All stations go!

Standing with the people of Kaiapoi

Kia ora koutou!

It’s amazing what can happen in such a short space of time. You may notice some changes on the Otautahi Solidarity Network blog, links to our new facebook group, twitter and flickr accounts can be found below. With events, plans and actions coming through thick and fast we’re taking advantage of the various social media networks available to us. Keep your eyes peeled and pens and paper at the ready!

     Word of mouth will always be the greatest source of news and information, get used to talking to workmates, neighbours and family about the emerging movement that’s breaking surface in our city.

In recent days members of Beyond Resistance, Unite Union and Otautahi Solidarity Network attended a day of training, networking and planning with numerous unions and community organisations. Facilitation was provided by the wonderful people at Kotare Trust who gave the group’s the tools to find enough common ground to have strategy’s for the year ahead – bridges are being built, information spread and idea’s are becoming reality.

Some of the O.S.N team attended the Kaiapoi Residents Rally on Sunday 25th September to lend support to the community that have been left in the red zone and have suffered miserably since September 2010. Stories of insurance companies refusing to recognise the National Party zoning and information being with held or mysteriously disappearing from  government websites were raised – stories that have become all too familiar. You can find TV3 News coverage here.

Important dates for your diaries –

Stencil Making and Screen Printing Workshop:

Sunday, 2nd October between 1pm and 4pm @ Linwood Community Art Centre, 468 Worcester St

Meeting to discuss future of ChCh High School faculty, support staff and cleaners:

Thursday, Oct 6th 7pm Papanui High School.

Bexley Residents Rally:

Sunday 9th Oct from 2pm – 3pm. In the area? Lend your support

United for Global Change:

Saturday 15th October – global day of action

Taken from the 15th October website –

On October 15th people from all over the world will take to the streets and squares. From America to Asia, from Africa to Europe, people are rising up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy. Now it is time for all of us to join in a global non-violent protest.
The ruling powers work for the benefit of just a few, ignoring the will of the vast majority and the human and environmental price we all have to pay. This intolerable situation must end.
United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us the people to decide our future. We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us.
On October 15th, we will meet on the streets to initiate the global change we want. We will peacefully demonstrate, talk and organize until we make it happen.
It’s time for us to unite. It’s time for them to listen.
People of the world, rise up on October 15th!

Plans are currently being hatched, idea’ such as a march through the streets of Riccarton followed with a picnic in Hyde Park with music, food, families and space to meet and discuss for the future. Other’s have suggested a rally in New Brighton – have your say by emailing this blog or following on our social media sites!

You may have heard about what’s happening in Wall Street, New York? If not, it’s not surprising, the media blackout has been incredible. Here’s a really nice movie to sum up the recent events and give some context to the significance of the October 15th day of action. Link here

Unions and Community Organisations are rapidly putting their voices to the growing international movement – From Egypt to Greece, Syria to Washington, the South Pacific is one of the few remaining area’s yet to feel the tide of change – is Otautahi going to be the first city to rise up!?!

We’ll see you all in a street near you soon!

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5 thoughts on “All stations go!

  1. regan says:

    Kia ora,

    Great start to the blog, nice work! Really pleased to see so many things planned for the next few weeks, will definitely try to make it to the stencil workshop today and the 15th of September rally. The Occupy movement is hugely inspiring and needs to be supported as much as possible; there are plans for occupations as far as Australia so I’m sure that Aotearoa could pull it off with some planning (of which I am eager to help out, pending exams over the next few weeks)….The residents of our city definitely need a unified voice and this seems like a perfect opportunity for it.

    http://www.occupytogether.org

  2. nat says:

    There is an occupy Christchurch page on facebook that is organizing a meeting on the 8th to organize the details of the 15th Oct rally/march/protest.. please share it with as many people as possible

  3. Kia ora Nat,

    Exciting times indeed – will be great to have some of the Sol Net team there to share some experiences and idea’s. See you soon

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