Radical Women

Surma Hamid: an organiser for Iraqi women’s rights speaks out!

Summer/Autumn 2001

On November 3, the Committee in Defence of Iraqi Women’s Rights (CDIWR) put out a call to protest the mass killings of Iraqi women accused of prostitution. On orders from Saddam Hussein, women and girls are being hunted down and publicly beheaded. Accused of “dishonouring the country,” they are Saddam’s scapegoats in a ruthless campaign… Read more »

The aged care scandal: Demand justice for seniors!

Summer/Autumn 2001

Late last year, the plight of 88 year old Alice Croser, found confused and distressed at Sydney’s Central railway station, shocked the nation. Alice had been put on the train by her granddaughter in Adelaide to live in Sydney with her 59 year old son. But David didn’t want her, either: his mother, partially blind… Read more »

Solving the problem of HIV/AIDS

Summer/Autumn 2001

Melbourne — World AIDS Day, 1 December 2000 was marked by a  resurgence of militancy. A Speak Out organised by Queers United to Eradicate Economic Rationalism (QUEER), which put forward both local and international demands, also celebrated the achievements of 17 years of organising to defeat HIV/AIDS. Activism worked then… Veteran gay liberationist and historian,… Read more »

Kick the Tin: A survivor of the stolen generation kicks back

Summer/Autumn 2001

If you want to understand what it’s like to be a member of the stolen generation, read Kick the Tin by Doris Kartinyeri, a member of the Ngarrindjeri nation. Not that we can ever truly know. As her sister, Dr Doreen Kartinyeri, says in her introduction: “Only those who have been taken from their families… Read more »

Your Say

Winter/Spring 2000

Geelong Campaign Against the GST Geelong residents are campaigning in the streets against the imposition of the Federal Government’s GST. The Stop the GST Committee distributed two petitions, one to address the current Federal Government and the other to call on the Federal Opposition to honour their 1998 electoral platform that there be no GST…. Read more »

Stop Homophobic Holocaust Denial by RSL

Winter/Spring 2000

The simple suggestion that gays and lesbians be protected from acts of genocide has provoked a hate-filled diatribe from the rightwing mob who run the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL). In its submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee inquiry into the 1999 Anti-Genocide Bill, the RSL portrayed homosexuals as a threat… Read more »

Elián González Brotóns: 6-Year-Old Hostage of Yankee Imperialism

Summer/Autumn 2000

December 5, 1999 — news from Miami: Elián González Brotóns, a young shipwreck survivor from Cuba, blew out the candles of his birthday cake. He had just turned six. With his mother, the “little Cuban refugee” had set out for the Land of the Free. She drowned. Elián was saved by the U.S. Coast Guard… Read more »

Mobilise Now Against Backward Laws: Equal Access to Reproductive Technology

Summer/Autumn 2000

The patriarchal nuclear family may have disappeared from most households, but it’s alive and kicking in Victoria’s fertility laws. In August last year, a lesbian police officer was charged with using an in vitro fertility (IVF) treatment. According to the Victorian Infertility Treatment Act (ITA), only married or heterosexual defacto couples can legally access IVF… Read more »

Welcome the New Century: Meet Revolutionary Women Leaders From Cuba!

Summer/Autumn 2000

Going to Cuba, as I did in 1997, is absolutely eye-opening. One day I was packaging bread for Buttercup; the next, I was landing at Havana’s international airport where murals said: “We believe in the Revolution. We believe in Socialism.” Stepping from Howard’s Australia into a workers’ state is a breathtaking experience. I was among… Read more »