
In July 1972, the Aboriginal Land Rights flag flew proudly from the top of the highest crane in Sydney. Kevin Cook had got it there. Thousands of Aboriginal protesters and supporters marched down Sydney streets in the Black Moratorium, but it was that flag on the crane which brought Aboriginal demands for Land Rights onto the TV screens, newspapers and radios of people all over the country. Kevin, an organiser with the Builders Labourers’ Federation, had convinced his BL mates to put the flag up there. Cookie, as he was known, had unfailing judgement about the symbolic power of key events and in finding just the right people to make them happen.Read more
It is with great sadness that the MUA reports the passing of Kevin Cook (Cookie as he was affectionately known), who passed away peacefully on Saturday morning at the nursing home in Summer Hill where he has lived since the passing of his partner Judy a couple of years ago.Read more
Kevin "Cookie" Cook was in the thick of the most important campaigns for Australian Indigenous rights for decades. But, "Cookie" always saw his personal story as a story of many--of a movement. Which is the theme of his just-published book that was launched with the support of, among many others, National Secretary Paddy Crumlin.
Crumlin joined hundreds of other well-wishers at Tranby Aboriginal College, which has played an important role in the struggle for the achievement of social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, to launch "Making Change Happen: Black and White Activists talk to Kevin Cook about Aboriginal, Union and Liberation Politics" by Kevin Cook and Heather Goodall.
“Cookie has made great contributions in enhancing the struggles of our people. He is a motivator, an astute strategist, and an excellent communicator with wonderful people skills. It’s a pleasure to be able to call him a mate and a brother,” Crumlin declared on the book jacket itself.Read more
Friends and comrades from across the industrial, political and indigenous movement gathered in Sydney yesterday 27 September to celebrate the 70th birthday of Kevin Cook (Cooky).Read more