Monday, 13 October 2014

Blog Action Day - 16 October 2014. Please participate. #Blogaction14, #Inequality, #Oct16, #Ballarat, #Eureka

Blog Action Day began in 2007.  This landmark day brings together bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day.

Past topics have included Water, Climate Change, Poverty, Food, Power of We and Human Rights, with over 25,000 blogs taking part since 2007.

Blog Action Day will be held on October 16, 2014 and will focus on the topic Inequality.  
Tags for this year are 
 #Blogaction14, #Inequality, #Oct16

The Network's specialty is social and political commentary.  It is significant that Blog Action Day on the issue of Inequality falls smack bang in the middle of Australia's Anti-Poverty Week for 2014.  The Network will be working with Advocacy on this issue and cross-posting each to each.  Advocacy is the blog of a recently formed group, Advocacy@ St Paul's, which has been established within the Christian community at St Paul's Anglican Church at historic Bakery Hill, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

Interesting titbits: It is fitting for a a blog like The Network to link up with Advocacy.  St Paul's, situated on Humffray Street, Ballarat, is the site of the 'monster' meeting of 11 November 1854 which was a significant event in the lead up to the Eureka rebellion.  On that date the Ballarat Reform League was established to fight for the rights of the miners against officialdom and over-regulation on the goldfields of Ballarat. The spirit of Eureka has had an historic influence on the union movement in Australia.  

The first May Day marches in the world took place on 1 May 1891 in Barcaldine, Queensland, in the midst of the historic Shearers's Strike.  The Eureka Flag was flown in Barcaldine.  Thirty-seven years after the events on the goldfields of Ballarat, the Spirit of Eureka was alive, well and not forgotten. Nor is it to-day.

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