GPJA #398: Occupy Aotearoa news – Sat 2.30 – All Black Bloc v the 1%

GLOBAL PEACE AND JUSTICE AUCKLAND NEWSLETTER No. 398 October 21, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2.30pm, Aotea Square (Occupy Auckland)
THE WORLD’S FINAL CHANCE: THE ALL BLACK BLOC VS THE 1%.
Come together for the biggest game of rugby anyone in NZ has seen. A massive group of anticapitalist rugby players will move against the 1% who hold most of the wealth of the world. The All Black Bloc wear…black. The 1% wear suits, ties, top hats, pearls, gold, heels etc…. use your imagination. Referees wear a stripy top or yellow and white top and bring a whistle if you can (the 1% are in the habit of making illegal moves.

Saturday, October 29, 3.00pm, Aotea Square
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR A ROBIN HOOD TAX – A TAX ON ALL FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS TO ELIMINATE POVERTY AND HUNGER IN THE WORLD. Saturday 29 October – There is no need for 19,000 children to die every day of hunger and preventable diseases. Its time to take from the rich and give to the poor. On October 29, on the eve of the G20 Leaders Summit in France, the people of the world rise up and demand that our G20 leaders immediately impose a 1% #ROBINHOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades. Let’s send them a clear message: We want you to slow down some of that $1.3-trillion easy money that’s sloshing around the global casino each day – enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world. There is no need for 19,000 children to die every day of hunger and preventable diseases. Its time to take from the rich and give to the poor. Details: http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/robinhood.html Share the Facebook event – Post it on your friends walls http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=294954730534183

Sunday 30 October – Living wage for living dead
ASSEMBLE AT CAMP 6pm AND MARCH ON HALLOWEEN FOR A ‘LIVING WAGE FOR THE LIVING DEAD’.
Going from the Camp of Aotea Square to the Tower of the Sky City, where the evil Tory vampire Lords shall assemble to plot their evil campaign.

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=117707655004227 $15 an Hour Trick or Treat March

Saturday 5 November
130 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF PARIHAKA EVICTION

IN CASE WE NEEDED MORE PROOF
Just release report by Credit Suisse: Global wealth has soared 14% since 2010 to USD 231 trillion with the strongest growth in emerging markets. It finds the world has 30 million US dollar millionaires, who make up less than 1% of the world’s adult population but own 35.8% of global household wealth. https://www.credit-suisse.com/news/en/media_release.jsp?ns=41874&l1=L3_140000
New Scientist provide the mathematical proof: Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21228354.500-revealed–the-capitalist-network-that-runs-the-world.html

QUOTE
"The terrible, cold, cruel part is Wall Street. Rivers of gold flow there from all over the earth, and death comes with it. There, as nowhere else, you feel a total absence of the spirit: herds of men who cannot count past three, herds more who cannot get past six, scorn for pure science and demoniacal respect for the present. And the terrible thing is that the crowd that fills the street believes that the world will always be the same and that it is their duty to keep that huge machine running, day and night, forever." – Federico Garcia Lorca – Spanish Poet and Playwright – 1898-1936

OCCUPY AOTEAROA

Occupy NZ facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-New-Zealand/229645187093918

Defend New Parihaka http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.com/2011/10/defend-new-parihaka.html

Occupy Wall St has message for Kiwis http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/5811574/Occupy-Wall-St-has-message-for-Kiwis

Tents, sleeping bags and a point to make – Video http://www.3news.co.nz/Tents-sleeping-bags-and-a-point-to-make/tabid/370/articleID/229653/Default.aspx

Occupy NZ targeting inequality – Minto http://www.3news.co.nz/Occupy-NZ-targeting-inequality—Minto/tabid/423/articleID/229863/Default.aspx

Video of Minto interview http://www.3news.co.nz/Occupy-NZ-targeting-inequality—Minto/tabid/309/articleID/229863/Default.aspx

‘Occupy’ movement reaches New Zealand http://www.nzherald.co.nz/economy/news/article.cfm?c_id=34&objectid=10759149

We won’t pay for your crisis! http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.com/2011/10/we-wont-pay-for-your-crisis.html

Key blames Wall St, Minto blames Key http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/key-blames-wall-st-minto-4468676

The Occupations: This time it’s different http://unityaotearoa.blogspot.com/2011/10/occupations-this-time-its-different.html

Anti-corporate protesters raise voices http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10759386

Anti-greed protests sweep through NZ http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/anti-greed-protests-sweep-through-nz-4467117

They’re Only 0.1 Percent – But It’s A Good Start! http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/2011/10/theyre-only-01-percent-but-its-good.html

Occupy New Zealand http://workersparty.org.nz/2011/10/19/occupy-new-zealand/#more-5049

Auckland

Occupy Auckland http://www.occupyauckland.org/ Facebook http://www.facebook.com/OccupyAuck

Thousands turn out for Occupy Queen Street http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/57668.html

Occupy Queen St – Aotea Square Auckland NZ Oct 15th 2011

Auckland University ClockTower occupation 17 Oct 2011

Occupy protesters take over Auck Uni clocktower – Video http://www.3news.co.nz/Occupy-protesters-take-over-Auck-Uni-clocktower/tabid/309/articleID/229826/Default.aspx Story http://www.3news.co.nz/Occupy-protesters-take-over-Auck-Uni-clocktower/tabid/423/articleID/229826/Default.aspx

Occupy Auckland day 1 http://unityaotearoa.blogspot.com/2011/10/occupy-auckland-day-1.html?mid=5044079

Auckland Council yet to decide on protest http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/auckland-council-yet-decide-protest-4469462

Christchurch

Occupy Ōtautahi Christchurch http://occupychristchurch.org/ Facebook http://www.facebook.com/occupychristchurch

Labour Day March to be lead by Occupy Ōtautahi-Christchurch http://occupychristchurch.org/press/

Protesters occupy park despite storm http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/5817539/Protesters-occupy-park-despite-storm

Dunedin

Occupy Dunedin Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Dunedin/141220149310691

Protesters intent on staying camped in Octagon http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/182583/protesters-intent-staying-camped-octagon

Wellington

Occupy Wellington: A focus for the 99% http://unityaotearoa.blogspot.com/2011/10/occupy-wellington-focus-for-99.html?mid=509

Welcome to Occupy Wellington http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5817450/Welcome-to-Occupy-Wellington

Occupy Wellington October 15 2011

New Plymouth

Occupy New Plymouth – Day 5 http://stuartbramhall.aegauthorblogs.com/2011/10/18/occupy-new-plymouth-day-5/

Occupy New Plymouth- Day 3 and Report on New Zealand Occupy Movement http://www.opednews.com/articles/Occupy-New-Plymouth–Day-by-Dr-Stuart-Jeanne-B-111016-126.html

Occupy New Plymouth Oct. 15, 2011

OCCUPY WALL STREET

Occupy Wall Street Protests March on Midtown, and the World http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105487

Videos from Occupy Wall Street – Emir Hodzic has uploaded a bunch of videos from Saturday’s action of the Occupy Wall Street movement in Times Square, NYC on October 15. http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.com/2011/10/videos-from-occupy-wall-street.html

(Updated Oct. 18) Occupy Wall Street inspires global protests against the ‘1%’ (activist reports, videos, pics) http://links.org.au/node/2545

Oct. 15 Global Day of Action sweeps the world – Statements by the ANSWER Coalition and Occupy Wall Street http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/news/oct-15-global-day-of-action.html

Occupy Wall Street, London and Frankfurt – your questions answered http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/oct/19/occupy-live-debate-london-frankfurt-wall-street

Michael Moore explains Occupy Wall Street to the BBC

The Occupy movement has lit a fire for real change – Establishment praise for the Occupy protests reflects anxiety at public anger – which needs to be turned into political pressure http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/oct/19/occupy-movement-fire-for-change

‘The Whole World Is Watching': Occupy Wall Street Stares Down the NYPD http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2096976,00.html

Across the world, the indignant rise up against corporate greed and cuts http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/across-the-world-the-indignant-rise-up-against-corporate-greed-and-cuts-2371357.html

Laurie Penny: Across the world, a new spirit took hold – power was taken back by the people http://tinyurl.com/3nxwnak

Why We Occupy, What We Know by John Bellamy Foster http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2011/foster191011.html

Where did the growth go? – All (yes 100%) of the income growth in America from 1989 to 2008 went to the top 10% of income earners, while incomes for the bottom 90% fell, this excellent interactive Economic Policy Institute graphic shows. http://www.stateofworkingamerica.org/pages/interactive#/?start=1989&end=2008

Occupy Wall Street not Palestine! We are part of the world’s 99% yearning for freedom, justice and equal rights! http://www.bdsmovement.net/2011/occupy-wall-street-not-palestine-8163#.TpuHIHJQ69I

Occupy Australia: Thousands turn out across the country http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49093

Unions back Occupy Sydney http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49089

If Our Children Don’t Do Better Than Us, It Will Be Because the Top 1 Percent Took It All http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/beat-the-press/if-our-children-dont-do-better-than-us-it-will-be-because-the-top-1-percent-took-it-all

Occupy Wall St: Naomi Wolf condemns ‘Stalinist’ erosion of protest rights http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/19/naomi-wolf-occupy-wall-street-arrested

Occupy Wall Street and labor movement forming uneasy alliance http://tinyurl.com/636og5j

Speaking Truth Immortal Technique Interview At Occupy Wall Street He Goes In!

Sub Comandante Marcos Comes To Wall Street http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29453.htm

#OccupyWallStreet Live From Around the World. – Live Video – All Occupy Wall Street Streams and IRC – Live Revolution http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29416.htm

Occupy movement goes global – in pictures http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2011/oct/15/occupy-wall-street-movement-global?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

MESSAGE FROM JOHN MINTO ON THREATS TO S’BU ZIKODE
Hi everyone, S’bu got back to SA fine and ABM finally got a meeting with the new Durban mayor (I think raising his profile here likely to be a factor in recognition in South Africa) but at the meeting S’bu had death threats made against him by a senior ANC official. Read the media release at the bottom of this first and then the statement immediately below this for a response from Anglican Bishop Rubin Phillip in defence of S’bu. We need letters to the SA consulate here.

New Zealand South African High Commission L7 State Insurance Tower, 1 Willis street Wellinton 6011 or PO Box 25406 Panama Street, Wellington 6146 . Ph 04 815 8484 fax 04472 5010 email consular
“We are all S’bu Zikode” http://www.abahlali.org/node/8409
Statement on Threats Made to S’bu Zikode by Bishop Rubin Phillip http://www.abahlali.org/node/8410
For more information on the South African shackdwellers’ movement.
http://www.abahlali.org
http://www.khayelitshastruggles.com/
http://www.antieviction.org.za

GPJA FORUM WITH NICKY HAGAR
Monday, November 7, 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland

GPJA Forum: Nicky Hagar on New Zealand’s role in the war in Afghanistan. Investigative journalist and researcher Nicky Hagar will speak about New Zealand’s war in Afghanistan following publication of his acclaimed (by all but a few politicians) book "Other People’s Wars" released in early September. In his book he details the real role of our troops and reconstruction teams in this country’s longest running war and the false and misleading information put out by politicians and our defence force officials. THIS FORUM IS NOT TO BE MISSED.

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

PMA: WHITE POPPIES FOR PARIHAKA, ARMISTICE / REMEMBRANCE DAYS
PMA will be sending out a reminder next week with details about white poppy orders for Parihaka Day (Saturday, 5 November) and Armistice / Remembrance Day (Sunday, 11 November) – if you are interested in having white poppies available at your event/s for either or both of these, please keep an eye out for the message next week because this year all orders must be received by Monday, 28 October at the latest as we are involved in out of town seminars and gatherings during the first two weeks of November. If you would like to know more about white poppies and collecting donations for the White Poppy Peace Scholarships, please go to whitepoppies Thank you.

FOUR COMMUNITY ELECTION FORUMS
Unions and community organisations bring you a fun, fast and furious evening of political debate.
West Auckland – 8 November: 7pm, Kelston Community Centre, cnr Great North & Awaroa Rd. MC’d by Jeremy Elwood
Wellington – 9 November: 5.30pm, St John’s on Willis St. MC’d by Ian Harcourt
Auckland Central – 15 November: 7pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn. MC’d by Michele A’Court
Hamilton – 16 November: 7pm, YWCA, 36 Pembroke St. MC’d by Jeremy Elwood
Hosted by some of New Zealand’s favourite funny people. Party spokespeople will have 2 minutes each to answer questions on: Public service cuts; Collective bargaining and a living wage; Early childhood education; ACC; Family carers and paid work; Disabled persons’ issues; Healthy workplaces; Welfare. Brought to you by: the PSA, NZNO, SFWU, First Union, NZEI, Carers NZ, People First Inc Nga Tangata Tuatahi, Working Women’s Resource Centre, Auckland Disability Law, Disabled People’s Assembly, Poverty Action Waikato, ACC Futures Coalition, Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of NZ, and Wellington Council of Social Services. Entry by gold coin koha. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register email election.campaign Visit our Facebook page

EXPERIENCE THE REAL CUBA! JOIN THE 29TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN CROSS WORK-STUDY TOUR TO CUBA
Organised by the New Zealand – Australia Cuba Friendship Society 28 Dec 2011 to 20 Jan 2012. Be more than just a tourist join the 29th Southern Cross Work-Study Tour and support Cuba in the most direct manner by working alongside Cubans for a few days picking fruit, pruning or planting fruit trees or slashing grass and then visiting schools, hospitals, cultural sites & urban agriculture projects, etc. You’ll experience at first hand the cultural, political and social conditions in socialist Cuba. This year’s program will give participants an opportunity to celebrate the 51st anniversary of ICAP & gain an insight into how the Cuban people have triumphed over adversity to keep the revolution strong. For more information about the 29th Contingent of the Southern Cross Brigade visit the Brigade Webpage , email us or call 027 226 9950.

WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST JANUARY 20-22, 2012
The Waihopai spybase was subjected to unprecedented public attention by the March 2010 trial and acquittal of the three Ploughshares peace activists who penetrated its high security in 2008 and deflated one of the two domes concealing its satellite dishes from the NZ public. This legal saga has continued into 2011 with the Government changing the law to prevent their grounds of defence being used again and then suing the three activists personally for the $1.2 million damage to the dome. The Anti-Bases Campaign was happy to support this non-violent direct action anti-war activity, from start to finish. The public face of New Zealand’s role as an American ally is the NZ military presence in Afghanistan. But New Zealand’s most significant contribution to that, and other American wars, including the one in Iraq, is the Waihopai electronic intelligence gathering base, located in the Waihopai Valley, near Blenheim. It is controlled by the US, with New Zealand (including Parliament and the Prime Minister) having little or no idea what goes on there, let alone any control. First announced in 1987, Waihopai is operated by New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) in the interests of the foreign Powers grouped together in the super-secret UKUSA Agreement (which shares global electronic and signals intelligence among the intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ). Its two satellite interception dishes intercept a huge volume of civilian telephone calls, telexes, faxes, e-mail and computer data communications. It spies on our Asia/Pacific neighbours, and forwards the material on to the major partners in the UKUSA Agreement, specifically the US National Security Agency (NSA). Its targets are international civilian communications involving New Zealanders, including the interception of international phone calls. Post- 9/11 the GCSB and Waihopai now spy further afield, to those regions where the US is waging wars. The codename for this – Echelon – has become notorious worldwide as the vast scope of its spying has become public. New Zealand is an integral, albeit junior part of a global spying network, a network that is ultimately accountable only to its own constituent agencies, not governments, not citizens. Join us for the weekend of anti-war protest at this spybase. Come prepared for roughing it and camping out. We provide the food (we cater for vegetarians but vegans will have to bring their own). Bring sleeping bag, groundsheet, a tent, torch, water bottle, eating utensils, clothing for all weather, and $40 (or $20 unwaged) to cover costs. No open fires. How to find our camp at Whites Bay: turn off SH1 at Tuamarina (9km north of Blenheim or 20 km south of Picton) and drive to Rarangi on the coast. Follow the steep Port Underwood Road over the hilltop before descending to the Whites Bay turnoff. There is a DoC public camp at the bay with basic facilities. ABC has to pay a fixed charge per head. Waihopai does not operate in the interests of New Zealanders or our neighbours. Basically it is a foreign spybase on NZ soil and directly involves us in America’s wars. Waihopai must be closed. Organised by the Anti-Bases Campaign, P.O. Box 2258, Christchurch. E-mail cafca www.converge.org.nz/abc $40 Registration ($20 unwaged). Make all cheques to ABC

WHAT’S ON

Monday, October 24 (Labour Day), 10:06 am, Radio NZ
Wobblies Down Under: Joe HillSwedish-American radical socialist Joe Hill (right) was framed for murder by the Utah police in 1915. He was so clearly innocent of the charge that even US President Woodrow Wilson appealed on his behalf but Joe was found guilty and executed by firing squad. Songster, poet and member of the radical socialist Industrial Workers of the World, known as the Wobblies, Joe Hill became a martyr for the working classes world-wide. After a funeral in Chicago which attracted over 30, 000 mourners, Joe’s ashes were placed in 600 envelopes with the inscription ‘Murdered by the Capitalist classes’ and sent to Wobblies around the world including New Zealand. No trace of the ashes sent here has ever been found. Researcher Jared Davidson tells Jack Perkins how he set out to track down Joe’s ashes and in the process uncovered a story of the ruthless repression of Wobblies and other socialists in the early 1900s and World War I. To this end, New Zealand passed legislation more extreme than other comparable countries in the western world. Produced by Jack Perkins.

Monday, October 24, from 11am, “Occupation Corner” – South Hagley Park near the Parkside Bus Exchange, across from Chch Public Hospital
Labour Day: A day to celebrate the workers in Aotearoa, to remember the difficult year we have experienced, and to celebrate everything that the Occupy Movement has achieved on a local, national and international scale. MEET AT: “Occupation Corner” – South Hagley Park near the Parkside Bus Exchange, across from Christchurch Public Hospital TIMETABLE: 11am – Greetings and live music; 12pm – March around the cordon. This shall be a quiet, respectful march. – Lay a wreath at the bridge of remembrance.- Proceed to the Art Gallery plaza.- Short speeches the Art Gallery from builders from the CBD, Red Zone residents, University Lecturers, Students, and Young Workers. 2.00 – 2.30pm – Return to Occupation Corner for refreshments. (Please bring what non-alcoholic refreshments you can.) Live music, performances, and a celebration of what we have achieved as we look to our future. This is a child-friendly, drug & alcohol free event. We can’t wait to see you all there! http://j.mp/labourdaymarch
Monday, October24, 2pm, Te Papa Museum, Wellington
“BREAD AND ROSES” – NEW VERSION: A new version of Gaylene Preston’s film Bread and Roses about the life of Sonja Davies has been compiled / cut by the National Film Studio. It is exactly the same film, but now made in a durable medium that will last. It will be launched on Monday 24 October – Labour weekend at Te Papa at 2 p.m. It is part of a retrospective of Gaylene’s films and she will be there to talk and discuss these in the theatrette from 1 p.m. onwards. The film itself is still 3 hours long.

Tuesday, October 25, 5.30pm, Lecture theatre 3, Rutherford House, Pipitea campus, Lambton Quay, Wellington.
A seminar: Sex, Lies and Pay Rates – Speakers: Catherine Delahunty – Green MP; Helen Kelly – NZCTU President; Lyndy McIntyre – Communication and Campaigns Advisor SFWU; Nicole Skews – Young Feminists’ Wellington Collective; Paul McKay – Manager Employment Relations Policy Business New Zealand; Susan Guthrie – Co author of “ The Big Kahuna”. Chaired By Christine Brookes – Wellington Improvisation Troupe. Hosted by the Pay Equity Challenge Coalition and the Women’s Studies Association, Wellington. http://payequity.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, October 26, 6.30pm, Maidment Theatre, Alfred Street, The University of Auckland
Bruce Jesson Lecture: Recreating full employment – Professor Paul Dalziel, AERU, Lincoln University. Bruce Jesson’s last book Only Their Purpose is Mad tracked the destructive impacts of what he termed “the open slather approach to economic reform”. Twenty years after the reforms, New Zealand still lives with the legacy of that period in the form of unemployment and poverty. The government’s response is to blame the social welfare system and to propose policy reforms that will take us along the same failed path of the 1990s. Bruce Jesson finished his book by arguing that “the challenge facing New Zealand is to redefine the role of the nation in the modern global economy”. He called for nation-building understood as “creating a cohesive society that can act internationally with some sense of purpose”. This lecture will address Jesson’s challenge. It aims to set out a concrete programme for nation-building built on strategies to recreate full employment. Paul Dalziel has been Professor of Economics at Lincoln University since 2002 and currently works full-time in the AERU research centre. His first research publication was an article on the 1984 Economic Summit Conference that began New Zealand’s decade of economic reforms. Since then he has produced more than 200 research publications on aspects of New Zealand economic and social policy. Paul is part of a multi-disciplinary research team involved in a five-year research programme on education employment linkages in New Zealand. He is President of the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International and a Council member of its parent organisation, RSAI. In 2010, he was a member of the Welfare Justice group that acted as an alternative forum to the government’s Welfare Working Group.

Thursday, October 27, 7.30pm, Canterbury WEA, 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch
Election Issues: Starts 27 October, All welcome! 5 Thursdays, gold coin donation.
27 Oct: Asset sales – right or wrong? – John Walley, CEO New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association
3 Nov: Taxation in focus: What are the Issues? – Prof. Adrian Sawyer, Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Canty University
10 Nov: New Zealand is Not For Sale – Murray Horton, Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) and the NZ is Not For Sale Campaign Working Group
17 Nov: Capital Gains Tax: in the context of NZ inequality – Neville Bennett, retired academic and NBR columnist
24 Nov: Youth Health: The community’s wealth? – Dr Sue Bagshaw, Korowai Youth Well-being Trust
Canterbury WEA, phone 366 0285, email: cwea Web: www.cwea.org.nz

Friday, October 28, 1-2pm, YWCA, 36 Pembroke St, Hamilton
Poverty Action Waikato, Birthright Waikato and Linkhouse would like to invite you to: "Tell us how it is" – a listening forum with single parents. At the forum single parents will be given the opportunity to share some of their experiences of single parenting, along with any questions they may wish to ask election candidates. Election candidates from throughout the Waikato will then be invited to respond. So far…election candidates, Sue Moroney, Sehai Orgad, Tim Macindoe, Robert Moore,Louise Upston, Bill Gudgeon, Zane McCarthy and Kate Sutton have confirmed their attendance.

Sunday, October 30, 9.40am, Radio NZ
Rob Green will be interviewed by Chris Laidlaw for 30 minutes on Sunday 30 October at 9.40am about his new book A Thorn in Their Side: The Hilda Murrell Murder. In 1984 Hilda Murrell, a 78-year-old distinguished rose-grower turned anti-nuclear campaigner, was found brutally murdered outside her home town of Shrewsbury, England. The case became one of the biggest, most bizarre and baffling British murders of the 20th century involving political conspiracies surrounding the nuclear industry and the Falklands War. After a cold case review, in 2005 Andrew George, who was a 16-year-old petty thief from a foster home, was convicted. However, Hilda’s nephew, former British Navy Commander Robert Green’s new book ‘A Thorn In Their Side: The Hilda Murrell Murder‘, about his pursuit of the truth, in which he reveals explosive new evidence which almost certainly would acquit George. He also describes intimidation of us at our home in Christchurch and in Britain almost certainly by British Security Agents which led to Dr Warren Tucker (SIS Director) visiting us to be briefed about the case. Because of this, the book had to be produced in great secrecy with a publisher in Masterton. The updated Hilda Murrell website (www.hildamurrell.org) features the latest news items ( Listener last week, Dominion Post yesterday, TV1 News, ODT etc) under news/links.

Monday, October 31, 4.30pm, NZEI Te Riu Roa, 4 Bond St, Arch Hill, Auckland
Invitation to speak with Wisconsin Union Leader – Union and Public Services Under Attack in Wisconsin: Under Governor Scott Walker the US state of Wisconsin has slashed public spending and passed legislation dramatically limiting collective bargaining and union rights. The response has included legal challenges and weeks of street protest by union members. Glenn Schmidt, an office holder of education union the Wisconsin Education Association Council and the National Education Association, will be in Auckland on Monday 31 October. NZEI Te Riu Roa invite union members and officials to meet with Glenn and hear him speak about the situation in Wisconsin and the union response. Light refreshments provided. Please feel free to circulate this invitation to others in your union who may be interested. Please RSVP to Chris Walker chris.walker

Wednesday, November 2 – Saturday November 5, Wellington
The Wellington Latin America Solidarity Committee invites you to join us for: Celebraciòn Día De Los Muertos – Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life

Wednesday 2 November – Saturday 5 November 2011. Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an annual festival observed throughout Latin America originating in pre Columbian culture which celebrates life by honouring the dead. It is believed that on this day each year the spirits of the dead return to Earth to reconnect with the living, and re-experience the sensory world. Friends and family honour the deceased by celebrating in cemeteries, homes, and public spaces with food, flowers, music, and prayers. Colourful paper cut-outs called papel picado decorate churches and cemeteries. Fancy dress, especially skeletons and other deathly outfits, is the norm. Ofrenda’s – or altars – often have a photo of the deceased, and are elaborately-decorated with flowers as well as objects, foods and drinks that the dead prized or enjoyed while they lived. It is believed that displaying their favourite things entices their souls to return to take part in the remembrance celebrations. The Latin America Solidarity Committee remembers all the indigenous people of the Zapatista movement in Mexico who have perished in their struggle for freedom, democracy and self-determination and the 50,000 people who have died in the so-called war on drugs across Mexico, many of whom have little to do with the drug trade and have been innocent casualties in the cross-fires. Three events will be held from Wednesday November 2nd to Saturday November 5th as follows: Ofrenda (altar) exhibition at FREDERICK STREET SOUND AND LIGHT EXPLORATION SOCIETY Wednesday Nov 2 – Saturday Nov 5. A traditional ofrenda will be installed and open to the public at 46 Frederick St from Wednesday 2 November to Saturday 5 November to commemorate and honour those who have perished under persecution in Mexico, as well as our own family members and loved ones who have passed. Day of the Dead Parade Saturday Nov 5, 7pm (preparations from 3pm) from 46 Frederick St to Mighty Mighty, Cuba Mall. The public are invited to take part in a Day of the Dead procession from the ofrenda exhibition to Mighty Mighty, where the Day of the Dead Fiesta will take place. 46 Frederick St will be open from 3pm for participants to decorate and paint their faces as skeletons and dress in the traditional style of Day of the Dead as well as enjoy music and food. The public are encouraged to arrive in fancy dress and bring colourful memorabilia of deceased loved ones. The procession will be lead by a Mariachi singer and will depart from 46 Frederick St at 7pm making a stop on Viva Mexico Café on Cuba Street before arriving at Mighty Mighty around 8pm for the renowned Day of the Dead Fiesta! Day of the Dead Fiesta – Fundraiser for La Garrucha Community Project. Saturday Nov 5, from 8pm – late, Mighty Mighty, Cuba St. This year, Mighty Mighty will host the celebrations: an evening of performances on the theme of life and death, from the sound of urban latin ensemble Café Tango to the mellow Mariachi sounds of Carlos Navae to Gyp-Hop-Ruski-Roots Reggae of Bella Cajon. All this for only $5 on the door, and all proceeds go direct to the Zapatista municipality of La Garrucha in Chiapas. More info about the Wellington Zapatista Solidarity Group at:lmayaal

Wednesday, November 2, 7.30pm, Knox Presbyterian Church Lounge, 28 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch
Election 2011 – the real issues. PUBLIC MEETING: What are the real issues facing the people of NZ and Christchurch this election? SPEAKERS: Jeremy Agar, CAFCA Chairperson, on the Productivity Commission; Murray Horton, CAFCA Organiser & Convenor of New Zealand Is Not For Sale Campaign, on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA); Bill Rosenberg, CTU Economist & Policy Director, on privatisation; Mike Peters, Addington Action Organiser, on the social impact of the quakes on Christchurch working people and the politics of the earthquake recovery; For more Information

Email cafca Web http://realissuescafca.blogspot.com/

Friday, November 4, 7.15am, Loaves and Fishes, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Hill St, Thorndon, Wellington
Election Breakfast on ACC. Speakers start at 7.30am. Cost: $10 (at the door). Chair: David Russell (former CE Consumer NZ). The Politicians Panel (so far): Stephen Whittington (ACT); Kevin Hague (Greens); Chris Hipkins (Labour); Sue Bradford (Mana); Michael Woodhouse (National). Sponsored by the ACC Futures Coalition. Register at http://issues.co.nz/accfutures/Events

Saturday, November 5, 2pm, QE2 Square, Downtown, Auckland
Auckland rally for justice and peace in Palestine: callout by NZ Palestine Human Rights Campaign. We rally on the first Saturday of every month.

Next rally – 2pm this Saturday, 1 October 2011. QE2 Square
, Customs St and Queen St intersection
 (outside Downtown shopping centre). Come support justice and peace based on: Ending 44 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip (including East Jerusalem); Ensuring the right of return for Palestinianrefugees; Sharing Jerusalem; Vacating all settlementcolonies in Israelioccupied Palestine; Dismantling Israel’s annexation/apartheid wallin occupied Palestine.

Monday, November 7, 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland
GPJA Forum: Nicky Hagar on New Zealand’s role in the war in Afghanistan. Investigative journalist and researcher Nicky Hagar will speak about New Zealand’s war in Afghanistan following publication of his acclaimed (by all but a few politicians) book "Other People’s Wars" released in early September. In his book he details the real role of our troops and reconstruction teams in this country’s longest running war and the false and misleading information put out by politicians and our defence force officials. THIS FORUM IS NOT TO BE MISSED.

Monday, November 22, 5pm, Cuba Mall, Wellington
Support high-quality public education? Want politicians who stand up for high-quality public education? Well, join us then for a flaming extravagant musical and theatrical protest. Just six days before the general election we’ll be telling politicians of all persuasions and predilections that it is time to speak up for education. And we really want you and your organisation to join us in large numbers. Our rally will be flambastic and flamboyant. Come dressed in fiery tones of red, orange or gold and bring your loudest off-key singing voice. The rally will coincide with our annual TEU conference and we will be bussing every single one of our conference delegates to it, as well as encouraging union members from Weltec, Massey University, Victoria University, Whitireia NZ, the Open Polytechnic, NZCER, Otago Medical School Wellington, and Te Tari Puna Ora to attend. We hope to encourage delegations from local students associations, PPTA and NZEI branches, WEA, kindergartens, early childhood centres, adult and community education organisations, schools and workplace training organisations. Our message will be simple – we need to speak up for public education this election. Oh, and just to be clear, we will be rallying in support of all public education, not just tertiary education – and our speakers and performers will reflect that. Our rally will be short, loud and musical. We would really like each organisation that comes to prepare a song or piece of theatre beforehand to share with the crowd. For instance, TEU’s guitar-bearing National President Sandra Grey is working on an adaptation of Midnight Oil’s Beds Are Burning and may well also reprise her rewrite of the Fred Dagg classic If It Weren’t For Our Polytechs Where Would We Be? So it is hard not to be keen. What you can do: 1. Let us know you that you want to take part, and what you would like to contribute – songs theatre colour, etc. 2. Share this email with members of your organisation and encourage them to come along – they can sign up to the TEU Facebook event ‘Speak up for Education’ if they want to. 3. Let us know how you will be getting to the event – marching, procession, buses etc. 4. Let us know what support we can offer you to promote this event. I look forward to hearing your excited responses and creative ideas and to seeing you in Cuba Mall on the day. Yours sincerely, Sharn Riggs, TEU National Secretary. Authorised by Sharn Riggs, Tertiary Education Union, 8th Floor, Education House 178-182 Willis St, Wellington 6011.

Tuesday, November 22, Te Whaea, Wellington
LABOUR HISTORY PROJECT RONA BAILEY MEMORIAL LECTURE 2011 – “DANCE IS A WEAPON” Details per legal

Friday, December 2, Victoria University, Wellington.
New Zealand Labour Law Society Inc (In conjunction with Victoria University of Wellington Law School). Invites you to attend its Inaugural Conference. The New Zealand Labour Law Society Inc will hold its inaugural conference at Victoria University of Wellington on Friday 2nd December 2011. This conference which occurs shortly after the election will focus on two main themes: Labour law across the Tasman and future directions in labour law. Labour Law Across the Tasman: Professor Andrew Stewart (University of Adelaide) will give an address on the current state of labour law in Australia and on the impact of the Australian government’s Fair Work reforms. Professor Richard Johnstone (Griffith University) will speak on Australia’s proposed model OHS law. Future Directions for Labour Law?: The conference date is one week after the 2011 General Election – the ideal opportunity for crystal ball gazing. In addition to keynote speakers and commentators the conference will also feature special sessions looking at future directions in selected areas of the law. These (depending on interest and papers received) are likely to include: Legal Challenges in Advancing Pay Equity, Good Faith Bargaining, Workplace Health and Safety, Employment Security, whether New Zealand should adopt a comprehensive National Employment Standards on the Australian Model. Enrol online now at the Early Bird rate of $200 -Places will be limited. Online enrolment is now open at www.victoria.ac.nz/law/about/events/2011/labour-law-conf.aspx

QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain — but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life; that there’s something wrong with the world; you don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about?" – The Matrix – 1999
" One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge ~ even to ourselves ~ that we’ve been so credulous. So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new bamboozles rise." - Carl Sagan
"O liberty! O liberty! What crimes are committed in thy name!"

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