A comment from David Farrar’s KiwiBlog yesterday by “Ted Kennedy”
Some enterprising journo should do some digging and ask specifically what links Radical Youth has with Unite, the Greens, and the role played in RY by the likes of John Minto and Matt McCarten.
While Ted is dreaming if he thinks any mainstream journo is going to investigate the radical left, here is my contribution
Radical Youth, who in conjunction with Matt McCarten’s UNITE union, led 500 high pupils on an anti youth rates march in Queen St yesterday, are basically the youth wing of Global Peace and Justice Auckland.
GPJA is led by John Minto and long time Marxist-Leninist Mike Treen. It groups several radical strands and has close ties to the Greens, Alliance, Socialist Worker and the Socialist Worker front “Workers Charter Movement”. It has people in several high schools in Auckland, including in the newly formed students union at the revolutionary hotbed of Epsom Girl’s Grammar.
Radical Youth’s leadership includes
Unsurprisingly, the son of GPJA leader and Workers Charter editor, John Minto
A Palestinian, Omar was at Takapuna Grammar last year. He is active in the radical, Auckland Uni based, Students for Justice in Palestine. He was a friend of Harmeet Singh Sooden, currently (still alive, I hope) being held hostage in Iraq. He was listed Socialist Worker’s “Unity” of September 05 as endorsing the “Workers Charter”.
Currently studying sustainable horticulture at Unitec, first became involved in activism when he attended a GE-free march with his brother. The 17 year-old then started taking part in actions focused around issues, such as the invasion of Iraq, genetic engineering and climate change. He also joined Greenpeace and the Green Party. He was Nandor Tanczos’ rep in the last youth parliament.
A Nepali, 17 year old high school student and UNITE union delegate. Here she is in a December 15th 2005 Press release “These multinationals’ endless drive to increase profits leads them to hire vulnerable migrant workers to help maintain low labour costs. This has an overall effect of lowering the value of all workers and increasing gap between rich and poor, locally and globally,”