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Give up Activism

The activist is a specialist or an expert in social change. To think of yourself as being an activist means to think of yourself as being somehow privileged or more advanced than others in your appreciation of the need for social change, in the knowledge of how to achieve it and as leading or being in the forefront of the practical struggle to create this change. Continue reading

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Are we there yet?

Are we there yet Now how we gonna get there, we don’t even have boats And how we gonna get there when we’re not winning votes We will never get there while the pollys speak their spokes Garden party circus … Continue reading

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Battle for Musgrave Park continues …

1982 Commonwealth Games Commemoration 4-6 October 2013 Musgrave Park [organised by Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy (BASE) Contact for more info: 0424 610 492] Last year (2012) the 30th Anniversary of 1982 Commonwealth Games protests were held in Musgrave Park a … Continue reading

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Striking it Richer

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The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States (Updated with 2012 preliminary estimates) Emmanuel Saez, UC Berkeley• September 3, 2013 The recent dramatic rise in income inequality in the United States is well documented. But we know less about … Continue reading

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Who is poorer – the deserving or the undeserving?

[PShift (4zzz fm102.1 fridays at noon) 12 noon Friday 30 Aug] Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and … Continue reading

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What has the anti-globalisation movement achieved?

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‘First they globalised management and now they’ve globalised workers’ – long time unionist and economic refugee I attended the inaugural anti- G20 meeting at Trades & Labor Council (QCU) Building in South Brisbane on Thursday 18 July 2013. A couple … Continue reading

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“Three weeks people, three weeks!” — one year on from Occupy Brisbane

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[Editor’s Note: It is timely to remember our struggle at occupy of one year’s past – especially since people are trying so hard to keep the sacred fire alight in Musgrave Park. This is a defining speech at Brisbane Occupy … Continue reading

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Occupy and aboriginal nations passports

occupy sydney will be holding their first anniversary from saturday 13 to monday 15, see attached for full details. in solidarity with the aims and the comrades involved isja will be in attendance at the plt. house end of martin … Continue reading

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Supreme Court hearing: ‘You Cannot Trust the Public Trustee’

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This is to let you know that there is a hearing in the new Brisbane Supreme Court tomorrow (Wednesday, 12 Sept 2012) at 10 am about the Public Trustee’s handling of financial affairs at AHIMSA house. Importantly it is about … Continue reading

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Support the Workers at the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) Site

Queensland Children’s Hospital Dispute Leader Bob Carnegie will be Speaking at the Socialist Alternative Public Meeting on Tuesday (11 Sept 2012) The community protest at the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) site has lasted for 38 days. The workers are fighting … Continue reading

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From Melbourne to Barcelona: housing in crisis

[Editor’s Note: Broadcast on Paradigm Shift (4zzz Fm 102.1 Friday 10 Aug 2012 at Noon)] From Melbourne to Barcelona there is a housing crisis — this affects the poor, the young, the ‘differently-abled’, the aged and infirm. The crisis takes … Continue reading

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Minister liquidates low cost housing

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The Queensland government says that it should not be in the business of running low cost accommodation like caravan parks. Yet the Monte Carlo Caravan Park is more affordable housing than any other, more affordable than units nearby or privately … Continue reading

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e-Books by Bernie Dowling — a Review

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Some new release eBooks are worth having a look at. Thanks to the author, these reviews preserve the rich content that readers obtain when they use eReaders [hyperlinks, YouTube] I have turned off embedded ‘text enhance’ messages which I do … Continue reading

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The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy?

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Editor’s Note: I have included the full article “The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy” by Naomi Wolf below. There has been blind acceptance of such analysis. Nevertheless,  the article by Corey Robin argues Why Naomi Wolf got it … Continue reading

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Dave, Eden (“Lovers Electric”) Auburn & Shazza Celebrate Bradley Manning’s Birthday in Adelaide :) – YOUTUBE (1 min 41 secs

YOUTUBE (1min 41 secs) “Lovers Electric” and friends in hometown Adelaide, South Australia celebrate Bradley Manning’ 24th. birthday & his nonviolent resistance to the war and spread the word! F5 2011 YOUTUBE by Radfax (3 mins 48 secs) – “Lovers … Continue reading

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Man on Roof to Challenge Bank Sale of Community Centre

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Friends of Ahimsa House Press Release At 10am on the morning of Wednesday 14th December 2011 Friend of Ahimsa House activist, Bernie Neville, will climb onto the roof of AHIMSA (Peace) House, 26 Horan Street, West End and hang a … Continue reading

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‘Poultry’ pay not OK: Baiada workers on why they’re striking

‘Poultry’ pay not OK: Baiada workers on why they’re striking By Sue Bolton From Green Left Weekly, Saturday, November 19, 2011 The main slogan on the Baiada workers’ picket line in Melbourne’s western suburbs is “No more $10! No more … Continue reading

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Democratic Rights and Occupy Brisbane

Local Brisbane Solicitor Terry Fisher spoke at Occupy Brisbane this afternoon – this is what he said: Sorry, I  did not catch all the questions in the session – however Terry’s responses give listeners a clear idea of what was … Continue reading

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You Cannot Trust the Public Trustee

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This is a long story with a bad ending. The bad ending was that Mr Justice Martin ratified the legal theft of Ross Taylor’s family home by his accountants, the Xxxxxx Family Trust. On 12 September 2012 Martin J ordered … Continue reading

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Occupy Brisbane – a new strategy?

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And would some Power the small gift give us To see ourselves as others see us! It would from many a blunder free us, And foolish notion: What airs in dress and gait would leave us, And even devotion! — … Continue reading

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The Occupy movement: views from the left

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The Occupy movement: views from the left A public forum The Occupy movement is inspiring people all over the globe to stand tall against corporate greed, and giving us hope that we can change society and the world. From what … Continue reading

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The Tall Man

the link below takes you to the preview of the film documentary, the tall man, based on the book by chloe hooper that andrew boe had requested she write on the killing of mulrunji doomadgee by then sen, sgt. chris … Continue reading

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#Occupy Brisbane — Volunteers Wanted for Refugee Rights Stall

REFUGEE ACTION COLLECTIVE, QLD Volunteers wanted for refugee rights stall at Occupy Brisbane demonstration. When: Between 12 midday and 3pm, Saturday 12th November. Where: Brisbane Square, top of Queen St Mall. If we get enough volunteers we can run the … Continue reading

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YOUTUBE – And lo I beheld Rev.Billy Rock Occupy London SX last night

I was at Occupy London last night, in the cold wet surrounds of St. Paul’s Cathedral, in need of a morale booster when I beheld an apparition of one of my all time heroes! Dressed in white, with the quif … Continue reading

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Christians for Occupy

Howdy! The Occupy Together movement has captured imaginations around the world, inspiring hope and action as well as loathing and violent crackdowns. In London it has forced discussions about the crossovers between Christianity and Occupy due to the Occupiers being … Continue reading

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‘We are Hope’

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Blackfella, whitefella Yellafella, any fella It doesn’t matter what your colour As long as you are true fella Are you the one who’s gonna stand up and be counted? — Warumpi band ‘Black Fella, White Fella’ In Tahir Square in … Continue reading

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REMINDER: 17 Group Wed the 2nd of November

The next Meeting of the 17 Group will be held on Wednesday the 2nd of November in unit 6 at 20 Drury St West End at 7pm on the rather unusual topic: Why are there histories of reading? Some thoughts … Continue reading

#Occupy London – ‘sermon on the steps’

On Saturday Oct 29th. I was invited to take part as a Catholic Worker in the “Sermon on the Steps” of St. Paul’s Cathedral organised by Occupy London.Here’s some youtube of “Sermon on the Steps”….

Occupy London protected by ring of prayer….
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/oct/29/christians-def…otest

Here’s the Anglican Bishop of London and Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral contiuing to tie themsleves up in knots on Sunday morning
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/oct/30/bishop-ducks-s…lenge

Here’s snap of Iraq/ Afghanistan veteran Ben Griifin and moi speaking out for Bradley Manning and Julian Assange at Occupy London
http://wiseupforbradleymanning.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/more-solidarity-with-bradley-manning-at-occupy-lsx-london/

and here’s my Catholic Worker sermon…………..

Hi there

My name is Ciaorn O’Reilly. I’m from Giuseppe Conlon House in London, where we offer hospitality to destitute refugees without any recourse to benefits or legal status to work. Many of these folks have fled countries and economies that have been trashed by the institutions based in this Square Mile of London http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_London . There are no borders on capital as it swirls around the world but people are branded “illegal” fleeing the destruction it wreaks. At Giuseppe Conlon House we don’t accept any funding from the state and we don’t want any funding from the state. We are volunteers and our project is financed by donations.

We are part of the international Catholc Worker movement. Our folks have been down at Occupy Wall St. New York City, others feeding folks at Occupy L.A., other Catholic Workers are present at Occupy Des Mones and elsewhere. We are here because we are radical Christians and much of what you are doing here resonates with what we are doing at home and the practices of the early church.

The word “radical” is not a scarey word, it’s not a word left over from the 1960’s. The word “radical” is a Latin word. It means “to return to the roots”. Why do we need to be radical? Because our dissident movements get co-opted! They get co-opted by the temptations Jesus confronted in the desert – power, wealth and status.

The Christian movement has been around for 2,000 years – so that’s a lot of time in which to get co-opted. We had a pretty good run for the first 300 years, before the Roman Emperor Constantine legalised us, patronised us and co-opted us. Radical christianity had, and has, an anarchist orientation towards power and a pacifist oreintation towards violence. Jesus has no truck with violence and exploitation.

Pope Paul 6th said “If you want peace, work for justice!” And the flipside is true, if you want to maintain empires of exploitation you must prepare for war. There is a relationship between peace and justice. And there’s a relationship between violence and exploitation. There’s a relationship between these banks and institutions, principalities and powers in this Square Mile and the wars that grind on in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and elsewhere

The church does not have a monopoly on being co-opted. Punk, rap, feminism, trade unions, you name it all get co-opted. But there are always radicals in these traditions that you can work with on the basis of nonviolence and direct democracy. So here we all are outside St. Paul’s Cathedral threatened with state violence and church eviction for speaking truth to powers of the Suare Mile. What the Cathedral folks forget is that the image of God is to be found in human beings, that’s what makes us all sacred. The image of God is not found in big buildings. The church is only relevant in how it midwives the Kingdom of God, the kingdom of peace and justice. What is the church doing here in this place is it enhancing the Kingdom or the City?

Why those in power find this encampment, your presence, so abhorent is that you are exercising active citizenship not playing your designated role as passive consumers in this Square Mile. A “Shock Doctrine” place that has historcally been cleared of residents and citizenship. Those in power don’t want you to be active citizens, they want you to be passive consumers. They want you to think that the only freedom you have is at the point of consumption. The freedom to choose between Coke and Pepsi, Nike and Reebock…don’t entertain the thought that you have any freedom at work or in your community or on your campus. They don’t even want your active support for their wars any more. All they want is your silence and sedation, your resignation. This camp is a movement of a holy spirit at the centre of empire against the spirits of resignation, cynicism that facilitate war and global exploitation.

The Catholic Worker movement began in New York City at a time like this – the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Our founders Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin didn’t go for big solutions, they didn’t lobby the rich and powerful, they did what you are doing today. They set goals, and as the Wobblies would say, “started building the new society in the shell of the old”. And here we are 80 years later, still practising the acts of mercy in response to poverty and nonviolent resistance in response to war. Such practices are eternal. These banks, these Mayors CEO’s and Prime Ministers, this capitalist system are transitory

Going to jail for nonviolent resistance is an occupational hazard in the Catholic Worker movement. I have been in many jails, in a number of jurisdictions, over the last 30 years. The first night I spent in a jail, I was sharing a cell with a career armed robber who told me “People will stop robbing banks, when banks stop robbing people!” That’s pretty insightful and where would you get such an insight but from the margins? It observes that there are two sorts of crime in our world – wholesale killing, thieving and dealing in dangerous substances and retail. Those who deal in wholesale crime are the governments and corporations, those who deal in retail crime merely mimic the rich and powerful.

This nonvolent experiment in justice and peace outside St. Paul’s cathedral, like so many others including Jesus community, may end in the violence of the state sweeping down upon it. But that won’t be the end as it wasn’t for Jesus community. Already our brothers and sisters have been batoned, maced, tasered and arrested in the U.S. and Australia. Our brother Scott Olsen remains in a critical condition in an Oakland/ California hospital.

What is needed now, and always, is nonviolent resistance and the solidarity that sustains it. I truly believe if 1% of the 2 million people who marched in this country 2003 against the war on Iraq had gone into nonviolent resistance to the point of imprisonment – in the spirit if Ghandi and Martin Luther King – and the other 99% who marched had proactively supported them….we could have stopped that war. We still can!

So there are some folks here sleeping rough, some who will be arrested and some who will be injured. We need to surround them throughout these experiences designed to intiimidate and defeat with proactive solidarity, so they come out of those resistance experiences stronger than they went into them.

We need to support our resisters, casualties and prisoners.
Free Bradley Manning, Free Julian Asssange and Free Michael Lyons.
Thanx and solidarity

Ciaron O’Reilly
Blog http://ciaron.wordpress.com/

“The poor tell us who we are,
The prophets tell us who we could be,
So we hide the poor,
And kill the prophets.”
Phil Berrigan

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Try Out Your Voice

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“I am strong because I am weak. I’m beautiful because I know my flaws. I’m a lover because I am a fighter. I’m fearless because I have been afraid. I’m wise because I have been foolish. & I can laugh … Continue reading

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Occupy your life

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By Andy Paine Around the world, the “Occupy” movement has captured people’s imaginations, leading countless people in thousands of cities into city squares to make a statement about their dissatisfaction with the state of our society, especially the distribution of … Continue reading