Palm Sunday ‘Walk for Justice for Refugees’

WE HOPE YOUR ORGANISATION WILL BE WELL REPRESENTED AT THE PALM SUNDAY WALK FOR JUSTICE FOR REFUGEES on Sunday 13 April Bring your banner and placards! The Palm Sunday Walk Organisation Committee - a broad coalition of community groups, churches and unions - invites you to join with other well-known people to lead this year’s … Continue reading Palm Sunday ‘Walk for Justice for Refugees’

Fitzgerald bags attorney general and his cronies

[Editor's note: The war between the Queensland attorney general and his judges continues unabated. This time the bill to place the Crime and Misconduct Commission under political control is criticised by retired judge Tony Fitzgerald. It was Fitzgerald who headed the Commission of Inquiry into Official Corruption in Queensland (1987-1989) which led to the formation … Continue reading Fitzgerald bags attorney general and his cronies

The Red and the Black

The workers's flag is deepest red, It shrouded oft our martyr'd dead And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold, Their hearts' blood dyed its ev'ry fold. Black is the traditional color of anarchism, and red is the traditional color of socialism. The red-and-black flag was first flown by anarchists during the Spanish Civil War … Continue reading The Red and the Black

Mater nurses and midwives need your support TODAY

Dear friends, as I'm sure you are aware the public health system is under intense attack - both at a national level, but also currently by the Queensland government. The method they are using at present is to reduce the working conditions of all medical staff in hospitals, putting patient care at severe risk. We … Continue reading Mater nurses and midwives need your support TODAY

Foco Nuevo in April

Following on from our anniversary celebrations we continue to bring great live music; this month our guest performers are Nice Verdes and Sue Wighton. Nice Verdes first started playing music together back in 2003 when they met in Vancouver. Since then they have toured extensively throughout Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Guatemala and will be touring … Continue reading Foco Nuevo in April

Not even climate change will kill off capitalism

[Editor’s Note: Interesting analysis of the resilience of capitalism.] Arguably the single most important mistake the revolutionary movements of the 60s and 70s made was to overlook the resilience of capitalism. The idea – catastrophism, as it is often called – that the system was going to crumble under the pressure of its own contradictions, … Continue reading Not even climate change will kill off capitalism

Cloudland Collective on the Queensland Doctors’ Dispute

The Newman government’s attempts to push public hospital doctors onto unfair individual contracts is an attack on our public hospitals and on the rights of all those who work in the Queensland public sector. The proposed contracts will replace existing awards and certified agreements for 3000 Senior Medical Officers and the existing agreement for 800 … Continue reading Cloudland Collective on the Queensland Doctors’ Dispute

17 Group: “What does the radical instinct look like today?”

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 2nd of April at 7 pm in unit 6 at number 20 Drury St West End. The discussion, facilitated and introduced by a panel of three young Brisbane activists, will answer the question: “What does the radical instinct look like today?” It … Continue reading 17 Group: “What does the radical instinct look like today?”

Indigi-Briz hosts fundraiser for Indigenous Reading Project

4ZZZ’s Indigi-Briz radio show will hold an event on April 6 at Brisbane’s The New Globe Theatre to raise crucial funds for 4ZZZ community radio and the Indigenous Reading Project to improve the reading rate in Indigenous Australians. The Indigenous Reading Project will provide education and support for 150 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students … Continue reading Indigi-Briz hosts fundraiser for Indigenous Reading Project

Cloudland collective request for help at civil liberties meeting

Hello everyone The Cloudland Collective is seeking help handing out leaflets and petitioning at the civil liberties meeting this Monday night (24 March) 7pm, Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall. There will be a fantastic line-up. Speakers include: Terry O’Gorman (Qld Council of Civil Liberties); Michelle James (Australian Lawyers Alliance); Bob Carnegie (community and working class … Continue reading Cloudland collective request for help at civil liberties meeting

Supporting the Palestinian BDS campaign – Stand with Professor Jake Lynch

Don’t miss this important Public Meeting Supporting the Palestinian BDS campaign and the Academic Boycott of Israel. Featuring Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director of Sydney University's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) Associate Professor Halim Rane is one of Australia's leading scholars in Islamic Studies. He has researched and written extensively on the Israel-Palestine … Continue reading Supporting the Palestinian BDS campaign – Stand with Professor Jake Lynch

Aunty Barbara re-united with her grand daughter Tiara!

[Editor's note - this story has been on hold awaiting outcome of legal proceedings ... now it can be published without risk to the parties concerned.] On 17 March 2014 I spent the day in the Qld Civil Administration Tribunal (QCAT) with an incredible group of women who were fighting to return a young girl, … Continue reading Aunty Barbara re-united with her grand daughter Tiara!

Russia, Ukraine, journalism and drugs

The revelations from former NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden continue to reveal the loss of privacy in the modern world (listen to him speak at a recent TED event and SXSW session in Texas). The details of NSA overreach and criminality (see here, here and here) force us to advocate even more strongly for the right … Continue reading Russia, Ukraine, journalism and drugs

Pilger joins Aboriginal activists in renewed fight for rights

Pilger joins Aboriginal activists in renewed fight for rights PUBLIC FORUM Friday 6.30PM 21 March 2014 REDFERN TOWN HALL 73 PITT STREET, REDFERN Marking the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Organised by Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney Speakers include: John Pilger, Utopia filmmaker Dianne Stokes, Muckaty Traditional Owner Uncle Albert Hartnett, … Continue reading Pilger joins Aboriginal activists in renewed fight for rights

Government racism razes Swan Valley Nyungah Community

In breaking news, the Western Australian State Government sent in demolition contractors to raze the vacant residences of the Swan Valley Nyungah Community. Emotions ran high among former residents, many of whom remain homeless. They only learned of the demolition as it was happening such was the clandestine nature of the Government’s underhandedness. Many have … Continue reading Government racism razes Swan Valley Nyungah Community

BFU presents: Alternative Responses to Violence

BFU is pleased to present a panel discussion and interactive workshop on alternatives to violence. Violence against women is a complex and far-reaching issue. Impacts are felt across the community. These speakers tackle the issues of preventing, confronting and responding to violence against women. POSSIBLE TRIGGER WARNING: There is no graphic content, but the discussions … Continue reading BFU presents: Alternative Responses to Violence

The Forgotten Coup – how the Godfather rules from Canberra to Kiev

By John PilgerWashington's role in the fascist putsch against an elected government in  Ukraine will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore the  historical record. Since 1945, dozens of governments, many of them  democracies, have met a similar fate, usually with bloodshed. Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries on earth with fewer … Continue reading The Forgotten Coup – how the Godfather rules from Canberra to Kiev

No hope for New Acland: landholders

LANDOWNERS on the Darling Downs say they have been ignored and let down by the state government over a potential mine expansion. Oakey beef producer and veterinarian Dr Nicki Laws said the government had reneged on an election promise to not allow New Hope to expand its New Acland mine. "This project is so bad … Continue reading No hope for New Acland: landholders

Brisbane (a doing word)

Matty, like all good Queensland 20-something uni students, doesn’t know what the hell to do with his life. He does stand up comedy, but no one laughs. He does contemporary theatre, but no one can see the point. He does slam poetry, but it’s not slammin’. His psychologist-in-training boyfriend suggests therapy. His Christian girl-bestie suggests … Continue reading Brisbane (a doing word)

“New Unionism 2014”

The agenda for New Unionism 2014, a conference of labour-movement activists sponsored by Workers' Liberty, IWGB University of London, Ruskin College UCU, PCS Independent Left, and Lambeth Activists, is now online, at http://newunionismconference.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/conference-agenda-published/. It is also appended below. Remember, you can buy tickets for the conference at http://www.workersliberty.org/newunions. Prices go up on 21 March. Hope … Continue reading “New Unionism 2014”

we’re back for justice

find attached the new poster advertising the fact that 'we're back for justice' whereby gail hickey and her family, her supporters, including this association, will rally once more outside the nsw parliament house at 12.30 on wednesday 19 march, 2014 to re-enforce the family demands that justice must be done on the circumstances of tj's … Continue reading we’re back for justice

NASTY MEDICINE – Qld Health and the doctors dispute

The Cloudland Collective presents a community meeting.... NASTY MEDICINE - Qld Health and the doctors’ dispute Speakers include: Dr Brian Senewiratne Meeting details: 7pm Thursday 20 March Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary St, West End The Newman government wants to impose contracts on doctors that would strip away vital working conditions like fatigue management and job … Continue reading NASTY MEDICINE – Qld Health and the doctors dispute

Santos Action: New Articles to Share, Update for Sunday

The press keeps coming. This article just out in the Daily Telegraph is the best yet. The Crikey one is worth reading and sharing around too. The Australian copied the Courier Mail article and there will be something different in mX this afternoon also. The Brisbane Times (and SMH) article has been the third most … Continue reading Santos Action: New Articles to Share, Update for Sunday

gaolswamhwmracismdisc

this sorry expose of the abject disgrace in our caring for those with mental health problems within the so-called justice system in this country is but another big tick on the australian governments' shame board. and there are way too many ticks on that board already. the wa gaol system has form in this area … Continue reading gaolswamhwmracismdisc

Rally April 11 – NO to continuing Stolen Generations

STOP Press *** STOP Press *** STOP Press *** The Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy (BASE) is sending a delegation to this rally in Tamworth. Karen Fusi will represent BASE and will speak at the rally. This is an important linking up with other embassies and other groups in NSW. This is a major issue for … Continue reading Rally April 11 – NO to continuing Stolen Generations

March in March — Brisbane

The March in March was a festive vote of no confidence in the Abbott government.  (Refer https://www.facebook.com/events/501397403315324/) The Brisbane event is part of the national March in March movement and began in Matthew Donovan's bedroom. He got on facebook and organised one of the largest rallies in Brisbane for some time. My estimate based on … Continue reading March in March — Brisbane

Stephen Keim SC on how the bikie laws deny the right to work

Stephen Keim SC spoke at the meeting on 'Punitive Populism and the neoliberal agenda of the Newman government’. He spoke about how some of the provisions of the anti-association laws breach a fundamental human right - the right to work. Greg Brown The Cloudland Collective *** The Challenge to Equality before the Law: the Importance … Continue reading Stephen Keim SC on how the bikie laws deny the right to work

Reminder: Foco Nuevo Turns Six

FOCO NUEVO TURNS SIX Friday, 7 March 2014, 8.00 p.m. Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary Street West End Daylight Moon / Caroline Hammond / Jumping Fences As always Maggie's delicious cakes tea and coffee will be on sale. $10 / $7 BYO More info: www.foconuevo.org.au You have received this email because you have indicated                  … Continue reading Reminder: Foco Nuevo Turns Six