Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Moving Beyond Rape Culture – can violence against women be eliminated?

Sat, Nov 5 
Perth Activist Centre
15/5 Aberdeen St
(next to McIver Stn) 
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A public forum to discuss what it would take to eliminate rape and other forms of violence against women.

It's easy to be united in objecting to the victim-blaming and slut-shaming that are part of the rape culture that shifts the blame for rape from the rapist to the person who is raped. 
But is there more to say than "teach boys not to rape" - and how do we teach them in a society that in so many ways promotes and facilitates rape?

This forum seeks to tease out what it is in Australian society that makes it a rape culture, and what we need to work on changing - politically, economically, socially, in the workplace, in the family, in how we even talk and think and act around gender, sex and sexuality - to reach the point where sexual and other violence against women becomes impossible.


Justine Kamprad
, former blue collar worker and union organiser, now law student, will use examples from popular culture to explain rape culture in Australia today.

Marianne Mackay, Noongar woman and fighter for her people, will speak about ending violence against women and the importance of ending police and other forms of racist violence that impact on women of her community.

Sanna Andrew, a social worker with years of experience in the housing sector, will speak about the impact of poverty, homelessness and housing stress on women, and the socioeconomic changes needed to break down violence against women.

Kamala Emanuel, women's health doctor and long-time feminist activist, speaking about a living example of a society without rape, and what western feminists can learn from it about how different ways societies create or experience gender, sex and sexuality facilitate or hinder the practice of rape.

She's Beautiful When She's Angry - film screening

Friday October 28, 7:30 for an 8pm start
The Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth 

(next to McIver station)

Join us after the Reclaim the Night march for a screening of She's Beautiful When She's Angry, a documentary exploring the rise and breadth of the women's liberation movement in the US from 1966 to 1971. This movement raised the profile of women's rights and introduced a generation to collective struggle.

Many of the struggles depicted in the film are the same we continue to fight for today. Winning these campaigns requires building a broad and vibrant movement that can bring about real and lasting social change. Join us for this inspiring example of people power in motion!

Entry $15/10 (concession) includes a yummy vegan meal

Organised by Socialist Alliance WA as a fund-raiser for Green Left Weekly, Australia's leading left-wing weekly newspaper and online magazine.

Contact 0417 319 662 for more details

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Help Socialist Alliance WA get onto the 2017 state election ballot paper!

The established political parties get their name on the ballot paper automatically, and many benefit from huge corporate donations. We're a small party with big ideas and we need 500 members to be registered so people can find our candidates on ballot paper when they go to vote.

Elections are only one way to gauge and build support for socialist change - but they're an important one. Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party is trying to get registered to run in the WA state elections next year. Please help us make sure that instead of just One Nation's fake alternative - racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-union and ultimately every bit as much a part of the capitalist nightmare - people can choose a socialist alternative to the establishment parties.

We're going to need your help to be successful. There are two things you can do:

1. Fill out this membership form. There is no financial or other obligation of membership, but you may be contacted by the WA Electoral Commission to confirm your details. If they leave a message please respond.

2. Can you help to spread our message? Another world is possible - a world based on social justice, wealth redistribution, community democracy, human dignity and making peace with the planet. Watch, like and share our campaign video.