GPJA NEWSLETTER #219, December 9, 2007
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GLOBAL PEACE AND JUSTICE AUCKLAND NEWSLETTER #219, December 9, 2007
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This week we have the unique opportunity to see a documentary film about Venezuela made by a team of New Zealanders. Wed night at the Academy. See “What On in Auckland” below. The civil rights defence committee is also meeting Tuesday.
101 East: More than a dozen New Zealanders, some Maori, were arrested in October in a major operation involving hundreds of police. To discuss the political storm the arrests have created, 101 East is joined by Hone Harawira, a Maori Party MP, Dr Tracey McIntosh, who is of Tuhoe descent and from Auckland University, and MP Ron Mark of the New Zealand First Party. [http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1E6CA021-AA72-482A-9721-FA857B0F07F3.htm]
MINTO: Caring for our children in need - Why is it that so
many people respond brilliantly to single children in
trouble but can't relate to them in the plural?
International Civil Society Activist Criticises NZ's Terror
Than 1100 People View Suppressed Police Affidavit
Zaoui Witness At Classified Hearing Arrested In Spain, Flees
for Amnesty's concern over Afghan's
should be re-investigated: academic
Kelly, Dominion Post column, Electoral Finance Bill http://union.org.nz/news/2007/helen-kelly-dominion-post-column-electoral...
unionist reinstated at Rank Group site
Matt McCarten: Childish tantrums in the House but plight of poor kids ignored [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10481209&pnum=0]
Council of Trade Unions says a report by the right-wing
Centre for Independent Studies comparing New Zealand wages
with those in Australia doesn’t make sense.
evidence reveals Peter Ellis inquiry a sham
Lawyer Worried Bill Designed To Avoid 'Zaoui Type Cases' May
Work - High profile lawyer Deborah Manning who successfully
defended Algerian former MP Ahmed Zaoui has sounded alarm
that while 'Mr. Zaoui has received justice in New Zealand'
she is concerned that 'many others may miss out'.
threat to entry to Auckland Uni: Quality Public Education
Coalition – QPEC - is appalled at the attempt by Auckland
University to restrict entry to courses which currently
have open entry.
FUNDRAISING - URGENT - WE NEED $10,000 BY XMAS We urgently
need funds to help meet the large costs we have incurred so
far and costs we can predict over the next few months. To
put it bluntly we need to raise $10,000 before XMAS. MAKE A
DONATION TO A DEFENCE FUND ONLINE 38-9000-0099726-00:
Indentify donation as being for the defence fund. Initial
patrons of the fund are Jane Kelsey, John Minto, Simon
Oosterman and Mike Treen. Or Use your credit card through
Send a cheque to GPJA c/o treasurer Brian Van Dam, 16 Browning St Manurewa. THE BEST SUPPORT IS A SMALL MONTHLY – IE $10 A MONTH - AUTOMATIC PAYMENT FOR THE LONG TERM THAT CAN SUPPORT THE ONGOING WORK OF GPJA. ORGANISING MEETINGS
AUCKLAND: Civil Rights Defence Committee, 6pm, TuesdaySat Unite House, L12, 300 Queen St, 6pm.
For other events in Auckland see “What’s On In Auckland” below
Every Tuesday - 6pm - Support Meeting at 128 Abel Smith St. Thursday 20th December - End NZ support for the 'war on terrorism' / Honour the Treaty, respect human rights, repeal the terrorism suppression legislation: the regular peace vigil will again be focused on support for the communities, families and individuals affected by the 'terrorism' raids; from 5pm to 6pm at the Cenotaph (corner Lambton Quay and Bowen Street). The vigils are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month, for more information contact Peace Movement Aotearoa, email [email@example.com]
WAIKAREMOANA December 31 - January 03 - Ten year anniversary of the Waikaremoana occupation
Every Friday until Christmas - Vigil in Solidarity with the Tuhoe people: "each week, the vigil will feature a speaker to talk about the issues that have emerged from the raids of the 15. To vigil means to ‘remain awake’. We must remain awake to the political agendas at work in the current climate of the “war against terrorism” and demand an end to the targeting of sisters and brothers who speak truth to power. The vigil will be a peaceful and prayerful presence." From 5pm to 6pm, in Cathedral Square; for more information contact email [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Scoop Coverage: Urewera 17
GALLERY Visit our Flickr photo group. (Join the group and
add your pictures!)
FACEBOOK Visit our FaceBook group: [http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=12434385103]
QUOTE OF THE WEEK "Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains." -- Jean-Jacques Rousseau - 1712-1778 - Political philosopher, educationist and essayist
WHAT’S ON IN AUCKLAND
Wednesday, December 12, 8.15pm, Academy Cinemas, Public Library, Lorne St, Auckland
NOW THE PEOPLE HAVE AWOKEN: EXPLORING VENEZUELA'S REVOLUTION
beauty queens and oil, Venezuela has never been on the
international stage. Now Venezuela is at the center of
international controversy: for some it has been stolen by
populist dictator, while for others Venezuela represents the
centre of a continent-wide democratic revolution. There is
much at stake. Venezuela sits atop the biggest oil reserves
in the world, which are being used to foment a new order.
President Hugo Chavez, who survived a military coup in
2002, has supported a number of controversial social
programs which have pushed Venezuela onto the United States
government, and media, enemy radar. What makes Venezuela
tick? Who is behind the movement and what does it seek?
Filmed through the 2006 presidential elections, this is a
film about the people of the new Venezuela. New NZ
Documentary, 4 December, 8.15 pm, Academy Cinemas, Public
Library, Lorne St, Auckland Film followed by discussion
with local directors. To reserve your ticket contact
[email@example.com] or call 0210339220. $10 unwaged; $14 waged Preview here: [http://youtube.com/watch?v=gSWOLRl0i04]
December 14, 8pm, Tivoli, Oneroa, below Harcourts, Waiheke
Island You are invited to a screening of the documentary NO
NUKES IS GOOD NUKES! The Legacy of New Zealand's Grassroots
Anti-Nuclear Movement directed and produced by Claudia Pond
Eyley ph/fax +64 9 372 3361 / 021 175 2218 [firstname.lastname@example.org] www.tivoliNZ.com
Saturday, December 15, 1pm - 2.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road Grey Lynn THE FUTURE OF WORKERS CHARTER The Workers Charter newspaper has been published monthly for two years now. It has been part of an attempt to create a broad left alternative to Labour. It has brought a fresh look to union issues, worker struggles and social movements. The paper has endeavoured to combine reporting on these issues with insightful commentary and some in-depth analysis as well as providing general interest material including sports, film reviews and history pieces. It has a small but dedicated regular readership. However after two years we have just 300 subscribers and need to seriously look at the future of the paper. (We owe $4,800 in loans, $2000 to the printers and we have just $450 in the bank – all this before we look at printing the December issue!). Is it serving a useful purpose? If so then why has it not gained a wider subscription base? Does the product justify the huge effort to produce it? This needs to be a frank discussion with a broad range of individuals and organisations taking part. We welcome your participation – If you love the paper come along and let us know. If you hate the paper we need you even more!! If you’ve never heard of it come and find out about it. John Minto, Editor.
Saturday, December 15, 10.30am-4.30pm, Engineering School auditorium (Rm 1439), 20 Symonds St TALK ABOUT TERROR - A Public Forum at the University of Auckland Reflections on politics, history, law and media. This forum addresses the on-going fallout for Tuhoe and New Zealanders of the October 15 police action. Public discussion and comment has focussed on whether police action was ‘warranted’ and whether the Terrorism Suppression Act was ‘good’ law. This drift in mainstream media obscures the real issues, which remain Tuhoe sovereignty, the compulsory nationalism of New Zealand democracy, the broken trust of state aggression against community, the enduring relevance of local history, and a global war on terror which has brought terror ‘home’ in support of international obligations that exclude the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The object of the forum is critical reflection that will highlight the substantive issues behind talk of terror in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Respondents include: Tracey McIntosh (Sociology, AU); David Williams (Law School, AU); Stephen Turner (English, AU); Laurence Simmons (Film, Television and Media, AU); Kiritapu Allan and Teanau Tuiono (Conscious Collaborations). The format will be welcome and morning tea (10:30–11:00), a screening of a 50 minute interview with Tamati Kruger of Tuhoe, followed by 15 minute presentations from respondents on different aspects of public talk about terror (12.00–1.00). Lunch break, followed by further responses and discussion. The forum will close with a screening of Robert Pouwhare’s Tuhoe: A History of Resistance (3:00-4:00), still unseen on New Zealand television. Organisers: Nova Paul ([email@example.com]), with Geraldene Peters, Tessa Laird and Adam White. ALL WELCOME
Saturday, December 15, 9am – 2pm, 2F / 22 Emily Place, Auckland The Dominican Friars and their friends invite you to their HOUSE WARMING AT THE PEACE PLACE. With your help the Peace Place will be: a quiet place in the heart of the city for meditation and prayer where friends work for peace through hospitality, conversation between people of every faith, study of ecology, conflict resolution and social justice. Lifting of Tapu and blessings 9am. Join us for morning tea or call in during the day. Open House to 2pm.
SUBMISSIONS ON EASTER TRADING The
Government has produced a discussion document about Easter
shop trading. After two bills opening shops at Easter were
defeated in May this year(following a union and church-led
campaign)supporters of liberalisation are making a
comeback. Submissions on the discussion document close on 14
December. You can make an on-line submission, read the
NDU's full submission guide and/or print out a shorter form
submission for posting in at
WEST PAPUA INDEPENDENCE DAY - photos from the West Papua solidarity events in Wellington and Auckland to mark West Papua Independence Day, 1 December, are now online, follow the link at [http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/wpdec07.htm]
US BAN CLUSTER BOMBS, NEW ONLINE PETITION - "I support the
global call to ban cluster bombs", you can add your name at
URANIUM MUNITIONS, NEW NATIONAL PETITION - "To the House of
Representatives: that the House emulate the Belgian
Parliament's decision of 22 March 2007 by prohibiting in
New Zealand the manufacture, use, storage, sale,
acquisition, supply and transit of inert munitions and
armour that contain depleted uranium [DU] or any other
industrially manufactured uranium." The printable petition
form, with a fact sheet from DUET, is available at
[http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/dupetition.pdf] The deadline for return of signed petition forms is 31 January 2008.
WANTED! A CAMPAIGN MANAGER TO COORDINATE THE GREEN PARTY'S 2008 ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN AUCKLAND.
We still have a vacancy in our 2008 election campaign team for a regional campaign manager based in Auckland. This is a paid position with a salary of $50,000 plus, pro rata. Applications are now invited from people with fantastic organisational and communication skills who share our vision of a greener New Zealand, have a working knowledge of Auckland, and possess proven experience in managing campaigns. We need to find a great person for this position as soon as possible. Success in Auckland is going to be crucial to the Greens' electoral success next year. Please, spread this message as widely as you can amongst Green and other NGO networks you may be a part of, and if you know of anyone whom you consider suitable for this role, suggest to them that they think about applying. Applications close on Thursday 13th December at 4pm with the Green Party National Office. For job descriptions and further information contact the National Office on 04 801 5102 or [firstname.lastname@example.org]
NOW THE PEOPLE HAVE AWOKEN: EXPLORING VENEZUELA'S REVOLUTION
Except for beauty queens and oil, Venezuela has never
been on the international stage. Now Venezuela is at the
center of international controversy: for some it has been
stolen by populist dictator, while for others Venezuela
represents the centre of a continent-wide democratic
revolution. There is much at stake. Venezuela sits atop the
biggest oil reserves in the world, which are being used to
foment a new order. President Hugo Chavez, who survived a
military coup in 2002, has supported a number of
controversial social programs which have pushed Venezuela
onto the United States government, and media, enemy radar.
What makes Venezuela tick? Who is behind the movement and
what does it seek? Filmed through the 2006 presidential
elections, this is a film about the people of the new
Venezuela. New NZ Documentary, 12 December, 8.15 pm,
Academy Cinemas, Public Library, Lorne St, Auckland Film
followed by discussion with local directors. To reserve your
[email@example.com] or call 0210339220. $10 unwaged; $14 waged
TOUR FOR NOTED US CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER LEONARD WEINGLASS
Dear Friend, The
Cuba Friendship Society in Auckland invites you to be part
of an international campaign calling for the release of
five Cubans imprisoned in the United States. Gerardo
Hernández, René González, Ramón Labañino, Antonio
Guerrero, and Fernando González – the Cuban Five, as they
are known – have been in U.S. prisons for nine years.
They were convicted in 2001 of conspiracy to commit
espionage for the government of Cuba, and related charges.
The five men were monitoring Cuban-American organisations
based in Miami in order to uncover plans and activities
that posed a threat to the safety of the Cuban people.
These organisations have an extensive record of carrying out
violent attacks against Cuba from U.S. soil, including
assassination attempts on Cuban officials, biological
warfare, and bombings. Leonard Weinglass, one of the
U.S.-based attorneys for the Cuban Five, will be touring
Australia early April 2008 to raise awareness and build
support for this campaign. He will be available to visit
Auckland for two days as part of this tour. Beginning in
the 1970s, Leonard Weinglass has defended many political
activists, including Angela Davis, Mumia Abu Jamal, and
leaders of the American Indian Movement. In 2004, the
American Trial Lawyers Association voted to name an annual
award, the Leonard I. Weinglass Award, honouring lawyers who
contribute to human rights and civil liberties causes. If
you want to help with the tour, need further information, or
have ideas on fund-raising or others to approach, please
let us know. Email:
[firstname.lastname@example.org] More information about the Cuban Five can be found at [http://www.freethefive.org]
BILLY BRAGG CONCERTS
In addition to playing at the Big Day Out in Auckland, singer Billy Bragg, favourite of many a unionist, will be playing at the Leigh Sawmill in Auckland on January 15 and the San Francisco Bathhouse in Wellington on January 16. Billy's website has details: [http://www.billybragg.co.uk/shows/shows_2008.html]
WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST JANUARY 25-27, 2008
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. [http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0701/S00036.htm]
To register send $40 ($20 unwaged) to the Anti-Bases Campaign, P.O. Box 2258, Christchurch. Make all cheques to ABC. E-mail [email@example.com]
CUBA THIS SUMMER Cuba consistently makes the news: whether
it is it’s health care system (see Salud or Sicko), its
response to its oil crisis, its environmental programmes,
or by remaining a political opponent of US imperialism for
forty years. It is also the home of salsa and its music is
world renowned. Registrations are open for the 25th
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 27th December and
returning 24th January. The all up cost is $5500, 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 countries in the region. For
further enquiries and registration e- mail Ina at [firstname.lastname@example.org] or Paul at
[email@example.com] (03 732 4010).
BEST ON THE WEB
REVIEW The Slave Ship: Marcus Rediker
- Book Review by Hassan Mahamdallie, December 2007
Bali Conference: World's Poor Need Action On Climate Change Says UN - A senior United Nations official told the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali today that any delay in addressing the issue of adaptation could be called "an attack on the poor." [http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00284.htm]
report: Severe climate change may now be `inevitable'
Is Progress? By George Monbiot: When you warn people about
the dangers of climate change, they call you a saint. When
you explain what needs to be done to stop it, they call you
a communist. Let me show you why.
reasons why the market can't solve the climate crisis
and the Fight Against Global Warming
and the Global Environmental Rift
"Does anybody care if Bangladesh drowns?" Afsan Chowdhury on climate change, environmental refugees, and the Bali conference [http://therealnews.com/web/index.php?thisdataswitch=0&thisid=669&thisview=item]
Prices Climbing, With No End In Sight - Globalisation,
climate change, and the mass production of biofuels are
pushing up food prices worldwide, which could jeopardise
the livelihoods of the world’s poorest, according to a
report released Tuesday by the International Food Policy
Unionists call for Work Choices' complete
End support to Afghan narco-regime: Bring the
troops home now!
Bolivia's 9 Governors Agree to President's Referendum [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/06/AR2007120602721.html]
Politics in Old Bolivia: Public Opinion and Evo Morales by
Benjamin Dangl - Nearly two years into the presidency of
Evo Morales, government officials and leftist social
organizations are determined to break with the past and
transform the nation. The opposition calls it a civil war.
The government calls it a revolution. Other Bolivian
activists and analysts call it business as usual.
head set for vote gamble
U.S. Finds Iran Halted Its Nuclear Arms Effort in
2003 By MARK MAZZETTI A new assessment by American
intelligence agencies, which concludes that Iran's weapons
program is on hold, contradicts a report two years ago that
Tehran was working inexorably toward building a bomb. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/04/world/middleeast/04intel.html?th&emc=t...
again verifies Tehran's NPT compliance
IRAQ US troops, mercenaries take more innocent life
Racism, Gov't Apathy Fuel U.S. Epidemic
rally behind the writers
Ibrahim Mousawi Hezbollah representative to World
Against War Conference
Concession Speech of President Hugo Chavez of
referendum: Democracy prevails, the Bolivarian revolution
for the Bolivarians - Venezuela After the Referendum - By
Leaders Examine Reasons for Venezuelan Referendum Loss
Not What You Think
Democracy or dictatorship?
Khmer Rouge tribunal holds first public hearing
Indonesian activists appeal for solidarity
Resistance to military rule continues
Sri Lanka: Amnesty Condemns Mass Arrests Of
More Than 1000 Tamils
Urgent Call for the Release of MTU Leaders! Stop
Crackdown on Migrant Workers!
Strike At Ford-Vsevolojsk - A unique and exemplary
by strikers at St Petersburg Ford factory - “When all
other rights are trampled under foot, the right to revolt
cannot be denied” Tom Paine
Ford workers have asked LabourStart to help raise money for
the union's strike fund -- which is rapidly emptying out.
Racism In Israel Reached New Heights In 2007
Junta Charges Monks' Leader With Treason Terry
EvansThe leader of the All-Burma Monks Alliance (ABMA) has
been arrested and charged with treason for his role in the
September pro-democracy demonstrations. Treason is a capital
crime in Burma. If convicted and executed, 27 year-old U
Gambira would be ...