||Issue No. 220||14 May 2004|
Interview: Machine Man
Unions: Testing Times
Bad Boss: Freespirit Haunts Internet
Unions: Badge of Honour
National Focus: Noel's World
Economics: Safe Refuge
International: Global Abuse
History: The Honeypot
Review: Death And The Barbarians
Poetry: Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Activists What’s On!
Pig On a Spit - Safari Picket
The famous CFMEU safari restaurant picket is now a nightly picket!
The CFMEU are conducting a picket of the Safari restaurant to get the owners to pay entitlements owed to workers (the owners are also builders). The Safari restaurant is in King Street Newtown. Picket is nightly (and every night until they pay up!). From 6pm. All welcome.
WHEN WORKERS UNITE - FOUNDATIONS OF TOMORROW
An exhibition of banners, badges and posters produced by trade unions, and original artworks by Jeff Rigby highlighting the strong historical role unions have played in the creation and conservation of our built environment, whilst May Day materials emphasise the workers' achievements in gaining and maintaining the rights and conditions of those who built it. From: 1st May to 16th May 2003 at Braemar Gallery, 104 Macquarie Rd, Springwood Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm
"Every Step Counts" - Landmine Action Week
14th to 23rd May 2004 NSW Launch of Landmine Action Week Where: Martin Place Sydney Date: May 14th When 11.15am Show your support by * placing a shoe on the shoe pyramid * sign the postcard petition * learn how we can eliminate landmines * see a landmine detection demonstration * listen to music Lets eliminate Landmines - every step counts Visit the website www.landmine-action-week.org contact the campaigner [email protected] phone 0407 463 779
Under The Gums: Australian Stories For Our Kids
Celebrating Australian Children's Television
Sunday, 16 May 2004
Parramatta Park, The Amphitheatre
11.00am to 2.00pm
"Under The Gums" is a free, family day in the park to celebrate our precious cultural resource - local Australian children's television.
Cast members of The Saddle Club and Play School will be performing live together with other stars of Australian TV. There will be appearances and the opportunity to meet cast members of All Saints, Home and Away, McLeod's Daughters, Neighbours, The Big Arvo and more.
Families will be treated to an array of activities including storytelling, face painting, clowns, stilt walkers, puppets, a jumping castle, an animal farm, sack races, tug-of-war, live music, and a sausage sizzle. Entertainment on the main stage will begin at 12.00pm.
"The Warfies Film Unit"
The NSW Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History has a wonderful afternoon coming up:
"The Warfies Film Unit"
Sunday May 16, 2-4 pm
Carslaw lecture Theatre (room 173), University of Sydney
For over 10 years from 1953 the Sydney Branch of the Waterside Workers Federation supported a film unit that brought together filmmakers artists and wharfies themselves to make a wonderful series of films about the lives of wharfies and other workers. This was the era of 'intense conservatism and anti communist feeling' that was also fought out within the union movement.
The seminar will be led by Lisa Milner an independent writer and academic whose excellent book, "Fighting Films: A History of the Waterside Workers' Federation Film Unit", was published by Pluto Press last year.
The event will be of interest to AMWU members because one of the films was made for the Boilermakers and Blacksmiths Union to alert it's members to the hazards of welding.
Julie Kimber - 02 95579231 / [email protected]
Rowan Cahill - 02 48612323 / [email protected]
Feminism in a neo-liberal age
Research Initiative on International Activism
'Women around the world are organizing in a common effort to end poverty and violence against women. What could be more important?' Judy Rebick, Canada.
Public Lecture: 'Feminism in a neo-liberal age', Judy Rebick
Respondent: Eva Cox, UTS
When: 19 May, 6pm
Where: Gallery Function Centre, Level 6, Tower Building, UTS Broadway
Access: Entry by donation, disabled access
Information: 9514 2714, www.international.activism.uts.edu.au
Judy Rebick is in Australia to attend the Brisbane Social Forum. Her visit to Sydney is supported by the Research Initiative on International Activism at UTS.
After the budget: Howard Out!
A discussion on the significance of the Budget and the way forward to defeat the Howard government
Tanya Plibersek MP
ALP Member for Sydney
Greens Senate Candidate
Saturday 22 May
University of Technology
Sponsored by Workers League, Solidarity and Socialist Democracy
For further information:
Phil Sandford, 9635 9276, [email protected]
Mark Goodkamp 0422 078 376
THINK-TANKS & THE MEDIA
a roundtable discussion Friday 21 May 2004
Join Overland, the VWC and special guests as we discuss the role that think tanks play in influencing media discussion, politics and public opinion.
Partake in the conversation as we seek to discover the objectives of various think tanks and the ways in which they work. Are they objective analysts of policy or guns-for-hire? Who do they employ and by whom are they employed? Why do they have such a prominent media presence?
This roundtable will feature Gary Hughes from the Age, Tim
Thornton from Monash University and representatives from think- tanks, including Tim Watts (OzProspect) and Andrew Norton (Centre for Independent Studies).
6.30ˆ8.30 pm | $7 or FREE for VWC members & Overland subscribers | refreshments provided
VWC, 1st floor, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne | phone: 9654 9068
Redfern at the Block - Open Day
Whanau Iwi Inc invites you to attend an open day at "the block' in Redfern (between Everleigh Street and Louis street) on Sunday May 30 - 10am to 5pm.
Powhiri and Karakia starts at 10.00am sharp
This will be an alcohol and drug free open day.
Labor for Refugees meeting with Carmen Lawrence
Date: Friday 4 June 2004 Time: 5.30 - 7pm. Place: Meredith Burgmann's Office President's Dining Room Parliament House Sydney Aim: Debriefing after ALP National Conference Please advise [email protected] if you wish to attend so that we can organise numbers for the alcohol and nibbles which will be supplied.
Is Australian Democracy Working for Women?
The Women's Electoral Lobby (WEL) are holding their national conference in Sydney on the 12th and 13th June. Sessions will cover
* legislation as a way to protect women's rights
* measuring the quality of women's lives
* creating a culture for work and family reform
* what women want
Speakers include Elain Thompson, Pru Goward, Reg Graycar, Eva Cox and Mary Crooks
To register and for further information contact WEL on 9212 4374 or logon to the website at www.wel.org.au
Popular Education Activism & Organising
Education is a key to developing activists and active members of organisations. The new activist educator is an organiser, teacher, consultant and theorist. What methods are being used today to equip activists to build social movements? Does activist education reflect a democratic agenda or is it largely instrumental? How do we know if educational practices are working? Are new theories of learning be utilised? This is the second of a three forum series looking at different education, organising and activist strategies being used by movements and organizations pursuing social justice and change agendas. Union activists, environmental campaigners, community advocates, educators and grassroots campaigners are participating in the forums. The forum will actively engage participants in discussing and analysing different experiences. Case Studies Date: Friday, 18 June 2004 Time: 9am - 1.30pm Location: Centre for Popular Education University of Technology, Sydney Jones St, Broadway (Old Fairfax Building) FEES - $30 for one forum; $50 for two forums For further details contact Lee Malone (02) 9514 3861, Daniel Ng (02) 9514 3843 or Tony Brown (02) 9514 3866 email: [email protected] For updates go the Centre for Popular Education website
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