Our Friends in the North

'Doesn't matter who wins elections, nothing changes ... 
the Labour Party was the first to stab the Jarrow 
marchers in the back'

So states a pitman from ‘Our Friends in the North’, a BBC drama series about working class attempts to change Britain through the period 1964-1995, from Hume to Blair.

The protagonist of the series was inspired by civil rights marches in the US and a desire to abolish housing slums in Newcastle by building ‘streets-in-the-sky‘ pre-fab high rise. So what was the outcome? … the writer of the original play was Peter Flannery who grew up in Newcastle … was it a socialist dream or did the tower blocks turn out to be shonky built by a developer who bribed Labour candidates on-the-take?

I’ll say no more, I’ll spoil the ending ;)

Ian Curr
Sept 2014

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Saigon, Dunkirk or the Alamo? – VET in Australia

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place onWednesday the 1st of October at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St West End. Dr John McCollow will revive the recently overshadowed topic of the Coalition’s unpopular … Continue reading

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Why we will protest the #Genocidal20

We’ll protest the #Genocidal20 for the same reason Pemulwuy fought the British, the same reason the Aboriginal Embassy was established on the Australian government’s doorstep in 1972, and the same reason we protest Australia’s celebration of invasion on the 26th of January every year. Because we refuse to be treated as aliens in our own lands, and because the only justice we will get is the justice we take. Belonging to a nation is about rights and responsibilities, and nations must fight for their self-determination.
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4 catch-ups

again we need to catch up on some items that isja has been involved in over the last few weeks. we are still awaiting word from the nsw attorney-general, brad hazzard, as to his decision on the 33 year old … Continue reading

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G20-related community events

1) Gig: Band Together- Oct 1 2) G20 People’s Summit: Idea Jam – Sept 27 3) Brisbane Community Action Network (BrisCAN) G20 Meeting – Sept 28 4) G20 and Homelessness – New Farm Neighbourhood Centre 5) G20 Security & Safety … Continue reading

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October Meeting of the 17 Group

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place onWednesday the 1st of October at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St West End. Dr John McCollow will revive the recently overshadowed topic of the Coalition’s unpopular … Continue reading

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G20 Legal information session

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Caxton Legal Centre’s Independent Legal Observer Project is hosting a free community information session to explain how these laws could affect you and your rights. Continue reading

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Expanded doctrine of terra nullius – very much alive in Australia

attached and below is further understandings and explanations of the how and the why of the continuing colonialism that we aboriginal peoples are still forced to live, or survive, under. a major plank of this colonialism is the legal blindness … Continue reading

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Tangled Turkish-Kurdish-Syrian-Iraqi Web

The article “Two thousand Turkish Special Forces in ISIS” published on 20 September 2014 at Kurdish Question [http://kurdishquestion.com/kurdistan/west-kurdistan/two-thousand-turkish-special-forces-in-isis.html] reports Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Demir Celik stating in a press conference in the Turkish Parliament (and I have added extra … Continue reading

The Lunchbox

A film about being on the wrong train but still getting to the right destination … India, despite being a country of chaos, poverty and inequality, still manages to support the distribution of fresh home cooked meals to workers … the distribution system uses bicycles, public transport, incredible organisation … and this film reveals its beautiful people … and sadly, its deep paternalism.

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Deep in philosophical discussion?