Sunday, April 29, 2012

The stink of corruption


The stink of corruption hangs around the political elite. Can you smell it? Banksy's lies over donations. The dirty deals made by Banks and Key with SkyCity. The ACC scandal. Every year a new revelation of John Key using his political position to bolster his prortfolio.

Let's kick 'em while they're down. Turn up the heat on the streets. Let's wipe the grins off the faces of the Epsom mafioso.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Return of the Street.

 3 News Here.   Stuff news Here.  One "News" Here.

You know a demonstration is going to be big when you get the message to come from multiple sources- facebook invites, viral videos, mass txts, guerrilla street postering and the old trusty leaflet handed to you by a human being, staffing a campaign stall at a rugby match or outside a transport hub weeks before the event.   When the Facebook clicktivists meet the new urban street revolutionaries.

You know a demonstration is going to be big when the List of Endorsers starts to take up space that makes your paragraph look too big- and starts to include not only the biggest trade unions and the major political parties of the Left, but also those primary extra parliamentary campaigning organisations and movements who actually provide the bulk of activist muscle to mobilise bodies on the street.

And on the glorious day- you know a demonstration is going to be big when you see young kids holding their homemade placards, skipping alongside their mums, dads and older brothers and sisters, streets away from the assembly point.

As one of the organising crew for A28- that Saturday in Auckland on April 28th 2012, where between eight and ten thousand people poured out from their homes and occupied Queen Street for over three hours, I would like to salute the band of Spartan warriors, the bold 300, who helped mobilise their 8,000 plus brothers and sisters.

 First, I would like to thank the movements- first amongst them to the band of warrior women who led our Hikoi in Auckland- Marion Peka, Lisa Gibson, Sue Henry, Yvonne Dainty, Josephine Bartley and the state housing tenants of Glen Innes, on the frontline of state asset theft as they face eviction from their homes. I would like to thank Mike Smith, Tracey Clark and the Hikoi against Asset Sales, to Steve Abel and the crew at Greenpeace, to Gary Parsloe and all the affiliates at Unions Auckland, to Helen Kelly and Syd Keepa from the Council of Trade Unions, and to the insurgents of the Mana Movement, led by Hone Harawira, John Minto, Annette Sykes, Sue Bradford and comrades.

The mobilisation by Labour, Greens, Mana and NZ First of their membership was also strong- party branches, activists and members were emailed and phoned, banners and placards were strong and colourful, and the attendance of three of the four parties leaders on the day as speakers- David Shearer, Russel Norman and Hone, augers well for a return to mass protest politics in New Zealand if National continues with its policy of mass asset sales.  As the Socialist Aotearoa placard said- "What Parliament Does, the Streets can Undo", and what the parliamentary left might lack in seats, it can mobilise far more on the streets. If David, Russel, Winston and Hone decide to publicly push for the next Aotearoa is Not for Sale demonstration in the weeks before the date of action, then there is no reason why the numbers mobilised from their support and membership should not be significantly higher.  On a personal note, I'd like to thank Labour MP Phil Twyford for being one of the first to help build this coalition into the broad united front we know is needed to bring this rotten government down.

But finally, I would like to thank the actual members and activists of the Aotearoa is Not for Sale movement.  The first inaugural meeting at Unite union saw people standing in the corridors, as people from Occupy, Global Peace and Justice Auckland, Socialist Aotearoa, We are the University, the trade union left and the Tino Rangatiratanga movement were joined by a new wave of ordinary people who are being politicised by National's relentless assault on New Zealand's society.  It was these guys who went out night after night, postering in the rain.  It was these guys who went out, weekend after weekend, to the markets of Avondale and Otara, or leafletted the gigs and rugby matches.  Penny Bright's banners, Malcolm France's motorway banner drops, Chris Glen's facebook posters, Redstar's viral videos, Mike Treen and Tobi's sound systems, Linda Miller's website, Omar Hamed and Bomber Bradbury's tireless blogging,  Sian Robertson, Julia Espinoza and Miriam Pierard's presence and facilitation.  This core of grassroot activists continued to push this issue strong when sectarians and some pessimistic reformists predicted failure and embarrasment.  The future of street politics, the future of the Left, and the future for the battle for Social Justice in Aotearoa, in every town and city, will be shaped by the hard work and dedication of people like this newly emerging activist cadre- the Shanes and the Morgans, the Mailas and the Jaxs, the Nicos and the Terris who are usually written out of history.  Hundreds more people have now joined them, as the Aotearoa is Not for Sale campaign becomes not only a United Front, but a Movement in its own right.

Fairfax media, that right wing propaganda machine, reckons that over 8,000 people marched.   3 News claims that the demo was the biggest Auckland has seen since 2010's Mining March.  And this is only the beginning of the Resistance- the Government has yet to decide the where and when of it's next move.  When it does, the Movement will hit the streets again, in even bigger numbers.

Because what Parliament Does,
The Streets Can Undo.

Joe Carolan, personal capacity.
Aotearoa is Not for Sale campaign committee.

 some of the hardworking and dedicated ANFS organising committee. 

some of the organisations which endorsed the ANFS Campaign

  The Red Bloc!

It's Ours, Not Yours!
  What Parliament Does, the Streets Can Undo!
 the Warrior Women of Glen Innes- on the frontline of Asset Sales, leading the Hikoi


pictures- thanks to Katarina Tamaki, Josephine Bartley and many others.


Friday, April 27, 2012

What Parliament Does, The Streets Will Undo

What Parliament Does, The Streets Will Undo 

Media Release
Socialist Aotearoa
11.45am 28/04/2012

Socialist Aotearoa will join with other concerned Aucklanders today at 3pm on Queen Street to voice our opposition to the privatisation and commercialisation of New Zealand.

 "From teachers marching against charter schools and tangata whenua fighting deep sea oil drilling, from Grey Power members opposing asset sales to university students concerned about tertiary education, today is about uniting the fight against the National Government," said Socialist Aotearoa spokesperson Joe Carolan.

"Workers are under attack across the country as the Government and multi-national corporations conspire together to screw down wages and conditions for everyone from actors and nurses to meat workers and wharfies. We need to stand together to fight back," continued Mr. Carolan.

 This Government has gone mad on the smell of the free market. More pokies in SkyCity, more oil drilling, prisons for profit, secret trade agreements that give away our sovereignty are all symptoms of the illness of casino capitalism in Aotearoa. This Government is attacking the working class and destroying our environment so the global 1% can make more money."

 "On the West Coast of the South Island the body of a seventeen year old boy lies in the rubble of an unsafe mine. We march for him. In Christchurch working people are living in garages and in caravan parks. We march for them. On the East Cape are communities who are resisting the pollution of their coast and kaimoana. We march for them. On the ports of Auckland wharfies work not knowing whether they will have a secure job come Christmas. We march with them. Up and down this country are people who genuinely will not be able to afford the higher, electricity prices that will come with privatisation. We march with them."

"We are marching today with all those people who believe that our Government has become the servants of multi-national corporations and does not represent the majority of working people in Aotearoa."

"Our message to John Key is that Aotearoa is Not for Sale. What Parliament does, the streets will undo," concluded Mr. Carolan.

 ENDS

Socialist Aotearoa spokesperson Joe Carolan is available for comment on 029 455 5702

Quebec to Aotearoa


From the Quebec student strike to the resistance to asset sales. We will be discussing how to fight neo-liberalism in 2012.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Building the resistance after A28


As the Aotearoa is Not for Sale hikoi winds across the North Island we need to keep building the resistance to privatisation of state assets, attacks on workers' rights, deep sea oil drilling and mining conservation land.

The fightback in Aotearoa links locked out meat workers with conservationists, tangata whenua with trade unions, revolutionaries with centre leftists, state house tenants with rural schools and Grey Power with students. This is a fight for all of us against the National Party. The movement started small but is quickly growing. People are taking the initiative to organise actions in provincial towns and on campuses around the country. It's a good start.

We can stop the asset sales, TPPA, oil drilling and farm sales but we are going to need more united action,

• Combined union stopwork protest meetings should be held over Winter to organise and back the Grey Power, Labour and Green Party plan to lead a petition campaign to call for a referendum on asset sales.
• Plans for mass civil disobedience actions at farms/power stations/power companies on the auction block. 
• More people out in the streets raising public awareness through stencils, street art, pasting posters and running stalls. 
• We need Greens, Mana and Labour to unite to take the message that Aotearoa is Not for Sale out to the cities, suburbs and provincial heartland with public meetings around the country. 

From the Crafar farms sell out to John Key's deal with the devil over pokies at SkyCity this country is being transformed into an evil paradise for trans-national corporations day-by-day.

If the Nats are confronted by well-organised campaigns, massive public opposition and civil disobedience they can be beaten.

Between 2008-12 the left scored some remarkable victories; the halt to mining on conservation land, the backdown over ACC privatisation, derailing National Standards and stopping Len Brown from sacking 300 wharfies.

Some union leaders, organisations and MPs are doing a fantastic job fighting the Nats. Some are not doing nearly enough. If union leaders and left MPs aren't doing their job to fight the Government's attacks on workers and our country they need to go. The AFFCO fiasco shows we cannot tolerate incompetence and ineptitude in the union movement anymore.

The left must get organised now to confront privatisation by building a popular movement of resistance.

If the left and unions can't win in the streets now, we won't win at the polls in 2014.

-Socialist Aotearoa


--------------Get organised---------------


• Join Socialist Aotearoa email: aksocialistaotearoa@gmail.com 
• Join Aotearoa is Not for Sale online here
• Get your organisation, union, community group to endorse Aotearoa is Not for Sale email: joseph@unite.org.nz
• Set up an Aotearoa is Not for Sale group in your community, school, campus or union.

NZ SuperFund's poisonous portfolio




The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has $227,049 invested in GenCorp Inc, a corporation which is a leading manufacturer of depleted uranium weapons for the US military.

Over the last week Independent journalist Robert Fisk is currently in Fallujah, Iraq reporting on the horrible birth deformities which have been caused by the use of depleted uranium weapons in the city in 2004.

In his first report Robert Fisk brought us the story of one baby, Sayef, born with deformities in Fallujah,
For little Sayef, there will be no Arab Spring. He lies, just 14 months old, on a small red blanket cushioned by a cheap mattress on the floor, occasionally crying, his head twice the size it should be, blind and paralysed. Sayeffedin Abdulaziz Mohamed – his full name – has a kind face in his outsized head and they say he smiles when other children visit and when Iraqi families and neighbours come into the room. But he will never know the history of the world around him, never enjoy the freedoms of a new Middle East. He can move only his hands and take only bottled milk because he cannot swallow. He is already almost too heavy for his father to carry. He lives in a prison whose doors will remain forever closed.
In his second report Fisk visited Fallujah General Hospital and met with medical professionals dealing with the radioactive fallout of the US seige of Fallujah.
But the photographs are a damning, ghastly reward for such doubts. January 7, 2010: a baby with faded, yellow skin and misshapen arms. April 26, 2010: a grey mass on the side of the baby's head. A doctor beside me speaks of "Tetralogy of Fallot", a transposition of the great blood vessels. May 3, 2010: a frog-like creature in which – the Fallujah doctor who came into the room says this – "all the abdominal organs are trying to get outside the body."
In his third report Fisk details the "Know nothing. See nothing. Say nothing." attitude of the US and UK Governments.
It's the same again in Fallujah today. The doctors talk of a massive increase in child birth deformities. The Americans used phosphorous munitions – possibly also depleted uranium (DU) – in the 2004 battles of Fallujah. Everyone in Fallujah knows about these deformities. Reporters have seen these children and reported on them. But it's know nothing, see nothing, say nothing. Neither the Iraqi government nor the US government nor the British will utter a squeak about Fallujah. Even when I found in the Balkans a 12-year-old Serb girl with internal bleeding, constant vomiting and nails that repeatedly fell out of her hands and feet – she had handled the shrapnel of depleted uranium munitions after a Nato air strike near Sarajevo in 1995 – Nato refused to respond to my offer to take a military doctor to see her.
In 2010 Socialist Aotearoa joined the wave of outrage that swept the world when an epidemiological survey showed that atomic genetic damage and birth deformalities in Fallujah is worse than it was in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Our report Fallujah - A poisoned city noted,
The destruction of Fallujah, once an ancient university town, now a radioactive, bombed out, corrupt, open air prison gives a chilling vision of what happens when the US military decides to punish a population for resisting occupation. Fallujah is the archetypal dystopian city brought into existence by US imperialism.
The children of Fallujah need justice. We can help the families of Iraq by campaigning for our SuperFund to divest from GenCorp, which manufactures these nuclear weapons.

-Socialist Aotearoa

The Maple Spring


Student groups have held demonstrations in Montreal and across Canada every day since an indefinite strike was declared in February 2012 against government plans to increase tuition fees by 75 per cent. The media and government have attempted to divide them, the police have attacked them but the strike wave continues.

There has been solidarity from students on campuses across Canada, the Canadian Federation of Students and the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Tactics have included shutting down the universities, occupying banks, blockading corporate offices and powerful street mobilisations.

On the 22nd of March 2012 (with numbers of over 200,000) Canada saw its largest demonstration since the 2003 protest that stopped Canada from entering the Iraq War.

The sheer size of the strike is already building broader movements, from April 22nd Earth Day protests to May Day workers protests. Some are calling the movement “printemps √©rable” – which translates as “Maple Spring”. Police have been on the offensive; using chemical weapons, rubber bullets, horses, batons, shields and full body armour to execute their attacks. On the 11th April 2012 Montreal police dispersed a sizable blockade at the Banque Nationale Tower using chemical weapons. In Quebec City, protestors occupied a CIBC bank near the National Assembly. However when police entered to forcibly remove them, the group merely crossed the street and occupied a Banque Nationale Branch.

On the 26th of April a day of demonstrations and a night of rioting saw bank windows smashed, corporate offices blockaded, three police hospitalised, a police station severely damaged and 85 people arrested. The violence erupted after negotiations between students and the authorities broke down again. The Quebec government has since banned C.L.A.S.S.E (one of the student groups) from negotiations for breaching a ‘truce’. In solidarity, various other student groups have declared “no more negotiations” until C.L.A.S.S.E is invited back to the table. 

This mass movement has far bigger goals than merely defending affordable tuition fees. It was the involvement of workers, inspired by students in Tunisia and Egypt that led to radical political change. The students in Quebec have not only re-ignited the labour movement, they are leading the most intensive direct political action for a generation. Students around the world are being inspired by the organisation, determination, courage, commitment and comradeship being displayed by Canadian radicals. "If you go to one demonstration and then go home, that’s something, but the people in power can live with that. What they can’t live with is sustained pressure that keeps building, organisations that keep doing things, people that keep learning lessons from the last time and doing it better the next time." – Noam Chomsky

For more information on the Quebec student strike visit www.bloquonslahausse.com or www.stopthehike.ca 

Follow on Twitter: #BloquonsLaHausse, #marathondemanif, @occuponsmontrea, #printempsquebecois, @99_Quebec.
Youtube: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

  -Shane M., SA




Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Songs for Anzac day



“a bayonet is a weapon with a workin' man  on either end”
 Betray your country- serve your class!   Don't sign up for war, my friend.





What is it good for? Absolutely Nothin'. 



Go find the young men never to fight again
Bring up the banners from the days gone by
Sweet moderation- Heart of this nation
Desert us not, we are Between the wars


   
And now every April I sit on my porch And I watch the parade pass before me 
And I watch my old comrades, how proudly they march
 Reliving old dreams of past glory 
And the old men march slowly, all bent, stiff and sore 
The forgotten heroes from a forgotten war 
And the young people ask, "What are they marching for?" 
And I ask myself the same question...




The sun shining down on these green fields of France 
The warm wind blows gently and the red poppies dance 
The trenches have vanished long under the plow 
No gas, no barbed wire, no guns firing now 
But here in this graveyard that's still no mans land 
The countless white crosses in mute witness stand 
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man

 And a whole generation were butchered and damned 



 

No more deluded by reaction, On tyrants only we'll make war
 The soldiers too will take strike action, They'll break ranks they'll fight no more.
 And if those cannibals keep trying, To sacrifice us to their pride,
They soon shall hear the bullets flying, 
We'll shoot the generals on our own side.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Marx on the waterfront

Imagine it is early morning on Auckland’s waterfront. It’s one of those fine early mornings when the sun is rising behind Rangitoto and the sea, sky and city are a kaleidoscope of colours as ferries criss-cross the sparkling waters of Waitemata carrying in the early bird workers to the CBD.

Imagine you are walking to work along Tamaki Drive. As you approach Teal Park you see an old man in an old-fashioned suit with a big grey beard leaning against the sea wall railing. He’s got his hand in his pockets and his head down, lost in thought.

As you walk past him he looks up straight away and his shining eyes catch yours. He starts talking quickly in heavily accented English, ‘Comrade! I’ve been waiting all morning for you!’

Completely surprised you stop and ask, ‘And who the hell are you mate?’

‘Me? Who am I? I am Karl Marx! I’m a philosopher, a historian, an economist and a revolutionary! I was born in Germany in 1818 but I’ve lived in Paris, Brussels and London mostly. Not many countries have wanted a revolutionary socialist in their border in the 1800s!’

It sounds crazy but you play along, ‘And what brings you to Auckland in 2012 then Karl?’

You pull a cigarette and lighter from your pocket, put one in your mouth and offer one. He accepts your smoke and you light the cigarettes as Marx starts up his explanation.

‘Well I heard about the lockout down here. I thought I might be able to help. In the 1800s I put together a number of books on history, politics and economics. Most of the books are long and complicated but they are based on a number of simple observations of how capitalism works and also how it doesn’t work.’

‘Firstly, capitalism is a system of exploitation. It is based on employers getting profit from the labour of workers. The profit is all the money they get from you working but that they don’t have to pay to you in wages or salary. For an employer the amount of profit their company makes is precisely the amount they don’t have to pay their workers. For the worker the profit is all the value they created for the company but were not paid for. Profit can only exist if workers are not paid the full value of their work. Thus an employer under capitalism exploits a worker by paying them only a part of the value of their work.’

‘You can see this right now in your dispute. The Council and Tony Gibson talk about increasing profits. But where can this profit come from? It can only come from you! It can only come from reducing the amount of money you earn. If they want to maximise their profit of course they will try and minimise your wages!’

‘Secondly, capitalism is a system of crisis. But this crisis is not just the result of the greed of Wall Street bankers. Capitalism is an unstable system because it is based on exploitation! The basic element in capitalism is the commodity whether it is a Big Mac or a Mercedes Benz. The capitalists want to sell as many of these commodities as possible in the free market. But the market is not ordered or planned but is chaotic! Capitalists will only make these commodities if they can make a profit from it. But the only way to make a profit is to attack wages, to exploit workers more! And then when you exploit workers more what happens? They have less money so they buy less stuff. When this happens on a grand scale what happens? A crisis like the one that started on Wall Street in 2008. The American workers get paid less and less each year but they were borrowing more and more to buy stuff. When the banks ran out of money what happened? A credit crisis. They stop lending money. People stop buying things. Companies go under. People lose their jobs. Workers have even less money and thus the crisis gets worse. It is what we are seeing now.’

‘Thirdly, the history of the world is the history of class struggle. As long as you have a society based on classes you will have conflict. Emperors and slaves, Kings and peasants, bosses and workers. This class struggle happens everyday. Workers go on strike. Bosses lockout workers. As long as you have two groups with opposite interests there is going to be some form of conflict. Workers must always be ready for it. Ready for the day the boss tries to lower your wages or claw back your conditions. That’s why we need strong unions like MUNZ. Unions not afraid to fight their corner.’

‘Fourthly, the history of capitalism will end. This economic system of shareholders and workers won’t last forever. Class societies never last forever. They can end in one of two ways- in a social revolution or in a collapse. We all know what collapse looks like. It looks like the movie Mad Max. Everything is ruined and we go back to square one. But we don’t want this option. We want social revolution. We want workers to overthrow the bosses and take control of the economic system and re-organise it not around profit and exploitation but on shared ownership and workers’ self-management. All the wealth of the world shared equally by those who do the work. In short, a socialist revolution. It won’t be like Russia after Stalin took over though! We don’t want the state or a political party to be the boss. We need a society without bosses. It sounds utopian I know! But nothing is more realistic than wanting a world without exploitation and crisis! ’

Marx stops talking. You have both finished your cigarettes by now. He looks you in the eye. He has one more thing to say.

‘Look at the port. It is beautiful in the dawn sunlight, I agree. But look closely. The cranes. The ships. The containers. All of it built and run by workers. Without us it all stops. The bosses need us. But we don’t need them. That’s why I’m here. And that’s why I’ll be back. Because as long as capitalism exists my theories about exploitation, crisis and class struggle can help explain the world.’

The clock is ticking and you don’t want to be late for work. You shake Marx’s hand and walk on to work. You look over your shoulder as you walk away. Marx is leaning back against the sea wall. He looks at you and raises his fist in the air.

He shouts to you over the roar of trucks and busses on Tamaki Drive, ‘Good luck comrade! I am sorry I can only help explain this rotten system. It’s up to you to change it!’

-Socialist Aotearoa, for Local 13

Police violence and "Internal Exile" in GI


After the Aotearoa is Not for Sale demonstation finishes in Queen St on Saturday April 28th, many of us are catching the train en masse from Britomart, out to the frontline of State Assets theft in Glen Innes, to demonstrate our solidarity with the local tenants there who are being evicted from their homes.  Below are some reasons why you should support civil rights, democracy and state housing.

 In Stalinist Russia, political dissidents were banned from whole cities or areas, forced into internal exile.  The Police in Glen Innes are attempting to do the same, to break solidarity with the local residents.

 As well as John Minto, three activists from Socialist Aotearoa were targetted and arrested by the police when they moved on picket lines late in the night.  Eyewitnesses say that the cops deliberately went for what they preceived as the leadership.  Local residents were not arrested yet - they were subject to brutality.

Anger spilled onto the streets the next day, with over one hundred people surrounding the local Police Station.  The doors were locked, but MP Phil Twyford from Labour, MP Hone Harawira from Mana, Maori Vice President of the Council of Trade Unions Syd Keepa and Sue Bradford from the Auckland Alliance against Poverty, joined local activists in condemning the brutality dished out and the political nature of the arrests.  


John Minto speaks-


Yesterday I went to court to plead on the obstruction change from the protest in Glen Innes last Tuesday when the first of 40 state houses was removed from the suburb. The police wanted bail conditions to exclude those arrested from Glen Innes altogether as well as plain stupid "non-association orders" - ie to keep away from those we were arrested with.

When this wasn't going to fly they tried to get us barred from the street where the arrests took place on the grounds Housing New Zealand intends to move more state houses from the street. (It's a street with nice views of the Tamaki estuary so the low-income families who have lived there for decades are being forced out to make way for property developers to build expensive homes for the wealthy) However for the police it was another fail and we left the court bailed "at large" with no bail conditions.

Later yesterday I went to the doctor after increased chest pains in the last few days.The diagnosis was fractured ribs from the thuggish police action last week (the pain often increases as the bones begin to heal I was told) So I've got two weeks supply of pain killers. The irony is that the doctors visit was paid for by ACC although the injury was no accident - quite deliberate in fact from a hyped up team of boys in blue on a dark night with no media presence. As well as my ribs a loudhailer was also smashed...






Sunday, April 22, 2012

Take to the Streets this Saturday


 Now endorsed by Labour, Greens, Mana, NZ First, Unions Auckland, the CTU Runanga Kaimahi Maori, the Unite Union, the EPMU, MUNZ, Actors Equity, New Zealand Nurses Organisation , the Service and Food Workers Union, Greenpeace, Global Peace and Justice Auckland, Occupy Auckland, the Hikoi to stop Asset Sales and Socialist Aotearoa.

Join the protest:
https://www.facebook.com/events/334873306563769/ 



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hope Street, Aotearoa

This was always how it was going to end for the National Party.

With lines of cops attacking residents protesting the privatisation of Glen Innes. With cops putting some people in hospital and using bail conditions to prevent some people from returning to Glen Innes. With casino capitalists doing dodgy deals up at SkyCity. With picketlines stretching across the country's ports, freezing works and rest homes. With provincial councils declaring themselves frack free zones. With a funeral for Maui's dolphin. With a hikoi of resistance heading south from Te Reinga.

John Key's war on working people and the planet will come to a shuddering halt this Autumn. On Hope Street, Aotearoa. On Hope Street, people are asking each other, "What kind of country do we want to live in?" "Not a country run for corporate profit and plunder," is the answer that echoes from Moerewa to Invercargill.

In just five days time a hikoi of hope and resistance will leave Te Reinga Wairua and head south across Te Ika a Maui. Under Autumn skies the people of Hope Street, Aotearoa will march. As they pass by the urupa and cemeteries of the North Island Hone Tuwhare's recollection of Whina Cooper on the 1975 hikoi will blow in the air, "And you must think of your Tupunas. They are marching beside you. Move over, and make room."

From the sea and sand of the Northern beaches to the streets of Auckland and on past the rivers and streams, hills and mountains of the North Island before ending up on the steps of Parliament the hikoi will carry the message that Aotearoa is Not for Sale.

The future of Aotearoa belongs to those who march against the Government this Autumn. The people of Hope Street, Aotearoa, who are standing up and fighting back. Maori and Pakeha, young and old, worker, student and politician, formed by everything that is good from this small, remote country - sunshine and strength, good sense and patience. They will march into history.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Eyewitness to Police Brutality in G.I.

Defend Civil Rights, Housing and State Assets- Defend G.I.
meet at 530pm this evening Weds 18th April
at Glen Innes Public Library, Line Road
then march to Glen Innes Police Station-
drop the charges. stop the evictions. we will not be moved.




Vicious scenes of savage police brutality in Glen Innes. Four comrades, including John Minto, arrested so far- been taken to Auckland Central Police Station. Local housing leader Yvonne badly wounded in the head, lying on the ground in a seizure. Chaos and state violence is how National wants to steal our State assets.

"police brutality in glen innes. yvonne has been hurt real bad- pushed by cops hard and had a seizure. cops stomped all over her and wouldnt allow any help. people all split up. Yvonne still lying on the road, massive head injury. Cops also went hard for John Minto with a vicious attack- we can't find him anywhere. Women punched and grabbed in the throats. Chaos and state violence."

"8 of us arm in arm, tried to hold back a squad of 12 cops- six squad cars and two paddy waggons, heaps of private security. Two tow trucks. 3 cops pulled John Minto out of the human chain, they dragged him to the sidewalk, slammed him into the ground, twisted his arms way up behind his back, and handcuffed him hard."

Marion




Shane



Doug



Joe



Marion

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Revolutionary Socialist debates Libertarian Capitalist



Media activist Vinny Eastwood hosts an Ideological Heavyweight Match pitting the ideologies of Revolutionary Socialism against Libertarian Capitalism.

Stop the Destruction of State Assets in Glen Innes








Right now, in working class Auckland, the Government is physically stealing and destroying some of our most fundamental state assets- housing.

Another reason to join the protests on Saturday April 28th.

Defend GI- Www.aotearoaisnotforsale.com








Friday, April 13, 2012

We hit the road


Rain-maker’s song for Whina

I’ll not forget your joints creaking as you climbed into
the bus at Victoria Park to bless the journey.
When you broke down in the middle of the Lord’s Prayer,
I thought that what you left unsaid hung more tangibly
uncertain above us all than some intangible certainty
that we would all get a comfortable berth in the
hereafter.

Saint Christopher in the rain at night, just before Mangamuka
Gorge. People wearing Saint Christopher badges getting
off the bus and helping to put an overturned vehicle right
side up. No one hurt. I finger the cheap badge you gave me
of the saint. Will it be, alright ?

A couple of days later in bright sunshine, we hit the road
leaving Te Hapua behind. And all the way south – to the
‘head of the fish,’ I picked up some hard truths embedded in
your hilarious speeches on the maraes:

No more lollies !We been sucking the pakeha lolly
for one hundred and fifty years.
Look at what’s happened. Look at what we got left.
Only two million acres. Yes, that’s right. Two million
acres out of sixty six million acres.

Think of that. Good gracious, if we let them take what
is left we will all become taurekareka. Do we want that ?

So you listen, now. This is a Sacred March. We are
marching because we want to hold on to what is left.
You must understand this. And you must think of your
Tupunas. They are marching beside you. Move over, and
make room. We are not going to Wellington for nothing.
And don’t be mistaken: Kare tenei hikoi oku, he hikoi
noa – aha ranei – ki te miri-miri i nga paoro o Te Roringi.


E, kui ! What a way to bring the ‘House’ down. You could not
have lobbed a sweeter grenade. I’m all eared-in to you
baby . . . . Kia ora tonu koe.

Source: Hone Tuwhare, Making a fist of it. Dunedin: Jackstraw Press, 1978

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Hikoi


Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.

Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Mana action stops demolition of state houses

Mana members and supporters stopped trucks from removing empty houses on Monday from Glen Innes as resistance to social cleansing continues in Auckland. During the protest Jimmy O'Dea, a veteran of the State Housing Action Coalition of the 1990s and the occupation of Bastion Point was injured. But the trucks retreated from Silverton Ave saying the demolition was too political for them.

The Glen Innes community has vowed that not one house will be destroyed in Glen Innes by this smash and grab National Government and Mana, Socialist Aotearoa and other sections of the fighting left in Auckland will be right beside them every step of the way.

Mana put out this media release today,
Mana supporters are deeply upset that veteran activist Jimmy O’Dea was injured this afternoon and taken to hospital trying to stop the removal of state houses from Glen Innes. The house is at 25 Silverton Ave Glen Innes.

“Jimmy is a diamond of a man who put himself in harm’s way in front of the house removal truck to try and protect the state houses of low-income residents of Glen Innes” says MANA Vice President John Minto. “Contracting companies are being used as the front line of attack against a community desperately trying to save their state houses. The government is selling state houses and the land beneath them to private developers for luxury housing on the high ground on the north side of Glen Innes. State house numbers will be reduced and the residents moved into soon-to-be slums in central Glen Innes”.

Houses under immediate threat are at 25 Silverton St and 6 Melling Streets.

Mana supporters are on site and coordinating support for the community and opposition to the removals.

Have we forgotten Oslo already?

Right Wing Resistance - The latest incarnation of New Zealand's violent Nazi Movement.

Have we forgotten Oslo already? Have we forgotten Auschwitz already? Have we forgotten Barcelona? Have we forgotten Blair Peach?

The Nazi movement are on the move in Christchurch. Over a hundred marched two weeks agoand they've saved enough money to buy a tractor for their planned white only farm. They regularly post online pictures of them with various weaponry from guns to axes. They've attacked Labour Party meetings.

The attacks on Asians in Christchurch keep on coming according to the Sunday Star-Times latest expose of Right Wing Resistance,
Jared Peck, shaved head and skull tattoo on his neck, was sentenced last year to two years in prison after he and a group of other men attacked at least five Asians on Riccarton Rd.

A Japanese man returned home and told people they should be cautious about travelling to New Zealand.

A Chinese victim was attacked three-on-one and had his jaw broken.Last Easter Sunday, two people used their dogs to attack Asian people while they were walking on Lincoln Rd. Earlier this month they were jailed for eight months.
But what is particularly concerning is the absence of any fightback or reaction from the left and trade union movement in Christchurch. The next time the Nazis march on the streets they must be met with thousands of people united against fascism. The Nazi movement is being built as you read this by the thugs of Kyle Chapman via violence and intimidation, it might be taking small steps now but if the left doesn't get them off the streets now they'll only grow.
Fascism has never taken power in a country simply through elections – fascist parties have always been handed power by ruling classes in crisis. So, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor in 1933 as Germany’s rulers faced an extreme economic crisis that they feared could spark a workers’ revolution.

This does not mean that fascist parties do not win support among people outside the ruling class. Fascist movements build their base among the middle class and what Trotsky called “human dust” – those people who, in times of crisis, are not part of a wider social force with a radical and collective tradition – as workers are – that can fight back.

They use racist ideology to glue their supporters together and create a scapegoat for the discontent that exists – with a devastating impact on those targeted.The main aim of fascism is not the annihilation of one racial group within society. It is to smash all forms of democracy and take away the rights of the entire working class – black and white, Jewish and non-Jewish, Muslim and non-Muslim.Fascist movements use a dual strategy of building brute force on the ground and creating a “respectable” political facade.
We need a united front in Christchurch/Otautahi against fascism. We need the CTU, Labour, MANA, the Greens and every Temple, Mosque, Church and Synagogue to mobilise against the Nazi menace. If necessary we need to bus people from across Aotearoa to Christchurch to stop the Nazis marching again. At least 14 New Zealanders went to fight the rise of fascism in Spain between 1936 and 1939. Tens of thousands of Kiwis crossed to the other side of the world to fight Hitler after September 1939. Travelling to Christchurch is nothing.

We need a united front to stop the Nazis because as United Against Fascism put it, "We may disagree on many things but one thing unites us – if (Chapman and his Nazis) ever took power we could all end up in concentration camps."

We need to stop the Nazi menace in the streets. Christchurch is proof that when the Nazis are not confronted when they march and organise hate attacks increase. Anti-racist protests are also important in showing solidarity with those sections of our community who come under attack.

It's time to mobilise against the Nazis. Or have we forgotten Oslo already?

-Socialist Aotearoa
Browse the Socialist Worker.co.uk Anti-fascism topic page for in-depth analysis and history how to fight the fascist movement.