Free Speech Fund Appeal

Free Speech Fund Appeal In early March the police attacked a peaceful pro-choice protest in Brisbane as we spoke out against the anti-abortion bigots. A Pro-Choice Action Collective supporter was arrested and charged with obstructing police and has been fined $800. The Pro-Choice Action Collective is appealing for your support to pay this fine. We … Continue reading Free Speech Fund Appeal

DPP at it again – no charges on death in custody

This decision is as outrageous as the cowardly decision taken by the queensland dpp in the mulrunji doomadgee death on palm island in 2004. to protect then s/s chris hurley from facing charges the qld. dpp overturned the recommendations of a/state coroner, christine clements, bravely found ( some would say foolishly found) that hurley definitely … Continue reading DPP at it again – no charges on death in custody

Film this Saturday: The FARC Speaks

As Venezuela's neighbour it is important for those interested in solidarity with Venezuela to understand what is happening in Colombia as well. The struggle in Colombia cannot be separated from other struggles in Latin America. This film lets the FARC speak for themselves. Hope to see many of you there, Hamish Direct Action Cinema: Into … Continue reading Film this Saturday: The FARC Speaks

Message to GetUp – Respect Aboriginal Rights

[Aboriginal News] I have just sent the following message to GetUp through the online contact email at http://www.getup.org.au: "I have a deep objection to one of the Forestry principles in your current campaign. Your proposal to 'establishing 'protected areas' for all of our high conservation value native forests' is another coloniser proposal to deny Aboriginal … Continue reading Message to GetUp – Respect Aboriginal Rights

Foco Nuevo in July

Foco Nuevo continues to bring great music in a welcoming atmosphere, warming the soul on winter nights! Our guests for July are Fallen Angels and Tim O'Brien. FALLEN ANGELS TIM O'BRIEN JUMPING FENCES Friday July 2 8.00 p.m. Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary Street West End (Next to the West End Library. Click here for a … Continue reading Foco Nuevo in July

The Trouble With Alice

The Trouble With Alice {Editors note: Please see below excerpts from an excellent article by Jennifer Mills 8 June 2010 in The New Matilda. To read the entire article go to http://newmatilda.com/2010/06/08/trouble-with-alice} Residents of Alice Springs reject the notion that their town is rife with racism and violence. But unless they admit there is a … Continue reading The Trouble With Alice

From where does change come?

"Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground" — from 'Fire and Rain' by James Taylor. We were reminded yesterday that the Australian people do not choose the Australian Prime Minister. Kevin Rudd was elected as the member for Griffith by about 30 or 40 thousand people voting for him. The ALP won … Continue reading From where does change come?

Pro-Choice Action Collective update

Dear friends, Please find attached a campaign newsletter from the Pro-Choice Action Collective - featuring reports about the growing national support for the campaign against the abortion charges in Cairns. The trial date for the Cairns case has not yet been set, but we do know that on the Saturday before the trial there will … Continue reading Pro-Choice Action Collective update

Tel-Aviv school principal to face Knesset Committee on 21 June over his outspoken views against the occupation

How I was summoned to the Knesset by Ram Cohen Ynet Hebrew, June 18 2010 http://www.mynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3907144,00.html Translation Adam Keller On Monday, June 21, I am to appear before the Knesset Education Committee and the Minister of Education, Mr. Gideon Saar, following my unequivocal words to my students, condemning the 43 year-old occupation and rule over … Continue reading Tel-Aviv school principal to face Knesset Committee on 21 June over his outspoken views against the occupation

Vigils, Gallipoli Barracks, Thursday afternoons.

Hi friends and comrades, A message from Merv Langford who was closely involved in organising the community vigils in Brisbane during the Israeli assault on Gaza last year. Regards, Ross Gwyther Friends, for some years there has been a vigil / protest held (almost) weekly on Wardell St, Enoggera - near the corner of Lloyd … Continue reading Vigils, Gallipoli Barracks, Thursday afternoons.

Left and Right in Contemporary European Politics

You are invited to a meeting on Wednesday the 23rd of June at 7pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, to be addressed by two visiting left scholars who are briefly in Brisbane, Peter Thomas, recently the author of The Gramscian Moment and well-known to many of those who were familiar with Brisbane radical … Continue reading Left and Right in Contemporary European Politics

Solidarity forum: The roots of Australian racism

Solidarity forum: THE ROOTS OF AUSTRALIAN RACISM Guest Speaker: Phil Griffiths, Academic and Historian The recent hysteria around refugee boats has brought back some of the worst bigotry of the Howard years. Why does this racism persist? This meeting will attempt to explain the roots of Australian racism and why it's in the interests of … Continue reading Solidarity forum: The roots of Australian racism

Veteran Group disgusted by patronising rhetoric about soldiers’ deaths

Veteran Group disgusted by patronising rhetoric about soldiers' deaths The Australian-based veterans group Stand Fast today rejected recent statements made by Defence Minister John Faulkner regarding the recent tragic deaths in Afghanistan of Australian soldiers. Stand Fast spokesperson Hamish Chitts said the group, comprised of veterans and former military personnel who oppose the wars in … Continue reading Veteran Group disgusted by patronising rhetoric about soldiers’ deaths

Bonhoeffer Four trial – not guilty!

At 6am on 31st March [2010], two people used boogy boards to paddle to the Swan Island SAS base near Queenscliff, Victoria, while two others blocked the main entrance. Once there they pushed the emergency stop button for the main Satellite Communications dish, and closed the base for the day. It is believed they were … Continue reading Bonhoeffer Four trial – not guilty!

World Refugee Day – Rally and March this Sunday

WORLD REFUGEE DAY Rally and march for refugee rights End the freeze on asylum seeker claims. End mandatory detention. Say no to another Tampa election. 1pm, Sunday June 20 Brisbane Square, at top of Queen st Mall, George St, City Speakers: Chair, Frederika Steen, refugee advocate. Father Pan Jordan, Tamil community Chaman Shah Nasiri, Hazara … Continue reading World Refugee Day – Rally and March this Sunday

Northey Street Winter Solstice Sat June 19

hello, there is a Winter Solstice festival being held at the Northey Street City Farm (in Windsor) tomorrow, Sat June 19. There's three stages of entertainment going from 4pm-10pm after which Spankenhide (west african drumming) inspire the dance around the fire. We're playing at 9 in a kooii/ruby blue fitting. Some other groups include, Nea … Continue reading Northey Street Winter Solstice Sat June 19

Federal parliament used as a forum for Israeli lies

Senator Scott Ryan (Victoria) was sponsored by the Australia/Israel Jewish Affairs council on a paid business class trip to Israel in August 2009. In his speech to the federal parliament yesterday Scott Ryan returned the AIJA favour by attacking the TIME TO HOLD ISRAEL ACCOUNTABLE ads placed in national newspapers by Australians for Palestine. Middle … Continue reading Federal parliament used as a forum for Israeli lies

Report on Mulrunji finally surfaces

There was a Palm island ‘death in custody’ rally and protest at parliament house in George street Brisbane at 9am Thursday 17th June 2010. Nearly six years after the death of Mulrunji, the CMC report into the police handling of Mulrunji's murder was presented to the speaker at 9:30am. The Premier, Attorney General and the … Continue reading Report on Mulrunji finally surfaces