Pacific International Solidarity Conference 2002
peace, global justice & solidarity with the Third World
28-April 1, 2002. Sydney Boys High School, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia
Pacific solidarity boosted by conference
but absolutely exhilarating!" and "An incredible spirit of solidarity"
were how some participants described the second Asia Pacific International
Solidarity Conference, held on March 29-April 1 at Sydney Boys High School.
The conference attracted more than 750 people. Activists from more than
30 countries, mainly in the Asia-Pacific region, attended. Click
here to read the full report in Green Left Weekly
& reports from the conference
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Peters, Ken Davis from Workers Out! A workshop will be presented
by a representative of this group of trade unionists campaigning for gay,
lesbian, transgender and other sexual minority workers' rights
Conroy, cultural and media activist, will introduce a documentary of
an Indonesian workers' theatre company and conduct an interactive cultural
Reid, Lecturer in Development Studies, University of Newcastle, participant
at Porto Alegre II. Reid will present a workshop on the Brazilian Workers
Party's experiences with the Participatory Budget in the state government
of Rio Grande do Sul.
Wilson, Workers' Power Australia
Spindler, Organiser, Australian
Manufacturing Workers Union (Victoria)
in Solidarity with Latin America and the Caribbean
Johnston, State Secretary, Australian
Manufacturing Workers Union (Victoria). Johnston is a leader of the
rank-and-file Workers First group that is currently spearheading the AMWU
and union fightbacks in Victoria.
Lorimer, Editor, Green
Press Releases, criminal justice activist for 33 years
McCulloch, National Secretary, National
Tertiary Education Union
Goodman, Mineral Policy Institute
Left Weekly correspondent for Genoa anti-G8
Wynhausen, PNG Solidarity Action, will speak about the upheavals
against the rapacious IMF and World Bank policies in PNG, waged by students,
workers and the poor.
Hickson, Director, Actively Radical TV, Sydney. Hickson has
filmed numerous documentaries in both Australia and overseas, highlighting
the struggles of ordinary people against the powers that be. She will present
a couple of workshops with other media activists on the work of developing
an alternative voice and media.
Jim Green, researcher and writer in nuclear issues
Percy, National Secretary, Democratic
Jorquera, Melbourne M1 Alliance. Along with a talk on the development
of the anti-corporate movement in Australia, Jorquera will conduct a fun
and interactive activist workshop on "how to educate and agitate".
Kamala Emanuel, women's health and family planning doctor, a campaigner
for women's right to choose
Hajaj, activist in Palestine Solidarity, Sydney
Bullimore, Indigenous Students Network
Macdonald, Free the Refugees Campaign
Almario, Colombian Solidarity Network
Dumble, International Coordinator, Global
Lane, Chairperson, Action
in Solidarity with Asia and the Pacific (ASAP)
Watts, progressive journalist, specialising in Bougainville and resistance
Phillipson, presenter of "Razor's Edge", 2SER
Grant, AID/WATCH, will present a critique of the "commercialisation
of aid", examining how the profit motive distorts stated objectives of
development and poverty reduction.
Dixon, journalist on southern African affairs, Green
Kiyak, Turkish-Australian refugee and women's rights activist
International. Lentini is one of AI's many refugee rights activists
and will detail the impact of the First World's "fortress" policies on
the present application of international refugee conventions and covenants.
Abood, community development worker/advocate for refugee women. Abood
has conducted extensive work among holders of Temporary Protection Visas
and will bring to light their disastrous effects on refugees' lives.
in Solidarity with Asia and the Pacific (ASAP). ASAP is building campaigns
to strengthen people-to-people solidarity in the Asia Pacific and to oppose
the intervention of Australian big business interests in the region.
Pacheco, El Salvadorean refugee and activist, Brisbane
Jackson, Indigenous Social Justice Association
Stephen, journalist on refugee affairs, Green
Butler, National Coordinator, Resistance
Omerod, Jubilee 2000
Bramble, Socialist Alternative
Porzsolt, Jewish peace activist
Sari, a leader of the People's
Democratic Party (PRD) in Indonesia and Chairperson of the Indonesian
National Front for Workers' Struggle (FNPBI). A former political prisoner
and one of the foremost young militants in the budding Indonesian labour
movement, Sari was recently detained while leading a strike of factory
workers (See the article Dita
Sari detained at strike in Green Left Weekly, November 14, 2001).
For more details of Dita Sari's inspiring political background, click here.
Havini, Bougainville Interim Government
Havini, Bougainville Women for Peace and Freedom
Susan Kauba, medical academic and activist
Colyer, Socialist Workers Organisation
Tariq, General Secretary of the Labour
Party Pakistan. The LPP is currently playing a leading part—especially
in the mobilisation of workers—in the growing movement against the imperialist
war on Afghanistan. In the process, they are also waging a courageous struggle
against the religious fundamentalists, building towards a secular, democratic
movement for a socialist Pakistan. See Pakistan:
birth of a new peace movement in Green Left Weekly, November
of the Seraiki National Party, Abdul Majeed Kanjoo, from
Melencio, Chairperson of the Socialist Party of Labor, Philippines.
See the interview with Melencio, a veteran Filipino revolutionary, in Philippines:
left merger a great leap forward in Green Left Weekly, November
Briz, President of BMP
(Solidarity of Filipino Workers) union federation
Pascual, Executive Director, Resource Centre for People's Development
Mohideen, Socialist Party of Labor
Bhattacharya, General Secretary, Communist
Party of India (Marxist-Leninist). See the Green Left Weekly
on the way forward for the Indian left, based on an interview with
politburo member, Balasubramanian Sivaraman, in January 2000.
Sivaraman, radical Indian TV documentary producer
Lawrence, Vice-President, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU),
India's main union confederation
Alam, Krishok Federation, a mass organisation of rural workers and
farmers, currently waging an extensive struggle of land occupations
Quiyum, Krishok Federation
of the Working Class. The PWC is an exciting new regroupment of many
of South Korea's radical and Marxist activists based in the left wing of
the independent union movement. Gathering together the rich and diverse
experiences of these activists since the explosive entry of South Korea's
now-famous independent unions in 1987, and especially since the inspiring
general strike of the winter of 1996-7, the PWC aims to arm the labour
movement with a capacity to go on the political offensive against a ceaseless
storm of neoliberal attacks currently raging in that country. See the interview
with Kwon, the PWC's international officer, in South
Korean Marxists regroup (Green Left Weekly, March 1, 2000).
Young-su, International Coordinator, Korean Institute for Labour
Studies and Policy. The KILSP is a worker education centre that conducts
theoretical and practical education, often involved in assisting grassroots
Lau, Voice of Democracy
Correia, Socialist Party of Timor (PST). The PST is at the forefront
of organising resistance to the neoliberal and neocolonial attacks now
facing independent East Timor. In the process, the party is winning influence
among many workers, farmers and poor, reflected in its winning of a seat
in the 88-member Constituent Assembly in the September 2001 national elections.
wins, but no landslide and East
Timor: thousands rally for socialism in Green Left Weekly, September
Freitas, activist for economic justice.
Communist Party of Iraq
Rousset, European United Left/Nordic Green Left. Rousset is a veteran
socialist who played an active part in the May-June 68 revolt and has,
more recently, been involved in the movement against neoliberal globalisation.
He participated in both World Social Forums at Porto Alegre and is responsible
for East Asian issues for ATTAC-France's
international working group. For a more recent evaluation of the LCR's
work, see Left
faces opportunities and difficulties in Green Left Weekly, March
Callinicos, British Marxist intellectual, from the Socialist
Workers Party of Britain. Callinicos is a leader of the International
Socialist Tendency, the international grouping of affiliated parties led
by the SWP, which includes the Australian International Socialist Organisation,
among others. Callinicos's writings include Against Postmodernism :
a Marxist Critique (Polity, 1989), Althusser's Marxism (Pluto
Press, 1976) and Trotskyism (Open University Press, 1990).
T. McKinley, South African Marxist and activist. Formerly an activist
in the South African Communist Party, McKinley was expelled for his criticisms
of the SACP's accommodation to neoliberalism.
Benjamin, Khanya College. Khanya College is an activist education centre
that services a range of social and labour movement organisations.
America & the Caribbean
Lund from Solidarity
in the US
Shawki and Paul D'Amato, leaders of the US
International Socialist Organisation. The US ISO, since its departure
from the International Socialist Tendency in early 2001 has been seeking
broader international links. This growing organisation of militants in
the belly of the beast is an active force in the US anti-war movement.
It is also deeply involved in the movements against racism, corporate globalisation
and for women's rights.
Albert, founder of Z Magazine (ZNet
online), and author of Looking Forward: Participatory Economics
in the 21st Century (South End Press, 1991)
Baggio, a founding leader of the Brazilian MST,
the Landless Rural Workers Movement
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