Media Release: Peoples Summit Commences!



For immediate release

Date: 12 Nov 2014


The G20 Peoples’ Summit gets under way on Wednesday November 12 with a full program comprising 20 events at five locations around Brisbane.

As part of the Visioning Another World: The G20 Peoples’ Summit, a three-day festival of symposiums, idea sharing, art, creative activities, education and action, day 1 will include discussion panels and workshops on topics pertaining to austerity, food security, democracy the environment and feminism.

The G20 Peoples’ Summit will begin with a discussion at the Colossus Reception Hall led by John Quiggin on the topic of austerity, the G20 and growth.

John Quiggin is a professor of economics at the University of Queensland, author of many books and a proficient blogger. For many years he wrote a column for the Australian Financial Review and currently writes for Jacobin magazine.

In the early afternoon Stephen Keim and Chris Butler will be speaking at the Uniting Church in Vulture Street, West End on the attacks on civil liberties and democracy; spatial politics and the rights to the city.

Stephen Keim is a barrister notable for his strongly principled, though and controversial actions in various courtcases. Keim is a recipient of the Human Rights Medal, awarded to him by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2009.

Chris Butler researches in the areas of law and social theory, urban governance and critical approaches to state power. His book Henri Lefebvre: Spatial Politics, Everyday Life and the Right to the City has been recently published by Routledge.

Later in the afternoon Samantha Castro will lead a discussion on feminism and patriarchy. Samantha Castro is the co-founder of Wikileaks Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA), the oldest support campaign for Julian Assange and Wikileaks in Australia. She holds a BA in Media and a Masters in Professional Communication. Her speciality is in Global Media and the War On Terror.

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