A local Illawarra group called ‘A Community for Peace & Justice’ has called for a public show of community support for the 677 survivors and a vigil for the hundreds who drowned from that boat. The community support will be held this Friday 22 May from 5pm to 6 pm in Crown Street mall, near the corner with Kembla Street (close to the Church).
The May edition of Australain socialist magazine Solidarity is now out. Links to the articles are below.
This is a letter of mine the Canberra Times published on 21 May 2015.
Antonis Davanellos is one of the leading voices of SYRIZA’s left wing. He is a member of the Internationalist Workers Left (DEA), which cofounded SYRIZA as a coalition of left-wing organizations in 2004, and he is a member of the party’s Central Committee and Political Secretariat. Davanellos talked to Lee Sustar in Socialist Worker US about the debate over Greece’s future and the hardening battle lines in the discussion of what comes next.
Mitra Salima Suryono in Lhoksukon, Indonesia writes for UNHCR about the basic humanity that ordinary Indonesians have shown to the Rohingya. To read the whole article celebrating humanity click here. After long ordeal at sea, Rohingya find humanity in Indonesia.
This was the lead letter in the Australian on Tuesday. The comparison between turning back Jews fleeing Nazi Germany and the Rohingya today trapped at sea is brilliant and true.
“The Australian government is playing with asylum seekers’ lives,” said Ian Rintoul, from the Refugee Action Coalition. “It is suddenly obvious that offering ‘turnback’ advice to Malaysia and Indonesia cannot save lives at sea, but only endanger them.” “The boats must be welcome in Indonesia and Malaysia, and Australia. Australia must immediately lift its ban on accepting UNHCR refugees from Indonesia and offer Rohingyan refugees safe passage to Australia. An international rescue effort can guarantee that no lives are lost.”
The problem of domestic violence is systemic. It needs systemic solutions, not propaganda about the role of women in rugby league, nor stereotypes like cheer squads which reinforce the subordinate role of women in society and hence reinforce the very system which produces domestic violence.
The cold wind chases sun away
At the tea chaied seaside
Where the children play
While parents and friends unsay
The world as is
Solidarity magazine argues that Tony Abbott is desperately praying that this year’s budget will save his skin. But the budget cuts from last year remain in place, and even his new spending on childcare relies on taking money allocated elsewhere for families and new mothers.