Tuesday, September 23, 2014

internet and activism: public forum Tues 30 Sept

Public forum - all welcome

internet and activism

Is the internet a powerful tool for activism?
Or an excuse for "slacktivism"?

A means of mass surveillance?
Or a challenge to the status quo?

Fletcher Boyd (Pirate Party)
Gerard Gill (Curtin Uni researchers)
Zeb Parkes (Socialist Alliance)
Bec Davies (Socialist Alliance)

6pm Tues 30 Sept

Perth Activist Centre
15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth (next to McIver station)

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Hosted by Socialist Alliance. Ph 9218 9608, 0417 319 662.

Monday, September 22, 2014

People's climate mobilisation in Perth

Van Badham speaking at the Perth climate change action as part of an international day of action in the lead up to the New York climate summit.

[Photos and video by Zeb Parkes.]

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Confronting Capitalism's climate crisis

Post-rally forum

Come back after the People's Climate Mobilisation to this post rally event discussing the measures needed to solve the climate crisis.

As Naomi Klein's new book argues, it is impossible to solve the climate crisis without confronting the capitalist system that caused it.

This forum will hear from a leading activist in the victorious Bentley Blockade in northern NSW about defeating the fossil fuels industry. It will also help explain what every environmentalist needs to know about capitalism.

3pm (or when the rally finishes)
Sunday 21 Sept

San Churros cafe, back room
132 James St, Northbridge (just near Russell Square)

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Waging Peace on War and Terror: Wed 17 Sept

Politics in the Club
Waging Peace on War & Terror

Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop are gloating about the prospect of sending troops to Iraq while at the same time trying to convince anybody who will listen that this intervention is different to the invasion of 2003.

Meanwhile, defence advisor and former head of the Australian army Peter Lealy recently predicted Australia will be engaged in a “savage, 100 year war against radical Islam”.

With hype around the ANZAC centenary reaching fever pitch, the Abbott government is signaling its readiness to support the latest US/NATO military interventions in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. This forum will discuss building the anti-war movement today.

Sandra Nasr (Politics lecturer, NDU) on Israel/Palestine
Adrian Glamorgan Fremantle-based peace & anti-nuke campaigner
Nicolas Gribble on the West’s endless war in the Middle East
Barry Healy on nationalism, war and ANZAC

Wednesday 17 September 6:30pm
Fremantle Workers Club, 9 Henry St

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Sponsored by Green Left Weekly

For more info: fremantle@greenleft.org.au or 0415 922 740

Monday, September 15, 2014

People's Climate Mobilisation: Sun 21 Sept

[Information from People's Climate Mobilisation. Check here for information about mobilisations around the country.]

Join people from all walks of life as we call for urgent action, not words, to create a world that works for people AND planet.

On September 21, we join hundreds of thousands of people around the world in calling on our leaders to commit to bold climate action at the UN Climate Summit.

Our message is simple and clear: we want a safe climate future.

To achieve this goal, we call for:
1) Tony Abbott to put real climate action on the G20 agenda
2) Strong Renewable Energy Target and a timeline to reach 100% Renewable Energy ASAP
3) No new coal or gas projects

This will be a fun, family friendly event with loads of opportunities to learn about how YOU can take effective personal and collective climate action.

Let's make sure the world knows we take our climate seriously!

Time: 1:00 PM

Date: Sunday, September 21,

Location: Russell Square Perth,

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Prof. Fiona Stanley - Future Health and the impact of global warming.

Bishop Tom Wilmot - Divestment, what organisations like the church can do to help win this fight.

Zaheer Allam - Small island nations and climate change.

Chantelle Roberts - Bunbury Against Coal Exports and the local fight against Fracking.

Cameron Power - How WA can reach 100% renewables by 2029, a vision for the future.

Organisations Supporting:

Animal Justice Party WA
Anglican Diocese of Perth
Australian Conservation Foundation
Australian Youth Climate Coalition
Climate Reality Project
Conservation Council WA
Labor Environment Action Network
March Australia - Perth
No Fracking WAy
Socialist Alliance
Sustainable Energy Now
The Greens WA
The Wilderness Society
Transition Town Perth
Uniting Church WA
WA Climate Roundtable
WA Forest Alliance

Sunday, September 14, 2014

More videos from Perth rallies for Palestine

Ayman Qwaider

Coilin Devlin on August 16

Victoria Martin-Iverson

Victoria Martin-Iverson on August 2

Protest the Israeli Film Festival opening night

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Seamus Doherty: "Why we support BDS" (video now available)

This video is of Socialist Alliance member Seamus Doherty representing the Plumbers Union of WA. He was speaking at the August 16 rally for Gaza in Perth city.

Free the Cuban Five: 16 Years is too long

Federal police refused to allow a member of the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society from handing a letter to US consulate staff to be passed on to president Obama. Obama has the power to free the three remaining members of the Cuban Five who are still in US prisons.

The action took place in Perth Australia on the 16th anniversary of the incarceration of five Cuban men who were charged with espionage because they were collective evidence against US-based terrorists planning attacks on Cuba.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rally for culture, heritage and sacredness in the land

[Information supplied by Swan Valley Nyungar Community]

to save our CULTURE, our HERITAGE,

- 12 O'CLOCK -

All Friends of Aboriginal People, Relations, Family & Concerned People -
come along and support the proper protection of our Sacred Beliefs and Culture in the Land.

WE SAY NO to Barnett's amendments.

Our Spiritual Beliefs, our Culture, our Heritage is priceless, passed down to us by our Ancestors since the Beginning of Time - now under threat by the Barnett Government's proposals to weaken the protection of our Sacred Places, our Spiritual Beliefs, our Dreaming Tracks, our Culture by changing the Aboriginal Heritage Act (1972) in Parliament.

in the Land & Waterways since the Beginning of Time.

Please FORWARD and print out and pass on this CALL FOR HELP
- by email - Facebook - word of mouth - by hand - by phone - any way you can -
and let all your Old People, your Family and Friends and Supporters
to come and join us and support the OLD PEOPLE and our CULTURE
all over the State of Western Australia

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Disruption screening in Perth: Fri 19 Sept

Check out the latest climate action film that makes a compelling call for bold action that is strong enough to tip the balance to build a clean energy future. Featuring interviews with Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, James Hansen, Naomi Oreskes and more.

What better way to prepare for the Sept 21 climate rally  (and the post rally forum) than to come and join with others to watch the film with a friendly audience that can help inspire the movement to win genuine climate action.

Fri 19 Sept

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

Hosted by Green Left Weekly as part of an international campaign to boost attendance at the Sept 21 Climate Mobilisation.

Ph 9218 9608, 0413 976 638.

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Film Synopsis:
When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?’

Through a relentless investigation to find the answer, Disruption takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction.

The exploration lays bare the terrifying science, the shattered political process, the unrelenting industry special interests and the civic stasis that have brought us to this social, moral and ecological crossroads.The film also takes us behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize the largest climate rally in the history of the planet during the UN world climate summit.

This is the story of our unique moment in history. We are living through an age of tipping points and rapid social and planetary change. We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it. The film enlarges the issue beyond climate impacts and makes a compelling call for bold action that is strong enough to tip the balance to build a clean energy future.

Disruption - Official Trailer from Watch Disruption on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Perth Premiere: Miners Shot Down - Fri 5 Sept

Miners Shot Down

In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Using the point of view of the Marikana miners, Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.

What emerges is collusion at the top, spiralling violence and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.

Friday 5 Sept

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

Recommended donation: $10/$5

Hosted by Green Left Weekly

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