||Issue No. 167||21 February 2003|
Scales of Injustice
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
Who Let The Troops Out?
Wagga Wagga Calling
Ode to Johnny
To all the Anti-War marchers who took to the streets last weekend
On Sunday we all made history by combining to create the biggest anti-war march ever seen in Sydney and contribute to the largest series of protests ever staged across the world.
The strength of this movement lies in the diversity, creativity, passion and imagination of its participants. The placards, tshirts, costumes, and of course the sheer number of people who turned up reflect a vibrant turn to democracy in the face of war mongering from our country's leaders.
Thanks to everyone who showed patience and understanding when the march was more of a crawl, and also was re-routed. Yet it was the kind of problem we love to have; hyde park just WAS NOT BIG ENOUGH for all the people who wanted to march for peace. Ideas for next time include simulcasting our speeches on community radio so everyone can hear the speeches on portable radios even if they are far away. We also will be booking the Domain or similarly large venues for future marches.
We must all remember that this demonstration is a means to an ends and we have more work to do. We must continue to build a movement to stop this war. We must challenge the government whose recalcitrance and arrogance must be defeated.
We MUST keep the pressure up if we are to stop this war. This means that next time a march is called, not only do you need to come, you need to bring that friend, or neighbour or relative or workmate who didn't come along this time. You should get involved in the peace movement on an ongoing basis - join a local peace group, go to local peace events. Lets build a community for peace against our government's single minded pursuit of war.
So thanks again, and take this moment to congratulate yourself and your city for showing that the people of Sydney will not tolerate war and we are willing stand together, with millions around the world to send this message. Please send this message to everyone you know who participated yesterday.
From the Walk against War Coalition
Here is the weekly anti-war diary. It will be sent twice this week as the list keeps expending (advance apologies for repetition).
(to add events to this diary email [email protected])
Walk against the War Coalition Events:
THINGS YOU CAN DO FROM HOME:
Call Parliament House on (02) 6277 7111 and to lodge an official complaint about the PM.
Email the PM and let him know that he is wrong to ignore the protests on Sunday: [email protected] .
EMERGENCY ACTIONS IF WAR BREAKS OUT
(a) rally that day at 5pm at Sydney Town Hall
(b) rally on the Saturday of that week at 12:30pm at Sydney Town Hall
UNION BRIEFING ON WAR AND PEACE
6 for 6:30pm Trades Hall Auditorium
Chair: John Robertson, Secretary Labor Council, Kevin Rudd, Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister, Audry McDonald, Former Union Organiser, Vice-President Australian Peace Cttee
The meeting will also be addressed by 3 workplace delegates who will discuss how they have campaigned on peace at work. All delegates, union activists welcome.
>>>>>Friday 28 February: Auburn
No War No Racism. Auburn Community Rally and March
6pm Fri Feb 28, Rawson St Park, Auburn (next to Auburn train station)
Speakers will represent Iraqi Women's Committee, Western Sydney Peace Group, Turkish Community, Greens, Socialist Alliance and others.
There will also be discussion and promotion of setting up a new local No War group in Auburn. For details please ring Roberto Jorquera 9687 5134 or 0428 190276
>>>>>>Sunday 2nd March: Bankstown
Bankstown Peace Picnic. 1pm Bankstown Gardens (Memorial Park), Restwell St, Bankstown. Speakers TBC. Ph Sam 0412 751 508 or 9793 2188.
>>>>>Monday 3rd March
Forum on Religion: How to be Happy on Planet Earth.
7.00pm Monday 3rd March 2003 Petersham Town Hall, Crystal St. Petersham
Contact Robert McCusker [email protected]
22nd Feb: Grafton Peace Picnic
Contact group for the Grafton Peace Picnic is Clarence Environment Centre (ph 02 6643 1863). It will be held on Sat 22 Feb, starting at 11:30, at See Park (cnr Turf and Bacon Sts).
BANKSTOWN PEACE GROUP
Meeting: Bankstown Peace Picnic
Sunday March 2, 1pm Bakstown Gardens (Memorial Park), Restwell St, Bankstown. Contact: Sam 0412 751 508 or 9793 2188.
CENTRAL COAST PEOPLE FOR PEACE
CONTACT: Elaine 43822164 or email [email protected]
DARLINGTON/REFERN PEACE GROUP
CONTACT Sally Quiler on 9699 3936.
EASTERN SUBURBS FOR PEACE NOT WAR
MEETING: Tuesday 18 February: 7pm at Bondi Pavilion.
CONTACT: Tim 9388 0754 or email [email protected]
HUNTER PEACE FORUM (Newcastle)
Contact Gary Kennedy, Secretary Trades Hall on [email protected]
LEICHHARDT STOP THE WAR
CONTACT: Hannah 0418 668 098, Paul 0410 629 088 or Dennis 0418 290 663.
MANLY FOR PEACE
CONTACT: Manly Catholic Social Justice Group Rosemary Ashton on [email protected]
MARRICKVILLE PEACE GROUP
CONTACT: Kylie on 95570115, John on 95587051 or Minh on 0403181586 or [email protected]
MAROUBRA PEACE GROUP
MEETING: Thursday February 27th at 6 pm (venue tba) CONTACT: Paddy Manning on 0414 650 500 or [email protected] .
NORTHSIDE NO WAR
MEETING: Wednesday 26th, 7.30pm Dougherty Centre (7 Victor St, Chatswood).
CONTACT: David on [email protected] or Anne on 0404 090 710.
PENNANT HILLS PEACE GROUP
MEETING: Pennant Hills Community Hall for Thursday Feb 27, 7:30-8:30pm.
CONTACT: Martha on 9484 2422 or email [email protected]
PITTWATER FOR PEACE
MEETING: Tues 25th. Meeting 7.30-9pm. Avalon Baptist Peace Memorial Church. 2 George St Avalong. Contact: [email protected]
WARRINGAH NO WAR
MEETING: Tues 18th. Meeting 7-9pm. St David's Uniting Church, David St, Dee Why. Speakers and further actions.
CONTACT: [email protected]
WESTERN SYDNEY PEACE GROUP (meets Rooty Hill)
MEETING: Monday Feb 24 @ 7pm at Rooty Hill Uniting Church, 86 Rooty Hilll Rod North
A Sporting Gesture
Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney branch presents a special night to support two members - Dave Byron and Ross McKeon - who lost loved ones in the Bali Tragedy.
Details: South Sydney Juniors - Games Room, 558A Anzac Parade, Kingsford
Friday, February 28th, 6.30pm
Dress: Smart Casual
Cost: $40 per head, $400 per table of ten; ninclude three course dinner and entertainment
Retired members: $30
Special guests include: Tony Butterfield - president. Rugby League Players Association
Contact Emma or Jaime at MUS Sydney Branch on (02) 9264 5024.
Struggles, Scabs and Schooners
(A labour history tour with a pint).
When: Saturday 8 March, 2.45pm
Where: Starts at Trades Hall Inn, Trades Hall, Goulburn Street.
Join the tour that takes you through five pubs in Sydney's city and Inner West. Fill your head and heart with some of the great victories and (sadly) some of the defeats of the organised working class, while also filling yourself with a quiet ale or two in some places that have seen more than their share of struggles..
Cost: $30. This covers the cost of the bus and we expect, some food along the way. Depending on the price of the food, the cost may vary up or down marginally. We'll let you know of any change.
This is another FSU politically enlightened event. Speakers include Jack Mundy, Lucy Taksa, Bradon Ellem
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