YouTube Shout-out for Julian
After the truly excellent event
“Free Speech: Use it or Lose it!
From Joh Bjelke Petersen to Julian Assange!
That was Then, This is Now!”
organised by Ciaron O’Reilly and the Catholic workers, some of us old hands from the Circle A Gang thought that we really should be doing more. After all, Julian is a Brisbane lad, he’s one of ours, and if some of his social skills are a little short of the mark, he’s more than made up for it with what he and his friends have done for the anti-war movement. Now all the talk seems to be about him and his bad manners, not about American helicopter gunships mowing down Iraqi civilians.
Anyway, we’re having a follow-up event at 63 Ross St Woolloongabba on Saturday 11th August. Entry is free, but all donations are welcome. The aim of the event is to get video footage in support of Julian to post up on YouTube. There will be a set-up where people can walk up to a mike, with video cameras trained on the spot, and make a statement of support. Some people will want to give a longer spiel, and Tony will be doing a performance piece/speech. Guy will be there in his guise as the Reverend Hellfire, and Dusan will be reading his poetry as well.
But it’s important to remember that this will be for the camera, not for the assembled audience. It’s a bit like going into a recording studio. Everyone thinks it sounds terribly glamorous, then they get bored out of their tiny minds within a quarter of an hour. So to cope with that we’ll be having a set-up where there is a separate space upstairs for people to talk, eat, play CD’s at a modest volume, etc. when they get bored with the recording.
After a solid session of videoing,the evening will move on to entertainment with music and poetry. Dusan and Guy in his guise as the Reverend Hellfire will be the featured poets, while music will be provided by
(a) Andy Paine and
(b) the Fugitive Microbes (Colin, Kristin and Tony – If they play Pig City, then they’re The Parameters, a wonderfully chameleon-like quality for a band).
Food will be available throughout the evening.
Tony, Dusan, Shane and Guy