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Tino Rangatiratanga: What’s it got to do with Pākehā?

Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 3:42 pm | Fightback

Perhaps more than the first three topics in Fightback’s “Introduction to Marxism” series, this one is loaded with questions. Most people probably had some idea about why a socialist group like Fightback supports trade unions, for instance, or what ... More >>

Sue Bolton, Socialist Councillor for Moreland (Australia)

Thursday, 3 April 2014, 4:54 pm | Fightback

Sue Bolton is a longtime socialist activist and the Victorian convenor of Socialist Alliance. She was elected to the Moreland Council, which covers the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne, in 2012. She will be a featured speaker at the Fightback conference ... More >>

WGTN event: Pakeha in the Struggle for Tino Rangatiratanga

Thursday, 3 April 2014, 4:19 pm | Fightback

Next in Fightback's weekly 'Introduction to Marxism' series, Mondays 6pm at 19 Tory St. This topic raises many questions. What is Tino Rangatiratanga? Why would Pākehā get involved - and why on earth would Māori allow them to? Come along for a discussion. More >>

The 2014 elections and the future of Mana

Monday, 24 March 2014, 5:14 pm | Fightback

The Mana Movement provides an important opportunity for reframing a pro-worker and pro-Maori political agenda. Mana was formed in 2011 as a Maori radical and leftist split from the Maori Party, led by MP Hone Harawira. The split finally took place ... More >>

Anti-racists outnumber white supremacists in CHCH

Monday, 24 March 2014, 4:51 pm | Fightback

Over a hundred anti-racism protestors clashed with white supremacists led by Kyle Chapman Christchurch today. Despite an attempt at tricking the count-protesters by changing at two hours’ notice the advertised location of the white-pride rally ... More >>

March issue of Fightback now online

Monday, 17 March 2014, 12:01 pm | Fightback

Welcome to the March 2014 edition of Fightback, monthly magazine of Fightback (Aotearoa/NZ). Fightback stands for struggle, solidarity and socialism. We are internationalists; we realise that liberation in any one country depends on global liberation. More >>

WGTN: Introduction to Marxism series

Monday, 17 March 2014, 12:00 pm | Fightback

Fightback is organising a weekly Intro to Marxism series in Wellington. Sessions are 6pm, Mondays at 19 Tory Street. Open to all - feel free to come along, contribute, learn and discuss. More >>

Venezuela: The right-wing on the streets

Friday, 28 February 2014, 11:23 am | Fightback

Venezuela has experienced a wave of protests over the past few weeks. Demonstrations against the government, largely by university students, began after the hard-line opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez called for supporters to go onto the streets and ... More >>

Auckland & Wellington: Actions against Israeli whitewashing

Monday, 24 February 2014, 5:21 pm | Fightback

In the capital, Aotearoa BDS Network challenged a performance by Israeli dance troupe Batsheva (touring an event entitled Deca Dance as part of the NZ Festival). Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs describes Batsheva as “perhaps the best known global ... More >>

Obituary: Mike Kyriazopoulos

Friday, 21 February 2014, 3:27 pm | Fightback

Last month Fightback lost one of its leading members, Michael Kyriazopoulos. In Aotearoa he was known in the workers movement as Mike Kay. Mike came to us from England but he had a strong Greek heritage, and had close family living in both Israel and South ... More >>

Global Roundup: Venezuelans support Bolivarian revolution

Thursday, 20 February 2014, 12:09 pm | Fightback

Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H), formerly a part of Yugoslavia, has seen massive anti-government workers' protests. They started in the town of Tuzla as a protest by unemployed workers against privatisation of local factories, and ended up with the town's government ... More >>

Mainstream racism and white power groups

Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 5:37 pm | Fightback

On Waitangi Day 2014, the NZ Herald ran a “protest-free” edition, proudly announcing this editorial decision with an image of a raised fist. The Facebook page Wake Up NZ (with around 10,000 likes) reported the fist as a “white power” symbol, associated ... More >>

Wellington action: Don’t dance with Israeli apartheid

Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 4:53 pm | Fightback

This year’s NZ Festival includes four performances by the Israeli Batsheva dance company. Batsheva is an integral part of Israel’s Brand Israel public relations campaign. More >>

Deep sea drilling: The spirit of Mururoa?

Monday, 27 January 2014, 11:53 am | Fightback

In June 1973, the NZ Labour government sent two Navy frigates to the Pacific atoll of Mururoa to formally protest against France's testing of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere. The Spirit of Peace, the Fri and the Vega, also sailed to Mururoa to ... More >>

Wealth for World’s Workers: History of NZ’s labour movement

Monday, 23 December 2013, 4:38 pm | Fightback

1821 – The first recorded wage dispute in New Zealand was in the Bay of Islands in 1821. Māori timber-workers stopped work because they wanted to be paid ‘for their labour in Money, as was the case in England, or else in Gun Powder’. More >>

Christchurch event: History of New Zealand’s labour movement

Monday, 16 December 2013, 4:12 pm | Fightback

During a visit to New Zealand in the late 19th century the American labour activist Henry Lloyd declared: 'We think of New Zealand as a new country but the fact is that by 1890 New Zealand was one of the oldest of the modern societies in economic iniquity ... More >>

The climate crisis

Tuesday, 26 November 2013, 5:52 pm | Fightback

World production and consumption have been increasing rapidly in recent decades due to global ‘westernization’. While socially this can mean a higher standard of living for many in the developing world, the results are mostly negative on the local, ... More >>

Fighting Rape Culture in Aotearoa: A Survivor’s Perspective

Monday, 25 November 2013, 12:16 pm | Fightback

I would like to acknowledge that the last few weeks have been triggering and overwhelming for many survivors. I myself have had moments where I could not listen to the news and had to take days off work because it was overwhelming. I am thankful to everyone ... More >>

Pseudoscience on the left:Imaginary answers to real problems

Thursday, 21 November 2013, 4:23 pm | Fightback

Anyone familiar with the political Left will be familiar with well-meaning activists insisting that scientists and experts are “lying to us” about important features of our daily life, and only a dedicated band of outsiders know the truth. More >>

USA: Election breakthrough for a Seattle socialist

Monday, 18 November 2013, 11:34 am | Fightback

Socialist alternative candidate Kshama Sawant had a narrow lead over four-term incumbent Democrat Richard Conlin in an election for a seat on the Seattle City Council, as of November 13–a stunning result for a revolutionary socialist and a powerful symbol ... More >>

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