Media Justifying Racism – how Un-Australian

One of the reasons I wrote my book “A Reason to Live​” (buy here) was to educate the community on behalf of great people who are too busy being decent members of the community to justify their right to freedom to those who might question it, or fail to protect it.

Racist propaganda published daily in Australian media reinforces irrational fears, and condones discrimination which is COMPLETELY UN-Australian.

Such propaganda also results in increased violent attacks against Australian women (who may be wearing a hijab) in the streets. This is not okay.

I know this,

You know this.

Australia knows this.

Time to step up.

I am Muslim – but…

Political Science 101 – Coming Soon

I realise my writing tends to be more of the “opinion piece” variety, or in the form of stories and poetry, the entry I am working on at the moment is more slanted towards a taste of “Political Science 101” – I am looking at anti-terror legislation in Australia, and the political theory which sits behind its implementation, I am then attempting to put this theory into “human language” for a wider audience.

I am sure I am not the only Australian who tires of government bodies talking their way out of explaining what they are actually doing to our country and citizens without actually answering our questions or giving s information. I hope that my next piece (which I hope to have up today!) will help with some background understanding of political science, so we can try and make sure we as  a community cannot be lied to or led astray by politically convenient half-truths shared by communities.

IMG_2342

How not to get a date…

Guys – if you ask a girl for her number and are lucky enough to get it, this does not mean she is obligated to catch up with you, or that you have the right to relentlessly call and harass her ten times per day.
If a girl says “hey, thanks for the call/text…. I have a crazy busy week coming up, I’ll let you know when we can have coffee.” You wait until she calls. You DO NOT call her 24 times a day, switch your number to private and then keep calling only to get bitchy that she is too busy for you – and surprisingly she has now lost interest.
Why? 

Well firstly, it makes you look desperate – and that ain’t attractive.
And secondly, it demonstrates a complete disregard for her privacy, her personal space and for her career, study, life, family and/or personal choice – whatever it is that is keeping her busy and not wanting/being free to catch up.
Trying to bully a girl into a date and the accusing her of not being “decent”….Not attractive. Not going to work – and more than that IT IS NOT OK.

  

In summary….

These two photos make up a fairy broad stroke description of my life right now…If I had a picture of low blood iron and of injuries attained from stepping on the Lego that appears to grow from my floor then the picture would be a far more complete.

Mandela Young, my gigantic baby boy…. I love you greatly but if you can’t sleep through the night (OK, nightmares not your fault honey I know) could you please sleep past 6am?! 

I like all Mums feel both inspired by your energy, whilst wishing you were born with a “pause until after Mummy’s coffee” button!!

Fortunately my son, like all little boys, appears to have a “divert” switch which when enabled creates a world in which Lego and the creative characters there in are real and mummy and the rest of reality fade away…..this is giving me time to make coffee and jot a few words down!

My Mandela, as annoying as he appears at times is still intrinsically good – like all children…. I used to say like all people but I’m a bit cynical in adults at the moment. He doesn’t like kids who take his footy, but will share when asked. He doesn’t care what colour your skin is, but if you don’t like “Curious George” he will find you strange….. He is dead against The mandatory detention of children and against Australia bombing Syria.

Don’t be shocked that he hears this information on the news station in the car with Mummy, and don’t dare judge me – because I hear lots of little girls singing along to the racy lyrics of Nikki Monaj or which ever other half naked superstar you permit to teach your daughters about their bodies worth….

I have something else I want you to ponder today and be shocked about…. Yesterday I attended the “diversity rally” in Hobart…. Thankfully the pro-diversity rally supporters outnumbered the nazi-tatooed “Australian patriots” 10:1. (Yes I counted – we know Josie is anal about stats!! 

But I wondered to myself when I looked and the ugly spirited, hate pumping, pro-White Australian “men” (yes inverted comers were needed!) when exactly did their parents stop telling them to share their footies and be nice to people? 

  
 

F. U. and other messages Chris Brown ought to hear.

This might sound harsh, but I couldn’t give a flying fuck how “Sorry” Chris Brown claims to be over the “unfortunate incident” with Rihanna in 2009. Of course we are all aware that by “unfortunate incident” to which I am referring is the vicious close range assault on his then girlfriend (yes the woman he allegedly loved) during which he smashed her face to the extent of hospitalization, over a dispute relating to his mobile phone and infidelity…. he later defended himself saying that she hit him first, but in spite of this, he is sorry. He then violated his parole conditions relating to the criminal conviction handed down over this assault. Oh, and since this time, he has had further convictions for violent crimes.

The man who can defend attacking at close range a human who by the way is 15kg lighter than he is and show so little remorse that he continues down a path of violence resulting in further police intervention is scum…. (that is the politest term I can use) but just because he can carry a tune the world is falling over themselves to defend him from the harshness of the Australian Immigration system. Well. Fuck. That.

There are children being raped under the watch of Australian Immigration systems get on their case about that – not about the one thing they have done correctly.

Our kids are exposed to the mass media every day – whether we like it or not, they are hearing the music of these “idols”… and they will model their world view on the actions of these people, and the way the world perceives these actions.

As it stands today, domestic violence, violence against women and sexual assault are so widely ignored and/or tossed into the “too hard basket” – as a consequence WOMEN DIE. Women die every week in Australia, others are raped, others are assaulted, and others do no start relationships, seek employment outside the home, or indeed venture outside of the home at all beyond necessity. Why does this happen? Because violence against women is crippling, terrifying and ignored. It appears, that no matter how great the “Rosie Batty Affect” may be, so long as we have Australian men and women excusing violence against women because (these are some of the excuses I have heard):

  • he’s a great singer – let the fans hear him (oh, well that is okay. If Hitler could sing, would we be down with him? Yes I compare DV perpetrators to Hitler. Ugly is Ugly, Evil is Evil.)
  • it was so long ago! (he assaulted Rihanna in 2009, he again violently assaulted someone in 2013 – it could be 100 years ago, that doesn’t make it forgivable, he is still perpetrating violence)
  • she hit him first (that doesn’t make it okay. No man should ever, ever raise his hand to a woman)
  • he won’t do it here (so? and anyways, we know this how? and as Maya Angelou said “Every woman who stands up for herself, is standing up for all women.” And to add to that – any man that is a risk to one women, is a risk to ALL women).
  • she forgave him (how do you know she doesn’t have nightmares, or that she can have trusting relationships now? and the reason courts administer charges not individuals is because this is bigger than Rihanna and Chris Brown – this is a global epidemic of violence being perpetrated against women. Christ Brown, and every other scum sucking asshole that touches a woman after she says stop need to be publicly reprimanded for these actions – how else will our sons learn that this shit is not okay? and how else will out daughters know that they can (A) expect to be treated better, an (B) be protected by the “system” and society if she is hurt)?

Australia has some fairly strict requirements around who is and is not permitted entry into this country, these include criminal and violence checks. All migrants, refugees, tourists and workers are subjected to these tests. An irregular maritime arrival with a known criminal conviction relating to sexual assault, violence against women or terrorist activities would be denied entry into Australia, and quite rightly so. As would a Korean teacher, attempting to access Australia on a Working Holiday Visa, or a British telemarketer wanting to come in as a tourist. Every singly man, woman and child is entitled to a fair go, and should be afforded the benefit of the doubt, to be considered innocent until proven guilty. No one is disputing that! If we know you have a history of violent crimes, do we want you here? Even for a short time? No, of course not.

Before all you haters send me messages blaming Islam for violence, or saying “well we let in refugees, and they are terrorists” or whatever ignorant bullshit lies you people use to try and justify your Islamophobia, or to deny that as a community we have a responsibility to take a stand against violence against women – even if it interferes with or concert tickets -I will repeat:

Any man who raises his hand to a woman is scum. I couldn’t care less what colour, nationality or religion he is. Violence is not okay.

  • Violence is not okay if the drunk guy next door inflicts it
  • Violence is not okay if a Christian inflicts it
  • Violence is not okay if a Muslim inflicts it
  • Violence is not okay if a woman inflicts it
  • Violence is not okay if a famous man inflicts it

I really don’t understand why the last guy on the list gets off the hook.

A wise man once told me that you can’t have a good relationship with a bad person….

A man who inflicts violence against a woman is not a good person.

As I said, I couldn’t give a flying fuck how sorry you are, or how sweet a tune you sing – you influence the environment in which my son grows and learns, and how dare you send the message that violence is acceptable.

Fuck. That.

dom-vilenece-1

Babies deserve bombs??

I have often wondered about the western feeling of entitlement which seems to support the idea that some people are rich and free whilst others suffer from oppression and bombings based on a right or something …. If one believed that however one might start to think a person is rich because they “deserve” to be rich, while a poor person “doesn’t deserve” affluence….

To follow this line further – perhaps some people “deserve” to be safe, while a others “doesn’t deserve” security – perhaps they even “deserve” harm or abuse? This doesn’t rest well with me – and I’m sure you will agree.

My good friend Chantell Jones worded it perfectly:

In conversations today, someone stated that they ‘deserved’ everything they have because they ‘worked hard’ for it. The conversation was set in the context of discussing asylum seekers only wanting to come to Australia because we provide c-Link payments.

I started thinking about the word ‘deserved’ – “rightfully earned because of something done or qualities shown; merited”. Hmmmm. Deserved.

 So did Syrian people deserve to be bombed, gunned down, to be a part of civil wars? If tomorrow we in Hobart were attacked and had to fear for our lives, would we then not deserve to be somewhere safe? Would we not deserve to stay with our family? Would we not deserve a chance?

 I am unsure about the word deserved… “You have done really well with your life, you own a nice home, your kids have succeeded in life and you have a really good job, well done you deserve everything you have”. What?

 If tomorrow drones flew over my workplace and bombed the crap out of its surrounding and I went home as was raped by someone that has suddenly decided to hate me because I was born at the old QA hospital and they prefer the new one, and then I had to keep watch over my family 24/7 and could no longer make payments because I am struggling at work because half the street has been blown up, and my wife then gets killed in another random attack at our local shopping centre so now I am close to being homeless and have two kids and I start bartering with a people smuggler selling all I have left to get on a boat to NZ…..To start again. Do I not deserve anything then? Because I have no house, my family is ruined, I do not work – but I want to. I would like C-Link to get back on my feet until I find a job. Would I not deserve this? Or am I now nothing?

  

You are created for some thing

Image

When we think of ways we can change the world and things that we can do, we frequently assume that it is only the politicians and doctors who can change the world, only doctor can actually save a life, only a politician can make a decision…

We each have skills we bring to the table, and each of these skills are useful. We sadly forget that we each have something to contribute – be that contribution one based on caring, artistic skills, analytical skills, practical skills, resource based or intellect.

Those of you who know me will know I love Rumi. It seems that no matter what I want to say he has already said it in a far more eloquent fashion!!!!

People need help at every single level in this world:

Young people need to learn from teachers and parents who are compassionate and caring.

Those in poverty need advocacy, resources, medicine, education, understanding, and opportunities, employment – so much we can help with.

An accountant or tax collector may have skills they can use to tutor in a financial literacy program

A lawyer may be able to work on a case pro-bono every month

A waitress may be able to contribute a portion of her cafe’s tips to charity each month

A secretary may be able to share petitions campaigning for human rights

Can you cook? Can you write?

You can help in a soup kitchen, with financial counselling/financial literacy, basic literacy, conversational English tutoring.

Simplest thing we can do?

BE NICE. LOVE PEOPLE. SHOW CARE. TODAY.

Take Action Now.

Ayan’s body lying lifeless on a beach is a tragedy – but it is not a surprise – well it ought not be. Syria, has been in chaos for the greater part of five years, more than 140,000 innocent people have been killed, including thousands of Ayan’s.

Way back in 2013 we were shocked when over 1500 Syrians in Ghouta, Damascus were gassed by Assad in one day.

Today approximately 4 million others have been displaced and remain at risk. It does not take a genius o realize that so long as these people are at risk, they will continue to flee to seek asylum.

IMG_1121

Children die at sea as an alternative to dying on land.

The image of a child lying dead and alone on a beach is horrific and wrong by any definition, and may, I hope serve as a call to action and a call to compassion on the part of Australians. It is for this reason I am writing this post…. Over the last 48 hours I have been asked numerous times how one might assist the crisis in Syria. How do we stop more babies dying unnecessarily.

ACT NOW

(1) KNOW AND LEARN

Nothing will ever change unless we are informed and unless we spread the world.

Here are some links which you can share which will help others understand the plight of the asylum seeker:

(2) STEP TWO – Look inside, change yourself

 RUMI

Once we are informed about an issue – we can examin ourselves and see how it is that we feel about it, and decide how we would like things to change. By understanding our place in relation to the situation we are better able to fight for change.

For example:

  • Do I buy a cappuccino on the way to work everyday? Do you realize that if you spend $5 per day on a large coffee, that is $25 per working week, and equals $1300 per year. Maybe I could have a $3.50 coffee instead, and donate the $390 I saved to a worthwhile cause? Would I even notice the difference?
  • Can I write, can I paint, can I vote? Do I have a skill I can share? YES YOU DO.
  • Maybe, I know that as an individual I am influential within my circles, but I do not use this influence to create change – perhaps I should?
  • Am I a teacher, or do I talk to many people through my work as a sales assistant? Do I have a large online presence that can spread information which may support the cause?
  • Am I unconsciously supporting a business which is profiting from the suffering of those I wish to assist – for example, did you know that the minerals from your i-phone come from the DR of Congo? This means every time we buy a phone, we are helping to support a war which kills 3000 people every month – so maybe we don’t ALWAYS need the newest phone…. use the old one until you HAVE to upgrade.
  • Did I vote for a political group that could do more to help?
  • Is there anything I am doing, can be doing, shouldn’t be doing, should have already done that could fix this situation?
  • Can I volunteer for, donate to or promote a cause?

brains

(3) ACT NOW.  

Now you know the issue – you know your skills and you what you want to see happen.

DO SOMETHING: 

Oh, do what? ANYTHING. Make some noise, jump up and down and DEMAND that the world take notice of the issue.

young

Demand that we take responsibility for the lives lost at sea.

Demand that we take responsibility for the lives lost in detention.

Demand that we take responsibility for the lives lost due to our failure to act sooner. Remember – Syria, this conflict, these deaths, they have been along time coming. It is not a sudden onset disaster. We have known for a long time. Our government has known, and hidden information for a long time in relation to our involvement in torture and human rights abuses in detention centres…

DEMAND change.

save world

You can:

Write a letter to your local government representative.

Letter to MP

Write a letter to the Prime Minister.

Letter to PM

Here are some of the addresses for Tasmanian and Australian politicians and leaders.

List of Senators

Tasmanians you can contact Andrew Wilkie – you could even give him a call and arrange a meeting with him!

Mr Andrew Wilkie MP – 188 Collins Street, Hobart, TAS, 7001

Postal address
GPO Box 32
Hobart, TAS, 7001

Telephone: (03) 6234 5255 Fax: (03) 6223 8560

Here are some templates you can print off and sign.

Letter to Tony Abbott

Letter to Local MP

Want to write another and say more?

Follow some tips on how you can do it!

How to Write a Protest Letter

Want to find another letter/sign another petition?

Amnesty International – Take Action

TAKE MORE ACTION

All over Australia we are rising up and standing together to take a stand against our nations current response to Asylum Seekers ….

COME ALONG. Make a stand. Do not be too busy. Do not think it won’t help.

The more people that stand up, the more people will be counted.

Do not leave it to someone else to speak for you.

Tasmanians Demand Action for Asylum Seekers Rally

Are you in Melbourne? Stone the Boats Boats. They carry hopes and dreams, seeking freedom and fleeing despair.

AT WORK/AT SCHOOL

Organize a morning tea, BBQ, or other event at your school or work place to draw attention to the lives lost, and 11709543_1887319434827099_5029386291832132616_nthe lives we can still save. Show a movie, a youtube clip, or bring in an expert (make me a coffee and I am there 🙂 ) to talk about the issue.

Money raised can make a difference to individuals.

Minds changed – ideas developed – can change a nation.

GET INVOLVED

Welcome, care for, cherish and protect those most vulnerable within the community.

Contact a local organisation and ask them what you can do to help:

St Vincent de Paul

Edmund Rice Camps

Help us Help Refugees and those Seeking Asylum

Joining the Dots

Join a Welcome to Australia Dinner – I heard this will happen soon in Hobart – anyone else want in? I do!!

GIVE WHAT YOU CAN

There are now 4 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. Some are now living in desperate conditions in Hungary, from which they hope to enter the European Union, Australia, the USA – anywhere else where their children are safe.

It’s too late to help Aylan, but you can help other children like him by donating to these charities:

The UN Refugee Agency: Provides cash for medicine and food, stoves and fuel for heating, insulation for tents, thermal blankets and winter clothing.

Save the Children: Supplies food for Syrian kids and supports education in Syrian refugee camps.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders: MSF is operating three rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea that can carry hundreds of people to land.

Unicef: Delivers vaccines, winter clothes and food for children in Syria and neighboring countries. The agency is working to immunize more than 22 million children in the region following a polio outbreak.

International Rescue Committee: The group’s emergency team is in Greece, where nearly 1,000 people are arriving per day.

World Food Programme: The agency says it is struggling to meet the urgent food needs of millions of displaced Syrians.

Mercy Corps: Refugees are most in need of clean water, sanitation services, temporary shelter and food, the agency says.

Aylan Kurdi & Syria’s Child Victims of War: A new fund named after Aylan himself. Money goes to “Hand In Hand For Syria,” a U.K. based organization that works with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

CARE: Reaches Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Yemen and those displaced inside Syria with food, hygiene items and emergency cash. It’s also helping refugees crossing into Serbia.

(4) DON’T GIVE UP

Picture2

Change takes time – but it happens. It was not so long ago that the Apartheid was legal and supported by the Australian government – it wasn’t much longer ago that we had a White Australia Policy.

Yesterday I heard a high school student from St Mary’s College say “We have fought injustice before and we have won – now it is time to fight again, and win again.”

Such powerful words, and so true.

Another student said that she likes to subtly education people on issues – and often recommends “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini to people. Let us to more of that – let us all read such books, watch the movies and never forget to be compassionate.

On this topic – I am selling copies of my book A Reason to Live for $25 (either from Computers + More, 19 Main Road Moonah TAS) or online …. these are educational “Factional” stories about refugees and asylum seekers and in September 100% of all profits will be donated to UNICEF. This is something I can do with your support.

51pl5hFEOWL

Not everyone will support you today – but they might tomorrow.

Meanwhile, there is plenty we can do today.

all possibilities

And finally… if you do nothing else – be kind… teach your kids to be kind, and to accept others. The world will change.

love each other

Letter to MP – Protesting Mandatory Detention of Children and Offshore Processing

Your Name

Your Address

Name of Representative
Address of Rep
Address of Rep
Address of Rep

DATE

Dear REPRESENTATIVES NAME,

I am writing this letter to protest Australia’s mandatory detention of asylum seekers and off shore protesting.

This decision on Australia’s part will not stop asylum seekers taking to the seas to flee persecution – it will simply result in the human rights of asylum seekers being further ill-treated under Australia’s watch and in our name.

As an Australian citizen I cannot have any part in supporting government which violates Australia’s international legal obligations, including its obligations as a party to the Refugee Convention. Whilst committing grave human right violations.

As you would also be aware, at present the mandatory detention of children is costing Australian tax payers approximately $250 per child per day which is far greater than an average benefit/pension payment in Australia. This money is not being fed back into our communities. I suggest the following alternative:

All asylum seeker children and families be placed on full Centrelink benefits, and permitted to work, in regional and rural areas where they will have the opportunity to contribute to the community, and where they will spend their Centrelink benefits to boost local struggling economies.

I am calling on the Australian government to cease off sure processing and detention immediately.

Please reconsider your stance on the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, and the effects it is having on Australians onshore, as well as on the status and good name of Australia as an international citizen.

I look forward to your response on this matter.

Sincerely,

YOUR SIGNATURE

YOUR FULL NAME

Letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott – Protesting Mandatory Detention and Offshore Processing

Your Name

Your Address

The Hon. Tony Abbott, MP
Prime Minister
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600

DATE

Dear Mr Abbott,

I am writing this letter to protest Australia’s mandatory detention of asylum seekers and off shore protesting.

This decision on Australia’s part will not stop asylum seekers taking to the seas to flee persecution – it will simply result in the human rights of asylum seekers being further ill-treated under Australia’s watch and in our name.

As an Australian citizen I cannot have any part in supporting government which violates Australia’s international legal obligations, including its obligations as a party to the Refugee Convention. Whilst committing grave human right violations.

As you would also be aware, at present the mandatory detention of children is costing Australian tax payers approximately $250 per child per day which is far greater than an average benefit/pension payment in Australia. This money is not being fed back into our communities. I suggest the following alternative:

All asylum seeker children and families be placed on full Centrelink benefits, and permitted to work, in regional and rural areas where they will have the opportunity to contribute to the community, and where they will spend their Centrelink benefits to boost local struggling economies.

I am calling on the Australian government to cease off sure processing and detention immediately.

Please reconsider your stance on the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, and the effects it is having on Australians onshore, as well as on the status and good name of Australia as an international citizen.

I look forward to your response on this matter.

Sincerely,

YOUR SIGNATURE

YOUR FULL NAME