Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Occupy Perth Corporate Scumbags Tour

Occupy Perth Weekend of activities

Sat 10 December
During the Day: Market stall with arts and crafts
10am - Children's Activities (incl face painting)
12noon - Friends of the Forrest rally outside PICA
1pm - Corporate Scumbags Tour
3pm - Public meeting/forum
5pm - Community Music (bring an instrument)
6:30pm - Community Dinner (bring a plate)
7:30pm - Full length film documentary (tbc)

Overnight Occupation

Sun 11 December
10am - Laughter Yoga
11am - General Assembly
1pm - Poems and Music

All at (or beginning at) Perth Cultural Centre

Corporate Scumbag Tour details:

We will be marching to each of the following corporations head offices with speak-outs exposing their abuse of power at the expense of the 99%.

Serco has run Australia’s disastrous and increasingly unstable refugee detention centres since 2009, owns two Australian super-prisons and took over Western Australia’s court security and custodial services. Serco has contracts with no obligation to be independently audited and must not allow the media any access to information or facilities.

Toro Energy Ltd, proponent of the First Uranium mine in WA -at Lake Way- they have been bullying Tradi Toro Energy Ltd, proponent of the First Uranium mine in WA -at Lake Way- they have been bullying Traditional Owners in Wiluna, have not completed Aboriginal Heritage Survey’s or a management plan and still trying to get people to sign off on the mine - they have released an ERMP with huge gaps and are dodging public scrutiny, make claims that Fukushima has done no harm to human health, are of the school of thought that radiation is not only safe but is good for you....they want to be the biggest uranium miner in Australia.

BHP Billiton - Olympic Dam Uranium mine in South Australia a recent example- 260 million litres of water a day, exemptions from Freedom of Information, the mining Act, Aboriginal heritage Act, and the Environment Act, receiving more in Diesel subsidies than they’re paying in royalties.

NAB, one of the "big four" banks — Westpac, ANZ, Commonwealth and NAB — in Australia recently exposed by Greenpeace Australia as investing billions of dollars in Australia’s dirty coal boom. NAB has invested $382 million in coal-fired power and $633 million in coal mining. Meanwhile, Westpac (which includes St George Bank) threw in $454 million for coal-fired power, $354 million for coal mining and put $220 million into coal ports. This while recently posting record $5.5 billion record profit.

Chevron Australia Pty Ltd, currently the target of a campaign by WA unions concerned about foreign workers taking jobs away from local people. Earlier this year fined in Equador for 20 billion gallons of polluted water, oil and toxic waste released between 1972 and 1990 by oil company Texaco (now a part of Chevron) into the ecosystem in eastern Ecuador. The pollution has caused thousands of deaths, cancers, birth defects and incalculable environmental damage — poisoning animals, plants and the water table — as well as huge economic loss.

Barrick Gold- Canadian Gold miner who operates the Lake Cowal Gold Mine in NSW the Lake is the Sacred Heartland of the Wiradjuri Nation, and there has been 10 years of court battles between Barrick and the Traditional Owners- the Mooka Kalara United Families - they also operate a Gold mine in Tanzania which has had workers strikes, water contamination and more.... they also operate the Porgera Gold mine in Papua New Guinea – which employs mercenaries to protest the mine from local villagers who try and fossick for gold to pay their way because the mine has completely fucked the environment there so people struggle to live the subsistence life they’re used to... The Mercenaries have regularly raped young women and killed local men, and Barrick get away with it- threatening local land owners when they travel to speak out.

Fortescue Metal Group - Andrew "Twiggy" Forest's company - responsible for the exploitation and manipulation of the Yindibandi people brought to light through video footage of one of the Native Title meetings. Aboriginal leader and campaigner for jobs with justice Barbara Shaw said on October 27: “The way Generation One (FMG) are carrying on is disgusting, a real slap in the face. They come through town with a fancy road-show while hardworking Aboriginal people are being thrown out of work by the intervention or are now working for the Basics Card. Is this the future for the next generation in ‘proscribed areas’?

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