Court support for Swan Island Peace Convergence Arrestees

Ellen, Leesl & Julie outside court after their appearance in November 2010

Ellen, Leesl & Julie outside court after their appearance in November 2010 for blocking entry to Swan Island the previous June with 6 others

“One of the most inspiring things I’ve seen in years!”

“I never thought I’d get involved, but after seeing that I can’t help myself!”

“Outstanding.  A real triumph!”

No, these are not film reviews, but statements by those who have been to court to support nonviolent activists on previous occasions.

Here’s your chance to support 3 anti-war activists and help build a robust anti-war movement in Australia.

From 4-8 July a group of activists staged daily blockades of the Swan Island military base to nonviolently resist its involvement in the war in Afghanistan (see http://SwanIslandPeace.org).  Eight people were arrested for acts of nonviolent civil disobedience; most refused bail and had their charges dealt with immediately.  The remaining three will come before the courts on Wednesday 27 July.

With over 60% of Australians opposed to our involvement in the war in Afghanistan, there’s no shortage of anti-war sentiment in Australia, but anti-war action is rare.  Solidarity is needed for resistance to grow.

  • Olivia faces charges of obstructing a road and hindering police.
  • Jessica faces charges of obstructing a road, hindering police and trespass.
  • Simon faces a trespass charge.

Join us as we show the courts what love that can overcome fear looks like.

Date:    Wednesday 27 July
Time:    9:30am – 12:30pm (approx. — hope we’ll be finished much sooner)
Location:    Geelong Magistrates’ Court
Railway Terrace, Geelong

The Court is directly opposite Geelong train station — a cinch if you want to catch a train from Melbourne, but the timetable’s not great:

Depart Southern Cross 7:37am — arrive Geelong 8:37am
or
Depart Southern Cross 9am — arrive Geelong 9:56am

Return timetable here: http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/

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Simon, Jess and Olivia