Visioning another world Brisbane G20 Peoples Convergence

Brisbane Community Action Network (BrisCAN) – G20 http://www.briscan.net.au http://www.facebook.com/briscan.g20 Visioning another world Brisbane G20 Peoples Convergence Nov 8-16, 2014 Global Call to action Dear Friends, The G20 Leaders Summit will bring the leaders of the worlds’ 20 largest economies to Brisbane in November this year. The “austerity” budget that has just been delivered to Australians … Continue reading Visioning another world Brisbane G20 Peoples Convergence

Enough is Enough Isreal

This is a powerful account by South Australian ABC reporter Peter Goer who has just returned from a trip to occupied Palestine. JESUS wept. In Palestine, Jesus wept and so did I. I weep for the Palestinians living under the Israeli apartheid. Last week on a visit with the Australian Friends of Palestine and Senator … Continue reading Enough is Enough Isreal

Nominate for first ever National Indigenous Human Rights Awards

The National Indigenous Human Rights Awards will be launched at NSW Parliament in late June, with nominations now open. The Awards will be Welcomed in by NSW parliamentarian, Linda Burney and launched alongside Yalmay Yunupingu and Gail Mabo and will include awards named after Dr Yunupingu and Eddie Mabo. Judging panel, all First Peoples. The … Continue reading Nominate for first ever National Indigenous Human Rights Awards

G20 Peoples Summit: Idea Jam & BBQ

Dear friends, You are invited to join us in developing and advancing community generated answers to world economic, social and environmental problems. “Visioning another World” : The G20 Peoples Summit will be a three-day festival of symposiums, idea-sharing, art, creative activities, education and action. It will take place in Brisbane over 12-14 November 2014, before … Continue reading G20 Peoples Summit: Idea Jam & BBQ

Former FACS worker joins national protests to condemn ongoing Stolen Generations on Sorry Day

Former FACS worker joins national protests to condemn ongoing Stolen Generations on Sorry Day Former Family and Community Services (FACS) caseworker and delegate to the FACS NSW Aboriginal Reference Group (ARG) has joined national protests on Sorry Day to condemn, what many are calling, “the ongoing Stolen Generation”. Over 15 protests have been organised nationwide … Continue reading Former FACS worker joins national protests to condemn ongoing Stolen Generations on Sorry Day

an r word stew, with a dash of mabo

the attached documentation from michael anderson, aka ghillar, on behalf of the sovereign rights of the traditional owners of the aboriginal lands, again highlights the problems of the invader governments in recognising our rights to our lands. over the years there has been, and continues to be, attempts by governments to assimilate the sovereign aborigines … Continue reading an r word stew, with a dash of mabo

Criteria for publishing comment

[Editor’s Note: From time to time WBT receives articles and comment that risk prosecution. Recently threats were made by DOCS about an attempted interview with a DOCS officer. Here are some tips for bloggers and contributors that can be used as a guide to publication on the net or anywhere.] Simply put the absolute defense … Continue reading Criteria for publishing comment

Magistrate rules local law overrides ‘aboriginal purpose’

On 23 May 2014, Magistrate Costello found Wayne Wharton and Hamish Chitts 'not guilty' of 'obstruct police'. In April 2013 Brisbane City Council officers asked police to assist them in putting out the sacred fire in Musgrave Park. Police arrested Wharton and Chitts for obstruct police while defending the sacred fire. However the magistrate also … Continue reading Magistrate rules local law overrides ‘aboriginal purpose’

This monday | take action to stop ongoing stolen generations

Momentum is gathering toward the National Day of Action on Sorry Day this Monday calling for a STOP to Ongoing Stolen Generations!! Over 12 protests have been organised across the country and workshops have been called in Sydney on May 25 to support affected families! Grandmothers Against Removals have issued a video call-out to urge … Continue reading This monday | take action to stop ongoing stolen generations

Paternalism in Aboriginal child removal

[Editor's note: WBT does not usually post academic articles. However this article by Griffith University academic, Clare Tilbury, is helpful in understanding the level of aboriginal child removal since the Bringing them home report (1997) into the Stolen Generation. The article was first published on 10 JUL 2008, not long after the Kevin Rudd apology to … Continue reading Paternalism in Aboriginal child removal

Get on the road to ground the Drones

Get Ready, Get Set, Get On the Road to Ground the Drones May 21, 2014Walk with us part of the 165 miles from the Boeing corporate headquarters in Chicago (where the manufacture of drones and conventional war planes are managed and designed) to the Michigan Air National Guard Facility at Battle Creek, control site of … Continue reading Get on the road to ground the Drones

National Sorry Day Activities in Brisbane

Sorry Day rally at speakers corner at parliament house in George Street Brisbane 11 am on 26 May. The rally and march to DOCS is organised by the Brisbane Sovereign Grannies Group which is part of National Sorry Day activities (See the national statement attached ) There is a forum and get together after the … Continue reading National Sorry Day Activities in Brisbane

Silences in the boom: coal seam gas and neoliberalism

[Editor's Note: Combined here is an extract from an article published in the Journal of Political Ecology and a talk given by one of the authors, Ack Mercer, at Brisbane Free Uni. The article text below originally contained some references that I have removed. Thnx to brisbane free uni who put on this talk by … Continue reading Silences in the boom: coal seam gas and neoliberalism

Award Modernisation – WorkChoices revisited

Industrial Relations Laws enacted by the Newman government have been described as “WorkChoices for Queensland”. The laws strip back Awards, contain significant attacks on public sector and local government employees and allow the employer to take away the right to protected industrial action. The changes will have an adverse impact upon the lives of many … Continue reading Award Modernisation – WorkChoices revisited

Homeless in Perth

Good people, from Gerry Attached is a photo of 4 of the children with me last night in Perth's outskirts, in bush off a major highway. This family of six school aged children, grandmother and father have been homeless for three months since coming to Perth from near the NT border to give the kids … Continue reading Homeless in Perth

nda against docs removals of aboriginal children

on monday 26 may, 2014 a national day of action has been called for by the grannies from gunnedah, stics and other support groups, including isja. whilst the rally is called for in sydney we know that not everyone who has been eviscerated by the department of community services (docs) or the department of family … Continue reading nda against docs removals of aboriginal children

“Saying ‘Sorry’ doesn’t mean you still take our children”

Sorry Day events in Brisbane Monday, 26 May 2014 11 am Rally Parliament House, George Street 12.30 pm March to DOCS at 111 George Street 2 pm Forum & Yarning, New Farm Neighbourhood Centre 967 Brunswick Street, New Farm http://youtu.be/nF8nnpcslRY Brisbane Sovereign Grannies Group The inaugural meeting of the Brisbane Sovereign Grannies group was held … Continue reading “Saying ‘Sorry’ doesn’t mean you still take our children”

How to stop the Riot Squad breaking up Bentley Blockade

The easiest way you can help with a simple 5 min phone call. The NSW Premier is getting a lot of calls asking him to respect community democracy, to call off Operation Stapler, a police plan to break up protests stopping the wonderful Northern Rivers region becoming a gasfield. He needs more, a lot more. … Continue reading How to stop the Riot Squad breaking up Bentley Blockade

Budget: 6 months wait before dole

Unemployed workers under 30 years of age will have to wait six months before they can apply for the dole. And then they will be forced to do 25 hours work for each dole cheque.This was first introduced by the Howard government and now it is back with a vengeance. So new job seekers up … Continue reading Budget: 6 months wait before dole

Rivermouth at the Zoo

Governments are cracking down on public dissent, spin-masters are becoming craftier, the mass media has sold out to big business, and Brisbane hip-hop/folk band Rivermouth is celebrating the launch of two unashamedly political tracks with our first ever gig at The Zoo. The gig's theme, Propaganda and Puppet-Strings, is about critiquing the agendas and motivations … Continue reading Rivermouth at the Zoo

MAY 26 | NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION | STOP ONGOING STOLEN GENERATIONS

Dear all, National Sorry Day is less than two weeks away and Aboriginal rights groups across the country are preparing to protest!! A National Day of Action has been called for May 26 demanding an end to the ongoing Stolen Generations and for Aboriginal community control of Aboriginal welfare. A national statement, included below, has … Continue reading MAY 26 | NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION | STOP ONGOING STOLEN GENERATIONS

National Statement – 26 May 2014: Aboriginal Control of Aboriginal Welfare

National Statement - 26 May 2014 Say NO to Continuing Stolen Generations | Aboriginal Control of Aboriginal Welfare Returning children must be the priority | No forced adoptions | Support and services to prevent removals We, as Aboriginal Grandparents and parents, have called protests across the country on May 26 demanding the return of our … Continue reading National Statement – 26 May 2014: Aboriginal Control of Aboriginal Welfare

BFU presents REFUGEE RIGHTS: panel discussion and community Q&A

Dear BFUers, As you probably know, refugee policy is a fiercely contested field of Australian political discourse. The major parties use politicised, dehumanised language to talk about some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people in the world - those who are seeking asylum. Our refugee rhetoric is damaging, socially alienating and ethically flawed. So, … Continue reading BFU presents REFUGEE RIGHTS: panel discussion and community Q&A

Operation Stapler at Bentley Blockade in Northern Rivers

The NSW Police have a plan called Operation Stapler to break up the broad and successful Bentley Blockade, a community-based stand to stop the gorgeous farmland of Northern Rivers becoming a gasfield. It involves approx 800 police and the Blockade folk have asked me to approach  environment groups and concerned individuals with information on how … Continue reading Operation Stapler at Bentley Blockade in Northern Rivers