Maritime Union of SA
APN End of Year Picnic
Saturday August 20th, 1pm
Box Factory, 59 Regent Street South
An afternoon of stimulating discussion on three different topics. All welcome.
1) ‘An Activist Conception Of History’ with David Faber
History is a being created all round us, by all of us, all of the time. In ways both great and small, consciously and unconsciously, we create the societies that create us. In what ways can the mirror of history allow us to look on this process with fresh eyes, and discern the patterns and tendencies that lead to progress or decline, liberation or oppression?
2) ‘“I Don’t Get It”: Communication In Activism’ with Claudia Ienco
Communication is at the heart of activism. Clear ideas and arguments that cut through misconceptions, and lead to greater debate and democratic potential are always vital to fighting and winning for rights and dignity. How can we ensure that communication flows ethically, respectfully, and effectively within our groups and networks
3) ‘Newstart for Schools: Defunding And Restructuring Public Schools For Private Profit’ with Sam Shetler
How does education help create social and economic disadvantage? Publicly-funded schools are moving towards a new model, one that centres on the interests of big business more than ever, and which will mean that school has entirely different meaning, depending on whether you are rich or poor.
Being Poor In A Rich Country – What People Don’t Understand – With Linda Tirado
WHERE: Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, corner Portrush Road and The Parade, Beulah Park
ENTRY: optional gold-coin for low-income people, $10 for others
American anti-poverty activist and author Linda Tirado, “the woman who accidentally explained poverty to a nation”, will be speaking about the myths and victim-blaming that surround poverty in rich countries like Australia and the United States.Linda, who knows first-hand what it is like to be part of the working poor in the United States, has appeared on ABC’s Q&A program, written for Huffington Post, and visited numerous countries to inspire low-income people to speak out and challenge how they are treated, and challenge others to rethink their views.She comes here at a time when the unemployed, sole parents, pensioners, and others face significant challenges, including grossly inadequate Centrelink payments (and reduced access to certain payments); the imposition of failed and coercive programs like Compulsory Income Management and Work For The Dole; and punitive Job Network (employment service provider) obligations.Speaking alongside Linda will be locals who know first-hand the difficulties of living below the poverty-line, and being out of work, and there will also be opportunities to learn about different campaigns and projects, and a delicious community dinner afterwards.Childcare and transport assistance available, e-mail antipovertynetwork.sa@gmail or call 0411587663 for more info.