No peace/anti-war, animal rights/anti GE, anti automobile demo in Wellington would be complete without Valerie Morse.
Many are fooled by her accent into believing her an American. Apparently Valerie Morse was born in Auckland, but did spend many years in the US.
By the early ’00s she was back in New Zealand, working at Archives NZ in Wellington.
By 2003, Morse was working with the Green Party and becoming highly visible in the anti-Iraq War movement.
In March that year she spoke at a Victoria University IGM against Iraq war, saying that US, British and Australian interests should be targeted.
The same year she was awarded a government grant of $7,500 towards a Masters thesis on “Nuclear Insecurity:The Future of NZ/USA Relations And The Promotion Of Nuclear-free Policies.”
In recent years most of Morse’s protest activity has been through Peace Action Wellington, a motley alliance of Socialist Workers, anarchists, Greens and independent leftist activists.
In 2006 participated in a leftist dominated “human rights festival” in Wellington and was described on its website as;
“a Wellington based peace activist, American dissident andanarchist. She is a member of Peace Action Wellington and works to mobilise resistance to the US occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as on wider issues relating to New Zealand’s militarisation and weapons production”.
Apparently Morse is not very consistent in her anti-violence message.
In November, 2006, after leftist inspired rioters burned central Nuku’alofa to the ground, Peace Action Wellington opposed the deployment of NZ soldiers and police to Tonga to help restore order.
At a 20th November protest outside the New Zealand Defence Headquarters in Stout Street, Wellington, Morse told the assembled crowd;
“These troops are serving the interests of the feudal class in Tonga, while crushing people’s desire for change. We stand in solidarity with the people’s resistance in Tonga and support them in their struggle for self determination.”
On 26 April this year, More addressed an ANZAC Day protest in Wellington.
According to a Peace Action Wellington press release;
ANZAC Day Protest – Lest we forget: already forgotten
Members of Peace Action Wellington (PAW) demonstrated at the Wellington ANZAC Day dawn service this morning, displaying banners that said “Lest We Forget: Already Forgotten – Afghanistan, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste” and “Conscientious Objectors: the real war heroes.”
“ANZAC Day has ceased to be a day where we commit to ‘never again’, and has instead become nothing less than a celebration of the New Zealand military and the glorification of war,” said Valerie Morse, Peace Action Wellington member.
“Lest we forget that the New Zealand military is currently engaged in combat in Afghanistan, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste. Lest we forget that the New Zealand military is currently deployed in 18 different missions around the world.”
“Lest we forget that the military has, and always will, exist for the sole purpose of waging war,” said Valerie Morse.
This morning’s demonstration also marks the launch of Peace Action Wellington’s ‘NZ Troops Out Now’ campaign. For further information about the campaign, go to www.nztroopsoutnow.org
“Peace Action Wellington demands the immediate withdrawal of all New Zealand troops and the cessation of all military training and joint exercises with other armies,” concluded Valerie Morse.
That day Morse was also arrested for trying to burn the NZ flag.
More recently, Valerie Morse ha become a published author.
From a press release from the anarchist outfit, Katipo Books;
In 2001, the United States launched the ‘war on terrorism’ in purported response to the September 11th attacks. With hasty process, the New Zealand government quickly signed up. But what is this war really about? The agenda of the ‘war on terrorism’ is very different to the propaganda we are being sold by politicians and the mass media. It is an agenda of domination and control over our lives and the extension of state and corporate power.
Against Freedom, written by Valerie Morse, details the agenda against freedom, from the legislative changes since 9/11 to the suppression of dissent and the media manipulation of public understanding, in order to provide an alternative view of what is happening and what can be done to stop the war.
Well Val, I have to say that I admire your energy and if you ever overcome your arrogance and discover what real freedom is, you might become a great asset to the cause.