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Activists Notenbook

With strategy, debate, art and direct action we have all the angles covered this week.

FairWear Action Planning Day - Sat, 18 August, 2pm

Why are retailers refusing to support the No Sweatshop label? FairWear's Action Group needs YOU to help put the pressure on the big brand names - join the latest action against David Jones.

Feeling creative, energetic or just plain mad about the exploitation of outworkers? Help us plan our latest action against David Jones - one of Australia's biggest retailers, who continue to refuse to support the No Sweatshop label.

We'll be brainstorming slogans, chants, designs, and strategies for action. Come and meet some of Sydney's coolest activists, and eat pizza to your heart's content.

Get off at Museum station or catch any bus to Taylor Square. Ring doorbell on Palmer St.

Julia Murray, FairWear, ph. 9380-9091

[email protected]


The Evatt Foundation/Pluto Seminar exploring the changing nature of the state, its relationship with citizens and the crisis in governmental legitimacy, PRIVATISING DEMOCRACY? GOVERNMENT AND THE CRISIS OF CONSENT will be held on Thursday August 30 (9.00 AM to 1.00 PM) at the NSW State Parliament House Theatrette.

Speakers include Murray Goot, David Hill, Margo Kinston, Ghassan Hage, Christopher Sheil.

At the conclusion of the seminar, Barry Jones will launch the Evatt Foundtion book, GLOBALISATION - AUSTRALIAN IMPACTS edited by Christopher Sheil.

Bookings are essential:Telephone: 02 9385 2966 or email: [email protected]

Reckonings forums/performances/installation

Sunday August 26 at 1pm

Performance Space

199 Cleveland Street Redfern

please rsvp by reply email or ph 9698 7235

1pm Gallery Opens for final viewing of Reckonings an installation by a collaboration of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists- Jonathan Bottrell Jones, Ruark Lewis, Romaine Moreton and Nuha Saad, curated by Ihab Shalbak and Rea.

2 pm Between the Space of Living

Place, Race, Ethnicity: Conflicts, Coalitions and Collaborations

A forum chaired by Andrew Jacubowicz with:

Peter Myers: The Third City

The Three Cities of Sydney, wherein the First City was transformed into the Second historic City, and how we can make a new type of urbanism, or Third City, regenerating the elusive First City idea of Œtemporary housing in permanent landscape¹. This talk cites the oyster-shell monument evidence contained in early accounts of Sydney.

Wendy Brady: Lost in Space

Explores the notion of representation of Œcommunity¹ in relation to the built environment and how historians/researchers have responded to the changing sense of Œcommunity¹ in high-density areas such as Redfern.

Joseph Pugliese : Migrant Heritage in an Indigenous Context: For a Decolonising Migrant Historiography

A paper examining the kit recently published by the Australian Heritage Commission outlining how migrants should go about documenting their heritage. Joseph will look at the manner in which this kit reproduces a series of colonial practices in relation to the documentation of migrant history and heritage, and concludes by calling for the implementation of a decolonising migrant historiography that addresses Indigenous history and concerns.

Dr Suvendrini Perera: Resisting Assimilation in the Urban Landscape

A paper examining racialised topographies of the inner city, paying attention to how understandings of the spatial and cultural landscape can reshape both public memory and ways of envisioning the future.

4 pm Spoken Word Performances by Wesley Enoch and Amanda Stewart

4.30 pm Artists = Production

A conversation between the artists and co-curator of the Reckonings installation to tease out the questions the exhibition and project itself raise about Redfern, about reconciliation, politics, poetics and art. It will explore how the ideas, the memories and the dialogues that formed the installation were synthesised through the production. Coversationalists are: Jonathan Bottrell Jones, Ruark Lewis, Romaine Moreton, Nuha Saad and Rea, facilitated by Cassi Plate.

5.15pm Bar B Que

6.00pm Screening of Fight For Your Blood a short film written and performed by a group of Indigenous young people from Redfern who attended workshops with Vincent McManus at The Settlement Neighbourhood Centre. Winner of the Silent Cells Film Festival 2001 and 1st prize at the De Bortoli Riverina Flickers Short Film Festival.

Music by Frances Williams and Rocky Carbine & South West Syndicate.


StandUp (a community group from Redfern) has organised

a rally at the head office of Leonie Green and

Associates one of Australias biggest Job Network

providers for 10am Thursday August 30.

71-77 Regent Street Redfern.

Leonie Green and Associates has been accused of

manipulating the privatised Commonwealth Employment

Service system to create phantom jobs and received up

to $400 000 of 'success' money that should be going to

unemployed workers.

The Federal government has now announced a public

enquiry into the system. StandUp wants to let the

Howard government know what the Redfern community

thinks of a system that preys on the vulnerability of

unemployed workers and exploits those that can least

afford it.

StandUp has fought for and won the retention of

Redfern Centrelink last month and is looking for help

and support from all other individuals and

organisations that believe workers deserve dignity as

much when they are looking for work as when they have


StandUp meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in South

Sydney Rugby League Club Chalmers Street Redfern.

Our next meeting is at 5pm Wednesday August 22.

Contact [email protected] or 0407 58 22 00


*   View entire issue - print all of the articles!

*   Issue 107 contents

In this issue
*  Interview: What's The Deal?
Labor's IR spokesman Arch Bevis explains how a Beazley Government will rebuild our broken system.
*  E-Change: 2.3 The State of the Union
White hope or white elephant? The future of trade unions is by no means guaranteed in the networked society.
*  Industrial: Into the 21st Century
ACTU President Sharan Burrow looks at the landmark deal delivering workers 12 months paid maternity leave.
*  Unions: The Black Hole
Jim Marr goes inside Stellar to discover the human cost of a management philosophy that says: you are on your own.
*  History: The Age of Dissent
The Sydney Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History has organised a Conference on Social Protest Movements and the Labour Movement, 1965-1975.
*  Media: ABC and the Knowledge Nation
Tony Moore looks at how the national broadcaster's fortunes are closely linked to the Knowledge Nation Agenda
*  International: Brazil´s C.U.T. - When Big Is Beautiful
The CFMEU´s Phil Davey drops in on Brazil´s equivalent to the ACTU, the Central Unica Dos Trabalhadores (CUT).
*  Satire: Bracks Disputes Cabramatta tag
Victorian Premier Steve Bracks has called for a national council to decide on a location for Australia's drug capital.
*  Review: Globalisation Is Globalisation
In an extract from his book, Christopher Shiel argues that the official Australian perspective on globalisation is strikingly narrow.

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