What does "Living with Covid" mean? And what are the alternatives?

This inspiring and analysis-packed online event, held on Thursday 2nd September 2021, features Alison Pennington, Paul Dutton, Shannen Potter and Teela Reid (bios below). Please share it widely!

Speakers and their time stamps: Alison Pennington (5.05s), Paul Dutton (32.23s) , Shannen Potter (39.39s) and Teela Reid 1:00.53s).

Bios and social media links below.

Alison Pennington - https://twitter.com/ak_pennington

Alison Pennington is Senior Economist with the Centre for Future Work, a public commentator and writer. She conducts research on economic issues facing working people including the evolution of collective bargaining and the role of government. Alison completed a Master of Political Economy from the University of Sydney where her research focus was on the Australian finance system, housing and inequality. Alison has written for the Centre for Future Work on the evolution of collective bargaining, future skills, and labour market policies. In previous roles she worked as a union organiser in the CPSU, public finance and foreign affairs policy for the Commonwealth government, and as a public school music teacher. She considers economics a powerful tool for reinvigorating ideas about how society is organised, and for building a more democratic and meaningful life for everyday people.

Paul Dutton - https://twitter.com/pauldutton1968

Paul Dutton is a Barkindji man, an activist and commentator, a Stolen Generations member, with long experience in NGOs and the public sector in housing and community development, including Link-Up (NSW) where he assisted and counselled other Stolen Generation individuals on returning to Country and community, as well as those communities on expectations of return and realities of separation, cultural loss and emotional divides and understanding of living in two worlds.. Here is a link to his bio and some of his articles https://independentaustralia.net/profile-on/paul-dutton,1017

Shannen Potter- https://twitter.com/shannen_potter

Shannen Potter is a SEARCH and labour movement activist and member of the ALP national conference. She is the author of recent Jacobin article arguing for a COVID elimination strategy (link in chat). Currently the Junior Vice President for Labor for Refugees and a Policy Convener for the NSW ALP Socialist Left, Shannen is an active organiser in campaigns for the rights of workers, refugees and migrants, women, and young people, including an ongoing campaign calling for an end to the use of boat turn backs and offshore detention for asylum seekers. She is also a founding member of the campaign ‘Lockdown to Zero: Health Before Profits’ which advocates for a class-based approach to the pandemic which puts working people first. Shannen formerly worked in policy development and is currently completing a Juris Doctor degree.

Teela Reid - https://twitter.com/teelareid

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/Teelareid

Teela Reid is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman, lawyer and activist born and raised in Gilgandra western NSW. She is currently a defence lawyer based in Sydney. Teela obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Newcastle and commenced her professional career as a high school PE teacher. She then completed her postgraduate Juris Doctor/Law from UNSW Law Sydney and was named on the UNSW Law Deans Women of Excellence List. Teela was the first Aboriginal person to be elected on the UNSW Law Society as Vice-President (Social Justice), where she was the founding director of the UNSW Law First Peoples Moot. She was also the Inaugural recipient of the NSW Indigenous Barristers Trust award.

Links for action and further in mentioned in the webinar and in the chat:

Alison Pennington's presentation slides available here on her Twitter: https://twitter.com/ak_pennington

And here on her Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alison.pennington

Donations for affected communities in Western NSW can be sent to:

Maari Ma Health BSB: 062 513 ACCT NO.: 10150588 Must indicate it’s being sent as a DONATION to go to direct servicing of #COVID19Wilcannia supports.

Anyone wishing to send supporting packages to Wilcannia this is how you can engage:

Mark packages to the attention of Sarah Donnelley, C/o Wilcannia Central School, 120 Hood St , Wilcannia

Living Incomes For Everyone Campaign Tutorial (No. 2) Our tutorial guest is Lara Watson When: September 8, 2021 07:30 PM (Sydney, Melbourne etc time) Topic: LIFE Campaign Tutorial: First Nations Workers Alliance - Priorities and Building Solidarity Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KgTGZvHGTiOYHX8D6cpOsg

Attendees will be able to ask questions and make brief comments.

Petition: Protect our kids from COVID-19


Join the next Lockdown to Zero campaign forum on Saturday at 5pm: Crisis in the healthcare system: living with COVID means dying waiting for an ICU https://www.facebook.com/events/899677477649246/

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