Confronting the military industrial surveillance complex
WAGING PEACE the latest documentary by multi-award winning Australian filmmaker, David Bradbury, is a window into the passions and politics of the modern Australian peace movement.
Shot during the action-packed 2014 Canberra Peace Convergence at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, WAGING PEACE tracks a convoy of activists who set out to break the world record for the most protest actions on a single day. Featuring Senator Scott Ludlum, US Iraq War veteran Vince Emanuele (see below) and Bundjalung activist Vincent Duroux, the film concludes with the powerful, historically significant Frontier Wars March on Anzac Day.
Responding to the perfect storm of wars, climate change and the global surveillance state, today’s peace activists act with strategy and gusto; by targeting the industries and institutions which drive Australia’s complicity and challenging the deepest of our cultural assumptions about war and Australia’s history.
A window into the passions and politics of the modern Australian peace movement.
I with others helped create the world peace protest record. Direct Action world record attempt for the most anti-war protests was initiated by Melbourne group Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance (WACA).
Melbourne opening night of David Bradbury’s new film ‘Waging Peace’ was well received with Q and A.
Watch much of the film here
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Remembering the Frontier Wars
For background on the Peace Convergence
A Tragic Anniversary: Reflections on Iraq, Activism and Commitment
By Vincent Emanuele March 21, 2015
What does a vibrant anti-Empire movement look like on a local level?
What does it look like on a national scale?
What shape does it take on the international stage?
Should we approach state power? Should we have functioning chapters and regular meetings?
What groups can people participate in that aren’t connected with sectarian organizations or toxic politics?
Unfortunately, in the US, I think any meaningful discussions or organizing prospects around the issue of Empire will be postponed until Obama is out of office and a new President is elected.
I’ve watched the antiwar movement utterly disappear during my short time as an activist, and it’s been heartbreaking. Those experiences have made me realize that many people were more interested with party affiliations and personality politics than principled opposition to Empire.