maharetr: (WarriorWoman)
( Jul. 23rd, 2013 10:08 pm)
Labor/a guy called George Wright emailed me a few days ago, asking for donations to help win the 'neck and neck' polling race. He asked me to foward the email on to three friends. This was my mostly-coherent reply. I'm sending it to more than three friends.

Dear George,

I read the first email you (or your staff, whichever) sent with interest and pleasure. I was excited by even the possibility of a Labor win, given how bleak things had looked previously. I considered donating. I had $50 in my bank account earmarked 'political donation'. It was going to go towards Labor, and the sudden wild hope of that win.

Then the news of the PNG 'solution' broke, and I was horrified and disbelieving. Surely we weren't producing an asylum seeker policy that would leave *Abbott* impressed? And then the full page advertisements appeared: giant 'f*ck off, we're full', like the back of some racist bogan's ute, advertisements produced by *my government*, representing *my country* to the world.

And then this evening I saw the photo put out by DIAC, of the terrified woman learning what was going to happen to her, what my government was going to do to her, and to thousands of people. And I realised, vicerally, that *she could be me*, that she could be a friend of mine, any one of my loved ones. That if she was allowed to settle in Australia, that she could be my friend. And that we, *my country, my party* are terrorising her *for votes*.

"We get to choose the Australia we want to live in," you say.

I don't. I don't get to choose a Prime Minister who will treat her compassionately and who will care for her as she needs. Both Rudd and Abbott will treat her equally brutally. This is a nauseating realisation for me.

I do get to choose where I send my money, and my support. Accordingly, my donation money is going to the Greens. I will speak against this Labor government whenever I can, and I will speak for the Greens wherever I can.

This Australia you are speaking for is not an Australia I want to live in.
The Perth rally is now being held at Stirling Gardens, aka the Supreme Court Gardens, still at 1pm today :)
Peoples! Here be a copy&paste from sections of Australia's Marriage Equality organisation.

The really important info for Perth people is here:

Rally: Saturday 12 May, 2012
Details: Forest Chase, CBD, 1pm
Contact: email
Khyl Hardy – 0413 073704

If you want other Australian cities, go to

The rest of the email follows:

All of us can be proud of recent steps towards marriage equality.

The two marriage equality inquiries currently underway received a large majority of submissions in favour of reform. The Senate inquiry received 44,000 pro-equality submissions, or 60% of the total. The Lower House inquiry received 177,000 pro-equality responses, or 64% of the total.
It's no exaggeration to say marriage equality is the most popular legislation the parliament has ever dealt with.

The message from you to our politicians is clear - Australians from all walks of life want reform and we want it now. This includes Australians of faith, with 77 clergy signing a letter in support of marriage equality. 

In the coming weeks there are several things you can do to keep up the momentum on marriage equality:

  1. There will be rallies across the country on Saturday 12th May. Click here for details of a rally near you.
  1. On June 8th and 9th there will be performances of the play, "8", an award-winning drama about the Californian marriage equality campaign. Funds raised will go to AME. Click here for details of performances in Sydney and Melbourne. Save the date for "8"!
  1. Also, don't miss the Senate inquiry hearings which will be broadcast through the parliamentary website on Thursday 3rd May and Friday 4th May. Follow AME's live tweets of highlights from the hearings.

Originally posted by [personal profile] shutyourface at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by [profile] doitninetimes at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by [personal profile] zillahseye at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by [personal profile] mickeym at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by [personal profile] arliss at CISPA is the new SOPA
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Originally posted by [personal profile] aimmyarrowshigh at CISPA is the new SOPA
Here's their next move: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States.

And CISPA would provide a victory for content owners who were shell-shocked by the unprecedented outpouring of activism in opposition to SOPA and Internet censorship.

The House of Representatives is planning to take up CISPA later this month. Click here to ask your lawmakers to oppose it.

SOPA was pushed as a remedy to the supposed economic threat of online piracy -- but economic fear-mongering didn't quite do the trick.

So those concerned about copyright are engaging in sleight of hand, appending their legislation to a bill that most Americans will assume is about keeping them safe from bad guys.

This so-called cyber security bill aims to prevent theft of "government information" and "intellectual property" and could let ISPs block your access to websites -- or the whole Internet.

Don't let them push this back-door SOPA. Click here to demand that your lawmakers oppose CISPA.

CISPA also encourages companies to share information about you with the government and other corporations.

That data could then be used for just about anything -- from prosecuting crimes to ad placements.

And perhaps worst of all, CISPA supercedes all other online privacy protections.

Please click here to urge your lawmakers to oppose CISPA when it comes up for a vote this month.

Thanks for fighting for the Internet.

-Demand Progress

[Someone else's letter]: designed for a conservative group of elected officials in until-last-November blue state Wisconsin. YMMV, but I think it hits them where it counts (the talking point about A Liberal Conspiracy Against Their Re-Election) without getting dirty. Warning for patriotic hornblowing.

"CISPA would obliterate privacy protections online and let ISPs block Americans' access to websites -- like SOPA in a more insidious and subtle form. This nation was founded on the will of the people, and its first Constitutional Amendment includes measures preserving our right to free speech and peaceful public assembly. It is impossible to ignore the fact that many Americans, including those in high political office, "assemble" and "speak" on the internet as impactfully as they do in other forums.

"Please vote against CISPA. You'll not only be upholding the will of your constituents, who were among the US majority who protested against SOPA, but protecting the freedoms of voters to come. If you truly feel forces are organized against your candidacy and that they question your motives in office, then you must defend the ability of your supporters to discuss those issues in public without third-party editing. Thank you for your time and attention."

Originally posted by [personal profile] callistra at For Aussies - House of Reps marriage equality survey - IMPORTANT
Originally posted by [personal profile] leecetheartist at For Aussies - House of Reps marriage equality survey - IMPORTANT
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Originally posted by [personal profile] gillpolack at For Aussies - House of Reps marriage equality survey - IMPORTANT
Originally posted by [personal profile] drjon at House of Reps marriage equality survey
This one should be shared far and wide: the House of Representatives has a very short, very simple survey about marriage equality, ie, should we have it? Word is that it's so far been spammed by naysayers, so it would be cool if that could be turned around. The survey is here: (snarfed from lizbee)

From an ABC news article Giddings honoured to be next Tas premier

Lara Giddings is set to become the first female Tasmanian premier, after David Bartlett announced he was standing down.

The Prime Minister has congratulated Ms Giddings on her likely rise to become premier, with Mr Bartlett saying he felt he could not be a good father to his children in his current role.

*has a Moment*

This, combined with the realisation that apparently my co-workers are returning tomorrow, is making for a weird, delightful Monday.
maharetr: Comic and movie images of Aisha's eyebrow ring (The Losers) (Default)
( Aug. 16th, 2010 08:22 pm)
I love the answers you end up with when you get to ask the questions... *grins*

Where do the parties stand this election...? )
maharetr: Comic and movie images of Aisha's eyebrow ring (The Losers) (Default)
( Aug. 12th, 2010 12:57 pm)
I just saw this on the ABC site, and then when I checked my flist LJ-user Lilysea had found a cut-down-to-the-ad version; apparently the Greens can't use it because the ABC can't provide advertising. So, y'know. *boosts*

(Anyone know how to embed a smaller version?)
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( Nov. 12th, 2009 12:30 pm)
Legal ceremonies for same-sex couples

The ACT Legislative Assembly has passed a Greens bill allowing same-sex couples to recognise their relationships with a legal ceremony...The bill will become law in about two weeks.

Also: ABC poll
Should the Federal Government overturn the ACT same-sex legal ceremony bill?
Yes 28%
No 72%
764 votes counted

*happy little smile*
Petition to get Google Earth to update satellite images of Tehran here
Alternative to maternity leave

It only seems applicable to a narrow band of workers at the moment, but as a "breaking down the divide between the domestic and the workplace" concept, I really like it.
maharetr: Comic and movie images of Aisha's eyebrow ring (The Losers) (Default)
( Jan. 21st, 2009 10:46 pm)
Invocation and Benediction: Call and Response?

(Rick) Warren called, and Lowery answered.

And Lowery’s response was not an AMEN...

Joseph Lowery didn’t offer Rick Warren an AMEN; he repudiated the hatred that Rick Warren stands for. Lowery stood up for justice, and for peace, and for solidarity.

And the crowd shouted AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!...

There's a beautiful video, transcript and more commentary through the link. Just...yes. Yes.

ETA: Also, Gene Robinson's awesome speech can be found here.
Please don't divorce us... (hat tip: [ profile] akire_yta)

This one in particular just... keep fighting. We'll get there eventually.
Well, sort of: If The World Could Vote At the very least, you get to check out how the people who voted on the site rest of the world would vote. wtf, Macedonia?
This is rather touching:

And because I think it should be linked to on a semi-regular basis: A Photographic Remembrance of San Francisco's Same-Sex Marriage Revolt by David Steinberg

Newspaper article
Originally uploaded by maharetr
A newspaper headline I never thought I'd see. It's going to take a long time for Nattrass's legacy to fade in my mind, but how's that to start? (click on the image to read the article)

Happy Pride everyone!
(stolen from the Greens' Announcement newsletter)


Saturday 9 August 2008

The University Cross-campus Queer Network is organising a Rally demanding:
- Marriage & Civil Unions Now
- Repeal 100+ laws that discriminate against same-sex couples
- Stop Queerphobia in our Education System

Giz Watson MLC will be speaking. The Rally and the Speakers start at 12noon at Kings Square, Fremantle which will then be followed by a March on the streets.

For further details please contact:
Emma Kingdon
Queer Co- Officer
Murdoch University Guild of Students

Tel: 9360 1292
Mob: 0416 436 399


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