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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

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Shut down their communities, not ours

It does seem pretty simple to me. You shut down our communities we’ll shut down yours.

Now, I am not Aboriginal but I stand in soldiarity with Aboriginal people as they lead the campaign against the clsoure of up to 150 remote communities in Western Australia. These communities are our communities.

The campaign to defend the communities will only be successful if it draws in larger and larger numbers.  The Melbourne mob, about 6000 of them, shut down the centre of Melbourne on Friday night in a stark reminder to the rest of Melbourne of the impacts closing communities can have and the level of resistance to the move that alrerady exists.

Civil disobedience has a long and often successful history. First it brigns the issue to the attention of a wider audience. Second it broings some on board. third it builds momentum to turn a minority of supporters potentially into a majority.

Let’s hope that the protests against WA remote commeunity closures continue and grow and that demos in other cities adopt the ‘ close down the centre’ approach. That brings attention not only to the genocide that is closing down remote communities but rallies the community and their supporters.

We should be threatening and building more and bigger protests and city centre sit-ins against the closure of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. Let’s give the one percent a taste of their own medicine. Shut down their cities.

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