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Week of Tuesday 9th of October
Thursday October 11
BFU Radical Reading Group
6pm at 2/63 Annerley Rd, Woolloongabba
A reading group! A discussion space! Tea-drinking!
The idea is pretty simple: a bunch of folks getting together to think through some big ideas, drink tea, and shamelessly embrace our earnest enthusiasm for critical theory and gooey philosophical chats.
The focus of this reading group has been (and continues to be) on critical and radical theory both within and beyond the academic canon. We read broadly, often from within Indigenous / queer / black / POC / critical race / postcolonial / anti-capitalist / feminist / critical disability theory, but also aesthetic theory, fiction, poetry and film. We set up a reading group in part to explore the possibilities of collective learning, and to think about how we learn through discussion and dialogue across different experiences and ideas. We are reading this content in particular because we reckon it might help us to respond to the crises of the present…and also because it’s really brain-crunchy and interesting. We hope that these are spaces in which our existing ideas might be challenged or unsettled, in which we might find ourselves wondering and questioning and rethinking, and in which we might have very nice times with good friends.
These discussion groups will be open to everyone, regardless of whether or not you want to read in advance. These kinds of projects should be fun, accessible, fumble-friendly. Please let us know if they’re not!
All of the readings for the next few months are uploaded to a google drive: the link is here! Go nuts!
This week’s reading is Chelsea Bond, Bryan Mukandi and Uncle Shane Coghill, “You Cunts Can Do As You Like”: The Obscenity and Absurdity of Free Speech for Blackfullas
Friday October 12
Kids off Nauru now. Peak hour protest outside Dutton’s office
7-9am at 199 Gympie Rd, Strathpine
On 23rd August a 12-year-old refugee on Nauru tried to set herself alight. Around 30 children are now displaying symptoms of Traumatic Withdrawal Syndrome. They have stopped eating, drinking, walking, talking and are becoming non-responsive. The crisis is so acute that a coalition of humanitarian organisations have given the Federal government until November 20, the Universal Children’s Day, to remove all the children off Nauru (see #kidsoffnauru). Help keep this issue in the public eye by attending this peak hour protest. KIDS OFF NAURU NOW.
Brisbane: ‘Fire in the Heart’ – Green Left performance night
7-10:30pm at Albion Peace Centre, 102 McDonald Rd Windsor
An evening of inspiring music and spoken word performances featuring: Jenny Fitzgibbon, Voices of Colour, A Bridge In September, Jonathan Sri, Dermot Dorgan, Voices of Spanish Speaking Women, Kamala Emanuel, Alex Bainbridge and more
Ph 07 3357 4172, 0413 976 638
All proceeds aid the Green Left Weekly 2018 fighting fund
Saturday October 13
7pm at West End (follow facebook event for address)
we’re partying in the name of Front Line Action on Coal (FLAC) and all things anti-extractive industries!
the world is burnin up and our staunch mates are risking life, limb and clean crim records to cool it down
it’s not even our land to dig up! and we extend our respects to the traditional custodians past, present, emerging.
rumour is there’ll be a lil bit of everything- bands, art, a bar, food and even a rogue tattoo gun.
bring ya mates, bring ya lovers, heck even bring ya folks
(inspired by the lofty rhetoric of the parliamentary b-ozone layer
– poetic credits to the newly reinstated Larissa Waters)
Sunday October 14
March for Qld women’s abortion rights
Public · Hosted by Women’s Abortion Rights Campaign Brisbane
Sunday at 11 AM – 12:30 PM
Queen’s Park, bounded by George, Elizabeth and William Sts Brisbane CBD
Faith, Environment and Living the Change
12-3pm at South Brisbane Jewish synagogue
Everyone is welcome to the morning talk by Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black on “Our Responsibility to Our World”, starting at 10.30 am.
The Living the Change part of the day starts at 12 noon when you are warmly invited to join our celebration of people’s efforts to walk more gently on earth. People around the world are participating in a faith-led initiative to allow behaviour change to make it more possible for life to continue flourishing. We are each making reasonably ambitious lifestyle changes in the areas of transport, diet and/or energy use and will be sharing our triumphs and struggles.
Join us in sharing what inspires us from our various faith traditions, the teachings and values that challenge us to live the change. Each of us can make a difference; each of us is important. Together we can make a real impact on the biosphere and, at the same time, collectively challenge the rampant consumerism driving the climate crisis.
Enjoy brief sharing by faith leaders, conversations about our own plans to live more sustainably and a delicious vegan meal. The afternoon finishes at 3 pm.
Contact Heather Abramson for the exact address when you RSVP: email@example.com
0401 238 882 (text preferred to voicemail)
Cost: Free – any donation towards costs would be appreciated.
IWW Public Discussion Circle & IWW Meeting
1pm at Bunyapa Park
Open & public discussion circle topic for September is “The Prisoners Strike USA 2018 & the Prison-Industrial Complex”.
Suggested Reading (1): “Don’t Forget Those on the Inside” BSN Zine 2014. https://static.secure.website/wscfus/10193488/3861423/prison33.pdf
Suggested Reading (2): “Paper Chained” Running Wild Collective 2017. https://runningwild.noblogs.org/files/2017/10/Paper-Chainned-Issue-1-digital.pdf
Following the Discussion Circle is the Brisbane Branch meeting, open to members and interested supporters.
The discussion circle is open to anyone to participate in or listen into. Just come up and say ‘Hi’ 🙂
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), is a direct democratic & internationalist union seeking worker control.
Brisbane Branch meets every second Sunday of the month at Bunyapa Park, West End — or 69 Thomas St, West End if it rains.
There will be a different Discussion Circle topic each month.
Roving Picnic & Play
3-5pm at Bunyapa Park
The right to the city is a collective right. In order to realise our collective rights, we have to break free from our individual atomised existence and build connections between fellow residents.
To this end we will be organising a low key picnic and play on the second Sunday of each month at a new park each time. Come along if you are interested in meeting like minded residents with a view towards exercising our collective right to the city. No prior experience required.
The play element will change each month. We imagine it will start with some basic tactical urbanism – yarn bombing, guerrilla gardening, etc – and potentially grow into something bigger (theater sports anyone?). Or just chill on a picnic blanket if you’re feeling relaxed.
These picnic gatherings are intended to replace the more formal meetings we used to organise. So this is an opportunity to discuss other projects and schemes you may have bubbling away.
We acknowledge that we meet on the stolen lands of the Jagera and Turrbal peoples. We acknowledge and pay our respects to the traditional owners and custodians of the lands on which we live and work. Sovereignty never ceded.
It should be stressed that by claiming a right to the city, we are in no way claiming a right to this country or land rights for settlers.
Optional: BYO food to share, picnic blankets, cushions, etc
Until November 11
Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial
10am-4pm Monday-Saturday, UQ Art Museum University Dr. St Lucia
“We defy: By existing; By determining our identity; By asserting our histories; our culture; our language; By telling our stories, our way; By being one of the oldest continuous living cultures in the world.” – Tina Baum, NGA Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
Bringing together works by 30 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country, Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum that recognised Aboriginal people as Australians for the first time. It highlights the strength and resilience of Australia’s Indigenous people since first contact, through to the historical fight for recognition and ongoing activism in the present day.
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