DISTINCTIVE ACTIVIST: Nimbin man Benny Zable at the scene of an anti-CSG protest at Shannonbrook, west of Casino. He is heading overseas to join Occupy Wall Street activists in New York.
DISTINCTIVE ACTIVIST: Nimbin man Benny Zable at the scene of an anti-CSG protest at Shannonbrook, west of Casino. He is heading overseas to join Occupy Wall Street activists in New York. The Northern Star

Masked crusader against CSG off to join Occupy Wall Street

IT'S THE end of an era for famed masked activist Benny Zable who will be leaving Nimbin to join Occupy Wall Street activists in New York.

For Nimbin's veteran activist Mr Zable, it took a tripod collapsing on him to rethink his career trajectory and pursue activism away from the Northern Rivers.

The iconic masked crusader, who turns 70 in October, sustained ligament damage mid-March after climbing an unpegged tripod, which was hastily constructed for a Greet the Dawn Bentley re-enactment at Byron Bay.

Mr Zable, lumped with ongoing rehabilitation costs, does not blame anyone for the mishap but admits, in part, it prompted a change of scenery.

Local activist and music promoter Nick Hanlon of Rainbow Region Gigs has teamed with the Nimbin Bush Theatre and Cloudcatcher Media to present a "Benny-fit" to help the eco-hero with rehab costs.

The art activist, a Nimbin resident since the Terania protest of 1973, had only kind words for his village.

"Nimbin is one of the most progressive places in the world," he said. "It's controversial and a front runner for issues relating to caring for one another, healing the earth and the freedom to express. It has also been a place for the inclusion of Aboriginal people."

Mr Zable came from a family of Jewish socialist activists and cannot remember a time when he was not in some way involved with the conscientious objection to unethical environmental and human rights issues.

An art activist to the core, Mr Zable developed a clear and distinctive style of banner writing. It has been used in campaigns all over the world.

 

Help benny

The "Benny-fit" is being held in honour and support of injured activist Benny Zable. Details are:

Thursday, June 25, at 7pm

Dinner from 6pm at the Phoenix Rising Cafe. Show starts 7pm in the Nimbin Bush Theatre. Entry is a suggested donation of $10.

The line-up includes MC S Sorrensen, Diana Anaid, Connor Cleary, Steady Eddy, David Hallett, Mookx Hanly, Ilona Harker, Jarmbi, Sara McCafferty, Davey Bob Ramsey, Jo Satori, Sarah Stando, Luke Vassella, and the Nomad Belly dance.



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