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Given the intransigence of this Australian government on baby Asha and all asylum seekers, they will only be moved by mass action in the streets and strikes, and that mass action, like all mass movements for justice, must include a debate at least about civil disobedience. Shut down Melbourne to shut down Manus.
The Refugee Action Committee in Queensland has called a solidarity protest in support of the brave staff at Lady Cilento Hospital for 12 pm on Saturday. If you are in Brisbane get along to this most important protest to let the 267 men, women, children and babies under threat of deportation to Australia’s concentration camps on Manus Island and Nauru stay and to begin the campaign to close down Manus and Nauru. Let’s spread the protests and build a people’s movement for the refugees. Make sanctuary a reality.
Socialist group Solidarity have just issued this statement on one way forward for the refugee movement. To read the article click here. Let them stay, close the camps: How can the refugee campaign win?
Thanks to the churches for offering to undertake civil disobedience to defend refugees. That can be a guide for the rest of us. Let’s look for more ways to bring in more people to take direct action to stop the deportations and free all the refugees.
My own view is that to win this fight to free the refugees will require the movement, which about 30% of Australians agree with, needs to move from passive protests to mobilisations that do change minds and actions. That means civil disobedience.
It means shutting down the centres of the major towns with thousands occupying. It means thousands turning up to stop the deportations to the concentration camps. It means unions banning anything to do with the concentration camps. It means building a radical edge to the movement to do that and to bring the thousands and then tens of thousands in to build that militant campaign of workers and protesters.
Dozens of women were sexually assaulted on New Year’s Eve in Germany. But rather than connecting the events to everyday sexist violence, politicians and the media have turned to stoking up racism. Silke Stöckle and Marion Wegscheider respond in this article for German socialist group Marx21, translated by Kate Davison and re-published from Socialist Worker UK
A satirical take on the birth of Christ and the response of the capitalist media. Plus Juan Cole who argues that Jesus was a Syrian refugee twice and that US Republican presidential candidates would refuse him and his family entry to the United States today
I have just sent this to The Canberra Times after the report that Broadspectrum was monitoring the Facebook and Twitter accounts and posts of refugee activists. First they came for the refugees, and I did not speak out – because I was not a refugee …
This is my story……… In 2014, during the incident that happened my throat was cut by a local guard.