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(en) Aotearoa (New Zeland) Christchurch Anarchist-Communist Discussion Group + Beyond Resistance beyondresistance.wordpress.com

Date Mon, 19 Apr 2010 05:25:23 +0300

Christchurch Anarchist-Communist Discussion Group Wednesday 5th May, 7pm Workers Educational Association, 59 Gloucester St ---- Continuing on from last month's discussion about recent attacks on the working class, the Anarchist-Communist Discussion Group in May will look at anarcho-syndicalism, industrial networks and new forms of workplace/community organising. ---- Before the discussion, you should read the short article on the topic (.pdf format, 428kb). We will have copies available on the night, but reading beforehand and thinking about ideas it brings up will enable better discussion. ---- From the discussion article: "The old ways of struggle have failed. Traditional trade unions, politicians and protest marches are inefective in resisting attacks on the working class. What is needed is radical forms of resistance that are accesible, constructive, and at the same time, revolutionary. Could one solution be the formation of anarcho-syndicalist networks and assemblies, both in the workplace and our communities?"

The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month and aims to provide
a space for the open discussion of anarchist-communist ideas and practice.
Each month there will be a short article to read or a short video to
watch, that we can then discuss together.

It’s free, and tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

The group is a joint effort of the Christchurch branch of the Aotearoa
Workers Solidarity Movement and Beyond Resistance.

See you there!

Beyond Resistance beyondresistance.wordpress.com

AN INJURY TO ONE: documentary on the impact mining has on workers, communities, and the environment FILM SCREENING Thursday 13th May. Doors open: 6.30pm. Film starts: 7pm. WEA (59 Gloucester Street), Otautahi/Christchurch. As the National Government seeks to mine the pristine conservation lands of Aotearoa in the name of 'economic development', a reminder of the effects of mining is needed — not just on the workers and inhabitants of the communities in question, but it's wider environmental impact. AN INJURY TO ONE provides an absolutely compelling glimpse of a particularly volatile moment in early 20th century American labor history and the effects of mining on the community of Butte, Montana. The Anaconda mine in Butte has become the largest environmental disaster site in the United States. It's open pit is a waste of cocktail of contaminated materials: a century after the era of intensive mining and smelting the area around the city remains an environmental issue. Arsenic and heavy metals such as lead are found in high concentrations in some spots affected by old mining, and for a period of time in the 1990s the tap water was unsafe to drink due to poor filtration and decades-old wooden supply pipes. AN INJURY TO ONE looks at this disaster through it's history of labour struggle — the mysterious death of Wobbly organizer Frank Little and the Speculator Fire of 1917.

Much of the extant evidence is inscribed upon the landscape of Butte and its surroundings. Thus, a connection is drawn between the unsolved murder of Little, and the attempted murder of the town by a company in search of profit. Archival footage mixes with deftly deployed intertitles, while the lyrics to traditional mining songs are accompanied by music from Bonnie Prince Billy, Jim O'Rourke, The Dirty Three and Low, producing an appropriately moody, effulgent, and strangely out-of-time soundtrack. The result is a unique film/video hybrid that combines painterly images, incisive writing, and a bold graphic sensibility to produce an articulate example of the aesthetic and political possibilities offered by filmmaking in the digital age.

"An astonishing document: part art and part speculative inquiry, buzzing with ambition and dedication. Takes us from the 19th century to the eve of the 21st, from Butte as land of frontier promise to Butte as land of death and environmental destruction. Travis wields avant-garde graphics and archival ephemera like a lasso, and his shots of modern-day Butte are allusive still-lifes that defy time and place. This is stirring, must-see stuff." — Austin Chronicle Lite refreshments and childcare will be provided, so come on down and join your local anarchists as part of our monthly film nights at the WEA! Zines and more will also be available on the night. Koha entry. For more information contact: otautahianarchists@gmail.com http://beyondresistance.wordpress.com/
-- Beyond Resistance beyondresistance.wordpress.com
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