Civil Liberties Campaign Launch, G20, Equal Marriage & more…

1. RED ALERT – LAUNCHING A CIVIL LIBERTIES CAMPAIGN IN QLD Nov 27
2. MARRIAGE EQUALITY RALLY – THIS SATURDAY!
3. PUBLIC MEETING: G20, the LNP & Neoliberalism (Hosted by the Cloudland Collective) Nov 28
4. Next G20 Community Discussion Forum Nov 30 2013

LAUNCHING A CIVIL LIBERTIES CAMPAIGN IN QUEENSLAND
6PM WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 27
ELECTRICAL TRADES UNION
41 PEEL ST, SOUTH BRISBANE (Enter from Merivale St)

The state LNP government has launched a rash of legislation unprecedented in its ramifications for our fundamental rights and freedoms.

Under cover of a populist “law and order” offensive on “Bikies”, legislation has been passed and more is being proposed, that is worse than the darkest days of the Bjelke-Petersen era.

This unprecedented crackdown on fundamental civil liberties is being accompanied by an unprecedented expansion of police powers and discretion. New laws are being applied retrospectively, violating basic tenets of the legal system. Nobody is safe – the laws can be used to target unions, political organisations, protest groups and peaceful assemblies. The discretion of the judiciary has been severely curtailed. Organisers of private parties can now face 6 months prison or a $12,000 fine if police deem the party “out of control”. Being a current or former associate of an organisation can see you branded a Vicious Lawless Associate facing up to 25 years prison.

We are seeing a concurrent militarisation of the police force, with heavy armoured vehicles being “tested” on domestic disturbances and senior police being armed with assault rifles.

Laws have been passed allowing the government to pass on Department of Transport data to intelligence agencies, including personal photographs – legalising government spying on people who have committed no crime. A secret “blacklist” of activists is being prepared for the G20 in 2014 while new laws allow the forced eviction of those with a criminal record from their homes within the G20 restricted zones, as well as imprisoning without bail anyone police suspect might attempt to disrupt the G20. Already there are tales of street marches being harassed by police in Brisbane.

A massive people’s movement is needed to overturn these fascistic and anti-democratic laws. Individuals, unions, churches, members of the legal fraternity, and all civil and community organisations are urged to attend this important public meeting to launch a broad-based campaign, to build a movement to take back our democratic rights in Queensland. Let not a precedent be set that other governments will seek to mimic.

WE BEAT THEM BEFORE, WE’LL BEAT THEM AGAIN
RALLY FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY – NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION
THIS SATURDAY NOV 23, 1PM KING GEORGE SQUARE

All across the country on November 23rd, supporters of equal rights will be taking to the streets in a co-ordinated national day of protest for Marriage Equality.The Abbott government and its current opposition to marriage equality does not mean our fight is over. Its the opposite. We must be louder, stronger and come out in greater numbers to push for equality.

As well as speakers from the community, there will be illegal marriage ceremonies, a giant patchwork rainbow flag for people to write their messages of equality on, entertainment and our march through the city, with a twist.

Invite all your friends, family, workmates and supporters to the National Day of Action. Marriage Equality is the most vibrant and growing movements in recent Australian history, you should be a part of it!
Public Meeting: G20, LNP and neoliberalism.
Guest Speaker: Professor John Quiggan
Thursday, November 28, 2013 @6:00pm
Lock’n’Load Bistro 142 Boundary Street, West EndEvent hosted by The Cloudland Collective. There will be time for questions and open discussion. Light refreshments provided. Email cloudland_collective or contact 0409 877 528 for more details.
https://www.facebook.com/events/584535428268175/?previousaction=join&source=1

G20 Community Response discussion forum
2nd meeting – all welcome!
Last week a group of about 50 people from a broad spectrum of community groups met to discuss collaboration and cooperation in responding to the G20’s presence in Brisbane next year (Nov 15-16 2014)All are welcome to further the discussion about networking, alternative forums, community engagement, legal matters, creative events and more.

The next meeting will be held:
Saturday 30 November 2013
10am – 12pm
Justice Place, 84 Park Road, Woolloongabba.
PLEASE use the back entrance to Justice Place – 5 Abingdon St.

Onsite parking is available from the Abingdon Rd entrance. Please bring a plate or something to share if possible. Light refreshments will be provided (donations appreciated). A child-friendly play space will be created.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1482378418654882/#

Robin Taubenfeld
Friends of the Earth Brisbane – Peace, Anti-Nuclear and Clean Energy (PACE) Collective
Mob 0411 118 737

Brisbane Activist Centre,
74b Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
Home of Socialist Alliance, Green Left Weekly, Resistance + books, badges, t-shirts, more!
Ph: (07) 3161 2936; Mob: 0439 411 330 (Margaret); 0432 619 844 (Liam)Email: brisbane@socialist-alliance.org

Green Left Weekly
greenleft.org.au

Socialist Alliance
socialist-alliance.org/queensland

What do you think about this article?