On Mon April 13 we hosted Circulating struggle: Stories from the Philippines (discussion and film screening)
An evening of film and discussion about contemporary forms of struggle in the Philippines, and to ask what forms of solidarity might be possible.
Numerous anarchist spaces have emerged in the Philippines in recent years, and the collectives behind these spaces have played a significant role in social struggles aiming to address the everyday living conditions of Filipinos. These struggles have often focussed upon access to food, energy, housing, and against state corruption. Comrades in the Philippines are creating novel forms of political activity to confront the effects of climate change, hyper-exploitation and state corruption. We will play some short films made by comrades in the Philippines about struggles they have been involved in recent years, and based on interviews with comrades we will offer some brief comments, and discussion.
Following the short films and discussion we will screen the documentary ‘Halfway around the world’.
Halfway around the world is a film about Philippine women who have worked in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Taiwan, Brunei or Namibia, mainly as textile workers.
On Thurs April 16 we held a reading group discussing the recent text: No Eviction in The Mission.
When wannabe Miley Cyrus and Mackelmore move into your neighbourhood : a zine for white, class, privileged, anarchists/queers/activists/punks/progressives/art hipsters who are part of gentrification in Oakland, San Francisco, Melbourne and beyond…
written by a displaced Chicano in exile.
At 7pm, Friday April 17 we’ll be screening Sydney FC vs Newcastle Jets
Come watch the A-League on the big screen in a radical environment.
At 7pm Mon April 20 we’ll be screening Rebellion in Patagonia (1974)
Rebellion in Patagonia is an Argentinian historical drama from 1974. It is based upon the real story of the military suppression of the anarchist labour movement in Santa Cruz Province in the early 1920s.
Then at 7pm Tues April 21 we’ll be hosting a radical discussion on Anti-Militarism and ANZAC Day.
Despite the mythology, the First World War was not a popular war. There was mass opposition to it from the beginning. In Australia and around the world.
Nor has ANZAC Day always been a popular holiday. There is a long history of opposition to militarism on ANZAC Day by anti-war and feminist protesters.
So today, what is to be done?
“The clearest evidence that Anzac Day and the mythology it encapsulates privileges celebration over mourning and men over women is to be gleaned from the experiences of those who have challenged the exclusivity and nature of the day.” – Suzanne Davies
“After the police had dispersed, Women Against Rape in War march up Anzac Parade towards the Australian War Memorial to lay their wreath at the Stone of Remembrance.” Glen McDonald (1981), Canberra Times Collection.