IPAN Victoria Rally for Peace! Fiona McCandless

Why Peace and Justice is Union Business – No War On China

Fiona was a speaker representing HACSU (Health & Community Services Union) at the 4 July rally held in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market.

Fionna_M.jpg - 87.09 KBWorkers and working people are the main casualties of wars. Our Defence Force personnel are workers in uniform, and while they bear the brunt of the trauma on the battlefields, working-class communities at home also bear the consequences of this trauma. Trauma breaks up children's families and homes; our public health systems pick up the pieces but still, too often, lives end in tragic circumstances.  Trauma is what HACSU members deal with every day in the course of their work.  It is something we want to put an end to, not to create through unnecessary war.

HACSU members work in the Disability and Mental Health sectors. Our members have a large part to play in the emotional and physical recovery from war due to this injury and trauma.  War Veterans are 3 times more likely to have psychological distress, and are around 10 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts (1). It is unfair to put this strain on our military men and women, and on our already fractured healthcare system.

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Oppose the US Drums of Wars!

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IPAN Victoria Rally for Peace! Berlin Guerrero

End Australia's Involvement in US-led wars; No war with China

The (In)significance of July 4 for the Filipino People

Berlin was the speaker from the Filipino Delegation and who is the Chairperson, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Australia

Berlin_G.jpg - 42.19 KBJuly 4, 1946 marked the day of the sham Declaration of Independence of the Philippines from the United States of America. It is a nominal independence. Sovereignty in name only. A bogus freedom because the Philippines continue to be a neo-colony of the United States until now.

The Philippines was a colony of Spain for 400 years beginning in the 1500’s until the turn of the 19th century. Patriotic Filipinos launched an armed revolution against Spain and became victorious to the point of establishing a Republic. But this victory was cut in the bud by the coming of United States as a nascent imperialist power which took the Philippines from Spain to be its new colonial master. Another imperialist power, Japan, was also able to set foot in the Philippines during WWII controlling the country for three years. However, its imperial army was almost defeated by the People Army against Japan. But again, US returned to re-establish its hold and set up its puppet regime to maintain its neo-colonial, imperialist control.

From 1946 to 2021, the Philippines has been ruled by US-sponsored regimes. These puppet governments ensured the continuous exploitation of its natural and human resources, become the dumping ground of finished non-industrial products and to serve as a strategic military outpost in the Asia Pacific region.

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