GPJA #502: Sat – International Day of action for Palestine



Saturday, June 7, 2pm-3pm, Downtown Centre, corner of Custom St & Queen St, Auckland City
International Day of Action for Free Palestine: Please come along to the protest rally this Saturday 7th June and join the world-wide demand for the end to Israel’s violent & illegal occupation of Palestine, and the siege of Gaza.

Downtown Centre, corner of Custom St & Queen St, Auckland City from 2pm – 3pm on Saturday 7 June 2014. Supported by Palestine Human Rights Campaign, Kia Ora Gaza, Students for Justice in Palestine Auckland University, Global Peace & Justice Auckland, & the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network. ‘GLOBAL MARCH ON JERUSALEM’ – 7 June is an international day of action to demand the end of Apartheid Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land, & to restore Jerusalem as the capital of Free Palestine. Protests will take place in major cities all around the world on this day.

Saturday, June 7, 9.30am – 3.00pm, 16D Bakerfield Place, Manukau.
You are invited to a Social Justice and Policy event centred on children and parenting practice. On behalf of the Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit we would like to extend a warm invitation to parents, policy makers and educators to our upcoming event: Social Justice for Children: Parenting, Policy and Practice. In what ways can a child’s experience of social justice have an impact on the well being of all of society? Robin Grille, international speaker and best selling author, will speak on how a connected and peaceful childhood can have a transformative impact on our communities. Sue Bradford will explore how the Private Members Bill that she proposed in 2005 (known as the "anti-smacking law") whilst in office for the Green Party has had an impact on the realisation children’s rights in New Zealand. Major Campbell Roberts of the Salvation Army Social Policy Unit will discuss child poverty in New Zealand; how kiwi kids are experiencing their world and what needs to change. $55 including lunch (please get in touch for information about subsidies, particularly for parents and the unwaged) REGISTER: For more information on the Social Justice and Childhood Initiative please visit Please see and share the attached publicity.

Wednesday, June 11, 6pm, Irish Consulate, 205 Queen St, Auckland
We are going to hold a vigil for justice for the 800 of Tuam outside the Irish Consulate in 205 Queen Street, Auckland, next Wednesday at 6pm. Called by the Connolly Club . any other organisations or individuals who would like to support, please let me know. Justice must be done for these innocents.

Thursday, June 12, 7pm – 8.30pm, The Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland City
We are very excited to announce the following two presenters will be delivering a talk on Franciscan ecology. Brother Philip Jeffares (OFM) is a Franciscan brother and Guardian of the Friary. Br Philip has worked in the past on Evangelization, Justice and Development work for the Diocese, for his Order and for the Asia-Oceania Development Project of the Franciscans. AND Joanne Basham (ofs), a secular Franciscan, whose studies include a Bachelor of Arts in Italian and a Master to Theology in Christian Thought and History.

Saturday, June 14, 7pm, Newtown Community Centre, Wellington
Marx in Soho A play by Howard Zinn, performed by Anya Tate-Manning. This is the New Zealand premier of this amazing play. Marx is back! The premise of this witty and insightful “play on history” is that Karl Marx has agitated with the authorities of the afterlife for a chance to clear his name. Through a bureaucratic error, though, Marx is sent to Soho in New York, rather than his old stomping ground in London, to make his case. Howard Zinn, best known for his book, ‘A Peoples History of the United States’, introduces us to Marx’s wife, Jenny, his children, the anarchist Mikhail Bakunin, and a host of other characters. Marx in Soho is a brilliant introduction to Marx’s life, his analysis of society, and his passion for radical change. Zinn also shows how Marx’s ideas are relevant in today’s world. This is a fundraising event for the ISO to improve the Socialist Review. For more information about the Socialist Review appeal, see our appeal page.

Monday, June 16, 7.30-10.30pm, Thirsty Dog Tavern, Karangahape Rd, Auckland.


Missed May Day? Make up for it in June.

June 16 is “Bloomsday”, a sort of literary St Patrick’s Day.

It’s a commemoration of the fictional day in 1904 in which James Joyce’s comic masterpiece Ulysses unfolds. All around the world there are Bloomsday celebrations. In Auckland for the past decade a Bloomsday cabaret has unleashed itself in the red-light district of Karangahape Rd.

This year it will again be at the Thirsty Dog Tavern. And it’ll feature, besides Joe Carolan, Xena Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless reading from the notoriously explicit 50-page soliloquy of Molly Bloom.

Michael Hurst will playing pale young poet Stephen Dedalus, while doubling outrageously as star of 1930s Paris cabaret, Josephine Baker.

Competing for attention will be Unite Union organiser Joe Carolan as a Sinn Fein Cyclops (Joe will be playing the Shinner’s mangy dog as well).

Bruce Hopkins will play fierce transvestite dominatrix Bella Cohen, a sort of Judith Collins pre-Oravida.

Mezzo soprano Yuko Takahashi will be singing from Mozart aided by Farrell Cleary.

Dublin actor Brian Keegan will be reading from The Book.

Tenor and political commentator Chris Trotter will be singing Dominic Behan’s Patriot Game and Linn Lorkin and The Jews Brothers Band, backed by Jean McAllister, will be performing a fabulous range of numbers: Motown, Mozart, ABBA, The Doors, klezmer, Edith Piaf, Dominic Behan, Marian hymns, Broadway musicals…

And there’ll be a surprise appearance from Dame Sister May Leo, dropping in from heaven.

Jews Brothers’ Bloomsday.

Thirsty Dog Tavern, Karangahape Rd, Auckland.

Monday night, June 16, 7.30pm-10.30pm.

Wednesday 18 June, 5pm, Unitec Lecture Theatre (B510-B007), Waitakere campus, 5-7 Ratanui Street, Henderson

Dr Irene Ayallo – HIV-AIDS: Public policy making processes in Kenya – Assessing the participation of women and youth living with HIV. You are warmly invited to join leaders in the social practice sector for a fortnightly evening lecture. Each 45 minute session looks at multidisciplinary approaches to social justice and is followed by a Q&A and light refreshments.

For the third lecture in the series we’ll hear from Dr Irene Ayallo, Lecturer at Unitec’s Department of Social Practice. Dr Ayallo will speak about public policy making processes in Kenya in relation to women and youth living with HIV. The presentation is based on Dr Ayallo’s doctoral project, which assessed the participation of Kenyan women and youth living with HIV in public policy making. Dr Ayallo recorded the participants’ knowledge, experience and wisdom using ‘dialogic workshops’. This is a process that develops participants’ critical consciousness and builds their capacity to engage in conversations that link their experiences to larger socio-political and economic policies. Dr Ayallo will present her findings on how women and youth living with HIV can participate (effectively) in HIV-AIDS public policy making processes in Kenya. Admission: $10 (complimentary for field educators and supervisors). If you can’t make it, feel free to share this invite with someone else in your agency. We look forward to seeing you there! Department of Social Practice, Unitec Institue of Technology

Thursday, June 19, 8am-4pm, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus, Student Memorial Lecture Theatre, (SUMT228)

Inequality: Causes and Consequences:


· Tim Hazeldine, Prof of economics, Auckland University

· Brian Easton, Economist and independent scholar

· Simon Chapple, Senior Research Fellow, Dunedin School of Medicine

· Bill Rosenberg, Economist and Director of Policy, Council of Trade Unions

· Susan St John, Associate Professor of Economics, Auckland

· Geoff Bertram, Senior Research Advocate, Victoria University of Wellington



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We are seeking passionate community volunteers to work alongside the Project Coordinator on daily food rescue runs. Our drivers pick up fresh produce and bread on a daily basis, from designated companies who are contracted to Fair Food, which is then sorted into appropriate boxes in the back of our Fair Food van. They then distribute the food to Community organisations on a scheduled run, which varies daily. Fair Food operates between 9am – 3pm (times may vary), Monday to Friday. We have a volunteer training day on Mondays for 1 person at a time – meeting in Henderson at 8.30am. Please note: There is heavy lifting involved as well as climbing up and down ladders There is a considerable amount of time spent in the van. Full Driver’s License preferred. All applicants will be police checked and asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. If you are interested in being a part of our team and meet the above criteria – we look forward to hearing from you. Contact Travena on 022 167 8963 or 09 838 4820 – option 6 or email info

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