Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Canberra convergence and Socialist Alternative

Today I woke up at 4.30am!! Why? To get into the city by 7am to catch a bus down to Canberra to protest for refugee rights on the opening of the new parliament. There were three bused organized by ChilOut to travel from Sydney to Canberra. My bus was really slow and so we missed the initial march, however we did get to chant outside parliament house, and march to the attorney generals office. One gripe about the protest, was the media. The protest was swarming with cameras, and the only mention it got on the Channel 9 news, was an incident where some protesters and police scuffled over marching in two lanes instead of one. Come on, is this biased, this is the whole reason why people simply don't care, they digest the mainstream media like a pack of drones, and fail to look into the real facts, such as the fact that what the US are doing in Fallujah* is a war crime.
During the day I hung out with Socialist Alternative, whom I met at the Fallujah rally on Thursday. Over the past year or so, I have begun to become increasingly self-conscious and therefore moving further and further left-wing. So with me agreeing with the true definition of socialism, I joined up and now am a proud member of Socialist Alternative. They have a cool magazine that can be found on their website at http://www.sa.org.au. I will definitely refer to some of their articles.

* apologies for spelling Fallujah wrong in previous posts