March for Refugee Rights on Labour Day

There will be a refugee rights contingent in the Labour Day march in Brisbane next Monday. All refugee supporters are welcome to join in. The Refugee Action Collective will be present, and we hope that the recently reconstituted Labor for Refugees group will also be there. Where: Non-union groups such as us will be at … Continue reading March for Refugee Rights on Labour Day

Socialist Alternative Meeting: The Civil Rights Movement in America

Today, despite America's first Black president, there has been little change and there is now little hope for African Americans. They are bearing the brunt of the economic crisis, with unemployment among Blacks at almost 16 per cent, and with the highly publicised murder of Trayvon Martin it is apparent racism is alive and killing … Continue reading Socialist Alternative Meeting: The Civil Rights Movement in America

Munching on $80+ million

AUSTRALIANS will gamble on two flies. crawling up a wall, they say.Aussie bookmaker Tom Waterhouse is currently betting on how much Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream will fetch at a Southey’s auction this month.Waterhouse has previously wagered on the winners of reality shows such as Dancing with the Stars and The Voice to add a … Continue reading Munching on $80+ million

Two Kinds of Facts

Since the shooting of 6 unarmed Aboriginal occupants of a stolen car by police officers at Kings Cross we have witnessed a major push by the police, the O'Farrell Government and the (mostly right-wing) media to turn our attention away from the dangerous and possible lethal attack by the police to bring to bear upon … Continue reading Two Kinds of Facts

Swim for Palestine at Byron Bay Ocean Classic

Amidst members of the 2012 Australian Olympic team and Iron Men and Women competitors  with be the Free Palestine contingent in the race from Wategos to Main Beach Byron Bay 2.2kms We are swimming to raise money for the Middle East Childrens' Alliance so Palestinian kids can have clean drinking water despite Israel's best efforts … Continue reading Swim for Palestine at Byron Bay Ocean Classic

Refugee latest Detention Stats

While many are being released- thank heavens , there are still 1600 in detention for 12 months plus. Curious anomaly- one woman in Northern Immigration Detention Centre Darwin (one of the worst centres) and one woman in Wickham Point Immigration Detention centre. What could they have done to deserve this punitive act? These figures are … Continue reading Refugee latest Detention Stats

Foco Nuevo in May

Come along to this May Day weekend special concert, which will feature songs that celebrate the lives of working people and their struggle for a better world. LONNIE MARTIN COMBINED UNIONS' CHOIR JUMPING FENCES Friday May 4 8.00 p.m. Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary Street West End (Next to the West End Library. Click for a … Continue reading Foco Nuevo in May

Battles for the Coral Sea

Reprinted from Chapter 17  from 'Japan to the Rescue, Australian Security around the Indonesian Archipelago during the American Century' Heinemann, 1991, pp. 285-94. by Humphrey McQueen [Editor's note: My partner's uncle Ellis, not long deceased, told us that he (as a boy) could remember sitting on the back steps of his family home in Camp … Continue reading Battles for the Coral Sea

Sovereign Embassy Film Night: Shadow Sister

Sovereign Embassy Film Night: Shadow Sister. 7pm Friday 27th April Brisbane Sovereign Embassy Corner of Cordelia and Russell Sts. Musgrave Park Shadow Sister is a 1977 film biography of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) poet, activist and public speaker Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker). Oodgeroo took her people’s message and demand for freedom not just to white … Continue reading Sovereign Embassy Film Night: Shadow Sister

Defend BDS! Defend the Max Brenner 19!

On 1 May 19 Melbourne activists will be put on trial for their political activity. In a precedent-setting case, these pro-Palestine activists will be fighting a variety of charges designed to criminalise dissent in Baillieu’s Victoria and intimidate supporters of Palestine in Australia. For more on this important case and what you can do to … Continue reading Defend BDS! Defend the Max Brenner 19!

Veterans group condemns hollow remembrance on ANZAC Day

24 April 2012 “You do not honor the dead through mindless flag waving, rewriting history or promoting new wars,” said Hamish Chitts, East Timor veteran and spokesperson for Stand Fast – a group of veterans and former military personnel who oppose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “ANZAC Day has become a nationalist circus with … Continue reading Veterans group condemns hollow remembrance on ANZAC Day

Is it better to run or to stay?

“I’m sure the murderer of Lorenzo Manfredini is one of the immigrants….All you have to do is take a walk in the afternoon in the gardens in Piazza Vittorio to see that the overwhelming majority of the people are foreigners; some come from Morocco, some from Romania, China, India, Poland, Senegal, Albania. Living with them is impossible. "

Launch of Veterans for Peace UK at Giuseppe Conlon House, London, April 9th. 2012

YOUTUBES - Launch of Veterans for Peace UK at Giuseppe Conlon House, London, April 9th. 2012 YOUTUBE (3 mins 42 secs) Individual Veterans for Peace (UK & USA) introduce themselves at launch. http://tinyurl.com/brkgvd4 YOUTUBE (19 mins 38 secs) Barry Ladendorf - San Diego/ USA Veterans for Peace UK launch speech. http://tinyurl.com/bowrj36 Radio (approx 10 mins) … Continue reading Launch of Veterans for Peace UK at Giuseppe Conlon House, London, April 9th. 2012

17 Group — problems of global capital and labour and their social impacts

The May meeting of the 17 Group, a mere handful of days before the May Day March, on Wednesday the 2nd of May at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St West End will very seasonably deal with contemporary problems of global capital and labour and their social impacts. (May Day march is … Continue reading 17 Group — problems of global capital and labour and their social impacts

Lucie Lit Unleashes

Another guest column from Lucretia Lit this week.Oh those poor ex-husbands of hers. How they must have sufferedCheersBernieMessaging my Glitoriswith Lucretia LitColumn 3                                                    A REGULAR highlight of my exciting life is the arrival of Futurebook: … Continue reading Lucie Lit Unleashes

RAC: Organising Meeting + Convergence Report

Tony Mockeridge sings Article 14 Griffith Uni Covergence Reportback **Griffith Uni Nathan Campus 1pm, Thursday April 26th Graham Willett Bldg (N53) Room 0.64** Eye Witness Accounts: Brisbane contingent reports back on the reality of the detention system in Darwin. Over Easter, refugee activists from around the country joined a convergence on Darwin to visit inside … Continue reading RAC: Organising Meeting + Convergence Report

Important meeting re National Museum of Labour – Thursday 3rd May

Dear Comrades and Friends, The Brisbane Labour History Association and the Queensland Council of Unions are holding a meeting with Kim Sattler, Unions ACT Secretary, to promote the National Museum of Labour. Kim has been involved in the setting up of a national museum in Canberra dedicated to the history of workers for a number … Continue reading Important meeting re National Museum of Labour – Thursday 3rd May

NSW police are way too deadly

on tuesday 24 april at 1.30pm we will be holding a rally outside the nsw parliament house to protest the violence and abuse of the nsw police as ably exampled by the circumstances at kings cross and 5 police-related deaths in custody so far this year already. we will also be putting to the barry … Continue reading NSW police are way too deadly

The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll

'Two sides of every story'? Related to this title is the the death of the man who 'inspired' the song by Bob Dylan.Compare the facts as told by Dylan and those described in The Times (Ben Hoyle January 12, 2009 reprinted in The Australian). Dylan: "William Zanzinger killed poor Hattie Carroll With a cane that … Continue reading The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll

The Last Kinection – ‘Are We There Yet’ featuring Simone Stacey

See The Last Kinection (thanks 2 e) Sitting in her room / She looks at the sunlight / She tries to write a tune / All about her life / People tried to put her down / Don't want her to get up off the ground / But she'll get there soon / Soon she'll … Continue reading The Last Kinection – ‘Are We There Yet’ featuring Simone Stacey

Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp Book Launch

Drew Hutton, Green historian and activist, will launch Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp by Dr John Jiggens at Avid Reader, Boundary Street, West End, on Tuesday April 24 at 6pm. Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp examines the way the hemp question directed Britain’s colonial policy and naval strategy between … Continue reading Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp Book Launch

The case of Ali Jasmin -14 year old boy in adult prison

The case of Ali Jasmin - Hamish McDonald's investigation Dear all, As the unbelievably shocking revelations about the case of Ali Jasmin, a child crew member who was no more than 14 years old when convicted in an Australian court, still breaks around the country, here is reporter Hamish Mcdonald's story which was aired on … Continue reading The case of Ali Jasmin -14 year old boy in adult prison

”With god on our side…”

One on my favourite Dylan songs is the bitterly ironic anti-war song  'With god on our side'. The lyrics are below. Oh my name it is nothin’ My age it means less The country I come from Is called the Midwest I’s taught and brought up there The laws to abide And that the land … Continue reading ”With god on our side…”

Remember the ‘Ghosts of Deir Yassin’

CD out now - April 21 Brisbane Launch reminder Phil Monsour News and Information Hi Welcome to new subscribers. Plenty of news this time around. The new CD Ghosts of Deir Yassin is now available for purchase and download online at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/philmonsour4 and also from the website http://www.philmonsour.com/shop.html The launch in Brisbane is shaping up … Continue reading Remember the ‘Ghosts of Deir Yassin’

Remember Palestine

This is a call out to union members to write to their union asking for support for Palestine. Include a copy of the poster and ask if the union will support Justice for Palestine to commemorate Al Nakba. Some unions are conflicted on the issue of supporting Palestine and it gives political support to those organisers and officials who do … Continue reading Remember Palestine

Ms Poison Pen returns

Another guest column from Lucretia Lit this week.She is awful; can't wait to see what she has to reveal.CheersBernieMessaging my Glitoriswith Lucretia LitColumn 2NAUGHTY New Hampshire author Jodi Picoult has been going around insulting all those cute self-publishing writers.Ms P was being interviewed on something odd called the Daily Beast. (one of my ex-husbands used to … Continue reading Ms Poison Pen returns

May Day in Brisbane 2012

The organisation of the May Day 2012 celebrations in Brisbane is in disarray and needs to be fixed. It has become a mates day at the beer tent for union organisers and a few rank and file - a pub with rides for the kids. Both the venue and the day are wrong. Musgrave Park … Continue reading May Day in Brisbane 2012

Theses on the Party

'The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles' — Marx and Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party
The organisation of the May Day celebrations in Brisbane is in disarray and needs to be fixed. 
 
Both the venue and the day are wrong. Musgrave Park and 1st May are better than the RNA showgrounds and 7th May.
 
There is pressure from employers and public service managers for Labour Day in Qld to be moved to later in the year.  They are happy to commemorate needless carnage on a beach in Turkey a hundred years ago and a day that is not the Queen's birthday — anything but the international day of the workers and their unions. 
 
Other states in Australia have already made this concession.
 
The bosses argue that because Anzac Day (Wednesday, 25 April), Labour Day (Monday, 7 May) and the Queen's birthday (Monday, 11 June) are close together, Labour Day should be moved.
 
Unions need involvement from community grps, but the ALP is wary because no community grp has reason to go to Labor in QLD anymore. The only stronghold left to the ALP is the unions and they are going to protect that to the detriment of rank and file workers.
 
Needless to say, community groups are victims of our own lack of organisation.
 
It is important that we bind together to improve the organisation of May Day.

in solidarity,
Ian Curr
0407 687 016

BBB on KDP and OK

THE three Bent Banana Books eTitles  Can you believe it... 5 Strong Bricks in the Wall and 7 Shouts are now available on Amazon Kindle.Kindle accounts for about 65% of the eBook market. The three books are also available at Google eBooks for those who own eReaders other than Kindle.Bent Banana Books managing editor Bernie … Continue reading BBB on KDP and OK