Media Release - June 10, 2005
Opening salvo against Talisman Sabre
Rockhampton Barracks Peace Vigil
Date: Friday June 10, 2005 Time: 5pm - 7pm Where: Western Street, Rockhampton
With banners and drums, peace campaigners will picket the Rockhampton military barracks (tent city), tonight at 5pm.
The barracks now house thousands of troops in preparation for the Australia - US joint military exercise Operation Talisman Sabre.
Protestors from around the country are gathering for a weekend of activity to call for an end to US bases and war games and building more positive and constructive relationships with other countries.
"We have nothing against these young men and women", said Dr Hannah Middleton from the Anti-Bases Campaign.
"We are concerned that the ADF is not being used for defense of our land and our people. The role is being distorted by the decisions being made in Canberra and Washington. Practicing invading other countries undermine the security of Australia, our region and the world."
Several dozen peace campaigners from Brisbane are set to arrive in Rockhampton in time to join local and other inter-state activists for the vigil.
A six metre long "Anti-nuclear" missile launched from the Sunshine Coast on Thursday has landed in Rockhampton and will be displayed at the Friday night vigil.
A list of scheduled Peace Convergence events follow. Others TBA.
The Peace Convergence involves various peace, anti-nuclear, and environmental organisations.
For more information or interviews contact:
Dr. Hannah Middleton, Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition - Stop Star Wars Campaign: 0418 668 098
Denis Doherty, Director - Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition: 0418 290 663
Treena Lenthall, Brisbane Anti-Bases: 0402 318 656
Robin Taubenfeld, Everyone for a Nuclear Free Future (ENuFF) Brisbane: 0411 118 737
Dr. Sue Wareham, President - Medical Association for the Prevention of War: 0407 924 152
Operation Talisman Sabre - Shoalwater Bay Peace Convergence EVENTS - further actions TBA
Friday June 10 2005
5-7pm Peace vigil outside military barracks
Venue: Western Street Rockhampton
7:30pm Community dinner and talk in Rockhampton. All welcome!
Speakers: Ciaron O'Reilly, Dr. Hannah Middleton and TBA
Venue: Capricorn Conservation Council, Haigh Park (opposite the Base Hospital) Livermore St, Rockhampton.
Saturday June 11, 2005
AM: Peace Convergence Action - TBA
7pm: Community event supported by the Peace Convergence
World Premier "Blowin' in the Wind"
Venue: Walter Reid Cultural Centre, cnr East and Derby Streets, Rockhampton
Controversial new film on Depleted Uranium use and Australia by award - winning documentary maker - David Bradbury. Discussion with filmmaker, speakers and public forum peace, social justice and environment issues.
Sunday June 12, 2005
AM Peace Convergence action - TBA
2pm Community event supported by Peace Convergence:
Peace Convergence Forum on the Beach
Speakers: Ciaron O' Reilly, Ploughshares, Rachel Darken, Medical Association for the Prevention of War, James Courtney - Greenpeace, Peter Murray - Shoalwater Wilderness Awareness Group and more
Venue: Beachside Main Beach-Yeppoon
Community Peace Convergence for meal - All welcome!
Venue: Beachside Yeppoon - 500 metres south down beach towards Cooee Bay.
Beach front of Wattle Grove Street
Community event supported by Peace Convergence:
Yeppoon Premier "Blowin' in the Wind" (& 2nd ever showing) controversial new film on Depleted Uranium use and Australia by award - winning documentary maker - David Bradbury. Discussion with filmmaker, speakers and public forum on peace, social justice and environment issues.
Venue: Yeppoon Town Hall
For more information contact Peace Convergence: 0411 118 737