Wednesday, March 5, 2003


PEACE, JUSTICE, DIVERSITY, SOLIDARITY - WOMEN AGAINST WAR AND RACISM 11 am, Saturday March 8 Sydney Town Hall (march to Belmore Park near Central Station) International Women's Day 2003 provides a necessary opportunity to highlight the effects of war and racism on society as a whole, but also women in particular. IWD 03 will be an important day to take to the streets to declare our opposition to the US Government's planned war on Iraq and to highlight the impact of war and racism on women.

Please join us and demand:

No War on Iraq, No Australian Involvement, Lift the Sanctions

Free the Refugees: Money for Settlement, Not Detention

Stop Racist Attacks on Women and Girls

Justice for Indigenous Women

Money for Paid Maternity Leave, Childcare, Public Education, Social\Services, Not Warfare Rights for Working Women and Our Unions

Free Palestine

Speakers include:

Senator Kerry Nettle (Greens), Cleonie Quayle

(Indigenous Activist),
Layla Mohammad (Committee In Defence of Iraqi Women),Rowan Abdul (Palestine activist), Naomi Arrowsmith (trade unionist & Socialist Alliance NSW Legislative Assembly Candidate), Aghnar Niazi (Iraqi
Refugee), Rafa Zaim (Muslim Women's Association).

Performances at Belmore Park by:
Mettaphor, Anika and rappers Maya Jupiter and MC Trey. See ya there!

By Critical Resistance Sydney 5 March 03

PM lost in space! Pre-emptive Strikes & Star Wars Defence!!
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Pauline Hanson is not welcome in NSW: Wong
NSW Upper House - Dr Peter Wong Said on National News laste night that, "Pauline Hanson is not welcome in NSW."

War: Part one The human cost
On the road to Basra, ITV was filming wild dogs as they tore at the corpses of the Iraqi dead. Every few seconds a ravenous beast would rip off a decaying arm and make off with it over the desert in front of us, dead fingers trailing through the sand, the remains of the burned military sleeve flapping in the wind. "Just for the record,'' the cameraman said to me. Of course. Because ITV would never show such footage.

Fiona Stanley, the children's crusader
It is all about prevention. As Fiona Stanley sees it, with one in five Australian teenagers experiencing significant mental health problems, there are just not enough treatment services to cope with the demand.

Indigenous community riddled with eye disease: study
The Fred Hollows Foundation says it is not suprised by a study that has found 40 per cent of children at one central Australian Aboriginal community have the eye disease trachoma.

Pleas for peace ring the globe
Anti-war demonstrators turned out in their hundreds of thousands around the world on Saturday to protest against United States military preparations for an invasion of Iraq.

On Human Rights Day: 20,000 homeless
Today is International Human Rights Day and the commission will this morning release a document highlighting 300 cases of human rights violations in Australia.