Daily Archives: February 26, 2015

Public Housing Evictions

Paradigm Shift

[Broadcast on Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm 102.1) at noon on 27 Feb 2015]

Sydney has a long history of evictions and resistance to them. During the Great Depression, tenants unions would blockade houses to prevent banks evicting families. In the 1970’s, as Barney Gardner briefly mentions in the interview below, the Builders Labourers Federation launched a series of “green bans”, refusing to work on jobsites that were evicting working class people and demolishing historic buildings. These bans, working alongside the communities affected, helped to preserve low income housing in Woolloomooloo and Glebe, and kept historic buildings in The Rocks and Kings Cross.

Millers Point is a tiny enclave of houses near Darling Harbour that has managed to survive through all this, though it has changed hands from Maritime housing to department of housing.

With Sydney inner city housing prices through the roof, the department of housing is now trying to…

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Bat attack blockade at Whitehaven mine

But to live outside the law, you must be honest
             Absolutely Sweet Marie  by Bob Dylan

Bat-Attack

Australia’s first ever blockade camp on coal, Front Line Action on Coal has been defending the Leard State Forest from open cut coal for over 2 years.

Whitehaven Coal have permits to clear early February 2015 and they have their bulldozers in the ready to smash large areas of the precious Leard State Forest.

So we have organised a party and together, we are going to stop them.Including all of the best music, skillshares, workshops, arts, and action. Come learn, listen, dance, and take action to save the Leard State Forest, and our climate.

There will be tours of farms, non-violent direct action skillshares, forest tours, ecology workshops, as well as some outstanding performance, including poets, circus, bands and Djs.

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civil-discobedience

Building a creative resistance to defend habitat, climate and communities from coal expansion.

Join thousands of people who have made history by visiting the #LeardBlockade and participated in a variety of activities to show opposition to this destructive project. We invite you to do the same!

Front Line Action on Coal and Bat Attack are volunteer run, with a focus on skillsharing.

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Police are laying a bizaare charge against protestors at the Bat Attack blockade at Maules Creek. In place of trespass which is hard to prove on public land, police have resorted to a charges of ‘hiding tools, clothing, or property to unlawfully influence a person‘.

Protestors response is “No people without land, it’s time we start respecting the earth that we depend on” – Melissa Freer 27, Childcare worker.

'"No people without land, it's time we start respecting the earth that we depend on" - Melissa Freer 27, Childcare worker Today Melissa locked on the the root system of a tree - and stopped Whitehaven coal from clearing for the whole day. This heinous mine should have never been approved. We need to respect the land, and the government needs to respect people's ongoing relationships with land - such as farmers and traditional custodians.  We must to continue to build a powerful and united force to challenge the coal industry who seeks to trample communities in favour of quick profits. Read Melissa's Full Story here http://frontlineaction.org/bulldozers-stalled-again/ Like and share to thank Melissa Whitehaven have 9 weeks more of clearing - but they are moving fast. Come help out by visiting the Leard Blockade frontlineaction.org/visit-leardblockade'

Today Melissa locked on the the root system of a tree – and stopped Whitehaven coal from clearing for the whole day.

This heinous mine should have never been approved. We need to respect the land, and the government needs to respect people’s ongoing relationships with land – such as farmers and traditional custodians.

We must to continue to build a powerful and united force to challenge the coal industry who seeks to trample communities in favour of quick profits.

Whitehaven have 9 weeks more of clearing – but they are moving fast. Come help out by visiting the Leard Blockade

You’ll be pleased to hear Kelly, Melissa and Andy are all back with us safe and sound after yesterdays inspiring efforts.

'Good Morning FLACsters! You'll be pleased to hear Kelly, Melissa and Andy are all back with us safe and sound after yesterdays inspiring efforts. Tomorrow is a very special day...the "21st" Birthday of the one and only Cliff Wallace, farmer and owner at the Wando property. In light of this, today we have a special request for you all. We want to collect birthday messages for him to put together on one giant card. Don't forget that Cliff has been around since before the beginning of FLAC, and without him we would never have made it this far. Post through your Cliffy love and appreciation here!'

Tomorrow is a very special day…the “21st” Birthday of the one and only Cliff Wallace, farmer and owner at the Wando property. In light of this, today we have a special request for you all. We want to collect birthday messages for him to put together on one giant card. Don’t forget that Cliff has been around since before the beginning of FLAC, and without him we would never have made it this far.

Compiled by Ian Curr from sources below, Feb 2015

References
Front Line Action on Coal
Read Melissa’s Full Story here http://frontlineaction.org/bulldozers-stalled-again/

No penalty for Pocock’s Maules Creek protest

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Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy and Aboriginal Housing Company dispute

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First Nations Homelessness Project

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4ZZZ: on this day in March

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