Sunday, August 31, 2014

Queensland Community Alliance Assembly

On the night of Wednesday 29 October 2014, more than 500 people from across South-East Queensland will come together to take action.

I hope you'll be one of them. 
Together, we'll hear stories of how leaders from churches and mosques, unions and neighbourhood centres, homelessness charities and schools begun working together. 

We'll find out how they are listening to the pressures their communities face, and have begun working to find solutions.

We'll welcome new partner organisations to our Alliance.

You'll hear the plan for our next steps to work for the common good.

And together, we'll take action, by launching a listening campaign across South-East Queensland in 2015.

When: 5:30pm for 6pm sharp start, Wednesday 29 October 2014
Where: St Marks Catholic School, 92 Lilac St Inala Qld 4077

Your Invitation is here

Just Dates September

September is

31 August- 6 September  Legacy  Week 

1-7   Spina Bifeda Awareness Week /  /

3      Indigenous Literacy Day

7       Fathers Day / National Threatened Species Day /

7-13 Child Protection Week

8     International Literacy Day

8-14  National Stroke Week

10   World Suicide Prevention Day

11 RUOK Day

12 White Balloon Day

14-20 Disability Action Week Queensland

15 International Day of Democracy

16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

21 International Day of Peace

29 Death of John Pat in Roeburne Prison (1983) prompting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Local Events in and around Brisbane 

Brisbane Free University Presents: Gaza in Context
BFU invites you to our upcoming session, which focuses on Gaza in the context of Israeli-Palestinian relations, and international human rights legislation.    The session features two excellent speakers (see details below), plus ample time for open discussion, questions and answers. 
Halim Rane is Associate Professor of Islam-West Relations in the School of Humanities at Griffith University, Queensland.  He formerly worked for the Australian Government Department of Immigration.  Rane’s research is interdisciplinary, encompassing media studies, sociology and international relations.  He is the author of numerous articles and books on Islamic and Muslim issues including: Media Framing of the Muslim World: Conflicts, Crises and Contexts, and Making Australia Foreign Policy on Israel-Palestine: Media Coverage, Public Opinion and Interest Groups.
Dr Natalia Szablewska is a Lecturer at Southern Cross University School of Law and Justice.  She specialises in international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights, and her current research is in transitional justice and different modes of empowerment.  She will present an overview of IHL and its applicability to conflicts between Israel and Palestine.
When: Thursday the 4th of September, 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Where: The carpark under the Westpac Bank, 89-91 Boundary St, West End.
As always, all are welcome to attend, and the session is absolutely free.  See you there!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Queensland Cultural Diversity Week 2014

This week I acknowledge my friends from  diverse communities who have enriched my life.I honour the strength and passion of those who have arrived here as Asylum Seekers and Refugees.

I pay tribute to the Capuchin Friars, Australia who introduced me to the world of cultural diversity. For seven years I lived with the friars and as a member of an International fraternity I was nurtured into relationships with people from a Non English speaking background. This experience proved to be one of the great turning points in my life.

I send out a cheer to my Facebook friends who include the First Peoples of Australia, as well as practically every continent on the planet.

I have friends here from Hong Kong,South Sudan,Sierra Leon,Ghana,Papua New Guinea, West Papua,Afghanistan, Iraq, China, Romania,Iran, India, Greece, Spain, Bosnia,Iceland,Timor Leste, Brazil,South Africa,Zimbabwe,Indonesia,Vietnam, The Philippines,Myanmar, Japan,Syria, Palestine,France, Germany,Italy,Israel. Tibet. El Salvador,Eritrea Ethiopia.Liberia,Zambia. If I have left you out, let me know!!!

Calendar of Events in Brisbane:

Qld Government Diversity Site

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Conflict: Contemporary responses to war

UQ Art Museum St Lucia

10 May – 7 September 2014

Conflict: Contemporary responses to war reflects on the world altering events of September 11 2001, and explores art made around the theme of war in the years since. The exhibition takes a wide-ranging view, considering conflict on a global scale, and more localised struggles. It addresses, for instance, the historical conflicts that accompanied colonisation, and continue to affect present generations. Memorials and commemoration, and the machinery and technology of war are also examined.
Australian artists
Tony Albert (NSW), Khadim Ali (NSW/ Pakistan/ Afghanistan), Raymond Arnold (Tas), Richard Bell (Qld), Gordon Bennett (Qld), GW Bot (ACT), Daniel Boyd (NSW), Lyndell Brown & Charles Green (Vic), Michael Callaghan (NSW), Jon Cattapan (Vic), Dadang Christanto (NSW), eX de Medici (ACT), James Dodd (SA), Bonita Ely (NSW), Andrea Fisher (Qld), Fiona Foley (Qld), Ian Friend (Qld), George Gittoes (NSW/ Afghanistan), Shaun Gladwell (UK), Lucy Griggs (WA), Fiona Hall (SA), Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, (NSW/ Malaysia), Gordon Hookey (Qld), Fatima Killeen (ACT), Magda Matwiejew (Vic), Noel McKenna (NSW), Tom Nicholson (Vic), Brad Nunn (Qld), Raquel Ormella (NSW), Baden Pailthorpe (NSW), Ryan Presley (Qld), Ben Quilty (NSW), Caroline Rothwell (NSW), Joan Ross (NSW), Khaled Sabsabi (NSW), Alex Seton (NSW), Arryn Snowball (Qld/ Germany), Judy Watson (Qld), Guan Wei (NSW/ China), Diana Williams (Vic/ China), Jemima Wyman (Qld/ USA), John Young (Vic). 
International artists
Laurence Aberhart (NZ), Wangechi Mutu (USA), Santiago Sierra (Spain), Unknown artist/s (Afghanistan).
Curator: Samantha Littley

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Balkan Flood Appeals
I have Facebook friends like 
Samira Velic Tarasand Adrian Burragubba who have been keeping me updated on the devastation happening in the Balkans at the moment. Please be generous to appeals and requests.

From the ABC: More than a quarter of Bosnia-Herzegovina's residents have been affected by the floods and more than 40 people have died. More than 100,000 houses have been rendered unusable.

The floods have also hit Serbia and Croatia.

It is being described as the worst disaster for the region since the war of the early 1990s.

Beyond the lack of shelter, clean water and food, there is also the horrifying knowledge that thousands of landmines left over from the war may have been swept up in the floods.

An expert who has been tracking down the landmines says it is a new crisis for the region.  Donja Plaenica appeal