In July, the United States military will conduct enormous training exercises in Australia with the Australian Defence Force. Warships, submarines, warplanes, and soldiers will arrive. Invading shores and villages will be practiced. Bombing from the air will be practiced.
The U.S. war of terror continues. As I write, we are still at war in Iraq and Afghanistan and undeclared war in Pakistan, Yemen and Libya. Civilians are still killed and maimed by Coalition air-strikes.
Civilian homes, schools, workplaces, infrastructure, and even weddings have been decimated by the U.S. bombs. These air strikes are a violation of human life, of international law, of morality, and the teachings of Christ to love our enemies.
Myself and a small group of pacifists are preparing to disarm a U.S. military aircraft while they are here in July. We will not harm or threaten people… See more
On Monday 20 June I was arrested by a rogue copper for spruiking on the East St Mall. Three officers tried to bully and bluff me into moving on, but I was authorised by Rockhampton Police to be there, under the Peaceful Assembly Act 1992 and I stood up for my rights, then lay down for arrest. Read the Morning Bully story for a small pic of the arrest.
On Wednesday 22 June I went back to the East St Mall, this time with Graeme and three media workers. Inspector Mel Adams and Snr Sgt Ewen Findlator came along to examine my set-up and negotiate with me. We agreed I had a right to be there. When they wanted to further restrict the conditions of my presence, we agreed they should seek orders from a Magistrate – according to the Act.
It even achieved some discussion in a Morning Bully Editorial. It was a great day spruiking, and here are some pics from it:
And finally, what happens when Police falsely arrest a seasoned activist.
These texts appeared after I “stormed” the Council chamber and confronted Mayor Carter. The reactionary bunch has re-emerged! Hooray! The personal abuse is a bit of a drag, but the tactic of confronting a (deeply unpopular) Mayor will keep the story “hot” for the duration.
The story on the right is inaccurate on several key points. I was never abusive. I didn’t threaten to “bring down a helicopter”. I calmy explained how I was gunna try and smash one that was already on the ground. I’m taking the matter up with Editor Fraser Pearce, and looking for a retraction.
The story on the left comes out of the Senate Estimates Committee, courtesy of LNP Senator Ian McDonald. Felicity Hill of Scott Ludlum’s office alerted us to it. With Houston, Carter, McDonald and me all talking about Talisman Sabre and the war in Afghanistan – this might just be the beginning of a public debate.
I’m pretty happy with how events are unfolding in Rockhampton. Graeme is going great with the Byfield/Yeppoon connection. Most things are going well in Rockhampton. See this letter for more information..
There’s a spirit afoot (perhaps the Holy Spirit) that’s creating a little vortex of synchronicity and serendipity in Rockhampton. I was able to show Kerri Duffy and Brian Heenan that John 15: 12-14 – which was the feature of the second reading in Damian’s service – is also the passage of scripture carried all the time by Peace Trike.
Here’s a surveillance picture of Rockhampton Airport, showing a possible path of entry. I look forward to feeling the spirit move.