The next meeting of the 17 Group will be held on Wednesday the 13th of July at 7pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St West End. The subject is East Timor.
The speaker is Bob Culerbiloon (aka Cunningham).
Here is a summary, followed by some details about Bob:
Love Thy Neighbor The People of Timor Leste
Presentation by Bob Culerbiloon (aka Cunningham)
1. History summary of East Timor & Australian relations include stories of Celestino (WW2 decorated credo) & Domingos (10yr old martyr @ Santa Cruz 1991).
2. Kill the Truthful Journalists (1975 @ Balibo), the corruption of Mass Media as a political tool for a Democracy of the Ignorant.
3. Whitlams Betrayal of the Australian Spirit Sacked on Remembrance Day 75.
4. Awakening of Conscience (WTF?), Inner & outer Journeys merge Learning through travel & being the Change we Hope for, e.g. the Portuguese Peace ship visiting Dili 1992
1. Young People Dont Give up, the indomitable Human Spirit Generational Change in the Global Community.
2. Whats Unique about Social change in multi-cultural Australia? (Discussion topic)
3. Will moral & spiritual leadership become more evident in the new generation of leaders? (Discussion topic)
Some of my biographical details pertinent to this discussion are as follows:
- At the time of my awakening to the Timor tragedy (newspaper revelations of Santa Cruz massacre, November 1991), I was pasturing a church in southern Tasmania.
- Further shock waves went through my being after watching John Pilgers Death of a Nation while attending the Waiters Union Community Orentation Course (with Jason McLeod) in West End 1994.
- I joined the Catholic workers and members of the Plowshares Movement in protests and vigils in strategic CBD locations after relocating with my family from Tasmania.
- While in solidarity with an East Timor support group whose headquarters were in Greg Shackelton House (previously the manse for St Marys in South Brisbane), I undertook a lone vigil for a week @ Canungra Army Training Centre in 1995. On occasions I was joined by others including Jim Dowling.
- After the 1999 Refurendum for Timors Independence and the Australian led Peace-Keeping presence, my passion justice in East Timor slid off my agenda, until the movie Balibo came out a few years ago.
- Ive wanted to actually visit East Timor since the mid-nineties but the right time for me only just came up this year, and my high expectations of my Inner Journey merging with my Outer Journey finally came to fruition.
- I regard myself as both a historical and spiritual tourist with an interest to perpetuate the moral obligation Australia has to its nearest neighbour, and dealing with the national demons of secrecy and covert ars-licking that has been demonstrated in out politics for all these decades since I was young.
- Im currently a Youth Worker with Red Cross and firmly believe there is a link with the above described politics and our entrenched epidemics of homelessness, depression and suicide.
Im currently in my 60th year since conception and look forward to every opportunity to express myself in positive ways that can make a difference to this world for all my children.
Leon sent a postcard. Heres what he will probably be doing instead of turning up at the meeting, just as important in a way: