Peace Events this week & next

Upcoming peace actions this week
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Kia ora friends,

We hope you have had a safe and enjoyable holiday season. We are slowly getting mobilised for another year of peace actions & activities. We invite you to join us.

Solidarity event for machi Francisca Linconao in Auckland
Thursday, 12 January 6:00pm
Albert Park
Machi Francisca Linconao is an indigenous Mapuche woman who has been imprisoned by the Chilean State since March 2016. She was accused of arson along with 10 others, but the evidence is very weak. The main witness has retracted his statement, saying that he was pressured by the police. Sharing their home with a six billion dollar timber industry, the Mapuche people of Aracaunia are the poorest in Chile. After centuries of land wars and inequality, the Mapuches, meaning “people of the land,” are beginning to break the silence, uniting to fight to get their land back and get the same rights and privileges as non-Mapuches. The Chilean government has responded by using anti-terrorism laws against them.

We will also be crafting a collective banner, so if you are interested in it you can bring your crochet hook and blue yarn. If you don’t know how to crochet, we will teach you. Bring blankets and food or drinks to share if you like.

Crafting Resistance Workshop
Saturday, 21 January 12:30-3:30pm
Auckland Central Library
Please join us for a hands-on creative workshop exploring the ways in which communities use arts and crafts to resist injustice, torture and terrorising by state forces. Crafting materials and light refreshments provided. Camila from Chile will be teaching participants about a technique called Arpillera, a type of patchwork quilting born during the Pinochet dictatorship when a lot of women started sewing images of what they were experiencing.

10,000 Too Many: March against mass incarceration
Saturday, 11 February 12 noon
Aotea Square
March against expanding prisons, overcrowding, and the unjust punishment system! The prison population in Aotearoa has just reached 10,000 for the first time. Will you please join with Auckland Peace Action and stand alongside our friends and allies in No Pride in Prisons to call for an end to the prison-industrial complex? Please join us on the streets in Auckland in February to work for peace.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved in peace work this year. If you want to get involved in Auckland Peace Action, please email us at aucklandpeaceaction for meeting times and details.

Warm regards,
Auckland Peace Action

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