This sedition of Subversion #1312 features an interview with anarchist Jessica Harrison. Jessica lives in Wonthaggi in Victoria. She is active in the Australian Unemployed Workers Union.
The union recent;y had a bit of a win when the government was unable to reach a deal with the Nick Xenophon Team regarding welfare reforms, which would see an expansion of the cashless welfare card.
As the name suggests the AUWU which was founded in 2014 fights for the rights of unemployed workers.
They say it was when the Howard government introduced work for the dole in 1997-98 that a radical change in the attitude towards the unemployed occurred “quote overnight the unemployed began to be treated like criminals’.
We’ve also got Bad Cop No Donut and plenty of new music including a brand new one from Urthboy (clip posted below).
In this program we are lucky enough to be able to speak with Combat Wombat’s Izzy Brown live and direct from Melbourne.
Izzy always has some incredible projects underway or planned.
Last time we spoke to her she was turning her ambitious refugee music project United Struggle into a musical.
She tells us all about the production and a planned tour plus the latest news about the West Papua Campaign and another amazing Freedom Flotilla joining the struggles between aborigines in Australia and the West Papuans.
Also another part of the interview Linda did with Jasmina Brankovich last week about Men’s Rights Activists and an anarchist perspective on gender issues.
The family court where many couples with children end up after their relationship ends is a major focus of MRAs so they talk a little about this. And more analysis of MRAs.
We play some shit hot new and not so new music as well.
In this show we ‘travel’ to Greece and Iran where people are suffering because of their political situation and borders.
In fact we are almost talking about the cause of refugees and the effects, what happens when you have to leave your country because of political turmoil and war.
We play an interview with ‘Amin’ a refugee in the Moria camp on the Greek Island of Lesvos. This interview was done by Riot Turtle our correspondent who spent some time in Greece finding out about refugee issues (and more). Riot Turtle is from enoughisenough14.org. Also mentioned as a way people are helping refugees is the Cars of Hope collective.
Over to Iran where the New Year saw mass protests around the country. The interview in this show was from a few weeks ago, now the number of people arrested is said to be 8000 and 50 are dead.
Linda interviewed Hafez Rahimi a Kurdish Iranian anarchist now living in England. He is from a group that has a number of social media sites.
After almost 1 month on Lesvos and in Athens I returned to Germany yesterday. The difference between people living in free spaces like the Notara 26 squat in Athens and the people who are forced to live in the Moria refugee camp is unbelievable. Today human rights activist Arash Hampay was forced o leave Lesvos.