#CancelRIMPAC: International Day of Action

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Thousands of people across Aotearoa and the world joined in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter to stand against systemic racism both inside the United States and everywhere. The US police are intimately tied to the US military that enforce white supremacist violence across the globe under the rubric of the “war on terrorism.” New Zealand should have no involvement with the US empire and its forces of violence. Instead we must stand for a free and independent Pacific. The global day of action – this Saturday 20 June – is about educating people and building solidarity across the Pacific between those who resist RIMPAC 2020.

DAY OF ACTION EVENT on FACEBOOK

Ideas for actions:

    • Make a sign or banner using one of the key messages and take a photo of yourself, then post it to our facebook event using the hashtag #CancelRIMPAC. If you use twitter, please ping us on @PeaceActionWGTN and our sister organisation @AKPeaceAction
    • Visit the offices of your Member of Parliament and write a message in chalk outside of their office and take a photo of yourself, then post it to our facebook using the hashtag #CancelRIMPAC.
    • Print some posters (1, 2, 3) and put them up in your workplace, community, library, coffee shop etc.
    • Set up a stall and collect signatures for our petition: electronic version or paper version and take a photo of yourself, then post it to our facebook event using the hashtag #CancelRIMPAC.
    • Create a large message using people or other natural items (such as rocks) as letters, photograph it from a vantage point then post it to our facebook event using the hashtag #CancelRIMPAC.
    • Create a meme, gif or video message of solidarity then post it to our facebook event using the hashtag #CancelRIMPAC.
    • Join us for the RIMPAC webinar on Saturday from 1pm-3pm hosted by World Beyond War Aotearoa. Register here

Key Messages for actions:

  • DECOLONISE! DEMILITARISE!
  • Stop US Wars. No RIMPAC 2020
  • Healthcare NOT warfare. Cancel RIMPAC wargames
  • Solidarity Across the Pacific. Resist RIMPAC 2020
  • For a Nuclear-free, Weapons-free & Independent Pacific
  • Cancel RIMPAC, Protect Hawai’i
  • For a Free, Independent & Indigenous Pacific
  • You cannot simultaneously prepare for war and for peace. NZ out of RIMPAC.

Key Hashtag for the Day of Action: #CancelRIMPAC

Resources to Use:

For more info about RIMPAC

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Protect Ihumātao: National Day of Action – Wellington!

Individuals and groups stood in solidarity with the Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) Campaign outside Fletcher offices in Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin, and Hamilton on Friday 15 February to stop an unwanted housing development on 33 hectares of rare landscape at Ihumātao, near Auckland International Airport.

This land is part of a rare cultural heritage landscape and is adjacent to the Otuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve. It was unjustly confiscated in 1863 and given to settlers who farmed it until their descendants sold it for around $20m to Fletcher Building Limited in
2016. Fletcher wants to build 480 houses.

SOUL are currently occupying land at Ihumātao to halt Fletchers plans to start construction. SOUL have called for collective action and support in an effort to stop a confrontation on the land. ‘We invite anyone who wants to stand against colonisation and racism to join us at Fletchers on Friday the 15th. If you can’t make it to a protest, we invite you to call or email Fletchers and let them know how you feel.’’

Here in Wellington we heard the call to action and started a new group SOUL Solidarity Pōneke. We stand in solidarity with mana whenua in Tāmaki Makaurau who are standing up against development on their illegally confiscated ancestral lands.

On the 15th of February we took action targeting Fletcher’s Construction who bought the land at Ihumātao and are planning to start construction soon. As Fletcher’s seem to be having trouble knowing what being a good treaty partner looks like, we held them a FREE Tiriti o Waitangi workshop at their premises in Churton Park! Together, we learnt more about Te Tiriti, sung waiata and shared kai.

For more information:
https://www.protectihumatao.com/

 

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Protect Ihumātao – National Day of Action

Save Our Unique Landscapes (SOUL) have ramped up their campaign to protect Ihumātao and it’s moving fast!

SOUL are planning a National Day of Action against Fletchers – FRIDAY 15th FEBRUARY. People across the country will be taking action to #ProtectIhumātao.

Want to get involved? You can participate in the phone blockade from anywhere in the world, or join people at a protest near you.

Tāmaki-makaurau – Auckland

SOUL Campaign
SOUL meet every Thursday at 6.30pm in Tāmaki.
Email to get involved or you can donate to their givealittle!

Kirikiriroa – Hamilton
Contact to come.

Ōtautahi – Christchurch
Email to get involved.

Ōtepoti – Dunedin

Environmental Justice Ōtepoti
Email at environmentaljusticeotepoti@gmail.com
FEB 7 – SOUL Solidarity Ōtepoti -Sign Making +Action Planning

Te Whanganui-a-Tara – Wellington

Peace Action Wellington (that’s us!)

Protect Ihumātao: National Day of Action – Wellington

Friday, 15 February 09:30-12:00
Fletcher Construction
236 Middleton Rd, Churton Park

Email us peacewellington@riseup.net 

  •  Māori caucus – engaging with Māori in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, making sure tikanga are upheld in actions and mana whenua is respected. Email kassie@actionstation.org.nz you want to get involved.
  • Tauiwi caucus – engaging with non-Māori, non-Pākehā communities on this issue. Email peacewellington@riseup.net if you want to get involved.
  • Action planning – planning actions in solidarity with the SOUL campaign. Email peacewellington@riseup.net if you want to get involved.
  • Awareness raising – painting banners, making leaflets, zines, badges and other creative stuffs.
  • Petition – getting dem signatures (sign it here if you haven’t yet!). Email peacewellington@riseup.net if you want to get involved.
  • National Network & media – coordinating with people outside of Wellington who want to get involved. Coordinating with the SOUL campaign around media, writing press releases etc. Email peacewellington@riseup.net if you want to get involved.
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Protect Ihumātao


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This weekend Peace Action went along to Ōtaki Summer Camp and saw Pania Newton speak about the SOUL campaign to protect Ihumātao. So many young people got fired up that they set up the SOUL Solidarity Network!

Ihumātao was confiscated in 1863 to punish tangata whenua for supporting the Kīngitanga movement. Pākehā law and processes have been used to entrench this theft. This is an opportunity to recognise the wrongs of our past and present of ongoing colonisation. We’re going to demand that the Government intervene and return Ihumātao to mana whenua.

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Come along to the Newtown Community Centre at 6pm on Tuesday, January 29 if you want to organise SOUL solidarity actions in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington! We’ll bring tea, coffee, pizza and facilitation, you bring the energy!

To help us do this important mahi, Peace Action will bring the following proposals:

  • Organising group structure
  • Decision-making process

 

Subscribe to the SOUL Solidarity mailing list by emailing peacewellington@riseup.net

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The Weapons Expo 2018 – Palmy is a Peace City!

This year the Weapons Expo shifted to Palmerston North on the 31st of October after successful protests in Auckland and Wellington in 2016 and 2017. Auckland Peace Action have written a nice summary of events here so here is some pictures from the two days.

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