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(en) Direct action jamboree - Australia, March 1998 - another report

From huntsab <huntsab@xchange.anarki.net>
Date Wed, 18 Mar 1998 16:26:17 +1100 (EST)

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 The Direct Action Jamboree was held over the Labour Day Weekend (6-8
March 1998) in Melbourne. It was organised by a group of mainly anarchist
individuals, rather than an existing group. Unfortunatly for the
organisers the venue was twice changed (not their fault!) before settling
on a gym in Hoddle st.
	There was a social video night on the Friday, which i didnt go
to so can't comment on. On the Saturday around 100 people came and were
offered 12 workshops.I would like, here, to thank everyone who did
childcare on both days, as i managed to attend 2/3 of the sessions on Sat
and Sun, and also note most childcare was done by men.  However, there was
still heavy reliance on parents (thank you) and those there yet to have
children should recognise their freedom to attend anything they want is
not shared by parents.....ahhhh youth today, am i showing my age?
	I noted that the Queerism, DIY unionism, Food Not Bombs and alt
media/zines were all well attended. A couple didn't happen or took their
own direction  if a speaker didn't turn up., Tho' most of the 24 scheduled
did. I can only comment on the ones i went too. 
1. DIIY unionism, I introduced this one along with another DishPig. This
was the name given to the type of organising done by DishPigs in the
catering industry. It was a good discussion as it wasn't dominated by one
voice. How do you go about working together in a high turnover, small,
individualistic thinking workplace? We touched on class, collective
thinking, modern society, trade unions, retail workers....

2.Dealing with sexism, All but 2 at this were women, 2 older women
led the discussion, which touched on the 70's, resistance by men to
feminism in alt. groups, collective and individual responses, it
deteriorated at the end to a debate about christianity in straight edge
music. A workshop for next time maybe?

3.Prisoner Support, The Peoples Justice Alliance rep didn't come so
Anarchist Black Cross people led the discussion. Discussion was mainly
over political prisoners past and present tho' other groups and private
prisons were discussed

 The caberet on the Saturday night was fairly well attended, particularly
by me as it was child friendly

There was a benefit gig on the Sun night at the Public bar and an all ages
one on Monday.
	Thanks to the lovely grub by FNB and Melb Uni Food Co-op and the
stalls by Black Rose, Barricade and Anarres, Which were outside on the
Sunday, so local could see what it was all about

The idea was raised to have an annual thing.....but no group was set up to
do this.
			Report by Vom London


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