Category Archives: Actions & protests

The most publicly visible thing activists do. Protests, rallies and direct action to raise awareness and oppose the things we object to.

Fall Of The Wall 25th Anniversary

 

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To those of us who grew up in a divided Germany today is a special day, marking the 25th anniversary fall of the Berlin Wall and with it the fall of East Germany. The Eastern bloc under communism fell apart in 1989,  and a great change swept through Europe. East Germans were celebrating the freedom to travel, the right to free speech and being finally able to buy bananas!

Nowhere was the presence of the border felt more acutely than in the divided city itself. Not only were there two cities, East and West Berlin, but the capitalist West Berlin for 27 years became a symbol for freedom, an island in the sea of communism, kept alive by the Allied countries (The USA, France and Britain) and Enormous subsidies from West Germany.

I was born the day before JFK gave his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in front of the wall in 1963, but of course I was too young to care. Nor, in fact, did I ever care very much growing up, as the divided Germany was simply “normality”. Lucky for me I was born in the West.  From the time I was very young traveling to West Berlin by car became a regular event, as my paternal grandparents lived there. Border controls were the norm in Europe then (Pre EU), but in most of the countries border guards quickly glanced at your passport and waved you through.  Not so when traveling through East Germany, or the DDR, as we called it.  The DDR guards would look intently at your photo, then stare at you, the look at the photo again, then stare at you , several times, until they were sure you were not one of their own, trying to escape. There were spot checks, where they took apart half your car in order to look for hidden escapees.

I was a child, it was the way things were. And it was only a small taste of how East Germans were controlled by the Stasi for most of their lives, afraid of being caught saying the wrong thing, not being able to trust your neighbours in a country , where towards the end 25% of the population were government spies and people were thrown into jail for years for minor activism, which we take for granted.

In my late teens I became a little bit more interested in what was happening “on the other side”, My father and I spent a memorable day in East Berlin in the winter of 1980, where we tried our best to spend the 50 Deutsch Mark we were forced to exchange. I remember mostly, how dark it was: Gloomy. When we returned to West Berlin at night, the city lights just hit me. West Berlin was designed to be  a thorn in the side of the East, a constant reminder that it wasn’t going away:  loud, brightly lit and with no closing time for pubs , nightclubs and restaurants.

But in hindsight I can say that while the other side may have felt the constant pulse of the lively West Berlin, we also felt the gloom that was coming from the East which gave West Berlin a certain existentialist and melancholic tinge, forever immortalized in Wim Wenders incredible movie “Der Himmel ueber Berlin” (Wings Of Desire)

I was already living in Australia when the wall came down, the end result of  Gorbachev s” glasnost” “perestroika ”  and a peaceful people’s revolution.  The story of the Berlin Wall serves a reminder that change can happen and often happens quite suddenly, when enough factors come together to make a political situation no longer bearable.

There is no doubt, that we in the West are enjoying more freedom than the people who were imprisoned in East Germany, but we can never take these freedoms for granted, as the powers that be are happy to take them from us whenever we are not looking. While the fall of communism in 1989 was a good thing, many places, including Australia now suffer from the disease of corporatism, where it is not elected governments that run the country but corrupt politicians ruled by the Super-Wealthy and their corporations.

“We the people will need to see beyond the illusion,(created by those currently in power) that institutions like the courts and parliament, are the conduits through which justice and progressive change will be facilitated, they are merely mechanisms by which those who have hi- jacked the system,(so as to pursue their nefarious agenda) can do so unabated and limit any possibility of change to the current top down status quo.

Addressing this WILL require taking it PERSONALLY and not seeking permission to drive change from the grass roots upwards.”

(Thank you Ant Frau Poligy)https://www.facebook.com/ant.elevision?fref=t

In 1989 East Germans began to fight back and soon realized that if you are determined AND   have the numbers you are unstoppable.

 

IPAN open letter to the PM and Defence Minister regarding treatment of Swan Island Peace Convergence activists

IPAN open letter to the PM and Defence Minister regarding treatment of Swan Island Peace Convergence activists

IPAN logo

Wednesday 29th October 2014

Open letter to the Prime Minister Mr Tony Abbott and the Defence Minister Mr David Johnston

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) bring together over 50 community based peace and justice organisations across Australia.

We wish to express our grave concern regarding the alleged actions of SAS personnel, towards a small group of peaceful protesters at Swan Island military base on the 2nd October.

It is our understanding the Swan Island Peace Convergence group has protested Australian involvement in foreign wars over the past 5 years with protesters treated lawfully and peacefully by the ADF and the Victorian Police Force.

We in the IPAN are concerned that the tactics used this time, which include hooding, stripping of clothing, physical and verbal violence from ADF personnel reflect the Australian government’s current policies which restrict civil liberties on the basis of the threat of terrorism to Australian citizens.

The actions of the ADF personnel are reminiscent of the treatment of prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison in 2004 by US troops, and indeed correlate with a number of inquiries into treatment of civilians by ADF personnel during Australian military engagement in Afghanistan.

We ask, are our young men and women in the ADF being trained to commit war crimes?

When viewed in the context of the government’s decision to send Australian forces into Iraq for the 3rd time we express our concern that the people of our country are being constrained in their democratic rights to protest this engagement as it potentially grows into a major war.

The members of IPAN request that findings of the investigation by the Department of Defence into the actions of members of the ADF at Swan Island be made public.

Signed:

Annette Brownlie on behalf of the  Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

Medical Assn. for the Prevention of War

Lorel Thomas-Victorian Peace and Social Justice Network of Quakers.

Nick Deane- Marrickville Peace Group

Mr Norm Bullen- Just Peace Qld

Dr Chris Haw-Physicians against War

Georgia Murphy-SafeGround.

Peter Arndt Executive Officer-Catholic Justice & Peace Commission of Brisbane

Professor Alison Broinowski

Joan Jenkins-Bunbury Peace Group.

Australian Anti-Bases Coalition- Denis Doherty

Peter Murphy – Sydney Peace & Justice Coalition

Graeme Dunstan-Peacebus

Jim Green- Friends of the Earth

Beverley Polzin- Quaker

Stephen Darley-Campaign Against Foreign Military Bases (SA)

Peter D Jones, Tasmania Quaker Peace & Justice Committee (Hobart)

Philippine Australia Solidarity Assn

Philippine Caucus for Peace

Kathy Damm- Qld Quakers

Frances Kendall-Just Peace

Ruth Russell WILPF

Willy Bach- Standfast

Dale Hess

Rosemary Morrow Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute

Bevan Ramsden- Newcastle Peace Group

Romina Beitseen

John Hughes- Early Works

Rev Simon Moyle

Rev Alan Matheson AM

Joan Kitchen

Michael Henry- Just Peace

Shirley Winton- Spirit of Eureka Vic

Prof Richard Tanter

Daniel Brown Rite of Strings

Annie Didcott WILPF ACT

Bob Briton-General Secretary Communist Party of Australia

David Bradbury- Frontline Films

Roger Keyes- Adelaide Quaker meeting

Ann Rees- Adelaide Quaker meeting

Dr Janet Bodycomb MAPW Vic

Ross Battison Vic

Michael Hamel-Green- MAPW

Julie Marlow- Australian Anti-bases Coalition

Paul Malone

Margaret OÇallaghan

Hannah Middleton- Independent Activist

Anne Lane -Catholics in Coalition for Justice and Peace

The Hon Sandra Kanck

Boyette Jurcales- Ban the Bases

Father Claude Mostowik- Pax Christi

Maureen McKeown

Kay Mc Padden

Irene Gale AM

Margaret Jacobs- Member of Women in Black

Pip Hinman

May Kotsakis – Philippines Australia Solidarity Association.

Berlin Guerrero – Philippine Caucus for Peace

George Kotsakis – Migrante Australia

Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

PO Box 573 Coorparoo Brisbane 4151 Ph: 0431597256

“Islamic State Sex Slave Market” In London -It’s Not Islamophobia When Kurds Do It

Kurdish activists have staged a “Sex slave market” in London to draw  attention to the plight of (allegedly) thousands of  Kurdish and Yazidi women who have been sold into sex slavery by IS supporters.

The only mistake in the video is the disclaimer that IS have nothing to do with Islam. Obviously they themselves claim that they do , which is why they call themselves Islamic State and constantly quote the Koran to back up their atrocities, while more  so-called “moderate” and  Muslims  who ignore the Koran are supposed to be the “real” representatives of Islam. Nothing in recent memory has been so full of contradictions and cognitive dissonance  as  the many statements defending Islam as a religion of peace and tolerance .

 

The Left has now hesitantly begun to support Kurdish activists, because a small number of left activists have been brave enough to speak up despite the constant barrage of criticism of” racism and islamophobia”.

Support this event in Melbourne next week: ” Stand With Kobane”

https://www.facebook.com/events/679783932135832/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Happy 3rd Anniversary to Occupy Melbourne

Tagged cardboard boxes form Treasury gardens.

Tagged cardboard boxes from Treasury gardens.

Its hard to believe its been 3 years. Somehow it seems longer, somehow it feels shorter.

What has changed in that time, the federal government changed from Labour to Liberal and nothing changed for the better, because while a government allows a reserve bank to exist the reserve bank is in control, not the government.

We learned about the illogical and poisonous aspects of the political left.

We learned about how the political right are complete sold out to large corporations.

We learned about how the laws that give fiat currency value are just as corrupt and hollow as the fake money it supports.

We learned its an information war, a battle for the hearts and minds of the people.

We changed the conversation, we got people talking about things they never talked about before, or were even afraid to talk about.

We put up with a lot of hardships, the harassment from Victoria Police, Melbourne City Council, and agent  provocateurs, it was tiring, cold , wet and messy and at times dangerous.

BUT, it was totally worth it.

 

We went through as lot to spread a message but it’s up to you to hear the message and act upon it accordingly.

 

Good Luck.

Occupy Central Hong Kong: leave a message on their wall

A massive projector has been set up at Occupy Central Hong Kong.

They have a system whereby you can submit messages to be projected on their actual wall (not a FB thing).

 

http://occupier.hk/standbyyou/

 

Looks a bit like this (actual size).

Projector at Occupy Central Hong Kong  http://occupier.hk/standbyyou/

Projector at Occupy Central Hong Kong http://occupier.hk/standbyyou/

 

Hong Kong protest from the air

 

 

 

This should give you an idea of the scale of the protest.

The footage is from a drone owned by a protester.

*There is no audio (sound) so don’t bother turning up the volume.

Occupy Central Hong Kong

struggle for democracy

Some things never change, always have a good shield.

Moderate Muslim leaders fail to prevent extremism

When? Almost always because the Koran is a book detailing the expansion of an empire by the use of  extreme violence and terror. Islamic leaders always fail at preventing radicals, because the radicals are closer to the Koran in their actions than the Imams.In Islam the radicals control the moderates ( and use violence to gain control) unlike many other religions. The Imams are just there to appease the locals and keep the Islamisation of the host nation in progress.

From just over 2 years ago:

 

 

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isis flag at 58s

 

at 1:27  ISIS terrorist who made his kids hold up a severed head.

terrorist at 127

 

Inciting murder at 2:28

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This was years ago and nothing has changed.

gillard as PM at the time

 

These latest claims by Islamic leaders will not  quell the violent nature of this community, they raise their children with violence and breed them to hate. Its just a tactic to attempt the reduce the blowback from the host nation’s people’s calls to reject the foreign fascist ideology growing in their back yard.

 

Does this guy look familiar?

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Yeah from the video from 2 years ago. Did the Islamic leaders prevent him from becoming radicalized? Did they prevent him from going to Iraq to be a terrorist? He even took his son to pose for photos with a  severed human head. Find out more about this ‘religion of peace’

http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

Climate what?

 

Caution actual science content, may cause cognitive dissonance!

Huge number of ill informed people have been very excited about planetary temperatures recently. It’s surprising they care about something so much without knowing the basic facts about it.

For people who think the earth is only a few thousand years old.

For people who think the earth is only a few thousand years old.

 

 

So today’s temperatures is nothing remarkable,  considering the last few thousand years there have been 5 significant warmer periods. There is even poetry from the medieval period lamenting about crop failure from climate cooling. They used to grow lots of grapes in England when it was warm there, so many streets are called ‘vine street’  no grape vines have grown there for hundreds of years. Look at the warming between 1600 and 1850, a long time before the large scale burning of oil, so clearly that wasn’t the cause. Since 1998 the world appears to have been cooling. If this doesn’t make sense, maybe you theory is wrong.

 

 

For people who believe the world is billions of years old.

For people who believe the world is billions of years old.

 

Those dinosaurs, gee its been getting colder since they died out, yeah for the last 60- 100 million years or so. In the 1970′s scientist were very concerned with a coming ice age, you can see why they might have been worried about future cooling if you consider this chart.

 

So there you have it, believe in a world a few thousand years old or billions of years old,

sudden heating caused by people is not likely nor realistic.

Recycled Food Network

The Recycled Food Network has been operating every night of the week since July , providing leftover cafe food to the homeless.  It was a spin-off from the Occupy Melbourne Free Kitchen, which has been running on Sundays (previously Tuesday nights) for about a year now , inspired by the Occupy Sydney Homeless Initiative.. Other Occupy Melbourne initiatives were the Free Shop (started in October 2012, at the OM one year anniversary), later renamed the Friday Free Shop which continues to run, and the Bentleigh Free Shop which ran during 2013

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The Free Kitchen and Free Shop catered for everybody, not just the homeless, but the same principles apply : non-religious and in the spirit of brotherhood rather than charity.

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The Age ran an article today saying that the Recycled Food Network was completely  unrelated to the Occupy Movement, which is not exactly true, as the RFN is even converging with the OM Free Kitchen on Sunday afternoons and sharing the same equipment. Just setting the record straight here, as all the above initiatives are about the only constructive things that came out of OM and deserve recognition as such.

Bentleigh Free Shop

Here is a link to The Age article :http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/guerilla-city-square-food-stall-feeds-melbournes-homeless-20140917-10i1z1.html

http://https://www.facebook.com/occupymelbournefreekitchen

http://https://www.facebook.com/recycledfoodnetwork?fref=ts

http://https://www.facebook.com/BentleighFreeShop?fref=ts

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