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Mexico US borderlands "Something to Hide?" Report + meeting March 4 Melbourne

Mexico Solidarity Forum Presented by Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) 'A report from the Borderlands of Mexico and the US' Thursday March 4, 7PM Northcote Uniting Church 251High St. Northcote

Mexico-US Border “Something to hide?” a “new Future for everyone?

Award-winning radio documentary producer, LASNET co-founder, Colm McNaughton will talk and show photographs about his recent experiences in the borderlands of Mexico and the United States. Colm recently returned from a four month visit to Guatemala and Mexico where, among other things he was making two radio documentaries for the 360 program which is part of Radio National ABC.

drinks and finger food available Donation $5 In solidarity

Building Solidarity with Latin America... Building Bridges... Organising Globally... The power of Grassroots Organisations Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET)

Supported by Australia - Latin America Solidarity Coalition

YES WE CA$H!- Welfare struggles and the precarious worker in Italy

YES WE CA$H!- Welfare struggles and the precarity in Italy by Pemulwry on Feb 3 2010

An interview with a new campaign for a social wage in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, formed in the wake of Onda Anomala movement last year. The current phase of welfare struggles (in countries that have welfare to struggle over) is of defensive struggle against their erosion by neo-liberal re-imposition of work and privatisation.

However, Italy is potentially moving in another direction as the crisis has highlighted the problems of welfare with even liberal commentators advocating the extension of welfare benefits. Yes We Cash is a regional movement, pushing for the creation of a social wage in Emilia-Romagna (in North-West of the country.)



When did YWC start?

20th anniversary of Melbourne tram lockout 1990-2010

20th anniversary of tram lockout 1990-2010

Saturday January 30th from 6pm at pub corner of Sydney Rd and Brunswick Rd called Bridie O'Reilleys - was called Sarah Sands;

Brunswick tram depot workers commemorate the 20th anniversary of the occupation of the Brunswick Depot during the 1990 lockout by the Government.

Community radio station 3CR held a "TRAMATHON" to raise $ for the locked out trammies. 3CR also had a daily update on the dispute from the depots like Brunswick at midday. Please let anyone you know who was involved in supporting the workers in their dispute, if you are new but interested you would also be welcome.

Background, see:

Melbourne Tram Dispute and Lockout January - February 1990 Anarcho-Syndicalism in Practice A pamphlet by Jura Media Publications, Sydney 1997 Distributed by Jura Books PO Box N32, Petersham North, NSW 2049, Australia


Sickies = "unAustralian bums' ? + Art Attack - Under Attack

record-breaking half a million Australians take extra time off work "sick" as Australia Day approaches. (The Age) 25th January

...The Retailers Association said those who falsely claimed illness were "un-Australian bums". ...Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said he was one Australian who'd never taken a sickie in his life, not even in his younger days. ...The four-day long weekend will turn into an epic five-day holiday for some workers, with 100,000 forecast to have a sickie on Wednesday.



Although Michael Dickinson was aquitted in September 2007 of insulting the Turkish Prime Minister, in May 2009 the Public Prosecutor objected to the aquittal verdict and the Turkish Supreme Court agreed to open the case again.The next trial, when the judge will deliver his final verdict, is set for January 27 2010.

Ozfailure Daze - check out

data-mining technology meant to root out disaffected insiders

data-mining technology meant to root out disaffected insiders

Here's another reason to get off that antisocial kick and get with the networking.

The Air Force is developing a data-mining technology meant to root out disaffected insiders based on their e-mail activity--or lack thereof, according to an article in this month's International Journal of Security and Networks.

The technology, based on something called Probabilistic Latent Semantic Indexing (PDF), scours an organization's e-mail traffic and constructs a graph of social network interactions illustrating employee activity. If a worker suddenly stops socializing online, abruptly shifts alliances within the organization, or starts developing an unhealthy interest in "sensitive topics," the system detects it and alerts investigators.

Jan 20-26th Indigenous Resistance + The Other Clancy

midday 1pm live on 3CR the Tunnerminawait and Maulboyheener commemoration from Bowen lane outside RMIT today Jan 20th 2010


by Mungo MacCallum (based on Clancy of the Overflow poem)

He was poisoning the water when he chanced upon a slaughter So he joined in patriotically to massacre and rape And he sees the vision splendid of the native problem ended And a land made safe for cattle from Tasmania to the cape

In my genocidal fancy visions come to me of Clancy With a Gin across his saddle and her children in pursuit As he leaves behind their crying he tots up the dead and dying As he calculates his bounty and gets ready for a root

With commendable persistence Clancy follows the resistance And you’ll find him in the rearguard with the priests and their Te Deums While the troopers do the shooting Clancy rides behind them looting

There’s tjuringas for collectors and some heads for the museums And when he meets Jacky Clancy sometimes offers baccy And many other presents to improve the shining hour When his cobbers call him silly he just smiles and boils his billy

India - Gurgaon workers news + Tory Cameron airbrushed for (no) change

GurgaonWorkersNews - Newsletter 22 (January 2010) (full version:

Gurgaon in Haryana is presented as the shining India, a symbol of capitalist success promising a better life for everyone behind the gateway of development. At a first glance the office towers and shopping malls reflect this chimera and even the facades of the garment factories look like three star hotels. Behind the facade, behind the factory walls and in the side streets of the industrial areas thousands of workers keep the rat-race going, producing cars and scooters for the middle-classes which end up in the traffic jam on the new highway between Delhi and Gurgaon.

Haiti - After the Quake depend on Women - Dominican Republic

After the quake depend on women MADRE, an international women's human rights group, is working with the Haitian relief organization, Zanmi Lasante, to bring humanitarian aid into the country overland from the Dominican Republic.

JUAN GONZALEZ: Let me ask you about another sensitive issue, which is the question of the Dominican Republic. How has the Dominican government, which would be in the easiest position to provide some kind of assistance, since it has a large land border with Haiti—what has been the response of the Dominican government to try to assist Haitians?

Mexican lecky workers Wildcat + Qui Bono? + Haiti's Toussaint Louverture culture wars


Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl...

lyrics - All along the watchtower

When Calderon shut down Luz y Fuerza, he put its infrastructure and territory under the CFE’s control. However, former Luz y Fuerza workers, who consider their sudden firing to be illegal and immoral and continue to fight for work, were outraged that the CFE was “plundering” expensive equipment from their former workplace. Workers set up protest barricades in front of their former workplaces in order to block the CFE’s trucks from hauling out more equipment.

Representatives from the Mexican Electricians Union (SME) visited the barricades, informed the workers that they were engaging in unsanctioned protest activity, and requested that the workers remove them. Workers at many barricades refused the union’s request, and the union refused to recognize and support the wildcat barricades.

Narco News: What are the encampment’s demands?

Navarrete: An end to the plundering of the [Luz y Fuerza] buildings.

Labour films data base & related film festivals list

online labor film database This extraordinary resource includes no fewer than 1,465 union films and videos; for unionists everywhere. online labor film festival site, now featuring thirty such festivals around the world -- featuring festivals in Argentina, Canada, Ireland, Korea, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and the USA. You can help keep this list up-to-date and inclusive by emailing cgarlock at dclabor dot org Thanks to Eric Lee, Chris Garlock & many more through Labourstart network.
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