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Hot under the white/blue/greencollar Capitalist pyre ?

Due to recent budget cuts and the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, the Light at the End of the Tunnel has been turned off. We apologize for any inconvenience.

A friend here in Melbourne just did a five minute essay on fire and climate change for dispatches radio show in Canada. will be on next week... Check it out at:

An Iraqi woman named Mimi said it was so bloody hot here in melbourne especially when wind was high, even hotter than Baghdad; she has lived in both cities summers. Friends from Iraq called her on skype internet phone worried if she was on fire which is interesting eg used to be seen that Iraq was "hell" now we get a serve and Iraqis worry about us ! amazing...

Gardens and houses in suburbs are on water restrictions then had really hot and really windy days so many trees like autumn dropped their sun blazed leaves too early. Even with mulch and shade cloth many of the vegies we planted got cooked in the yard alas. Price of fruit and vegies is due to shortages starting to climb via speculators on the scarcity.

The Coming Crisis: White Collar Homelessness

The Coming Crisis: White Collar Homelessness February 10, 2009 " As a common-sense yet critical service to the homeless in LA, one organization has filled a warehouse with trash cans ("bins") for homeless people to store their personal belongings while they are unhoused. Just last week, staffers reconfigured the space to squeeze in more bins to accommodate the rising demand."

Shannon Moriarty has worked in homeless shelters and service organizations in San Francisco, the Triangle region of North Carolina, and currently in the greater Boston area.

COMMENT Green collar jobs renovating all the soon to be shut down car-parks, factories, offices, shops into housing with roof gardens, water tanks, solar electricity power source and other local co-operative social needs ? For blue collar, white collar, no collar wage slave families. Or "business as usual" spend on the next market lead war for resources....

Central govt resorts to artillery to fight drought

Will this be the strategy next year during the ongoing drought, higher temperatures for longer & fires ?

Central govt resorts to artillery to fight drought Monday, 09 February 2009 China fired thousands of artillery shells into the sky to make it rain and prepared to divert water from its two longest rivers to fight the country’s worst drought in decades, oficials said yesterday.

Premier Wen Jiabao said the drought — which has hit central and southwestern rice growing provinces, as well as the north — risked straining food supplies when people already faced hardships due to the economic crisis. “The drought is still developing. Meteorologists forecast that there will be no major rain in the near-term,” Wen was quoted as saying by the Xinhua news agency during a visit to drought hit areas in Henan province. “It is very difficult to fight a drought and ensure a good harvest,” he said. “We must work very hard and relentlessly.”

Lebrija, a whole town organizes and fights unemployment Andalusia/Spain

Lebrija, a whole town organizes and fights unemployment

Anarchist direct action in the andalusian countryside

ALB travelled last friday to Lebrija, a sevillian locality of about 26000 inhabitants, to support the demonstration that took place that same day in the streets and to interview comrade Victoriano Vela, a 35 year old bricklayer and one of the instigators, as militant of the local Union of the CNT, of the mobilizations that since last week follow one another, demanding the creation of a Bourse du Travail (fr: labour exchange or council) under popular control so as to provide jobs to the unemployed.We henceforth transcribe the content of the interview we held with him.

1- How did this mobilization arise, and which are its demands?

Well, the thing began in October, when a group of comrades came to the Union talking about the problem of the division of labour in jobs for the City Council, and the shameless patronage that it hides, since only those who are loyal to the PSOE (the party that governs the locality) are employed.

Watershed rally at Polly's office + fight the rich not their wars

Friends of the Earth Melbourne called a 'community presence' at the electoral office of Victorian minister for water Tim Holding to bring home to him people's opposition to the proposed desalination plant at Wonthaggi and the North-South pipeline currently being constructed. Union Solidarity co-ordinator Dave Kerin was one of the speakers ...Melbourne February 6th 2009


" FIGHT THE RICH NOT THEIR WARS ! " Southern-Africa, Statement distributed by ZACF:

Don’t Kill or be Killed for Free Education by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front Sat, 07 Feb 2009

Internation Women's Day Rally - March 6th Melbourne

2009 International Womens Day Rally Peace, Justice & Equality

State Library, Cnr Swanston & LaTrobe streets Friday 6th March 2009, 2.00pm- 3.00pm

We demand the right to: *Safe and secure work *Equal and decent pay & conditions *Paid parental leave- "It's Time To Deliver" *Free and public child care *Flexible work arrangements And the Right to: *Be safe at home, at work, and all public spaces *Affordable housing, education and health care * Be treated with dignity and respect

For further information please contact: Jennifer O'Donnell-Pirisi, VTHC Women's Officer, 9669 3511.

UnionBook global social network for unionists is coming

UnionBook is a social networking platform for trade unionists around the world. If you already have an account on Facebook, MySpace, Bebo or any other social network, we're not suggesting that this is a replacement. But we feel that UnionBook fills a void - a need for trade unionists to have a platform that we control, that is advertising-free and that respects our privacy.

Facebook, for example, does none of those things. Because we don't control it -- Facebook is, after all, a profit-making business -- any groups, causes or events that we create can be deleted by the company without any right of appeal. And this has already happened. f you're too active doing the kind of networking that we trade unionists do all the time -- recruiting friends, sending out messages, and so on -- Facebook can blacklist you and close your account. This has already happened to a number of union activists.

'breakthrough: from recession to sustainability' Feb 14th sustainability convergence

For all you Valentines (feb 14th) who love Mother Earth

Sustainable Living Foundation, Friends of the Earth, and Greenleap Strategic Institute present the third sustainability convergence 'breakthrough: from recession to sustainability'

As we face a looming financial crisis, what are the threats and opportunities to social and environmental movements? How do we break the 'business as usual' model? How do we 'bail out' the planet? This convergence seeks to bring together people from across Melbourne to start to develop a pathway through the recession to a sustainable economy.

What would this look like and how we would we get there? What about livelihood and good work, what about community resilience? What about our place in the world? How do we respond effectively to the looming crisis of climate change? And what does this mean for the social and environmental movements in the short term?

Stick Together Radio: casual tax drivers Melbourne

Today Sunday Feb 8th 2009 programme focus was on "organising the unorganised" the international students, many from Indian sub-continent. These "sub-contractors" slave away getting abused in the taxi-industry. They formed the Victorian tax-drivers association after being ignored by the Transport Workers Union as being too difficult. Liz Thompson an activist is interviewed by Colm McNaughton

related: Report from last Thursday’s taxi driver meeting* Liz Thompson at 7:49 pm on Monday, June 23, 2008

TAXI drivers have warned Wednesday’s snap city blockade could happen again. Blockade organiser Mohammed Jama said cab drivers had been neglected for too long and were prepared to further disrupt the city to get what they wanted. “From now on, if we are not getting what we want we will fight for our right anytime, any place, anywhere,” he said.

Zapatista Film/Doco Festival 20, 21, 22 February 2009 62 St. Georges Road, Northcote

Zapatista Film/Doco Festival 20, 21, 22 February 2009 62 St. Georges Road, Northcote

Inspiring, creating, fighting “...We want a world where many worlds are possible...” Sub Marcos, Zapatista National Liberation Army, Chiapas, Mexico

It is New Year’s Night 1994, the day the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comes into effect. For the indigenous communities & popular activists in the Lacandona Jungle of South-eastern Mexico, Chiapas, NAFTA symbolizes the culmination of over 500 years of exploitation. During the night, 2,000 indigenous soldiers occupy several cities in the state of Chiapas and declare political and economic independence. They call themselves the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN).

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