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Extinction Rebellion WA (XRWA) brought proceedings at state parliament to a halt on August 15 — dubbed “Declaration Day” — as about 500 people rallied outside while a group of XRWA activists delivered a message to Legislative Assembly members.

On August 17, Indonesian Independence Day, armed Indonesian police, soldiers and radical Islamic militia stormed a student dormitory in the Indonesian city of Surabaya (on the island of Java), which housed West Papuan students, arresting 43. The attack reportedly took place because the students had allegedly refused to raise the Indonesian flag.

Extinction Rebellion activist and Socialist Alliance member Petrina Harley spoke to Green Left Weekly about the media beat-up of their action at the WA Parliament.

 

"The Amazon rainforest has been burning for three weeks! We are on the verge of losing it completely if the fire isn't put out. The loss of trees, the loss of biodiversity is what is accelerating climate change."

Community activist Amy Warne was arrested while blockading the construction of the Roe 8 freeway in 2017. Since then she has spoken at community forums organised by Extinction Rebellion WA (XRWA), calling on people to take action.

The Broken Hill water pipeline has been exposed as a vital element in a plan to sacrifice the Lower Darling and Murray rivers to the interests of corporate irrigators and the mining industry, writes Elena Garcia.

“I believe the numbers will change the game,” said First Nations activist and artist Uncle Bruce Shillingsworth in an interview with Green Left Weekly about the global climate emergency and the water crisis in the Murray-Darling river system.

A bill to enable trans and gender diverse adults and children to obtain birth certificates that record their self-identified sex — male, female or a descriptor of their choice — looks set to pass the Victorian parliament, despite opposition from conservatives and trans-exclusionary radical feminists.

Humanity is currently faced with a number of deep and challenging crises: economic, social, political, over food – and over climate change, which is threatening the very existence of millions of people.

These crises have many of the same root causes, going to the core of our economic system. The economic and climate crises are both embedded parts of the capitalist economy.

Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus looks at new books for green lefts on how the richest drive climate change; planning from below; the Scottish clearances; slime; and eco-socialism and practical utopias.

Human rights organisations, solidarity groups and the European Union have condemned the Turkish government’s removal of three democratically elected HDP (Peoples Democratic Party) mayors on August 19 and the arrests of more than 450 municipal officers and staff.

University students and supporters rallied in Sydney on August 20 against sexual violence on university campuses as part of a national day of action.

Numerous reports have shown there is a sexual violence crisis at university. Women's collectives are calling on universities to stop making promises and instead take real action.

University students and supporters rally in Sydney on August 20 against sexual violence on campus and call on univerist administrations to do more to stop it.

Hundreds attended an early morning pro-choice rally on August 20, 2019 outside the NSW Parliament which was considering a bill to decriminalise abortions. Among the speakers was 17-year-old Bella Zaid who, together with other high school students, organised a huge pro-choice rally and march earlier this year. Video by Peter Boyle for Green Left Weekly.

On Friday August 16, hundreds attended a peaceful rally in Sydney's Martin Place to show their solidarity with the Hong Kong democracy protests. Video and stills by Peter Boyle for Green Left Weekly.

A climate activist has locked on to machinery at Adani’s Carmichael coal mine site in Central Queensland a day after Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk announced penalties for climate protestors participating in civil disobedience.

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