“Patriarchy as a system has denied males access to full emotional well-being, which is not the same as feeling rewarded, successful, or powerful because of one’s capacity to assert control over others. To truly address male pain and male crisis we must as a nation be willing to expose the harsh reality that patriarchy has damaged men in the past and continues to damage them in the present. If patriarchy were truly rewarding to men, the violence and addiction in family life that is so all-pervasive would not exist.”
Understanding Patriarchy August 21, 2016
From Chiapas to Rojava: Seas Divide Us, Autonomy Binds Us February 18, 2015
A way forward for us all – From Chiapas to Rojava: Seas Divide Us, Autonomy Binds Us.
Britain’s ‘Privatisation of Protest’ Sets Dangerous Precedent February 12, 2015
Are we free?
This is why I will not be organising any more protest marches.
They’ve made it too hard.
I believe we should be free to march in a peaceful protest.
Council believes we need to present risk assessments and forms and fees and get public liability insurance.
The police want a notification form, which names you as the organiser and therefore responsible for possibly thousands of people. They also have your address and phone number and harass you.
Did people like Gandhi or the Arab Spring organisers have to pay fees and fill in risk assessments? I doubt it.
The system owns and dictates to us now, we have to pay pay pay.
Vale Gough Whitlam October 23, 2014
Tags: America, Australia, democracy, Gough Whitlam
Rest in Peace Gough
We were ripped off
But you were the essence of dignity
To the very end
Who are the C.I.A. to say?
Who goes and who will stay?
We are still being ripped off
To this day
When will karma right the scale?
When will we be not be for sale?
March Australia Coffs Harbour September 1, 2014
Tags: coffs harbour, jetty foreshores, legislation, march australia, photos, Politics, protest, rallies, strikes, Unions
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;
Thanks for reading my blog.
We’re doing it again! August 27, 2014
Tags: activism, march australia coffs harbour, News, political, protest
SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT CLASS IN AUSTRALIA BY TIM WINTON August 18, 2014
Posted on Facebook via my friend Kirsten who wrote;
“But if ever there was a truly “forgotten people” in our time it must be the working poor. These folk, the cleaners and carers and hospitality workers, excite no media outrage. They labour in the shadows in increasingly contingent working situations. Described as “casuals”, the only casual element of their existence is the attitude of the entities that employ them. Often on perpetual call or split shifts, their working lives are unstable. Many of them women, a significant proportion of them migrants, they have little bargaining power and low rates of union representation.”