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Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #64


Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #64, July 7, 2004

Website http://www.gpja.pl.net/ Contact details: Forums - John Minto, (09) 846 3173, jbminto@xtra.co.nz; Newsletter Editor - Mike Treen 0212547440 / 3616989 miket@pl.net Web page - Bruce Hubbard (09) 6232667 or 027 256 3933 Rulesofthegame@clear.net.nz Donations can be sent to GPJA, Private Bag 68905, Newton, Auckland. All communication regarding the GPJA mailing list (email or snail) should be addressed to gpja@xtra.co.nz

QUOTE MARLON BRANDO: when asked about the meaning of "The Godfather", replied - "It's about capitalism."

SUBMISSION ON FORESHORE AND SEABED DEADLINE JULY 12

This particular Select Committee requires 25 copies of each submission. It is really important to send this number because if you send only one copy your submission may be discarded. Because there will be so many submissions the Committee Clerk will possibly look for reasons not to accept submissions. If you can only afford to send one copy, or do not have access to a photocopier, please contact the Clerk of the Committee and ask if you can send one copy. The Committee may refuse to consider it unless you have made this arrangement with the Clerk. The Clerk of the Committee is Miles Reay- tel (04) 471 9043, fax (04)499 0486 Email miles.reay@parliament.govt.nz or SC-MA@parliament.govt.nz The PMA web page with this information and much more is at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/fsbill.htm Your submission does not need to be long but it is important to say you oppose the proposed legislation because for example, it is discriminatory/ you are disappointed that a government which represents us can contemplate passing such racist legislation. Two or three sentences is enough. Ask to speak to your submission in the town where you live. Make sure you put your name, address and daytime phone number and post to Foreshore and Seabed Bill Select Committee, Secretariat Room9.12a, Bowen House, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

DON'T BUY FAHRENHEIT 9/11 TICKETS UNTIL YOU'VE READ THIS!

The Alliance is organising a special showing of Fahrenheit 9/11 at the Rialto. This is a wonderful opportunity to see this sensational new Michael Moore film in excellent company, and contribute to a good cause at the same time! It has already sold out at the Film Festival, and these tickets will sell fast too! Thursday 29th July, 6.30pm. Rialto Cinema, Broadway, Newmarket. Strictly limited places available - $15 waged, $10 unwaged. Book early or risk missing out! To buy tickets contact me by email juliefairey@free.net.nz or phone 09 620 9256 (please leave a message). We have a mobile seller who can come to you, just drop me an email or a phone call to organise this. Also, if you would like a poster to put up to advertise this screening, please email me back and I will send it to you as a Word attachment. And don't forget to forward this email to your friends! Proceeds will go towards the Alliance's Auckland local body campaign for 2004. Check out our website www.alliance.org.nz. We are affiliated to City Vision (www.cityvision.org.nz) and Manukau Vision, and support Bruce Hucker's campaign for the Auckland City Mayoralty (www.brucehuckerformayor.co.nz). Hope to hear from you soon, Julie Fairey

FILMS ON MIDEAST AND WAR OF TERROR

Dear friends, at the Auckland film fest 1. Check Point (a film on Gaza and West Bank of Palestine) on Sunday 18 July at 11.15am and also on Thursday 22july at 2.45pm 2. Control Room (film on coverage of US wars in mid east and Afghanistan, and impact of Al Jazeera TV station). Friday 9 July at 4pm and also on Thursday 15 July at 6.15pm 3. Persons of Interest (film on arrests of about 5000 Arab or Muslim Americans) on Friday 23 July at 4.45pm and also on Saturday 24 July at 445pm.

NATIONAL PETITION - END NZ SUPPORT FOR THE 'WAR ON TERRORISM' - calling on the NZ government to end its military and political support for the US government-led 'war on terrorism', and to recall all NZ military personnel who are involved in it. Available online at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/pet03041.pdf or for printed petition forms email saying how many you require, and include a note with the physical address to mail them to.

CUBA TOUR

Charismatic Cuba is the place to go! It enchanted me with its proud blend of peoples, whose solidarity extends though their music and arts, their education and health systems and their unique history of freedom and self-determination. I was one of three New Zealanders and seventeen Australians, (aged 17 - 79), who made up the twenty-first Southern Cross Brigade. We had the opportunity to live work and travel along side Cuban’s for an intense month, from 28 December to 23 January. I anticipate accompanying many more New Zealanders eager to experience the passion of Cuba on the next Southern Cross Brigade. It you would like to know more contact Ina Lawrence at inashina@clear.net.nz

WHAT'S ON IN AUCKLAND

Saturday, July 10, 7pm, Polish Club, 1 McDonald St, Morningside Auckland Latin America Committee (ALAC INC) And Friends, Celebrating 100 years of Pablo Neruda. Live Latin American Music and Poetry. Bar and Food Available

Sunday, July 11 to Sunday July 13 - Waipuna Hotel at 58 Waipuna Road, Mount Wellington 'Living and Learning Together: The role of human rights education in strengthening communities in New Zealand and the Pacific' - "The objectives of the conference are: to mark the end, in 2004, of two International Decades: the UN Decade for Human Rights Education and the UN Decade for the Rights on Indigenous Peoples; to share information, strategies, delivery styles and resources between human rights educators and interested people and organisations within New Zealand, the South Pacific and the wider Asia Pacific Forum region; to develop ongoing networks and communication systems to enable closer relationships and collaboration on human rights education; and to provide initial information and assist with the development of the NZ Action Plan for Human Rights which aims to help set the agenda for human rights over the coming decade." With keynote speaker Professor Katarina Tomasevski, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education (UN Commission on Human Rights) plus a range of speakers and workshop sessions. Organised by The NZ Human Rights Commission and the NZ National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the New Zealand Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Bahá’i community; at the. For more information see http://www.hrc.co.nz/index.php?p=34459 or contact Lili Tuioti or Rosi Fitzpatrick, TEUILA Consultancy, tel (09) 360 0257, e-mail tkconz@xtra.co.nz or Victoria Gregory (Human Rights Commission) email VictoriaG@hrc.co.nz

Tuesday, July 13, 7pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby. The Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Network invite you to a Public Forum to hear guest speakers Professor Katarina Tomasevski, UN Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education & Layli Miller-Muro, International Human Rights Advocate "Human Rights in the Global Community" RSVP by Wednesday 7 July to Jessica Ngatai, HRC (09) 306 2653 Fax (09) 377 3593. jessican@hrc.co.nz

Wednesday, July 14, 12-2pm, Aotea Chapel, Queen Street (opp.Town Hall) Abolition 2000 (Auckland) invites you to come and celebrate 20 years of Nuclear Free NZ. Speakers at 12.30pm. Music, drink and snacks provided. Contact Marion (09) 373 2379.

Thursday, July 15, 7.30pm, Room 3.407, School of Engineering, 20 Symonds Street NUCLEAR FREE NEW ZEALAND - TWENTY YEARS ON. Dr. Robert White of Centre for Peace Studies, University of Auckland. This talk will look briefly at the development of the nuclear free policy set in place in July 1984 by the newly elected Labour Government. Events leading up to the enshrining of this policy in law in June 1987 will be considered in more detail, and key developments from then to the present reviewed. Recent proposals by National for modifying the legislation will be discussed, and reasons given for the need to retain our unique Nuclear Free Zone Act unchanged. The talk will conclude with a brief discussion of the future significance and role of our nuclear free status in the light of the current international situation. Dr. White is a retired nuclear physicist, formerly on the academic staff of the University of Auckland. He has been Director of the University Centre for Peace Studies for most of the time since the Centre opened in 1988. Refreshments afterwards in the 12th floor common room. Contact: Lawrence Carter lj.carter@auckland.ac.nz (09)373 7599 ext 88177

Friday, July 16, 6pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn THAI KAI: COME AND EAT AUTHENTIC THAI FOOD AND SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL WORKERS SOLIDARITY. $10 waged, $7unwaged. Bar will be provided by the Working Women’ s Resource Centre. Thai Kai is organised by Asia Pacific Workers Solidarity Links (APWSL). APWSL is fundraising for a speaking tour in September of Sripai Nonsee, a Thai worker and unionist, and Jakkrit Kuanpoth, of Focus on the Global South, in opposition to the New Zealand -Thailand Bilateral Free Trade Agreement (Closer Economic Partnership) and on the social costs of corporate globalisation. If you would like to buy tickets in advance please contact Luke on 027 2487005 or 09 8276059, luke.coxon@finsec.org.nz

Monday, July 19, 5.45pm, Human Rights Network Meeting, Staff Room, A Block, Auckland College of Education, Gate 3, Epsom Avenue. Contact Joan Macdonald (09) 360 8001 joanmac@pl.net

Monday, July 19, 7.30pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby AGM OF CHILD POVERT ACTION GROUP. Guest speaker: Dr. Brian Easton, Adjunct Professor, Institute of Public Policy, AUT, will speak on "The Case for Economic Assistance for Families: The past, present and future." Haere mai Haere mai All welcome. AGM business will be conducted prior to and light refreshments will follow the presentation. Please let us know if you are likely to come ~~ Rachel Somerfield, ph 379-2395 xtn 210; admin@cpag.org.nz, CPAG, Box 56 150, Mt Eden.

Monday, July 26 to Monday August 1 - Maori Language Week - 'Give it a go, Korero Maori' is the theme of this year's Maori Language Week celebrations.

"The aim is to encourage New Zealanders to have a go at speaking Maori and to create a supportive environment for this to happen. We want people to feel comfortable about using the Maori words and phrases they know." Organised by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori/Maori Language Commission; Te Puni Kokiri/Ministry of Maori Development and Te Kahui Tika Tangata/Human Rights Commission. For more info about the week, including a great suggestions page on using te reo Maori all year round, events during the week and more, see http://www.nzreo.org.nz And new this year are the inaugural Maori Language Week Awards - entries close on 9 August and winners will be announced on Maori Language Day 14 September; for more info on the Awards see http://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/english/nzreo_e/awards_conditions.html

Saturday, August 7, 7.30pm, Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre, 15 Glendale Rd. Glen Eden, Waitakere City Waitakere Peace City Multicultural Performance. "Remember Hiroshima and Affirm Nuclear Free Peacemaker NZ" TICKETS: $20 from Titirangi Pharmacy or Laurie Ross 811 8696. Features: Mayor Bob Harvey, Miranda Adams violinist, Nati & Sasha Witten-Hannah, Sonar Chand Indian Dancers, Russel Walder oboe, Maysoon ~ Iraqi poetry, Middle Eastern Music & dancing. If you wish to help in any way please give me (Laurie Ross) a call on 811 8696 or come to the next meeting 7:30pm Monday 12th July at Titirangi Community House beside the library in South Titirangi Rd.

Sunday, August 29, 3pm, Manaia Room, Auckland Museum 'People's Voice' A screening programme that takes a looks back at protest, rallies and people's movements. People¹s Voice features the1951 Waterfront Lockout, Vietnam War protests, the 1981 Springbok Tour, and other moments in our history when people have found cause to speak their minds.

Tuesday October 12 & Wednesday 13 - Auckland. MARIE HILAO-ENRIQUEZ, FILIPINO HUMAN RIGHTS LEADER TOURING NZ OCTOBER 2004 THE PHILIPPINES IN THE FIRING LINE - AMERICA'S "SECOND FRONT IN THE WAR ON TERROR’" AND THE IMPACT ON HUMAN RIGHTS. Marie Hilao-Enriquez is the head of Karapatan, one of the biggest and best known human rights groups in the Philippines, and also of Selda, the organisation of former political prisoners from the 1970s and 80s martial law dictatorship of the late Ferdinand Marcos. Marie herself was a Marcos prisoner and her family suffered badly (one sister was murdered by the military, another two siblings were imprisoned). Marie has been a leading figure in the Philippine human rights movement for the past 30 years. For Auckland details contact: Luke Coxon; ph (09) 8276059; mobile 027 2487005; e-mail: luke.coxon@finsec.org.nz Donations are welcome, to help with costs. Please make cheques to PSNA, with a note saying that it is for the Hilao-Enriquez Tour. Or you can make a donation directly into our bank account. If you do so, record it as a donation for the Hilao-Enriquez Tour and include your name. Send us an e-mail to tell us and let us know your name and address. Our account details: Philippines Solidarity Network, Kiwibank, 155 The Terrace, Wellington. Account number 389000 0792619 00. Details re other centres contact Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa, Box 2450, Christchurch, New Zealand cafca@chch.planet.org.nz www.converge.org.nz/psna

December 2-5, Massey University, Albany An International Interdisciplinary Conference on Restorative Justice to be held at Centre for Justice and Peace Development Massey University Albany Auckland. "NEW FRONTIERS IN RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: ADVANCING THEORY AND PRACTICE" To express interest in attending and/or to offer a presentation email newfrontiers@massey.ac.nz or write to Dr. Warwick Tie, Centre for Justice and Peace Development, School of Social and Cultural Studies, Massey University, Private Bag 102 904, North Shore MSC, Auckland. Closing date for the submission of abstracts is the 31st May 2004. Conference URL: http://justpeace.massey.ac.nz/

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IRAQ WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials in charge of the Development Fund for Iraq drained all but $900 million from the $20 billion fund by late last month in what a watchdog group has called an "11th-hour splurge." http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/iraq/bal-te.money03jul03,0,5386955.story?coll=bal-iraq-headlines

The resistance campaign is Iraq's real war of liberation http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1251120,00.html

Robert Fisk: No mention of power cuts and violence at trial of the century: Now it is time for bread and circuses. Keep the people distracted. Show them Saddam. Remind them what it used to be like. Make them grateful. Make Saddam pay. Show his face once more across the world so that his victims will think about the past, not the present. Charge him. Before the full majesty of Iraq's new "democratic" law. And may George Bush win the next American election. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6416.htm

Empire and Resistance Today, Walden Bello http://www.tni.org/archives/bello/resistance.htm

Iraq is worse off than before the war began, GAO reports WASHINGTON - In a few key areas - electricity, the judicial system and overall security - the Iraq that America handed back to its residents Monday is worse off than before the war began last year, according to calculations in a new General Accounting Office report released Tuesday. http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/9041465.htm

America has sown the seeds of civil war in Iraq It's not religious rivalry but the puppet regime that threatens stability http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1253127,00.html

Tariq Ali: This is not sovereignty http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/06/27/1088274624411.html?oneclick=true

Iraq war costs thousands per US family http://www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20040701-024236-4063r.htm

VIDEO

Uncovered: The Whole Truth About The Iraq War: An impressive roster of experts is assembled to provide a generally withering commentary on the quality of evidence and possible motivations of the Neoconservatives who provided the momentum and muscle behind America's venture into preemptive war. The fig leaf of the possibility of an honest mistake on the matter of WMDs is stripped away; what is left is the stark and disturbing anatomy of deliberate deceit. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6423.htm

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