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Settler-colonialism in Aotearoa

Historic painting of Te Whanganui-a-Tara, with ships coming into the harbour and a British Imperial flag erected to the left of the frame.

In 2018, members of People Against Prisons Aotearoa summarised Evan Poata Smith’s analysis of settler colonialism in Aotearoa. This document was presented for discussion at PAPA branch meetings. It has now been reformatted for publication. Written by Emilie Rākete, Aaliyah Zionov, Sophie Morgan, Jessica Lim, Cáit Ó Pronntaigh, Vanessa Arapko, Lisandru Grigorut.  Edited and reformatted… Continue reading Settler-colonialism in Aotearoa

Statement from Organise Aotearoa: For Liberation and Socialism on the start of hostilities between the US and Iran.

The brightly coloured interior of Nasir ol Molk Mosque, Shiraz City, Iran.

To all of our members, supporters, and many friends and comrades in Aotearoa. As you may know, at some time around 12:30pm yesterday it was reported that the Islamic Republic of Iran has responded to escalating US aggression by targeting several US Military sites within Iraq. For many, this signals a potential beginning to a… Continue reading Statement from Organise Aotearoa: For Liberation and Socialism on the start of hostilities between the US and Iran.

Jerrim Toms investigation sets precedent for “epidemic of police killings”

Close-up image of police shooting victim Jerrim Toms, killed on 31 March 2018 - a white 29-year-old man with a short brown beard and kind eyes.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) has absolved the police officers implicated in the lethal shooting of 29-year-old Jerrim Toms on 31 March last year. Its investigation has found the killing to be justified, but justice advocates People Against Prisons Aotearoa say that the facts of the case do not support the conclusion. Officers have… Continue reading Jerrim Toms investigation sets precedent for “epidemic of police killings”

U.S. embargo on Cuba is an attack on self-determination

Cartoon by Carlos Latuff, 2007, depicting a demonic Uncle Sam submerged in water with his arms wrapped around Cuba. A United Nations ship floats behind him shouting “Lift the embargo!”

Written by Cáit Ó Pronntaigh Class contradictions in Latin America are drawing more and more attention, with class power on both sides being exercised. We’ve seen fascist/far-right governments seizing power in the same year that we’ve seen enormous Indigenous/working class movements rising up from under the shadow of former dictatorship, neoliberalism, and austerity. As these… Continue reading U.S. embargo on Cuba is an attack on self-determination