Friday, October 23, 2009

Newcastle Premiere of "Capitalism: a love story"

Capitalism, a love story, Friday 6 November, 6.45pm for 7pm

In Newcastle, with its array of activist organisations, this film should go down well.... at the:

Greater Union Theatre, King St, Newcastle

Light supper afterwards

Green Left Weekly benefit showing- please invite your friends, family, etc.

$20 / $16 concession Contact : Steve 0409 878485 Niko 0406296141

Mike Moore's new film explores the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default the rest of the world)

Download a flyer for printing-click here

Monday, October 12, 2009

The latest bit of junk TV advertising...

about coal is hilarious. I nearly fell off my chair when they pointed to the line of coal ships, with those poor sailors from far-away lands being ripped off by vessels under flags of convenience. On a more serious note, here's an excellent response from the Getup Crew:

Have you seen what the coal lobby is up to? Right now they're blanketing the airwaves in coal country marginal seats with a new ad campaign, in an attempt to undermine our transition to a clean-energy economy and strong-arm politicians into giving them extra handouts. 

We need to expose their ad campaign for what it is: a highly-paid rebranding exercise. The good news is we have just the ad to do it. Once people see it, every time they see the coal lobby's ad they'll think of our parody. That means you could make every marketing dollar the coal lobby spends work against them. 

In just weeks the Government will decide how much extra tax-payer assistance the coal industry will get - can you chip in to get this ad on air before Parliament resumes next week? 

The coal lobby has brought out the big guns - the same man behind 'Kevin07' is running their campaign. And there's already signs it may be working - with key politicians dancing to the coal lobby's tune. They want to further weaken the Government's woefully inadequate emissions trading scheme with even more exemptions for the coal lobby. 

You can show Labor and Liberal leaders alike that there's something more powerful than the polluting lobby: everyday Australians, like yourself, who are fed up with weak action on climate change and are willing to do something about it. 

If we can raise $50,000 in the next 48 hours we'll buy ads on TV spots like Meet the Press and Sky News, as well as in the areas that the coal lobby are running their ads, so that Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull can see that Australians are not buying the coal lobby's line: 

As part of our ReEnergise Australia campaign, GetUp members have been going door by door, block by block in targeted marginal seats across the country. They've been telling their friends and neighbours about the importance of renewable energy to Australia's environmental and economic future. 

Don't let the coal lobby undermine the grassroots efforts of your fellow GetUp members and volunteers with their slick marketing tricks. Watch this ad and donate to stop the coal lobby in its tracks. 

Thanks for being a part of the solution,
The GetUp Team 

PS - GetUp members are taking the story of clean-energy jobs to Australia's doorsteps. But in order to get that message out, we have to counter the marketing ploys of well-resourced lobby groups like the Australian Coal Association. Watch our ad and donate to send the message that cutting emissions creates jobs.

----- 'end of Getup's response. I reckon its a great idea. Below Above is a pic from the action at Woronira dam- protest against plans to mine underneath Sydney's water supply. Zane Alcorn (drily) remarked (somewhat acidly) "maybe Tillegra Dam was proposed to replace Woronora"...



Tuesday, October 6, 2009



Sydney Town Hall, George St Sydney

PAUL McALEER, MUA (Sydney Branch)
Professor JAKE LYNCH, Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies
RIZ WAKIL, Afghan refugee...

End the War Now!
Bring the Troops Home!