||Issue No. 252||18 February 2005|
Wood for the Trees
Economics: Super Seduction
Interview: Bono and Me
Unions: The Eight Hour Day and the Holy Spirit
Technology: From Widgets to Digits
Education: Dumb and Dumber
Health: No Place for the Young
History: The Work-In That Changed a Nation
Review: Dare to Win
Poetry: Labor's Dreaming
The Locker Room
But Then Again
Activist’s What’s On
When the world said no to war
Exhibition of images from Feb 15-16 2003, plus peace education forum
Pine Street Gallery, 64 Pine St, Chippendale.
Opening event Guest Speaker: John Pilger - Weds Feb 2, starts 6 for 6.30 pm
RSVP to Karen Adler, A Better World Incorporated, [email protected], 02 9361 4441.
It would be wonderful to see as many people as possible at the exhibition so we have organised a great array of events during the 10 day period. These include a Peace Film Festival and a panel discussion on The Arts and Political Satire with playwrite Van Badham, cartoonists Bruce Petty and Fiona Katauskas and writer Richard Neville.
Full details about the project are at http://www.whentheworldsaidno.org. Greenpeace is also using the exhibition as a platform for their new Peace and Disrmament Campaign. Please forward this invitation to friends and your emails.
A Better World Incorporated
Rm 610, 3 Smail St, BROADWAY NSW 2007
Ph: 02 9211 4164; Fax: 02 9211 1407
ABN 63 050 096 976
promoting democracy, social justice and environmental sustainability
Note new email addresses:
For more information about the peace movement in NSW visit http://www.labor.net.au/campaigns/nowar/nowar.html.
The controversy of one man - Kisch in Australia
When Czech journalist and peace campaigner Egon Erwin Kisch (1885-1948), came to Australia in November 1934, he challenged a conservative Lyons government, caused a media sensation and won the hearts of many
The renowned political activist will be remembered in a new exhibition - Kisch in Australia - opening at the State Library of NSW on 14 February 2005.
The exhibition tells the story of the man who publicly defied the government's ban on his entry to Australia by jumping overboard at Port Melbourne (breaking his leg) in his determination to reach the Australian public with his message of anti-Fascism.
According to State Librarian & Chief Executive Dagmar Schmidmaier AM: "The fascinating story of this extraordinary man will be brought to life through original items from the Library's renowned collection, including Kisch's hand-written notes used in his public speeches."
The exhibition panels also include newspaper reports of the controversy surrounding his arrival, rare protest posters campaigning for Kisch's release and letters written in defence of Kisch's freedom.
Dr Heidi Zogbaum, author of the recently published Kisch in Australia: The untold
story (Scribe, 2004) said, "Kisch had the ability to give rousing speeches with limited English and drew enthusiastic crowds wherever he went."
"Kisch was convinced that his ban was the result of Nazi pressure on the Australian government," said Dr Zogbaum, "but he was quite wrong. The newly appointed Attorney-General, Robert Gordon Menzies had staked his reputation on keeping
Kisch out of Australia."
After his return to Paris, Kisch worked tirelessly on behalf of his fellow writers who
had fallen victim to the Nazi regime. Upon the fall of France in 1940, Kisch managed to escape to Mexico. He returned to Prague in 1946 and died of a massive heart attack in 1948.
"The memory of Kisch is kept alive in Germany through the renowned Egon Erwin Kisch Prize for journalism, which honours the "reporter of truth" in a most fitting way," said Dr Roland Goll, Director of the Goethe-Institut, Sydney, who initiated and is supporting the exhibition.
Kisch in Australia is a free exhibition in the State Library's Picture Gallery from 14 February - 24 April 2005. It will then travel to the Migration Museum in Adelaide.
Aid - where is your money going?
The Asian tsunami prompted an outpouring of public compassion and has
focused our attention on the direction and impact of international aid.
Where is your aid money going, who is it benefiting and are we on the
right path to development?
A GREAT DEBATE
Sharan Burrow: President ACTU
John Austin: Australian Executive Director of the World Bank
Kevin Rudd: Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
Dr Tim Anderson: Sydney University
Unbeknownst to many, for the last 6 decades the main drivers of aid and
development policy and the key deliverers of aid, the World Bank and IMF
have been funded by your tax dollars. Despite the hundreds of billions
of dollars spent on international 'development', poverty abounds, human
rights are under siege, labour rights continue to decline and the
environment is still threatened.
When: 6.30pm Monday 21st February (Please note change of time)
Where: LHMU Hall, 187 Thomas St Haymarket
RSVP: [email protected]
President: John Faulkner
Secretary: Michael Samaras
PO Box 760
Wollongong NSW 2500
Rebuilding Labor's Economic Credibility in the Suburbs
In the aftermath of the Federal election the Fabian Society is conducting this
Wayne Swan MP (Shadow Treasurer),
Ed Husic (ALP 2004 Candidate for Greenway)
Evan Thornley (Research Director of the Fabian Society)
What lessons have been learnt from the 2004 election? What needs to be done
differently? And what should be the priorities of Labor's economic policy?
The seminar will be chaired by Senator John Faulkner, the President of the NSW
When: Tuesday 22 February from 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Where: Jubilee Room, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Forthcoming Fabian Society Seminars
March: Sydney: Is Government Delivering a Livable City?
With: Craig Knowles (Minister for Infrastructure & Planning) & Julia Finn (Lord
Mayor of Parramatta)
When: Wednesday 23 March from 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Where: Theatrette, NSW Parliament House
April: Could Chifley Win A Labor Preselection Today? - Getting Better Labor
With: John Button (Former Federal Minister), Tim Gartrell (ALP National
Secretary), & Rod Cavalier (Former State Minister)
When: Wednesday 20 April from 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Where: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road
STRUGGLES, SCABS + SCHOONERS is BACK!!
Now confirmed for 19th March 2005 from 3pm.
4 pubs. 4 struggles. 4 speakers. A lot of singing (with passion, not talent).
Join us as we celebrate our great movement - remember & learn about great struggles, drink great beer, and recharge our enthusiasm for the next battle.
Tickets are $30 (unless we change our minds or go broke at the last minute), which includes dinner.
If you wanna get on board the bus (walkers are welcome & free), please let us know ASAP - you'll have a confirmed seat if you get us the money before the day.
GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION
SUNDAY 20th MARCH
12 NOON AT TERRIGAL SKILLION
BRING : * PICNIC LUNCH
* RUGS and a spare blanket or length of cloth with which we will form the word NO as a giant 'patchwork'.
* WEAR A WHITE RIBBON [
white ribbons are a symbol of our grief for all those killed in Iraq and our desire for the war to end. White is the symbol for peace in many countries around the world and the symbol of mourning in others.]
NO erosion of human rights
NO troops in Iraq
NO Australians in Guantanamo Bay
NO mandatory detention
NO forced deportations
NO deaths in custody
Community Organising School
In light of the re-election of the Federal Liberal Government, reflecting on and increasing our ability to organise and work across movements is vital. We can gain strength if we learn new strategies for working with people from different sectors and experiences.
The Community Organising School 2005 is a part of a broader project that seeks to link experienced organisers from a variety of movements, including community organisations, the union movement, environmentalists and social justice movements, to learn together and to build our collective strength.
Details of the School
The School will be held at Currawong (Pittwater training facility) from Sunday April 3 to Wednesday April 6 2005. It is the first of a variety of cross-movement, capacity building projects to begin in 2005.
People attending the School will learn, share and build organising techniques for expanding our capacity and effectiveness for social change in Sydney and NSW. It will run sessions to draw out experiences and lessons on effective organising and social change practices from participants.
The School‚s residential accommodation only allows us to provide 40 places and we are aiming to have a very diverse range of participants in the school. For this reason we are asking people to go through a registration process. If your or your organisation is interested in participating in the school, we request that you distribute the attached registration form to individuals in your organisation, or to other organisations that you work with, and encourage them to register for the School. Registrations are due by Friday 11 February.
The registration fee for the school will be approximately $300 per person (including three and a half days of training, accommodation and food). However we do not want costs to prevent people from registering. If your organisation cannot afford this cost, please indicate this on the registration form. We are seeking sponsorship from larger organisations to subsidise the costs of others. Please do not see costs as a barrier to attendance.
The Community Organising School is the culmination of a year-long discussion between union organisers, community organisations, adult educators and environmentalists. While the School is the first public project, it will be one of many opportunities provided to reflect and learn about community organising. To find out more about the School or to discuss how you can participate in this exciting and timely project feel free to contact either:
Tony Brown, Centre for Popular Education [email protected]
Christine Laurence, Western Sydney Community Forum [email protected] 9637 6190
Melanie Gillbank, Search Foundation [email protected] 0403 051 606
Amanda Tattersall, Unions NSW [email protected] 0409 321 133
Community Organising School Committee
C/- Centre for Popular Education, UTS
PO Box 123
Community Organising School
3- 6 April 2005
To increase our ability to organise and work across movements in order to build cross movement collaboration, by:
o providing the opportunity for organisers and activists to share their experiences with other organisers and activists working in different fields
o identifying differences while examining commonalities and opportunities for working together
o learning, sharing and developing organising techniques for expanding our capacity and effectiveness for social change
o discussing different approaches to strategic campaigning and community organising
The School will draw on the experience, knowledge and expertise of those attending.
Are you organising for social and economic change?
Concerned at the growing power of employers, the state and big business?
Concerned at the state of advocacy and activist groups to influence the agenda?
Wanting to turn the tide and re-build grassroots capacity in local communities and the workplace?
Wanting to build cross movement collaboration?
We are seeking organisers working in/with:
popular arts, cultural development and education
community organizing and development organisations
who are committed to working for social, economic and environmental justice.
What‚s in it for you?
The School will:
bring together organisers and activists from across different sites of activism who are focused on developing new ways of working to build strong and effective organizations,
enable participants to meet, learn from and work with organisers in different fields of practice,
provide an environment where organisers from a range of backgrounds can develop mutual respect, understanding and knowledge,
develop networks as a continuing resource of skills, expertise and influence, and
challenge you to think and act differently.
The program will run from Sunday afternoon April 3 ˆ Wednesday April 6 2005. The Community Organising School is a residential weekend; applicants must be available to attend the entire event.
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