Written By: - Date published: 12:17 pm, October 3rd, 2017 - 9 comments
One of our key political challenges now is to broaden the understanding of what matters.
Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, April 29th, 2017 - 87 comments
You know things are bad when MPs start thinking squatting is a viable option.
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 2nd, 2017 - 59 comments
“Yours is an honourable mission with the power to bring alive the conscience of the world”
Written By: - Date published: 12:23 pm, November 12th, 2016 - 13 comments
Change happens at the intersection of the edge and the mainstream.
Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, October 26th, 2016 - 63 comments
What contribution can a blog make to activism?
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 14th, 2016 - 55 comments
An elegant graph explains why free trade is a good thing, but why it is causing a backlash in rich “Western” countries.
Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, August 12th, 2016 - 166 comments
Plenty of folk today pronouncing the death of the TPP. This is a victory for activism.
Written By: - Date published: 1:55 pm, May 29th, 2016 - 30 comments
“It is possible to live in a society with a world view that does not include empire”
– Winona LaDuke
Written By: - Date published: 4:01 pm, February 7th, 2014 - 6 comments
Brief occasional updates were requested on the public meetings being held in Dunedin. I’ll be straight up about this. I’m not altogether comfortable about submitting these posts because some readers might see the meetings as being synonymous with me. They’re not. But since I’m the only person with posting rights and because it wouldn’t be be appropriate to post an opinion under ‘notices and features’…
Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, January 16th, 2014 - 9 comments
Saturday afternoon. 1 O’Clock. Bandstand in Dunedin Botanic Gardens.
Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, December 20th, 2012 - 218 comments
If you and I were told that (variously) our sons and daughters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews were going to be killed tomorrow, would I be right to suspect that we might sit up and take notice?
Written By: - Date published: 3:31 pm, October 22nd, 2011 - 70 comments
Last week, several occupations ‘popped up’ around New Zealand. Well, they didn’t exactly pop up, did they? They weren’t more or less spontaneous, as in numerous countries in the Middle East, N. Africa, Europe and more recently, in Wall Street.
In New Zealand, there was, and is, no general out-pouring of anger or frustration from across large sectors of society. In New Zealand, the Occupations are contrived…pre-planned and organised.
Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, December 25th, 2010 - 21 comments
So, it’s Christmas; the season of good will and all. But for some of our institutions, juggernauts of bad will that they are, they just roll on regardless . For what it’s worth there is an on line letter you can sign calling on the US to end it’s inhumane treatment of Bradley Manning. Maybe signing it constitutes a Christmas message of sorts.
Written By: - Date published: 2:02 pm, May 22nd, 2009 - 1 comment
I just came across this. It’s the first part of a video by a US organisation called A New Way Forward. They’re organising nationwide video screenings of the extended version as well as town hall meetings and demonstrations to demand that their government “break up the insolvent banks and never again let them get so […]
Written By: - Date published: 12:38 pm, April 30th, 2008 - 55 comments
Personally, I think it’s hilarious. A brilliant piece of activism that got the public’s attention and raised the issue of why we have American spy equipment on our soil. All without any real harm done and no violence. The wannabe semiotician in me loves that you’ve got a rag-tag bunch of ordinary people attacking a huge, […]
Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, April 15th, 2008 - 56 comments
Just what you may have been waiting for: www.righttosmack.co.nz While we want the government to interfere with people’s private activities to some small degree; (outlawing homosexuality, stopping abortions, abolishing civil unions, abolishing legalised prostitution, etc.) – we will not tolerate being told we cannot use force and violence as part of loving correction and discipline! […]
Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, April 14th, 2008 - 21 comments
Jordan Carter’s just posted a photo of what looks like nine EFA protesters having their say outside the Labour Party Congress on the weekend. Looks like there are two journalists and a cameraman in the shot too so if my maths is right that’s a grand total of six genuine protesters. Nice work John.
Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, April 3rd, 2008 - 6 comments
There is a Novotel hotel beside the Canadian High Commission on The Terrace in Wellington. Check out this billboard on the wall of the hotel nearest the High Commission, you can see the Canadian flag in the bottom left corner. So, that’s where the baby seals are hanging out during the hunt. Good on the […]
Written By: - Date published: 1:02 pm, April 2nd, 2008 - 14 comments
Keith Ng of Public Address has a long-standing commitment to improving the quality of journalism in this country. Now, he is proposing a non-partisan wiki-style forum for fact-checking politicians’ statements. It seems like a great idea. We constantly see politicians making statements that are not backed by the facts but have time to only cover […]
Written By: - Date published: 11:44 am, April 1st, 2008 - 1 comment
Al Gore has just launched a $300 million, bipartisan campaign to try to push climate change higher on the nation’s political agenda. The website is www.wecansolveit.org – you can see the debut ad, “Anthem,” here. The campaign plans to bring together “unlikely bedfellows” of differing political stripes and use shows like American Idol to promote […]
Written By: - Date published: 4:44 pm, March 31st, 2008 - 11 comments
‘Tis the season for surveys of the parties. Greenpeace sent a questionnaire to each of the parliamentary parties asking for their polices on 20 climate change issues. They’ve published the answers and rated the policies for effectiveness tackling climate change. The results are summarised below. Parties could score up to two ticks per answer if […]