Minister must explain white supremacist in the NZDF

The public needs answers from Ron Mark, Minister of Defence, about another member of the NZDF named in a Newsroom article today with explicit links to a domestic white supremacist terrorist organisation.

What is the Minister going to do about ongoing white supremacist organising within the military? This is the third NZDF soldier linked to a neo-nazi group.

Today, James Fairburn, a former Army communications operator and a current member of the Army Reserves was publicly outed as a white supremacist. He has attended events hosted by a domestic white supremacist group, and he has engaged in online hate forums. The group he has been associated with, Action Zealandia, has several members already linked with other criminal offenses.

The NZDF appears to have a serious problem with recruiting active neo-nazis into their forces. Minister of Defence Ron Mark has so far been unwilling to deal with this problem and the NZDF has brushed it off. It is disturbing that they haven’t reviewed any processes or policies since before the Christchurch terrorist attack.

We also believe that the New Zealand Police are not doing any active investigation of these people.

The Defence Minister, Minister of Police, and the Minister of the NZSIS, and the agencies they manage, appear incapable of responding to this obvious threat to public safety.

The people of Aotearoa have a right to feel safe from neo-nazi violence and need answers now.

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Solidarity with Hawai‘i against RIMPAC 2020

From across Te Moana-Nui-A-Kiwa, the great Pacific Ocean, we send greetings and solidarity to our Hawaiian brothers, sisters and friends resisting RIMPAC, the Rim of the Pacific military exercise.

We stand resolutely and implacably opposed to the arrogant imperial violence that is RIMPAC. This military exercise is training for mass murder and ecocide. No amount of propaganda or spin can disguise the true nature of these preparations for war and colonisation.

RIMPAC enforces the illegal US colonial occupation of Hawai‘i. The great islands of Hawai‘i were never ceded to the United States. They were stolen by a US coup d’etat and fraudulently occupied by US marines in 1896. Hawaiians have never been asked nor consulted about their lands and seas being used as a US military base. The Hawaiian people are the sole legitimate source of authority across the Hawaiian archipelago. We support their aspirations for a free and independent nation.

RIMPAC is a dangerous provocation to other countries. It is intended to be a show of force and a demonstration of US power in the region. The Pacific is a new imperialist battleground between the US and China. This military exercise has excluded and encircled China. It does not build international trust or cooperation, but instead builds fear, creates opportunities for misunderstandings and sows division. We support a nuclear-free, weapons-free and independent Pacific.

The US does not, and never has, acted in the service of freedom or democracy. It acts in the interest of US business in pursuit of new resources and new markets. When those are not freely given, they are taken by force. The US military is the enforcer of the exploitative, global capitalist economic order. This violence is the history of the US military in the Pacific.

RIMPAC is harmful to our collective existence: the 26 attending militaries burn millions of litres of fossil fuels; they use missiles and torpedoes in sinking exercises polluting the Pacific, they deploy underwater sonar blasts damaging marine mammal health and killing marine life, they conduct live ordnance training, and they dump toxic wastes at sea.

From Aotearoa New Zealand to Hawai‘i, we stand with you to build a different world in the shell of the old. We will work with you to build peace with justice and self-determination. We will be tireless in our efforts to end militarism and imperialism in every corner of the earth. We act in solidarity with you to end RIMPAC this year and every year.

Kia kaha. Kia maia. Kia manawanui. Be strong. Be brave. Be resolute. #CancelRIMPAC2020

 

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#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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