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Statement by Solidarity: Let them stay, close the camps: How can the refugee campaign win?

February 8, 2016 - 20:53 -- Admin



Socialist group Solidarity have just issued this statement on one way forward for the refugee movement.  Among other things we say:

‘Socialists have long argued that a mass campaign of meetings, rallies and grassroots organising can raise awareness, shift public opinion and build the forces to change policy.

Where are our words, today?

February 8, 2016 - 05:59 -- Admin

Where are our words, today?

Have you been the morning, mourning?
Taken flight in night, and song?
Gathering, garnering the too long day…
To away with all?
And so to fall, to fall
For their catch cry, the call
The sweet absurd,
Caught in the ballad
of their birds
Without our words
There is no way
Where are our words, today?

(c) John Passant 8 February 2016

The Canberra Times whitewashes Invasion Day

February 5, 2016 - 21:37 -- Admin

This is the link to my article in Independent Australia about The Canberra Times and its whitewashing of Invasion Day. It starts off:

John Passant asks why the whitewash of the Invasion Day protest in Canberra by The Canberra Times.

UP TO 500 people attended the Invasion Day Protest in Garema Place in Canberra on 26 January to highlight the genocide then and now against Aboriginal people. There was not one mention, not one photo of the protest in The Canberra Times.

Free the refugees – Churches in Australia start the war of defence

February 4, 2016 - 22:17 -- Admin

On Wednesday the High Court supported the offshore concentration camp at Nauru. I wrote about it on Wednesday arguing that the decision posed questions for the refugee movement. I argued for the campaign to begin to think about ways forward to stop this barbarous activity of locking up refugees and asylum seekers offshore, and onshore too.  I argued we should consider civil disobedience and gave some examples, such as occupying the centre of town, and blocking forced deportations.