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Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #113.

Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #113.

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 mike@unite.org.nz; Web page - bobo@enzyme.org.nz. Donations can be sent to GPJA, 6a Western Springs Rd, Morningside, Auckland. All communication regarding the GPJA mailing list (email or snail) should be addressed to gpja@xtra.co.nz

Dear friends,

This Monday’s GPJA FORUM is "What does the new government mean for Peace and Social Justice issues?". Speakers include: Hone Harawira, Maori Party MP; Keith Locke, Green Party MP; John Minto, Quality Public Education Coalition; Matt McCarten, Unite Union and Workers Charter; David Craig, Child Poverty Action Group and co-author of “Cut Price Kids”. Monday, November 7, 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn

QUOTE OF THE WEEK “I'm convinced that if we are to get on the right side fo the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin to shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people; the giant triplets of racism, militarism, and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered” - Martin Luther King - http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2564.htm

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SINN FEIN MP TO TOUR NZ - Bairbre de Brún is MEP for the Six Counties and the Sinn Féin spokesperson on equality and human rights. She was elected as an Assembly member for West Belfast. Born in Dublin, she lives in the Andersonstown area of Belfast. She is a teacher by profession and taught in the growing sector of Irish medium education. Bairbre began her political career as a member of the National Committee against the H-Blocks and Armagh Gaol in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She worked in the Women's Department and was head of both the Cultural and International Departments. She is a fluent Irish speaker and an expert in human rights and equality issues. She is a member of the Ard Chomhairle and of the Sinn Féin negotiating team and has travelled extensively both in Ireland and abroad to promote the peace process. Elected as a Sinn Féin Assembly member for West Belfast in 1998, Bairbre was nominated by the party to the newly formed Executive as Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety. AUCKLAND – Sunday, November 27, 6pm, Tom Forde's Bar, Anzac Ave WELLINGTON – Monday, November 28, 8pm, Blarney Room at Molly Mallones in Courtenay Place Also on November 28 a 15 minutes live interview with Linda Clark at 9:30am the National Programme If anyone wants to help out please phone Nik on 09 446 3144 / 021 162 1969 or email me at cumann@csfnz.org

PEACE RESEARCHER is the journal of the Anti-Bases Campaign. Number 31, October 2005, is a Special Issue, devoted to the late Owen Wilkes, who was a world renowned peace activist and a household name in New Zealand from the 1960s. Owen was a founder of ABC and the inspiration for Peace Researcher. You can access Peace Researcher online at: http://www.converge.org.nz/abc/prfront.html

WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST - JANUARY 20-22, 2006 The public face of New Zealand’s role as an American ally is the NZ military presence in Afghanistan. But New Zealand’s most significant contribution to that, and other American wars, including the one in Iraq, is the Waihopai spybase. Waihopai is controlled by the US, with New Zealand (including Parliament and the Prime Minister) having little or no idea what goes on there (let alone any control). The Waihopai electronic intelligence gathering base is located in the Waihopai Valley, near Blenheim. First announced in 1987, it is operated by New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) in the interests of the foreign Powers grouped together in the super-secret UKUSA Agreement (which shares global electronic and signals intelligence among the intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ). Its two satellite interception dishes (shielded from public view by giant domes) intercept a huge volume of telephone calls, telexes, faxes, e-mail and computer data communications. It spies on our Asia/Pacific neighbours, and forwards the material on to the major partners in the UKUSA Agreement, specifically the US National Security Agency (NSA). Its targets are international communications involving New Zealanders, including the interception of international phone calls. The codename for this – Echelon – has become notorious worldwide as the vast scope of its spying has become public. New Zealand is an integral, albeit junior, part of a global spying network, a network that is ultimately accountable only to its own constituent agencies, not governments, and certainly not to citizens. Waihopai does not operate in the national interests of New Zealand or our neighbours. Basically it is a foreign spybase on NZ soil and directly involves us in America’s wars. Waihopai must be closed. We invite people from around the country to join us for the weekend of anti-war protest at this spybase. Come prepared for roughing it and camping out. We’ve hired portaloos and a marquee. We provide the food (note: we cater for vegetarians but vegans will have to bring their own). Bring sleeping bag, groundsheet, a tent, torch, water bottle, eating utensils, clothing for all weather, and $40 (or $20 unwaged) to cover costs. Absolutely no open fires. How to find our camp: Take Highway 6 out of Blenheim (the Nelson road); cross the Wairau River bridge, take the first turn left, and then drive for approximately 15 minutes until you reach the bridge turnoff (a right turn) which takes you to the Department of Conservation’s Onamalutu camp. It is a public campsite and has some basic facilities. As there is a fixed charge per person per night to camp there, ABC has had to increase the registration cost. IF YOU WANT TO TAKE PART SEND MONEY AND REGISTRATION DETAILS TO: Anti-Bases Campaign, Box 2258, Christchurch. e-mail cafca@chch.planet.org.nz www.converge.org.nz/abc Make all cheques to ABC. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00237.htm

WHAT’S ON IN AUCKLAND

Monday, November 7, 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn GPJA FORUM: "What does the new government mean for Peace and Social Justice issues?". Speakers include: Hone Harawira, Maori Party MP; Keith Locke, Green Party MP; John Minto, Quality Public Education Coalition; Matt McCarten, Unite Union and Workers Charter; David Craig, Child Poverty Action Group and co-author of “Cut Price Kids”.

Wednesday, November 9, 8pm, Maidment Theatre, Princes St, Auckland University 2005 Media Peace Awards Ceremony with special guest speaker Anita McNaught. MCs John Campbell and Carol Hirschfeld. Tickets $27 waged, $17 unwaged. Tickets available from the Maidment Theatre Ph 09 308 2383

Friday, November 11, 5.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn WWRC QUIZ NIGHT: to test your general knowledge, your capacity for trivia, and your good natures. Prizes for the best and the worst tables. Spot prizes. $10 entry fee. Supper provided.

Monday, November 14, 7.30pm, Unite Office, 6a Western Springs Rd, Morningside GPJA ORGANISING COMMITTEE – All volunteers welcome.

Sunday, November 27, 6pm, Tom Forde's Bar, Anzac Ave SINN FEIN MP TO TOUR NZ - Bairbre de Brún is MEP for the Six Counties and the Sinn Féin spokesperson on equality and human rights.

Monday, December 5, 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn GPJA FORUM: JANE KELSEY REPORTS BACK FROM WTO PROTESTS IN HONG KONG. How so-called trade liberalisation and free trade form the agenda of the majopr corporates that dominate the world economy. How workers in both the first and third work are the ultimate victims.

Saturday 10 December, 7pm to 9pm, SkyCity Casino, Victoria St, City PARASITES ON POVERTY PROTEST. This protest is the second public protest of the GPJA "Parasites on Poverty" campaign which is calling for action against pokie machines and loan sharks. See www.pop.org.nz for more information. Many families are under serious financial pressure in the run up to XMAS and the casino is ready to exploit their vulnerability. Sky City contains the lion’s share of pokies in Auckland and has reported a profit of $104 million for the past year. This is money redistributed from the poor to the rich by the largest community parasite in Auckland. Come along and help develop pressure on poverty, loan sharks and pokies!

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