Being a part of this doco made think about my grandfather a lot, he was big on serving the community particularly around the Pacific Islands church and was a well known orator for our people. It is the reason why no matter where I live I involve myself in some way in the political life of the communities I live in. He was a Trade Unionist and in the Labour Party. I enjoyed arguing politics with him - even if we did disagree with each other. He'd say the Labour Party was the P...arty for the islanders. I'd talk about how they had sold out to Rogernomics and Privatisation and thats why all the poor people lost their jobs. Sometimes he agreed with me. We'd go round and round like that. I spent my entire childhood and my student life watching him speak at public events to crowds of people. Hopefully I absorbed some of his public speaking skill - although to be honest maybe my jokes are just a little bit funnier.
Pick up your rubbish eow! Tiaki Papatuanuku e hoa ma
There are only 10 more sleeps until we perform "#Action11. Referendum Reclamation - Free West Papua."
"#Action11. Referendum Reclamation - Free West Papua."
Rehearsal 1 - Saturday 25th of November, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Rehearsal 2 - Monday 27th of November, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location to meet: by the playground at Wynyard Quarter (off Jellicoe and Hamner Street, Auckland CBD).
"#Action11. Referendum Reclamation - Free West Papua.” will be performed on #December1st at 5:00pm at Wynyard Quarter (the same location as the rehearsals).
We are asking that all performers attend at least on rehearsal.
Bring a jacket as both rehearsals will go ahead rain, hail or shine.
Message Oceania Interrupted on Facebook or text on 021 743 647 for more information.
"If I got $20 I'd be able to buy myself a good little car. I'd be saving. I could keep up with rent. I could do a normal, proper shopping." Bella Walters has worked in minimum wage jobs for almost 30 years. We think she deserves better, now.
Lidia Thorpe makes history as the first Indigenous woman elected to Victorian Parliament after a huge swing of 13 per cent away from Labor.
I am really disappointed (though not surprised) by the New Zealand Labour Party forging ahead with the TPPA. We can already see that PM Jacinda Ardern is going ...on a charm offensive with social videos and emails to their massive mailing list (90,000 of which came from anti-TPPA campaigning) to convince voters sufficient changes have been made to the deal.
They haven't. Some parts of the original TPPA have been suspended indefinitely, like patent extensions on medicines that would have made some medications less affordable. This is good news.
BUT the new environmental and workers rights standards are vague. Especially when you compare it to the specificity of ISDS.
ISDS is the mechanism which allows multinational corporations to sue our government for making laws that threaten private profit, even if the law is made in the public interest. Think: a tax on sugar, ban on deep sea oil drilling or the Zero Carbon Act. Worse still, if the USA decides to re-join the TPPA at some point (which is still definitely possible), it will trigger the ability for the USA to re-negotiate all of the worst parts back into the agreement. You can guarantee Big Pharma will be leaning on Trump to do exactly that. I don't think it'll take them much convincing either.
Yesterday we (ActionStation and It's Our Future - Kiwis concerned about the TPPA) got Trade Minister David Parker to commit to doing public consultation before signing the deal when we handed over our most recent TPPA open letter. But he also said "I'm not going to pretend the consultation will result in any substantive changes or tell us anything we don't already know." Translation: We will give you your consultation for the illusion of democracy, but we'll do what we want anyway. It's just theatre.
And at the same time, I really loved seeing Jacinda Ardern and Lorde on stage last night. When Paddles passed away, the ActionStation team all chipped in and sent our Prime Minister flowers to send our condolences. We did that at the same time as crowdfunding eight of the massive billboards you see in this photo.
It's possible to be a human who sees the humanity in other humans while still holding steadfast on the issues we care strongly about. It's possible to be kind while still being unapologetic in calling out bad policy and spin when we see it.
A lot of ActionStation members have been writing to us recently saying we need to give this new government a chance. We need to try and work with them. I'm sorry, but no. The political power of our movement doesn’t come from being friends with power holders, it never has and it never should. We don’t achieve change by having politicians welcome us into their confidence. That is the space occupied by many of our collaborators, but we open the doors for those advocates by applying pressure from the outside. Our theory of change, our political power, and our longevity, therefore rely on our independence and our holding government to account regardless of which colours make it up.
[Image description: A play on Labour's election hoardings that says, 'Getting sued by multinationals? Let's not do this' on a giant billboard on Queen Street]
Isso Nihmei, Guerrier Climatique du Pacifique du Vanuatu nous présente les réalités et les impacts du changement climatique auxquels font face le Vanuatu à la COP23 Bonn, Allemagne.