Monday, October 31, 2011

Lessons of the Occupy Movement: Wed 2 Nov

Lessons of the #Occupy Movement

With Peter Boyle,
National Convenor of Socialist Alliance

Wed 2 Nov

6:30pm, Perth Activist Centre
15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth
next to McIver Station
Ph 9218 9608, 0413976 638

Socialist Alliance and Resistance meeting

Thursday, October 27, 2011

>Tahrir > Wall Street > Here - Another World is Possible

Starting from the important developments in the "Arab Spring" and the #OccupyWall Street movement which is spreading around the world, this seminar will discuss how activists today can best work to bring about a better world.

Guest speaker:
Peter Boyle (national convenor, Socialist Alliance)

1pm Sunday 30 October

Venue: Perth Activist Centre (15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth - next to McIver station) or the Perth Occupation (Forrest Place)

Ph 0413 976 638 or 0415 922 740 for details.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Protest outside the chogm business forum

On the 25 October, Julia Gillard along with the head of Woodside addressed the Gala ball at the chogm business forum. A forum that is a meeting of the 1% which is basically figuring out ways to exploit poor people more so the rich get richer.

Socialist Alliance and Resistance members were amongst Chogm action network and occupy perth activists protesting outside it.

Monday, October 24, 2011

CHOGM week protest calendar

Chogm Protest Fri 28 Oct6pm, Mon 24 October
Preparation meeting for rally marshals
Venue: Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth.

6pm, Tues 25 October
Protest the opening of the Commonwealth Business Forum
Gather: near roundabout, Bolton Ave, Burswood Convention Centre. Organised by Chogm Action Network

6pm, Wed 26 October
Socialist Alliance and Resistance meeting
Venue: Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth (next to McIver station).

6pm, Thurs 27 October
Meet and greet anti-uranium walkers
BBQ dinner, music, public meeting. Share experiences from 10-week, 1250km walk from Wiluna to Perth. Stay over night if you wish (bring your own sleeping equipment).
Venue: City Farm, 1 City Farm Place, East Perth. More info

6:30pm, Thurs 27 October
Final Chogm Action Network planning meeting
Venue: Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth.

7pm, Thurs 27 October
Bersih 2.0 Solidarity Night
With Dr Wong Chin Huat
Venue: Willeton Sports Club, The Blue Room, 58 Burrendah Boulevard, Willeton.

8:30am, Fri 28 October
Final leg of the anti-uranium walk
Join the walkers for the last leg of their 10-week walk from City Farm, City Farm
Place, Perth into Forrest Place, Murray Street Perth for the Chogm Protest

10am, Friday 28 October
Main Chogm Protest
For justice and climate action NOT racism and war
March to the Perth Convention Centre.
Venue: Forrest Place, Perth city. Organised by Chogm Action Network.
Followed by People's Occupation

5pm, Fri 28 October
Reclaim the Night - in an empire of violence, women strike back
March, speakers, band.
Venue: Perth Cultural Centre. More info and poster here.

8pm, Fri 28 October
God Save The Queen – unofficial CHOGM 2011 welcome party!
Venue: The Den (Civic Hotel), Inglewood. More info here.

11am, Sat 29 October
Reading of Open Letter to Commonwealth on Climate Change
Venue: Wedlands Stage, Perth Cultural Centre. Organised by Oxfam and AYCC. More info here

2pm, Sat 29 October
End Mandatory Detention protest
Venue: Perth Immigration Detention Centre, Baker Rd, Domestic Airport. Organised by Refugee Rights Action Network.

1pm Sun 30 October
From Tahrir to Wall Street to here - Another world is possible
Socialist Alliance and Resistance seminar featuring SA national secretary Peter Boyle.
Venue: Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth (next to McIver station) OR at the People's Occupation.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Socialist Alliance condemns violent police attacks on Melbourne and Sydney occupations

[This statement was released by Socialist Alliance on October 23, 2011.]

Socialist Alliance condemns the violent police dispersal of peaceful protesters at Occupy Melbourne (October 21) and Occupy Sydney (dawn, October 23) and pledges its full support for the re-establishment of these occupations against the tyranny of the world's richest 1%.

The experience around the world has been whenever one of these Occupy movement camps has been attacked, even more people have rallied to support them in response. We are confident the same will happen here.

We call on all people who share the Occupy movement's rejection of the gross injustices and global ecological vandalism being carried out around the world to make the richest 1% even richer to join the occupations and lend all possible solidarity and assistance to their re-establishment.

Occupy Melbourne and Occupy Sydney will be back stronger because the 1% and their enforcers cannot arrest the truth. They cannot handcuff ideas. They cannot beat the people's spirit of resistance or throw it into a paddy wagon.

We call on all progressive trade unionists, community leaders, church leaders, state and federal MPs, local councillors and mayors, to publicly condemn the violent attacks on Occupy Sydney and Occupy Melbourne.

We urge anyone who supports the re-establishment of the Melbourne and Sydney occupations to attend the emergency general assemblies of Occupy Sydney at University of Technology Sydney on Sunday October 23, 5pm and Occupy Melbourne at the State Library Tuesday October 25, 6pm.

Socialist Alliance supports the #OccupyPerth call for a rally, march then people's occupation on Friday October 28, 10am at Forrest Place, Perth.

Socialist Alliance also supports the October 29 global day of action widely endorsed by the Occupy movement in support of a "Robin Hood" tax on global financial transactions.

For further comment: Peter Boyle (national convenor) 0401 760 577

Friday, October 21, 2011

Speeches from the Public Forum on the Wall Street Occupation

This is a recording of a Skype interview with US Socialist Doug Singsen about Occupy Wall Street. Singsen is a member of the International Socialist Organisation in New York.

Kamala Emanuel from Socialist Alliance, Is this the beginning of the end of corporate rule?

These talks were presented to the Socialist Alliance and Resistance forum in Perth on October 19.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Public forum on the Wall Street Occupation

Is this the beginning of the end of Corporate Rule?

"We are the 99%!"

This is the cry of the Wall Street Occupiers who have sparked an important worldwide movement in opposition to the corporate rulers.

This forum will discuss the dynamics of the movement, how we can give solidarity, and more importantly, what next steps we can take here to end political rule by the corporate rich.

Wed 19 October
6 for 6:30pm, Perth Activist Centre,
15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth (next to McIver station)

Wall Street Occupier - via Skype (tbc)
Karun Cowper - Occupy Perth
Kamala Emanuel - Socialist Alliance

Ph 9218 9608, 0413 976 638.

Attend on Facebook here.

Hosted by Socialist Alliance and Resistance.

UPDATE: Check out the speeches from this forum here.

Videos from #OccupyPerth action Sat 15 October

Proposal to set up ongoing Occupation after Chogm Protest (4 mins)

People's Microphone at Occupy Perth action, 15 Oct 2011 (24 mins)

Milling before the event

More October 15 happenings

Occupy Perth - supporting Occupy Chogm (30 secs)

Occupy Perth - Agent Orange (3 mins)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Occupy Perth action: Sat 15 October

This coming Saturday, there will be a first "Occupy Perth" action:

Occupy Perth - Sat 15 OctInspired by the dramatic Wall Street Occupation, a number of people have begun a movement to #OccupyPerth. The idea behind this movement is that government is being run for and by the top 1% of the population and the rest of us – the 99% – need to meet and organise if we are to change things.
The first action in Perth in support of this movement will be on:
Saturday 15 October
1pm, Forrest Place/Murray St mall
Attend on Facebook
This day will be part of an international day of action in solidarity with the Wall Street Occupation with over 1300 meet-ups around the world!

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Farooq Tariq on links between India and Pakistan

This video is from the Q&A after Farooq Tariq's talk in Perth on 5 October 2011. He was asked about the links between Pakistan and India. He also talked about the daily "hate ceremony" on each side of the border.

Farooq is the secretary of the Labour Party Pakistan. His Perth forum was hosted by Socialist Alliance and Resistance.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Pakistan, the Commonwealth & the war on terror

Leading Pakistan socialist Farooq Tariq will be speaking in Perth on Wednesday 5 October.

Wed 5 October
6 for 6:30pm
Perth Activist Centre, 15 / 5 Aberdeen St, Perth (next to McIver station)

Farooq is a spokesperson and central leader of Labour Party Pakistan - the leading socialist party in Pakistan.

Political developments in Pakistan are of interest because it has become a major, if largely covert, theatre in the "war on terror" being pursued today by Barak Obama and Julia Gillard. Recent flooding in Pakistan - the worst in Pakistan's history - reveals the importance of climate change as a current issue as well. (See here for more on the LPP's role in this campaign.)

Pakistan is also a member of the Commonwealth which should make this forum especially interesting in the lead up to next month's CHOGM summit and protest.

This forum is hosted by Socialist Alliance and Resistance. Ph 9218 9608, 0413 976 638.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Live streaming of Climate Change Social Change conference

I thought it would be worth mentioning that it has become possible to organise live streaming of some of the feature sessions from the Climate Change Social Change conference that is happening now.

Live streaming can be access here.

The agenda for the conference (in Melbourne time - that is 2 hours ahead today and 3 hours ahead from tomorrow when daylight saving comes in) can be found here.

Please note, there have been some technical problems that are being resolved. Some conference sessions that have already happened can be viewed at the above site also.

UPDATE: Photos from the conference