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As fundraiser to help cover costs of taking part in the Walkatjurra Walkabout ( Peterborough Housing Co-op will be hosting a screening of the original 1950s film Godzilla.

Friday April 5th, 6:30pm, 173-181 Peterborough St

Outdoor film screening of Godzilla and dinner of soup and bread. We’ll have popcorn, refreshments and patches for sale too. Bring a cushion or blanket to sit on.

How much?
Suggested donation of $5/$10 (or what you can afford)

Fundraiser for two members of the Peterborough Housing Co-op who are taking part in the Walkatjurra Walkabout this May,

What’s the Walkatjurra Walkabout?
From Walk website:

“Walkatjurra Walkabout is a celebration of Wangkatja country, a testament to the strength of the community who have fought to stop uranium mining at Yeelirrie for over forty years, and a chance to come together to continue share our commitment to a sustainable future without nuclear. It is a chance to reconnect with the land, and to revive the tradition of walking for country. While this walk is a valuable personal experience, it is also a Non-violent Direct Action that plays an important role in the broader environmental and Aboriginal sovereignty movements. It is a partnership to share knowledge, culture and environmental awareness in a campaign supporting the sovereign rights of Aboriginal people to protect their lands and support a nuclear free future.”

What else do I need to know?
It’ll be held inside if its raining.
Children are welcome (note film does include large sea monster destroying a village with state of the art – circa 1953 – special effects).
There are no wheelchair accessible toilets available on site, sorry.
Soup will be vegan, and gluten free bread will be available.

From Facebook: Organising meeting 7pm Monday 17 September at WEA 59 Gloucester street chch.

Beneficiaries who have had enough of the attacks on them by this government will be picketing Work and Income (WINZ) offices across the country in a national day of action.

The National Day Of Action Against Welfare Reform is being called for Friday October 5 by the Facebook group Occupy WINZ. The group is coordinating with people and organisations across New Zealand who oppose the governments agenda for welfare reform and are calling for people to join in protests on the day.

Note: It is not the intention to occupy the WINZ offices, as this will lead to serious issues with tresspass notices being issued. It is also not the intention to interfere with staff going about their daily work. We are protesting the system, the culture of WINZ, and government policy. We are not protesting the individual workers – harrassment of WINZ employees is NOT condoned by the organisers of National Day of Action.

Details of events are being coordinated in towns and cities throughout the country and will be posted on the National Day Of Action Against Welfare Reforms page as they are organised.

Olive McRae of the Occupy WINZ group says ‘it needs pointing out that what we are facing is a war on the poor. We have working poor now, on minimum wage needing food parcels from food bank. We need to really plug a united front. Its not just beneficiaries, its all of us. Low paid workers included.’

“Poverty doesn’t exist as an individual problem, and anyone of us could find themselves at some point needing to go on a benefit especially within this economy climate. I urge all people to stand in solidarity with and show support for the people struggling to provide the basic needs for their families and those being targeted and attacked in these latest reforms’

“Work and Income NZ is already systematically abusive and time wasting, it is designed to make those who need help feel like untrustworthy criminals in need of interrogation more than care and support, and the policies the Nats and ACT are pushing through are only going to make it worse by creating a defunct and inaccessible welfare system. We need to fight these reforms for all of us, whether you are a beneficiary or not – this affects us all.”

It’s funny how one’s own thoughts can be reflected back at you from the most random places.

The past six months or so have been quite a tough time for me in terms of my politics, or my collective anarchist/community activity. Being busy with life and my son (I’m a stay-at-home dad at the moment while I’m studying part time) means I simply can’t get involved in the things that I’d like to right now. A little bit of conflict/change in the anarchist collective I’m involved with, a relatively low period of struggle in Christchurch (despite numerous issues facing the people of this city), and and my own slight burn out/re-evaluation of politics adds to the feeling of confusion and sometimes, outright pessimism.

So when a number of articles on organisation popped up on various websites, it was like finding my doubts manifested and shared. Articles from the US such as some thoughts on political organisation from Juan Conatz (with a valuable comments section), Gayge Operaista’s thoughts on exploitation, repression and self-organisation, and an excellent article on the Cautiously Pessimistic blog summed up a lot of what I had been thinking — the later especially.

It’s hard for me to write about organisation at the moment because of my own personal shit (mentioned above) that’s tied up with it. I also feel hypercritical writing about it because of these reasons. But I thought I’d record some thoughts nonetheless. They aren’t as succinct as the links above, and they mainly relate to my localized experience.

First, a bit of background. I helped get Beyond Resistance (BR) off the ground with a number of anarchists around October 2009. At the time I firmly believed that a tight group of anarchists with a high level of ideological unity was what we needed to forward our political project, which was to get back to long-term workplace/community organising (rather than what we called ‘mere reaction’). Whether we were successful with that or not is hard to say. We were involved in lots of projects and events, published some good texts, and were especially active during the initial weeks of the CHCH earthquakes. We helped spread the idea of Solnets in New Zealand (especially through some of our strategy papers and in forums on the West Coast) and started one in Christchurch.

Now, I’m not so sure about the need for a specific anarchist organisation. I’ve begun to think such groups tend to come at struggle from an ideological place, in terms of appealing to workers on the realm of ideas and morals. Of course we were engaging in struggles around material needs, but I still held to the idea that tighter org will crystalize our arguments, make them sharper and more visible/audible to those in the wider class. Despite arguing that we wanted BR to be based firmly in the struggle around the material needs of our members, we still never shook the mantles of an anarchist propaganda group.

Also, I reckon it’s a question of who we work with. In the past I’ve looked to other anarchists with a similar agreement on principles as my base community. Yet surely this is an arbitrary and unhelpful thing, when compared with say, a community based on material and shared needs? What I mean is something like a Tenants Union of people in my area who share landlords, or as Cautiously Pessimistic points out, those who have a specifically shared experience of exploitation under capital. If class struggle is about building and strengthening relationships and self-activity, why did we as anarchists feel the need to build an anarchist group first, or that to do class struggle we needed a political org behind us — to do it as a political org? I’m not sure if what I’m trying to say makes sense, and maybe it’s natural to organize with those you feel closest affinity with. I’m just questioning that particular framework with which we approached struggle.

I’m not anti-organisation, nor have I moved over to a position of pure spontaneity. I definitely think political education and cultural work is needed, and that having a group of peeps you can share your ideas and experiences with is a must: as a place to bounce ideas around practical actions in our lives/struggles. And this is the way BR is starting to operate right now — a place for its members to bring in their experiences of struggle, to discuss and then to put into practice. But at this moment in time, I would rather put any time and energy I had into projects other than an anarchist political project, such as a solnet, or into a tenants union. Only problem is these don’t really exist, so building them would be a huge task.

What does that mean for BR? We’ve decided that the nature of our energy and focus right now means we can’t (or won’t) do the external stuff we used to do — you know, stuff a typical political org does (propaganda/flyers, evenings, meetings, calling pickets etc). Two years ago I would have slammed such a move as being nothing more than a talk shop; inward-focused and irrelevant. Now I’m not so sure. Groups like Recomposition have been valuable as models, and the discussions on libcom under Juan’s text are very interesting (although in CHCH there is no IWW or ‘mass’ org to ‘liquidate’ into). I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Originally posted by Jared on 11 July 2012 at

For the first time in 16 years the cabinet are meeting outside of the beehive to acknowledge the anniversary of September’s Earthquake. The same government that brought us 1000’s of families freezing in condemned homes, record levels of unemployment, attacks on workers and beneficiary rights, billion dollar bailouts for private business and a party with a clear agenda to drag New Zealand into a third world economic state – so long as they and their mates make a quick buck.
When:         Monday, September 5 · 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Where:       Copthorne Hotel, 449 Memorial Avenue – nr Ch Ch airport
With guest speakers who have been directly impacted by National’s crazy policies, laws and agenda, great music and awesome company how can you resist?! Tell your family and mates, get some car pooling organised and get yourselves to this!!!  
                                       More info: click here

We’re getting together Sunday August 21st at 1pm – Linwood Community Arts Centre – 468 Worcester Street – to put banners together and have a bit of a brain storm. This is an open invite to anyone who supports the demo and wants to come and hang out over a cuppa with some good sorts 🙂

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