The Labor government has continued the anti-refugee policies of the Howard era, and the need for a public presence on the streets is as great now as it was then: Asylum seekers still face mandatory detention for fleeing persecution - almost 7000 people are currently locked up; Labor claimed it would process most people within 90 days, yet the average period of imprisonment exceeds 200 days; the government’s promised to get children out of detention by June this year, yet 1000 children are still locked up; the recent proposal to deport 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia will condemn refugees to eve
With Donna Mulhearn (just returned from Iraq); Elizabeth Humphrys (researcher); Simon Butler (Books not Bombs) & Hall Greenland (Greens)
The panel, marking 10 years since the massive protests against the invasion of Iraq, will reflect on what happened to the anti-war movement since 2003. There are many aspects to reflect on including the differences between the 2003 upsurge and the anti-Vietnam War movement. How did the anti-corporate globalisation movement intersect with the anti-war movement?
Sydney Mechanics Insititute, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney, 6-8.30pm
Entry $10/$5 concession
A 3-day conference of discussion, debate and ideas for radical change organised by Resistance Young Socialist Alliance. See conference website for full program: www.radicalideasconference.com
When: December 4-6, 2015
Where: Resistance Activist Centre, 22 Mountain St, Ultimo, ph Mia 0406 160 496
Help Resistance organise and plan for Orientation weeks across Sydney campuses. Paint banners, prepare stalls, make badges & much more.
Resistance Centre, 23 Abercrombie St, Chippendale
An exhibition of photographs and information about the situation of Palestinian refugees, focusing on communities in Hebron. The events program includes an indoor market, a forum at 3pm, film screening at 5:30pm, and live music and delicious food and drink throughout the day. Donation; 12:00pm-8:00pm; Leichhardt Town Hall; for further details contack Miriam Pellicano on 0414 589 643, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website or Facebook. Saturday 23 June, Leichhardt
The Cuban 5 are men who have spent 12 years in US jails for the crime of trying to prevent terrorism. The men gathered information on the right-wing Cuban exile groups that have carried out violent attacks against Cuba - but instead of pursuing the terrorists, the US government has locked up the Cubans.
Featuring: Reinaldo Garcia Perera (new Cuban Consul General); Meredith Burgmann (former President NSW LC) + short video clips
Tom Mann Theatre, 136 Chalmers St, Surry Hills
Commonwealth government offices, Cnr Bligh St and Bent St, Sydney
A 31-year-old Iranian asylum seeker, Hamed, has died on Manus Island. His is the fifth life cut short by detention on Manus.
His blood is on the hands of Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton. Hamed’s mental health problems were well-known for months. They had led him to be sent to prison in the Lorengau settlement, and then moved to the East Lorengau centre when he was released.
Inside Job is a crucial film at a time of ongoing economic crisis and the new Occupy movement changing the world.
The film offers a clear picture of what is behind the global meltdown, from the deep corruption that profits few at the expense of many, to the injustice of bail outs for the corporates and pain for the homeless.
With Europe & the US in turmoil, and the Occupy movement challenging the rule "of the 1%", Inside Job helps us understand the rot in the system, in order that we can change it.
Resistance Centre, 22-36 Mountain Street, Ultimo
With activists from Thai Red Australia discussing the ongoing struggle for democracy in Thailand and against an unelected, military-backed regime. Also featuring footage from the Thai struggle and solidarity around the world. Organised by Socialist Alliance. Thai food available from 630pm.
Resistance Centre, 23 Abercrombie St, Chippendale.
Politics In The Pub, Gaelic Club, 1/64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills
Join two of Sydney's great protectors of human rights, the environment and the power of the citizen in civil space: activist and investigative journalist, Wendy Bacon, and Jeff Angel, environmentalist and director of the Total Environment Centre to hear about the campaign to save Sydney from bad planning and disastrous government policy.