A new group is being established in Auckland to support the Philippines revolutionary movement.
Auckland Philippines Solidarity Network invites you to
SOCIAL REALITIES IN THE PHILIPPINES
An exhibition of photos taken by Simon Oosterman during a 2008 solidarity visit to the Philippines.
This event will mark the launch of Auckland Philippines Solidarity. APS has been founded to campaign around human rights (Stop the Killings campaign) and trade union rights (with a local focus on Nestle and ANZ) in the Philippines, and also to establish a systematic and wide-reaching solidarity fund in New Zealand. APS will also be working closely with Migrante Aotearoa to build support networks for new migrants who are being forced to work in extra-exploitative conditions in New Zealand.
Short presentations by Luke Coxon (APS spokesperson), Jane Kelsey, and Dennis Maga (Migrante Aotearoa) will be preceded by drinks and food at 4.30pm.
Saturday September 20, 4.30pm, Langtons, Maungawhau Summit, Mt Eden, Auckland.
Simon Oosterman is an anarchist who works for the National Distribution Workers Union in Auckland.
Luke Coxon is an official with the Financial Sector (Finsec) union. He is a former Auckland University Maoist activist with strong ties to leftist union groups in South East Asia, particularly the Philippines.
Jane Kelsey is a well known Auckland University legal academic with strong ties to the Philippines left.
Dennis Maga, now resident in New Zealand is a former official of the Communist Party of the Philippines aligned KMU labour organisation.
Kelsey and Oosterman are both patrons of the defence fund for the 20 New Zealand anarchists and Maori activists arrested in the October 2007 “anti-terror” raids.
There has been no lasting Philippines Solidarity organisation in Auckland since the Keith Locke fronted and Workers Communist League run, Philippines Solidarity Network collapsed in the early ’90s.
The Philippines revolutionary movement is on an upward swing, so its not surprising to see increased solidarity from the new Zealand extreme left.