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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 693

Date Wed, 31 May 2006 09:54:56 +0200 (CEST)


NO GLOBALISATION WITHOUT DIRECT DEMOCRACY ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE 'WE
SWEAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT TO
DEFEND OUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES' EUREKA REBELLION OATH 1854
* * * * *
PROBLEM?
The current problems in East Timor are directly related to the
unfulfilled expectations that were raised when the country achieved
independence in 1999.
Many East Timorese took the idea of democracy at face value and believed
that independence would mean they would be able to shape their own
destiny by utilising the country's wealth for the common good.

The reality, seven years after independence, has not met people's initial
expectations. Parliamentary democracy has turned out to be two minutes
of illusory power. Although the East Timorese have the power to choose
their representatives, their representatives can do whatever they like,
not
what the people want them to do. The East Timorese, unlike their
Australian
counterparts, have quickly realised that giving a representative a signed
blank cheque to make whatever decisions they like, has little if anything
to do with democracy - rule of the people, by the people, for the people.

The East Timorese feel cheated because parliamentary democracy has been
shown to have little if anything to do with democracy. They feel cheated
because they have found out the institutions that have been created, are
dominated by an elite that has stopped people improving their day to day
lives. The East Timorese may have a new flag, a new national anthem and
a new army, police force, Parliament and President, but life has changed
very little for most people since independence.

The country's armed forces and the police have become the personal
fiefdoms of small self serving elites. No wonder people began to riot and
loot
when the armed forces and the police turned their guns on each other.
Australia's military intervention may temporarily restore order, the
country's political elite may be able to temporarily patch up their
differences, but the people's faith in the post independence political
structures that have been imposed on them, will not be restored until
they are radically transformed, so that the people can directly be
involved
in making the decisions that affect them and all the people, not just a
small minority are able to share the country's resources.

MISSING THE POINT
The Australian Law Reform Commission draft report on the new Sedition
laws (The Age 30/5) misses the point. Sedition laws are not just a
problem
for journalists, playwrights and cartoonists. Howard's new Sedition laws
are primarily directed at stopping political movements that want
institutional change from articulating their ideas.

The all encompassing new Sedition and 'anti terrorist' laws have
stripped away rights and privileges Australians have enjoyed for
generations. The
Howard led government, aided and abetted by a pliant opposition, have
been able to pass laws through Parliament that have removed rights that
Australians have taken for granted because the Australian Constitution is
essentially a document that regulates the relationship between the States
and the Federal government.

The Australian Constitution has never protected the rights of citizens
from the arbitrary exercise of state power. Human beings are born with
inalienable human rights which include the right to food, shelter,
personal security, freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of
religion
and freedom from the fear of arbitrary arrest, detention, interrogation,
torture, imprisonment and execution.

Citizens have both a right and a duty to oppose and resist governments
that attempt to legislate away their inalienable human rights. They have
a
right under the 1946 United Nations declaration of human rights, and a duty
under the principles that were outlined in the Nuremburg trials that were
conducted after World War Two that found that obeying the law and
following orders could not be used as a justification for denying people
their
inalienable human rights.

BAD NEWS
Brumby's budget was not good news for everybody. The Bracks led Labor
government has continued the Kennett government's practice of plundering
the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) coffers at budget time.

Over the past 13 years, $7 billion has been redirected from the TAC into
consolidated revenue. In this year's budget, $600 million that should
have been used to look after the health care needs of people injured in
motor
vehicle accidents and that should be invested in programs to prevent
death and injury into the State's roads, has once again been plundered
from
the TAC coffers.

The redirection of this money has come at a significant personal cost for
people who have sustained permanent disabilities as a result of road
traffic crashes and TAC staff who are forced to make do with less, to deal
with
the problem of increasing attendant care and health care expenses that
people with significant permanent disabilities need to survive.

Currently TAC recipients are going through what can only be described as
a reign of terror. TAC staff, faced with the dilemma of trying to do more
with less, are forced to make decisions that are making the lives of
people with significant permanent disabilities as a result of traffic
accidents, a misery. The situation has become so bad that an increasing
number of
doctors, private hospitals, pharmacies and paramedic staff have become so
concerned about the avalanche of paper work and the bureaucratic maze
they have to negotiate to be paid for their services, are refusing to deal
with TAC patients.

It is time that the portion of motor vehicle registration fees that is
allocated to meet the needs of people injured in traffic accidents, was
directed at looking after their needs, not used as consolidated revenue
at budget time. The Victorian State government should stop raiding TAC's
coffers to fund its budget initiatives. What at first glance may seem to
be clever accounting has serious ramifications for those Victorians who
have sustained permanent injuries as a result of road trauma, their families
and those people who care for them.

FAMILIAR?
I have been intrigued by the parallel between the recent media coverage
of the social problems that are occurring in some Aboriginal communities
and Nazi propaganda about the 'Jewish problem'. One of the most
enduring
memories I have of the Nazi propaganda machine is a film with a
voiceover that comments about 'the degenerate, louse ridden, lazy, dirty
Jews'
accompanied by pictures of starving and sick people dressed in their
ghetto rags crammed into obviously inadequate accommodation.

The coverage in both situations promotes stereotypes that to a large
degree are moulded by the substandard and artificial environment the
people who
are subject of the reporting, have been forced into. If you crowd large
numbers of people who look different to the rest of the community into
unsuitable accommodation, deny them services that other members of the
community
take for granted, openly denigrate their belief system and culture and refuse
to acknowledge the wider community's role in their current situation, it
does not take long to create a feeling of loathing and hatred towards them
in
the rest of the community.

When you add a government that owes much of its political success to its
ability to use the divisions among the people it governs, to promote its
ideological barrow, you create an extremely volatile and dangerous
situation that allows the bigots and racists in the community to openly
come out
of their holes and promote ideas and policies that poison any
possibility
of any rational debate about the immediate and underlying problems that
confront a nation that is unwilling to acknowledge its role in the
problems faced by indigenous Australians, let alone take the first step
towards
reconciliation based on justice, not charity.

MIRACLE MAN?
The miracle about Lincoln Hall's rescue is that somebody took the time to
make sure that he survived. Considering that he had been left for dead
by his on team the previous night, it is surprising the expedition that
came across him the next morning gave up their chance to reach the summit
and
organised his evacuation down Mt. Everest. The previous week, over 40
climbers passed the climber David Sharp, refusing to give the dying man
assistance because it would stop them reaching the summit.

Mt. Everest has become a capitalist killing field. Team leaders, out to
make a quick buck from climbers who want to fulfill a childhood dream,
are willing to take their money and run when the going gets tough. David
Sharp's crime was that he took the no frills US$16,000 package to climb
Mt. Everest. It seems the amount of goodwill that is extended to
climbers
is directly related to the amount of money they have paid for their once in
a lifetime experience.

Lincoln Hall's survival is due to the fact that one group of climbers put
ethics before finances. They could have left Hall where he was and
continued their climb to the summit. Getting involved is not just an
issue on Mt. Everest. It is an issue in every facet of life. 'Busy'
people
rushing around to do these 1001 things busy people do, tend not to want
to get involved.

A few years ago, I was involved in a motor car crash on a 4-lane highway
in Melbourne which resulted in significant damage to two cars.
Fortunately
I was not injured and was able to assist the woman in the other vehicle.
Many people slowed down to pass the two cars that were partially
blocking two
lanes but no one stopped to render assistance. The first people that
stopped were the ambulance that I had called on my mobile 15-minutes
previously.

My experience is not an unusual one. People don't want to help people in
trouble because they are too busy. The miracle isn't that Lincoln Hall
survived the night in the open at 8,600 metres, the miracle is that some
of those busy climbers, who paid good money to get to the top of Mt.
Everest, bothered to stop to give another human being the help you would
expect
if you found yourself in trouble in Melbourne or on the top of Mt. Everest.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. WHAT IS ECLECTIC ANARCHISM?
'Eclectic from various sources'
A. Most readers will be familiar with collectivist, communist and
individualist anarchism. Some may have some knowledge about mutualist
anarchism, anarcho-syndicalism and pacifist anarchism. Few will be
familiar with eclectic anarchism. Anarchism has a very long history of
bitter
and violent debate between different tendencies. The main activity of many
small isolated groups seems to be the denigration of the position taken
by other tendencies.
Eclectic anarchists refuse to attack a prefix individualist, mutualist,
pacifist, communist, collectivist, green, syndicalist class struggle to
their names. They draw on all schools of economic thought within the
different anarchist tendencies. They reject dogma within the anarchist
movement. The influential anarchist writer and thinker Rudolf Rocker
claimed the different anarchist tendencies 'only represented different
methods of economy, the practical possibilities of which have yet to be
tested and that the first objective is to secure the personal and social
freedom of man, no matter upon which economic basis this is to be
accomplished'.
Rudolf Rocker and Gustav Lauduer, both German anarchists, adhered to this
position. Eclectic anarchism is often described as anarchism without
adjectives. The Spanish Revolution was a classic example of what can be
achieved when different tendencies have to grapple with the reality of
everyday life. Collectivists, mutualists, communists, syndicalists,
communists, anarchist and individualists all found a place in the new
society that was being created.
Individuals who decided not to join the emerging collectivists were, as
long as they didn't use other people's labour to personally enrich
themselves, accommodated within the new economic system that was
evolving. In a
world where adjectives are playing an increasing role in a vague and nebulous
anarchist movement, anarchism without adjectives seems a worthwhile goal.
'STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY' the slogan that was used to mark the 100th
anniversary celebrations of the Australian Anarchist movement 20 years
ago in 1986, is as relevant today as it was 20 years ago.

ACTION BOX
THE HUMBLE MEDIA RELEASE
Irrespective of what we think about the corporate media, we occasionally
may need to tap into their extensive network in the community to promote a
particular campaign or answer particular criticisms. The humble 'Media
Release' is one way you can attempt to get your message to a wider
audience.
I continue to send 'Media Releases' through the snail mail. Media
outlets are bombarded with so many emails they do not have the same impact
as a
well written 'Media Release'. Remember to post your 'Media Release' so it
arrives about 48 hours before the event. The corporate media is so top
heavy; it takes as long as it took the Titanic to turn around for them to
set in train the mechanisms to follow up a story.
Make your 'Media Release' clear and to the point; always add a contact
number, preferably a mobile phone number, they can contact you on.
Competing stories are always vying for the media's attention. So the
easier it is for them to contact you, the greater the possibility you will
receive the exposure you require. I normally send 'Media Releases' to all
the
major media outlets available TV, radio and newspapers. Never trust or
believe any journalist who contacts you. As far as they're concerned,
you're a
commodity; they'll tell you anything to get a 'scoop'. Only do
interviews you feel comfortable with.
Radio interviews are relatively easy, as you can at least put forward
your point of view. TV interviews tend to be cut and paste jobs which
means
you normally have no control over the content. Newspaper interviews are
normally the pits, as your story is put directly in the hands of a
journalist who can write whatever they like about you with virtual
impunity.
Remember the editorial staff has sent out the journalist with a
particular editorial perspective in mind. Try to wheedle that
perspective from
them.
Never give an exclusive interview (it pisses off all the other media
outlets), - never do what you are not comfortable with. Always
remember, you are doing them a favour, they are not doing you a favour.
Even if
you score an interview, the chances of it being published are minimal. I
put no demands on those doing the interview, but stress that because they're
professionals, you expect them to approach the story in an ethical and
moral manner. It is worth a try, as most of the media has tickets on
themselves and are suckers for flattery.
All in all, dealing with the media maggots is a particularly unpleasant
business. Why do I persist in sending out 'Media Releases'? I do so
because occasionally you can get out your message through the corporate
owned media. Even if it is not what you expected it would be,
sufficient members of the public have learnt to glean the truth by reading
between
the lines. Give it a go, even if you are not successful, somebody,
somewhere in the media knows that you exist and are fighting for
egalitarian radical
change.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
HARVESTER STRIKE 1911
SUNSHINE, MELBOURNE
The Harvesters factory in Sunshine in Melbourne was one of the largest
employers of labour in Australia at the turn of the century. Several
thousand people worked at Harvesters on the outskirts of Melbourne. The
basic wage decision that was handed down in 1903 was due to a case in the
new Federal Court that involved the Sunshine Harvesters workers. The
site was a union stronghold, as workers realised their wages and
conditions
were directly linked to the struggle of their unions.
In 1911, Harvesters attempted to employ workers who were members of an
'independent' workers association. The Federated Agricultural
Implement, Machinery and Iron Workers Union was awake to the activities of
this new
'company' union. When 30 'company' unionists were brought on site,
several thousand unionists went on strike. The strike lasted from the
16th of
February to the 16th of May 1911. It was a bitter tussle between workers
and management that had ramifications for the rest of the union movement
and all Australian workers.
7,000 non unionists were recruited to fill the vacancies created by the
strike. Considering the number who went out on strike, only a little
over 15,000 pounds was collected to assist them. It was only the sheer
courage and determination of the strikers, their wives and families that
kept
the men out on strike for 3 months. Faced with decreasing profits and an
unreliable new workforce, Harvesters finally agreed to the strikers
demands that all workers at Harvesters had to be union members.
Collective
bargaining won over management's attempt to reinforce individual
contracts on the worksite. When the workers returned to their jobs, many
of the
strike breakers left the area, others were allowed to join the union.
Nearly 100 years later, much has changed. Unions are becoming
irrelevant in many parts of Australia because of the Federal
government's new
Workplace laws. If unions don't challenge these new laws through strike
action,
the gains that have been made since the Harvesters decision in 1903, will
all but disappear. If unions refuse to call out their members,
employers
keen to maximise their profits at the expense of the people they employ, will
once again be the sole arbitrator of what wages their employees receive
and the conditions they work under.

BOOK REVIEW
'ANARCHIST VOICES
An Oral History of Anarchism in America'
By Paul AVRICH AK Press Edinburgh, Oakland, West Virginia 2005, 1st
Published in 1995 by Princeton University Press, ISBN 1 904859 27 5 This
is a fascinating book that gives an enthralling account about people and
events that would have disappeared from public sight if Paul AVRICH
had not spent over 30 years of his life, melding their thoughts and emotions
in an influential and original book that fans the flames of liberty and
revolt.
This 600-page colossus recounts the story of the American Anarchist
movement between the 1880's and 1930's. In 180 interviews, AVRICH gives
the
American Anarchist movement a voice and a human dimension that has been
denied to
them by the media and the State.
Each page is a testimony to the human spirit. Ordinary people, who are
trying to survive in a hostile environment, do what they can to make
anarchism more than an idea in the pages of a book. This is not just a
story about names anarchists are familiar with; this is a story about
forgotten people who in many cases give up everything to make an idea a
practical reality.
It catalogues their hopes, aspirations, fears and failings in their own
words. It interviews anarchists as well as their families and
relatives, giving the readers a glimpse into the lives they had.
'Anarchist
Voices' is just that, a frozen moment in time that can be read over and
over and
over again. Readers don't need to reinvent the wheel; everything that has
happened to the anarchist movement over the past 200 years is recorded.
Every tendency within the diverse anarchist movement is acknowledged.
Every strategy is examined - everything that can happen to people who
attempt
to make that new world in their hearts a reality, is laid bare. Every
tactic is dissected; every hope and aspiration is paraded before the
reader.
AVRICH has snapped frozen ideas that have stood the test of time, by
asking those who participated in cataclysmic events to tell us about
themselves
in their own words. 'Anarchist Voices' is a literary technique that can be
used to give the voiceless a voice in a world full of literary experts
who manufacture history by filtering people's experiences through
ethical,
moral and intellectual sieves that contain ordinary people's experiences
within cultural, political, religious, economic and ideological
straight
jackets.
If you are going to read just one book in 2006, 'Anarchist Voices' should
be one of those books that you should consider reading.
I would like to thank AK Press for sending me the review copy of
'Anarchist Voices'. If you want to get hold of your very own copy of
'Anarchist
Voices' contact:
AK PRESS, 674-A, 23rd Street,
OAKLAND, 510-208-1700, US. www.akpress.org
'Anarchist Voices' costs around US$28.00. When you convert that amount
to Australian currency and add postage and handling, it should retail for
about AUD$50.00. Alternatively, you could email AK Press and ask them if you
could organise a local bookshop to order it in for you. Also write to
them for their extensive catalogue.
I have already been told Paul AVRICH died recently. 'Anarchist Voices'
is a fitting memorial to the great Anarchist historian who has written
other
great anarchist classics that include 'The Russian Anarchists', 'The
Haymarket Tragedy' and 'The Modern School Movement'.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
When I go out, I normally make a beeline for the dessert; the more
exotic, the more satisfying. On Sunday, I came across a dessert I have
never
seen or eaten before. Black sesame gluten balls cooked in sugar, water and
coconut. Scraping the spoon on the bottom of the bowl was an almost
mystical experience. The noise the sugar crystals made as I pushed the
spoon over them is one of the great pleasures of life.
The dessert consisted of about 20 pure white gluten balls covered in
sugar infused water and desiccated coconut - Heaven on Earth for a sugar
junkie.
When I scooped out one of the gluten balls and sunk my teeth into it,
hundreds of black sesame seeds escaped into my mouth dancing over my
tongue, lathing my mouth with a sensation that banished the sweetness of
the
sugar to the back of my throat. It's difficult to believe such a simple dish
could unleash so many sensations in my mouth.
Texture is one important component of food most of us tend to ignore.
Food isn't food without taste and texture. Today it's unusual to come
across
food that has both taste and texture. Each sesame ball was a unique
experience. Playing with it in my mouth, I eventually released the
sesame seeds by crushing the gluten between my teeth. The flavour and
texture
I experienced by crushing the sesame ball between my molars was
different
to crushing it between my front teeth. We tend to forget the mouth is a
highly specialised structure that if we take the time to eat our food, can
give
us a great deal of pleasure. Even the most simple food, has its own innate
taste and texture.
You don't need to seek out the exotic to enjoy your food. Modern
agricultural and cooking methods have a lot to answer for. The slow food
movement is for everyone, not just those who have the disposable income
to seek the exotic.

STOP PRESS
ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE
The fragility of civilisation has been reinforced by the string of
earthquakes that have occurred around the world over the past 12 months.
This time an earthquake has hit the island of Java; casualties are
significant and damage is extensive. Java is one of the most densely
populated regions of the world, with over 800 people living on each
square kilometre of the island. Although earthquakes have always been a
feature of human history, increasing numbers of people living in densely
populated
cities makes casualties almost inevitable.
I have the distinct impression the number and severity of earthquakes has
been increasing in the past few decades. Whether this phenomenon is
linked to global warming or some other feature is difficult to say.
Global
warming's increasing temperature and rising sea levels, may not just be
confined to the Earth's crust. It's possible increased seismic activity
is directly linked to global warming. If it is, the danger the planet
faces is much more serious than most scientists and commentators
realise.
Economics does no exist in a void. The type of economic system that is
adopted can have catastrophic effects on both people and the
environment.
The triumph of corporate capitalism may herald the death knell of
civilisation and the human race. You can only extract so much profit
from a planet with finite resources. It makes no economic sense to
continue on
a path that seriously threatens life on this planet.
Increasing population levels, an economic system based on extracting ever
increasing profits, irrespective of the human and social costs, finite
resources and an increasing number of natural disasters that are due to
the degradation of the natural environment by human beings, makes
radical
egalitarian change based on an economic system based on the satisfaction
of human needs, not profit for profit's sake, a political imperative.

Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers
For A Self-Managed Society.

ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
ARIVISTA ANARCHIA No 317, MAY 2006, Editrice A, C.P.17120, 20170 Milano,
ITALY, Tel:022896627, Fax:0228001271, Email:arivista@tin.it<
/a> www.arivista.org
UMANITA NOVA Vol 63 No.17 EL 14TH MAY 2006, Settimanale Anarchico, C.50
Palermo 46, 10152, Torino ITALY. tel/fax (011) 857850 Mobile 338-6594361
email:fat@inrete.it

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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS (ATNTF)
Tyre-maker Bridgestone has been buying rubber from plantations that use
slave labour, acc to the UN. A UN report & the govt of Liberia says
rubber-tappers work in conditions of slavery at 2 plantations in the West
African country. Firestone, owned by Bridgestone Corp, denied having
bought rubber from either plantation. However more recently the Liberian
manager of Firestone, Patrick Rodrigo, recently claimed not to know
whether the
company had bought rubber from 1 of the plantations. (MX)
John Howard's overseas trips have cost a total of $14m of public
money, acc to the Opposition. The Opposition says Mr Howard has spent a
total of
more than a yr o/s during his 10 yrs as PM, taking a total of 70 trips o/s.
Mr Howard's visit to UK & the US in July last yr cost more than
$600,000. (MX)
Staff at the Dept of Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous
Affairs aren't allowed to wear jeans or polo shirts & have to consult their
managers about zips & hemlines. Community & Public Sector Union
organiser
Alison Rahill said members were unhappy at being told what to wear. The
rule required
managers to be consulted in order to adjust zips & hems was galling, she
also said there were fears the rules would be linked to performance &
result in pay reductions & sackings if they weren't followed. A staff,
who didn't wish to be named said staff at the Dept were demoralised after
last
yr's reports about the mistreatment of Aust residents Cornelia Rau &
Vivian Alvarez Solon and said "there's been all this time & energy
organising this dress policy so we appear to look professional, instead of
dealing with
the issue of becoming professional." (The Age)
Workers at Beaconsfield gold mine, site of the recent mine collapse in
which 1 man died & another 2 were trapped for 2 weeks, have claimed some
underground managers behaved like bullies & weren't receptive to
input from miners on safety. Management was unavailable to comment on the
latest
allegations & has so far refused to discuss safety issues directly. Aust
Workers Union Nat'l Sec Bill Shorten said miners were angry about
perceived management indifference to their concerns. Some miners have told
the
union they'd not go back underground until safety was assured. There've
been 7
deaths in Tasmanian mines since 1998 compared with 2 in the previous 8 yrs.
Some in the industry blame the shift towards 'self-regulation'
in the late 1990s & a move to 12-hr shifts. (The Age)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "If we workers take a notion we can stop all
speeding trains every ship upon the ocean we can tie with mighty chains every
wheel in the creation every mine & every mill fleets & armies of all
nations will at our command stand still." Joel Emmanuel Hägglund aka Joe
Hill
ATNTF weekly anarchist news report www.apolitical.info

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destructive - growth for growth's sake - economic mantra.

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you're writing to us or have any spare stamps floating about stuff them
into the envelope & send them to us. JOIN our $5.00 a month group & send
us a book of 10 50 cent stamps every month.

CULTURE WARS COUNTER ATTACK
The culture wars were launched by neo conservative and powerful elements
in Australia to roll back the gains made by parliamentary and extra
parliamentary action in the 1960's and 1970's.
The CULTURE WARS COUNTER ATTACK has been launched to stop this divisive
secretive and powerful group in their tracks and defend and extend the
gains that have been rolled back by their actions.
JOIN US TO CELEBRATE
MABO DAY
1.00PM SATURDAY 3RD JUNE 2006
FEDERATION SQUARE - MELBOURNE
The 3rd June marks the day the High Court of Australia recognised that
indigenous Australians have rights to land in law. It is the day the
first step was taken towards reconciliation between indigenous and non
indigenous Australians.

3CR RADIOTHON
10am 11am WEDNESDAY 7TH JUNE 2006
The Anarchist World This Week is broadcast throughout Australia via the
studios of community radio station - Melbourne's 3CR. The 3CR RADIOTHON
for the Anarchist World This Week will be held from 10am 11am on
WEDNESDAY
7TH JUNE. We raised over $5,900 last year to go towards 3CR's yearly
running costs.
Ring on the day (03) 9419 8377 or (03) 9419 0155 between 10am 11am to
donate to 3CR RADIOTHON C/- Joseph TOSCANO, P.O. BOX 5035, ALPHINGTON
3078, VICTORIA, AUST. Make out CHEQUES & MONEY ORDERS to 3CR. People who
donate $20 or more will receive a complimentary copy of the Anarchist Age
Weekly Review (AAWR) for every $2 above the $20 they donate. If you donate
$100, you'll receive a year's subscription to the AAWR.
For 29 years, Melbourne's 3CR has broadcast anarchist programs. Make
sure they continue to broadcast in these difficult times JOSEPH TOSCANO

THE SHORT ATTENTION SPAN FILM FESTIVAL
Presents - Trouble Making & Pranking Films
from past and present, Australia and Around the World
3CR / SUWA SHOW BENEFIT
7pm - FRIDAY 2ND JUNE 2006
at the Trades Hall Bar
Cnr Lygon & Victoria St, CARLTON

TAKING TO THE STREETS
'Two decades that changed Brisbane 1965 1985'
7th APRIL 10TH SEPTEMBER 2006
Exhibition in the 'Museum of Brisbane' in the BRISBANE CITY HALL
FREE ENTRY Open 10am 5pm DAILY
Ground Floor, City Hall, King George Square, Brisbane
Tel: (07) 3403 8888 www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
4am 4pm Sunday 3rd December 2006
152nd Anniversary Celebrations at Eureka Park (Eureka Stockade site)
(Corner Stawell and Eureka Street, Ballarat)
DIRECT DEMOCRACY, DIRECT ACTION, SOLIDARITY, INTERNATIONALISM
4.00am - Dawn ceremony Eureka Park at the Eureka Memorial
6.00am - Breakfast Eureka Park (bring your own food and drinks)
10.00am March from Eureka Park to Bakery Hill to reaffirm the Eureka oath.
10.30am - Presentation of Eureka Aust Day Medal at Bakery Hill 10 Medals
will be awarded
11.30am - Walk to Old Ballarat cemetery to pay our respects to all those
who died in the Eureka battle who are buried at the cemetery.
12.30pm - Walk back to Eureka Park through the centre of Ballarat
1.30pm Late lunch and conversation at Eureka Park - (bring your own food
and drinks)
JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE PAST BY RECLAIMING THE PRESENT

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
'ETERNITY A MOMENT IN TIME'
Joseph TOSCANO MAY 2006

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In Doctors, Dentists, Vets Waiting Rooms and In Railway Stations, Bus
Stops, Libraries and Restaurants Etc.
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