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The Campaign Against Nuclear Power and the Right to March

Over the past 50 years the opposition to conservative National and Labor governments in Queensland has been extra-parliamentary. On 4th September 1967 street marches were banned by Premier Frank Nicklin to stop the anti-vietnam war demonstrations growing. 126 people were … Continue reading

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Marching backwards

International Women’s Day held on 11 March 1978 came up with a novel tactic – marching away from a police blockade. Police Commissioner Lewis claimed that professional agitators  took over the rally. The rally, held in Roma Street Forum with … Continue reading

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Reclaiming the Streets!

Broadcast on Paradigm Shift 4zzz fm 102.1 Friday 11 Oct 2019. Ian interviews: Adela from Reclaim the NightEdwina from Bjelke BluesNoelene from Extinction Rebellion at occupation of the William Jolly Bridge. Reclaim the Night is a women’s rally and march … Continue reading

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10th Palestinian Film Festival

Fri 8 November It Must be Heaven 8 Nov 6:30pm Brisbane Filmmaker Elia Suleiman travels to different cities and finds unexpected parallels to his homeland of Palestine. Ambience 8 Nov 6:30pm Brisbane Ambience follows the story of two young Palestinians … Continue reading

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Che: Patria o Muerte!

Che paid the ultimate price for his challenge to imperialism, he was murdered in Bolivia on the 9 October 1967, 52 years ago. The film, ‘Cuba: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism,’ was an extremely interesting account of how ordinary Cubans defend … Continue reading

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Can Roadblocks Help Change the Political Climate?

The clock’s been ticking for a while now. If we keep walking this track we’re on, our children and grandchildren will inherit a war-torn planet where only the very rich have reliable access to healthy food and clean water. Our … Continue reading

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CUBA: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism

Cine Cubanopresents CUBA: Defending Socialism, Resisting ImperialismTuesday 8 October 20196.30 pm for 7 pm startQCU Level 216 Peel Street South Brisbane Entry by donation / light food, tea and coffee availableCuba: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism is a 2010 British film … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee

Submission on the Summary Offences and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 Dear Members, Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback on the Summary Offences and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 which attempts to outlaw climate change activists stopping the … Continue reading

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Civil Disobedience, the Right to March, and the Swinging Pendulum of Queensland Politics

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 9th of October at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End.  It will be addressed by the one and only Greens Brisbane City … Continue reading

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Quang demonstration shows UQU’s anti-war heritage

Quang Incident in 4th September 1970 inside the Relaxation Block UQU Complex This photographic record helps demonstrate the UQ Union Complex is an historic place where the University Administration and ‘the radical movement’ came into conflict over actions in opposition to … Continue reading

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Popular Fronts & Vietnam Moratoriums

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He writes Vietnam like a huge four-letterword in blood and faeces on the wallsof government; reminds me whenthe intricate machine stalls there’s a poet still living at this address– Bruce Beaver __oOo__ Vietnamese Premier Ky’s visit to BrisbaneAir Vice-Marshall Ky … Continue reading

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Civil Disobedience, the Right to March, and the Swinging Pendulum of Queensland Politics

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 9th of October at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. It will be addressed by the one and only Greens Brisbane City … Continue reading

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Cuba: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism

Tuesday 8 October 2019  6.30 pm for 7 pm start QCU Level 2 16 Peel Street South Brisbane Entry by donation / light food, tea and coffee available Cuba: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism is a 2010 British film documenting the … Continue reading

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100 Steps (I Cento Passi)

This is the story of an outspoken Peppino Impastato who lives in an ancient Sicilian town, hemmed in by sea and rocks and ruled by Mafia. Peppino starts a radio station to expose the mafia. His father is ambitious to … Continue reading

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Defending Greta

Greta Thunberg has been criticised for not addressing the facts and being too emotional in her speech to world leaders at UN Climate Action Summit. However the climate activist is pleading for action from world leaders and not trying to … Continue reading

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Power of country tour

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Right now, big fracking companies are lining up to drill through precious groundwater in the Northern Territory, destroying sacred Country, putting remote communities’ health at risk, and contributing to catastrophic climate change. Traditional Owners should have the final say about … Continue reading

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Kashmir on the Edge of the Abyss

In an unsettled world, amid violent wars and imperial occupations, with all norms ruthlessly cast aside, did Kashmir really have a chance to be free? As unrest spreads, India, the vaunted “world’s largest democracy,” has imposed a total communications blackout. Kashmir is … Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo in October

The monthly performance space hosted by Jumping Fences in the heart of Brisbane’s West End. Performing this month: Baerg-Roeseli | Silken Thomas | Jumping Fences. *PRICING CHANGES: After more than 11 years we regretfully need to increase our admission prices. … Continue reading

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International Day of Peace

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Uber

How Uber attracted capital in its several forms turns out to be neither innovative nor ingenious, merely delusional beyond the point of fraud. Uber Technologies Inc. lost $20bn in the five years to 2019, despite revenues growing fivefold. Without forcing … Continue reading

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Mayor calls for Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Brisbane

Schrinner renews calls for Indigenous cultural centre Brisbane’s lord mayor says the city needs an Indigenous cultural centre to properly recognise its heritage and history. Adrian Schrinner spoke on the topic at a Committee for Brisbane event on Wednesday, where … Continue reading

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The Climate Strike

Only Human (broadcast on 4ZZZ fm 102.1, Mondays at Noon) interviews and recordings of the Brisbane climate strike held on 20 September, 2019. Speakers include Adrian Burragubba (Wangan and Jagalingou countryman), and Sid Plant (Farmers for Climate Action). Features music … Continue reading

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A Spirit Released

On Minjerribah there is a contest going on between land developers and green capitalists … both developers and green capitalists want to build on the foreshores, this time on Mooloomba Road at Point Lookout. The Queensland Government intends to commence … Continue reading

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Sovereignty for Climate Justice

We stand together with all First Nations people. We stand against this injustice. We want climate justice for everybody. As First Nations people, we will lead the way. We’re against coal mining in our Country. We’re against those who would … Continue reading

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We can’t say we didn’t know

“Dreamers don’t abandon their dreams, they flare and continue the life they have in the dream…tell me how you lived your dream in a certain place and I’ll tell you who you are. And now, as you awaken, remember if … Continue reading

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German guilt attacks BDS

A German city has reversed its decision to hand a literary prize to the novelist Kamila Shamsie because of her support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The British-Pakistani author was announced as the winner of the … Continue reading

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Peace in the Middle East?

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Minjerribah Dreaming

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The Queensland government has proposed a transition from sand mining to eco-tourism on Minjerribah (Straddie). On Sunday, 15 September I went to the Straddie markets at Point Lookout Bowls Club to buy honey for my sister. At a honey stall … Continue reading

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9/11

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Murder in Baghdad

The video—excerpts of running footage captured by a camera mounted on the Apache—depicts soldiers conducting an operation in eastern Baghdad, not long after the surge began. Using the Freedom of Information Act, Reuters has sought for three years to obtain … Continue reading