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That’s right folks, less than two weeks to go! 

This weeks poster is rather topical:

This poster celebrates the life and work of Wangari Maathai, the founder of the African Greenbelt environmental and social justice movement.

The show details again (in case you missed them):

Since 1998 the Celebrate People’s History Project has produced an amazing array of political posters by different artists from around the world, each highlighting a historical example of social struggle. Here in New Zealand for the first time is the complete series, celebrating important acts of resistance by both individuals and collective movements who have fought tirelessly for social justice. From the Spanish Revolution to feminist labour organisers, indigenous movements to environmental sustainability, protests against racism to the Korean Peasant’s League — Celebrate People’s History canvases global movements in collaboration with a global network of artists.

Visually the posters are as diverse as the topics themselves. Screenprint, woodcut, linocut, illustration, line art and traditional graphic design all feature in full colour — employed to engage in much needed critical reflection about aspects of our history often overlooked by mainstream narratives. A seamless welding of art and politics, Celebrate People’s History is sure to excite the history junkie, poster enthusiast, art student and social activist alike.
Celebrate People’s History
May 17 – 29, 2010  

Opening Night
Monday May 17th at 5.30pm

Eastside Gallery at the Linwood Community Arts Centre 
Corner Worcester Street and Stanmore Road
Christchurch

Christchurch Anarchist-Communist Discussion Group

Wednesday 5th May, 7pm
Workers Educational Association, 59 Gloucester St

Continuing on from last month’s discussion about recent attacks on the working class, the Anarchist-Communist Discussion Group in May will look at anarcho-syndicalism, industrial networks and new forms of workplace/community organising.

Before the discussion, you should read the short article on the topic (.pdf format, 428kb). We will have copies available on the night, but reading beforehand and thinking about ideas it brings up will enable better discussion.

From the discussion article:
“The old ways of struggle have failed. Traditional trade unions, politicians and protest marches are inefective in resisting attacks on the working class. What is needed is radical forms of resistance that are accesible, constructive, and at the same time, revolutionary. Could one solution be the formation of anarcho-syndicalist networks and assemblies, both in the workplace and our communities?”

The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month and aims to provide a space for the open discussion of anarchist-communist ideas and practice. Each month there will be a short article to read or a short video to watch, that we can then discuss together.

It’s free, and tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

The group is a joint effort of the Christchurch branch of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement and Beyond Resistance.

See you there!

Justseeds and Beyond Resistance is proud to present ‘Celebrate People’s History’, an exhibition of over 50 international posters documenting radical moments in history. Each week leading up to the exhibition we will be showcasing a poster from the series, to wet your visual appetite…

This week’s poster is ‘Jane’ by Meredith Stern. ‘Jane’ was the codeword for a Chicago-based underground abortion service. Hundreds of women help thousands of others get clean, safe abortions at a time when abortion was completely illegal in the US.

 

Celebrate People’s History
May 17 – 29, 2010

Opening Night
Monday May 17th at 5.30pm

Eastside Gallery at the Linwood Community Arts Centre 
Corner Worcester Street and Stanmore Road
Christchurch

Anarchism in Ireland

7pm, Tuesday 6th April
WEA, 59 Gloucester St

An anarchist from the Belfast branch of Workers Solidarity Movement, Ireland, will be speaking on the history of anarchism in Ireland, the growth of the Workers Solidarity Movement and how the WSM works in Ireland in 2010.

In the years since their formation, the Irish WSM been involved in a wide range of struggles – WSM members are involved in their trade unions; they have fought for abortion rights, and against the growth of racism in southern Ireland; They have also been involved in campaigns in support of workers from countries as far apart as Nepal, Peru and South Africa.

Organised by the Christchurch branch of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement

For more details see http://awsm.org.nz/?p=258

Christchurch Anarchist-Communist Discussion Group

 Wednesday 7th April, 7pm

Workers Educational Association, 59 Gloucester St

This month’s topic at the Anarchist-Communist Discussion Group is current attacks on the working class in New Zealand. Before the discussion, you should read the short article on the topic (.pdf format, 206kb). We will have copies available on the night, but reading beforehand and thinking about ideas it brings up will enable better discussion.

From the discussion article:

“As we endure a period of recession in New Zealand, as always capital and the state try to force the brunt of the cost onto the working class – those of us who are least able to cope. Around the country in our workplaces, thousands are being made redundant, forced to take pay cuts and/or cuts in wages and conditions. When we lose our jobs or are unable to work for health or family reasons, crackdowns on beneficiaries make it even harder to survive on what are already meagre benefits. In our communities, funding cuts mean closures to vital services.

It is only through collective resistance that we can fight effectively against these attacks, and push for not merely maintaining the current inadequacies but potentially for something better.”

Read the rest at http://awsm.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/discussion-group.pdf

The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month and aims to provide a space for the open discussion of anarchist-communist ideas and practice. Each month there will be a short article to read or a short video to watch, that we can then discuss together.

It’s free, and tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

The group is a joint effort of the Christchurch branch of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement and Beyond Resistance.

The Anarchist-Communist Discussion Group invites you to our first meeting on Wednesday March 3 at 7pm at the WEA, 59 Gloucester Street.

The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month and aims to provide a space for the open discussion of anarchist-communist ideas and practice. Each month there will be a short article to read or a short video to watch, that we can then discuss together.

For the first meeting, we will be watching a video of a talk given by Barry Pateman, a vastly experienced British anarchist now based in the USA. He is one of the editors of the Emma Goldman Papers and a curator of the Kate Sharpley Library (one of the largest anarchist libraries in the world). He is also editor of the book ‘Chomsky on Anarchism’. Barry spoke in Wellington in May last year, and we will be showing the video of the talk at our first meeting, followed by discussion of the ideas raised in it.

Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

The group is a joint effort of the Christchurch branch of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement and Beyond Resistance.