||Issue No. 166||14 February 2003|
A Call To Arms
Interview: Agenda 2003
Peace: The Colour Purple
Industrial: Long, Hot Summer
Solidarity: Workers Against War
Security: Howard And The Hoodlums
International: Industrial Warfare
History: Unions and the Vietnam War
Review: Eight Miles to Mowtown
Poetry: Return To Sender
Satire: CIA Recruits New Intake of Future Enemies
The Locker Room
A Tale of Two Malls
Talk Back Tom
On The Beach
Union Choir Needs Help
The Sydney Trade Union Choir is looking for volunteers to assist in the maintenance of its website, and to help train its members in monitoring and updating the site themselves.
The site at http://unionchoir.labor.net.au was set up last year in conjunction with the launch of the choir's first official CD http://unionchoir.labor.net.au/newcd.htm. However, lack of IT skills among the choir members has not allowed it to aid in the promotion of its performances and message of inspiration and strength through song.
Anyone interested can contact the choir via Joel Beasant at [email protected]
All help which allows the message of the choir to grow in recognition is appreciated.
The Choir meets at the PSA building at 160 Clarence St, each Tuesday from 6-8pm.
FREE ASBESTOS DISEASE
AND SKIN CANCER SEMINAR in Newcastle
5.00 pm Wednesday February 26
With Professor Douglas Henderson
Asbestos disease is reaching epidemic proportions in Australia.
Skin cancer is an increasing problem for outdoor workers.
Union representatives will be speaking with the world-renowned mesothelioma expert, Prof Douglas Henderson.
The Asbestos Diseases Foundation (adfa Inc) and The Newcastle Trades Hall Council are supporting the event.
ADFA will be there to advise on rights and options for victims of asbestos disease and their families. Health professionals will talk on treatment and support services. There will be time for questions after the speakers.
This is important for people who have worked with asbestos in factories, in the construction industries, on the waterfront, at sea or just doing renovations at home. Even washing clothes covered in asbestos dust can lead to asbestos disease.
5.00 pm Wednesday February 26
Newcastle Trades Hall Council Meeting Room
Ground Floor, Devonshire House, 406 King Street, Newcastle.
Refreshments will be served
Please let us know on 02 9637 8759 or 0414 893 826 if you can come
An NCOSS Conference exploring the role of community welfare organizations in seeking changes to the policies and practices of Government.
Wednesday 12th March 2003
Masonic Centre, cnr Castlereagh and Goulburn Sts, Sydney
Seeking changes to the policies and practices of Government is a fundamental role for community welfare organisations. This systemic advocacy role is increasingly under threat through funding pressures, economic rationalism, and changing relationships between community organisations and Government agencies.
This conference re-examines why community organisations engages in systemic advocacy, and investigates some recent union and community sector campaigns, both the wins and the ongoing battles. It considers the place of systemic advocacy in social capital debates, and whether contemporary advocacy is undertaken 'with' or 'for' consumers. It debates the role of unions in community advocacy, and whether the growth in community participation processes is helping or hindering advocacy work. It also includes practical discussions about using the media, developing strategies, and managing relationships with politicians.
This conference is for community organisations, consumers, unions and
For more information:
ph: (02) 9211 2599
Women of Troy
An anti-war play by Euripides.
Directed by Robert Kennedy and Jenny Green . With Jeanette Cronin.
Belvoir St Downstairs Theatre
Preview Wed 29th. 30th Jan to 16th Feb
Tues 7pm Wed-Sat 8.15pm Sun 5pm
Tickets: $25 Adult $19 concession. (Group Bookings of 6 or more $19)
Jan 29th preview $17. Pay what you can Tuesdays (Min $5)
Bookings: 02 9699 3444 or www.belvoir.com.au (+7% for Online Bookings)
For enquiries please email: [email protected]
August 2004. A refugee camp in the shadow of a bombed out city. The coast of the Persian Gulf: Troy. The West have won the war and have sent in a commander to liquidate the camp. The mothers, wives and children of the dead don't know where they will go. All they can do is wait. How much does victory cost?
Robert Kennedy and Jenny Green's Women of Troy is an unashamed protest against the impending US-led war in the Middle East.
AXIS OF HOPE
x3 Public meetings in March, Research Initiative on International Activism + Sydney Social Forum
6.00-8.30pm at the Great Hall, UTS Tower, Broadway. Entry by donation, Disabled Access.
Monday, 10 March
Supported by AidWatch + Indonesia Solidarity
Nurdin Abdul Rahman: twice imprisoned Human Rights advocate and academic from Aceh, Indonesia, with the Aceh-based organisation, 'Rehabilitation Action for Torture Victims'.
Olga Havnen: of Western Arrernte descent, from Tennant Creek, has a longstanding involvement in international human rights and Indigenous rights issues, including the National Indigenous Working Group, the Central Land Council, the Fred Hollows Foundation.
Carmen Lawrence: ALP MP, federal Member for Fremantle, former Shadow Minister and prominent critic of the Government's policy of mandatory detention for refugees.
Thursday, 20 March
Supported by Greenpeace Australia Pacific + Mineral Policy Institute
Jacqui Katona: : member of the Djok Aboriginal clan, former executive officer of the Gundjehmi Aboriginal Corporation which campaigned against the proposed Jabiluka uranium mine.
Anuradha Mittal: with 'Food First', campaigning for global food security. Originally from India, Anuradha is heavily involved in the global movement against Genetically-Engineered food.
Helena Norberg-Hodge: from Sweden, heads the International Society for Ecology and Culture, is co-founder of the International Forum on Globalisation and the Global Eco-village Network.
Monday 24 March
Supported by Labor Council of NSW + Walk Against the War Coalition
William Blum: anti-war journalist from the USA with Znet; author of 'Rogue State, a "mini-encyclopaedia" of US intervention around the world, 'Killing Hope' and 'West-Bloc Dissident'.
Karen Flick: a community activist who has campaigned against Black Deaths in Custody, and is currently engaged in establishing training and development programs with Aboriginal communities.
Maree O'Halloran: President of the NSW Teachers Federation, with a teaching career spanning city and country schools; in 2002 the Federation unanimously opposed the War on Iraq, calling for an end to sanctions on non-military assistance.
Tom Uren: former federal ALP Member for Reid; Minister in the Whitlam and Hawke Governments; an active member of the left wing of the ALP, opposed the Vietnam War, conscription and nuclear testing, and today, against the war on Iraq.
For further information on the speakers see: www.international.activism.uts.edu.au (click on 'new') + Sydney Social Forum, www.sydneysocialforum.org
You are invited to a fundraising dinner for humanitarian projects in
Palestine and with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
Speaker Ms Abla Masrujeh, Women's Officer of the Palestinian Federation of
When : Monday 24th February 7:00 PM
Where : Summerland Restaurant
741 Punchbowl Rd Punchbowl
Cost : $40 /$35con
For more information or to R.S.V.P contact Sawiyan by 20th February 2003
Tel: (02) 8572 6052
E-mail: [email protected]
Funds raised on the night will be channelled through Union Aid
Abroad-APHEDA and will go to humanitarian projects in Palestine and
Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.
National Program Manager
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA
Tel: +61 2 9264 9343
Fax: +61 2 9261 1118
Re-thinking politics for the new millenium: beyond left and right'
A paper by David McKnight, UTS
This paper will discuss the book David is writing which examines the state of the Left and radical social movements, their political ideas and the need for a fundamental re-think. Some of the ideas I will be discussing are similar to those in Eric Aaron's just-published book, 'What's Right?'
Sponsored by the Research Initiative on International Activism
Thursday, 20 February, 1-3pm
Bon Marche Building,
Corner of Harris and Broadway (NB: entry through Harris St, lift to 4th floor)
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