Monthly Archives: May 2009

Indian Music Festival at West End in June

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Contact Sandra Kovac 0411 01 5991

ANTaR Forum on Human Rights

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) Qld warmly invites members of the Indigenous community to attend a forum on

HUMAN RIGHTS :

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Luncheon Discussion: Trade Union Exchange Program

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Sunday Luncheon You are invited to Adam’s Oriental Restaurant.

SUNDAY 31st May. 11.30 am

Speaker: Grace Grace Member for Brisbane Central .

Great Food and Interesting Discussions!

In 1998 the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) and the Shanghai Municipal Trade Union Council set up an exchange program. As part of the ongoing activities of this exchange program, Grace Grace led a QCU delegation to China in 2008. Her talk will discuss this exchange  program and highlights of her visit to China.

Grace was born in Brisbane and has lived locally all her life. She went to schools in the city and at Kangaroo Point, before studying a Bachelor of Labour Studies.

Grace Grace was elected as the member for Brisbane Central on 13 October 2007, following the retirement of the former member and Queensland Premier Mr Peter Beattie MP.

Grace began her career as an industrial officer in the banking sector, where she represented the interests of workers on matters such as superannuation, occupational health and safety and workplace concerns. After many years working in industrial relations, Grace went on to be elected as the General Secretary of the Queensland Council of Unions in 2000. She was the first woman to hold this position in the 115 year history of the Queensland Council of Unions – an association body representing Queensland unions and some 400,000 members.

For further information contact:
Don Wilson 3358 4385.    Adam’s Oriental Restaurant (Rear of Sapphire Motel), Corner Boundary & Brereton Streets West End. 11:45 (for 12.00 start) till 2:00pm, Sunday, 31st May 2009  —————————————————————————————————————————————————————- RSVP Wednesday 27th May 2009. Cost $25 per person Sunday
Luncheon.
Money Order/ Cheque payable to… Australia China Friendship Society.

PO Box 1520 Fortitude Valley Qld.4006

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Foco Nuevo in May 2009

NADIA SUNDE ROSS CROW GRESHKA

JUMPING FENCES

Friday 29th May
8.00 p.m.


AHMISA HOUSE
26 Horan Street, West End

Meals, cakes, tea and coffee available

$10 / $7 concession

Foco Nuevo continues to bring great acoustic performances in the inviting atmosphere of Ahimsa House.

We are pleased to be able to offer meals again, with our friends Manoli and Nayita bringing their Latin American cooking skills to Foco Nuevo.

Nadia Sunde has captivated audiences around Australia with her ‘soulful’ voice, beautiful songs and powerful stage presence. Nadia recorded two albums with Brisbane based band ‘Spot the Dog’ – ‘Bedside

Nadia

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Manners’ and ‘Drunk on the Moon’ . Nadia released her debut solo album in 2000 called ‘The Spark’ . It received national ABC radio airplay, was a ‘Feature Album’ on ABC Coast FM and was nominated for ‘Best Folk Album’ at the ‘Queensland Sunnie Awards’ . Nadia’s musical styling moves across country, through folk, into rock and on into something unique that is completely her own. [website].

Ross Crow: first performed the percussive

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poetry of Ross Clark at the National Folk Festival 2008, bracketed between Brisbane performances with Margret RoadKnight. Last year his poems were published in rival publications The Best Australian Poems 2008 and The Best Australian Poetry 2008. In his second solo performance here at Foco Nuevo, Ross will hum and strum and drum, and perform at least one world premiere.

Greshka

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Greshka are a troop of aspiring musicians bringing the infectious beats and grooves of eastern europe to your feet. Their music extends from upbeat Yiddish tunes to traditional Serbian and Bosnian melodies and drunken um-pahs of the Russians. The five-piece lineup is comprised of clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, double-bass and percussion.

Jumping Fences will be introducing the night. [website].
Foco Nuevo is a reference to Brisbane’s FOCO Club, a lively and alternative performance space which ran on a weekly basis during the late 1960s.

Looking forward to seeing you there,
Lachlan and Sue

N.B. BYO
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www.foconuevo.org.au
email enquiries:

lachlan@foconuevo.org.au

sue@foconuevo.org.au

Striking Teachers Rally in Brisbane

On May 18th, 2009,  Striking Teachers Rallied at the Brisbane convention centre, then marched to rally again outside Parliament House.

Click on 4PR Voice of the People live broadcast of Striking Teachers Rally outside Parliament House Striking Teachers Rally at Convention Centre to hear the rallies. (Be patient, it takes a little time to load).

Sri Lanka, Stop shelling hospitals – Peaceful Protest in Brisbane

Sri Lanka, Stop shelling hospitals – Peaceful Protest in Brisbane

Monday the 18th May at 12noon- 2pm

Starting at the area in front of Queensland state parliament

Sunday, 10 May: “More than 2,000 innocent civilians have been killed in the last 24 hours. The wholesale bombardment by Sri Lankan planes and shelling on a densely populated, non combatant civilian safe zone is state terrorism and a war crime,” said S. Pathmanathan, the LTTE head of international relations on Sunday.

“The Tamil people are dismayed that the United Nations and the International Community have failed in their obligations to protect the endangered civilians. […] We only ask for an impartial relief effort similar to those extended to other international conflict zones by the UN and the international community in the recent past,” he further said.

read morewww.tamilbrisbane.com

‘Framework of Flesh’ Book Launch at WorkLife

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An equal opportunity employer

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Meet the Author: Humphrey McQueen

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Humphrey McQueen is speaking at UQ about his book Health & Safety for Building Workers.

When: Wednesday 27 May: 10.30am – 11.30am

Where: Library Conference Room, Level 1, Duhig Building, UQ St Lucia
Cost: FREE!

RSVP: 25 May 2009 to ssah-mgr@library.uq.edu.au or 3346 4328

Bookings essential


ALL WELCOME

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Challenges and Hopes of Afghan Women

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Women under Siege

Challenges and Hopes of Afghan Women

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Revolutionary Afghan Women’s Association (RAWA)

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When: Sunday June 14th

2.30pm join us for tea, coffee and Afghan nibbles
3-3.30pm music performance by “Indian Connection” a group from Harmony Arts Organisation
3.30-4.30pm Shazia’s talk on the current situation in Afghanistan and RAWA’s work
4.30-5pm questions and comments
5pm close

Where
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Committed to Change Expo

C2C Change ExpoThis event (3-5 July) will precede the Peace Convergence and will host workshops and information stalls about Shoalwater and the war games…

To my dear friends, family, colleagues, and members of the wider collective conscience!!

The time has come for myself and the team of people who are "Committed 2 Change" to unveil the C2C Change Expo Project that we have been working on for the last 12 months.

Over the last 2 years Committed 2 Change has grown from an original mind seed in my head, to an influential movement that is gaining momentum as fast as our team can keep up. In 2008 we created the concept of an annual event which we have named the ‘C2C Change Expo’. Through this event we ai  m to bring together all of the positive movements that are happening and being created in our society, providing a platform for exposure to the wider public, and further spreading what we refer to as ‘The Collective Conscience’.

 
This event, is at this stage an exclusive event to Committed 2 Change members and their guests/friends, with the aim of initially strengthening these networks.

I have attached relevant information about the C2C Change Expo, Ticket Prices & information on a Bamboo Workshop that we are running in conjunction with the Event in July 2009.

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Meltdown— a socialist view of the capitalist crisis.

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Tony Iltis, Lee Sustar, John Bellamy Foster, Phil Hearse, Adam Hanieh, Dave Holmes
Published by Resistance Books

7pm Friday, May 15
Brisbane Activist Centre, 74b Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
ph: Ewan – 0401234610 or 38312644
Introduction and toast by Dr Gary McLennan, academic, long term community activist and very dedicated Marxist. Dr McLennan has been involved in struggles around Civil Liberties, Trade Union Rights, Palestinian Human Rights and Community Rights. Continue reading

Remembering Al Nakba – Rally for Palestine

“Today I went home for the first time in 61 years…I remember playing in the courtyard.We left because we had to. The Israelis were coming.
Today was not the day for me to go home. But one day my family will return…”

(Sings) We will go home, we will go home …

5pm, Friday 15 May

Brisbane Square (river end of Queen St Mall)

Speakers will include
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Khalil Hampden – QLD Palestinian Association
Dr Halim Rane – Fair Go for Palestine

Gary McLennan – Justice for Palestine. Gary’s speech can be played by clicking here (please wait, it takes time to load):

Gary Maclennan speaks at Al Nakba

Performances by:
Phil Monsour (www.philmonsour.com). Phil’s song can be played by clicking her
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Phil Monsour sings at Al Nakba rally

Amber (a dancer & musician) performed the Palestinian dance Debka (the stomp) with the help of participants at the rally. Amber’s speech & music can be heard by clicking here (please wait, it takes time to load):

Amber performs the Dabka (stomp) to arabic music at the Al Nakba rally


~ End the genocide in Palestine ~ End the siege of Gaza ~
~ End the Israeli occupation ~ Recognise the Palestinian right of return ~ No Australian support for Israel: sanction now ~

May 15 each year marks the Palestinian Nakba. In 1948, more than 780,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from their homeland and more than 500 Palestinian villages depopulated and destroyed by Zionist terrorist death squads that were setup in Palestine under the protection of the British mandate.

Today more than 7 million Palestinian refugees, the largest refugee community in the world, are living in exile, while 5 million Palestinians are living in the world’s largest open-air prison. On the 61st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba join the ongoing campaign to say NO to Israel’s ongoing war crimes & ethnic cleansing of Palestine and demand justice for the Palestinians.

For more information:
Phone: 0424 264 750 (Emad) or 0401 586 923 (Hamish)
Email: contact@justiceforpalestinebrisbane.org

www.justiceforpalestinebrisbane.org

Live Music at Maleny Community Hall

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The Lenin Problem — Social Movement versus Business Unionism

imageInaugural Alex Macdonald Lecture

The Lenin Problem: Social Movement versus Business Unionism

to be presented by Professor Margaret Levi

Thursday 14 May

WILLIAM GALLOWAY AUDITORIUM
2nd Level
QCU Building
16 Peel Street, South Brisbane

Refreshments 6pm
Lecture commences 6.30pm

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The Palestinian Kafiyeh

Letter from Palestinian Friends

Dear All,
Be aware that all the following Kafiyeh designs are not original  prints. These are not true Palestinian Kafiyehs, and are mostly made in Israel with an objective to reduce the popularity of the original one.

You may check the tag  and you will find written on it “made in Israel “, despite the colorful designs , please don’t give up on the original Palestinian Kafiyeh since it  like identifies us to the world, resembles our struggle with the enemy  and strengthens our ties with the land.
Taking over our traditions and folklore is something we all know  about the Israelis, starting from our traditional dress which the Israeli airlines  hostess are wearing it, to taking over  our houses  and  ending with our food , but here is another attempt from them to  demolish  and steal our tradition by  copying  our Kafiyeh,  if you don’t believe it, then look carefully to the following pictures: Continue reading

May Forum: Collective Resistance, what will it mean?

All those interested in Union & Community Renewal are invited to participate in the …

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May Forum:

Collective Resistance, what will it mean?

AHIMSA House

at 26 Horan Street, West End

6pm for 6:30pm start

Friday, 22 May 2009

Keynote Speaker: Humphrey McQueen (historian).

Entry by Gold Coin donation.

The Program for the night

  1. A short introduction of the forum & of Humphrey McQueen.
  2. Introduction to Humphrey McQueen.
  3. Humphrey to speak for about 30 minutes, he will make a tribute to Working Class poet, Jim Sharp.
  4. 7pm – A brief break, an advertisement for Humphrey’s book “Framework of Flesh – Builders Labourers’ Battle for Health & Safety” and any other books & CDs on display, then the forum discussion for an hour.
  5. Emma Tovell is the chairperson and will lead the forum discussion, Collective Resistance, what will it mean? Union & Community Renewal
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Detention as a means to Political Silencing: the case of theatre artist Samieh Jabbarin

Click on the photo to sign the petition referred to at the end of the article.

The house-arrest for an indefinite period of time of Jaffa-based theatre artist Samieh Jabbarin signals a sharp escalation in the harassment of citizens engaged democratically and legally in expressing their political views.

The case of Samieh Jabbarin exposes the close cooperation of the Israeli Security Services, police and Attorney General’s office. A crass attempt is being made to incriminate a peace-seeking social-political activist by fabricating charges of violence. Unfortunately, the courts of justice have not yet put a halt to this mode of action.

The story is directed at stage, television and film artists both in Israel and abroad; journalists of the printed and electronic media; persons visibly active in education and culture; lawyers and other members of the justice community; social and human-rights activists everywhere.

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Refugee Debate

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Rebel Songs

rebel songsSocialist Alliance, CriminAll records and 4zzzfm present…

A special night of film, food and musical performances… Continue reading