GPJA #508: Sat 2pm – Auck, ChCh, Dunedin – Protest Israel’s war on Gaza

GLOBAL PEACE AND JUSTICE AUCKLAND NEWSLETTER No. 508, July 18, 2014

WHAT’S ON IN AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND

PROTESTS PLANNED TOMORROW AROUND NZ

SATURDAY 2PM

DUNEDIN: Rally at the Octagen.

AUCKLAND: Rally Aotea Square, Queen St. Bring your own placards, banners & olive tree branches. Rally will hear brief speeches then march via TVNZ & Herald to the US consulate.

CHRISTCHURCH: Rally Cathedral Square, Colombo Street, Christchurch Central

NOTE: Massive protests are taking place in cities around the whole world – a new ‘super power’ has emerged to stop Israel’s war on Gaza: global people’s power!

Monday, July 21, 6pm, Stone Lecture Theatre, 9 Eden Crescent, Auckland

 

Monday, July 21, 6-7pm, Stone Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Law, Building 801, Level 3, A, 9 Eden Crescent, Auckland

Public Lecture by Professor James Anaya: “Indigenous Peoples Rights & Business Responsibilities: Lessons from Six Years as UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”. http://www.law.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/events-1/events/events-2014/2014/07/public-lecture-by-professor-james-anaya.html

Thursday, July 24, 1pm-2.30pm, WG308 Room, Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT, Mayoral Drive

“Understanding ethnic diversity in Auckland” Assoc Prof Robin Peace &Dr Trudie Cain; Free Auckland Seminar.

Tuesday, July 29, 1.30-6pm, Graduate Women Room, Old Government House (Upstairs), Princes Street, University of Auckland

Revisiting Gender, Power and the Body Politic – Politics and International Relations Symposium, School of Social Sciences. Session 1: 1.30-3pm, ‘Intimate Justice: The Black Female Body and the Body Politic’. Dr Shatema Threadcraft, Rutgers University, New Jersey. ‘Intersectionality, power and the body politic in feminist development research’, Dr Anita Lacey, Politics and IR, University of Auckland. Chair: Dr Katherine Smits, Politics and IR, University of Auckland

Session 2: 3.30-5pm: ‘Julia Gillard and the Gender Wars’, Professor Linda Trimble, University of Alberta, Canada. ‘”Now you see it, now you don’t?” Gender and the Chilean presidential election campaigns of Michele Bachelet and Evelyn Matthei’. Dr Jane Christie and A/P Jennifer Curtin, Politics and IR, University of Auckland. Chair: Dr Valentina Cardo, Media, Film and Television, University of Auckland. ALL WELCOME. Refreshments provided. For further information and to RSVP for catering purposes contact Jennifer Curtin on j.curtin

Wednesday, July 30, 7.30pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland

CPAG’s Annual General Meeting Followed by: Election Year Political Forum. Come along, meet the CPAG team, chat to fellow supporters, learn more about what we’re doing and grill some MPs on child poverty! Light refreshments provided, limited space available so please RSVP.

Thursday, July 31, 6pm to 7.30pm, Room 1, Conference Centre, 30 The Terrace, Wellington

West Papua: human rights and media freedom. You are invited to a public meeting with Victor Mambor, Alliance of Independent Journalists in Papua, Editor of Tabloid Jubi, Human rights defender. Victor is a leading human rights defender in Indonesian occupied West Papua. He is Editor of the Jayapura-based newspaper and website Tabloid Jubi, Chairperson of West Papua’s Alliance of Independent Journalists, and a contributor to Al Jazeera. Victor is a prominent advocate for freedom of the press and open access for international journalists and UN monitors to Papua. His outspokenness is courageous given that journalism is a risky profession in West Papua – AJI documented 20 cases of violence and intimidation against journalists in 2013. Victor also supports grassroots journalism and devotes his skills and experience to the training of NGO activists in media and communication skills. Organised by Peace Movement Aotearoa and Va’aomanu Pasifika, please RSVP to pma tel 04 382 8129 or at https://www.facebook.com/events/309949635847814/ Links: On Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/309949635847814/ A4 Poster – http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/papua-wgtn-31july14.pdf

Friday, August 1, 6.30-8.30pm, Saturday 2 August, 9am-5pm, Faculty of Law, The University of Auckland, Level 2 (Friday) and Level 3 (Saturday), 9 Eden Crescent, Auckland

The latest from on the ground in West Papua. The urgent need to improve media and international NGO access to West Papua. New Zealand’s historical and current complicity with Indonesia, including providing police and military training and condoning environmental exploitation. Support for West Papua in Melanesia and Indonesia’s attempts to undermine this support through the Melanesian Spearhead Group. Is West Papua the new East Timor? Political panel with representatives from major parties. Find the event on maire .

Friday, August 1, Saturday August 2, SkyCity Cinema, Auckland
HOT AIR is the story of twenty years of political struggle between politicians, scientists and activists wanting to reduce New Zealand’s emissions, and corporate leaders and their lobbyists working to protect profits and commercial advantage. HOT AIR, a new documentary by Alister Barry & Abi King-Jones, will be screening in the upcoming New Zealand International Film Festival in Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch, Hamilton & Palmerston North. In 2013 Alister Barry won the Bruce Jesson Foundation’s Senior Journalism Award to assist in completion of the film. See http://www.hotairfilm.co.nz for session dates & times. Auckland Screening Times: Friday 1 August 1:00 p.m. SKY CITY CINEMA; Saturday 2 August 3:30 p.m. SKY CITY CINEMA.

Sunday, August 3, 1pm, Academy Cinema

“Notes to Eternity” 2014 Directed by Sarah Cordery CHAMPIONS. Renowned critics of Israeli policies – Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Sara Roy and Robert Fisk – provide personal substance and historical perspective to their arguments in this impressive film by New Zealander Sarah Cordery.New Zealand filmmaker Sarah Cordery’s analysis of the Israel-Palestine conflict argues implicitly for justice, with eloquence and careful deliberation. http://www.nziff.co.nz/2014/auckland/notes-to-eternity/

Monday, August 4

Peace Movement Aotearoa – WW1 anniversary: Peace vigils on 4 August. Links:

Monday, 4 August, is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, “the war to end all wars”. Peace Movement Aotearoa, in association with Quakers, is coordinating nation-wide candle-lit vigils on 4 August, in conjunction with pacifist and peace groups in other parts of the world who will be holding vigils to mark the anniversary and to highlight our mutual belief that conflict must be resolved peacefully rather than by war.

The three themes for the vigils in Aotearoa New Zealand are remembrance, ending war, and promoting peace. The vigils are at 6pm on Monday, 4 August, at local war memorials or other suitable locations, and will all have the same messages based on the three themes above.

The details for each vigil will be added to the World War One web page at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/ww1.htm as soon as they are confirmed
If you are interested in helping to organise the vigil in your area, or have ideas for messages on banners and placards, please contact Peace Movement Aotearoa email pma or tel 04 382 8129 as soon as possible. Thank you.

August 5,6,7, 8.30am-4.30pm, WINZ, 93 Mascott Ave, Mangere

AAP Impact. Learn your rights from trained advocates.

Wednesday, August 6, 7.30pm, Ponsonby Primary School, Curran St, Auckland.

‘Tick for Kids’ – Auckland Central Candidates forum. Come hear Auckland Central candidates from across the political spectrum answer the important questions on children’s rights to quality education, health,ousing and income. Jacinda Ardern (Labour) and Denise Roche (Green Party) Miriam Pierard (Internet Mana) confirmed. National and New Zealand First speakers tbc. Special guest speaker Peter O’Connor, Associate Professor Critical Studies in Education from University of Auckland.

Tuesday, August 12

Saturday, August 30, 3pm, Britomart Transport Centre, Queen St, Auckland in Auckland
A30. MARCH TO BRING DOWN THIS ROTTEN GOVERNMENT. Its time to mobilise and bring down John Key’s National Party Government. Increase the protests, strengthen the campaigns, register the working class and poor to get them out. Lets organise a national day of Action on Saturday August 30th. Spread this event like wildfire.

23/24 October, Rydges Latimer, Christchurch
Social justice in communities – What is it? How can we build it? How can we sustain it? A conference jointly hosted by Community Networks Aotearoa (formerly NZCOSS) and the NZ Council of Christian Social Services. Social justice is vitally important in Christchurch as it is rebuilding and redeveloping; it is equally important in all of our communities. It does not happen by accident but is the result of deliberate and inclusive decision-making. Inspirational speakers from Christchurch, elsewhere in New Zealand and Australia will share their experiences in working within communities to bring about self-determination, inclusion and empowerment for community members. This conference will strengthen participants’ commitment to social justice, it will inform them of how socially just communities have been developed and will inspire them to work towards this ideal in their work and communities. Registrations are open – register now!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Auckland regugee council volunteer needed.
The Auckland Refugee Council Inc. is looking for a Volunteer to assist our Hostel Manager/Social Worker. We welcome applications for the above vacancy, particularly people from a refugee background. We have attached Background Information and a Job Description. Please distribute this to your networks or people that may be interested. CV’s and cover letters should be forwarded to Jenny Bielby at arci.hostel . The closing date for all applications is the 21st July 2014. Kind regards, Administrator, Auckland Refugee Council Inc., Tel: 09 378 7434, PO Box 78 024, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1245. www.aucklandrefugeecouncil.org

FREE WEBINAR: 10 SOCIAL MEDIA BEST PRACTICES FOR NGOS

Through a partnership with the Public Interest Registry – the nonprofit responsible for managing the .ORG domain and the soon-to-be launched .NGO and .ONG domains, Nonprofit Tech for Good will be presenting a free webinar series for NGOs worldwide starting in July. Entitled 10 Social Media Best Practices for NGOs, the webinar will train NGOs, nonprofits, and charities on how they can better utilize social media to showcase their programs and fundraise online. The 90-minute webinar will:

  • Highlight the shift from to broadcast to social communications and fundraising.
  • Demonstrate the top three best practices for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
  • Discuss how to tell your nonprofit’s story through video, images, and infographics.
  • Explain how to create an editorial calendar for social media communications.
  • Present a system for tracking and reporting your success.

The webinar is being offered three times to accommodate NGOs in multiple time zones and the content of each webinar will be tailored to fit the region it is being presented for. Register below for the webinar that best suits your time zone. Webinars will be capped at 1,000 attendees, so to ensure that as many NGOs as possible can attend, please only register for one webinar:

Services Offered by Nonprofit Tech for Good

JOIN THIS YEAR’S AUSTRALIAN SOLIDARITY DELEGATION TO VENEZUELA DECEMBER 2 – 13, 2014

Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network. Registrations are now open for the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s 2014 solidarity tour to revolutionary Venezuela.
http://links.org.au/node/3700

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