LL:INFO: CPSU members - the right to organise by email

2003-11-24 Thread Alison Thorne
Hi LeftLinkers

Can you please pass this on to any CPSU activists you know?

Thanks
Alison Thorne

Dear CPSU activists and members

A group of CPSU members in Melbourne were recently
discussing issues which impact on all CPSU members.
One disturbing trend we noticed was increased
restrictions on access by unionists to workplace
e-mail systems for organising.

For example, in Centrelink, there are very strict
rules about 'appropriate' e-mail usage. While e-mail
may be used by delegates for union purposes what
these delegates may circulate is extremely
restricted and is closely monitored. Some CPSU
delegates in Centrelink were not allowed to
circulate a CPSU Bulletin in solidarity with Telstra
CPSU member, Anne-Marie, who faced retrenchment on
the day she returned from maternity leave. Delegates
have been prevented from circulating other material
sent to them by the CPSU including Trades Hall
solidarity bulletins in support of workers involved
in the long-running Geelong Woolcombers dispute and
union Bulletins about the campaign to defend Medicare.

We want the CPSU to take this up as a priority
issue. Our goal is for our union to win the right of
all union members  to be able to use workplace
e-mail systems to communicate and organise without
the dead hand of censorship many of us currently
experience.

This is why we have launched the Right to Organise
in Cyberspace Campaign.

We want e-mail organising rights entrenched in EVERY
workplace agreement covering CPSU members.

Our first goal is for the next National Council
meeting of the CPSU, which is scheduled for June
2004, to pass a motion making this a priority issue
for the CPSU in the upcoming period. We hope to
achieve this by having as many CPSU workplace,
delegate and council meetings as possible pass a
motion and forward it to the National Council.

This is what you can do:

(1) Raise a version of this model motion for
discussion and, if it is carried, please send sent
it to the National Council C/- Adrian O'Connell,
National Secretary, CPSU - [EMAIL PROTECTED]

Send a copy to:
* Terry Costello, CPSU National Councillor -
[EMAIL PROTECTED]
* Alison Thorne, Right to Organise in Cyberspace
Campaign Coordinator - [EMAIL PROTECTED]

Model motion

This meeting views with alarm the trend within some
public sector agencies towards severely limiting
e-mail usage for union organising. In some
workplaces, only delegates may use e-mail for union
purposes. Material which they may circulate is
limited. For example they may be banned from
circulating discussion of industrial action or even
the circulation of CPSU Bulletins promoting
solidarity with other workers or action around
social concerns.

This meeting calls on the CPSU's National Council to
adopt this as one of its priority issues and to
campaign to win improved access to e-mail for union
organising in its broadest sense for members in all
workplaces covered by the CPSU.

We believe that all union members have the right to
use workplace e-mail for union organising and social
concerns.

(2) Send us information about access to/restrictions
on e-mail usage for union organising in your
workplace. Share your ideas about the issues.

(3) Pass information abut this campaign on to others
within the CPSU.

(4) Contact us if you would like more background
information about the reasons for this campaign or
our objectives.

Let's get mobilising! The June 2004 National Council
meeting is not far away.

Alison Thorne
Right to Organise in Cyberspace Campaign Coordinator
[EMAIL PROTECTED]
03-9386-5065
PO Box 266, West Brunswick Vic 3055

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LL:DDV: Socialists in Seattle City elections - lessons for Aust

2003-11-09 Thread Alison Thorne
Radical Women  Freedom Socialist Party joint meeting
Thursday 11 December, 2003, 7 pm
Socialists in the Seattle City Elections: Lessons for Australia

Linda Averill, Freedom Socialist candidate in the recent Seattle 
elections, came in fourth in a field of six candidates, scoring more 
than 10% of the vote! Averill, who is a bus driver and delegate to the 
King County Labor Council for the Amalgamated Transit Union, is a former 
organiser for Seattle Radical Women. Averill and her supporters ran a 
serious socialist feminist campaign which provided a refreshing 
alternative for voters pissed off with a field of candidates who 
routinely do the bidding of big business. Hear a report on the lessons 
from Averill's campaign, and discuss what we in Australia can learn from 
their success as Socialist Alliance plans its first Federal election 
challenge since winning registration.

The meeting will also discuss a report on the exciting upsurge in 
Bolivia where peasants and workers said no to the exploitation of the 
country's gas supplies and kicked out the President in the process!

Why not end 2003 with a good dose of revolutionary optimism? Everyone is
welcome.

Dinner at 6.30 pm for a $6.50 donation. Meeting starts at 7 pm.
Solidarity Salon: 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick.




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LL:DDV - Woman As leader!

2003-10-30 Thread Alison Thorne
-- Socialist Feminist Study Group --
The Feminine Mystique and Its Relevance Today

Thursday 13 November -- Woman as leader!

Join us for a lively discussion of how to vanquish the feminine mystique
once and for all!!

Dinner at 6.30 pm ($6.50 donation) Sessions run from 7 - 8.45 pm

Solidarity Salon. 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick. All welcome.

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LL:PR: Lyndon LaRouche: Fascism restyled for the new millennium

2003-10-30 Thread Alison Thorne
News Release

Contact: Alison Thorne  03-9386-5065, 03-9388-0062

For release: immediately

Lyndon LaRouche Exposed

In Lyndon LaRouche: Fascism Restyled for the New Millennium, author 
Helen Gilbert provides a highly revealing look at the background and 
politics of the LaRouche movement, which is sure to stand candidates in 
the upcoming Federal Election under the name Citizens Electoral Council 
(CEC.)

Dennis King, whose definitive book on LaRouche was published in 1989, 
calls the new publication, Highly recommended -- packed with vital 
up-to-date information to refute the egregious deceptions of LaRouche 
organisers.

This small, well-documented booklet from Red Letter Press reviews 
LaRouche's origins as a one-time socialist who took a turn to the 
far-right in the 1970s. He instigated his followers to physically attack 
left organisations and published hysterical diatribes against women, 
people of color, Jews, and gays.

In the U.S., LaRouchites actively sabotaged labour reformers in 
Teamsters for a Democratic Union and built a multi-million dollar empire 
through political spying and defrauding senior citizens. In Australia 
the CEC scapegoats Aborigines and in 1997 published a pamphlet titled 
Aboriginal 'Land Rights:' Prince Philip's Racist Plot to Splinter 
Australia.

As a perennial U.S. presidential candidate LaRouche is now taking a 
milder public tone, but Gilbert finds his essential message the same. 
She has studied current LaRouche publications and found a far-right 
agenda that combines racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic scapegoating 
with extreme hostility toward women and environmentalists.

LaRouche also promotes nuclear power and the banned pesticide DDT. He 
seeks to save the free market economy. Gilbert defines fascism as a 
mass movement that aims to preserve capitalism by smashing working class 
gains and eliminating democratic rights. On this basis, she concludes 
that LaRouche is a peculiar variety of 21st century fascist.

The author, a longtime feminist, anti-Nazi activist and socialist, first
became aware of LaRouche in the 1970s when he was actively threatening
radicals and spouting conspiracy theories from the front pages of New
Solidarity.

The 46-page booklet is priced at $7 and is available from Solidarity 
Salon: 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056. To order a copy by mail send a 
cheque for $8 payable to the Feminist Education Association, PO Box 266 
West Brunswick Vic 3055.

For more information or to receive a review copy, contact the Feminist
Education Association which distributes Red Letter Press in Australia at 
PO Box 266 West Brunswick Vic 3055 or 03-9388-0062. Web:
www.RedLetterPress.org.

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LL:DDV: Wipe the smile off John Howard's Face!

2003-10-28 Thread Alison Thorne
Do you want to wipe the smile off John Howard's face?

Wills Branch of Socialist Alliance invites you to

Curry to Kick Out Howard!
Saturday 8 November, 7 pm
Lazzat Kadah
61 - 63 Sydney Road Coburg
* Tickets $25/$20 * BYO drinks

Enjoy a lively evening with like-minded locals. And, at the same time, 
help launch the fundraising effort for the Wills Socialist Alliance 
Federal election campaign. We need several thousand dollars to run a 
really effective campaign in Wills. Our aim is that every voter in the 
seat of Wills knows our candidate, David Glanz and that Socialist 
Alliance stands for taxing the rich, money for health and education, not 
war, and defeating anti-union laws.

Booking essential! Call Alison on 9386-5065 or e-mail [EMAIL PROTECTED]
by Thursday 6 November.

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LL:DDV: The new face of the feminine mystique

2003-10-20 Thread Alison Thorne

-- Socialist Feminist Study Group --
The Feminine Mystique and Its Relevance Today

Thursday 30 October --  The new face of the feminine mystique

Does the feminine mystique still exist today? Discussion based on 
chapter 1, Blame it on feminism from Susan Faludi's ground breaking 
book, Backlash.

Dinner at 6.30 pm ($6.50 donation) Sessions run from 7 - 8.45 pm

Solidarity Salon. 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick. All welcome.

Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women. For more info
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LL:PR: Statement: Israel's bombing of Syria is state terrorism

2003-10-13 Thread Alison Thorne
Freedom Socialist Party -- International Executive Committee
* Solidarity Salon: 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick Vic 3056 AUSTRALIA
* Phone/fax: 61-3-9388-0062
* Coordinator, Alison Thorne: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

12 October, 2003

Dear friends around the global

Below is a statement issued by the U.S. section of the Freedom Socialist
Party condemning Israel's bombing of Syria.

Please feel free to publish this or pass it on to others your think may 
be interested. We would welcome your opinions.

For world peace through socialism
Alison Thorne,
coordinator Freedom Socialist Party International Executive Committee

Israel's bombing of Syria: U.S.- approved state terrorism

Israel's startling air strike into Syria on October 5, 2003, was a
dangerous act of terrorism, threatening to inflame and expand the 
unequal war between Israel and Palestine. It was also in perfect harmony 
with U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

The bombing raid, Israel's first air assault inside Syria in 30 years, 
was timed to gain popular support in Israel, or at least coerce 
frightened civilians into silence. It was carried out on the anniversary 
of the start of the Arab-Israeli war in 1973, and on the day after a 
suicide bombing in a Haifa restaurant killed 19 people, both Jews and 
Arabs. The target was Ain Saheb, an alleged terrorist training camp 
just a ten-minute bus ride outside Damascus. Actually, say people on the 
spot, the site was an abandoned Palestinian camp consisting of six 
houses and an orchard. It had no connection to the Haifa suicide bombing.

In other words, the Israeli pretext for attacking Syria was as 
fraudulent as U.S. excuses for invading Afghanistan and Iraq.

Creators of terror, directly and indirectly

The U.S. didn't even pretend to be critical of Israel's arrogant
brinkmanship. In fact, it publicly set the stage for it through the 
Syria Accountability Act, pending legislation that would impose 
sanctions on Syria for supposedly supporting terrorism. Throughout the 
week preceding Israel's attack, Syria was accused in Congress of having 
weapons of mass destruction and biological warheads. Lebanon, which is 
under strong Syrian influence, was falsely said to be harboring 
thousands of Iranian militants. And for months, Washington has been 
charging Syria with allowing Arab volunteers through its borders to help 
Iraqis resist the U.S. occupation.

How very tidy. Syria, Lebanon and Iran all neatly lined up to get hit,
whenever the U.S. decides to strike. According to White House 
propaganda, these nations are on the wrong side of the war on 
terrorism -- just like every other country that disagrees with the U.S.

But who are the chief terrorists?

Israel's 34-year occupation of Palestine, bought and paid for by the 
U.S., is grounded in a strategy that has inflicted unrelenting misery in
Palestine. Its tactics include helicopter missile assassinations of
political leaders; collective punishment; a towering apartheid wall and
barbed-wire fences; endless curfews and dehumanizing checkpoints; home
destructions, land theft, and deprivation of food, water, education and
jobs. This state terror will not stop individual terror through suicide
bombings. On the contrary, it ignites them, just as U.S. savagery
internationally incites attacks on U.S. civilians at home and abroad.

All over the world, the U.S. is inflicting pain and suffering unmatched 
in human history. Most recently, its occupation of Iraq has left 
countless Iraqis dead or injured, along with an unrevealed number of 
U.S. soldiers. As the world superpower swaggering across the globe at 
the service of corporate America, its war on terror is either directly 
or indirectly responsible for most of the political violence on planet 
Earth.

The U.S. is no stranger to real terrorist training camps. Since the 
1940s, its infamous School of the Americas (now the Western Hemisphere 
Institute for Security Cooperation) has educated counter-insurgents in 
the most advanced methods of torture and killing. Today, it is host to 
training operations run by Venezuelan military officers preparing to 
overthrow the left-leaning government of Hugo Chavez.

Their aims and ours

Israel's ruling rightwing Zionists want to be rid of the Palestinians, 
one way or another, no matter the cost in human lives.

This dovetails, for now, with the interests of the U.S., which has in
Israel a convenient base for launching imperialist assaults in the 
Middle East. What the U.S. wants is nothing less than political control 
over the whole region, which contains more than 64 percent of the 
world's known crude oil reserves. It does not matter how many Americans, 
Palestinians, and Israelis die in the process, although the U.S. is 
happy to have Israeli soldiers serve as proxy cannon fodder whenever 
possible.

In both Israel and the U.S., workers are growing more and more angry 
about lost jobs, disappearing social services, and a diminishing quality 
of life. For Tel Aviv

LL:DDV: Peter Hannaford Art exhibition at Solidarity Salon

2003-10-02 Thread Alison Thorne
Hi Left Linkers

The Sydney Road Shop Stop Art Exhibition, which is part of the Fringe
Festival, is about to commence.

Solidarity Salon is participating this year and we are exhibiting some 
of Peter Hannaford's bold work.

Featured is his anti-Blackshirt pieces as well as a very striking 
sculpture and painting opposing the vent which spews pollution from City 
Link across Richmond.

The art is on display now and will be at the Salon through until 12 
October when Shop Stop Art comes to a close.

So there are two things you can all do:

(1) Pop down to Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road Brunswick, and 
appreciate Peter's wonderful work. The Salon will definitely be open 
Saturday 4 October from 10 - 5 pm, Wednesday 8 October from 12 noon - 7 
pm, Saturday 11 October from 10 - 5 pm and very likely at a host of 
other times.

There is also meet the artist sessions on Thursday 9 October from 6 - 8 
pm. and on Friday 10 October at 2.30pm. Come down and talk to Peter 
about his work.

If you want to confirm we are open at any other time, call on 9388-0062
first.

(2) Be ready to respond and mobilise in the event this art work draws a
response from the ultra-right patriarchs in the Blackshirts.

I hope you can come and enjoy some very fine social comment art.

Alison Thorne

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LL::INFO: Great reading for rebels

2003-09-24 Thread Alison Thorne
Hello LeftLinkers

Red Letter Press has just come out with four new additions to the Red 
Banner Reader series of topical, informative, and affordable booklets. 
Below is a thumbnail description of our latest offerings. Click on the 
links below to get more information or to place an order through our 
website. Or go directly to www.RedLetterPress.org  to check out our full 
catalog.

All 4 titles, which costs $7 each, are available in Melbourne at 
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick. Solidarity Salon is open 
Wednesday from noon - 7 pm, Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm and is often open 
other days of the week (call 9388-0062 first to check).

To order by mail (add $1 postage for the first title and 50 cents for 
each additional title) send cheques payable to Feminist Education 
Association [Australian Distributor of RLP titles], PO Box 266 West 
Brunswick 3055.

Enjoy!

Alison Thorne

LYNDON LAROUCHE: FASCISM RESTYLED FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM

An expose of the bizarre, bigoted program of the LaRouche movement and its
hidden past.
By Helen Gilbert
52 pages, Red Banner Reader #8,
http://www.redletterpress.org/bookstore/larouche.html

CAPITALISM'S BRUTAL COMEBACK IN CHINA

Analyzes how workers' gains from the 1949 revolution are being destroyed 
by massive privatization led by the bureaucracy.
By Dr. Susan Williams
56 pages, Red Banner Reader #7,
http://www.redletterpress.org/bookstore/china.html

PERMANENT REVOLUTION IN THE U.S. TODAY

Argues for the importance of revolt in the U.S. and recognition of the
radical leadership of women and queers.
By Robert Crisman, Stephen Durham, Monica Hill, and Merle Woo
56 pages, Red Banner Reader #6,
http://www.redletterpress.org/bookstore/permrev.html


LEON TROTSKY: HIS LIFE AND IDEAS

A primer on revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky and his courageous fight
against Stalinism.
By Helen Gilbert
56 pages, Red Banner Reader #5,
http://www.redletterpress.org/bookstore/trotsky.html

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LL:DDV: Goodbye to Freud, functionalism and Margaret Mead

2003-09-22 Thread Alison Thorne
-- Socialist Feminist Study Group --
The Feminine Mystique and Its Relevance Today

Thursday 2 October --  Goodbye to Freud, functionalism and Margaret Mead.

Come and take part in a lively discussion about the collection of
sceintific ideas used to convince women in the 50s and 60s that
domesticity and motherhood was their natural role. Consider what
reactionary ideas which are used to promote ideal femininity in 2003.

Dinner at 6.30 pm ($6.50 donation) Sessions run from 7 - 8.45 pm

Solidarity Salon. 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick. All welcome.

Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women. For more info 
call 9386-5065.

All reading materials are available for sale at Solidarity Salon, 580 
Sydney Road, Brunswick. Solidarity Salon is open Tuesday, Wednesday, 
Thursday and Saturday. Call to confirm opening hours on 9388-0062

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LL:DDV: CPSU Members First Meeting

2003-09-19 Thread Alison Thorne
Calling all CPSU members! Members First is holding a Melbourne meeting 
on Monday 13 October, 6.30 pm in the Trades Hall Bar.

Members First will contest the election for the position of CPSU 
National President. The ballot will take place in November. This meeting 
will plan the Victorian end of our campaign.

We'll also be discussing plans to defend and extend the right of CPSU
members in all work places to organise using workplace e-mail systems. 
In some work places, such as Centrelink, this is currently severely 
curtailed.

The meeting will also feature a discussion about how to build a 
democratic and activist culture within the CPSU. The discussion will be 
introduced by CPSU National Councillor, Terry Costello, who will 
highlight some of the key ideas in the resolution on building militant 
democratic unions passed at the second national conference of Socialist 
Alliance.

This resolution is included in a new Trade union pamphlet published by
Socialist Alliance which includes articles by CPSU members Judy McVey 
and Alison Thorne. McVey addresses the importance of the union movement
challenging racism and Thorne takes up the importance of resisting 
sexism and campaigning around working women's demands. Contact any of 
the names below to get a copy of this invaluable organising tool for 
just $3.

Come along. Have your say and help build an activist union which can 
tackle the issues of the day.

For more information about this meeting or Members First in Victoria
contact:
Terry Costello: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Alison Thorne: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Judy McVey: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

For information about Members First in other states contact:
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LL:DDV: Is that all there is?Beyond the Happy Housewife Heroine

2003-09-08 Thread Alison Thorne
Socialist Feminist Study Group The Feminine Mystique and Its Relevance
Today.

Thursday 18 September -- Is that all there is? Beyond the Happy 
Housewife Heroine.

Recommended reading:

* Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique, Chapter 2 The Happy Housewife
Heroine
* Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique, Chapter 3 The Crisis in Woman's
Identity
* Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique, Chapter 4 The Passionate Journey

Dinner at 6.30 pm. Session 7 - 8.45 pm at Solidarity Salon. 580 Sydney 
Road, Brunswick. All welcome. For more info call 9386-5065. Sponsored by 
Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women.

All reading materials are available for sale at Solidarity Salon, 580 
Sydney Road, Brunswick.
Solidarity Salon is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Call 
to confirm hours on 9388-0062

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LL:DDV: Feminine Mystique study group

2003-08-19 Thread Alison Thorne
Socialist Feminist Study Group - starts Thursday 4 September.

The Feminine Mystique and Its Relevance Today!

In 1963 The Feminine Mystique by U.S. feminist pioneer, Betty Friedan,
was published. The book was a major inspiration for the second wave of
feminism. Friedan observed how the empty glorification of woman as the
domestic sex symbol is in direct proportion to society's reluctance to
treat her as a complete human being.

This study group will discuss Friedan's ideas and commentary about the
period by Sara Evans from her book Personal Politics. It will also
examine research by Daniel Horowitz whose recent book, Betty Friedan and
The Making of the Feminine Mystique: The American Left, the Cold War and
Modern Feminism, argues that Friedan's classic owes more to her
previously hidden radical and labour activism in the '40s than the
experience of suburbia in the '50s.

We'll also discuss the position of women today. Susan Faludi coined the
term Backlash to describe the contemporary pressures on women who are
expected to be devoted mother, glamorous wife and full-time worker. And
all this at a time when exploitation at work is intensifying and public
services are being gutted.  And we'll foment resistance by challenging
the negative impact that internalisation of the feminine mystique has on
women's ability to lead.

Solidarity Salon,
580 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(Plenty of parking or take a North Coburg tram or Upfield train)

Study group kicks off Thursday 4 September 03
and then every second Thursday until 13 November 03
(Sessions - 4/9, 18/9, 2/10, 16/10, 30/10  13/11)

Dinner served at 6.30 ($6.50 donation), sessions 7.00 - 8.45.
* Copies of The Feminine Mystique and other materials available.
* For more information phone Alison or Peter on 9386-5065 or e-mail
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* Jointly sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party (www.socialism.com) and
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LL:AA: Action alert - Support Ann-Marie!!

2003-08-06 Thread Alison Thorne
Hi Left Linkers

Please take action today in your workplaces, on campus and by bombarding
Telstra to support CPSU member, Ann-Marie who is fighting gross sexist
discrimination by her employer, Telstra.

Please help by circulate this message and act now.

Alison Thorne
Melbourne Freedom Socialist Party Organiser 
Coordinator CPSU Workplace Organising Committee
Moorabbin Call Centre

I have attached below an article which appeared in the Herald Sun this
morning.

It raises serious concerns about Telstra's treatment of women on
maternity leave.

The woman concerned is a CPSU member and deserves the support of fellow
union members.

We'd like Telstra to do the right thing and make sure that Anne Marie 
keeps her job.

Telstra employs nearly 40,000 workers throughout Australia.

They must be able to keep a job for their women workers who go on 
maternity leave.

The message that Telstra is sending to its staff and the community is
unacceptable.

Send a message to Anne-Marie's boss to let them know what you think.

Philip Jones
Executive Director, Customer Care
Telstra Business and Government
fax: 02 9230 0113
E-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

c.c. a copy of your message to the CPSU on [EMAIL PROTECTED]

Thanks for your support
Stephen Jones
Division Secretary
CPSU Communications
02 8204 6945

TELSTRA LAID OFF MUM AFTER MATERNITY LEAVE
By SUSIE O'BRIEN, industrial reporter
Herald Sun Frid 01aug03

A MOTHER so devoted to her Telstra job that she worked until an
hour before giving birth was sacked on her first day back from maternity 
leave.

Anne-Marie, 29, lost her job within three hours of returning to
work in July despite her repeated rejection of a redundancy package.
The Donvale mother-of-two, who does not want her last name used
for privacy reasons, claims her manager said she would be burden as a part-
time worker.  She says her male manager also said she:

WOULD be better able to look after her sick kids if she took
redundancy.
SHOULD discuss the redundancy offer with her husband.
HAD experienced a drop in her skills after being on maternity
leave for 12 months.

Anne-Marie was promoted at Telstra from telemarketer to business
analyst over nine years. Backed by the Community and Public Sector 
Union, she is pushing for
reinstatement.

I was at work until one hour before my son was born -- I was in a
lot of pain but stayed to fix problems with the intranet system, 
Anne-Marie
said.

When my manager made me redundant he said he didn't think it was
fair but there had to be a staff reduction. He said he was told I hadn't 
been
there for 12 months and the business had survived without me.

CPSU division secretary Stephen Jones said Telstra's behaviour was
unfair and unacceptable.

Their own HR policy talks at length about valuing staff and their
families, yet they appear happy to turf out a good worker because she 
had the
temerity to start a family, he said.

Anne-Marie was told on July 23 her redundancy was due to Telstra
reducing her duties from three days a week to four hours a week.

She is pushing Telstra executives for reinstatement.

Anne-Marie has recently received several recommendation letters
from other managers.

A Telstra spokesman said the company stood by its decision to make
Anne-Marie redundant.

It has nothing to do with maternity leave. It is unfortunate but
her work is not being done any more, he said.

We tried to find her other work but were not able to do so.

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LL:DDV: Wills SA Branch Meeting

2003-07-17 Thread Alison Thorne
Permanent War

Wills branch of Socialist Alliance invites you to discuss our society 
today, a society of permanent war!

Speakers

David Glanz - David recently attended the Jakarta Peace Conference. He 
will be talking about the tasks for the anti-war movement in coming months.

Vanessa Hearman - Vanessa will be explaining the background to the
Indonesian army's brutal crack down in the province of Aceh.

Wednesday 23 July, 7 pm.

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick.

All welcome. Licensed bar available and snacks served.

For more information ring 9386-4815 or 9388-0062

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LL:DDV: On the 34th anniversary of Stonewall

2003-06-27 Thread Alison Thorne
Hello LeftLinkers

This Saturday in the 34th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which 
sparked the rise of modern Gay Liberation movement.

Earlier this week Radical Women celebrated this occassion with a meeting
titled In the Spirit of Stonewall -- Queer Liberation is for Everybody!.

On Saturday, Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party join forces to 
host a special Stonewall Rad Movie Night at Solidarity Salon.

Black Is ... Black Ain't
In his final film, Black Is ... Black Ain't, Marlon Riggs, renowned 
Black gay producer/director, explores African American identity and 
fearlessly challenges homophobia, sexism, patriarchy and racism as it 
exists in Black America. This innovative documentary pushes people of 
all colours to examine the stereotypes that Black equals male and 
heterosexual, while exploring Black feminism.

Dinner will be served at 7 pm and screenings kick off at 7.45 pm
Solidarity Salon: 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick
* Dinner, movie and popcorn $12 * Movie and popcorn only $6 * Wine, beer 
and soft drinks available

We hope to see you there. Read the statement below from Radical Women 
and the Freedom Socialist Party in the U.S. for 101 good reasons to 
mobilise around the slogan Stonewall Was a Riot -- Now We Need A 
Revolution.

Alison Thorne
Melbourne Freedom Socialist Party Branch Organiser

Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women Gay Pride Statement
Act Up for Civil Liberties! Resist Macho Militarism at Home and Abroad

Just weeks ago, George W. Bush, sporting a snappy paratrooper jumpsuit
ensemble, strutted his stuff down the runway of an aircraft carrier. 
Camera bulbs flashed as he announced victory over Iraq. It is now 
clear, however, that the war is far from over - and that Bush's war on 
terror has unleashed an assault on the right to privacy and freedom of 
association here at home. Just as the public increasingly endorses gay 
and lesbian equality, Bush and Congress are turning up the volume on 
you're-with-us-or-against-us jingoism and using it to dismantle 
cherished civil liberties and rights. Thirty-four years after the 1969 
Stonewall Rebellion, McCarthyism and spying on one's neighbors are 
making a comeback. The rights of political and sexual minorities, 
immigrants, women and youth are under attack. It's time to fight back 
before we lose everything we've won.

Rightwing fanaticism in the Capital.

As queers we've faced off against scary people in Washington D.C. 
before. What's different today is how openly and brazenly the government 
promotes religious fundamentalism, monopoly capitalism and macho 
militarism. Attorney General John Ashcroft sermonizes against abortion 
rights and affirmative action, leads daily Bible classes on the job, and 
tried to ban Justice Department employees from holding their annual Gay 
Pride event. He also permits pension-stealing crooks from Enron to go 
free while overseeing drug raids on folks dispensing state-sanctioned
medical marijuana. While governor of Pennsylvania, Homeland Security 
czar Tom Ridge signed a bill banning same-sex marriages and was praised 
by the conservative Commonwealth Foundation as the most pro-business 
reformer in state history. And now, President Bush is poised to sign a 
bill criminalizing safe abortion procedures and shredding Roe v. Wade.

Funding imperialism with stolen tax dollars.

The money to pay for the rightwing's colonial wars and corporate 
bailouts has to come from somewhere - and that somewhere is social 
services. In 2003 alone, the Department of Defense will gobble up $396 
billion tax dollars. The price of just one Stealth bomber - $2.1 billion 
- would cover the annual cost of all essential domestic HIV prevention 
activities. Gay seniors face the erosion of social security and sky-high 
prescription drug costs. Massive blows to education, homeless services, 
and environmental protections are jeopardizing the futures of queer 
youth. Welfare policies now promote abstinence until marriage programs 
that discriminate against non-traditional families. For those who think 
electing a Democrat next year will stop these atrocities, don't forget 
it was Bill Clinton who first gave us Don't Ask, Don't Tell, welfare 
reform, and sent bombers over Belgrade and Baghdad.

Cultural straightjacket.

In promoting their boot camp ethic, Bush and Co. have launched a culture 
war in which lesbians, gays, bis and transgendered folk are easy and 
frequent targets. Artists and entertainers who dare to dissent, even the 
mainstream Dixie Chicks, are subjected to witchhunts orchestrated by 
CD-smashing hatemongers from Fox News and Clear Channel. Congress 
recently passed the controversial Rave Act, targeting youth and 
circuit parties. And the glorification of warrior violence emboldens 
bashers like those who murdered transgender Latina teenager Gwen Araujo 
in Newark, Calif.

Criminalizing dissent.

The fight to keep the government out of our bedrooms, bars and meeting 
halls goes hand in hand

LL:DDV: Stonewall Celebration

2003-06-10 Thread Alison Thorne

Celebrate the 34th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots
at a Rad Movie Night at Solidarity Salon

Saturday 28 June - Black Is ... Black Ain't

In his final film, Black Is ... Black Ain't, Marlon Riggs, renowned 
Black gay producer/director, explores African American identity and 
fearlessly challenges homophobia, sexism, patriarchy and racism as it 
exists in Black America. This innovative documentary pushes people of 
all colours to examine the stereotypes that Black equals male and 
heterosexual, while exploring Black feminism.

Dinner will be served at 7 pm and screenings kick off at 7.45 pm
Solidarity Salon: 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Dinner, movie and popcorn $12 - Movie and popcorn only $6 - Wine, beer 
and soft drinks available

Phone or e-mail bookings appreciated to assist with planning and catering.
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LL:DDV: Rad Movie Night shows Oz premier!

2003-05-29 Thread Alison Thorne
Rad Movie Nite @ Solidarity Salon

Saturday 31 May -- Deacons for Defense. This fascinating film, reviewed 
in the current issue of the Freedom Socialist newspaper (see below) is 
an Australian premier. The movie challenges  pacifism with its 
examination of armed defense by Blacks during the civil rights era in 
Louisiana.

Dinner will be served at 7 pm and screenings kick off at 7.45 pm
Solidarity Salon: 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick
* Dinner, movie and popcorn $12 * Movie and popcorn only $6 * Wine, beer
and soft drinks available

Proceeds will benefit the Australian Freedom Socialist Bulletin and
Freedom Socialist $7,500 fund drive which runs from 1 March - 30 June 2003.

Phone or e-mail bookings appreciated to assist with planning and catering.
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Mark your diary!

Saturday 28 June - Celebrate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots
which sparked the birth of the modern gay liberation movement at a
special screening of Black Is...Black Ain't. In his final film, Marlon
Riggs, renowned Black gay producer/director, explores African American
identity and fearlessly challenges homophobia, sexism, patriarchy and
racism as it exists in Black America. This innovative documentary pushes
people of all colours to examine the stereotypes that Black equals male
and heterosexual, while exploring Black feminism.

Review:
Deacons for Defense: True Story of Armed Resistance

by Monica Hill

Teach! That's what Deacons for Defense does best. It teaches
hidden history from the civil rights movement. It shows the
stand-tall results of facing paralyzing fear. It lays out
the political types who are on stage in every struggle for
social change.

In these times of antiwar mobilizing and organizing to save
civil liberties, Showtime's made-for-cable movie, based on a
true profile in courage, is sharply relevant.

The Scene

It is the mid-1960s in Bogalusa, Louisiana, 60 miles
northeast of New Orleans, and the Ku Klux Klan is up in
arms. Literally.

After years of struggle undeterred by billy clubs, fists,
guns and white-supremacist mobs, the civil rights movement
had finally wrung the 1964 federal Civil Rights Act out of
Congress. But there is no evidence of this victory in
Bogalusa. And city politicians, businessmen and their
gun-toting KKK cronies mean to keep it that way.

Relative to the population, the KKK chapter in Bogalusa is
the largest in the country. Bogalusa is a company town, run
by the Seattle-based Crown Zellerbach Company. Both paper
mill and town are fully (and illegally) segregated.

Out-of-state civil rights organizers are showing up, and
Black young people are eager to bring some of Freedom Summer
to town. Pickets and boycotts begin to pepper Bogalusa.

This is the real backdrop for the movie, in which the
protagonist, a composite character called Marcus, is
movingly portrayed by Forest Whitaker. Terrified of Klan
violence, Marcus forbids his daughter to participate in the
protests.

Action!

Angry at weeks of disruptive protests and boycotts, city
fathers decide to deal with them the old-fashioned way. As
their rioting cops descend on the demonstrators, Marcus
dashes in and puts a chokehold on one of the cops taking a
swing at his teenage daughter. He is arrested and severely
beaten.

See what they did? They beat me like a dog. They gonna do
the same to our kids, and their kids. I got to do
something.

Marcus and his coworkers hold a meeting. (In life, this
meeting occurred not in a church, as the movie places it,
but at the Black labor hall.) It does not take long for
these disciplined union men and war veterans to form an
organization of self-defense that is willing and able to
meet force with force - the Deacons for Defense and Justice.

Ossie Davis, playing a well-meaning liberal minister to the
hilt, urges the men to disavow any kind of violence. He
offers to meet with the mayor and get that worthy to
guarantee the safety of the Negro people, in return for
which he will see to it that no more rallies take place in
front of City Hall.

No way, the Deacons say. They elect officers and begin
buying citizen band radios for their roving car patrols.
With the help of longshoremen in New Orleans, they also lay
in guns and ammunition.

Pacifism vs. self-defense

A common KKK terror tactic was to send carloads of men
speeding through the Black community and firing guns into
homes. After one of these nightriding attacks, the Deacons
return fire. The Klan speeds away, and that is the end of
nightriding in Bogalusa. Says the minister to Marcus later,
Fear of the Klan made me less than a man. You freed me,
son.

Armed Deacons regularly guard the local civil rights office.
But two northern white staffers are committed pacifists.
This movement is nonviolent - that is the essence of the
movement, pleads one of them, played by Jonathan Silverman.
Don't tell me about the essence of your summer vacation,
responds Marcus. Alive is better. 

Protest against segregation and 

LL:PR: Victory to the Iraqis over U.S. imperialism

2003-03-24 Thread Alison Thorne

Victory to the Iraqis over U.S. imperialism!
Working people have the power to end the bloodshed

The hope that a U.S.-led war of mass destruction against Iraq could be
averted has evaporated like a water droplet in the Saudi desert. Over 
the protest of millions of people here, in the U.S. and around the 
world, Bush, Blair, Howard and Co. are at this moment murdering their 
way to Baghdad with the intention of imposing a military occupation that 
could last years.

So much for the niceties of multilateralism and UN resolutions. Goodbye 
to the fiction that the Howard Government, pursuing an independent 
foreign policy, had not made a decision to commit troops to a U.S. led 
war. Gone is the misconception that support for human rights and 
oppressed minorities in the Middle East determine U.S. policy. U.S. 
backing for Israel's war of extermination against Palestinians shows 
exactly how little its supposed concern for Iraqi Kurds means.

The naked truth is that major corporations and their arrogant servants 
in government are not bound by laws or decency to do anything that does 
not please them and serve their interests. And it pleases them now to 
invade Iraq, enslave its people, steal their oil, and set up another 
military outpost in the Middle East -- just as it once pleased them to 
arm Hussein against Islamic revolutionaries in Iran.

So how is it that replacing this former ally through the genocidal 
bombing of Iraq's people has become the most urgent task of the Bush regime?

Bush is spurred by economic necessity. The intractable problem of 
capitalism is the chronic overproduction of goods resulting in 
recession: global markets evaporating, millions of workers unemployed -- 
and profits in jeopardy. For Bush, who believes that even modest 
government support for welfare programs is creeping socialism, war is 
the only solution.

The Iraqi people are being annihilated so that Halliburton, the energy
company Dick Cheney headed, and thousands of other corporations can 
invest profitably in rebuilding Iraq and replacing the immense amount of 
military hardware that will be blown up in this conflagration. Where 
this U.S. drive for world economic and political hegemony will end, no 
one knows. The Syrians, Libyans, North Koreans, Colombians, Ecuadorians, 
or Venezuelans could be next in line.

It violates every notion of sovereignty and self-determination for the 
U.S. government to consider regime change as its privilege to impose. 
It is the obligation of antiwar activists around the world to uphold 
Iraq's right to self-defense against the neocolonial army of the U.S. 
and its allies and the right of Iraqis to take care of Hussein 
themselves. The actions of working people -- especially in the U.S., 
Britain and Australia -- through protests and work stoppages -- can and 
will make a difference in the days ahead. Bring the troops home now! 
is the rallying cry of those who know this is an unjust war.

Issued by:  Freedom Socialist Party
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LL:DDV: Rad Movie Nights At Solidarity Salon

2003-03-13 Thread Alison Thorne
Hi Left Linkers

After the demonstration against the Blackshirts and attending the DISC
Street Party in Percey Street on 29 March come and enjoy a relaxing 
dinner and movie night at the first of our monthly Rad Movie Nights At 
Solidarity Salon

Cheers
Alison Thorne

Rad Movie Nights At Solidarity Salon

Saturday 29 March: Australia's Pacific Solution and No Way to Forget

Don't miss this special Film Screening. Australia's Pacific Solution is 
a revealing documentary about the conditions for asylum seekers locked 
in refugee prisons on Nauru. It was made by Melbourne activist Kate 
Durham and BBC journalist Sarah MacDonald, when they visited Nauru 
undercover in June. It has been screened on TV in Britain, but the ABC 
says it's not interested. This doco will be screened with Richard 
Frankland's compelling short film about Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Dinner will be served at 7 pm and screenings kick off 7.45.

* Dinner, movie and popcorn $12 * Movie and popcorn only $6 * Wine, beer 
and soft drinks available

Solidarity Salon: 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick.

Phone bookings appreciated to assist with planning and catering. Phone
9386-5065.

Mark your diary

Saturday 26 April -- International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Tiny  
Ruby: Hell Divin Women and The Women's Circus.

Celebrate women's creativity. The first two films tell the story of
America's hottest, multi-racial, all women jazz bands of the 1940s. At a
time when male musicians were the rule and segregation the law of the 
land, these women defied convention. Plus be dazzled by Melbourne's own 
women's circus on video, plus a few circus surprises!

Saturday 31 May -- Deacons for Defense

This fascinating documentary challenges pacifism with it examination of
armed defense by Blacks during the civil rights era in Louisiana.

Saturday 28 June -- Celebrate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots 
which sparked the birth of the modern gay liberation movement at a 
special screening of Black Is...Black Ain't

In his final film, Marlon Riggs, renown Black gay producer/director,
explores African American identity and fearlessly challenges homophobia,
sexism, patriarchy and racism as it exists in Black America. This 
innovative documentary pushes people of all colours to examine the 
stereotypes that Black equals male and heterosexual, while exploring 
Black feminism.

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LL:DDV: Coming to the IWD movie night - The Hours this Sunday?

2003-02-24 Thread Alison Thorne
Hi Left Linkers

Are you planning to come to this IWD The Hours movie night fundraiser 
next Sunday?

Haven't booked tickets yet?

Well, not to worry! You can just turn up on the night. Be sure to buy 
your tickets from us at the ticket counter in the upstairs foyer at the 
Westgarth Theatre. Tickets will be on sale from 6.45.

BUT . we would appreciate a phone call [9386-5065] to let us know 
you plan on coming so that we can have enough wine and supper for all of 
us.

Kick of the IWD season with a fun evening to get you in the mood for the
action ahead!

Cheers
Alison Thorne
Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women

IWD action coming up ..

* March 5 - Wills Socialist Alliance IWD public meeting @ Solidarity Salon
* March 8 - IWD anti-war rallies in Melbourne and Geelong
* March 8 - Socialist Alliance IWD fundraiser to benefit the SA western
suburbs council election campaign
* March 11 - Geelong Radical Women IWD anti-war public meeting @ Geelong
Community Radio
* March 25 - Melbourne Radical Women IWD anti-war public meeting @
Solidarity Salon

(e-mail me on [EMAIL PROTECTED] if you'd like to join us at any of 
the above)


Celebrate International Women's Day with Radical Women and the Freedom
Socialist Party at a Gala Movie Night

THE HOURS
Sunday, 2 March, 7.15 pm
Upstairs, Westgarth Theatre, 89 High Street, Northcote

Based on a Pulitzer-prize winning novel by Michael Cunningham, the film
employs as its foundation and inspiration Virginia Woolf's own classic
novel, Mrs Dalloway, with its central character, Clarissa. Set during
a single day, yet spanning three different eras, the film focuses in the
parallel lives of three women. Nicole Kidman -- wearing a prosthetic
nose -- is virtually unrecognisable as English author Virginia Woolf,
whose battle with mental illness eventually led to her tragic suicide in
1941. Opening at the moment of her suicide, the film regresses to 1923,
and Woolf's life and work as she crafted her most memorable character --
Clarissa Dalloway. In 1950s Californian suburbia, another woman, Laura
Brown (played by Julianne Moore), struggles with alienation and
depression. Trapped by a clinging young son and an adoring husband, who
she does not love, the desperate woman tries to prepare for her
husband's birthday but can't stop reading Mrs Dalloway. Finally, in
modern day Manhattan, Clarissa Vaughan (played by Meryl Streep), a
lesbian who lives with her lover and daughter, struggles to prepare a
party for her ex-husband, who is dying of AIDS. Beautifully overlapping
editing sews the women's interwoven stories seamlessly together.

This special evening will kick off a four month long $75,000
international fund drive for our two feisty socialist feminist
publications -- the Freedom Socialist newspaper and the Australian
Freedom Socialist Bulletin. So get the International Women's Day
season off to a great start by enjoying a fun night out and helping two
publications which the founder of this day of socialist feminist action,
Clara Zetkin, would enthusiastically support!

Screening followed by a wine and cheese supper in the ornate upstairs
foyer.

Tickets are $20 solidarity price, $15 regular or $12 concession.
For tickets send a cheque, payable to FSP, PO Box 266 West Brunswick Vic
3055.
For more information call Alison on 9386-5065 or e-mail
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LL:REM: Opportunities for Revolt!

2003-02-03 Thread Alison Thorne
See you on Saturday!

Public Forum
Opportunities for Revolt: Socialist feminists organise to rid the planet 
of U.S. Imperialism.
News from the November 2002 Freedom Socialist Party Convention.

This U.S. gathering of socialist feminists from different parts of the 
globe focused on the dramatic changes in the world from the sharp 
intensification of the movement against corporate globalisation to the 
September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the war on 
terrorism. With its open-ended war drive and erasure of civil 
liberties, the U.S. government today eerily brings to mind scenes from 
the George Orwell novel, 1984. And the Howard Government is cravenly 
following in George Bush's footsteps.

Conference participants analysed these developments and discussed how 
the antiterror crusade has not stamped out resistance in the U.S. and 
around the world, but is sparking more. They concluded that this 
turbulent period is one of enormous openings for working class fighters 
-- especially women, Indigenous people, immigrants, people of color and 
queers.

A panel of three participants will present their perspectives:
* Brenda Hunter -- single mother, environmentalist and activist in the
Geelong Branch of Socialist Alliance
* Peter Murray -- Freedom Socialist Bulletin editorial board and member 
of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union
* Debbie Brennan -- Melbourne Radical Women Organiser and community
campaigner against the patriarchal Blackshirts

Saturday 8 February, 5 pm
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road Brunswick
Solidarity Salon is just north of Blyth Street. Take a North Coburg tram 
for an Upfield Line train. Plenty of parking at the rear. Enter from 
Staley Street. The meeting space is wheel chair accessible but the 
toilets are not.

* Door open 5 pm * Program 5.30 - 7.30 pm * 7.45 luscious summer buffet
dinner served for $8.

Sponsored by the Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women
For more information call Alison on 9386-5065
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LL:ART: Decoding Bush's State of the Union Address

2003-02-02 Thread Alison Thorne
Statement to the media from the Freedom Socialist Party
in Australia phone: 03-9388-0062, 03-9386-5065 or e-mail:
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Decoding Bush's State of the Union address by Andrea Bauer January 31, 2003

In his January 28 State of the Union address, George W. Bush presented
Congress and the U.S. with a Through-the-Looking-Glass world: Tax cuts 
for the super-wealthy benefit ordinary people! A program to increase 
logging of national forests is a Healthy Forests Initiative! And the 
most heavily armed and interventionist military power in the history of 
the planet fights reluctantly and will not permit the triumph of 
violence in the affairs of men.

Out of Bush's hypocritical and demagogic speech, however, one thing at 
least rang true. For the people of the U.S. and the world, decisive days 
lie ahead. Notwithstanding Bush's often repeated willingness to go it 
alone to commit the U.S. to all-out hostilities against Iraq, his 
Tuesday performance was designed to shore up lagging support for his 
policies, especially toward Iraq, at home and abroad. Whether the 
majority of U.S. working people can decipher and resist Bush's con games 
is crucial to what happens next.

So, for antiwar and global-justice activists, a deconstruction of 
Bush's promises and threats is in order.

Hitting the notes of compassionate conservatism

During his hour-long talk, Bush played first Benevolent Patriarch and 
then Menacing Patriarch. In the first role, he put forward a grab bag of
proposals and programs. These were carefully selected for mention with a
view to generating some favorable public sentiment for Bush's 2004 
budget before he lays out the whole thing on February 3. Notably missing 
was any talk of the inevitable cuts in the budget that will make life 
more difficult for working people and the poor, or of the cost of the 
enormous military buildup and looming war.

So what about the measures Bush means to take to work for a prosperity 
that is broadly shared?

* First and foremost, Bush promoted a second round of tax cuts, which 
will overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy, as the route to strengthening 
the economy and creating more jobs. We've been down this supply-side,
trickle-down road before. The theory is that lowering taxes will spur
investment. But after the Reagan tax cuts of the 1980s, net investment
declined.

And the trillion-dollar tax cut George W. pushed through during his 
first year in office did nothing for the economy but drag it back into 
the land of soaring deficits. As for stimulating employment? Something 
like 2.3 million private-sector jobs have disappeared on Bush's watch.

* Faced with a massive crisis of access to healthcare, Bush made the
decision to focus on two things in his speech: the need of seniors for
prescription-drug benefits -- and, ludicrously, the costs of malpractice
suits to the system.

As for the first, very real problem: Bush represented his new initiative 
as offering seniors the ability to choose a healthcare plan that 
provides prescription drugs. However, it seems that the choice that 
Bush would give the elderly is a terrible one. Seniors could stay on 
Medicare without prescription benefits, or they could opt for the 
insecurity of healthcare coverage through private HMOs. Bush neglected 
to mention that this proposal is just one feature of his overall drive 
to subject all of people's most basic needs to the untender mercies of 
the free market by privatizing healthcare, Social Security, pension 
funds, and everything in sight. He scornfully dismissed a nationalized 
healthcare system.

* Among the components of Bush's energy plan was the promise of $1.2 
billion in research funding so the U.S. can develop non-polluting cars 
powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Practically misty-eyed, he offered up 
the vision of a child born today taking his or her very first car out 
for a hydrogen-powered spin 16 years from now.

Let's ignore for the moment that environmental cleanliness is not the 
only problem with a transportation system based on private cars (whose 
numbers in the U.S. in the past few decades have grown six times faster 
than those of the human population). Until recently, Detroit has refused 
to investigate and implement alternative energy technologies for 
vehicles because research and development costs money and there's no 
guaranteed quick payoff. (So much for the value of capitalism as 
fostering risk-taking and innovation by forward-thinking entrepreneurs.) 
In Japan, however, automakers already have fuel-cell cars on the roads, 
and the U.S. industry cannot afford to once again fall badly behind. 
Thus George Jr. intends to ease their way by letting the government 
assume some of the financial pain of taking these cars from laboratory 
to showroom -- while continuing to manfully resist stricter 
anti-pollution standards in the here and now.

* Moving on from his evident compassion for the auto industry, Bush 
singled out three groups in U.S. 

LL:DDV: IWD movie night - The Hours

2003-01-19 Thread Alison Thorne
Celebrate International Women's Day with Radical Women and the Freedom
Socialist Party at a Gala Movie Night

THE HOURS
Sunday, 2 March, 7.15 pm
Upstairs, Westgarth Theatre, 89 High Street, Northcote

Based on a Pulitzer-prize winning novel by Michael Cunningham, the film
employs as its foundation and inspiration Virginia Woolf's own classic
novel, Mrs Dalloway, with its central character, Clarissa. Set during 
a single day, yet spanning three different eras, the film focuses in the
parallel lives of three women. Nicole Kidman -- wearing a prosthetic 
nose -- is virtually unrecognisable as English author Virginia Woolf, 
whose battle with mental illness eventually led to her tragic suicide in 
1941. Opening at the moment of her suicide, the film regresses to 1923, 
and Woolf's life and work as she crafted her most memorable character -- 
Clarissa Dalloway. In 1950s Californian suburbia, another woman, Laura 
Brown (played by Julianne Moore), struggles with alienation and 
depression. Trapped by a clinging young son and an adoring husband, who 
she does not love, the desperate woman tries to prepare for her 
husband's birthday but can=B9t stop reading Mrs Dalloway. Finally, in 
modern day Manhattan, Clarissa Vaughan (played by Meryl Streep), a 
lesbian who lives with her lover and daughter, struggles to prepare a 
party for her ex-husband, who is dying of AIDS. Beautifully overlapping 
editing sews the women's interwoven stories seamlessly together.

This special evening will kick off a four month long $75,000 
international fund drive for our two feisty socialist feminist 
publications -- the Freedom Socialist newspaper and the Australian 
Freedom Socialist Bulletin. So get the International Women's Day 
season off to a great start by enjoying a fun night out and helping two 
publications which the founder of this day of socialist feminist action, 
Clara Zetkin, would enthusiastically support!

Screening followed by a wine and cheese supper in the ornate upstairs foyer.

Tickets are $20 solidarity price, $15 regular or $12 concession.
For tickets send a cheque, payable to FSP, PO Box 266 West Brunswick Vic
3055.
For more information call Alison on 9386-5065 or e-mail [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Can't make it? We'd welcome your donation to help us reach our $7,500 
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DDV: Wills Socialist Alliance end of year BBQ

2002-12-12 Thread Alison Thorne
Dear comrades and friends

You are invited to the Wills Socialist Alliance end of year BBQ on 
Thursday 19 December at 6 pm. Why? Well...read on.

2002 is drawing to a close and the Wills Branch of Socialist Alliance 
has had quite a year.

We started the year with our enormously successful run in two wards in 
the Moreland City Council elections. We end the year with our campaign 
as a loud, proud voice for socialism standing Judy McVey as the 
Socialist Alliance candidate for Brunswick.

And in the intervening period, we achieved things too numerous to list 
in full but including:

* support for Moreland Council workers in struggle
* campaigning against the anti-Terror laws
* mobilising again and again against war
* backing efforts to rid our community of the ultra-right patriarchs in 
the Black Shirts
* leading the working class charge against the 22% rate hike
* helping achieve the historic tasks of State electoral registration for SA

Plus MUCH more.

And now it is time to relax, reflect on our achievements and yarn 
informally about what's next.

In lieu of a December Branch meeting Wills SA is holding an end of year 
BBQ and every member and supporter is cordially invited. We want to 
THANK YOU for your work on the recent state election campaign and other 
projects through out the year.

WILLS SOCIALIST ALLIANCE END OF YEAR BBQ
Thursday 19 December, 6 pm Public BBQ at War Park
(the BBQ is behind the War Park Community Centre in DeCarle Street, near 
the corner of Albion Street. It is 1 minutes walk from the Sydney Road 
tram).

What you need to bring:
* BBQ able bits of your choice (meat, fish, vegie burgers etc)
* Drinks of your choice
* A folding chair
* Some cash [yes, we'll be having a collection to boost the coffers in
readiness to take on the bourgeoisie in 2003]

What will be provided:
* BBQ tools, cork screw, some card tables etc
* Disposable plates, cutlery, glasses, serviettes, tomato sauce
* A selection of salads
* Some damn fine company with other SA comrades and supporters

If you'd like to offer to bring a salad or other food items to share 
call Alison on 9386-5065 or drop me an e-mail.

Alison Thorne
Convener Wills Branch of Socialist Alliance

PS: Please note that I have given notice that I will be stepping down 
from the branch convenership in 2003 so we'll elect a new convener in 
January. If you think you might be interested in taking on the role and 
would like to discuss what involves, give me a call.

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LL:DDV: Public memorial for Socialist Feminist - Delia Maxwell

2002-12-04 Thread Alison Thorne

Public memorial for

Delia Maxwell
Socialist Feminist,
author  educator,
grassroots union organiser
1932 - 2002

A feisty feminist and lifelong rebel, Delia began campaigning for civil
liberties on campus in the '50s. After raising three children, she 
returned to teaching in the '70s and, influenced by women's liberation, 
became a union activist and champion of the rights of contract and 
sessional teachers. A leader in the local branch of the Australian 
Education Union, she tenaciously fought a vicious union busting campaign 
by mangement. After retiring, Delia went on to organise amongst the 
English exam markers. As a member of Radical Women, she wrote 
extensively, ran classes, campaigned and cooked up a storm. She also 
confronted Nazis, marched for queer liberation, organised for Indigenous 
rights, and joyfully helped shut down the World Economic Forum on S11, 
2000. She eagerly joined the Socialist Alliance, believing passionately 
that socialists must intervene in elections. Delia displayed unflinching 
optimism, inviting everyone, from old friends to new acquaintances, to 
join her in the battle for human emancipation.

Join Delia's family, friends and comrades on the 70th anniversary of her
birth to honour her humanity and bold, creative life. There will be a
program of reminiscences and a Nothing's Too Good for the Working Class
Dinner featuring Delia's favourite dishes.

Saturday 21 December, 5 pm
Delia's home, 20 Lowther Street, Alphington
BYO drinks. RSVP would be appreciated by 14 December for
catering purposes. Phone Nicola 9497-1496 or Debbie 9386-3230

Contributions may be sent to the Delia Maxwell Memorial Fund to assist 
with Radical Women projects dear to Delia's heart. Cheques, payable to 
Radical Women, may be sent to PO Box 266, West Brunswick Vic 3055.

Hosted by Delia's family, Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party

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Some of Delia's journalism can be found at www.socialism.com

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LL:DDV: Origins of the conflict in the Middle East

2002-09-10 Thread Alison Thorne


No War Study Group - Saturday 14 September, 2002

Topic: Origins of the conflict in the Middle East - Palestinian and
anti-Zionist Jewish women fight back!

Lunch will be served at 1.30 pm for a $6.50 donation. The sessions will 
run from 2 - 3.30 pm.

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick.

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LL:DDV: Israeli Refusnik to speak at Wills SA branch meeting

2002-09-02 Thread Alison Thorne

Hi Left Linkers

The Wills Branch of Socialist Alliance has an exciting guest speaker at 
our branch meeting on Wednesday 4 September, 7 pm, Solidarity Salon, 580 
Sydney Road, Brunswick

Rotem, is a young Israeli Army refusenik. He was jailed after he refused 
to serve in the West Bank. Rotem is visiting Melbourne and will speak 
about the refusenik movement.

Guests are welcome at Socialist Alliance branch meetings.

Alison Thorne
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LL:DDV: Road to fascism - the attack on our civil liberties

2002-08-26 Thread Alison Thorne



No War Study Group - Saturday 31 August

Topic: Road to fascism - the attack on our civil liberties

Lunch will be served at 1.30 pm for a $6.50 donation. The sessions will 
run from 2 - 3.30 pm.

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick.

For more information, call 9386-5065.
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LL:DDV: The ABCs of War and the Working Class

2002-08-20 Thread Alison Thorne

No War Study Group - Saturday 24 August

Topic: The ABCs of War and the Working Class

Lunch will be served at 1.30 pm for a $6.50 donation. The sessions will 
run from 2 - 3.30 pm.

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick.

For more information, call 9386-5065.
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LL:DDV: Bougainville: A struggle undefeated

2002-08-13 Thread Alison Thorne

Thursday, 22 August, 6.30 pm 
Freedom Socialist Party meeting
Bougainville: A struggle undefeated 

Take part in a special tribute to the strong, resourceful and defiant women
and men of Bougainville whose ongoing struggle for independence has not 
been
defeated despite fierce resistance by both Australian companies and
governments. Learn why socialists unconditionally support the struggle of
oppressed nations to self determination. Be inspired by the egalitarian,
matriarchal nature of this unique culture where women still play a
leadership role, just as they always did before the emergence of private
property and patriarchy. And let=B9s talk about how we can help build a
movement to permanently defeat Australian imperialism!

The video Evergreen Island, a fascinating and optimistic look at
Bougainville today and the story of their national liberation struggle, will
be shown.

Pacific style dinner will be served at 6.30 pm for a $6.50 donation.
Vegetarians catered for. The presentation will commence at 7 pm.

Solidarity Salon: 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick. Phone: 9388-0062


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LL:DDV: No War Study groups starts 17 August

2002-08-13 Thread Alison Thorne


Reminder!

No War Study Group starts next Saturday

Saturday 17 August
Topic: What is behind George Bush's Dirty War? 

Lunch will be served at 1.30 pm for a $6.50 donation. The sessions will run
from 2 - 3.30 pm.

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick. 

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LL:DDV: Socialist Alliance Wills Branch coming events

2002-07-15 Thread Alison Thorne

Socialist Alliance Wills Branch coming events

Thursday 8 August, 7 pm
Wills Socialist Alliance Branch meeting
ASU Organiser, Janine Kepert, will talk about the struggle by unionists at
the Brunswick Pool against outsourcing and for pay justice.
Solidarity Salon: 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Guests welcome. For more information: 9388-0062,
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Saturday 10 August, 10.30 am
Speak out against anti-terror laws!
Join Wills Socialist Alliance and local feminist and immigrant community
organisations to protest the Howard Government's latest attack on our
democratic rights.
Coburg Mall.
To endorse the protest, to organise to speak or for more information call
9388-0062, [EMAIL PROTECTED]
This event is part of a Socialist Alliance National weekend of protest
against these dangerous measures.

Thanks
Alison Thorne
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LL:DDV: No War study group

2002-07-08 Thread Alison Thorne

6 week Marxist feminist No War study group commences 17 August

Take part in a reading circle about the growing opposition to the global
war on terror and the crack down on civil liberties of workers and
immigrants. Explore lessons from past movements against U.S. imperialist
wars for profit and global power and apply history's lessons to today.

* 17 August: What is behind George Bush's dirty war?
* 24 August: The ABCs of war and the working class
* 31 August: Road to fascism - the attack on our civil liberties
* 7 September: Origins of the repressive Taliban - Afghani  Pakistani 
women fight back!
* 14 September: Origins of the conflict in the Middle East - Palestinian 
and anti-Zionist Jewish women fight back!
* 21 September: Putting an end to war once and for all!

Lunch will be served at 1.30 pm for a $6.50 donation (vegetarian option
available). The sessions will run from 2 - 3.30 pm.

The event will be held at Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick.
(take the Sydney Road tram or the Upfield train; by car there is ample
parking at the rear). Enter the salon from Staley Street.

  For more information, call 9386-5065 or e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

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LL:DDV: Education and the state budget

2002-06-19 Thread Alison Thorne

Socialist Alliance Wills Branch meeting

Wednesday 10 July, 7 pm

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick.

Socialist Alliance member Carlene Wilson is an activist with the Australian
Education Union. She will lead a discussion on how education fared in the
recent state budget.

Guests are welcome! For more information: 9388-0062

Alison Thorne
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LL:INFO: The New War Order

2002-05-23 Thread Alison Thorne

Just out from Red Letter Press

The New War Order: Notes from the Front Lines of Resistance

Are you starved for some truth-based commentary to share with coworkers
and friends? The New War Order, the fourth title in the Red Banner Reader
series, provides a powerful counterpunch to the propaganda flooding the
airwaves and newspapers. Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party activists
explain the current war madness and propose strategies for stopping it.
Their essays, letters and speeches report on successful organizing efforts
against the war, globalism, and attacks on immigrants, people of color and
civil liberties.

$6.00.  48 pages. Saddlestitched

ISBN 0-932323-16-2

Available from Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick (open every
Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm or call 9388-0062) or my mail (add $1 for postage
and make cheques payable to FSP) PO Box 266 West Brunswick Vic 3055/


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LL:DDV: Dinner to Defend Democratic Rights At Home and Abroad

2002-05-21 Thread Alison Thorne

The Wills Branch of Socialist Alliance presents

Dinner to Defend Democratic Rights At Home and Abroad

Saturday 8 June, 7 pm

Lazzat Kadah, Indian and Pakistani cuisine, 63 Sydney Road, Coburg

Since the World Trade Centre attack on September 11, Governments around the 
world have launched a broadside on democratic rights under the guise of 
fighting terrorism. But in some parts of the world, democratic rights 
were curtailed long before September 11.  In Pakistan, General Musharraf 
seized power in a military coup. In Malaysia, activists such as workers' 
rights advocate, Tian Chua, are jailed under the Internal Security Act. 
Here in Australia, the Howard's anti-terror laws can't be improved  to 
make them unproblematic. They must be defeated.

Join the Wills Branch of Socialist Alliance for a dinner of authentic 
Pakistani and Indian Cuisine, hear after dinner speeches from anti-terror 
law campaigner, Damien Lawson, and a representative from Australia Asia 
Workers Links.

You'll also be helping Socialist Alliance kick off fundraising for our 
state election campaign.

Costs $30 (solidarity price), $25 (employed), $20 concession

Booking is essential. To book call Alison on 9386-5065 or e-mail
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Menu for meat eaters (vegetarians will also be catered for with a full
vegetarian banquet)

* vegetable pakoras
* seekh kebabs
* chicken pakora
* chicken korma
* lamb madras
* palak paneer
* saffron rice
* salad  yoghurt

Soft drinks provided. BYO alcoholic drinks.


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LL:DDV: Why a vanguard party?

2002-05-15 Thread Alison Thorne

Freedom Socialist Party meeting - Thursday 30 May
Organising for the Final Conflict: Why the Vanguard Party is an essential
tool for struggle in the 21st century
Dinner served at 6.30 pm for a $6.50 donation, program at 7 pm
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick

A hundred years ago the revolutionary socialist movement split over how to 
organise for working class victory in the struggles of the day. Was it 
enough for a party to recruit a broad base of activists loosely connected 
to the organisation? Or was it necessary to build a tightly disciplined 
group of committed revolutionists? The  question was answered decisively 
when just such a party, Lenin's Bolsheviks, led the first successful 
working class revolution in 1917. Find out why the Freedom Socialist Party 
sees itself as a vanguard party, and why we regard this type of 
organisation as the key to working class victory in struggles from 
Palestine to South Korea and resistance to the so-called War on Terrorism.

For more information contact Peter on 9386-5065, 9388-0062,
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LL:DDV: Stonewall in Melbourne

2002-05-15 Thread Alison Thorne

Hello Left Linkers

Make a committment to celebrate Stonewall this year. Mark this date in your
diary now! The doco is fascinating

Cheers
Alison Thorne

Stonewall at Solidarity Salon - Thursday 27 June, 7 pm
Special premier screening of The Gay Pioneers

This 2001 documentary produced by WHYY in Philadelphia is an inspirational
look at the achievements of the women and men who were the pre-Stonewall
pioneers. They held an annual reminder picket from 1965 to 1969 on the 4th
of July outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall. Their demands? Nothing
less than full equality! Their tactics? A highly disciplined team effort.

One participant recollects: the conservatives damned us to hell ... they
didn't want any part of our uppity tactics. Celebrate Stonewall by
honouring these pioneering achievements and examining what sort of uppity
tactics are needed today in order to achieve the goal of nothing less than
full equality!

The venue is Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick.
Dinner will be served at 6.30 pm for a $6.50 donation. There is no charge
for the program which starts at 7 pm.
Presented by the Freedom Socialist Party. For more information call Alison
on 9386-5065 or 9388-0062. E-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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LL:DDV: Wills SA branch meeting

2002-04-23 Thread Alison Thorne

The Wills Branch of Socialist Alliance will hold its next branch meeting

Wednesday 15 May, 7 pm at Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick

The agenda will include:

* a special report and discussion on the proposed anti-terror laws and 
how to defeat them

* discussion and decision about how many and which seats Wills Branch 
will contest at the State Election

* proposal for a branch fundraising dinner on 8 June

* report on membership renewals/recruitment campaign

Be there!

Guests and potential members are welcome.

For more information call Alison on 9388-0062.

Alison Thorne, Convener Wills Branch of Socialist Alliance




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LL:DDV: A salute to the irrepressible working women of Asia

2002-04-15 Thread Alison Thorne

Please note: start time revised to 6.30 pm to be followed by a dinner 
and reception for Irene Xavier and Mabel Au

Freedom Socialist Party May Day Celebration, dinner  reception
Monday 29 April, 6.30 pm, Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick
A salute to the irrepressible working women of Asia

Join us from 6.30 - 8.30 pm for a lively panel discussion about how to
strengthen local solidarity with the fighting women workers of Asia.

Panelists:

Karen Moran: internationalist and unionist - Australia Asia Worker Links
Esperanza Acosta: feminist and refugee from El Salvador - Radical Women
Peter Murray: activist Rail, Tram and Bus Union - Freedom Socialist Party

The program will also feature excerpts from Dolls and Dust, a powerful 
film about women workers in Sri Lanka, Thailand and South Korea who face 
the brunt of capitalist globalisation. The personal testimonies and 
struggles of women who labour in toy and doll factories highlight the 
life and death battles to survive in the age of industrial 
restructuring, privatisation, sexual harassment and discrimination.

Followed at 8.30 pm by a dinner and reception for visiting Asian 
organisers, Irene Xavier and Mabel Au.

Irene Xavier is a labour activist who has been working with women 
workers since 1978. She was involved in various struggles to organise 
women workers in theelectronics sector and develop health  safety 
campaigns. In 1987 she was detained under the Internal Security Act for 
355 days. She is currently involved in the women workers movement as 
well as in the stuggle for civil and political rights in Malaysia.

Mabel Au is an activist who has fought for the rights of migrant workers
and sex workers in Hong Kong. She was Vice Chairperson of the Industrial
Relations Institute in Hong Kong. Mabel is currently Program Coordinator 
of the Committee for Asian Women.

An Asian buffet will be served at 8.30 pm for a $6.50 donation. No 
charge for the program which will commence at 6.30 pm.

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056
Phone: 9388-0062.
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LL:DDV: A Salute to the Irrepressible Women Workers of Asia

2002-03-31 Thread Alison Thorne

Freedom Socialist Party
Calendar May Day 2002

Freedom Socialist Party  May Day Celebration
A salute to the irrepressible working women of Asia

Monday 29 April, 6.30 pm,
Solidarity Salon,
580 Sydney Road, Brunswick (just north of Blyth Street)

Join us for a lively panel discussion about how to strengthen local
solidarity with the fighting women workers of Asia.

Panelists
* Karen Moran: internationalist and unionist representing Australia Asia
Worker Links
* Esperanza Acosta: feminist and refugee from El Salvador representing
Radical Women
* Peter Murray: unionist in the Rail, Tram and Bus Union representing 
the Freedom Socialist Party

The program will also feature excerpts from Dolls and Dust, a powerful
film about women workers in Sri Lanka, Thailand and South Korea who face 
the brunt of capitalist globalisation. The personal testimonies and 
struggles of women who labour in toy and doll factories highlight the 
life and death battles to survive in the age of industrial 
restructuring, privatisation, sexual harassment and discrimination.

An Asian buffet will be served at 6.30 pm for a $6.50 donation. No 
charge for the program which will commence at 7 pm.

Everyone is welcome!

*  * * * *

May  Day 2002 - Another world is possible!
Blockade! Picket! Joint the trade union and community UNITY rally!
Wednesday May 1, 7am blockade Casseldon Place, 2 Lonsdale Street.

The Freedom Socialist Party is pleased to join with many organisations
including the M1 Collective, CFMEU, Refugee Action Collective, AMWU, 
Friends of the Earth and Socialist Alliance to support mass action on 
May Day.

Official demands are Stop the war on refugees, Stop the war on the third
world, Stop the war on workers and unions, Stop the war on Indigenous
people, Stop the war on the environment. And, we would also add, Stop 
the war on women!

To participate with the Freedom Socialist Party call Alison on 9386-5065.

Postal address: Freedom Socialist Party, PO Box 266 West Brunswick Vic 3055
* Phone: 03-9388-0062 (Solidarity Salon)
* E-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
* www.socialism.com


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LL:DDV: IWD 2002 event

2002-02-11 Thread Alison Thorne

Celebrate International Women=B9s Day 2002

Towards a lasting peace in the Middle East
A salute to the bold women of Palestine and their Israeli feminist allies

In January, a 20 year old Palestinian detonated a bomb in Jerusalem - 
she was the first woman suicide bomber. What creates such desperate 
acts? Join us to find out more about the conditions experienced daily by 
Palestinian women. This event is part of an IWD campaign initiated by 
Bat Shalom, a Jerusalem-based feminist peace organisation working to 
achieve a just peace in the Middle East. Discuss what's required to 
achieve lasting peace.

The meeting will feature of special video screening of Jerusalem: An
Occupation Set In Stone? Produced by the Palestine Housing Rights 
movement, this documentary is an excellent and moving portrayal of the 
issues at the heart of the Israeli/Palestine conflict. Using interviews 
and gripping footage, this film chronicles the reality of Israeli 'urban 
planning', including the division of Palestinian families and forced 
relocation of households. The video will be introduced by Freedom 
Socialist Party International Executive Committee Coordinator, Alison 
Thorne.

Monday 4 March, 6.30 pm
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick. Just north of Blyth Street.
Sydney road tram or Upfield railway line. Ample free parking at the rear
(enter from Staley Street)
* A middle Eastern banquet will be served at 6.30 pm for a $6.50 donation
* Program starts 7 pm, no charge

All welcome

Sponsored by the Freedom Socialist Party
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LL:DDV: Pride 2002 - March with Socialist Alliance

2002-01-09 Thread Alison Thorne

Socialist Alliance invites you to join us and march in the 2002 Pride March.

The march is an opportunity for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, 
transgendered people, intersex people, queers of every stripe AND all 
supporters of gay liberation who want to combat homophobia, to take to 
the streets.

Socialist Alliance has registered a contingent and will be marching to
highlight one of our priority pledges -- ACTIVE opposition to sexism, 
racism and homophobia.

When: Pride 2002 takes place on Sunday January 20.

Time: The march will start at 5 pm precisely. Assembly starts from 3.30 
pm. The Socialist Alliance contingent will assemble at 4.30 pm.

Assembly point: The march assembles at the park on the corner of Fitzroy
Street and Lakeside Gardens in St Kilda. Assembly points will be 
assigned around the perimeter of the park. The Socialist Alliance 
assembly point will be clearly marked.

What to bring/wear: The Pride March places emphasis on contingents 
having a visual look [last year the march attracted 45,000 
spectators]. So that our contingent has a bit of a colour theme, please 
dress in your preferred combination of black, red and pink. Bring placards.

Help make the banner: David Glanz will be coordinating the production of 
a new SA banner for Pride. To help contact David on: 
[EMAIL PROTECTED]

Help build the contingent: Please forward this e-mail on to anyone you 
think might like to join the Socialist Alliance contingent. If you can 
include leaflets promoting the contingent in mail outs or distribute 
them at community events, please contact Alison Thorne on: 
[EMAIL PROTECTED]

Pride March policy: FYI, Pride March has a policy of not allowing the 
sale of merchandise in the assembly area without prior permission (they 
actively enforce this policy). They will not grant permission on the 
day. Pride March does offer community groups the opportunity to have a 
trestle space at the final concert at the end of the march. The cost is 
$16.50 and stalls can be booked by contacting Pride on 9513-3054.

Help raise the profile of Socialist Alliance in the LGBT community and
promote the understanding that the struggle queer liberation and the
struggle for socialism are inseparable. See you at Pride.

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LL:DDV: A tribute to Colombia's Defiant Unionists, Peasants

2002-01-06 Thread Alison Thorne

Special Freedom Socialist Party meeting

A tribute to Colombia='s defiant unionists, peasants  Indigenous people

Featuring
- La Madician del Dorado a film about the Colombian Mining Union

- Introduced by special guest Rosemary Jimenez from the Australian
Solidarity Network with Colombia

- Chaired by Debbie Brennan veteran feminist and Latin America 
solidarity activist

Tuesday 5 February
- Latin American dinner at 6.30 pm for $6 - Program at 7 pm

Solidarity Salon
580 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(Just north of Blyth Street)

For more information call 9388-0062 or 9386-5065
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LL:PR: Moreland Council - Socialist Alliance preselects candidates

2001-12-16 Thread Alison Thorne

News Release
15 December, 2001

Socialist Alliance preselects community activists for Moreland Council race

The Wills Branch of Socialist Alliance has preselected local activists
Jonathan Sherlock and Judy McVey as candidates in the 2002 Moreland 
Council elections.

Sherlock, who scored 4.7% of the vote at the recent by-election, will
contest the Hoffman ward again at the March poll.

Sherlock's running mate is Judy McVey, a leader in the Refugee Action
Collection. McVey has been preselected to contest Merri ward.

Sherlock and McVey are both long time local residents in their 
respective wards and active members of the Community and Public Sector 
Union. McVey helped found the local Stop the Chop campaign resisting 
privatization of the CES and other public services. Sherlock was a 
leader in Campaign Against the Nazis building broad community protests 
which drove a fascist bookshop and organising centre out of Moreland.

Socialist Alliance has announced four key areas it will campaign around 
in the upcoming council elections:

- making the City of Moreland a refuge for refugees

- protecting the Merri Creek valley from environmental destruction

- improving public transport through campaigning for its renationalisation

- building a fighting council which takes on State and Federal 
Governments to win the funds needed to provide quality services for 
Moreland residents and good working conditions for council workers

For more information contact:

Judy McVey, Socialist Alliance Candidate for Merri Ward on 0418-347-374
Jonathan Sherlock, Socialist Alliance Candidate for Hoffman Ward on
9383-3147
Alison Thorne, Convener Wills Branch of Socialist Alliance on 9388-0062



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LL:AA: Support Socialist Alliance Senate Campaigning stalls

2001-10-26 Thread Alison Thorne

Hello to all Left Linkers

The Socialist Alliance Senate campaign is now in full swing. We have 15,000
leaflets as well as posters available to distribute.

It is vital we get this material out, especially to all left networks so
that
people know HOW they can vote Socialist Alliance in the Senate - Socialist 
Alliance is group Q, ticket Alison Thorne, Sarah Peart and Tony Dewberry.

So, if you can help distribute leaflets and posters in your networks, 
please contact Peter Murray, Socialist Alliance Senate Campaign Coordinator 
on 03-9386-5065.

The Senate campaign has three stalls planned this week end ... so get along 
and help with the outreach/campaigning if you can.

* Friday 26 October: 4 - 6 pm there will be a stall at the Swanston Street 
entrance of Melbourne Central

* Saturday 27 October: 10 - noon there will be a stall at Prahran Market

* Sunday 28 October: 10 - noon there will be a stall at the Fitzroy Street
end of the St Kilda Esplande

Want to participate? Just rock on up. Or you can call Senate campaign 
coordinator, Peter Murray on 9386-5065

Thanks Left Linkers ...
We're counting down ... just 15 days to go.
Let's make the most of every one of them!

Alison Thorne

TO VOTE SOCIALIST ALLIANCE IN THE SENATE - VOTE GROUP Q!


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LL:PR: Statement on the U.S. war on Afghanistan from FSP

2001-10-26 Thread Alison Thorne


Statement on the
U.S. WAR ON AFGHANISTAN
from the FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY
International Committee
www.socialism.com

21 October 2001

High-tech murder, as real as the World Trade Center attack and much more 
deadly, is underway in Afghanistan as U.S. bombs continue to fall in the 
third week of President Bush's obscene war on terrorism. However, CNN 
carries no interviews with the victims' families or with the workingclass 
heroes on the ground.  Instead the airwaves are filled with U.S. officials 
issuing orders: Osama bin Laden must be destroyed, domestic opposition is 
unpatriotic, unconditional surrender or else. Welcome to the New World Order!

With the fall of the Soviet Union, U.S. imperialism became the unchallenged 
power in world politics and our planet became a much more dangerous place 
to live. Now another capitalist war for markets, influence and natural 
resources is being unleashed in one of the poorest places on earth.

George Bush wants a change of government in Afghanistan, not because he 
hates terrorism, but because those who put him in office seek to secure a 
gateway to the oil rich regions of the former Soviet Union. He is not the 
first U.S. president to attempt this feat.

In 1985, Ronald Reagan wanted exactly the same thing. Only he praised Osama 
bin Laden and the forces that would become the Taliban as freedom 
fighters. He directed the CIA to promote the growth of Islamic 
fundamentalism in Central Asia to destabilise the Soviet Union. Between 
1978 and 1982 the U.S. government funneled at least six billion U.S. 
dollars in training and arms into the region to promote rightwing 
fundamentalism. Others, including Saudi Arabia, provided similar levels of 
financial support.

The women and girls of Afghanistan paid a terrible price for Reagan's 
anti-communism and the greed of U.S. oil giants. Once in power, the Taliban 
outlawed female education, prohibited women from employment, and denied 
them basic human and civil rights. Now Bush callously heaps even greater 
misery on the region, by bombing their country and sending U.S. troops to 
kill their sons many of them draftees in the Taliban's army.

It is incumbent upon all those who oppose this war to cooperate in building 
an international antiwar movement to radicalize a new generation of 
fighters against capitalism --an economic system that is bringing the world 
to the edge of chaos and barbarism.

RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM--
A PRODUCT OF IMPERIALIST FOREIGN POLICY

U.S. interest in Afghanistan has always been driven by two factors: oil and 
anti-communism. When a pro-Soviet regime came to power in Afghanistan 
through a popular uprising, the U.S. immediately tried to destabilize it 
and allied itself with right-wingers in the Taliban--men violently opposed 
to the new government's plan to educate all women and girls and to outlaw 
child marriages.

Today the Taliban exists both because the U.S. directly helped create it 
and because capitalism gives rise to the economic and political conditions 
which fuel religious fundamentalism all over the world.  U.S. policy in the 
Middle East involves murdering leftists and stamping out their 
organizations, strangling democratic rights and deliberately 
under-developing a region rich in natural resources in order to maintain 
political hegemony and control of oil reserves.

This Machiavellian U.S. policy leaves the vast majority of people destitute 
and without the means to influence their governments. Thus imperialism 
prepares the soil in which religious fundamentalism flourishes as a 
contradictory expression of anti-imperialist sentiment.

The Taliban, bin Laden, Hamas and all the other religious zealots offer an 
outlet for anger and protest against the decadent ways of the Western 
world. At the same time, they promise a return to traditional values, 
like the imprisonment of women in the home and a legal system based on 
religion. Because of their essentially conservative and anti-communist 
character, imperialism found these reactionaries vastly preferable to 
leftist and democratic causes before September 11, 2001.

Rank-and-file fighters for Arab liberation have never given up, as shown 
today by the second inspiring Palestinian intifada and by strikes and 
student rebellions in Iran. The first prerequisite for peace in the Middle 
East is for the U.S. to withdraw from the region and allow the people 
themselves to decide their future.


THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TALKS OF FREEDOM
BUT EVERYWHERE SPREADS MISERY

Mass murder is nothing new for the rulers of the U.S. They dropped atomic 
bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima that killed over 100,000 people. They 
installed Pinochet in Chile in 1974 and orchestrated Suharto's massacre of 
more than a million Communists and suspected Communists in Indonesia in 
1965. They trained the murderous military henchman of Central and South 
America and now they are delivering $1.6 billion in military aid to the 
blood-soaked Colombian army to 

LL:PR: Vote No to War and Racism

2001-10-05 Thread Alison Thorne

Hello Left Linkers

Can you help the Socialist Alliance by Networking?

An election is getting very close!

The Socialist Alliance Senate team is available to speak to groups anywhere
around the state. Contact Peter Murray at: [EMAIL PROTECTED] or call
him on 03-9386-5065

It would be super if you could forward on info about the Alliance to your
networks.

The major parties have plenty of money to get their message out. We don't
have money, but Socialist Alliance has energy, committment and a damn good
ideas.

Please assist voters to be aware of their range of choices this polling 
day, by forwarding this message.

Thanks
Alison Thorne
Socialist Alliance Senate Candidate

Vote NO to war and racism
VOTE SOCIALIST ALLIANCE
Get the Liberals out! Welfare not warfare!

John Howard hopes to ride a wave of anti-refugee racism and pro-war 
hysteria to get the Liberals re-elected in a few weeks time. His government 
is determined for Australia to play a high level role in any U.S. 
military action aimed at Osama bin Laden or the Taliban government of 
Afghanistan.

The government has used the horror of the attack on the World Trade Centre
to whip up more opposition to refugees. Government ministers have suggested
that there is a direct connection between the threat of terrorism in
Australia and asylum seekers arriving by boat. But like the other myths the
government spreads about refugees, there is no evidence at all for such a
suggestion.

Divide and rule
The Howard government is cynically playing the refugee race card to try and 
divert attention away from the GST and the Liberals' appalling record on 
nursing homes, health spending and child care.  The government has been 
more than willing to spend over $110 million dollars for the navy to 
intercept asylum seekers, but it is not prepared to spend even $20 million 
to save 16,000 Ansett jobs. Workers are still waiting for a national scheme 
that will protect all their entitlements when companies go bust. While 
company directors walk away with millions of dollars in bonuses and 
payouts, Ansett workers stand to lose millions of dollars in entitlements.

Labor is boosting Howard's chances
Howard is riding high in the opinion polls, because the Liberals' 
anti-refugee policy and its pro-war hysteria have been totally backed by 
Labor's parliamentary leaders. Rather than take a principled stand, Labor 
has shamefully taken the path of crass electoral opportunism, deserting 
those who still looked to it as the party that would to take up the fight 
to the Coalition.

Labor's electoral strategy has opened the door to the Liberals. Over recent 
months, they supported the Liberals' handing billions to private health 
companies and rich private schools. Nonetheless only a few weeks ago, 
Howard looked dead in the water. Now, with Labor totally supporting Howard 
on refugees and Bush's war on terrorism, there are real fears that the 
Liberals could get elected for a third term.

That prospect is frightening. The racism that Howard has unleashed over 
refugees will get a renewed lease of life. The war-mongering will escalate. 
Our democratic rights will be cut back on the grounds of national 
security. Howard has also flagged compulsory work for anyone unemployed 
longer than six months. On top of all this loom the full privatisation of 
Telstra and the airports, and more attacks on the union and working conditions.

Wanted: a fighting alternative
We need a fighting alternative like never before. The basis for a fight 
back is there. Thirty-nine per cent of people oppose any involvement in the 
war. Over 60 per cent say that any retaliation should not be against 
civilian targets. What's needed is organisation to turn this opposition 
into action. Rallies and demonstrations can turn the tables on the Liberals 
and the war-mongers in the Labor Party.

Socialist Alliance members are throwing themselves into the campaign to 
stop Howard and Bush's war. We've consistently fought to free the refugees. 
Socialist Alliance organised national protests on the anniversary of the 
introduction of the GST.

A vote for Socialist Alliance is a vote for welfare NOT warfare. It's a 
vote against racism. It's a vote to tax the rich to fund services. It's a 
vote to put people before profits.

VOTE SOCIALIST ALLIANCE!

- David Glanz, for Wills - Jackie Lynch, for Batman - Jorge Joquera, for
Gellibrand - Tim Gooden, for Corio - Josephine Cox, for Aston
- Alison Thorne  Sarah Peart, Victorian Senate team

Socialist Alliance, Wills Branch
- 03-9388-0062 - [EMAIL PROTECTED] - www.socialist-alliance.org
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LL:DDV: Rescheduled: Anti-semitism: where does it come from?

2001-09-17 Thread Alison Thorne

Freedom Socialist Party special meeting
Anti-semitism: where does it come from and how to eradicate it
Now rescheduled to Monday 24 September 7 pm @ Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney 
Road, Brunswick.
Dinner is served at 6.30 pm for a $6 donation. For more info: 9388-0062.

Our September meeting will explore why Jewish people are oppressed, how Jew 
can be liberated and why Zionism is not the solution. Everyone is welcome.

*

The meeting has been rescheduled to allow participation in a special 
Socialist Alliance Public meeting Who is to blame - Middle Eastern People 
or U.S.  foreign policy? on Wednesday 19 September.  Speakers include: Ali 
Kazak, Head of the General Palestinian delegation to Australia and 
Palestinian Ambassador to Vanuatu,  Surma Hamid, Political refugee and 
Representative of Worker Communist Party of Iraq and Alison Thorne, 
Socialist Alliance Senate Candidate.  New Council Chambers, Trades Hall at 
7 pm.

Please note: SA public meeting is NOW Wednesday 19 September, NOT Thursday 
20 September as previously advertised.


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DDV: Study seminar - Against Individual Terrorism

2001-09-14 Thread Alison Thorne

Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women present a study seminar on Leon 
Trotsky's Against Individual Terrorism.

In New York and Washington DC thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of 
working people have lost their lives. This event is tragic. But despite the 
total lack of political context presented in mainstream media commentary, 
these events are not incomprehensible. The policies of the U.S. imperialism 
cause terrorism - a reaction fuelled by despair - to flourish.

The introduction to Russian Revolutionary leader, Leon Trotsky's pamphlet 
titled Against Individual Terrorism describes terrorism as an attempt to 
substitute the technical feats of a small group with a necessary social 
movement of the masses themselves.

Socialist feminist are implacably opposed to terrorism as a strategy. We 
oppose terrorism as a strategy because it provides a rationale for 
repression at home and abroad. It is used as an excuse to fuel racism and 
curtail civil liberties. What the U.S. Government and its mates Howard and 
Beazley in Canberra will attempt to do is use the tragedy in the U.S as an 
excuse to clamp down on the working class and particularly the growing 
anti-corporate mass movement.

They will crack down, but we won't back down!

Debate about terrorism raged in the movement in Russia in the decades 
leading up to the Russian Revolution. Come to a study seminar which looks 
at the theoretical lessons of last century and applies them to the searing 
reality of the world in 2001.

Sunday 30 September 11.30 am - 3.00 pm
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Study guide and pamphlet: $2
Delicious lunch served for a $6 donation

Everyone is welcome to participate in this seminar

Sponsored jointly by Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women, PO Box 266
West Brunswick Vic 3055. For more information call Peter on 9388-0062 or
9386-3230
E-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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LL:PR: Socialist Alliance preselects Victorian Senate ticket

2001-09-10 Thread Alison Thorne

Socialist Alliance
News Release
Sunday 9 September 2001

Socialist Alliance Preselects Victorian Senate Ticket

The 8 September Victorian state conference of the Socialist Alliance has 
preselected a Senate team of two to contest the upcoming Federal Election.

Alison Thorne, Melbourne Organiser for the Freedom Socialist Party, a 
Socialist Alliance affiliate, was preselected for the top position. Thorne 
is a veteran feminist and gay liberationist with lots of experience 
fighting the right wing and standing up for oppressed people. She 
campaigned to rid Fawkner of a Nazi bookshop and has often protested 
against Right To Life moralists who aim to curtail women=B9s right to 
choose. Alison, who lives in Brunswick, works in a telephone call centre 
and is a member of the Community and Public Sector Union.

Thorne's running mate is Sarah Peart. A resident of St Kilda, Sarah is a 
young woman leader in the global anti-corporate movement who helped 
organise the M1 protests earlier this year. She is currently building 
support for a blockade of the Commonwealth Business Forum on October 3. 
Peart is a member of another Socialist Alliance affiliate, the Democratic 
Socialist Party.

The choice of Thorne and Peart to run for the Senate completes Socialist 
Alliance preselection in Victoria. The Alliance, formed by nine socialist 
organisations earlier this year, will stand in five lower house seat as 
well as the Senate. The other preselected candidates are Josephine Cox for 
Aston, David Glanz for Wills, Tim Gooden for Corio, Jorge Joquera for 
Gellibrand and Jackie Lynch for Batman.

Thorne says Socialist Alliance is particularly proud to have preselected 
four strong socialist women amongst its seven Victorian candidates. The 
ALP still has not reached its modest target of 35% of women candidates in 
winnable seats after several years of claiming to work towards this goal. 
Socialist Alliance has achieved greater than 50% the first time round, 
Thorne said.

The political voice of the growing anti-corporate movement in Australia 
is how Peart see Socialist Alliance. More and more people, especially 
young people, can see that capitalism is simply not working. Socialist 
Alliance will put forward innovative solutions based on human need not 
corporate greed.

Thorne agrees: The Federal Government has spent billions on corporate 
welfare and tax cuts for big business. Facing almost certain defeat later 
this year, Howard has turned to scapegoating groups such as refugees, 
single women and lesbians in a desperate attempt to divert working people's 
attention away from issues such as the GST, cuts to the public sector and 
privatisation. Socialist Alliance will challenge this cynical incitement of 
racism, homophobia and sexism.

The Socialist Alliance will stand candidates in every state and territory. 
Aboriginal leader, Sam Watson, has been preselected to head the Senate 
ticket in Queensland and refugee rights campaigner, Ian Rintoul, heads the 
ticket in New South Wales.


For more information
Alison Thorne: 03-9386-5065, 0411-080-031
Sarah Peart: 0402-555-591
Peter Murray: 03-9386-5065, 0404-814-197
Linda Waldron: 03-9639-8622
www.socialist-alliance.org


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DDV: how the Queer Bloc can build the anticapitalist movement

2001-08-13 Thread Alison Thorne


Freedom Socialist Party special meeting
Count down to CHOGM: How the Queer Bloc can advance and strengthen
the anticapitalist movement
Thursday 23 August, 7 pm @ Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) takes place in 
Brisbane this October. From October 3 - 5, anticapitalist protesters in 
Melbourne will be mobilising against the pre-CHOGM Commonwealth Business 
Forum. Anti-corporate activists are organising to globalise resistance and 
popularise support for the demands: No new WTO trade round! No 
implementation of GATS! Cancel the Third World Debt!

The Freedom Socialist Party will be there. In particular, we are working to 
build the Queer Bloc, which will mobilise the queer community to 
participate in anti-corporate struggle by emphasising the homophobia of 
visiting Commonwealth leaders. Queer Bloc targets will include Britain's 
Tony Blair, who refuses to repeal the anti-gay Section 28 of the Local 
Government Act; Malaysia's Mahathir Mohammed, who uses homophobia as a 
weapon against his political opponents, and, of course, Mr 'family values' 
Howard, who aims to prevent lesbians and single women gaining access to IVF 
services. Queer Bloc participants will also mobilise in solidarity with the 
brave queer organisation, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, which refuses to 
be forced into the closet by arch homophobe, Robert Mugabe.

The meeting will feature discussion on what is needed to advance the
anticapitalist movement as well as examining the role the Queer Bloc can
play.

Dinner is served at 6.30 pm for a $6 donation. Everyone is welcome.


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LL:DDV: Meeting to organise Queer block at CHOGM

2001-06-13 Thread Alison Thorne


Q.U.E.E.R. is having an

Open Organising meeting to discuss a National Queer Block at protests
against the Commonwelth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting in October.

Interested lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered people and queers are
invited to discuss what CHOGM is, why queer activists should be there and
form form protest should take.

Speakers:
Liz Humphrys and Adrian Makohon

Tuesday 26 June, 6 pm
Evatt Room, 1st floor Trades Hall, Carlton

For more info call Adrian on 0407-420-523 or e-mail [EMAIL PROTECTED]


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LL:DDV: Wills SA Branch meeting

2001-06-04 Thread Alison Thorne


The next Wills Socialist Alliance branch meeting will discuss Why we 
support teachers striking for increased education funding, 7pm Thursday 14 
June at Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick. All potential members 
welcome. Details: 9388-0062.


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LL:DDV: Stonewall Celebrations

2001-05-31 Thread Alison Thorne

Radical Women  the Freedom Socialist Party invite you to celebrate the
32nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which sparked the modern movement
for gay liberation. Come to a speak out for Queer liberation!

Wednesday 27 June @ 7pm
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road Brunswick
Entry by gold coin donation
Curry dinner @ 6.15 pm for a $6 donation
Bar service

This event is endorsed by Q.U.E.E.R and UNITE

The gay liberation movement sparked by the Stonewall Riots in June 1969 was 
radical and confronting. Activists mobilised around a thrilling vision of 
freedom, debating strategies for permanently eradicating sexism, racism, 
heterosexism and poverty, and so winning true emancipation for all. But, as 
Michael Warner argues in his biting critique of queer conformity, The 
Trouble with Normal, the movement has been in retreat from its history of 
radicalism into a new form of post-liberationist privatisation. While 
passage of the Relationships Bill is important, it must be built on. We 
don't simply want a world which loves respectable picket fence lesbians 
and upwardly mobile gays with pockets full of pink dollars to spend. We 
want a world which celebrates the queer majority - young and older, 
Indigenous, queers of colour, workers, queers with disabilities - most of 
us poor and none of us attracted to the disappearing practice of life long 
monogamy.

Come hear a diverse panel of speakers talk about the new militancy in the 
queer movement and then have your say!

Featuring:

* Sally Goldner - transgender advocate from BENT TV and TransMission Time 
on JOY FM who last year fought for EO law reform for transgenders.

* Liz Humphrys - an organiser for the queer block at anti-corporate 
protests against CHOGM planned for October and an activist with Q.U.E.E.R.

* Sue Jackel - trade union organiser and a co-convenor of UNITE, the trade 
union movement LGBT caucus.

* Richard Lane - aka Riki Revolutskya, an activist in the Wills Branch of 
Socialist Alliance and supporter of the Alliance for Workers' Liberty.

* Vanessa Nguyen - feminist activist from Monash University and former 
Queer Officer.

* Alison Thorne - founder of Melbourne Radical Women, member of the CPSU 
and gay movement veteran who won a precedent setting 1986 EO case.

* Melissa Venville - young feminist and current National Union of Students 
Queer Officer.

* Graham Willett - author of Living Our Loud, President of the Australian 
Lesbian and Gay Archives and a member of the NTEU.

* Chaired by Peter Murray - Freedom Socialist Party leader and socialist 
feminist critic of biological determinism.

The evening will also feature historic displays and a fundraiser for the 
Wills Socialist Alliance election campaign

For more information call 9388-0062 or 9386-5065 or [EMAIL PROTECTED]

Solidarity Salon is just north of Blyth Street. There is ample free parking 
at the rear (enter from Staley Street). Take the North Coburg tram from 
Elizabeth Street or catch an Upfield train to Brunswick or Anstey Station. 
Venue is wheelchair accessible (but the toilets are not).

Everyone is welcome.


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LL:DDV: Wills Socialist Alliance meeting

2001-05-24 Thread Alison Thorne

Wills/Melbourne North West Branch of Socialist Alliance meeting, Thursday 31
May at 7 pm, Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, West Brunswick. The meeting
will discuss Why thousands of families in Wills face the threat of a Family
Tax Benefit Debt. Prospective members welcome. For more information call
9388-0062.


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LL:DDV: Wills Socialist Alliance meeting

2001-04-30 Thread Alison Thorne

The Wills/Melbourne North West Branch of Socialist Alliance will hold its
next meeting

Thursday 3 May, 7 pm @ Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road Brunswick.

Come along and get involved in the growing campaign to finish off Howard AND
build a much needed left alternative to the ALP.

Check out Socialist Alliance at www.socialist-alliance.org


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LL:DDV: Relationships Bill Rally

2001-04-02 Thread Alison Thorne


recognition of same-sex couples. . .
too progressive for victoria?

Demonstrate on the opening day of State Parliament, 4.30 - 7 pm, Parliament 
House.

Called by Q.U.E.E.R. (queers united to eradicate economic rationalism)

"We'll fight for you" (remember the Liberal Party advertisement in the 
Midsumma Guide?)

In recognition that 34 laws still discriminate against queers in Victoria, 
the Statute Law Amendment (Relationships) Bill has been introduced into 
parliament.  We are still waiting for the Liberal Party to fight for" us.

The Queer community is uniting to demonstrate our anger at the Liberal 
Party on Tuesday April 3rd from 4:30 til 7pm, on parliament house steps.

In November last year, the Statute Law Amendment (Relationships) Bill was 
introduced into Parliament.

This Bill seeks to amend 44 Victorian Acts which currently discriminate 
against same sex couples.

A new legal category of "domestic partner" will be created which will 
encompass both heterosexual and same sex long-term relationships.

The new term domestic partner will replace de facto spouse in each law.

The areas of the law covered include:
* property rights - same sex couples need to pay up to $15,000 in stamp 
duty when buying a joint property which heterosexual couples are exempt from

* guardianship and administration - same sex couples must prove to a court 
that they are in a relationship before one has the right to care for the 
other in times of sickness or injury

* superannuation payments

* health related legislation - same sex couples may not have hospital 
visitation rights, even if the partner is dying

* employment rights - those in same sex couples may not be entitled to 
bereavement leave if their partner dies

* crime assistance acts - people in same sex partnerships may have 
difficulty filing an intervention order against an abusive partner because 
they are not considered by the law to be in a "relationship"

This bill will not address many issues that queer people deal with on a 
daily basis, yet it has been written off as too "controversial."

These include:
* IVF / artificial insemination - Lesbians and single women's rights to 
these are still obstructed in Victoria, and now Howard's "family values" 
are making access even harder.

* Adoption - Everyone knows queers make the best parents, yet no government 
in Australia has recognised our right to establish our own families, even 
though such laws already exist in other jurisdictions.

* Youth Allowance / social security - young queers are forced to stay at 
home + economically dependent in homophobic environments, unless they can 
prove to Centrelink they have been abused by their parents.

Reform is not enough. The limited amount of equality and tolerance that 
these laws establish is an inadequate response to the homophobia and 
heterosexism in our society.

Society and the family structure are fundamentally based on the institution 
of heterosexuality, which excludes all those who won't conform to the ideal 
of the nuclear family.  Same sex couples, queer families, single mothers, 
and women who choose to live autonomously.

Heterosexual values dominate everything from the law to the church, 
science, medicine, education, the social security system, the mass media 
and our culture as a whole.  This is heterosexism.

On Tuesday the 3rd April, when parliament resumes, the queer community will 
be demanding an end to the Liberal Party's capitalist agenda of

 homophobia sexism racism exploitation of workers

The Liberal Party is currently blocking the passage of the Fair Employment 
Bill, giving minimum protection to =EDsVictoria 144 000 outworkers, and 
workers in other industries.  The queer community needs to be united in 
linking with the struggles of other oppressed groups.  This is why 
Q.U.E.E.R. is encouraging our community to join in the anti-capitalist 
blockade of the Stock Exchange @ M1

For info about Q.U.E.E.R. contact the Queer Department at Melb Uni 8344 
8159 or RMIT 9925 3707

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LL:INFO: QUEER changes meeting venue

2001-03-06 Thread Alison Thorne

Announcement to LGBT media and relevent e-lists

QUEER (Queers United to Erradicate Economic Rationalism) has changed its
meeting venue.

We will now meet at the Queer Space at RMIT. The easiest way to find the
Queers Space is to enter Bowen Street (which runs through the centre of the
RMIT City Campus) from Franklin Street at the north/Carlton end. Immediately
to your right you will see Building 20 which is also sign posted Lesley
Clucas Lounge. Use this enterance. The Queer Space is on the right next to
the Women's Room.

QUEER meets every second Tuesday at 6 pm. Next meetings 20 March then 3
April.

QUEER is currently organising an action on 15 April, Easter Sunday, to
protest the homophobia of  Archbishop Pell. On 24 April QUEER plans to hold
a debate with some queer capitalists on the topic Can the Pink Dollar Buy Us
Liberation?

For more info about QUEER call Darren or Nina, Melbourne Uni Queer Officers
on 8344-8159.


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LL:INFO: UAW IWD in the city

2001-03-01 Thread Alison Thorne

Hi everyone

More IWD happenings.

Alison
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Subject: UAW IWD in the city
Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2001 21:37:18 -0500

Alison,

For some reason the UAW is having difficulty posting to LL at present -
could you please cut  post the following on behalf of the UAW.
Otherwise see you at all those other events coming up

Sheila

Union of Australian Women invite city workers and students to join them
for their special International Womens Day Lunch at Ross House, Flinders
Lane, 12 to 2 on Thursday March 8th. $10 and $ 8.
Special theme: WOMEN WISE UP report back from the recent NSW conference.
Or be there at 1.15 for the cutting of the cake!
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LL:PR: Socialist feminists launch new organising centre in Brunswick

2001-02-18 Thread Alison Thorne

Feminist Education Association
Radical Women
Freedom Socialist Party

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick VIC 3056
03-9388-0062

News release
Monday 19 February 2001

Contact: Alison Thorne, 03-9386-5065, 03-9388-0062
Do not use after 10 March 2001

Socialist feminists launch new organising centre in Brunswick

Three socialist feminist organisations - Radical Women, the Freedom 
Socialist Party and the Feminist Education Association - have teamed up to 
open a new multicultural socialist feminist organising centre in Moreland. 
Solidarity Salon, located at 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick, will be officially 
launched at an International Women's Day Celebration on Saturday 10 March.

Alison Thorne, the organiser for the Melbourne Branch of the Freedom 
Socialist Party, said "International Women's Day is the perfect occasion to 
open Solidarity Salon because IWD, which has been celebrated around the 
world since 1910, was initiated by socialist feminists. The Russian 
Revolution was started by women textile workers who struck on International 
Women's Day and this is the defiant spirit we'll emulate."

Debbie Brennan, who organises the Melbourne chapter of Radical Women said 
the three organisations have moved to the visible Sydney Road shop front, 
because they'd outgrown their previous office and meeting space at the rear 
of a West Brunswick house. "It's a sign of the times," Brennan explained. 
"More and more people are fed up with the human consequences of capitalist 
globalisation. Politicians try to convince us there is no alternative but 
they are dead wrong! Solidarity Salon will be a beacon for everyone who 
wants a world based on human need not corporate greed."

Solidarity Salon will be the venue for regular campaign meetings, political 
talks, skills development sessions and study groups. It features a well 
stocked boo shop with contemporary and classic feminist and Marxist theory 
as well as writings by working class people of colour, women, gays and 
lesbians. From March 10, the centre will welcome visitors every Tuesday and 
Saturday, and at other times by appointment.

Everyone is invited to attend the official opening party. The festive 
evening will feature greetings from across the globe, well wishes from 
local activists, multicultural entertainment, finger food from five 
continents and dancing. Doors open at 5 pm. and the official launch takes 
place at 6 pm.

To arrange an interview call Alison on 9386-5065 or 9388-0062


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LL:INFO: Socialism for Skeptics

2001-02-11 Thread Alison Thorne

Hey, red readers

Get your copy of "Socialism for Skeptics" by Clara Fraser, the second
booklet in the Red Banner Reader series. "S for S" is a delightful
44-page collection of witty, imaginative and pithy essays that skewer
misconceptions about socialism.  It's a zestful introduction to radical
politics from the perspective that communism is a great idea that CAN
work!

To order, send $6.00 (for booklet and postage) to Red Letter Press, PO Box
266 West Brunswick Vic 3055.


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LL:DDV: IWD launch of socialist feminist organising centre

2001-02-11 Thread Alison Thorne

International Women's Day 2001
Celebrate a new multi-cultural socialist feminist
organising centre!

Radical Women, Freedom Socialist Party and
the Feminist Education Association invite you to
the official opening of

Solidarity Salon
580 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Saturday 10 March
Doors open 5 pm
Roasts, toasts  official launch 6 pm
Dancing from 8pm
Finger food from across the globe served throughout the evening
NO BYO

Please bring cheque book or cash to make your donation towards our wheel 
chair accessibility project, our equipment fund and consider making a 
monthly pledge towards our on going costs

Solidarity Salon is located is the heart of multi-cultural working class 
Moreland. The welcoming shop front and organising centre will be the venue 
for regular socialist feminist study groups and organising meetings.

Just north of Blythe Street, there is plentiful free parking in the well 
lit rear car park - enter from Staley Street. Solidarity Salon is 5 minutes 
walk from Anstey Station and located on the Sydney Road tram route. Once 
"officially opened" the bookstore at Solidarity Salon will be open Tuesdays 
and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm and other times by appointment. As well as 
a wide range of literature, we also sell our famous range of Proleterian 
Preserves, T-shirts, posters, cards and political CDs. Phone: 03-9388-0062.

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056. Phone/fax: 03-9388-0062
Mailing address for Freedom Socialist Party, Radical Women and
the Feminist Education Association is PO Box 266 West Brunswick Vic 3055
By email: Radical Women: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Freedom Socialist Party - [EMAIL PROTECTED] - www.socialism.com


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LL:PR: Pride, Police - a statement from Q.U.E.E.R

2001-02-11 Thread Alison Thorne


Q.U.E.E.R. members stand by their actions at Pride March

QUEER (Queers United to Eradicate Economic Rationalism) is proud of
the contingent we built at Melbourne's Pride March. Over 100 activists
from QUEER, UNITE, Feminist Avengers, Radical Women and campus queer
groups made a united, lively and political contingent, one of the
largest in the parade. We think this is an important development in
alerting the queer community to the perils of "Pink Dollar" politics.
We have copped some flak because some of our contingent verbally
heckled the Liberal and GALPEN contingents. The Liberals are on the
warpath against working people and we pointed that out - what more
needs to be said? Since then, State Liberal leader Napthine has
attacked the Bracks government for a miserly $25,000 grant for
research into lesbian cancer risks, showing their true colours.
Many of our contingent were at the s11 demonstration and saw, or were
on the bloody end of, the police savagery. It is hard for people who
were not there to understand the deep scars on the psyche (let alone
the body) that this has created. People were demonstrating
non-violently, arms linked. The police removed their number tags,
opened ranks, and poured out hundred of armoured, pumped up, riot
squaddies who mowed down everyone in their path. They left a swathe of
bleeding heads, bruised bodies and cracked bones.
The psychological pain is probably greater. You see, none of those
beaten can strike back. The police have a monopoly on the right to
legally use violence. So the anger becomes internalized unless an
outlet can be found. The GALPEN contingent provided one such outlet
for this completely justified anger to be verbally expressed. The
police actions at s11 were only an extreme example of the main role
they play in society generally - the defence of private property. The
police are not workers like any others. Although they are employees
who have only their ability to work to sell, they have a direct role
in attacking organised workers. They are routinely used to break
workers' picket lines.
When we need police - when violence against women, queers, koories is
happening - they are almost always "too busy" to respond in time.
Domestic violence, rape, queer bashings, racist bashings - these are
all put in the too hard basket. Queers are often treated with
contempt. Worse than that, police have often acted with violence
against queers and other oppressed people - bashings of queers,
koories, young people and women continue.
Attempts to have functioning queer community - police liaison
committees have foundered over the years as the police hierarchy have
not taken the issues seriously. QUEER recognizes that GALPEN members
have challenged the homophobic and sexist institution for which they
work. We know that their members have been victimized for standing up
for the rights of queer police and for being open about their
sexuality. We support the rights of queer police to organise. We
recognize that marching at Pride is an important public statement for
GALPEN members.
We ask for recognition that QUEER supporters who were at s11  also had
an important statement to make about the role of the police.
QUEER is a group of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender activists
from various backgrounds who have united in their fight for
progressive causes.  We encourage all queers to come to our next
fortnightly meeting at 6PM on Tuesday 20th February at Trades Hall.
Contacts/Queries:
Alison (03) 9386 5065
Josh (03) 9925 3707
Riki (03) 9387 7819 / 0400 877 819
Adrian 0415 420 523
Email: [EMAIL PROTECTED]


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LL:DDV: Study group IWD - A Day to spark revolution!

2001-01-29 Thread Alison Thorne

Study group: International Women's Day - A day to spark revolution!
Wednesday evenings, 21 February and 28 February 2001

March 8 is celebrated around the world as International Women's Day. Find 
out about the socialist origins of IWD. Be inspired by the women workers 
whose strike on IWD sparked the Russian Revolution! Hear about the ideas of 
feminist trail blazer, Clara Zetkin, whose proposal to a socialist women's 
conference in 1910 put IWD firmly on the calendar. Explore the 
revolutionary nature of demands raised by women's liberationists in the 
1970s. Discuss contemporary debates about  socialist feminism and 
International Women's Day.

Solidarity Salon
580 Sydney Road, Brunswick, phone: 9388-0062

A meal will be served at 6.30 pm for a $6 donation. Sessions run from 7  -
8.45 pm. Reading materials and study guide available for $4. Call Alison on
9386-5065 to arrange an advance copy. Everyone is welcome to participate!

Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party, Radical Women and
the Feminist Education Association


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LL:DDV: QUEER party

2000-12-05 Thread Alison Thorne

QUEER (Queers United to Eradicate Economic Rationalism) is holding an end of
year party.

It is on Saturday 16 December from 8 pm.

It's at the home of QUEER activists Nase and Robert, 24 Kipling Street,
North Melbourne. Phone 9348-9187.

All queer and queer friendly lefties are invited to come along and find out
more about QUEER.

Its BYO drinks. Finger food will be provided. We'll also be launching the
first copy of our Queer Zine.

No charge, but a donation to the ongoing work of QUEER would be welcome.


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LL:DDV: Speak Out on World AIDS Day 2000

2000-11-20 Thread Alison Thorne

Speak Out on World AIDS Day 2000 - Activism Matters

Today is WORLD AIDS Day. We demand that global corporations be taxed to 
fund quality education and prevention strategies, health care and provide 
HIV/AIDS drugs to all who need them in every corner of the globe!

In Australia, we demand:

* fund public hospitals not private health insurance!
* access to safe donor sperm for lesbians and single women!
* tighten legislation outlawing discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS!
* increase the Disability Support Pension to a living wage - no imposition 
of "mutual obligation"!
* equality for same sex couples in superannuation law.

Attend the speak out - Friday 1 December, 5.30 pm @ the GPO, corner of 
Bourke Street and Elizabeth Street.

Organised by QUEER (Queers United to Eradicate Economic Rationalism).

Next QUEER meeting, Tuesday 28 November 5.30 pm at NUS office, 1st floor
Victorian Trades Hall Council.
Call Xanthe or Adrian on 8344-8159 or Jonathan on 9925-3707.
E-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Or join the Queers United e-group; [EMAIL PROTECTED]


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LL:PR: Protest Israeli Attacks on Palestinians!

2000-10-24 Thread Alison Thorne

Freedom Socialist Party
International Executive Committee - PO Box 266 West Brunswick Vic 3055
AUSTRALIA - Phone/fax 61-3-9386-5065  E-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

The following statement was originally issued  jointly by the U.S section 
of the Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women

Protest Israeli Attacks on Palestinians!

For 50 years, Israeli military forces have had their boots on the necks of 
Palestinians. Palestinians have resisted.  Any "peace agreement" that 
prolongs military occupation and avoids fundamental issues of territory and 
autonomy is just a forced march to nowhere powered by Israeli helicopter 
rockets against Palestinian rocks and rage.

There will be no end to fighting in Palestine as long as the U.S., which 
underwrites Israel's oppressive might, oversees various "summits." 
Washington is hardly impartial as it focuses on ensuring American profits 
from Middle East oil. The U.N., itself a instrument of imperialism, as 
shown by the bombing of Iraq, has been powerlessness to resolve Palestinian 
grievances for over 5 decades. Nor will peace result if political power in 
Israel or Palestine defaults to rightwing religious fundamentalists.

The solution must be found in deliberations of those who have the most to 
gain from a just cessation of hostilities: Israeli and Palestinian workers, 
feminists, intellectuals and the parties that represent them. Arabs and 
Jews--including many survivors of the Holocaust--can and must find a way to 
reside together in the region; they lived harmoniously for centuries and 
can do so again.

The Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women are appalled at the 
hypocritical condemnations of Arab violence by spokespeople for Israel and 
the U.S., two countries which are steeped in violence.  There is a 
difference between the violence of the slave and that of the master.  One 
fights for freedom.  The other to subjugate.

Israeli officials and U.S. media exhibit unmitigated racism in describing 
the deaths of eight Israelis (most of them soldiers) as a barbaric tragedy, 
while minimizing the murders of over one hundred Israeli-Arab and 
Palestinian civilians.

In a war of independence, it often doesn't matter who fires the first 
bullet in a particular battle.  But this current rebellion was clearly 
sparked by rightwing Israeli leader Ariel Sharon's provocative visit to 
Jerusalem accompanied by 1,000 troops. Sharon chose this incendiary action 
to bury the ill-fated peace process in a bid for leadership of the 
rightwing Likud Party.

The Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women support Palestinian statehood 
as a step toward a bilateral socialist, secular state in Palestine, run by 
Arabs and Jews as equals.  For history has taught us that the liberation of 
one oppressed group cannot be won at the expense of another oppressed group.

U.S. out of the Middle East!
Israel out of Gaza and the West Bank!

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LL:DDV: The 80s and 90s greed and reaction sparks new revolt!

2000-10-20 Thread Alison Thorne

Study Group: A Worker's Guide to the 20th Century:
The '80s and 90s - greed and reaction sparks new revolt!

Thursday 26 October @ 7pm
Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Cres, West Brunswick
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LL:DDV: Teacher unionists wine fundraiser

2000-10-20 Thread Alison Thorne

Dear Left Linkers

You are invited to support the NMIT Unionists final fling! Help us soak up 
our legal debts by lapping up some fine wines.

No More Intimidation of Teacher Unionists Campaign Committee was organised 
in April 1997 to assist sacked teacher unionists from Northern Melbourne 
Institute of TAFE in their fight for reinstatement. These activists were 
dismissed because they were effective advocates for workers rights at the 
Institute. Over the past three years we=B9ve held rallies, protests and 
petition drives to protest the discriminitory treatment of union activists 
in the TAFE sector. In 1999 we fought a case in the Victorian Civil and 
Administrative Tribunal to win the reinstatment of one of those teackers, 
Alison Thorne.

Although we did not get Alison re-instated to her teaching position at 
NMIT, because the legal system is stacked against complainants,  we did 
chalk up a few victories for other unionists. Firstly, NMIT management, was 
found by a court to have been discriminatory towards union members at NMIT. 
Secondly, protection against victimisation was extended. An employer cannot 
discriminate against a union member who insists on working to her award or 
industrial agreement - which is now considered to be lawful industrial 
action. And the industrial action does not have to be occurring at the very 
moment of victimisation. Employers cannot act against a union member 
because they took industrial action in the past, or might take it in the 
future. Very useful precedents for future victimised unionists!

Now we=B9re winding up the campaign with a final appeal to help pay off 
legal debts. Your solidarity over the past three years has helped 
us  send  a message to all employers: discrimination is wrong, and will be 
opposed. Together, we will defeat union busting and casualisation.

By purchasing from us you=B9ll get to enjoy wine from many of Australia's 
finest wine-growing areas, just in time for summer. Every bottle purchased 
will help us recoup our legal costs. Your wine will be labelled with our 
own distinctive labels, themselves a talking point! Buy up big for the 
summer. Minimum order 3 bottles, but you can mix and match. Team up with a 
comrade or two and share a dozen! Once again, thanks to all who have 
dedicated their time, money and labour to this important campaign since 1997.

Phone or e-mail for a snail mail copy of the wine order form. To get your 
order form call 03-9386-5065.

The last day for orders is 29 November, but the earlier you reply, the better.

Please help publicises this important solidarity effort by forwaring this 
message to friends, including details in newsletters or requesting bulk 
order forms for inclusion in your organisations' mailouts.

Cheers -  and Solidarity Forever!

Peter Murray
Wine fundraising co-ordinator.

NMIT Unionists Campaign Committee.
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LL:DDV: The 60s and 70s - Freedom Now!

2000-10-16 Thread Alison Thorne

Study Group: A Worker's Guide to the 20th Century:
The '60s and '70s =8B Freedom Now!

Thursday 19 October @ 7pm
Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Cres, West Brunswick
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LL:INFO: A request to LeftLink posters

2000-10-16 Thread Alison Thorne


Dear LeftLink posters

The Freedom Socialist Party values LeftLink greatly as a method of
communication between very diverse left activists and organisations.

We all have a role in ensuring the integrity and accuracy of the information
posted. So, if details of an action any of us post change, we have a
responsibility to post the revised details as soon as the changes happen.

On 7 September Arun P posted a notice of a protest to take place in
Melbourne at 5 pm at the GPO on 13 October. The protest, to coincide with
Refugee Week, was called by Resistance and the Federation of Iraqi Refugees
and Immigrants Council.

The organisers subsequently called the protest off, but did not advise the
list. As a result, some people turned up for the canceled rally.

We all have a responsibility to ensure appropriate follow up messages are
posted. E-mail is a great communication boon, lets all work to make sure it
is reliable.

Thank you.
Alison Thorne
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LL:DDV: Hot war, cold war and irrepressible revolution

2000-10-10 Thread Alison Thorne

Study Group: A Worker's Guide to the 20th Century:
Hot war, cold war and irrepressible revolution

Thursday 12 October @ 7pm
Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Cres, West Brunswick
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LL:DDV: The Dream of Socialism Comes Alive

2000-09-23 Thread Alison Thorne

Study Group:
A Worker's Guide to the 20th Century

The dream of socialism comes alive in Russia

Thursday 28 September   @ 7 pm

Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Cres, West Brunswick

Dinner served at 6.30 pm for a $6 donation

Required reading:

* Peter Murray, "A Worker's Guide the 20th Century Part 1: Amid the carnage
  of World War 1, dream of socialism comes alive in Russia," Freedom
Socialist, Volume 20 # 1, April - June 1999, pages 4 - 5.

Supplementary reading:

* "The 'Plan' for an All-Russian Political Newspaper", V.I. Lenin, What Is
To Be Done?, pages 173 - 195 (Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow
1947).

* "Conclusion", Leon Trotsky, The History of the Russian Revolution, pages
344 - 349 (Pathfinder Press/Anchor Foundation, New York 1980).

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LL:DDV: A Better World's In Birth!

2000-09-17 Thread Alison Thorne

Study Group
A Worker's Guide to the 20th Century

Session # 1, Thursday 21 September, from 7 - 8.45 pm
 From the ashes of the old century, a better world=B9s in birth

Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Cres, West Brunswick
Dinner served at 6.30 pm for a $6 donation

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LL:DDV: Crisis and Leadership

2000-09-04 Thread Alison Thorne

Freedom Socialist Party meeting
Crisis and leadership lessons for today from the explosive '60s
Wednesday 6 September, 7 pm

Come to the kick-off of the Australian campaign to promote the new Red 
Letter Press book, Crisis and Leadership. Written in 1965 by veteran 
socialists, Clara Fraser and Richard Fraser, the work is an amazingly fresh 
discussion of problems that still bedevil freedom fighters today: racism, 
sexism, and lack of democracy, in society broadly and in the movements; how 
each liberation struggle fits in with the others; and what can be done to 
make a lasting difference.

Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Cres, West Brunswick 3055.
Dinner is served at 6.30 pm for a $6 donation.

For more information phone: 03-9386-5065

To order Crisis and Leadership send a cheque payable to FSP for $22.45
($19.95 + $2.50 postage) to PO Box 266 West Brunswick Vic 3055.

Check us out www.socialism.com

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LL:DDV: Marxism and Direct Action

2000-08-04 Thread Alison Thorne

Freedom Socialist Party meeting - Wednesday 9 August, 7 pm

Marxism and direct action - ideas and tactics to fight capitalist
globalisation

The current wave of protest against the ravages of globalisation has 
shattered the myth that everyone is happy or that capitalism is accepted as 
the only possible form of society. Within this exciting movement, those 
influenced by the theory of anarchism try to counterpose organisation, 
discussion and debate with =B3direct action.

The whole movement is in favour of action. But action must be clearly 
thought out, have definite aims and objectives and be coordinated by 
leaders who are democratic and accountable. The ideas of Marxism are a 
precise guide to action.This meeting will discuss the fundamental 
differences between Marxism and anarchism and the history of relations 
between adherents of the two competing ideologies. We will also explore the 
importance of Marxists defending anarchists from State persecution and 
working together in united fronts.

Venue: Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Cres, West Brunswick.
Dinner served at 6.30 pm for a $6 donation.
For more information phone 03-9386-5065

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LL:INFO: Sad day for socialism

2000-08-03 Thread Alison Thorne

Hello Left Linkers

Some of you may personally have met and worked with or know of the 
political work of Canadian Trotskyist, Joe Flexer who died this week on the 
picket line.

Harry Paine, organiser for the Freedom Socialist Party in Winnipeg, is 
hosting a gathering this Friday evening, 3 August to remember Joe and his 
contribution to the working class movement.

If any of you would like to send a message, please e-mail Harry Paine direct.

Yours in solidarity
Alison Thorne
Freedom Socialist Party
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To: Henry Noble [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: Sad day for socialism
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 19:17:56 -0500

Dear Comrades,

This afternoon I received the sad news that Joe Flexer had finally 
succumbed to the heart condition that had plagued him for the last 14 
years. He died where he would have wanted to be more than anywhere else, on 
the picket line. His CAW brothers and sisters at Catapillar Tractor in 
Toronto, went on strike last week and had called him out of retirement to 
lead them in their struggle.

Joe came to revolutionary Marxism in the sixties and had never ceased to be 
in the forefront of workers struggles where ever they took place. He spent 
a number of years living in Isreal after the war of independence where he 
had gone like so many others from the United States to follow the dream 
that this new nation would become the beginning of a new socialist 
paradise. Disillusioned, he returned to the US and quickly came to Marxism. 
He moved to Winnipeg and helped found the first Trotskyist branch here. 
Over the years his expertise on Middle Eastern affairs became renown 
throughout Canada. But first and foremost Joe was a working class militant. 
He was never more brilliant than when he was arguing the case of some 
worker's grievance before the bosses.

The comrades of Socialist Action have suffered a real loss for he was a big 
factor in keeping them on the straight and narrow.

Comradely,
Harry
Freedom Socialist Party
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Winnipeg  Mb  R3G 2A3
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"PRIMERO DEJAR DE SER, QUE DEJAR DE SER REVOLUCIONARIO"

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LL:DDV: Turn to Young People and Women Workers

2000-06-13 Thread Alison Thorne

You are invited to participate in a Freedom Socialist Party sponsored study 
group on Leon Trotsky's Transitional Program for Socialist Revolution.

This week, Thursday 15 June, the topic is:

Turn to Young People and Women Workers

Venue: Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Cres, West Brunswick.
Session 7 pm - 8.30 pm is free.
Dinner is served at 6.15 pm for a $6 donation.
Copies of the Transitional Program are available for $5.

For more information call: 03-9386-5065

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LL::DDV Workers, Farmers and War

2000-05-29 Thread Alison Thorne

You are invited to participate in a Freedom Socialist Party sponsored study 
group on Leon Trotsky's Transitional Program for Socialist Revolution.

This week, Thursday 1 June, the topic is

Workers, Farmers and War

Venue: Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Cres, West Brunswick.
Session 7 pm - 8.30 pm is free.
Dinner is served at 6.15 pm for a $6 donation.
Copies of the Transitional Program are available for $5.

For more information call: 03-9386-5065

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LL:DDV: Overcoming the historical crisis of leadership

2000-05-17 Thread Alison Thorne

Freedom Socialist Party study group =8B Leon Trotsky=B9s Transitional 
Program for Socialist Revolution:

Session # 2: Overcoming the Historical Crisis of Leadership.

Thursday 18 May at 7 pm.

Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Cres, West Brunswick

Dinner served at 6.15 pm for a $6 donation.
Book available for $5. Study group free.

For information call 9386 5065

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LL:DDV: A Tribute to Pat Parker and radical dykes everywhere

2000-05-17 Thread Alison Thorne

Special Radical Women
A tribute to Pat Parker and radical dykes everywhere!
Wednesday 7 June

Pat Parker was a Black revolutionary, feminist, lesbian and poet. Parker,
who died of breast cancer, was an activist and leader in all of the
movements for radical change. To celebrate the 31st anniversary of the
Stonewall riots which sparked the modern gay liberation  movement, Radical
Women will pay tribute to Pat Parker and radical dykes everywhere! Join us
for an evening of inspiring politics, moving poetry and lively discussion
ways to be contemporary feminist rabble rousers!

Dinner is served at 6.15 pm for a $6 donation. Meeting, which is free,
starts at 7 pm. The venue is Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Cres, West
Brunswick. For more information call 93863230.

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LL:DDV: Transitional Program study group starts this Thursday

2000-05-10 Thread Alison Thorne

Weekly Study Group - Leon Trotsky's Transitional Program for Socialist
Revolution - starts this Thursday.

11 May  An introduction to the Transitional Program then and now

18 May  Overcoming the historical crisis of leadership

25 May  Transitional demands for workplace organising

1 June  Workers, farmers and war

8 June  Combining a clear program with flexible tactics

15 June Turn to young people and women workers

Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Crescent, West Brunswick
Between Albion St  Moreland Rd.  Take a 55 Tram from William St, City; Stop
38 is a 5-minute walk

Admission is free.  Dinner served at 6.15 pm for $6 donation. Study group
sessions from 7 - 8.30 pm.
The Transitional Program is available at sessions for $5.00
For information or to obtain the book and study guide, call (03) 9386 5065
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LL:DDV: Dinner to Defend Our Union Delegates

2000-05-01 Thread Alison Thorne

The No More Intimidation of Teacher (NMIT) Unionists Campaign invites you 
to a Dinner to Defend Our Union Delegates

Saturday 3 June at 7 pm
Lebanese House
268 Russell St, Melbourne
$20/$18 concession

€ 3 Course Lebanese Banquet € BYO drinks

Featuring
€ Marcus Banks: a CPSU delegate who is fighting a charge under the
Public Service Code of Conduct simply for defending one of his members!
€ A tribute to Maria Gencarelli: ASU delegate and winner of a landmark
victory after being sacked by Ansett for distribuing an ASU bulletin by
e-mail at work!
€ Marisol Salinas: from the Chilean Popular and Indigenous Network will
perform working class music from Chile.

For pre-sale tickets to sell or to make a booking phone 9386-5065

Bring your cheque book!! There will be a fund pitch!!

Can¹t attend? Your solidarity donation is greatly appreciated and urgently
needed.
Send cheques payable to NMIT Unionists Campaign Committee to PO Box 266 West
Brunswick Vic 3055

Tickets will be on sale at the May Day march from the Freedom Socialist
Party and Radical Women stall or from Alison Thorne or Delia Maxwell. So buy
a ticket or kick in to help clear the debt.

Background:
In 1997, Alison Thorne, a leader of the local AEU branch at Northern
Melbourne Institute of TAFE and two fellow unionists were retrenched in the
middle of a bitter industrial dispute and replaced by low paid casual staff.
The branch stopped work, branded the action a union busting provocation and
established the NMIT Unionists Campaign Committee. The case ended up before
the Discrimination Panel of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals
Tribunal. The  ruling criticised NMIT for discriminating against unionists
and set an important precendent for all workers by expanding the definition
of protected industrial activity. The dogged resistence of the NMIT
Unionists Campaign sent a powerful message to management that a group of
workers were prepared to stand up to the ongoing harassment and
intimidation. The NMIT Unionists Campaign Committee is very proud of this
achievement. But, there is still a hefty legal bill to pay. You are invited
to celebrate the achivements of this struggle and help clear the debt at
this last ever function hosted by NMIT Unionists Campaign Committee. Be
there!


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Transitional Program Study Group

2000-03-13 Thread Alison Thorne

Weekly Study Group - Leon Trotsky's Transitional Program for Socialist 
Revolution.

Russian revolutionary leader, Leon Trotsky wrote the Transitional Program 
in 1938. It has as much to teach contemporary activists for radical change 
as it did socialists on the eve of World War Two. The key question Trotsky 
deals with in the Transitional Program is how to bridge the gap between the 
overripe historical conditions and the relative weakness of revolutionary 
working class leadership. Sixty years on, this gap is still a critical 
obstacle to lasting social change. According to Trotsky, the solution to 
the problem is to mobilise people by raising demands which address their 
immediate needs while exposing the root cause of misery =8B the inability 
of capitalism to fulfill those needs. If you also hunger for a better world 
and want to discuss ways to build one, join us for a lively discussion. 
Participants will study Trotsky's classic work, and contemporary documents 
which apply the approach he advocated, including socialist electoral 
platforms and the Radical Women Manifesto.

11 May - 15 June, Thursday nights from 7 - 8.30 pm

11 May  An introduction to the Transitional Program then and now

18 May  Overcoming the historical crisis of leadership

25 May  Transitional demands for workplace organising

1 June  Workers, farmers and war

8 June  Combining a clear program with flexible tactics

15 June Turn to young people and women workers

Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Crescent, West Brunswick
Between Albion St  Moreland Rd.  Take a 55 Tram from William St, City; Stop
38 is a 5-minute walk

Admission is free.  Dinner served at 6.15 pm for $6 donation
The Transitional Program is available at sessions for $7.00
For information or to obtain the book and study guide, call (03) 9386 5065
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LL:DDV Working class feminist IWD tribute

2000-01-28 Thread Alison Thorne

The Victorian Women's Caucus of the Progressive Labour Party presents

A International Women's Day tribute to working class heroines of the 20th
century from working class leaders of the 21st century.

When: Wednesday 8 March, 7 pm

Where: Lebanese House, 268 Russell Street, Melbourne

Delicious Lebanese meal
Cost: $20/ $14 concession
BYO drinks

Booking by Thursday 2 March is essential. Phone Alison on 03-9386-5065 or
[EMAIL PROTECTED]
PLP members can book with their women's officer or branch secretary at their
1 March 2000 branch meeting.

People of all genders who support working class feminism are welcome!
Join us for an inspiring and fun evening.

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LL:DDV: Exciting international guest

2000-01-23 Thread Alison Thorne


Hello Leftlinkers

Can you help spread the word about this exciting visit by Will Roscoe?

His work makes a very important contribution to socialist feminism.

Thanks
Alison Thorne

Freedom Socialist Party  Radical Women
News release

Date:   23 January 2000

From:   Freedom Socialist Party  Radical Women
PO Box 266
West Brunswick 3055

For more information:   Alison Thorne, Freedom Socialist Party, 03-9386-5065
Debbie Brennan, Radical Women, 03-9386-3230

For release:Immediately
Do not use after:   19 February 2000

Visiting Queer Historian to Speak on
Native American Women Leaders

U.S gay activist and award winning author, Will Roscoe, will visit Australia
in February 2000 when he will speak on 19 February at a special event hosted
by the Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women. The Way We Were, The Way
We Can Be will feature the slide show Woman Warrior/Woman Chief: The
Two-Spirit Women and Their Sisters.

Will Roscoe has been active in the gay liberation movement since 1975, when
he helped found Lambda, the first Gay and Lesbian organisation in Montana.
In 1977 he coordinated the Gay People's Alliance at the University of Oregon
and spearheaded the formation of the Oregon Gay Alliance, a statewide
coalition of Gay and Lesbian groups. In 1978 he served as voter registration
coordinator for the "No on 6" Campaign in San Francisco, registering over
10,000 new voters. Proposition 6, a citizen initiated referendum
orchestrated by Republican Senator John Briggs, was ultimately defeated. But
if it had been carried, it would have stopped homosexuals from being
employed in any capacity in the Californian school system.

In 1979 Will Roscoe attended the first radical faerie gathering in Arizona
where he met veteran gay liberationist, Harry Hay. He was influenced by Hay
and later edited a collection of his writings, Radically Gay: Gay Liberation
in the Words of Its Founder. Hay sparked Roscoe's interest in studying the
social role and status of cross-dressing berdache in Native American
communities. During the '50s and '60s, Hay had studied the American Indian
berdache role and came to view it as an example of a socially approved
pattern of sex and gender variance that allowed individuals to make a unique
contribution to their communities. In the '60s Hay interrupted this research
and shifted his energies to political organising in support of the
burgeoning radical Native American movement. But it was Hay's early research
and encouragement which prompted Will Roscoe to begin his own study of
alternative gender roles.

Roscoe became internationally known after publishing his book, The Zuni-Man
Woman. The book focuses on the life of We'wha, who is perhaps the most
famous berdache in American history. Through telling We-wha's story, Roscoe
creates a vivid picture of an alternative gender role whose history has been
hidden and almost forgotten. Roscoe also examines Zuni concepts of gender
and sexuality and describes the unique role and high status of berdache in
Pueblo culture. He characterises the berdache as neither male nor female,
but as a distinct third gender. The Zuni Man-Woman won the 1991 Margaret
Mead Award of the American Anthropological Association and a Lambda Literary
Award.

In 1984 Roscoe began seeking out Native Americans who might share his
interest in berdaches and respond to his work. He met activists from Gay
American Indians at a political rally and began collaborating. In 1984,
under the direction of the Board of Gay American Indians, he coordinated the
Gay American Indian History Project and helped edit the subsequent book,
Living the Spirit: A Gay American Indian Anthology. He also began to look
for ways to make his research accountable to the Zunis and in 1987 he
received permission from the Zuni Tribal Council to give an illustrated
lecture in the village and at Zuni High School.

Will Roscoe has written a number of subsequent books on gender and his work
is ground breaking. Gender diversity, in the form of third and fourth gender
roles, is one of the most common and least understood features of Native
North America. Such roles have been documented in over 150 tribes throughout
the continent. Widely accepted, often considered holy, berdaches, as they
have been termed, combine the work and social roles of men and women along
with traits unique to their states.

In Will Roscoe's most recent book Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in
Native North America, he carefully reconstructs the place of these roles in
traditional tribal cultures and traces their history up to the present. The
result is a strikingly different view of native North America. Before the
arrival of Europeans, marriages between berdaches and non-berdache members
of the same sex were common place, and individuals sometimes changed th

LL:DDV: Melbourne Mumia meeting

2000-01-03 Thread Alison Thorne

The next meeting of the Melbourne Millions for Mumia Committee will take
place on

Thursday 6 January @ 6 pm
Venue: Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Cres, West Brunswick

The agenda will include:

* 12 January International Free Mumia Delegation to Washington DC
* Future plans

All welcome

LL.VA

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LL:DDV: FSP meeting - WTO Sent Packing!

2000-01-01 Thread Alison Thorne

Freedom Socialist Party Meeting
WTO sent packing! Mass protests in Seattle a "teach-in" on the nature of 
capitalism
Thursday 27 January 2000 @ 7 pm

What a way to ring out the old millennium! The huge demonstrations against 
the World Trade Organisation herald a thrilling new era of solidarity. Join 
us for a report and discussion about the role of the WTO, the character of 
the protest tidal wave in Seattle and the lasting solution to capitalist 
globalisation. All welcome.

Dinner will be served before the meeting at 6.15 pm for a  $6 donation.
Venue: Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Cres,
West Brunswick.

For more information call: 03-9386-5065

LL.VA

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LL:DDV: Melbourne Mumia Emergency Meeting

1999-10-19 Thread Alison Thorne

Hello all on the Mumia list and Left Link

There is a Melbourne Emergency Mumia meeting at 6 pm on Wednesday 27 
October at Comrades Bar, Swanston St, Melbourne.

This meeting is to organise a Melbourne rally at noon, Saturday 13 November 
at the GPO.

Govenor Ridge has signed Mumia's death warrant for 2 December. This is URGENT.

Be there!

Alison Thorne
for Melbourne Millions for Mumia Worldwide Committee

LL.VK

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LL:AA: Urgent Mumia Emergency Rally Proposal

1999-10-16 Thread Alison Thorne

Hello all on the Melbourne Mumia list and Left Link

It is time for some urgent coordinated action in Melbourne to build the 
movement to stop the execution of Mumia.

The Freedom Socialist Party proposes that we hold a united front Emergency 
Stop the Execution rally in Melbourne.

Given the Mumia solidarity movement is not as big and well developed 
locally as it is in the U.S., we propose that a little lead time is 
required to build it. But we don't have much time!

Proposed date: Saturday 13 November at noon.

Proposed venue: GPO

Proposed action: Speak out style protest rally with union movement and 
Aboriginal movement speakers. That we leaflet shoppers and ask people top 
sign a stop the execution petition. Also, that we aim to get media 
coverage, including in the U.S.

We would like to work with others to organise this using the Melbourne 
Millions for Mumia Worldwide name and listing other organisational and 
individual endorsers.

We're doing a mailout this weekend and will include a rally announcement in 
it if we know that others agree with the  thrust of this proposal.. Given 
the gravity of the situation, we don't want to see several tiny and 
ineffectual protests when, with a little coordination, the left could work 
together and do a good job.

Get back to us right away with opinions, endorsements etc. We especially 
need to know RIGHT NOW if any other groups have already started organising 
something. If they have, speak out now and we can all put our efforts 
behind any organising which has already commenced.

Yours in solidarity
Alison Thorne
Melbourne Freedom Socialist Party Organiser
Ph: 03-9386-5065

PS: What about LeftLinkers in other states organising an action on the same
day? Let us know about what's happening in your city.
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October 13, 1999

Gov. Ridge has signed the death warrant for Mumia Abu-Jamal.  His
execution date is set for December 2.  There will be demonstrations
across the country on Thursday, October 14.  There will be regional
demonstrations in Philadelphia and San Francisco on Saturday, October
16.

Stop the Execution!

THE SCENARIO
The death warrant has been signed!
(1) local demonstrations Thursday, Oct. 14
(2) Saturday, Oct. 16:  regional demonstrations
in Philadelphia and San Francisco

Thursday, October 14
Check the Mumia web pages for demonstrations going on across the
country.
www.mumia.org
www.peoplescampaign.org
www.iacenter.org

In New York City, Thursday, October 14
(1) The next business day, gather in front of the PBA, 40 Fulton St., 1-2
pm; at 2 pm, march to Times Square; at 4:30 pm, demonstrate in Times
Square.
(2) Saturday, travel to Philadelphia.  Call for bus info.

Saturday, October 16
Philadelphia Regional Protest is assembling at Pennsylvania
State Office Building at Broad and Spring Garden Streets, 11 am.
For Philadelphia information: International Concerned Family and
Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal: 215-476-8812.
For NYC and national bus information, call the IAC at 212-633-6646 or
email [EMAIL PROTECTED], or call the Free Mumia Coalition hotline at
212-330-8029.

Saturday, October 16
San Francisco: regional march and rally on Saturday, October 16
assembling at Powell and Market. Call: The Mobilization to Free Mumia
Abu-Jamal: 415-695-7745.

Stay in Touch!  For more information, contact
In Philadelphia, call International Concerned Family and Friends at 215-
476-8812.  In New York City, call the IAC at 212-633-6646 or email
[EMAIL PROTECTED], or call the Free Mumia Coalition hotline at 212-
330-8029.

National Peoples Campaign/Millions for Mumia
39 West 14th Street, #206
New York, NY 10011
212 633-6646 212 633-2889 FAX
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LL:DDV: NMIT Unionists Presents The Turn To Turn The Tide

1999-10-13 Thread Alison Thorne

No More Intimidation of Teacher Unionists presents:

The Turn to Turn The Tide
* Cheer our achievements
* Jeer the legal obstacles
* Fill our coffers

Featuring:
* Maureen Daly, solicitor for Alison Thorne's discrimination case;
* Carlo Carli, MHR for Coburg;
* Alison Thorne, anti-discrimination campaigner;
* Plus suprise solidarity performances!!

* Garden party from 4 pm * Program at 6 pm and 8 pm * Dancing from 9 pm *
Delicious finger food served all evening

Saturday 20 November, 20 Lowther St, Alphington
(Melways map 31, B11. Just 3 minutes from Alphington station)

$20 or $10 and bring a plate.
BYO drinks plus cash or your cheque book!

For more information called Delia on 9497-1496.

Support us, but can't attend? Send cheques payable to NMIT Unionists, to PO
Box 266 West Brunswick 3055. Your solidarity will be deeply appreciated!


Decisions in Unionists case set important precedent:
Definition of industrial activity significantly broadened

On 25 August a decision in the Equal Opportunity case of Alison Thorne was
handed down. In that decision Ms Francis Millane, a member of the Equal
Opportunity Panel of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal
(VCAT) held that industrial activity "includes the activity of compliance
with the Award".

She also held that industrial activity includes past industrial activity and
anticipated future activity. This means that employees cannot be treated in
a discriminatory manner by their employer because they took industrial
action in the past or propose to do so in the future. An employer can no
longer argue that discrimination against active unionists is lawful because
they do not happen to be engaging in industrial activity at the precise
moment they are treated unfairly.

Ms Millane found this even though she was unable to find that Ms Thorne's
treatment was unlawful discrimination, and therefore dismissed her
complaint.

Alison, the local Australian Education Union (AEU) branch President and a
teacher of twenty years standing, was dismissed from her full time position
at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) on April 11 1997. She alleged
that when it retrenched her, NMIT management discriminated unlawfully
because of her industrial and political activities. She and two other active
unionists were sacked on the grounds of alleged excess, while management
employed=  poorly-paid casual teachers to front classes formerly provided by
the stood-down permanent staff. Other active unionists in her department
were demoted=  or only offered part time work.

NMIT Management acted to discriminate.

Significantly, the Tribunal also found that "In Brian McDonald's
case...whilst he asserted that the staff were all entitled to participate in
lawful industrial activity and to work in accordance with their award
conditions, he nevertheless acted in ways which appeared to be detrimental
to their interests". McDonald, she found, "is overtly hostile to the union
and staff who insist on their award conditions and, in the past, he has
acted to discriminate against those staff." McDonald's attitude, "indicates
the existence of an industrial environment in which the  staff might
properly question the bona fides of any action impacting on active
unionists."

Responding to the decision Ms Thorne said: "Naturally I'm disappointed. We
had to prove that a selection committee comprising management appointees was
influenced by the well known anti-union attitutdes of their boss. The
limitations of the law and difficulty of finding this hard evidence meant we
could not prove that the discrimination in this instance was unlawful.
However, I am delighted that by taking this case we exposed the climate of
discrimination and the hostility towards unionists by the management at
NMIT. It's a vindication of  every active union member at the Institute who
lives in fear of being terminated because of their involvement."

Thorne continued: "nothing in the Tribunal's ruling contradicts the basic
assertion that I was unfairly dismissed. However, as the Tribunal puts it:
"What might be unfair in an industrial setting and jurisdiction is not
necessarily helpful in determining discrimination under the Act."

Turning to the Equal Opportunity Act itself, Alison called for it to be
amended to reverse the burden of proof "so that those in positions of power
can not hide behind a wall of silence in the knowledge that the victim of
their unlawful discrimination is highly unlikely to obtain enough evidence
to substantiate the complaint."

Help fill the coffers.

The No More Intimidation of Teacher Unionists Campaign Committee is proud of
the achievements it has won for all working people. Alison said: "Our fight
and the way we have conducted it will make it more difficult for NMIT
management to discriminate against unionists and a little easier for any
worker who is discriminated against because of their union

LL: DDV: A Rebels Guide to the Communist Manifesto

1999-07-25 Thread Alison Thorne

Victorian Left Linkers are invited to participate in a

6 Week Study Group
Mondays, September 20 - October 29 from 7 pm - 8.30 pm

A Rebel's Guide to the Communist Manifesto

Take part in a fascinating discussion group on Karl Marx's classic hand 
book, still relevant 150 years after it was first published. Learn the 
surest way out of the economic and political mess the world is in.

Venue is Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Cres, West Brunswick.

Dinner served at 6.30 pm for a $6 donation.

Take a 55 tram from William Street and get off at stop 38.

Jointly sponsored by the Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women. For 
more information call Ian on 03-9386-3230.

LL.VI

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LL:INFO:Thorne VS Northern TAFE

1999-05-23 Thread Alison Thorne


The case of Alison Thorne versus Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE has
been adjourned until Monday 21 June when the hearing will recommence for a
further five days.

The case is being heard by tribunal member, Ms Fran Millane, from the
Anti-Discrimination Panel of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals
Tribunal.

At the end of the first four days of hearings, the presentation of the
complainant's [Alison] case alleging unlawful discrimination on the grounds
of industrial activity is almost complete.

Left Linkers can support the case in numerous ways:

[1] Show your interest by attending court. Hearing commence at 10 am from 21
- 25 June on the 6th floor of 55 King Street.

[2] Help publicise the case. If you have any offers or leads please contact
the campaign publicity coordinator Peter Murray on 9386-5065 or
[EMAIL PROTECTED]

[3] Help with fund raising. The No More Intimidation of Teacher Unionists
Campaign has just launched a "guessing competition". If you'd like to sell
tickets @ $2 each or 3 for $5 please e-mail requesting tickets. 

There are great prizes for the SELLERS as well as the buyers of winning
tickets!

[4] Send a donation! Make cheques payable to NMIT Unionists Campaign
Committee.

The NMIT Unionists Campaign is also supporting the case of Barbara Morgan,
the former AEU sub-branch secretary whose contract was not renewed in the
middle of an industrial dispute. Barbara's hearing is currently scheduled to
commence on Tuesday 1 June.

No More Intimidation of Teacher Unionists Campaign Committee
PO Box 266 West Brunswick Vic 3055

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LL:AA: URGENT - Looking for Raymond Clancy

1999-05-13 Thread Alison Thorne

Hello Leftlinkers

My case comes up before the discrimination panel of the Victorian Civil and
Administrative Appeals Tribunal starting next Monday 17 May [come to court
if you can, from 10 am at 55 King Street, Melbourne!].

I URGENTLY need to find Raymond Clancy.

Can anyone help?

Raymond was the elected student representative on the college council at
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE [NMIT].

He made a vital affidavit in 1997. But he has moved and I don't know how to
get in touch with him.

Raymond was a union organiser before he was at NMIT -- I think he may have
been with the ASU.

The last info I got about Raymond's whereabouts was a couple of months ago
from the Victorian TAFE Students and Apprentices Network  which said: "He is
currently working in a Youth homeless place in the city, somewhere in
Flinders Lane or up that end of town."

So if any of you know anything about Raymond's whereabouts please advise by
return e-mail.

You can ask him to ring me on 9386-5065 or 0411586435.

Thank you comrade LeftLinkers!!

Yours in solidarity
Alison Thorne
for the No More Intimidation of Teacher Unionists Campaign Committee



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LL:DDV: Fighting Workplace Discrimination

1999-04-28 Thread Alison Thorne

Special Freedom Socialist Party Meeting, 18 May 1999 
Lessons from a Proud History of Fighting Workplace Discrimination 

Freedom Socialist Party members are veterans when it comes to organising
against victimisation and harassment on the job. Debbie Brennan, who has
two decades experience as a teacher unionist, will use examples from both
Australian and international cases to focus on the practical lessons from
these struggles.

Cases she will discuss include:
* the battle of Clara Fraser, a socialist feminist fire brand who won an 8
year political discrimination case; 
* the victory of Merle Woo, an Asian-American lesbian teacher who twice beat
the University of California; 
* the campaign for the right of Sandy Nelson to be an openly radical
journalist; 
* the precedent-setting case of Alison Thorne who won reinstatement to a
teaching position after being victimised because of her gay rights activism.


The meeting will also include a report about the current battle by the NMIT
Unionists Campaign Committee to curb discrimination against unionists by the
management of Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, which goes to court on
17 May. Hear an assessment of progress and court room highlights at the end
of day two! All welcome.

Dinner will be served at 6.30 pm for a $5 donation; the meeting starts at
7pm. Venue is 1 Appleby Cres, West Brunswick Vic 3055. For more information
phone 03-9386-5065.

LL.VE

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LL DDV: New Opportunitites for the Left

1999-04-27 Thread Alison Thorne


The Democratic Socialist Party, Freedom Socialist Party, Progressive 
Labour Party and Australian supporters of the Fourth International 
invite all LeftLinkers to a public meeting:  

NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE LEFT
Speaker: Adam Novak, editor of "International Viewpoint"
"International Viewpoint" is a well-respected socialist news analysis
magazine published in Paris under the auspices of the United 
Secretariat of
the Fourth International. 

Thursday 29 April @ 7.30 pm
Resistance Centre
14 Anthony Street, Melbourne

Plenty of time for discussion. Refreshments available

For more information phone John Tully on 9314-0559


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LL: DDV Millions for Mumia Meetings

1999-03-19 Thread Alison Thorne


Support is building in Melbourne for a rally being organised on Saturday 24
April, 1 pm at the GPO by the Millions for Mumia World Wide Steering
Committee.

The rally -- part of a world-wide movement to prevent the execution 
in the US of framed up Black radica,l Mumia Abu-Jamal -- raises three 
key demands: Stop the Execution! Free Mumia! Abolish the Racist Death 
Penalty!  

Mumia's "crime" is not the act of murder but the advocacy of 
revolution. A former Black Panther leader who was never bought off by 
the establishment nor demoralised and disoriented, he maintains his 
radical principles as a respected journalist.  

All can take inspiration from Mumia himself. In a statement released 
after the October 98 decision to deny his appeal, he concluded: "A 
court cannot make an innocent man guilty. Any ruling founded on 
injustice is not justice. The rigteous fight for life, liberty and 
for justice can only continue".  

Get involved!  Campaign meetings take place on:

Thursday 25 March
Thursday 8 April
Thursday 22 April
Thursday 6 May

All meetings start at 6.30 pm, Meeting Room 1, Building 12 [enter 
through level 4, Building 8], RMIT Higher Education City Campus.  

EVERYONE IS MOST WELCOME.

And watch out for opportunities where you can find out more about the fight
to save Mumia

* Wednesday 21 March, Special Freedom Socialist Party meeting: The Fight to
Free Political Prisoners Yesterday and Today. Dinner at 6.30 pm, meeting at
7 pm @ Solidarity Salon, 1 Appleby Cres, West Brunswick.

And in April

* Mumia film night at Barricade Bookshop
* Meetings on campuses including Monash and Latrobe.

Alison Thorne
Freedom Socialist Party


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