Join us in two important PEACE events in the lead up to AUS – US War games Talisman Saber 2008…
Indigenous peace activists from Guam (Guahan) will be visiting Brisbane June 26-29, 2008. The Chamoru people have had their homeland annexed by the US and used as a major strategic military post – with 1/3 or more of the land used by the US military. Now this is set to increase as community opposition to US bases in Japan and the Philippines has lead to US plans to seek other stations for its troops. The strengthening of China, in particular, and changes in the former USSR have lead the US to want to strengthen its position in the Pacific.
Guam and Australia play a major part in the US “strategic realignment.” Shoalwater Bay, near Rockhampton , hosts huge US war games (Operation Talisman Saber) every two years – and will be doing so again in 2009. Brisbane hosts US military visits including nuclear powered and nuclear capable war ships.
Dr. Lisa Natividad and Julian Aguon will be sharing their community’s story of struggle and striving for sovereignty and peace in the face of US occupation in a series of events.
Join us in making the links between Brisbane, Shoalwater, Guam and the Pacific!
June 26 (Thursday)2008 Welcome Dinner – Pot Luck
We will be also welcoming Auntie Olive Donald and Janette Yoi Yeh, Darumbal elders (Shoalwater Bay) at this event:
Please bring something to eat or drink or a song, poem, etc to share!
Place: St. Mary’s House (behind the church)
cnr Merivale and Peel Streets) South Brisbane
June 28 (Saturday) Community BBQ and Public Meeting
Time: 1pm BBQ (vegetarian & meat available) – all welcome
2pm Public Meeting: The hidden war in the Pacific – the Struggle of the indigenous people of Guam\
(Guahan) against US militarism… (and Australia’s role today!)
We need help with:
Drivers for our guests
Food for dinner and BBQ
Cooks for BBQ
BBQ for BBQ (that is the actual thing you cook on!)
Set up and tidy up of BBQ, Public Meeting and Dinner
Promotion: Media, Sending out info to Egroups, Postering – leafletting etc
Events supported by: Peace Convergence, Australian Anti-Bases campaign Coalition, Society of Friend (Quakers), Queensland Nuclear Free Alliance, Rally for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament
For more information – or to help out:
Queensland Nuclear Free Alliance – Peace Convergence
Robin 0411 118 737