This is probably about the closest I’ll get to being nationalistic…
I had tears of joy and pride rolling down my cheeks as I watched the Maori TV coverage of the demo in Tamaki Makaurau yesterday in solidarity with the Aboriginal Nations in opposition to John Howard’s Invasion of Aboriginal Land. Mad props to the two arrested!
Awesome action people, and great to see the Te Whanganui e Tara posse are organising and a little birdy told me there is whispers of organisation in Outatahi as well.
There was also a fantastic statement from Metiria calling on international solidarity. And so far these groups have come out in support:
Whakaminenga o Te Paatu
Te Ata Tino Toa
Conscious Collaborations-Global Indigenous network
Socialist Worker (Aotearoa)
Human Rights Project Aotearoa
Wellington Wildcat Anarchist Collective
Aocafe (Aotearoa Cafe)
Green Party Aotearoa/NZ
Radical Youth (Auckland)
IA ImagineNative Action
Us crew in Australia better get our shit together then eh ;)
Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land!
This is Maria
Maria is 21 years old and single. She lives with her mother and she works in the production of tablecloths, napkins and other embroidered products. She and her mother don’t have their own shop, so they sell their crafts to wholesalers who in turn sell to the Santo Domingo artisan’s market. She also sells special orders to people in the community.
I just loaned Maria $25.
With this loan, she hopes to buy more thread and fabric to increase production and sell in a small shop that is frequented by tourists.
This is called Mutual Aid. Not Colonial Aid. Not Corrupt Government Aid. Not Celebrity Ego Enhancing Aid. Rather, Actual Aid.
And when this loan is repaid. I’ll find another Maria.
The money I loaned Maria was from the profits I made from selling my own embroidery. And that’s about 95% of my profits so far. So hopefully some of you out there with a slightly higher income can lend some money too.
Resistance = protest, standing up for rights of oppressed, whether male or female, free or slave.
Authority = institutionalized arbiter of law, religion, custom or culture, i.e., Church and State.
Resistance to authority = Protesting and standing up to authority perceived as unjust and oppressive.
Love this guy!
CRAP ARREST OF THE WEEK
For robbin’ the rich…
Whilst SchNEWS doesn’t generally have a very high opinion of bank managers, in the small town of Tauberfranken, Germany, one example of the species, Peter Taubinger, has broken the mold.
Clearly overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the bank-induced social injustice all around him, he set about taking direct action by nicking £1.5 million quid from rich customers’ accounts – and started redistributing it into the overdrafts of more deserving punters like single mothers, pensioners, and those unable to work due to ill health!
It’s no good playing Robin Hood if you grass yourself up though and it all came to an end after Pete turned himself in, realising he couldn’t hide what he’d done. Receiving a 34 month jail sentence he has at least set a tremendous example to banks and their bands of merrymen everywhere!
I’m not sure why but a part of me still hoped that there would be some justice on this case. An Indigenous man loses his life for what? 40 years on and you would’ve thought that the Queensland Police would have caught on to the fact that Indigenous Australians have the same righs as other citizens. I wonder if he would’ve given a dog more attention if it was calling out in pain…
In solidarity, I totally support this demo. And I call for a Treaty process to be entered into with the people of Palm Island to acknowledge their sovereignty.
Demand Justice for Mulrunji
Mourn for the death of justice in Queensland
Rally, Friday 22 June, 12:30 pm
Steps of the old GPO for a speak out and march to State Parliament
Wear black or I ndige nous colours.
- Implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in Custody in full!
- Establish elected community controlled civilian review boards to hold the cops to account
- No justice on stolen land
Called jointly by Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne and Socialist Alliance