#Occupy London – ‘sermon on the steps’

On Saturday Oct 29th. I was invited to take part as a Catholic Worker in the "Sermon on the Steps" of St. Paul's Cathedral organised by Occupy London.Here's some youtube of "Sermon on the Steps".... Occupy London protected by ring of prayer.... http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/oct/29/christians-def...otest Here's the Anglican Bishop of London and Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral … Continue reading #Occupy London – ‘sermon on the steps’

BDS Victory: Alstom loses Saudi Haramain Railway contract worth $10B

BDS Victory: Alstom loses Saudi Haramain Railway contract worth $10B http://www.bdsmovement.net/2011/alstom-loses-saudi-haramain-8253 The BDS National Committee (BNC) has declared a long sought-after victory as Alstom lost the bid for the second phase of the Saudi Haramain Railway project, worth $10 billion US dollars, after pressure from the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, including effective … Continue reading BDS Victory: Alstom loses Saudi Haramain Railway contract worth $10B

Try Out Your Voice

"I am strong because I am weak. I'm beautiful because I know my flaws. I'm a lover because I am a fighter. I'm fearless because I have been afraid. I'm wise because I have been foolish. & I can laugh because I Have known sadness" The first Zine has come out of #Occupy Brisbane - … Continue reading Try Out Your Voice

17 Group Wed the 2nd of November

Trotsky The next Meeting of the 17 Group will be held on Wednesday the 2nd of November in unit 6 at 20 Drury St West End at 7pm on the rather unusual topic: “Why are there histories of reading? Some thoughts and reports”. The speaker will be Professor Pat Buckridge. Here is Pat’s summary of … Continue reading 17 Group Wed the 2nd of November

Occupy your life

By Andy Paine Around the world, the “Occupy” movement has captured people’s imaginations, leading countless people in thousands of cities into city squares to make a statement about their dissatisfaction with the state of our society, especially the distribution of wealth. The pure size has caught everybody by surprise. Here in Brisbane, I’ve spoken to … Continue reading Occupy your life

Day small boy pissed in Queen’s wake

I ride your river under the bridge I take your boat out to the reach Cos I love that engine roar But I still don’t know what I’m here for. —The Go Betweens 'Streets of Your Town' A harried mum of about 33 years has a small baby in her arms and two young boys … Continue reading Day small boy pissed in Queen’s wake

‘This is what democracy looks like’

The banks are made of marble, there's a guard at every door, their vaults are stuffed with silver that  workers sweated for The #Occupy movement is based on a democratic system of consensus. This creates collective control of the occupation through a General Assembly, held daily. On Sunday 23 October 2011 #Occupy Brisbane met at … Continue reading ‘This is what democracy looks like’

Refugee Action Collective: Organising meeting with special guest speaker

REFUGEE ACTION COLLECTIVE, QLD Organising meeting with special guest speaker MEETING IS ON THE 26th OF OCTOBER, NOT THE 16th After our successful rally last Saturday to commemorate the SIEV-X disaster of 10 years ago, the Refugee Action Collective invites you to get involved in the campaign to create a better future for asylum seekers … Continue reading Refugee Action Collective: Organising meeting with special guest speaker

UN rights office calls for Gaddafi death probe – What about death probe on 60,000 civilians

UN rights office calls for Gaddafi death probe - How about a death probe on 60,000 Libyan civilians killed in daily NATO bombing for the last 6 months? UN rights officer suddenly concerned about AN extra-judicial killing? Drone attacks on thousands escaped his notice! http://ozyism.blogspot.com/2011/09/us-congressman-witnessed-european.html US Congressman witnessed European Special Forces beheading Libyans by Valencia … Continue reading UN rights office calls for Gaddafi death probe – What about death probe on 60,000 civilians

Who’s afraid of Volume Two?

By Humphrey McQueen Many a Marxist who embarks on Capital sticks with volume I because it deals with the class struggle. Few proceed through the other three volumes, doing little more than dip into volume III for the chapters on the origins of crises around the tendential law of the rate of profit to fall … Continue reading Who’s afraid of Volume Two?

#OccupyBrisbane Rally today! 12 noon

ya estan matando a Chilenos and now they are killing Chileans in the Greek sports stadiums too they are showing how they define spoils justice live to fight fight to live ‘To the Victor belongs the Spoils‘ by Daniel del Solar As the #Occupy Movement grows around Australia and throughout the world, a number of … Continue reading #OccupyBrisbane Rally today! 12 noon

Enoggera Five

Thursday 20TH October Two people who sat in front of a truck involved in construction work at Enoggera Army base in Brisbane, are due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court for a hearing today. Jim Dowling and Culley Palmer blocked the entrance to the base in July this year, in an action opposing the war … Continue reading Enoggera Five

Behold the Siamese twins of the Queensland police force

By Ross Fitzgerald On 17 January 1930, during a general discussion about the conservative Queensland government's industrial conciliation and arbitration act amendment bill in the Brisbane Domain Paterson addressed a lunch-time gathering on the relationship between the law and the working class.1 He was arrested two days later on a charge of sedition, brought against … Continue reading Behold the Siamese twins of the Queensland police force

The More Things Change: The origins and impacts of Australian Indigenous exclusion

POST PRESSED INDIGENOUS BOOKS LAUNCH Tuesday November 8: 6.00 for 6.30 at the Talking Circle, The Queensland State Library, South Brisbane. (see separate attachment for map and directions) Post Pressed, e-content Management, and noted Indigenous scholar and researcher, Dr. Jackie Huggins, will be launching The More Things Change: The origins and impacts of Australian Indigenous … Continue reading The More Things Change: The origins and impacts of Australian Indigenous exclusion

SIEV-X Commemorative Exhibition

SIEV-X COMMEMORATIVE EVENT -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Presented by the refugee artists represented in the SIEV-X art exhibition at -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Studio, State Library of Qld, Cultural Centre, south end of Victoria Bridge -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When: 6.15 pm, Wednesday 19th October. Where: The Studio, State Library of Qld. Representatives of refugee communities will provide tributes, cultural performances and presentations. … Continue reading SIEV-X Commemorative Exhibition

View from Grassy Knoll

Following the lead of the Arab Spring, ordinary people around the world occupied squares near big companies — places like Wall Street, the London Stock Exchange, financial districts of Berlin, Toronto, Martin Place in Sydney, City Square in Melbourne and Post office Square in Brisbane — arguably where the real power lies. They ignored parliament … Continue reading View from Grassy Knoll

Refugee HUGE announcement- details still coming

The Prime Minister's announcement toady to release people from detention centres to the community while their claims are processed is LOGICAL. This year 1500 were released from detention between February and June to suburban houses and church homes all over Australia- AND THE SKY DID NOT FALL IN and no one ran away. This was … Continue reading Refugee HUGE announcement- details still coming

Palestinian Prisioner Release – dancing in Gaza streets

Two high-profile prisoners -- Marwan Barghouti, the influential Fatah leader, and Ahmed Sa'adat, head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -- will not be released as part of the swap deal, Yoram Cohen, the head of Israel's Shin Bet intelligence service, said. The list of 1,027 Palestinians released includes 315 prisoners who … Continue reading Palestinian Prisioner Release – dancing in Gaza streets

People Smugglers?

by Gerry Georgatos Hypocrisy never ceases to amaze and often serves to highlight immoral predicaments. Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is concerned about the rights of a 14 year old Australian child who was arrested by entrapment for possession of marijuana in Bali. The child is not in an Indonesian adult prison however he is in … Continue reading People Smugglers?

SIEV-X…and some were saved

Sat 15 – Sun 23 October 10am – 5pm daily at The Studio State Library of Queensland two exhibitions to commemorate those who died at sea seeking refuge in Australia. They fled war and persecution in countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka. They saw Australia as a peaceful safe place. Vast numbers … Continue reading SIEV-X…and some were saved

Rank hypocrisy on Child detention

As the Australian government provides high level support to the 14 year old Australian boy and his family in Indonesia, could they spare a thought for the 14 year old Indonesian boys locked up in Australia who have no parents to support them. There are around 50 Indonesian Teenagers under 18 currently locked up in … Continue reading Rank hypocrisy on Child detention

Post•War Reconstruction, Socialism, and Labor Unity

Sixty-seven years ago today, Fred Paterson rose to his feet to make a speech in the Queensland House of Representatives. The Labor Government was in power. Joh Bjelke-Peterson, then a backbencher, famously said after hearing Fred's speech (below):— "I am the only person less likely than Fred Paterson to become Premier of Queensland!" At the … Continue reading Post•War Reconstruction, Socialism, and Labor Unity

An end to global war

From Arab Spring we come singing for freedom's sake strike up the banner, cry war no more rid us of this insane curse those warmongers are the worse our job is not to lead nor is it to be led lower the casket down on our graves rich masters feed their fortune let’s bring war … Continue reading An end to global war

Refugee tribunal reflects political agenda: ex-diplomat

BURN THE BILL - Tuesday 11 October - 12noon - Treasury Place ( outside PM Gillard's Melbourne office) Your chance to show what you think of the Migration Legislation Amendment (Offshore Processing and Or Measures) Bill . The Refugee Advocacy Network members will meet at TREASURY PLACE at 12midday. Refugee tribunal reflects political agenda: ex-diplomat … Continue reading Refugee tribunal reflects political agenda: ex-diplomat

STOP JAILING THE CHILDREN!

Indonesia is a transit country for asylum seekers whose destination is Australia, but unlike Australia, Indonesia has not ratified the UN Refugee Convention. Meanwhile the UNHCR has an office in Jakarta to process the asylum seeker applications; but the slow process of resettlement of the refugees in Indonesia has led them to find another way … Continue reading STOP JAILING THE CHILDREN!

Farms in default in Childers

"It is not enough that some succeed, others must fail"— Gore Vidal The article in the newspaper clipping  shows the crisis in capitalism hits in towns big and small, in places that city papers rarely mention, towns that lie hidden, where government money is not spent . Online commentators on the local rag blurt out:— … Continue reading Farms in default in Childers

Behind the Seams: The women who made Can’t Tear ‘Em™

On Sunday, 16th October at 2pm, Phuong Xuan Vo and Glenda Shugg, will be sharing their personal stories of life 'behind the seams' in the Can’t Tear ‘Em™ factory and beyond. Phuong is from Viet Nam, Glenda is Filipino and hopefully some of the other women who feature in the film will also be present. … Continue reading Behind the Seams: The women who made Can’t Tear ‘Em™

OCCUPY Melb meets today

What: Occupy Melbourne Second Organising/Committees Meeting When: 1.30pm this Sunday 9 October WHERE: Eco Shout @ Ross House, Ground Floor, 247 Flinders Lane, CBD. (This is the block in between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets). Contact: Ben Convey 0413 208 134 in case you have any problems finding us. http://occupymelbourne.org/working-groups WORKING GROUPS & COMMITTEES The Occupy … Continue reading OCCUPY Melb meets today

ENGLAND – Six Arrested Marking & Blockading 10 Downing St. on 10th. Anniversary of the War on Afghanistan!

Six Arrested Marking & Blockading 10 Downing St. on 10th. Anniversary of the War on Afghanistan! VIDEO (3 mins) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEwd0KfBD7I PHOTOGRAPHS https://london.indymedia.org/articles/10350 Six anti-war activists, associated with the pacifist Catholic Worker movement, were arrested Friday morning October 7th. after a nonviolent resistance action in Downing Street/ London to mark the 10th anniversary of the war … Continue reading ENGLAND – Six Arrested Marking & Blockading 10 Downing St. on 10th. Anniversary of the War on Afghanistan!

Australian socialism and Aboriginal struggle — a critique.

 by John Tracey I paint this essay with very broad brushstrokes. I am aware that there are many exceptions as well as different degrees amongst different groups regarding my various generalisations. This essay does not attempt to provide an accurate historical record but rather to provoke consideration of some general issues of the history of … Continue reading Australian socialism and Aboriginal struggle — a critique.