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May 22, 2024

Benny imagines a better future for us all

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At almost 70 years of age, iconic local activist Benny Zable has after 42 years, left his home base at Nimbin behind and headed off into the wide blue to save other parts of the world.

With just a quick stop at the tent embassy in Canberra, this morning Benny heads over to his other home in New York – some time to ‘Imagine’ a part of his plan.

Getting the Lowe down on Benny Zable
Benny Zable as his alter ego the ‘Greed Dozer’. Photo David Lowe – Cloudcatcher Media

Best known as his Greed Dozer alias with gas mask and slogans at protests and blockades, local filmmakers Cloudcatcher Media caught a glimpse of Benny out from under activist trappings in an action for peace last December, when on the anniversary of John Lennon’s death, Zable unveiled his replica of the New York Central Park’s Imagine homage to the Beatle in Strawberry Fields.

Zable believes that we need to have memorials for peace as well as memorials for war.

‘There is “Lest We Forget” what war does’, he says. ‘But imagine what a better world we can have’.

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  1. Benny has spent his life combating the military industrial complex which destroys our habitat, tramples on the rights of indigenous peoples and threatens us all with weapons of mass destruction. Small in stature Benny has the heart of a lion. He has faced red-faced racist cops all over Australia. In Canberra outside Parliament House Benny was atop his iconic pyramid of black oil drums each stamped with a radiation hazard symbol when the police dislodged him and he fell towards the concrete. Fortunately Benny fell onto a cop who broke his fall but then the police charged him with assault; he fought the case and won. It has been a privilege to put Benny up when he stayed with us in Canberra and to join him at protests at Nurrungar, Pine Gap and Sydney harbour. All the very best, Benny, for your non-stop activism. We all owe you!


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