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Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #94


Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #94, 2005

Website http://www.gpja.pl.net/ Contact details: Forums - John Minto, (09) 846 3173, jbminto@xtra.co.nz; Newsletter Editor - Mike Treen 027 525 47440 / 09 845 4027 miket@pl.net Web page - bobo@enzyme.org.nz Donations can be sent to GPJA, 6a Western Springs Rd, Auckland. All communication regarding the GPJA mailing list (email or snail) should be addressed to gpja@xtra.co.nz

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK "This so-called ill treatment and torture in detention centers, stories of which were spread everywhere among the people, and later by the prisoners who were freed … were not, as some assumed, inflicted methodically, but were excesses committed by individual prison guards, their deputies, and men who laid violent hands on the detainees.": Rudolf Hoess, the SS commandant at Auschwitz.

GPJA FORUM Monday, June 6, 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn PARASITES OF POVERTY CAMPAIGN - This campaign aims for significant changes in the law which will make life easier for people living in low income communities, those in financial difficulty and those with gambling addictions. More broadly it aims for much healthier communities based on “empowering local communities” to decide important issues in the face of poor regulation and unsympathetic governments. Download and distribute the POP poster at: http://gpja.pl.net/files/JCinTemple.pdf Website will be available at http://www.pop.org.nz soon.

WHAT’S ON IN AUCKLAND

Wednesday, June 1, Worldwide/Cyberspace WORLD E-DEMO AGAINST BUSH - Email US politicians and media outlets in this coordinated protest: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/05/317399.shtml Saturday, June 4, 2.00pm, Q.E.11 Square (Harbour End of Queen St.) RALLY FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE IN PALESTINE – Asking for: End to Israeli Occupation, Right of Return to Palestinian Refugees, Sharing Jerusalem, No Israeli Settlements in Occupied Palestine http://www.palestine.org.nz Saturday, June 11, 1pm, Friends Meeting House, MEMORIAL MEETING FOR PEACE CAMPAIGNER OWEN WILKES. A place for people to gather and contribute their memories, afternoon tea to follow. Some tributes: http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/owen.htm http://www.asiapac.org.fj/cafepacific/resources/aspac05/140505owenwilkes_2.html

Sunday, July 3, 5.00pm onwards, Union Fish Company Building, 118 Quay St GREEN PARTY ART AUCTION -- The Auckland Green Party is delighted to announce its forthcoming Great Green Art Auction to help raise funds for this year's election. We have an superb line up of over 50 exceptional artists, including Brent Wong, Dean Buchanan, Luc Tutugoro, Michael Smither, Jacqueline Fahey, John Pule, Jim Viveaere, Judy Darragh, Stanley Palmer and many more established and emerging painters, photographers, sculptors and multi-media artists. An on-line catalogue can be found at http://www.thegreatartauction.org.nz Mark Sunday 3rd July on your calendar for this special event. Tickets are limited to and will be available mid-June $25 includes complimentary drink, food and music. For more information, phone Kim on 376-4143 or email: artauction@greens.org.nz

MESSAGES

Kia ora, this message is to let you know that there is a web page with tributes to Owen Wilkes at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/owentr.htm If you would like to contribute something to the page, please send to email pma@xtra.co.nz Thank you

WE WERE STRANGERS ONCE: MIGRANTS STORIES OF A NATION To anyone who would like to share their stories as a migrant with the creators of this new stage play... Contact Alana Spragg for more information, on alana.spragg@paradise.net.nz

MAKE POVERTY HISTORY --WHITE BAND CAMPAIGN Every single day, 30,000 children are dying as a result of extreme poverty. That¹s one child every three seconds. MAKE POVERTY HISTORY Aotearoa New Zealand is part of one of the largest global campaigns in history. This year, the UK will host the G8 gathering of powerful world leaders in July as well as holding the presidency of the European Union (EU) for the second half of the year. Also in 2005, the UN will reconsider its direction. They all must be held accountable. The Global Call to Action against Poverty, is taking place in more than 60 countries. We know we can prove to politicians and corporations that the world is not prepared to tolerate these levels of poverty. They have the power to make poverty history. We have the power to make them use it. You can show your support. Buy a WHITE BAND and show you care. By wearing one you are part of a unique worldwide effort in 2005 to end extreme poverty - you're saying that it's time to stop the deaths of more than 200,000 people every single week from preventable diseases. To order your bands, call 0800 400 666. To find out more about MAKE POVERTY HISTORY see http://www.makepovertyhistory.org.nz If not us, then who? If not now, then when?

CALL OUT TO ALL PEOPLE WHO WISH TO BE INVOLVED IN ORGANIZING A CARNIVAL AGAINST CAPITALISM AND THE G8 IN AUCKLAND. Hello, Radical Youth, an Anti-capitalist alliance of young people yesterday decided to organize a series of anti-G8 events in Auckland to coincide with the G8 meeting in Scotland on July 6-8. We want to provide a fun,political, safe, inclusive, satirical, carnival of resistance to the G8 summit in July. the G8 consisting of UK, USA, Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Canada and Japan. The G8 upholds a system whose impacts we see all around us: war, famine, mindless work, and environmental destruction. Resistance, however, grows across the globe, with struggles as diverse as they are numerous. In recent years, everywhere the G8 has met, huge movements of people have confronted them demanding change. http://www.dissent.org.uk

If you are an tamaki/aucklander or part of a group who wishes to be involved in organizing or even if you just have ideas for the carnival please email us on radicalyouth@enzyme.org.nz If however you are in Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin or whereever and you have a similar feeling to the G8 contact us and we can share ideas and co ordinate our attempt against the G8.

SPEND SUMMER IN CUBA Registrations are open for the 23rd Southern Cross Brigade to Cuba. Members of the Brigade, which is made up of Australians and New Zealanders, spend approximately four weeks in Cuba, leaving after Christmas. The Brigade stays in the Julio Mella International Camp and usually the time there co-incides with visits by Brigades from the Nordic countries and South America, which gives an excellent opportunity for dialogue. The programme is varied and includes social occasions, dance lessons, cultural events, talks by community groups e.g. the Women’s Federation, visits to schools, hospitals and trade unions, as well as free time in Havana, at resorts and national parks. A homestay is always a highlight. Some voluntary work is included in the programme, usually work in the orange orchards. Brigade members with a special interest in an area can usually be provided for. The trip is suitable for people of any age group – an 85 year old has coped well and there is usually a wide age range present. While some knowledge of Spanish is useful, an interpreter is always on hand. As an initial introduction to Cuban society and Cuban people the Brigade is an excellent opportunity to quickly gain insight into this unique country and its culture, especially of course its music, as part of a community of friendship. The all up cost is $5000, including airfare, spending money and all accommodation and meals. Members of the Brigade often stay longer in Cuba as private travelers or move onto other venues in the region. A video record of last summer’s Brigade experience is available. For further enquiries and registration e- mail Paul at wkcultur@ihug.co.nz or ring 03 732 4010

TO ALL SUPPORTERS OF PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE PHILIPPINES. In October 2004 the Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa (PSNA) toured leading Philippine human rights activist, Marie Hilao-Enriquez, through NZ. Many of you may have met her, heard her speak in person or heard her on radio. She described a bad situation, with systematic human rights violations, including numerous murders, torture, mass displacement of communities, basically a Sate reign of terror against its own people. The situation has only got worse in the last six months (not that you would know anything about it from the NZ media or the Western media in general). Recently Marie forwarded to us an invitation for New Zealanders to join an International Solidarity Mission to five Philippine human rights hotspots in August. I haven't included the details of it, because it comes in several attachments. PSNA feels that it is important that New Zealanders take part in that, and we are donating $1,000 towards the cost of one person going. Several other people have expressed interest in joining the Mission but would need help with funding (it is not cheap to go to the Philippines, it is not a tourist destination, there are no cheap fares). So, we are appealing to the broader NZ progressive movement for donations to help these people. Just to clarify one thing lest there be any misunderstanding - the point of this appeal is not to come up with the $1,000 that PSNA has promised to one person (who has been chosen). We've already got that money, but that is as much as we can help financially. Any money raised by this appeal will go towards helping other New Zealanders join the Mission. Donations can be made to: PSNA, Box 2450, Christchurch. Include your address and a note saying that it is for the ISM Appeal, so that we can properly record it and send you a receipt. Donations can also be made directly into our bank account. It is: Philippines Solidarity Network Kiwibank, 155 The Terrace, Wellington. Account Number 389000 0792619 00 If you do that, please e-mail us when you do, including your name, and address, so that we can properly record it and send you a receipt. Many thanks, in anticipation, Murray Horton, Secretary, PSNA, Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa, Box 2450, Christchurch, New Zealand. cafca@chch.planet.org.nz http://www.converge.org.nz/psna

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AUSTRALIA Free all the kids: Mandatory detention must go! At least 10,000 people have been through Australia's immigration detention centres since July 1999, including 3899 children. Thirteen people have died in detention. At least four asylum seekers have been killed upon being returned to their country of origin. Many more have disappeared. Indescribable human suffering has resulted from the unjustifiably brutal policy of mandatory detention. http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2005/628/628p9.htm

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BOLIVIA New Uprising In Bolivia: Almost four decades after Che Guevara's murder, Bolivia’s poor and indigenous masses are keeping his revolutionary legacy very much alive as they fight to secure their country’s resources and future. http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=52&ItemID=7920

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