Kia ora whānau, it's the final Auckland Activist Fortnightly Newsletter for 2019! It's only three days until the 2010's end and the 2020's begin! Thank you to everyone who has subscribed to this newsletter, it's a pleasure to inform you about left-wing events happening in Tāmaki Makarau so that we can more easily work together to bring about transformative social change!
Looking back, it's been a very eventful year in Tāmaki Makarau regarding flaxroots politics. Whether it's OurMarch, the teachers strikes, the school climate strikes, the reclamation of Ihumātao, anti-fascist actions, Chilean solidarity demonstrations and so much more, Tāmaki Makarau has once again proven itself to be the flaxroots politics capital of Aotearoa, but you won't see Auckland Council advertising that!
There's a range of events for you to attend to start off your 2020 in Tāmaki Makarau in style. These include reading groups on decolonisation and toxic masculinity, introductory sessions by Extinction Rebellion, the 2020 OurMarch, the continuing reclamation of Ihumātao, volunteering at Rainbow Youth, helping organise a climate action festival and scheming with other groups about future climate actions, a 10-day event on Tiriti based futures, an abortion rights march and more!
Throughout 2019, we've been very busy here at Tāmaki Makarau Anarchists. In addition to participating in the above and other actions, we have organised our launch party, had a retreat at Kotare, organised talks on queer radicalism, Rojava, the Zone to Defend, community building as well as holding monthly (A)Space sessions, culminating in Anarchristmas!
We also co-organised alongside other groups the May Day as well as the second and third Revolting Cafe social events, an Anti-Islamophobia social centre, anti-fascist art workshop, human rights observation workshop and community meeting as part of Tāmaki Anti-Fascist Action and a talk by Tecber Ahmed Saleh as part of Western Sahara Solidarity Aotearoa. In addition, we are currently creating an anti-sexism letter with other left groups that we hope to publish in 2020, so watch this space!
We've also been developing links with anarchists in Indonesia and to finish off 2019, we have sent one of our members to be an observer to the anarcho-syndicalist International Workers Association's Congress in Melbourne from 28-30 December!
We hope to be as busy in 2020, with our next big project being the Tāmaki Anarchist Bookfair in late March, we're we'll have a collection of anarchist literature for sale, stalls from other left groups, talks by speakers from here and internationally, workshops and so much more! We'll have more info in future newsletters, and if you want to get involved, please reply to this email.
Meanwhile, across the rest of the world, the 2010's end as they began, with a wave of uprisings against neoliberal capitalism in Chile, Haiti, Sudan, Iraq, India, Ecuador, Honduras, Hong Kong, France, Northern Syria, Lebanon, Catalonia and beyond. As the social and ecological crisis inherent to the capitalist world system intensifies in the coming years and decades, these kinds of uprisings of the workers and the oppressed, culminating in revolution, will be necessary to abolish our present society and build a global commons for ourselves, future generations and the Earth. Dare to struggle, dare to win!
|We are an explicitly anarchist group in Auckland struggling for a better, fair and equal world. We are always open to new members. To find out more, come along to a public meeting, or you can find us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Events on the Left in Auckland
Occupation @ Ihumātao, Oruarangi Road, Ihumātao
Occupation and blockade of the Ihumātao site. Family-friendly. Check facebook for updates on situation, material needs and carpooling etc.
Ongoing Fortnightly until Wednesday 15 January, 7.30-9pm
Online Learning Group! Jitsi
Join Tauiwi mō Matike Mai Aotearoa/Non-Māori for ending colonisation to read through the Matike Mai Aotearoa report on constitutional transformation! Free.
Ongoing Fortnightly from Thursday 21 November until Thursday 6 February, 6.15-8pm
Reading Group: Why Does He Do That? Samoa House Library
A reading group by the Left Men’s Group of the text Why Does He Do That? On the dynamics of abusive behaviour by men in intimate relationships. Free.
Ongoing Monthly from Thursday 23 January until Thursday 24 September, 7.30-9pm
Introduction to Extinction Rebellion, Gribblehirst Community Hub
An introductory session of Extinction Rebellion, its history, current activities and future plans. Free. RSVP.
Thursday 16 January, 6.15-7.45pm
Alan Watts: Why Not Now? Academy Cinemas
A documentary on the life and thought of philosopher, writer, poet and teacher Alan Watts. Ticket purchase required.
Sunday 19 January, 10am-2pm
The Do-ers - Climate Collaboration #2, Gribblehirst Community Hub
WYMO is coming together to do some collective problem solving, resource sharing, and inspiring. If you've got a climate action group, project, network, or activation either happening, planned, or somewhere else, this is the event for you. Free. RSVP.
Tuesday 21 January, 4-7pm
Volunteer Meet & Greet, Rainbow Youth
An opportunity come along to Rainbow Youth, meet the team, check out the centre, have a kai with them, meet the other volunteers and find out how you can volunteer. Free.
Monday 3 February, 6-9pm
Climate Action Festival Planning Hui, Gribblehirst Community Hub
A planning hui to organise a festival about climate actions happening across the city. Free.
Wednesday 5 February, 12-1pm
Māori accounts of disaster recovery with Xavier Forsman, Auckland Research Centres
Join Auckland Libraries' Poukokiri Rangahau Māori (Librarian Maori Research) Xavier Forsman from Research North, Takapuna Library as he discusses Māori response to disaster. Free. RSVP.
Saturday 8 February, 4-6pm
OurMarch, Albert Park
A march organised by the 2020 Auckland Pride Festival to celebrate the history of the queer and trans liberation movement, its current activism and a future beyond queerphobia and transphobia. Free. RSVP.
Saturday 15 February, 9am-4pm
Treaty of Waitangi Workshop, Wesley Community Centre
A day for newcomers to Aotearoa/New Zealand to learn our history in a workshop on Te Tiriti O Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi. Free. RSVP.
Saturday 21 March to Monday 30 March, 8.30am-4.30pm
Tiriti-Based Futures + Anti-Racism 2020, Online and offline
An online and offline 10-day event including webinars and face-to-face events about institutional racism, anti-racism, decolonisation and building Tiriti-based futures. Free. RSVP.
Friday 27 March, 12.30-1.30pm
Our Bodies Our Choice! National Day Of Action (Auckland), location TBC
A march to demonstrate public support for the legalisation of abortion, with other marches to be held in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Free. RSVP
Disclaimer: inclusion of events in this message is not necessarily an endorsement. We try to only include events of relevance to members from groups we know & trust. However, we may miss some events or include some by organisers we don’t know. If you have anything to add or question the inclusion of some events, please let us know and we'll try to remedy it.
Groups in AKL
Tamaki Makaurau Anarchists, location varies
First Sunday of the Month, 2pm
Anarchist group in Auckland.
Contact: email@example.com / FB: AucklandAnarchists
Tamaki Solidarity Network, location varies
Meeting dates vary, 6.30pm
Mutual support network for workers and tenants that are being screwed over by their bosses and landlords. All workers or tenants welcome.
People Against Prisons Aotearoa, location varies
Every 2nd Monday, 7:00-8:30pm
Prison Abolitionist Group.
Contact: FB peopleagainstprisonsaotearoa
Auckland Peace Action, location varies
Every Second Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm
Group organizing against the arms trade as well as other campaigns.
Contact: FB AucklandPeaceAction
Green Living Savings Pool, 10 Rawhiti Road, Onehunga
Last Thursday of the Month (except Jan), 6pm (potluck)
Community loaning money to those in need and for good with no interest.
Ihumatao Occupation, Ihumatao
Occupation resisting the proposed development on sacred land.
Contact: FB Kaitiaki Village, SOUL.
Te Reo Lessons, Unitec, AUT, Te Wananga o Aotearoa
Anytime you want
Free te reo lessons offered by multiple institutions at multiple times in multiple locations.
Contact: Unitec, AUT, tWoA
Tāmaki Treaty Workers, Cityside Church
Network for all those working towards a healthy treaty relationship
Tumeke Bike Space, 27 Edinburgh Street, Eden Terrace
Thursdays and Sundays, 17:30-19:30pm and 1:00-3:00pm respectively
Community bike shop run and set up by anarchists.
Contact: FB Tumeke Bike Space
Pacific Panther Network, location varies
Meeting dates vary.
Group for Pacific activists.
Contact: FB PacificPantherNetwork
Auckland Action Against Poverty, 20 Church Street, Onehunga
Open Tues-Fri for advocacy, Mondays open to all for campaigning, 9:00-3:00pm
Advocacy group for beneficiaries. Volunteers welcome.
Contact: FB AAAP
Tenants Protection Association,
Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00-2:00pm
Advocacy and advice service for tenants. Volunteers welcome.
Food Charter / Sovereignty Meet, location varies
Second Wednesday of the Month, 6.30pm
Creating a food charter for NZ and then a network to push it forward.
Contact: FB Growing Power NZ, firstname.lastname@example.org
Unions Auckland, NZEI office
Second Monday of the Month, 6.30pm
Meetup for the CTU branch in Auckland. Open to all union members.
Direct Animal Action
Irregular meeting times
A group that meets roughly monthly struggling for the liberation of other animals.
Te Homiromiro Reading Group, Online
2nd Friday of the month, 1pm
Online decolonization reading and discussion group.
1. Tamaki Makaurau Anarchists is Live!
If you would like to join this exciting initiative, we now have a formal membership process and welcome all people who identify as anarchists in Auckland to join.
2. Mental Health Collective Care
If you're interested in helping develop a collective mental health care project, please get in touch with us, we are currently developing one.
3. Problems at work?
Contact the Tāmaki Solidarity Network, which is a network of workers helping each other to solve problems at work.