Yesterday we held another March Australia Rally down at the Foreshores in Coffs Harbour.
The research I do for this blog has led me to getting involved with March in March as it was called back then.
I messaged ‘March in March to ask if there was going to be a march in Coffs Harbour and ended up starting the Facebook page for Coffs Harbour, asking for and finding an organising committee. Be careful what you ask sometimes!
Luckily I ended up with a great committee!
This is a person who has avoided committees like the plague most of her life, so it’s kind of funny really.
Something that strikes me as odd, as although the first committee had men on board who were very helpful at first, have all fallen away now and we are a completely female crew.
I’m talking about people who actually attend meetings.
On the big day a couple of men lurkers (I created a secret underground page to keep members informed) did come and physically help, bless ’em. Two muso’s and a fellow armchair activist and page commenter. Thanks guys!
‘March in March’ was renamed ‘March Australia’, when we realised this wasn’t going to be a one off bit of activism.
I was a bit an armchair activist, getting tired of clicking on petitions.
Though they do have their value I felt that actually going out into the world to protest bodily would have more of an impact.
It’s amazing what a terrible government can do for ones motivation and so I have come to the conclusion that our Mr Abbott and his Coalition (or ‘Coal-ition’) has to be thanked for providing the impetus for many many people in Australia to get politically motivated once more.
It is a phenomenon that I’ve noticed in my lifetime though. Whenever ever they got into power, there are always demonstrations. Once upon a time when the word ‘Union’ wasn’t so uncool (oh how people have been brainwashed), we’d be seeing people go on strike and protesting in the streets.
Not anymore, we only protest now, strikes are rare.
A bona fide means of workplace bargaining destroyed by greedy profit mongers, who will never be happy no matter how much they roll in mountains of cash like a bunch of demented Scrooge McDucks.
That was the whole reasoning behind the brainwashing as I see it and it saddens me to say it’s worked. People don’t know their arse from their elbows anymore, there’s SO much misinformation around.
Now they are attempting to legislate against protesting, it’s begun already in Victoria. It’s only a matter of time for the rest of the country if that succeeds.
One by one they – the governments, that we elect – are taking our hard won rights away from us.
They do this without any sense of remorse or empathy, in the interests of big business and not us – the people who vote them in.
None of it makes sense.
Our world is not making sense.
The storyteller or viewer in me gets suspicious.
If this was a movie plot or a storyline, the reason would be that something terribly wrong was going on behind the scenes.
I am beginning to fall into despair that things are going to get worse.
I despair at this Patriarchal, Imperialist, Capitalist world we find ourselves entrenched in and need release from.
The Feminine principle has been deliberately crushed to make all of this possible and I do realise that males are also suffering.
Sometimes things have to get bad before they get better, I hold onto this.
Check out the photos taken by a professional photographer by the name of Drew Hopper on the day by following the link below;
*update more photos from our local newspaper;
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