Direct Action Public Forum
NO RACISM! NO WAR!
Sam Watson – Aboriginal activist, community leader, novelist, playwright and filmmaker
Van Rudd – artist, cultural activist and member of the Revolutionary Socialist Party
Brian Senewiratne – long-time campaigner for the rights of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka
Hamish Chitts – Stand Fast, anti-war veterans group
Thursday March 4, 7pm (cheap meal available from 6:30pm)
Direct Action Centre: 8 Gillingham St, Woolloongabba
Phone: 3391 1903, 0400 720 757
The tide of racism and nationalism is growing everyday in Australia. Under Kevin Rudd’s racist Government, Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory are forced to queue in separate lines at supermarkets under laws that only apply to them. They are being forced from communities on traditional land into Aboriginal ghettos on the fringes of larger towns. While claiming to help Aboriginal people and improve living conditions the Government has not been able to build a single house in over two years of these measures and in many places caused greater household overcrowding.
People from India living in Melbourne are now 2.5 times more likely to be bashed than anyone else, yet the police continue to deny the racist character of the crimes.
Our politicians imprison thousands of refugees on Christmas Island and in Indonesia. These people are not ‘queue jumpers’: under international agreements people fleeing for their lives have a right to seek asylum in another country. The Government relies on racism to deny shelter to those in need. Racism is used by the media and Government to deflect attention from the reasons people are seeking asylum. Australia supports the genocidal attacks on Tamils by the Sri Lankan Government and directly participates in the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan = wars which are creating refugees as people are displaced from their homelands.
Working people here actually have more in common with working people in Afghanistan than we do with the tiny minority of obscenely rich that run this country.This meeting will provide a forum to discuss this situation and the struggle to build campaigns against racism and against narrow minded ideas about what divides cultures, nations and embrace diversity and our common plight.