We got Obama and we got Rudd…and we still have up to 30,000 US and Australian troops coming to practice bombing, landing and raiding at Shoalwater Bay (Central Qld) and in the NT for this year’s Aus-US Military Exercise – Operation Talisman Sabre.
The Peace Convergence is calling for peace action to take place throughout the war games (6-26 July 2009) and in various locations in the Shoalwater region.
A main Convergence weekend is planned for the first weekend of the war games with a dedicated camping site already booked in Rockhampton.
Other activities include: Committed To Change Festival July 3-5 at Byfield <http://www.committed2change.org/>, Peace House, support NAIDOC DAY in Rockhampton on July 10, Public Meeting July 10 in Rockhampton…plus more.
Click here for a run down of the program so far: http://www.peaceconvergence.com/calendar
Here are some contacts for organising in a town near you!
Join us in coordinating peaceful action and events or help with media, props, or donations to help others get involved…
Can’t make a trip to Rocky? The US military also uses Brisbane Airport, Brisbane Port and Amberley is also used in the exercises…so why not help organise some action here?
The Brisbane organizing meeting will be a brainstorming and planning session designed to encourage meaningful opposition to war and war games in our region!
Brisbane organizing meeting:
Date: Wednesday April 29 2009
Place: Melbourne Hotel Café – 10 Browning Street West End
For more information: Robin Taubenfeld 0411 118 737
No meetings have been planned as yet but if you are interested please call or leave a message on 6684 0015 and we will organise a time.
Contact Person: Nina Boddenberg
The Nimbin Environment Centre
54 Cullen Street, Nimbin
02 6689 1441
Thursday April 30: Screening Scarred Lands, a film on the environmental impact of war and talk on Talisman Sabre. Mackie Building, Arundel Street, Glebe (Sydney University).
Friday 1 May: Politics in the Pub. 6pm at the Gaelic Club. Talk on military exercises.
Next organising meeting:
Date: Thursday 7th May
Place: AABCC office, 499 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
Bus from Sydney being organised. For details contact Hannah.
Peace and Activism: A certificate training course is being offered through the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney and will be taught in five intensive all-day (Fridays 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm) classes culminating in a 6 day trip to Central Queensland to participate in the Peace Convergence. The dates are May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5, July 3, July 9-14 and July 31. The training course costs $500 per student. This covers study materials plus all travel and accommodation. Students provide their own camping equipment and food.
Enquiries and registration: (02) 9351 7686
Contacts: Hannah 0418 668 098 and Denis 0418 290 663
Simon Moyle is available to organise nonviolence training but needs to confirm numbers to make it viable. If you are interested please contact Simon firstname.lastname@example.org
”This is not just about nonviolence training, it’s an opportunity to build affinity groups and understanding as a group.”