Brisbane Solidarity Network

September Community Events

Posted in Uncategorized by 1685caramel on August 31, 2015

RADICAL MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP [free event]

Thursday 3rd September

6pm – 9pm

Turnstyle Community Hub

10 Laura St, Highgate Hill 

What is mental illness? For over a century, this has been defined by professionals and institutions that claim to have our best interests at heart. Yet time and again these people abuse the power and control they have over us. And while mainstream society fears and shuns us, how best can we take care of each other, given that’s all we can do in an uncaring, unfeeling world under capitalism.

Capitalism, the system that teaches us to be selfish. To value our own interests above all others, yet implants insecurities and fears in all of us to make us easier to control. How can we break free from this conditioning? Scary questions. Lets explore them together…

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ANARCHIST BUSH WALK

Saturday 12th September

2pm

Mt Coot-tha

Meeting at JC Slaughter Falls Picnic Area at 2pm for anyone interested in completing the Mount Coot-tha Summit Track together. Others who aren’t interested or able to join us on the walk are welcome to have a picnic at this picnic area and we’ll join you when we stumble back down from the lookout! People new to/interested in anarchism feel free to come along.

The track is of moderate difficulty, 1.9Km, takes about 30 mins but we’ll take it easy and catch our breath for a bit at the top.

Families welcome!

More info on getting there and car pooling opportunities will be posted on the page later.

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August Community Events

Posted in Uncategorized by 1685caramel on July 14, 2015

 ANARCHA-FEMINISM

Thursday 13th August

7pm 

69 Thomas Street, West End

A brief look at the development of Anarcha-Feminismin, its ideas and actions up to the present day with questions posed about future directions. The talk will be followed by a discussion.

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Suggested reading:

Peggy Kornegger: Anarchism –the Feminist Connection – found atbastardarchive.org

Anarcho-Surrealist Insurrectionary Feminists – also at archive.org

Jo Freeman: The Tyranny of Structurelessness – The Anarchist Library

Cathy Devine: The Tyranny of Tyranny – libcom.org

Insurrections at the Intersections: feminism, intersectionality and anarchism
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Refusing to Wait — Anarchism and Intersectionality – anarkismo.net/article

//CANCELLED// ZINE WRITING //CANCELLED//

This event cancelled due to illness

Thursday 20th August

6pm – 9pm

69 Thomas Street, West End

Get together to work on zines, share zines, read zines, hug zines, become a zine… zines!

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Discussion Night: What is Anarchism?

Posted in Events by 1685caramel on June 29, 2015

Thursday 2nd July

8pm – 10pm

Turnstyle Community Hub

10 Laura Street, Highgate Hill, QLD 4101

 

Discussion night with a presentation on anarchism by local misfit extraordinaire, Gerald Keaney. Come along and hear his ideas on anarchism, share your own and help us build understanding of ourselves and our politics.

 

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Creative Workshop: Banners, Zines, Stencils and more!

Posted in Events by 1685caramel on June 29, 2015

Thursday 16th July

7pm – 10pm

Turnstyle Community Hub

10 Laura St, Highgate Hill, QLD 4101

 

Get together to share resources and ideas to aid upcoming events or long-term struggles through the creation of banners, zines, stencils or anything else you want to be making!

Turnstyle offers a large space with great concrete areas for banner painting and cosy couches for drafting zines and sharing ideas. The goal is to have a space where people can bring forward their crafty projects and we can all work together to make them happen.

PLEASE BRING useful resources people may need such as: paints, brushes, sheets, fabrics, cardboard. At this stage we can’t guarantee what resources will be there, so if you rely on having specific resources please take responsibility for these yourself, but feel free to get in touch if you need advice on sourcing materials!

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NB: Turnstyle is in a residential neighbourhood, please respect the tenants of this house and their neighbours by leaving by 10pm and keeping noise down.

To provide a fun and safe creative space for everyone, we request people do NOT wear perfumes and spray deodorants. Some ingredients in fragranced products are the same toxic petrochemicals used in fracking by Coal Seam Gas. When you wear these you pollute the air around you and cause chemical poisoning in others who are vulnerable (eg. Asthma, migraine, heart and nerve damage).

For a safe and simple alternative you can use bicarb or lemon… save money too, and good for the environment.

Film Night Thursday 11th June

Posted in Uncategorized by 1685caramel on June 6, 2015

 

Anti-Authoritarian Film Night featuring “The Edukators”

8pm Thursday 11th June

69 Thomas St, West End

Film screening and discussion

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Paul Michael gives an anarchist take on the 2005 German urban guerrilla-lite film, The Edukators:

“Given the vast scale, and dynamic importance to real-world affairs of that multi-faceted phenomenon of global solidarity loosely defined as the anti-capitalist movement, it is disappointing that feature film-makers (and more pertinently, their producers/financial backers) have blatantly ignored the rich narrative possibilities within it. Until now, that is.

Why does anarchic idealism and honest talk of revolution make society uncomfortable? With “The Edukators,” Weingartner successfully and sensitively dramatises questions that aren’t supposed to be asked out loud in a turgid, apathetic culture where irony is king and belief in anything but money is dead. This dialectic sequence offers arguments from both sides, and forces viewers to get off the fucking fence.”

 

NB: One of our attendees gets chemically injured by deodorants. Please do not wear any if you attend this event, or use natural alternatives.

Film Night Thursday 4th June: Children of the Revolution

Posted in Uncategorized by 1685caramel on May 29, 2015

Anti-Authoritarian Film Night featuring “The Age of Stupid”

8pm Thursday 4th June

69 Thomas St, West End

Film screening and discussion

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Inspired by the student revolutions of 1968, two women in Germany and Japan set out to plot world revolution as leaders of the Baader Meinhof Group and the Japanese Red Army. What were they fighting for and what have we learned?

When asked by a comrade why the press had such intense fear and loathing of the Red Army Faction’s female members, Ulrike Meinhof replied, “Women are at the heart of human reproduction. Women are supposed to be passive, obedient, available and conciliatory. Women who break away, refuse to accept all this, may even take up arms. They’re not supposed to do that. That’s why people hate us.”

And yet some of the radical-left guerrillas from the 1970s were, in fact, mothers. The documentary “Children of the Revolution” takes a look at two of them — Meinhof of Germany’s Baader-Meinhof Gang and Fusako Shigenobu of the Japanese Red Army — but the story is told through the eyes of their daughters, Bettina Rohl and Mei Shigenobu.

NB: One of our attendees gets chemically injured by deodorants. Please do not wear any if you attend this event, or use natural alternatives. If you do wear deodorant let us know what type it is.

Film Night Thursday May 28th: The Age of Stupid

Posted in Uncategorized by 1685caramel on May 22, 2015

Anti-Authoritarian Film Night featuring “The Age of Stupid”

8pm Thursday 28th May

69 Thomas St, West End

Film screening and discussion

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Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off) stars as a man living alone in the devasted world of 2055. He looks back on footage of people around the world in the years leading up to 2015, before runaway climate change took place, and asks: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

NB: One of our attendees gets chemically injured by deodorants. Please do not wear any if you attend this event, or use natural alternatives. If you do wear deodorant let us know what type it is.

Film Night Thursday May 21st: Confessions of an Undercover Cop

Posted in Uncategorized by 1685caramel on May 15, 2015

Anti-Authority Film Night featuring “Confessions of an Undercover Cop”

8pm Thursday 21st May

69 Thomas St, West End

Film screening and discussion

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The inside story of Mark Kennedy, the police officer who spent eight years undercover as a dedicated activist, having infiltrated the environmental movement and Europe’s left-wing extremist political groups. Now, with his cover blown, Kennedy has lost his wife and children, and the friends he made during his time with the protesters have labelled him a traitor. In this Cutting Edge film, he discusses the consequences of his actions, as police bosses claim he has forgotten who he really is.

This was Mark the environmental campaigner, militant activist and undercover cop who broke into power stations, learned how to make bombs, infiltrated groups hell- bent on attacking major corporations and stood arm-in-arm with anti-capitalist anarchists.

For the first time, Kennedy is returning to face up to himself, his actions and to the people who claim he betrayed them.

(Synopsis from documentaryheaven.com)

NB: One of our attendees gets chemically injured by deodorants. Please do not wear any if you attend this event, or use natural alternatives. If you do wear deodorant let us know what type it is.

Anti-Authority Film Nights – June 2015

Posted in Uncategorized by 1685caramel on May 3, 2015

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Thursday nights at 8pm, join us for free film screenings and discussions at 69 Thomas Street, West End. Coming up this month:

June 4th

“Children of the Revolution” (2010)

Documentary on two women in Germany and Japan who set out to plot world revolution as leaders of the Baader Meinhof Group and the Japanese Red Army.

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 June 11th

“The Edukators” (2004)

Feature film following Jan, Peter and Jule living their rebellious youth. United by their passion to change the state of the world the young friends lead a silent revolution.

 

June 18th

“The Chicago Conspiracy” (2010)

This film is a response to a global conspiracy of neoliberalism, militarism and authoritarianism.

 

June 25th

“Let the Fire Burn” (2013)

Documentary on military attacks against the radical group MOVE by Philadelphia police.

 

Film Night Thursday May 7th: Letters from Iran

Posted in Cultural Action Group, Events by 1685caramel on May 3, 2015

Anti-Authoritarian Film Night featuring “Letters from Iran”

8pm Thursday 7th May

69 Thomas St, West End

Film screening and discussion

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While winds of change have been blowing through the Arab world, Iranians have been forced to wait for political reform. In 2009, in the aftermath of an election that saw Mahmoud Ahmadinejad controversially returned to power as president of the Islamic Republic, millions took to the streets of Tehran to protest against the result. But the demonstrations were brutally repressed and the hopes of the green revolutionaries were dashed. Letters from Iran paints a fascinating portrait of the aftermath of the Green Revolution and a country holding its breath.

NB: One of our attendees gets chemically injured by deodorants. Please do not wear any if you attend this event, or use natural alternatives. If you do wear deodorant let us know what type it is.

Film night this Thursday: History of the Blac Bloc

Posted in Uncategorized by Kapi Pulka on March 30, 2015

bb2nd of April 7pm @ 69 Thomas Street West end. Film discussion & BSN Stall🙂

Film night this Thursday! A New Dawn in the Middle East

Posted in Cultural Action Group, Events by Kapi Pulka on March 10, 2015

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Kurdish rebels are establishing self-rule in war-torn Syria, resembling the Zapatista experience and providing a truly democratic alternative for the region.

We will show some short film on what is going on there & how layers of the movement are trying to establish stateless participatory democratic practices.

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SUPPORT THOSE THAT SUPPORT YOU! Grandmothers Against Removal

Posted in Uncategorized by Kapi Pulka on February 12, 2015

BSN’s film nights have been going towards this, please contribute if you’re able to. Any bit helps.

SUPPORT THOSE THAT SUPPORT YOU!:

The Grandmothers are calling on supporters to join them at the Embassy, to help with preparations for February 13.

Karen Fusi from the Brisbane Sovereign Grannies is camped at the embassy. She fought a successful case in the Federal Court for the return of her grandchildren from Queensland Child Safety and has been central in initiating the national movement. Aunty Karen says:
“If you can get to Canberra now, or anytime before February 13, we really need your support. We have a solid camp here, we need to continue the important national discussion about the fight to stop the ongoing theft of our children and the day to day struggle for affected families. We need assistance to prepare for the February 13 protest. The child removal crisis is so central for so much of the pain in our communities, many of our people are taking their own lives because they feel like they can not fight the system any more. We are here to say – we can fight and we will win, our babies must come home”.

Urgent donation are required to assist with preparations for the February 13 demonstration.
Grandmothers Against Removals | Bendigo Bank | BSB 633-000 | Account number 153568613
For more information of for comment contact:
Karen Fusi 0455 728 617
Vanessa Culbong 0475 790 046

BSN presents: Even The Rain / También la lluvia

Posted in Cultural Action Group, Events by Kapi Pulka on February 3, 2015

posterEven the Rain is a 2010 film about the ongoing lived reality of colonial conquest. cochabambabarricadeThe film follows a Mexican film crew who travel to Bolivia to shoot a film depicting Columbus’s invasion. The crew find themselves in a personal crisis when the line between their film and everyday life blur as they are thrown into the midst of the year 2000 Cochabamba uprising, in which the population revolted against attempted water privatization

This Thursday the 5th of February, 6:30pm/7pm start @ 69 Thomas Street West End

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Anarchist Film Night: Our political system is rigged!

Posted in Uncategorized by Kapi Pulka on January 29, 2015

Thursday 29th (Tomorrow!) 7pm @ 69 Thomas St West End:

BSN would like to invite everyone to come watch a short documentary on the theoretical model of Thomas Ferguson’s Investment Theory of Party Competition. In his book, he outlines various historical examples and case studies to test the model.

Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Party Competition and the Logic of Money-Driven Political Systems.

Street Politics 101 this Thursday 22nd of January!

Posted in Cultural Action Group, Events by Kapi Pulka on January 20, 2015

posterJoin BSN for a Film night & Discussion! Thursday 22 of January at 7:00pm House of Freedom: 69 Thomas St West End This short energetic documentary by Franklin Lopez recounts the story of the spectacular student movement that rocked the streets of Montreal. This is a story about how the arrogance of a government underestimated a dedicated group of students, who through long-term organizing laid the foundation for some of the largest mass demonstrations in Canada’s history. But it’s also a story of how a crew of determined anarchists educated a new generation of students on the importance of owning the streets. In Street Politics 101, subMedia.tv features some of the best footage from what has been referred to as “the maple spring”. The documentary also features interviews with students, teachers and anarchists involved in one of the most militant rebellions in Quebec. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfy7rD1k2v4

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BSN present: Invasion Day Solidarity Workshop

Posted in Uncategorized by Kapi Pulka on January 15, 2015

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Saturday 17/01/15 10am @ Justice Place Woolloongabba (5 Abington st, Brisbane)

Full details & Event page click here

Have you ever experienced the irony of being on the wrong side of this chant?
It’s not quite that simple of course, all of us have different backgrounds and stories. Yet it IS that simple: all of us, whatever our background, do, now, live and exist on stolen Aboriginal land. And all of us, each year, are surrounded by the “celebration” of the origin of land theft and genocide that is “Australia day”.

So… moving forward, what are we going to do about it?

In this workshop we will discuss questions like:

What is solidarity? What is NOT solidarity?
What is solidarity in the context of Invasion/ Survival/ Australia Day? What does opposition to Australia Day look like? What does support of Invasion/ Survival day look like?
What are the possibilities for action and are we prepared to do them? If not, why not?
How about solidarity the rest of the year?

This is a workshop specifically for non-First Nations people* to talk with each other about these questions. But it will also be a place where we go beyond talking, a place where we actually organise and plan together different ways of supporting Invasion/ Survival Day, and different ways of engaging with Australia Day.

What it will Look Like

This will be a structured and facilitated workshop. This is so that everyone (who wants to) can contribute. There will be pair, small and whole group discussions, groups will be created by the facilitator, with consent. Ideas about (possible) actions will come from the floor and participation in any “actions” will be voluntary. The facilitator does not presume to be an expert, the role of the facilitator is to help voices be heard, ideas shared, and to encourage organising.

It is assumed that participants are already opposed to Australia Day, and in support of Invasion/ Survival Day activities.

Children and Disability Access

Let us know if you need childcare and/or the creation of a child friendly space. We would like to accommodate children and their carers.
The venue is wheelchair user accessible however there are no appropriate toilet facilities. We will endeavour to provide more information about this in the upcoming days.

Lunch and Cost

Bring something to eat to share with the group, this will be our lunch.
$5-$10 donation to go towards Invasion/ Survival Day activities, and to contribute to the venue.
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

*First Nations people are welcome to attend and/or input ideas before the workshop as they/ you see fit.

Film Night: Let’s not Live Like Slaves

Posted in Cultural Action Group, Events by Kapi Pulka on January 9, 2015

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Film Night! Thursday, January 15 7pm @ 69 Thomas St West Endarton42

We’re used to seeing the riot footage in Greece, but what about the constructive element of the
anti-authoritarian movement?

“Let’s not live like slaves, is a compendium of testimonies of resistance in terms of self-organization, solidarity and autonomy. This is not exactly a documentary but different images, personal and collective stories about the situation in Greece. A French-Greek film which gives an insight on the resistance, mainly led by antiauthoritarian sphere, in the Hellenic Country showing the collaboration of different collectives, the running of self-organized centres and hospitals, the spreading of alternative journalism, the day by day in the alternative neighbourhood of Exarchia, and other activities.

It is a call against the slavery imposed by the State, by the Machine and a compilation of examples that show new ways of self-organized and independent living.”

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Discusssion/Film Night: Anti-authoritarian organising

Posted in Cultural Action Group, Events by Kapi Pulka on December 25, 2014

booksJoin BSN for a discussion and film night on the nuts and bolts of Anti-Authoritarian organising.

Tuesday 30th of December, 7pm @ House of Freedom, 69 Thomas St West End
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Here is one of the zines we will be using to at the dicussion – Consensus –
A Brief Introductory Guide – https://ia601403.us.archive.org/19/items/
ConsensusABriefIntroductoryGuide/consensus_brief_introductory_guide.pdf
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This the film we will be showing about a housing co-opt that uses Consensus
Decision making to organise.- Democratic Housing In Edinburgh! –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xsbih_3Rrdo

Stop Stolen Generations National Day of Protest

Posted in Notice by Kapi Pulka on December 24, 2014