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In a turbulent meeting on April 20, City of Yarra councillors voted to reinstate a ban on public drinking, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The motion was passed by a coalition of Labor councillors and independents, five votes to four. The votes against were from the Socialist Party councillor and three Greens. It overturned a March decision to lift the drinking ban during daylight hours. The ban, known as Local Law 8, was passed in October and implemented in December.
Forty refugee rights supporters protested outside Labor foreign minister Stephen Smith's office on April 23, demanding an end to the government's "freeze" on asylum-seeker applications from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Speakers included Refugee Rights Action Network members Phil Chilton and Victoria Martin-Iverson, Socialist Alliance candidate for Perth Alex Bainbridge and Greens Senator Scott Ludlam. The next action planned by the Refugee Rights Action Network is an overnight vigil outside the Perth Immigration Detention Centre on May 7.
Have you heard about the campaign called “Four Days in July”? Well, you are about to. From now until July 6 we are planning to ask: “Will you join us in Alice Springs for a better future? Just four days in July, that’s all we are asking.” Such a small thing to ask but imagine the momentum: it won’t stop at Four Days in July, it will be historic, people will talk about it for years to come. They’ll talk about:
Hip-hop artist Chuck D, best known as a rapper with progressive band Public Enemy, has released a new track in response to the extreme racist, anti-immigrant law passed on April 23 in Arizona entitled “Tear Down That Wall”. The song can be downloaded at SLAMjazz.com. Chuck D and his wife, Dr Gaye Theresa Johnson (director of Black and Chicano studies at UC Santa Barbara), also released the following statement against the racist law. * * *
This will be the last column I write about the major league baseball team Arizona Diamondbacks in the foreseeable future. For me, they do not exist. They will continue to not exist in my mind as long as the horribly named anti-immigrant “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act”, signed into law on April 23, remains on the books in Arizona. This law has brought echoes of apartheid to the state.
The following is a transcript of a speech by award-winning journalist John Pilger at the Sydney Teachers’ Federation on April 23. It was part of a public launch of the Four Days in July national Aboriginal rights convergence in Alice Springs from July 6 to 9. * * * I am honoured to be on this platform tonight, and I would like to express my warm appreciation to Richard Downs for asking me to join him in launching this extraordinary call-out to all Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

Analysing the rising violence of the Trump presidency and what it could mean for the future of the USA.

American Carnage is a short documentary looking at the renewal of the Black Lives Matter movement in particularly the United States following the murder of George Floyd on 25 May, 2020. It briefly discuss the background of this murder and the nature of the oppression brought by the US state against its black population, fascism and the Donald Trump Presidency, and the role of the liberal bourgeoisie in attempting to drive the movement into a dead end.

Solidarity action with refugees detained at the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel detention centre. The action will involve power walking, jogging or riding a bike (with at least five metres between us) past the hotel and around the block for 45 minutes. The detainees will be holding their own silent peaceful protest out on their balconies.

A one-day conference, hosted by NSW Socialist Alliance, discussing socialist solutions to inequality, racism, sexism and ecocide.

The full agenda can be seen at the FB event as speakers and sessions are confirmed.

It will also discuss the 2019 policy platform that Socialist Alliance is preparing for the NSW state elections next March.

Wednesday 26th February, 1-2pm @ Manning Bar, University of Sydney.

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