HRN APRIL Events, Notices, Information for Human Rights Network members ++

Greetings to HRN members and your own networks,

With kind permission of Megan/WILPF Aotearoa [see: 
www.wilpf.org.nz ] who distributed WILPF’s April Newsletter this morning, I have added other notices from various sources …..
Fwding now to HRN members for your info and onward sharing among your own networks, membership….

Thank you,
Beverley

Friday 7 April: ‘Time for Independence From a Crumbling US Empire’ talk by Murray Horton (CAFCA) –
Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa .
Venue: AUT, Sir Paul Reeves Building, Room WG126
Time: 4:30-6.00 p.m.

Saturday 8 April/ Day conference:
National Council of Women, Auckland branch – ‘Towards a Gender Equal NZ – Taking Action’
Community Conference with stunning speakers:
Keynote: Lizzie Marvelly;
Panellists include: Dr Jackie Blue (NZ HRC), Louise Nicholas (Victim Advocate),
Prue Kapua (Maori Women’s Welfare League), Rasmussen (Generation Zero Auckland).
Workshops focussed on the question: ‘What do we do?’
Venue: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby.
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
There is a Facebook link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/247316759046213/permalink/268949010216321/
You need to register by emailing: ncwnzauckland

Sunday 9 April/ Evening with Rafeef Ziadah, Acclaimed Palestinian Poet
Rafeef Ziadah is touring NZ accompanied by guest musician Phil Monsour and supported by NZ poet Mohamed Hassan and Palestinian dabke dancers; Rafeef Ziadah will be in Auckland on Sunday after NZ tour 7-9 April…
Venue: Dorothy Winstone Centre (AGGS auditorium), 16 Howe St, Freemans Bay. Free parking is available at venue: Use Gates 2 and 4 and on Howe Street.
Time: 6 p.m.
Tickets: $30/$20 available at the door or from:
https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/an-evening-with-palestinian-poet-rafeef-ziadah-tickets-32077497659
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1268141843273439/
This event will be an entertaining and thought-provoking insight into the Palestinian struggle and an excellent opportunity to build awareness and support here in New Zealand.

Auckland Pay Equity Coalition Meeting, Tuesday 11 April, 1-2pm
Auckland Women’s Centre, 4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn, Auckland

White Poppies for Peace appeal, 17-24 April
Information here: www.whitepoppies.org.nz

WILPF Aotearoa Section AGM, Friday evening, 21 April and Saturday 22 April
Friends meeting house, Moncrieff Street, WELLINGTON – It would be great to see you there.

Anzac Day Vigil, 24 April
Organised by WILPF Tamaki Makaurau and Quakers
5:30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Aotea Square by the Auckland Town Hall; placards will be provided….

Information
Update on nuclear ban negotiations just completed at the UN, before substantive talks in June.
ICAN Aotearoa NZ website has NZ government statements and other information;
See: www.icanw.org.nz

Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), 24 April
is the key date each year for the Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS), and is marked each year
by events and activities around the world on the day the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
releases the new global expenditure figures…
This year, GDAMS is on Monday, 24 April, part of a fortnight of activities running from 18 – 28 April.

Peace Movement Aotearoa has been the national contact in Aotearoa New Zealand for GDAMS since its inception and coordinates the national GCOMS – the Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign on Military Spending, http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/gdams.htm
We provide updated resources each year and are happy to assist local groups who wish to organise
‘Dollars and sense’ / ‘Welfare not warfare’ public forums. For GDAMS 2017, planning is already underway for the forum in Wellington organised by Peace Movement Aotearoa, and for the forum in Auckland organised by Pax Christi.

If you would like to organise a forum in your area about the urgent need to shift spending priorities away from funding armed forces towards meeting human needs,
or if you would like your organisation listed as a supporter of the Global Day of Action
http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/gdams-supp.htm
contact Peace Movement Aotearoa, pma with ‘GDAMS 2017’ in the subject line of your message.

John Pilger, new documentary: ‘The Coming War on China’
‘With dozens of US military bases encircling China with a “giant noose,” and America’s historic nuclear presence in the Pacific region, a war between the greatest military power and the world’s second largest economy “is no longer unthinkable,” journalist John Pilger says.’

More information and a link to a Radio NZ interview here:
http://asiapacificreport.nz/2017/03/26/5-mind-boggling-things-about-pilgers-doco-the-coming-war-on-china/

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