Archive for ‘activism’

May 2, 2014

How we can defeat the Right (part 1)

This post is the first in a series on how we can stop the Right. It might seem an overwhelming challenge, but it can be done.

The first thing those who want to stop Tony Abbott and his boche must do is have faith in ourselves. Sure, we all have our moments of self-doubt, but I believe that those who oppose Abbott have the intelligence, compassion, creativity, strength, patience and talent to do this. We can do this.

Sí, se puede

Spanish for “Yes, it is possible” or, “Yes, it can be done”.

The phrase Sí, se puede was popularised by union leader and civil rights activist César Chávez and UFW’s co-founder Dolores Huerta, of United Farmworkers during the 1972 rallies.

Yes, we can

Before I took an interest in Australian politics (#auspol), I was an activist – until I realised that everything I was fighting for, human rights, animal rights, environmental rights, would be impossible under an Abbott government. Knowing that under an Abbott Liberal-National Government we all lose, even the rights to protest, I switched focus, to fighting against the Abbott Opposition, and now the Abbott Government.

My background in activism has shown me that there are a lot of things we can do, beyond talking to each other on social media about how bad things are and without the need to join a major party.

I see too many people on social media wanting to be saved, literally, they think someone will save them “the Guardian coming to Australia will save us”, “XXX blog will save us”, “XXX journalist will save us”, “a Robin Hood tax/person will save us”.

We can save ourselves.

If only people realised how powerful they are, WE are. It is not hopeless, it is not time to give up, we will not lay down and die.

Never surrender your power

Alice Walker said ‘The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.’

Do not let anyone tell you that the situation is hopeless, do not believe anyone who tells you that you are powerless. Anyone trying to convince you that you have no power is worried that you will know just how powerful you really are and start to use that power.

If you don’t think we need to Fight Back, you aren’t paying attention

If you were living in France during the World War Two occupation by Germany, under the Vichy government, what would you do? Would you keep your head down and wish and hope and pray and think, or would you realise our very futures are being destroyed before our eyes for the benefits of an elite few and join the Fight.

If you are fighting (not the Right-wing Black Ops style, I mean, happy shiny smiley people, glittery, polite fighting), then I’m your girl, I’m your foot-soldier, I will stand with anyone prepared to fight.

If you are not yet ready to fight for your future, our future, I can wait until you are, and then fight by your side if you want me to.

We can do this.

We made a promise we swore we’d always remember
No retreat no surrender
Like soldiers in the winter’s night with a vow to defend
No retreat no surrender
– Bruce Springsteen

June 11, 2012

If we don’t stand up for what is right, then who will?

In Germany, they came first for the Communists,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;

And then they came for the trade unionists,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;

And then they came for the Jews,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;

And then . . . they came for me . . .
And by that time there was no one left to speak up.

Martin Niemöller

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral,
the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
Desmond Tutu

In the End, we will remember
not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. …
As long as one dissident is in prison, our freedom will not be true.
Elie Wiesel

If not us, then who? Them?

copyright @greenat16 Photo used with permission for illustrative purposes only. Use does not imply that copywrite holder in anyway endorses the contents of this post.

June 7, 2012

The majority of Federal Cabinet now supports marriage equality – possibly

In response to a letter from a constituent, Greg Combet (MP for Charlton, NSW) wrote “In line with my own values, as someone who has always fought for equality, social justice and fairness, I support marriage equality.” Combet is the most recent to come out in support.

Which shows that sometimes letters to your local MP can work. So, if anyone is in an electorate with any of the NO politicians, drop them a line, ask them if they have a position on marriage equality, which is supported by over 60% of the Australian voting public. Who knows, that might just be enough to get them to state a position publicly.

So for those keeping account
this table was complied using statements printed in the media, if their position has changed, and anyone has more recent information, please let me know so the table can be updated

Minister support of marriage equality
PM Julia Gillard No
DPM Wayne Swan No (source)
Bob Carr no(ish) (source)
Chris Evans yes (source)
Simon Crean yes (source)
Stephen Smith yes (source)
Tanya Plibersek yes (source)
Jenny Macklin yes (source)
Anthony Albanese   yes (source)
Stephen Conroy no (source)
Kim Carr no (source)
Penny Wong yes (source)
Peter Garrett yes (source)
Nicola Roxon yes (source)
Joe Ludwig maybe (source)
Tony Burke no (source)
Martin Ferguson no (source)
Chris Bowen no (source)
Craig Emerson NO (source)
Mark Butler yes (source)
Greg Combet yes (source)
April 24, 2012

Punish the terrorist with more democracy, tolerance and generosity

When a terrorist attacked his city, and his country, killing 77 people, Fabian Stang, the Oslo mayor, did not declare war or vow acts of vengeance, instead his response was

We shall punish the terrorist, and this will be his punishment: more democracy, more tolerance, more generosity.

April 14, 2012

It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate

It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate.

Gloria Steinem, US American feminist, activist, author

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.

Gloria Steinem, US American feminist, activist, author

Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed before.

Gloria Steinem, US American feminist, activist, author
April 5, 2012

Australian Governor General Opposed Zionism

Sir Isaac Isaacs, ninth Governor-General of Australia and the first Australian-born Governor-General. Born in 1855 and died in 1948, he did not live to see the creation of the State of Israel, but he was an outspoken critic of Zionism.

During the 1940s he became entangled in controversy with the Jewish community in Australia as well as internationally through his opposition to Zionism. Isaacs insisted that Judaism was a religious identity and not a national or ethnic one. He opposed the notion of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Isaacs said Political Zionism to which I am irrevocably opposed for the reasons which will be found clearly stated, must be sharply distinguished from religious and cultural Zionism to which I am strongly attached.*

Isaacs opposition to Zionism was not only because he disliked nationalism of all kinds and saw Zionism as a form of Jewish national chauvinism, but also because he saw the Zionist agitation in Palestine as showing disloyalty to the British Empire, which he was devoted to.

In 1946, militant right-wing Zionist terrorists (an organisation called Irgun) blew up the King David Hotel, resulting in nearly 100 deaths, Isaacs said that the honour of Jews throughout the world demands the renunciation of political Zionism*

Isaacs has several objections to political Zionism, these were his main reasons:

  • A negation of Democracy, and an attempt to revert to the Church-State of bygone ages.
  • Provocative anti-Semitism.
  • Unwarranted by the Balfour Declaration, the Mandate, or any other right; contrary to Zionist assurances to Britain and to the Arabs and in present conditions unjust to other Palestinians politically and to other religions.
  • As regards unrestricted immigration, a discriminatory and an undemocratic camouflage for a Jewish State.
  • An obstruction to the consent of the Arabs to the peaceful and prosperous settlement in Palestine of hundreds of thousands of suffering European Jews, the victims of Nazi atrocities; and provocative of Moslem antagonism within and beyond the Empire, and consequently a danger to its integrity and safety.
  • Inconsistent in demanding on one hand, on a basis of a separate Jewish nationality everywhere Jews are found, Jewish domination in Palestine, and at the same time claiming complete Jewish equality elsewhere than in Palestine, on the basis of a nationality common to the citizens of every faith.*

Isaacs said the Zionist movement as a whole…now places its own unwarranted interpretation on the Balfour Declaration, and makes demands that are arousing the antagonism of the Moslem world of nearly 400 millions, thereby menacing the safety of our Empire, endangering world peace and imperiling some of the most sacred associations of the Jewish, Christian, and Moslem faiths. Besides their inherent injustice to others these demands would, I believe, seriously and detrimentally affect the general position of Jews throughout the world…*

*Source of quotes: Sir Isaac Isaacs. ‘Palestine: Peace and Prosperity or War and Destruction? Political Zionism: Undemocratic, Unjust, Dangerous’ (Ramsay Ware Publishing) 14 January 1946
additional information: wikipedia

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April 4, 2012

Art – Uncle Sam Wants You to Shut Up And Obey (poster)

Uncle Sam is from the initials for United States

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digital mischief by @redglitterx

April 2, 2012

Music Monday – US Forces: Midnight Oil

US Forces give the nod, it’s a set back for your country

Peter Garrett sang those words in 1982, and now, about wanting to get the United States military out of Australia and Australia’s foreign policy.

All these many years later, Garrett is part of a Labor government that just opened Darwin for permanent occupation by US Marines, complete with drones, and possibly nuclear weapons, and giving away Cocos Island for a US military base.

Activists fought to get US Bases Out in the 70s and 80s – and now it seems we have to fight those battles again in this century too.

text by @redglitterx
use of song is in no way intended to suggest that Midnight Oil, or the US Military in any way endorses the contents of this post or this blog

April 1, 2012

Art – Compassion Has No Boundaries

added by @redglitterx
quote by Shane Barbi: Compassion has no boundaries. Learn to love and respect beyond your own race, religion sex and species
use of quote and image of the Barbi Twins, is in no way intended to suggest that Shane or Sia Barbi in any way endorses the contents of this post or this blog
source image: @Barbi_Twins

April 1, 2012

WFT ABC? … Time To #Occupy The ABC and end the Murdocracy

No, you are not seeing things. This is from the ABC website. The entire article is quoted below

Rupert Murdoch
Posted March 28, 2012 15:38:29

News Corporation has denied promoting piracy or sabotaging rivals’ commercial interests.
Lionel Bonaventure: Reuters

That is it. 18 words plus the date/time.

The original picture is so large you would have to scroll to see it all. Looking more like the Boss, or a Totalitarian dictator in pre-World War Two Germany or a South American fascist celebrating a military coup.

Australians on social media right across the country have noticed the lurch to the Right, so much so that New Limited looks almost Green these days in comparison.

We can no longer make jokes about Old Aunty selling herself to the highest bidder, the over-reliance of the IPA and former senior members of the Howard Government as commentators, The Opposition Says can no longer be the default way of starting every news story.

What the… No words…

Sorry, I need a cup tea, and watch a murder mystery in a quaint English village populated entirely by beige-people to get over the shock (perhaps horror!) of this.

text by @redglitterx
quote and image by ABC is in no way intended to suggest that ABC in any way endorses the contents of this post or this blog, I suspect that they would not