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'Terror' raids what's on where this week
- More of the excellent and informative Te Ahi Kaa programmes on the "terrorism" raids are now available as podcasts on this web page - scan down the page for: 'What do you do when the authorities march into your home ... you march onto theirs' on the hikoi mo te iwi (Whiringa a rangi 18) and 'Yet more fallout from October 15th in the form of a resignation' (Whiringa a Rangi 11). 'What's the difference between Te Mana Motuhake o Tuhoe and Terrorism?' (Whiringa a rangi 04) is still available, but may not be for much longer as Radio NZ podcasts are taken offline as new ones are added.
- Conscious Collaborations national support fund - an overview of what has been done with funds already raised and plans for the future is now available on this web page. If you would like to make a donation to this fund * by cheque - please make your cheque payable to 'Conscious Collaborations', and post to Conscious Collaborations, PO Box 91, Bulls; * by wire or transfer - Bank: Kiwibank, Account name: Conscious Collaborations Charitable Trust, Account Number: 38-9005-0969057-00, Bank address: Kiwibank Limited, 155 The Terrace, Wellington 6332. SWIFT: bknznz22
- Saturday, 1 December - March to say "Never Again Repeal the terrorism Laws", 12 noon, Aotea Square; organised by Global Peace and Justice Auckland, for more information contact email.
- Thursday, 29 November - Waha nui: 'terrorism' raids public meeting: "In a wave of massive state repression, 300+ police, in many cases armed, raided houses around the country making 16 plus arrests. Search warrants were carried out in Auckland, Whakatane, Ruatoki, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch. The arrestees are all activists in the Tino Rangatiratanga, peace and environmental movements. Find out more on the raids from a panel of speakers including whanau, activists affected by the raids and commentators with an analysis on the events and recent updates." Starts 6.30pm, Square Edge, 1st floor, Evelyn Rawlins Room; for more information contact email.
Lower Hutt and Wellington and Porirua
- Wednesday, 28 November - 'Anti-terrorism law, dawn raids, and human rights': you are invited to a public meeting with guest speaker Moana Jackson (Ngati Kahungunu / Ngati Porou), followed by a light supper. Starts 7pm, Supper Room, Horticultural Hall, (between the carpark and the Town Hall), Lower Hutt; organised by a group of concerned Hutt residents, for more information contact email. A flyer for this meeting is available here.
- Saturday, 1 December (or Sunday, 2 December if rain on Saturday) - E tu! A free concert: come and check out the amazing line up of bands - including Little Bushman, Olmecha Supreme, Upper Hutt Posse, Hikoikoi, Emma Paki, Spartacus R, Homefire Burning, Klezmer Rebs, Ladi6 & Parks and more; and knowledgeable and insightful speakers, plus enjoy kids activities, food stalls and our Wellington waterfront. E tu! will provide you with the space, time, resources, and relaxed atmosphere to educated yourself, whanau and wider community about the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002, its background, global context and implications. From 12 noon to 7pm, Frank Kitts Park. More information and contact details are available here.
- Every Friday until Christmas - Vigil in Solidarity with the Tuhoe people: "each week, the vigil will feature a speaker to talk about the issues that have emerged from the raids of the 15 October. On the 15 October 2007, the Tuhoe people of Ruatoki were subject to an unprecedented police raid that targeted all their inhabitants including children and the elderly. These innocent people were subject to abuse, humiliation and terror. The police raids citing the Suppression of Terrorism Act 2002 force us to examine the context in which they occur. One cannot comprehend their implications without looking at the global context of the "war against terrorism". The "war against terrorism" has divided the world into what US President George Bush has described as "those who are for us and those who are against us". In the West, it is a simplistic worldview that has been very effective in marginalizing and labeling ‘dissenters' and those engaged in the struggle for self-determination. It has also been effective in creating a climate of fear and suspicion. We ask you respond to this climate by vigiling in a spirit of solidarity with the Tuhoe people who have resisted colonization with great patience and dignity. To vigil means to ‘remain awake’. We must remain awake to the political agendas at work in the current climate of the "war against terrorism" and demand an end to the targeting of sisters and brothers who speak truth to power. The vigil will be a peaceful and prayerful presence." From 5pm to 6pm, in Cathedral Square; for more information contact email.
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