WEB MASTER'S LOG
10 September 2005
Report of the Nimbin "Free Mark Emery" Global day of action
for Mark Emery, Michelle Rainey and Greg Williams.
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Peacebus.net captain J. Justin Peace....
The birth of peacebus.net took place on the 10th of September 2005 at the
Hemp Bar. Its first action, on this day, involved participation in a
speak-out and live web show broadcast from Cullen street
Nimbin. This was
Nimbin's contribution to a worldwide day of protest to save the Vancouver
3 from extradition to the USA. Canadian citizens Marc Emery, Michelle
Rainey and Greg Williams might serve ten years to life in prison in the USA, for
selling cannabis seeds. On this day we demanded that our country
express support for the safety and freedom of these 3 and the global cannabis
Another joint venture with the
Australian Cannabis Law Reform Movement resulted in a very
successful day of action.
A dawn start, and hasty but thorough preparations, saw the peacebus set up
outside the Hemp Bar, with myself, Max Stone and his computers, ready to
participate and to monitor the coming day of action.
The Nimbin based, InterGalactic Blues Mafia band, set up beside us on the footpath
outside the Hemp Embassy and began to warm up.
Speakers arrived and readied themselves to publicly express their
opposition to the treatment of Mark Emery and others, as deeply moving musical expressions
of soulful support issued from the band.
This action was a pleasure. The streets of Nimbin on a fine
spring morning surrounded by beloved fellow members of the rainbow family.
Quite a contrast with my experiences in Sydney during the 30A Mobilisation of
mass dissent from which I had just come;
What we had just witnessed in the streets and public places of Sydney, was an
example of extreme abuse of political power. Our police force being used
against us, the public, in order to protect the interests of known
corporate criminals and their political buddies. This manifested in the
presents of police in huge numbers, attempting to force the suppression of
freedom of assembly and the freedom of speech in public space. This reactive
official response, came from their fear, their fear of our ability and
dedication, as a strong willed and creative group of concerned citizens, to
break the spell of the corporate mantras, in the name of justice and peace.
The stage was now set in Nimbin on the tray back truck and the band and other
musicians got into the music. Freedom of assembly and freedom of speech had
begun and was now proceeding, unimpeded by the presents of politically directed
police suppression. This is what democracy looks like. Equal and
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J.Just-in's Soul Food Readings and
The Nomadic life of the political activist involves continually updating
information from a wide range of sources including books, journals, scientific
publications, the web, and from other non-print media. I have an interest in a
wide range of social justice issues pertaining to the establishment and
preservation of peaceful earthbound communities. I travel light and keep things
to a minimum letting information flow rather than storing too much. Some
articles that have shaped my journey are;
Thanissaro Bhikkhu : The Wings of Awakening:
An anthology from the Pali Canon (1996) Massachusetts : Dhamma Dana
Publications Barre Centre for Buddhist Studies. Fee publication `
Some good vibrations that have inspired and