Democratic Rights in Qld – 1970s

MEMOIRS OF AN ACTIVIST: FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT TO PROTEST IN THE 1970s

The days under the rule of Joh Bjelke-Petersen was the darkest period in the history of Qeensland. But the authoritarian nature of this government also spawned the seeds of radical protest movements which flourished in the 1970s.

Featuring Sandra Bloodworth, editor of ‘Marxist Left Review’, who was involved in the QLD Civil Liberties Campaign under the Joh Bjelke-Petersen government and arrested several times for attending rallies. The brutality of police and the corrupt justice system gave the young activist some live lessons about how capitalism works. Also the debates in the movement clarified the politics of different organisations. As Sandra recalled later: The experience of defying the ban on street marches in 1977, seeing how workers responded to our calls for support and the importance of strikes changed my life. I learnt about the oppression of Aboriginal people, and that women could fight their oppression. So I became a socialist and am still confident the working class will change society for the better.

Come to this Socialist Alternative public meeting to hear Sandra’s inspiring stories of struggles in the QLD history.

6:30PM Tuesday, July 17
Lel 4, Metro Arts Building. 109 Edward St, CBD.
https://www.facebook.com/events/434608399912091/

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