GPJA #388: SEPTEMBER 11: 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF SPRINGBOK TOUR PROTESTS

GLOBAL PEACE AND JUSTICE AUCKLAND NEWSLETTER No. 388, August 19, 2011

SEPTEMBER 11: 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF SPRINGBOK TOUR PROTESTS

Hi everyone, Sunday September 11th is Auckland’s day to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1981 Springbok tour protests (just a day out from the 3rd test and final game of the tour in Auckland). We are having a final planning meeting over a morning tea (address below) next Sunday 21st August at 10am. Please come if you are able.
So far we have booked the Mt Eden War memorial hall from 1pm to 8pm and the proposal is something like this: 12noon gather at Walters Road entrance to Eden Park for a walk around the park to scenes of the 81 battles with different people recounting events at different places; then to the hall for a welcome for S’bu Zikode from the shackdwellers organisation Abahlahli baseMjondolo (S’bu will be touring NZ with stories of struggle in post-apartheid South Africa where things are often worse for the poor now than before the ANC government); screen the film Patu and a short video from S’bu called Dear Mandela; afternoon tea; the photo exhibition from Reel Pictures and a power point-type presentation by our own renowned protest photographer John Miller; some short speeches and perhaps an "open mike"; remembering those who have passed on since 1981; some entertainment perhaps etc etc
We will need help on the day with set up/tidyup etc and to make it all work smoothly we have next Sunday’s meeting. Please come if you can – (John Minto baked scones for morning tea) Hope to see you there. Please pass this on to anyone you think may be able to help.
Regards, John Minto, 4 Ethel Street, Morningside, Auckland. Ph (09) 8463173

AUSTRALIAN CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS SOCIAL CHANGE TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 3
The event, which is sponsored by the Office of Environmental Programs at Melbourne University and organised by Green Left Weekly and the Socialist Alliance, will run from Friday, September 30 to Monday, October 3 at Melbourne University. The discussions at this conference will be enriched by the participation of one of the world’s foremost radical ecologists, John Bellamy Foster. A well-known economist from the United States, Foster is also an editor of Monthly Review and the author of The Ecological Rift (with Brett Clark and Richard York) The Ecological Revolution, The Great Financial Crisis (with Fred Magdoff) and Marx’s Ecology. Also leading the conference discussions will be Canadian ecosocialist writer and activist Ian Angus. Angus co-founded the Ecosocialist International Network and is the editor of Climateandcapitalism.com. He is the author of the forthcoming book Too Many People? Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis (with Simon Butler) and has also authored Food Crisis: World Hunger, Agribusiness and the Food Sovereignty Alternative and edited The Global Fight for Climate Justice. Register now for this important conference! Friday, September 30 – Monday, October 3, 2011, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Melbourne University. http://climatechangesocialchange2011.wordpress.com/ http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/47144

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

MANA KAIMAHI NETWORK ESTABLISHED
Hi All, Syd Keepa (Mana Movement spokesperson on employment and industrial relations) and Mike Treen have agreed to establish a network of unionists who support the Mana Movement. Called the Mana Kaimahi Network we want to encourage active participation of working people in the Mana Movement leading up to the election on November 26. In the first instance we would like to invite active unionists and union officials to join an email network and/or facebook group to coordinate activities. Until the election we will focus on distributing Mana election material in workplaces, communities and unions; enrolling potential Mana voters; and identifying Mana supporters within the trade union movement to join Mana. In the near future we look forward to the possibility of forming workplace, union or cross-union branches of Mana members. We will aim to have an active role in promoting policy that upholds the interests of working people. Email me to be added to the network mike Join the Mana Kaimahi Network on facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/163366273740120/

UNRECOGNISED: PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT UPCOMING UN DECISION ON PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD
We were proud to oppose apartheid in 1981. We can stand against injustice today. Concerned Citizens (NZ) & Active Stills (Palestine/Israel) present: UNRECOGNISED: Photographic Exhibition – New Zealand, South Africa, Palestine & Israel. In September, the UN has the opportunity to recognise Palestine as a state. New Zealand’s vote will be cast by Foreign Minister Murray McCully. He decides whether we join the international outcry against injustice in Palestine, or continue to deny the Palestinian people the right to a voice in the international community. In August, 6 cities in 2 countries will exhibit photographs from apartheid South Africa 30 years ago, photographs of the 1981 anti-apartheid movement in New Zealand, and photographs of the situation in occupied Palestine today. These exhibitions will celebrate the important role of photography and art in spurring positive social change, as well as internationally showcasing local photographers and artists in New Zealand. Exhibition starts 19th Aug! The submitted work is truly amazing! View at: honefowler)

POLITICAL POSTER ART IN AOTEAROA
Kotare’s exhibition of political posters, “Art/Movement”, celebrates the creative force of flaxroot activism: the passionate energy of those working for justice in Aotearoa as embodied in the power, beauty and humour of street poster art. Highlighting a variety of key themes in the Kotare collection, the exhibition at the ArtStation Gallery features over 100 posters on honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi, anti-racism/anti-apartheid, unemployed workers’ rights, feminism, peace, environmentalism, and education. Come along and be inspired! Supporting events at the gallery. 20 September, 5-7pm, exhibition opening; 22 September, school students’ talk with Elizabeth Rankin (Professor of Art History, University of Auckland) and Sue Berman (Kotare); 24 September, 2-3pm, "The people behind the posters", oral history presentation with Sue Berman (Kotare); 24 September, "Silkscreen political posters: design and print"; workshop with Jarad Bryant (ArtStation – requires booking and fee); 1 October, 2-4pm, "Dare to struggle, dare to sing", Sue Berman and the Kotare crew: BYO stories, posters, and banners. Postcard reprints of selected posters will be available for sale. There is an opportunity also to purchase a limited edition silk screened poster by Christchurch political artist and historian Jared Davidson. Details will be available on the website : www.kotare.org.nz/Political_Poster_Exhibition Orders and enquiries to research@kotare.org.nz or call Sue Berman 09 833 3421

DRAFT REPORT ON ELIMINATING RACISM IN NZ AVAILABLE FOR CONSULTATION
Please find below a link to a PDF of a draft copy of New Zealand’s 18th, 19th and 20th periodic reports (consolidated as one document) under the United Nations International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The Ministry of Justice is seeking public feedback on the draft CERD Report. The feedback period will run until 30 September 2011.

http://www.justice.govt.nz/policy/constitutional-law-and-human-rights/human-rights/consultation/draft-combined-18th-19th-20th-periodic-report-cerd/draft-CERD-report-version-for-public-consultation.pdf

The Ministry is also consulting on the CERD article 14 individual complaints procedure. We ask that feedback on the draft Report and article 14 be emailed to humanrights More background on CERD, article 14 and the draft Report may be found at http://www.justice.govt.nz/policy/constitutional-law-and-human-rights/human-rights/consultation.

WORKSHOPS TO BUILD AND STRENGTHEN WORKING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN UNIONS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS
Auckland
: Friday 26th of August – PSA Training Room, Trades Hall, 149 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn
Hamilton: Monday 29th of August – Anglican Action Conference RoomTe Ara Hou, 100 Morrinsville Rd
Dunedin: Thursday 1st of September, NZNO office, 10th Floor, John Wickliffe House, 265 Princes St
Wellington: Monday 5th of September – NZNO National office, Level 3, Willbank House, 57 Willis Street
Unions and community groups often have mutual interests.. Increasing levels of poverty, inequality and decreasing access to services are all issues we need to combine forces on. We often support each other on these issues. Imagine how much more impact we could have if we could further strengthen the ties between us. That’s why the Kotare Trust is organising these workshops – as a space for building strong, ongoing relationships between unions and community groups working for social change – and to look at how we can campaign alongside one another for mutual benefit. The workshops will include discussing our different ways of working; campaign goals, objectives, strategy and tactics; and shared courses of action in the lead-up to the election and beyond.
Cost: We are offering this workshop at the lowest possible cost. The fee is $185 per union attendee and $85 per community organisation attendee. In effect, union colleagues will be subsidising $50 per place for community organisations. If the fee is a real barrier to attending, please contact us and we will see whether we can further subsidise your place.
Registration: Please register as soon as possible and no later than Friday the 19th of August. Spaces are limited so get in quick!
Facilitation team: Tanya Newman (Kotare) and Liz Robinson (Kotare and NZNO)
Kotare’s vision is of a future with economic, social and environmental justice in Aotearoa based on Te tiriti o Waitangi. With that vision in mind, our purpose is to support community action for a more just world through participatory education and research. – www.kotare.org.nz
For more information or to register please contact Tanya Newman at education or 09 5517765.

WHAT’S ON

Friday, August 19, 7pm, 4/125 Grafton Rd, Auckland.
Militant Labour Forum: Abortion: why working people should support a woman’s right to choose. In a number of countries supporters of a woman’s right to choose whether or not to have an abortion are facing political offensives by forces opposed to this fundamental right. Women’s rights campaigners in the United States have just finished mobilising in Maryland to counter a nine-day campaign by Operation Rescue aimed at closing down a clinic offering abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. In Russia, a reactionary alliance of the government, the church hierarchy, and groups opposed to a woman’s right to choose is pressing to make abortion illegal. Closer to home, challenges to abortion access by the “Right to Life“ group were rejected by the Court of Appeal in June. The widespread support that exists today for the right to choose registers social changes brought about by the accelerated incorporation of women into the workforce over decades, in addition to the movement against anti-abortion laws. This forum will discuss the central place of this fight in building a movement to defeat the capitalist offensive against our rights, living standards, and dignity. Felicity Coggan, from the Communist League, will speak. Suggested donation $5 waged, $2 unwaged. By the corner of Grafton Bridge/Grafton Rd.

Sunday, August 21, 1.30-3pm, Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton
Living in New Zealand in your Culture: Poverty and Cultural Privilege – A forum hosted by Poverty Action Waikato & NZ Diversity Forum. Come and tell us about your experience/s of how easy or hard it is to live in New Zealand in your culture? We will use these stories of exclusion and inclusion, poverty and privilege to advocate for social change.

Sunday, August 21, 3pm, Unite Office, 126 Viviaqn St, Wellington
MUTINY! Where to next? Big ideas, big thinking… This is an open meeting to anyone who came to the Big Left Radical Fair or is interested in MUTINY.

We’re looking out to next year and getting together to have a think about where and how to go next. Anyone who wants to take part in this discussion is welcome to come along. Refreshments will be provided.

Monday, August 22, 6.30pm, Merge Lifewise Cafe, 453 Karangahape Road, Auckland
Auckland Action Against Poverty public meeting… Welfare Advocacy From the Front Line. We are having special guest speakers Quentin Jukes (Homebuilders, Warkworth) and Yvonne Churches (Women’s Refuge) to speak and answer questions on ‘Welfare Advocacy: from the Front Line’. We will also look briefly at the latest developments in National’s plans for welfare reforms, and discuss ideas for further action and activity. It would be great if you could join us – and please do feel free to bring along any friends, family or workmates who might be interested. We’d also like to advise that AAAP has now set up a bank account, which has the princely sum of about $50 in it. If you support what we are doing, and are in a position financially to help us even a little, it would be wonderful if you could set up a regular AP to help us sustain our work – our account is called Auckland Action Against Poverty – Kiwibank – 38 9011 0832874 00. Contact us at contact

Monday, August 22, 7pm, The Peace Place 22 Emily Place, Auckland City.
Films at The Peace Place ..exploring creative artists’ response to war. CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008), Documentary – Music, Directors: Neil Young (aka Bernard Shakey), Benjamin Johnson, Writers: Neil Young, Mike Cerre, Music: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Editor: Mark Faulkner, Running time — 96 minutes, Admission: by Koha / donation. The war in Iraq is the backdrop as the Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young "Freedom of Speech Tour" crisscrosses North America. Where some ageing rock bands and musicians play a teasing game of nostalgia with concert audiences, performing their golden oldies while slipping in new songs and trying to recast themselves for younger listeners, in CSNY/Déjà Vu, the band is headed in the opposite direction. The average age of the band’s members is 62. They don’t even bother to disguise that fact. These men look like your grandfather, right up until the downbeat. Then the magnificence of their playing sweeps away all concepts of age.

Tuesday, August 23, 6.15pm, at the Trades Hall Foyer (126 Vivian Street, Wellington).
‘Remains to be Seen: Tracing Joe Hill’s ashes in New Zealand’, by Jared Davidson. Rebel Press is pleased to announce the Wellington launch of ‘Remains to be Seen: Tracing Joe Hill’s ashes in New Zealand’—an easy-to-read account of censorship and radical labour during the First World War. Jared Davidson, author and designer of ‘Remains to be Seen’, and Mark Derby of the Labour History Project, will share a few thoughts on the book. The Brass Razoo Solidarity Band will also be performing a few rabble-rousing songs to celebrate. Come along and share in some drinks, nibbles, and a slice of Aotearoa’s radical history. More information on the book can be found at http://www.rebelpress.org.nz/publications/remains-to-be-seen A Facebook page has also been created for the event here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=174577165945566

Thursday, August 25, 7pm, Unite office, 6a Western Springs Rd, Morningside, Auckland
Corporate empires and internet pirates: Fighting the anti-file sharing law. On 1 September 2011, the National Government’s war on internet piracy will begin in earnest as the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act comes into force. The new law signals a new attack on the rights of people to share and consume culture on the information highway, but the facts of the new law are little known. On Thursday 25 August at Unite Union come hear two speakers discuss the implications of the new law and how we can fight it. Speakers: Alex Manson, internet freedom activist/IT specialist & Nick Merrington, Socialist Aotearoa/cyber-punk. Read more: aksocialistaotearoa Socialist Aotearoa branch meeting and forum. Our fortnightly meeting to discuss political issues and organise activism. All welcome. http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.com/2011/08/corporate-empires-and-internet-p

Friday, August 26, 9am to 5pm, in Decima Glenn, Level 3, The University of Auckland Business School, 12 Grafton Rd, Auckland
ACC Forum: Co-hosted by The University of Auckland Retirement Policy and Research Centre and the ACC Group, the ACC Futures Coalition, and AUT’s Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research . “The future of ACC – Is New Zealand in danger of losing both what is best about the ACC scheme, and our place as a world leader in accident compensation? What can be done.” Auckland University is presenting a one-day symposium on the National Government’s proposed changes to ACC. Speakers include representatives from the NZCTU, employers, ACC claimant advocates, political parties, economists, academics, unions and Government consultants. Registration required $30 (includes lunch). Contact Tressy Menezes: t.menezes Closing date for registration and payment: Wednesday 24 August 2011.

Saturday, August 27, 12 noon, Aotea Square, Queen St, Auckland
Auckland protest against the Infringing File Sharing Amendment Bill

Friday, September 2, 1-3pm, Lecture Theatre OGGB5, Level 0, OGGB Building, University of Auckland Business School, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland
Launch of the report – The effectiveness of public investment in Maori and Pasifika children. Maori and Pasifika children are more likely to live in poverty than other groups of New Zealand children. This report, commissioned by Every Child Counts and authored by Dr Manuka Henare of the University of Auckland, explores the contributing factors of Maori and Pasifika child poverty – and presents a new paradigm for future planning. RSVP to anton.blank 09-376 8378. Every Child Counts is a coalition of Barnardos, Plunket, UNICEF, Save the Children, Te Kahui Mana Ririki and thousands of others working together to improve the status and wellbeing of New Zealand children.

Saturday, September 3, 5.30pm, Te Whare o Te Ata (Fairfield/Chartwell Community House), 60A Sare Crescent, Fairfield, Hamilton.
Mana Hauraki-Waikato Public Forum From South Africa: An evening with a shack-dwellers’ movement leader. S’bu Zikode has been President of the Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement in South Africa since 2005. ABM is the largest organisation of the poor in South Africa and campaigns for housing, water and electricity supplies for the poorest South Africans. Schedule: 5.30pm Kai: Soup & Bread, 6.30 John Minto, 7.00 S’bu Zikode (8.30pm finish). Cost: Koha / $2 unwaged. Contact: Jared Phillips 029-4949-863 or Alvina Barret-Nepe 027-221-6864. Public Forum hosted by Mana Movement (Hauraki-Waikato), All Welcome!

Monday, September 5, 10am, Copthorne Hotel, 449 Memorial Avenue – near Christchurch Airport
National Cabinet Welcoming Committee! For the first time in 16 years the cabinet are meeting outside of the beehive to acknowledge the anniversary of September’s Earthquake. The same cabinet that brought us 1000’s of families freezing in condemned homes, record levels of unemployment, attacks on workers and beneficiary rights, billion dollar bailouts for private business and a cabinet with a clear agenda to drag New Zealand into a third world economic state – LET’S MAKE IT CLEAR THAT NOT EVERYONE IN AOTEAROA LOVES JOHN KEY AND HIS PARASITIC MATES!!!

Tuesday, September 6, 5.30pm, NZCTU, Level 7, West Block, Education House, 178 Willis St, Wellington
BOOK LAUNCH – “UNIONS IN COMMON CAUSE”: Helen Kelly, President, NZCTU, will launch “Unions In Common Cause, the New Zealand Federation of Labour 1937-88.” Published by Steele Roberts, this book is the first detailed study of the history of the New Zealand Federation of Labour. Based on a conference held in 2007, it includes chapters by four leading labour historians (Erik Olssen, Peter Franks, Melanie Nolan and Ray Markey), contributions by past and present union activists, biographical and statistical information. The book is richly illustrated. RSVP to Julia London julial@nzctu.org.nz before Thursday 21 July for catering purposes. Phone 04 8023810

Tuesday, September 6, 7.30pm, MacLaurin Chapel, 18 Princes St, Auckland (corner of Princes Street and Waterloo Quadrant)
Hear West Papuan leaders discuss the road to peace and how the Pacific Island Forum Leaders can help. The indigenous Melanesian people of West Papua have been forced to live under Indonesian military rule since the early 1960s, but yearn to be part of the Pacific family again. Speakers: Dr John Ondawame, West Papua People’s Representative Office in Vanuatu; Rex Rumakiek, Secretary-General West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPCNL); Paula Makabory, Institute of Papuan Advocacy and Human Rights (IPAHR) Australia and ELSHAM West Papua (One of the 1000 peace women nominated for the Nobel Prize in 2005). The Pacific Islands Forum meets in Auckland 6-9 September at Sky City in Auckland. Forum leaders must not overlook West Papua which is experiencing an unimaginable human rights tragedy: ‘slow genocide’ What can we do to help. Contact Indonesia Human Rights Committee, Box 68-419 Auckland 1125 or maire

Tuesday, September 13, 6pm, Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Historic Harbour Board Room, Wellington
1951 WATERSIDERS LOCKOUT DRAMATISED. Few confrontations have divided New Zealand as decisively as the 1951 Waterfront Dispute, lasting 151 days, from February 26 to July 15. Pass It On by playwright Renee Taylor is the peoples’ story of the 1951 waterfront lockout. Come and see Jeannie, Gus, Nell and Cliff and their comrades as they struggle to get their message to the people. Spliced with scenes shot in Wellington, ‘Pass it on’ promises to be as moving and real for audiences today as it was 60 years ago. This version has been produced by Year 12 Paraparaumu College Drama students, and is a whole class collaborative project. The production will take place in the Museum of Wellington City & Sea’s magnificent historic Board Room of the Wellington Harbour Board – one of the key players in the bitter dispute. The dispute is the longest standing industrial dispute in New Zealand’s history. Bookings: Phone: 472-8904, E: museumswellington Koha/gold coin donation (max X50 tickets)

Monday, September 19, 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road Grey Lynn, Auckland
GPJA Special Forum in conjunction with AUT’s Pacific Media Centre: Inside Al Jazeera: Guest Speaker Yasmine Ryan. Yasmine Ryan writes for Al Jazeera English Online, where she focuses on North Africa, France and digital activism. She has spent much of the year in Tunisia covering the uprising and its aftermath, and will be returning to cover what Tunisians hope will be their first free and democratic election in October. Al Jazeera has led the way with its coverage of the Arab Spring, gaining a much wider global audience as many people turned away Western news outlets. http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/profile/yasmine-ryan

Tuesday, September 20, 5-7pm, ArtStation Gallery, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Newtown, Auckland
Opening: Political Poster Art in Aotearoa – Kotare’s exhibition of political posters, “Art/Movement”, celebrates the creative force of flaxroot activism: the passionate energy of those working for justice in Aotearoa as embodied in the power, beauty and humour of street poster art. Highlighting a variety of key themes in the Kotare collection, the exhibition at the ArtStation Gallery features over 100 posters on honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi, anti-racism/anti-apartheid, unemployed workers’ rights, feminism, peace, environmentalism, and education. Come along and be inspired! Supporting events at the gallery. 20 September, 5-7pm, exhibition opening; 22 September, school students’ talk with Elizabeth Rankin (Professor of Art History, University of Auckland) and Sue Berman (Kotare); 24 September, 2-3pm, "The people behind the posters", oral history presentation with Sue Berman (Kotare); 24 September, "Silkscreen political posters: design and print"; workshop with Jarad Bryant (ArtStation – requires booking and fee); 1 October, 2-4pm, "Dare to struggle, dare to sing", Sue Berman and the Kotare crew: BYO stories, posters, and banners. Postcard reprints of selected posters will be available for sale. There is an opportunity also to purchase a limited edition silk screened poster by Christchurch political artist and historian Jared Davidson. Details will be available on the website : www.kotare.org.nz/Political_Poster_Exhibition Orders and enquiries to research@kotare.org.nz or call Sue Berman 09 833 3421

Thursday, September 29, 6.30 PM Powhiri, WAIPAPA Marae, 16 Wynyard St, Auckland University, Auckland
MANA TOI presents A Contemporary Maori Art Fundraiser: With works from a selection of inspiring contemporary Maori Artists including Star Gossage,Tracey Tawhiao, Ngahina Hohaia, DLT, Rakai Karaitiana, Hemi Kiwikiwi, Charlotte Graham and many more. With GOOD food, beverages & conversation. Live Music from Whirimako Black, Dam Native & DJ Phaze plus others. Special Guest Speakers including Rob Tuwhare reading his late fathers poetry And Hone Harawira for a Q & A. MANA TOI is a collective of Artists who fundraise for non-funded Art initiatives. This fundraiser is in support of MANA MOVEMENT’s Artists who want to support changes directly through Art & Music. Tickets are $75.00 each and there will be tables of 10. If you buy a table you go into win a painting by Tracey Tawhiao. There are only 150 tickets and fifteen tables. To purchase tickets or a table please email: info or tearahori23 Links that may help: http://www.wises.co.nz/l/Auckland/Auckland+Central/Waipapa+Marae/ http://www.korero.maori.nz/forlearners/protocols/powhiri.html

Friday, December 2, Victoria University, Wellington.
New Zealand Labour Law Society Inc (In conjunction with Victoria University of Wellington Law School). Invites you to attend its Inaugural Conference. The New Zealand Labour Law Society Inc will hold its inaugural conference at Victoria University of Wellington on Friday 2nd December 2011. This conference which occurs shortly after the election will focus on two main themes: Labour law across the Tasman and future directions in labour law. Labour Law Across the Tasman: Professor Andrew Stewart (University of Adelaide) will give an address on the current state of labour law in Australia and on the impact of the Australian government’s Fair Work reforms. Professor Richard Johnstone (Griffith University) will speak on Australia’s proposed model OHS law. Future Directions for Labour Law?: The conference date is one week after the 2011 General Election – the ideal opportunity for crystal ball gazing. In addition to keynote speakers and commentators the conference will also feature special sessions looking at future directions in selected areas of the law. These (depending on interest and papers received) are likely to include: Legal Challenges in Advancing Pay Equity, Good Faith Bargaining, Workplace Health and Safety, Employment Security, whether New Zealand should adopt a comprehensive National Employment Standards on the Australian Model. Enrol online now at the Early Bird rate of $200 -Places will be limited. Online enrolment is now open at www.victoria.ac.nz/law/about/events/2011/labour-law-conf.aspx
QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"The vices of the rich and great are mistaken for error; and those of the poor and lowly, for crimes." – Lady Marguerite Blessington – Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (1789-1849) Irish novelist.
"People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome." – George Orwell
"The general public are viewed as no more than ignorant and meddlesome outsiders, a bewildered herd. And it’s the responsible men who have to make decisions and to protect society from the trampling and rage of the bewildered herd. Now since it’s a democracy they – the herd, that is – are permitted occasionally to lend their weight to one or another member of the responsible class. That’s called an election." – Noam Chomsky
"We need to take our country back from the avaricious corporatocracy that feeds on the War Economy. The War Machine has our leadership , our Media and our very lives in its pocket. Everywhere health care, education, and fundamental human rights have suffered . We , as Americans and as members of the human race , must place Peace as our primary raison d’etre and begin the movement into an Age where violence is no more." – Barton Boyce
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth." –Sydney Schanberg

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Left parties should come together on tax policy, says Tax Justice http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1108/S00231/left-parties-should-come-together-on-tax-policy.htm

CULTURAL DISSENT

Inhuman Bondage: On Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights by Eric Foner http://www.thenation.com/article/162669/inhuman-bondage-slavery-emancipation-and-human-rights

The American Crucible by Robin Blackburn – review – A survey of slavery, emancipation and human rights http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jul/08/american-crucible-robin-blackburn-review?INTCMP=SRCH

Book Review: Left Pitted Against Left in "Labor’s Civil Wars" http://newpolitics.mayfirst.org/node/488

Book Review: Too Fast by Thomas Powers on Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable. http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33/n16/thomas-powers/too-fast

FEATURES

The Left’s Crisis http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/536.php

Baltic far right attempts to rewrite history http://links.org.au/node/2450

Europe’s Turn to the Right http://www.europe-solidaire.org/spip.php?article22601

From Tottenham to Oakland – Planet of Slums, Age of Riots http://www.counterpunch.org/maher08122011.html

Angela Davis: make prisons obsolete http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48489

WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS

Deficit deal, financial turbulence pose challenge – U.S. ruling class seeks to reverse industrial decline at workers’ expense http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/news/deficit-deal-financial.html

Marx was right; capitalism can destroy itself: Roubini http://business.financialpost.com/2011/08/12/roubini-says-more-than-50-chance-of-global-recession/

Roubini Warns of Global Recession Risk (Video) http://online.wsj.com/video/roubini-warns-of-global-recession-risk/C036B113-6D5F-4524-A5AF-DF2F3E2F8735.html

Bernard Hickey argues hoarding of assets by the increasingly wealthy rich is strangling the global economic recovery http://www.interest.co.nz/opinion/54852/opinion-bernard-hickey-argues-hoarding-assets-increasingly-wealthy-rich-strangling-glo

Quantitative easing ‘is good for the rich, bad for the poor’ http://m.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/aug/14/quantitative-easing-riots?cat=business&type=article

LAND, LABOUR AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Ecosocialists Unite virtual meeting #1. Michael Löwy. Ecosocialism. http://www.ecosocialistsunite.com/2/post/2011/08/ecosocialists-unite-virtual-meeting-1-michael-lwy-ecosocialism.html

Marxism has an ecological heart http://links.org.au/node/2456

Sacrificing the earth on the altar of politics http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article2240

AFGHANISTAN

US firm slammed over Afghan police training: Audit finds contractor DynCorps failed to provide nearly 60 per cent of the instructors needed to train Afghan police. http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/08/20118168280220816.html

Afghanistan: The Worst Place to be a Mother: After 10 years of occupation by the United States, Afghanistan’s maternal mortality and female life expectancy indicators are the worst in the world. http://www.alternet.org/world/152018/afghanistan:_the_worst_place_to_be_a_mother_

AUSTRALIA

Jail used to house disabled for years http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/10013454/jail-used-to-house-disabled-for-years/

Asylum misery exposed by stats http://www.theage.com.au/national/asylum-misery-exposed-by-stats-20110816-1iwk3.html

BURMA

Factional Fighting in Burma’s Military? http://www.europe-solidaire.org/spip.php?article22609

CHILE

Chilean Student Movement Leads Uprising For Transformation of the Country http://globalalternatives.org/node/115

CUBA

Cuba: A Development Model That Proved The Doubters Wrong http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/aug/05/cuban-development-model

INDIA

Jaitapur: a new nuclear folly http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article2243

IRELAND

A successful Turkish workers struggle in Ireland http://vimeo.com/3240952

KOSOVO

‘Tito, We Miss You’: Young Kosovars Lose Patience with Foreign Helpers http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,779236,00.html

LIBYA

Tribal Rifts Threaten to Undermine Libya Uprising http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/14/world/africa/14libya.html?_r=1

Who Will Save Libya From Its Western Saviours? http://www.counterpunch.org/bricmont08162011.html

Gaddafi troops fight to maintain positions in strategic city of Zawiyah: Libyan rebels launched an assault on the only functioning oil refinery in Zawiyah on Wednesday, with reports of heavy clashes in the key city, which is only 30 miles from the capital, Tripoli. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/17/gaddafi-troops-fight-city-zawiyah

Libyan Deaths, Media Silence: Were Dozens Killed in Majer NATO Airstrikes?: Allegations of Libyan civilian deaths as a result of NATO bombing have often been covered in the corporate media as an opportunity to scoff at the Gadhafi regime’s unconvincing propaganda . http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=4379

In Benghazi, a Nostalgia for Gaddafi as Libya’s Rebels Fail to Keep the Peace: The security unrest has made many worry about what will happen if the rebels finally overthrow Gaddafi. http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2088749,00.html

Evidence of war crimes? Videos of NATO Bombings in Libya http://warisacrime.org/content/videos-possible-nato-bombings-libya

PACIFIC

International Trade Union Confederation condemns yet another attack on fundamental rights in Fiji http://www.ituc-csi.org/international-trade-union,9563.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

PAKISTAN

468 people in Pakistan murdered by US in last 7 months: Despite Islamabad’s strong objection, American drones carried out 53 strikes in 2011 that killed 468 people in Pakistan’s tribal belt. Though a Lahore court has directed the Pakistani government to take measures to stop these attacks, the US does not seem to be letting up any soon. http://bit.ly/n4xQbU

PALESTINE

Does Palestinian Authority’s UN ‘statehood’ bid endanger Palestinian rights? http://links.org.au/node/2453

Israel’s J14 movement: Can it break out of the Zionist box? Palestinians fight for equality in J14 http://links.org.au/node/2446

SOUTH AFRICA

Why we need a living wage campaign http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article2239

SYRIA

The Syrian ‘common’: an uprising of the working society http://links.org.au/node/2452

Galloway Statement On Syria http://www.socialistunity.com/?p=8420

THAILAND

A new ‘settlement’ between Yingluck Shinawatra’s government and the elites? http://links.org.au/node/2448

UK

John Pilger: Damn or fear it, the truth is that it’s an insurrection http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2011/08/pilger-police-british-young

Naomi Klein: Daylight Robbery, Meet Nighttime Robbery http://www.thenation.com/article/162809/daylight-robbery-meet-nighttime-robbery?rel=emailNation

Facebook riot calls earn men four-year jail terms amid sentencing outcry http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/16/facebook-riot-calls-men-jailed

The Dismantling of the Universities http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33/n16/stefan-collini/from-robbins-to-mckinsey

Column: Mark Steel – The search for something to blame – The riots in Britain are being blamed on everything from gangs to social media–but their real roots lie in poverty, racism and alienation. http://socialistworker.org/2011/08/17/finding-someone-to-blame

USA

Striking Verizon Workers Are an Example to Us All http://www.thenation.com/article/162833/striking-verizon-workers-are-example-us-all

Corey Robin on Downgrading Obama: The debt crisis confronting the Obama administration is the product of war and taxes. There is little dispute that the origins of the crisis predate Obama’s election. When George W. Bush took office in 2001, the US had a $2 trillion budget surplus. Many believed that if the country merely continued on the path set by Bill Clinton, the national debt, then $5.7 trillion, would be eliminated by the end of the decade. Bush chose a different way http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33/n16/corey-robin/the-war-on-tax

The Pueblo revolt of 1680: History demonstrates that colonial subjugation, no matter how brutal its methods, inevitably breeds resistance http://socialistworker.org/2011/08/17/the-pueblo-revolt-of-1680

True Cost of Afghan, Iraq Wars By Nancy A. Youssef http://www.countercurrents.org/youssef160811.htm

The Pentagon’s Spending Spree By Chris Hellman: What almost $8 trillion in national security spending bought you http://www.countercurrents.org/hellman160811.htm

Land of the Free, Home of the Poor: Financial gains over the last decade in the United States have been mostly made at the "tippy-top" of the economic food chain as more people fall out of the middle class. The top 20 percent of Americans now holds 84 percent of U.S. wealth, as Paul Solman found out as part of a Making Sen$e series on economic inequality. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/business/july-dec11/makingsense_08-16.html

USA: The Top 1% By Aljazeera – Inequality in the US is more extreme than it’s been in almost a century – and the gap between the super rich and the poor and middle class people has widened drastically over the last 30 years. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28853.htm

VENEZUELA

The battle of 2012 – The revolution, the people and the armed forces http://venezuelatranslatingtherevolution.blogspot.com/

Communist Party backs Hugo Chavez, builds workers’ control movement http://links.org.au/node/2454

ZIMBABWE

Petition to drop false charges against political activists http://links.org.au/node/2449

OLDER ANNOUNCEMENTS

MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW” – NEW BOOK OF PLAY BY DEAN PARKER

Midnight in Moscow had the shortest main-venue run of any play in New Zealand. On its second night the curtain came down, followed next afternoon by the ceiling. This was the play that had just opened at the Court Theatre in Christchurch when the great earthquake of February 22 hit, killing 185 people. Here is the full text, together with a major introduction by the author. The play is set in Moscow, 1947; the introduction is set in Moscow, too, in the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 and then at the demise of the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Along the way the introduction takes in Burgess and Philby, Napier in the early 1960s, hippie London, New Zealand politics and theatre in the ’70s, Christchurch and Mervyn Thompson and finally the present — the return of the mob. Dean Parker is a screenwriter, playwright, journalist and political commentator. Previous works include plays Baghdad, Baby, The Feds, and The Hollow Men (adapted from Nicky Hager’s book) and cowriting the screenplay of the film Came a Hot Friday from the novel by Ronald Hugh Morrieson. Play • 144 pages, A5, soft cover ISBN 978-1-877577-37-6 RRP 24.99 • Available July. Steele Roberts Publishers • ph. 04 499 0044 • f. 04 499 0056 • Box 9321 Wellington. www.steeleroberts.co.nz

VISIT 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. At the moment it is fundamentally revamping its economy and administration system, while remaining true to the spirit of socialism. It is also the home of salsa and its music is world renowned. Registrations are open for the 27th 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 Brigade stays in the Julio Mella International Camp and 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 Womens’ Federation, visits to schools, hospitals and trade unions, resorts and national parks, as well as free time in Havana. Some voluntary work is included in the programme. Brigade members with a special interest in an area can usually be provided for. The trip is suitable for people of any age group. Children are welcome and an 85 year old has coped well. 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 to express solidarity. 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 inashina or Paul at wkcultur; (03 732 4010).

PLEASE SIGN ONLINE PETITION AGAINST TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
This was originally going to close on July 4th, but it’s built up momentum, so it seemed a shame to stop it now. More and more of the disastrous implications of the TPPA are making themselves obvious. The new cutoff date (which won’t be extended again) is November 1st. So please sign it now (if you haven’t already done so). And if you’ve got a hard copy of it, please post it to New Zealand Not For Sale Campaign, Box 2258, Christchurch 8140. We urge you to circulate and publicise the petition, online and hard copy, through your organisations and networks. Murray Horton, Convenor, New Zealand Not For Sale Campaign, Box 2258, Christchurch 8140. nznot4sale www.nznotforsale.org
Petition:
We the undersigned citizens and permanent residents of New Zealand call upon the Government of New Zealand.
• to cease negotiations on the Transpacific Partnership agreement; and
• to not sign this agreement; and
• to cease work on any other in-progress or proposed international trade and investment treaties containing clauses which limit or abrogate New Zealand’s sovereign and democratic right to make and enforce laws and regulations and provide services which differ from those of other states or transnational organisations.
Sign the petition

NOMINATIONS CALLED FOR ROGER AWARD
Nominations are now open for the 2011 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand. All details are on the nomination form, which is online at our Website. Here are the links to it, in both Word and PDF. cafca Please Join CAFCA’s Facebook Group & Follow Our Blog & On Twitter http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=117427631610589&ref=ts http://www.watchblogaotearoa.blogspot.com/ https://twitter.com/#!/NZN4S

SUPERFUND PETITION
“To the House of Representatives: We request that the New Zealand Parliament ask the Guardians of the NZ Superfund to disinvest the Fund from Elbit Systems, Caterpillar, G4S and 3 major Israeli banks: Bank Hapoalim , Bank Leumi and Israel Discount Bank, to ensure that New Zealanders are not profiteering from crimes against international humanitarian law.” For copies email Mandlgriffiths or write to: Lois Griffiths, 48 St Andrews Square, Christchurch, 03 355 4715 http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/petition-nz-superfund-to-divest-from-israeli-occupation/

ENCOURAGE THE MINISTER OF LABOUR TO SUPPORT THE EQUAL PAY AMENDMENT BILL
Equal Pay e-card available on the Green’s website. You can send a card to the Minister of Labour here: http://www.greens.org.nz/ecards/support-equal-pay The text reads: “Dear Kate Wilkinson, Minister of Labour, Our equal pay law needs updating. Men and women doing the same job should be paid the same. But that isn’t always the case. Giving us the legal right to get better information about pay rates in our workplace means we will be able to find out if there is an equal pay problem or not. It’s a small but important change that makes our current law work better. Please support the Equal Pay Amendment Bill.”

ME RONGO 2011 PEACE CONGRESS INFORMATION, REGISTRATION AND INVITATION 7 TO 21 NOVEMBER 2011, REKOHU (CHATHAM ISLANDS)
This message is to let you know that information about the Me Rongo 2011 Peace Congress – ‘Peace, Sustainability and Respect for the Sacred’ – the registration form and draft programme are now available. Below is the welcome message from the Congress hosts, an outline of the purpose and vision of the Congress, and an invitation for peace to groups to present workshops at it. The document with more information, the registration details, draft programme and contact details for the organisers, is available as a pdf file at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/merongo01.pdf and as a Word document at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/merongo01.doc This message is available online at http://www.facebook.com/notes/peace-movement-aotearoa/me-rongo-2011-peace-congress-information-registration-and-invitation/195449993835711

THE 2011 ELECTION: A CRITICAL GUIDE
The 2011 Election: a critical guide is currently being printed. If you click on the link below, you will see the book on our publisher’s website. Also, there is a link to a sample interview, with Professor Jim Flynn on privatisation. We tried to cover a wide range of topics, and here is a summary of who was interviewed: Dr Bryce Edwards (Otago University) The Main Political Parties & MMP; Dr Sean Phelan (Massey University) The Media; Professor Klaus Bosselmann (Auckland University) The Environment; David Do (New Zealand University Students’ Association) Student Loans; Professor Jim Flynn (Otago University) Privatisation; Professor Paul Roth (Otago University) Employment Law; Mike Treen (UNITE union) Unionism; Dr Brian Roper (Otago University) Taxation; Ali Nissenbaum (Wellington Activists) Anarchism; Andrew Tait (Dunedin Activist) Marxism; Sue Bradford (Auckland Activist & former Green MP) Feminism & Unemployment. While it is important to keep in mind that the interviewees have different opinions from each other, three themes emerged: 1) A critique of neo-liberalism; 2) De-politicisation (nearly a quarter of the population did not vote in the 2008 Election); 3) Internationalism (nearly half of the interviewees are originally from overseas: Germany, Ireland, Israel, South Africa and the United States). Please also keep in mind that we are not endorsing any political party. The interviewees disagree with each other on many points. We believe that the interviewees voted in at least five different ways in 2008. We are planning to send all interviewees a free copy of the book, to show our appreciation.

Thank you for your help, R Wright http://aptitute.co.nz/site/products http://aptitute.co.nz/The_2011_Election-a_critical_guide_sample_chapter.pdf

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