Hello comrades!
There are some important civil society events coming up this month that we hope to see you all at. 

Their Struggle Is Ours To Continue

Date: 18 February (Sat)
Time: 2-5pm
Venue: The Arts & Civil Space, #07-96, 10 Ubi Crescent, Lobby E

On 2 Feb 1963, over 120 working class heroes of Singapore were arrested and detained without trial under Operation Coldstore, which was planned by Lee Kuan Yew, in cahoots with the British government at the time. The detainees were trade union leaders, political leaders, hawkers, cultural workers, journalists, doctors, lawyers, educators and students.All of them were spirited fighters in Singapore’s anti-colonial movement, and their dreams of a free Singapore, their cries of merdeka, were cruelly muffled that day. Many of them were imprisoned for more than a decade, causing untold pain to their families and friends, and leaving Singapore in the hands of a neo-colonial government that would go on to rule the people under an iron fist, deprived of fundamental freedoms to this day.

In the decades that followed Operation Coldstore, up till the late 1980s, thousands more freedom fighters were detained under the Internal Security Act, without trial - all of them acts of political repression and human rights violations. 

60 years on, young activists today are coming together to honour these heroes and reflect on the lessons that their struggle and sacrifice hold for us. We gather to celebrate their spirit, draw strength from their legacy, build on their traditions and ground ourselves in this precious part of our history that may have been left out of our textbooks, but belongs to this land we walk on, belongs to us.

At this event, organised to commemorate 60 years since Operation Coldstore, we want to go beyond remembering. This is also a ceremony to recommit to the principles that drove these women and men, to revive their cries of merdeka, to reclaim their struggle for a free, democratic Singapore.

The event, co-organised by Transformative Justice Collective and Function 8, will be attended by members of the Old Left, and is a celebration of intergenerational ties in Singapore civil society. It will include speeches, songs and slideshows, in both English and Mandarin.


2-2.30pm - Registration

2.30-4pm - Speeches, songs and more 

4-5pm - Reception (food and drinks will be provided)

The event will also be livestreamed on Transformative Justice Collective's Facebook page. 

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Tak Boleh Tahan! 2023
Townhall #2: Do we have to work till we drop dead? 


Date: 26 February (Sun) 
Time: 3-5pm 
Venue: The Projector, Blue Room, 6001 Beach Rd, Level 5, Golden Mile Tower, Singapore 199589

What do food delivery riders, students, the elderly, and caregivers all have in common?

The answer: they're all anxious that they will have to work for the rest of their lives. The government's answer to this concern is the CPF retirement system, COMCARE for the low-income, Silver support for the elderly among other social support schemes. But are these policies enough? Who continues to fall through the gaps? 

Join us on 26th February, along with Yi Hung, Peter and Rani, to discuss discuss this important topic and the ideas these working class folks have for a more humane Singapore. Yi Hung is a former food delivery rider and volunteer at the National Delivery Couriers Association, Peter is a 51 year old food delivery rider looking after 3 older siblings with various illnesses, and Rani is a 39 year old mother of 3 who holds 2 jobs as a hotel receptionist and hawker stall assistant. She looks after her Malaysian husband on dialysis.

If we want to build a Singapore that truly leaves no one behind, we need bigger, bolder changes to our CPF and welfare systems. Join us at this townhall to discuss what such changes can look like, and how we can come together to push for them. 

The townhall will be kicked off by our speakers, followed by an open forum where you can share your views.

This townhall is the second instalment of a three-part series organised by Manifestival, a joint effort by various civil society organisations and independent media platforms to encourage democratic, public discussion on important issues that matter to all of us in Singapore. You can read about the other townhalls at the Eventbrite link below. 

You can get free tickets, but please consider getting a donation ticket if you can afford to, to help us cover costs and keep events like this going :)

The townhall will also be livestreamed on The Online Citizen's Facebook page. 

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