Students of Sustainability: workshop opportunity

Brisbane will be hosting Students of Sustainability (SoS) July 7-11. This is our opportunity to support and be involved in one of the most important environment events of the year.... Please submit your ideas for workshops/activities/forums- films. Make your submissions here: http://www.studentsofsustainability.org/call-for-workshops.html About Students of Sustainability: http://www.studentsofsustainability.org/about-sos.html Students of Sustainability (SOS) is the longest running, … Continue reading Students of Sustainability: workshop opportunity

“More than Concrete and Steel: A history of urban activism in South Brisbane”

Hey folks! We've got a stellar week lined up for the Brisbane Free University with two talks scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evening. 6.30pm, Tuesday 31st May, 2016 BFU presents: "More than Concrete and Steel: A history of urban activism in South Brisbane" Bearded Lady, Boundary Street West End A historian, an indigenous activist and … Continue reading “More than Concrete and Steel: A history of urban activism in South Brisbane”

Silencing America as it prepares for war

Editor's Note:  This is what Pilger has to say in a world without a 'ban the bomb movement' that helped keep us safe in the 1950s -1970s ... this article rocks our complacency about the possibility of war. As real wages fall and the rate of profit declines in the America and elswhere the current … Continue reading Silencing America as it prepares for war

Picket: you can not trust the public trustee

Redcliffe picket on Monday 30 May 2016 Meet at 10am at Yvette D’ath (Attorney General) office at Bluewater Square shopping centre, cnr ANZAC Ave and Sutton St, Redcliffe and then picket the Legal centres conference at the Mon Komo Hotel, Redcliffe. The Public Trustee is supposed to protect the financial interests of their clients. In … Continue reading Picket: you can not trust the public trustee

Socialism 2016

Socialism 2016 will be held at the University of Sydney from Friday 19 until Sunday 21 August. The conference will commence with an opening night panel on Friday night at 6:30PM and will continue on Saturday and Sunday from 10AM until 6PM. Registration for conference attendees will open each day half an hour prior to … Continue reading Socialism 2016

Israel’s attack on BDS movement backfiring

Having failed to stop the growth of the BDS movement, Israel has launched an unprecedented attack against the non-violent international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel movement. Following Israeli pressure, some European governments including the UK and France are trying to introduce anti-democratic legislation and taking other repressive measures to undermine the BDS movement. … Continue reading Israel’s attack on BDS movement backfiring

Free West Papua

Very good interview with Benny Wenda from Free West Papua and Joanne from Rise Up West Papua by Andy from the Paradigm Shift 4zzz fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon. Listen at http://ondemand.4zzzfm.org.au/paradigm-shift/2016-05-27%5D

Paradigm Shift

[Paradigm Shift 27 May 2016 12-1pm 102.1fm or 4zzzfm.org.au. Listen at http://ondemand.4zzzfm.org.au/paradigm-shift/2016-05-27%5D

Andy speaks with Benny Wenda, globe-trotting West Papuan independence activist. They talk about Papuan resistance and  Benny plays some freedom songs live in the studio!  They are joined by Joanne from Rise Up for West Papua.

benny2belected2bspokesman2bof2bulmwp Spokesperson for the unified movement Benny Wenda is treated to a chiefly welcome at the opening ceremony of the meeting in Port Vila. Photo: Ben Bohane/ wakaphotos.com

Benny talks about Break the Silence tour and building links with Rise Up for West Papua.

The Unified movement represents a new hope for West Papuans to continue building momentum for their struggle.

Benny explains the role of music in changing the political situation in West Park. Benny said music is a very big part of the culture and it plays an important role in educating and bringing people into the movement…

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Sorry Day ends Sand Mining on Straddie!

Stradbroke Mining Bill passed on National Sorry Day Editor's Note: Word is just in that the Newman government legislation extending sand-mining on Straddie has been repealed. Hopefully this will restore some justice for Quandamooka traditional owners and reinstatement of 2019 end-date for mining. Quandamooka struggle for sovereignty continues. Below is Hon Leeanne Enoch's speech in … Continue reading Sorry Day ends Sand Mining on Straddie!

Foco Nuevo in June

Friday, 3rd June, 2016 8.00 pm Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary Street, West End (map) Come and warm yourself with the wonderful music on offer at our first Foco Nuevo for winter 2016, with our guests Luna Junction and Ian Dearden. Hope to see you there! Ian Dearden: For the past 40 years, Ian Dearden has been … Continue reading Foco Nuevo in June

17 Group meeting deferred to Wed 15th of June

Owing to the annual religious commitments of our largely Maroonite Originist congregation, the 17 Group meeting to be addressed by Larry Zetlin on his documentary about the 60s-70s anti-conscription movement will not risk a potentially sacrilegious clash with this year’s first encounter of true believers with the southern heretics on Wednesday the 1st of June. … Continue reading 17 Group meeting deferred to Wed 15th of June

Sovereign Women United on Sorry Day

Editor's Note: The Sovereign Women United group here in Brisbane have asked me to publish this notice and short article below. For those interested in statistical evidence I have compiled a table of the rate of removal of aboriginal children both before and after Rudd's Apology to the Stolen Generation in 2008. These statistics should … Continue reading Sovereign Women United on Sorry Day

Sorry Day

[Editor's Note: Thursday 26th May 2016 is the 19th anniversary of the 1997 'Bringing them home report' about the stolen generation. This report brought about the apology in federal parliament in 2008. Since the apology more children are being taken now than ever, only in a different way than during the stolen generation. On June … Continue reading Sorry Day

Bring them home

The 26th May 2016 marks the 19th anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report. 19 years on, the rates of Aboriginal child removal has sky-rocketed. More and more Aboriginal children are being taken away – in fact the numbers now reach about 15,000 nationally. In Queensland, the majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids … Continue reading Bring them home

Insecure government of Turkey requires permanent crisis to keep generating consent

With the exception of Ray Bergmann's comments in curly brackets} and the concluding paragraphs on "Patriarchy, Governance and Violence in Turkey" (analysing a lecture given on 19 May 2016 by Deniz Kandiyoti) this is an extract from the 26 October 2015 article by Karabekir Akkoyunlu, Assistant Professor of Modern Turkey at the Centre for Southeast … Continue reading Insecure government of Turkey requires permanent crisis to keep generating consent

Affordable housing in West End, anywhere?

[Editor's Note: This is a comment to an article by Jon Picini - Four theses on ‘green bans’ and the contemporary right to the city] Regarding what Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy's Boe  said at a recent public meeting about affordable housing for Indigenous Australians*, I know this has fallen (largely) on deaf ears in the … Continue reading Affordable housing in West End, anywhere?

Rights to the streets, housing …

Andy (PShift) and Corey (Earth Show, 3CR) talk with Jono Sri (Greens councillor on Brisbane City Council) talk about affordable housing in Brisbane and elsewhere. Highlight the need for direct action at places like the ABSOE site in West End which developers wish to turn into West Village, a high rise, high density shopping haven. … Continue reading Rights to the streets, housing …

Undercurrent in Schools

Andy does an interview with Marian from Undercurrent that goes into schools and talk about sex, violence, gendered violence … Undercurrent tries to get up a conversation about social issues, sex education and things that impact of young students lives. Based in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Undercurrent is a diverse and experienced team of … Continue reading Undercurrent in Schools

Coup against Brazil Workers’ Party’s social & racial inclusion policies

Note from Black Women of Brazil: Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, or just don’t really tune into news coming out of Brazil, you know that President Dilma Rousseff was removed suspended from the Presidency for a period of 180 days and replaced by her Vice-President Michel Temer. This writer’s official … Continue reading Coup against Brazil Workers’ Party’s social & racial inclusion policies

Voting changes nothing …

[Editors Note: No one talks about workers democracy anymore … why is that? Do people even know what it is? You know, going on strike, organising for better pay, conditions, for a better political system where workers have a say in what is produced … ] Did you know that while voting in Australia is … Continue reading Voting changes nothing …

Blacklist apology in open court – let our voices be heard

On Wednesday 11th May, the blacklisting group litigation will see lawyers for the construction companies read out their so called apology in the High Court. For all those who have supported us over the years - come along and watch the theatre unfold. Blacklist Support Group meet up 9:15am outside Royal Courts of Justice  Construction … Continue reading Blacklist apology in open court – let our voices be heard

Book Launch: ‘The Conscientious Communist: Ernie Lane and the Rise of Australian Socialism’

Australian Scholarly Publishing and Jeff Rickertt are launching Jeff's book, 'The Conscientious Communist: Ernie Lane and the Rise of Australian Socialism'. 12.30pm for a 1.00pm start Saturday, June 4 Level 2 TLC Building 16 Peel St South Brisbane  RSVP by 28 May to jrickertt@optusnet.com.au or Carina on 0422 716 008. The God-fearing son of a … Continue reading Book Launch: ‘The Conscientious Communist: Ernie Lane and the Rise of Australian Socialism’

Al Nakba Vigil May 13 Brisbane

Dear supporters of the Palestinian People There will be a vigil to commemorate Al Nakba on Friday May 13 at 6pm in King George Square. Facebook event details here https://www.facebook.com/events/1528327857474082/ please share. May 15, 1948 is what Palestinians recognize as Al Nakba. It is the day Palestinians commemorate the year their land was stolen by … Continue reading Al Nakba Vigil May 13 Brisbane

ACFS Environmental Study Tour Presentation Invite

You may be interested in a report that three of us are giving next Thursday evening on the trip to China we did last year to look at environmental developments in China. See below. Regards Ross. Australain China Friendship Society Join us this May at Magda Community Artz, Bardon for a presentation on the 2015 … Continue reading ACFS Environmental Study Tour Presentation Invite

CCC allege public trustee took bribe

NEWS items of note ...... Brisbane News Crime Corruption Commission (CCC) allege that Public Trustee staff member (dismissed) was given a bribe by a Brisbane property developer. Officer concerned to appear in the court on the 9th May, 2016 Please watch for all items of interest and bring to attention of all. Analysis It seems … Continue reading CCC allege public trustee took bribe

Framed?

Poster "Frame-up - Who Bombed the Hilton?" Pam DEBENHAM TIN SHEDS POSTERS 1984 (Click to see original). In Brisbane, in the late 1970s  the religious sect Ananda Marga were active in helping unemployed, including organising soup kitchens for aboriginal people. One of their members, Evan Pederick, had been arrested with thousands of people marching for … Continue reading Framed?

Emergency Brisbane rally – Close Nauru & Manus Island – Bring them here

Emergency Brisbane rally – hosted by Refugee Action Collective Close Nauru & Manus Island. Bring them here. When & where: 5pm, Friday 6th May, King George Square, Brisbane. Two people seeking asylum in Australia have self-immolated in Nauru detention centre in the last week. 21-year old Hodan was forcibly removed from Brisbane detention centre last … Continue reading Emergency Brisbane rally – Close Nauru & Manus Island – Bring them here