Category Archives: reflection

Court report from today

Another chilly morning in Geelong today, with 30 people coming along to join the 3 defendants in court.  We had some pre-court reflections in the park opposite the court, sharing reflections of the Peace Convergence, and some inspiring words from heroes of the movement (Jesus scored a mention or 2).  We then processed to court with some standing [...]

Transparency or collusion? Some reflections

Simon has written a clear-sighted, articulate and honest reflection on a strategic conundrum faced by the Convergence, published by Waging Nonviolence in New York: “… Our goal was total Gandhian transparency – we had nothing to hide. Plans and reflections were put up on our website. We had been liaising with police for weeks beforehand, [...]

Finding old friends

As for many people, my teenage years were framed with a handful of special friends with whom I journeyed through a turbulent adolescence. Over the years I’ve lost touch with most of these friends and wonder how they’re doing. Facebook is giving me updates on their lives, but not a chance to reconnect. Today I [...]

Musings of a Wednesday arrestee

Today (July 6th) I was arrested at the gates of the Swan Island military base in Queenscliff. It didn’t take long to get arrested today – the police were a little impatient. Paul and I were charged on summons after only being removed from the road twice and hauled off to the divvy van after [...]

Checkers on the slammer floor

Carole Powell and I kept ourselves amused as we waited for hours in the cells to be heard by the magistrate – by playing checkers on the thoughtfully designed checked tiles on the floor. Our checker markers were the unused sugar packets and strawberry jam and Vegemite packets that came with the rather more-than-we-expected hot [...]

Lead story in the Geelong Advertiser

This morning’s events are the lead story on the Geelong Addy website today: ‘Swan Island Afghanistan War protests to continue‘, including a 2-min: video interview with Melbourne Baptist reverend Simon Moyle, 34.

Day 2: morning report

We got up extra early for prayers before the scheduled 6am blockade, only to find cars already entering the base.  That’s what happens when you let them know you’re coming. As we approached the gate to the bridge at about 5:50am, 4 mounted police stepped out of the darkness and followed us in close formation [...]

Drive a spoke into the wheel

For the first few days of this week I am hanging out at the Swan Island Peace Convergence. This is a week organised by a bunch of people who are passionate about seeing the war in Afghanistan come to an end. This week is based in Queenscliff, around the bridge to the Swan Island military base [...]