|Kia ora Peace Friends,
Around the globe we are seeing a rise in racism, xenophobia and white supremacy that is both fueled by and fueling the new US administration. At the same time, highly crafted propaganda wars and counterintelligence programs are being run across the internet and mainstream media that distort reality and truth, replacing them with “alternative facts” that suit the agendas of those in power. It can be hard to stay optimistic and motivated in such dark times. There is a remedy for this despair: it is activism, and it works. Getting out on the streets and working together collectively, face-to-face can provide profound reassurance that we can and will make another kind of world. We hope you can get along to participate in some of these events to build local connections, and to work for peace, justice and self-determination for all of the world’s people.
No Ban, No Wall: Protest Trump’s Racist Border Orders – Auckland
Tuesday, 7 February 6pm-8pm
Let’s join together to make a statement that people of Aotearoa are against Trump’s Muslim ban and racist immigration policies. Organised by Aotearoa Against Muslim Ban.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/751990248310222/
10,000 TOO MANY: March against mass incarceration
Saturday, 11 February 12 noon
The prison population in Aotearoa has just reached 10,000 for the first time, and the government wants to build a $1 billion new prison. It’s time we march against expanding prisons, overcrowding, and the unjust punishment system! Our grossly racist prison system must be stopped! Organised by No Pride in Prisons
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1295188543879616/
Tino Rangatiratanga Today: Public Wānanga
Sunday 12 February 10:30am – 3pm
Auckland Central Library, 44 Lorne Street
All whānau are invited to participate in this day wānanga, aimed at engaging community voices around mana motuhake and what it means today; with speakers Moana Jackson, Kingi Snelgar, and Emmy Rākete.
Come along, all are welcome to share in meaningful kōrero and filling kai.
Kia mau ki te tikanga ō koutou tīpuna. Tihei mauri ora!
Organised by Racial Equity Aotearoa with Awa Associates and Asians Supporting Tino Rangatiratanga
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2175392416019667/
Stand to Stop Niki’s Eviction
Tuesday 21 February, from 9am onwards
14 Taniwha Street, Glen Innes
The Tamaki Regeneration Company are attempting to evict the elderly Niki Rauti from her long-term home to progress a gentrification project. Housing NZ have offered her temporary accommodation in a house with stairs she can’t use. Whilst spending $20 billion on new weapons this government has been running down the already inadequate and dysfunctional state housing system and systematically destroying the Glen Innes community. Niki along with many other inspiring activists have been occupying her home and successfully resisting an unjust eviction. Join us on February 21st to stop Niki’s eviction.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1363146397080988/
Crafting Resistance Ōtāhuhu
Sunday, 12 March 12:30pm
Join Auckland Peace Action for another Crafting Resistance event. The last one was jammed packed with people, so we’re taking it south so some more people can join in. This is a hands-on creative workshop exploring the ways in which communities use arts and crafts to resist injustice, torture and terrorising by state forces. Crafting materials and light refreshments provided. Camila from Chile will be teaching participants about a technique called Arpillera, a type of patchwork quilting born during the Pinochet dictatorship when a lot of women started sewing images of what they were experiencing. More details about this on our facebook page and Twitter in the next couple of weeks.
Auckland Peace Action is a grassroots community group that works against war, militarism and colonialism. We welcome new members who are in agreement with our AucklandPeaceAction
Ngā mihi mahana,
Auckland Peace Action