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Refugee Welcome Fiesta and Walk: Sun 14 June

Join Freo Refugee Rights Action Network for the Refugee Welcome Fiesta & Walk including: information and support stalls, low cost exotic foods, arts and crafts, drumming circle, music and dancing & other activities.

Sunday 14 June

11am-3pm, Fremantle Esplanade

11am Community Drumming Circle
12noon Welcome to Country and speeches
12:30 Walk through Fremantle
1:00 Return to Esplanade for non-stop live music and dancing

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Public forum: Stop Perth Freight Link

Lessons from Melbourne's campaign against the East-West Link

A public forum with:

Sue Bolton (Moreland City Councillor and founder of Moreland Community Against the Tunnel)
Scott Ludlam (Greens Senator)
Ken Travers (Shadow minister for transport)
Peter Newman (Director of CUSP)

Sam Wainwright (Fremantle Road to Rail)
Pam Nairn (Save Beeliar Wetlands)

2pm Saturday 11 April

Fremantle Council Reception Room
(enter via stairs and patio at rear of Town Hall)

Organised by Fremantle Road to Rail Campaign

Politics in the Club: How can we stop Abbott's killer budget

Politics in the Club - all welcome

Abbott's killer budget
How can we stop it?

Richard Hamilton (President elect, Notre Dame NTEU)
Angela Hartwig (long time women’s rights activist )
Alex Bainbridge (Convenor, Socialist Alliance)

6:30pm, Wed 18 June 

Fremantle Workers Club, 9 Henry St

Sponsored by: Green Left Weekly

For more info: or 0415 922 740

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Fremantle welcomes refugees

The annual Fremantle Refugee Welcome Fiesta will be on this Sunday to mark World Refugee Week. The following weekend, there will be a Roadtrip for Refugees to the Yongah Hill Detention Centre.

Fremantle Welcome Fiesta: Sun 15 June

The Welcome Fiesta will run from 11:30am to 3pm on Sunday 15 June at the Fremantle Esplanade.

It is organised under the banner of "No crime to seek asylum" and will include: speakers and a walk; arts and crafts; fair trade stalls; children's activities; and global food.

The event is sponsored by the City of Fremantle, Fremantle Refugee Rights Action Network, the Anglican Church, Socialist Alliance, Uniting Church, Friends of Palestine, Oxfam, The Greens, Labor for Refugees, the Catholic Justice Ecology and Development Office and CARAD.

Roadtrip for Refugees: Sat 21 June

Politics in the Club: Stop the Freeway Madness - Wed 21 May

Politics in the Club - all welcome

Stopping the Abbott-Barnett Freeway Madness
From High St to Roe 8, what is the alternative?

This forum is the latest Politics in the Club forum. All welcome.

Kathy Anketell (lessons of the Fremantle Eastern Bypass campaign)
Barry Healy (Fremantle Road to Rail)
Nandi Chinna (Save Beeliar Wetlands)
Sam Wainwright (Councillor, City of Fremantle)

Wed 21 May 6:30pm

Fremantle Workers Club, 9 Henry St

Sponsored by: Green Left Weekly

Fremantle takes the fight to the freeway

By Chris Jenkins

A decision by the Fremantle City Council at its March 26 meeting to reject a Main Roads WA request to voluntarily hand over land began a dramatic new phase in the campaign against the state government's freeway building agenda.

The state government wants to replace a section of High Street on the eastern approach to Fremantle with a freeway at a cost of more than $100 million. This is intended to be the first link in their plan to build a six lane "freeway standard" route connecting the Kwinana Freeway to the Fremantle container port.

There is general consensus in the community and on the council that the existing road needs to be modified to make it safer and to create a more efficient intersection with the Stirling Highway. However the scale and destructiveness of the government's proposal has galvanised fierce opposition.

Main Roads proposes to flank the length of the road with concrete "sound walls". These are not high enough to significantly reduce noise pollution, but will completely separate adjoining suburbs and dramatically reduce pedestrian and bicycle connectivity. Up to half a dozen commonly used crossing points would be replaced with one pedestrian overpass.

At the council meeting, Socialist Alliance councillor Sam Wainwright described it as "cutting a swathe through the community like the Berlin Wall." Fellow councillor Andrew Sullivan described the design as "crap", adding, "I could have designed something better in half a day."

Support the Twilight Fair - Sat 29th

Hilton Harvest Community Garden's Twilight Fair

Sat 29 March 4–9:30pm

Free entertainment | Local stalls | Activities for kids

Plastic free event: Bring along your own plate, fork and mug

Bring a candle and stay for Earth Hour (from 8:30pm)

Where? Rennie Crescent South (Next to Hilton Pre-Primary)

Buswell launches attack on socialist councillor in state parliament

[This is republished from Socialist Alliance WA site.]

State treasurer Troy Buswell launched an attack on Socialist Alliance member and Fremantle City Councillor Sam Wainwright in state parliament on December 5.

True, the try-hard treasurer was probably too busy keeping track of which election promise he was planning to break next to get Sam's name right. (He confused Wainwright with prominent actor Sam Worthington - admittedly an easy mistake to make.)

He also described Wainwright as being a member of the "socialist loony party" which isn't a strictly accurate rendition of the party's name.

Save Kulunga - No education cuts

Kulunga Kindergarten in Hilton is threatened with closure. The Education Department, tasked with finding cuts to satisfy the Barnett government claims that there were insufficient enrolments by the end of July to justify a 2014 class. However many parents were unaware of the new earlier deadline and the kindergarten which has been running for five decades. See below a message from Hilton Primary School P&C:

For those of you who don't know The Kulunga Kindergarten in Hilton provides a vital preschool program for 3 and 4 year old children from Aboriginal families in the surrounding area - and a transport service to ensure children's regular attendance. For over 25 years the trust and confidence the kindy and its committed staff have established among the community has meant numerous children (many from disadvantaged and often disengaged families) have enjoyed the benefits of a dedicated, culturally respectful pre-school learning environment.

The kindy has also provided children with the necessary and appropriate resources and skills to enable them (and their families) to make a successful transition to the primary school environment. How can benefits the Kulunga Kindy provides - to the community, to the children and to the schools that receive these children once they start primary school - be so easily discounted? The State government claims it is redirecting funds to where they are most needed, but how is this is not a necessary service?

Refugee bashing takes an ugly turn for the worse

The bi-partisan contest in refugee bashing has hit new lows. This is a real kick in the guts coming so soon after the great Refugee Welcome Walk & Fiesta in Fremantle.

See here my speech at the July 22 refugee rights rally in Perth:

If you want to put an end to this destructive scapegoating then get along to the National Day of Action 1pm Saturday 24 August Murray St Mall Perth, organised by the great activists in the Refugee Rights Action Network.