“In hollows behind outhouses
or back of a wall of pepper tree, tanks
are sleeping, stirring.
They expand, become nervous and rough,
and grinning with iron dimples
begin to move out to the edge of town
to wait for the lorry to place unknown.”
Joan was an organiser for the peace movement in Brisbane; Joan had the knack of getting on with everyone. Joan appears throughout the pages of Workers BushTelegraph, especially on Hiroshima Days.
Joan took up the banner for peace where George Georges left off organising the annual Palm Sunday Peace Rally in Brisbane for many years. Joan made sure the campaign for peace and nuclear disarmament took a prominent place in people’s minds.
At a time when government, universities and private companies are spending more on making arms we need more Joan Shears.
Here is a message from her daughter Jan and her comrades at Just Peace for those that wish to come together to celebrate Joan’s life.
Dear Just Peace friends and other friends of Joan,
here is a message from Jan with details of the celebration of Joan’s life and contributions to our collective struggles for a more peaceful and just world.. Please pass on to whoever you think would like to hear about this.
Mitchelton – see below.
Thank you Ross for your best wishes. The celebration will be at the:
Mitchelton Senior Citizens Centre,
30 Tel-El-Kabir Street, Mitchelton
from 2.00pm Saturday 10th August.