Here we stand on the eve of a New Year in a matter of hours the clock will ring in 2013 to people celebrating with brilliant fireworks displays around the world. Some take time to reflect on the past year of gains, losses and unfulfilled goals to see how far they have come and where to from here. Most celebrate in various ways with family, friends or even strangers in sharing a hug or kiss while wishing each other a happy and prosperous New Year. Some in pain withdraw overwhelmed by the whole experience of what may or may not be waiting beyond the midnight hour.
Myself the eternal optimist hopes for a brighter 2013 however admittedly these expectations are tempered by a certain angst around a pervasive pessimism. In a world obsessed with what may go wrong rather than what is, right about life can start the dog barking. It is this eternal focus on human deficits, which can weigh heavy on the mind and drain your energy. At this time, I struggle with the dark thoughts yearning for relief from this pain. I realise the only person can deliver this aid is myself through embracing the hope of tomorrow in brining a Bran Nue Dai.
Wishing all a prosperous 2013
I have been called many things in life however today I had a person I once respected for the position she took on many social issues verbal me. In my brief conversation with Ms Marcia Langton, I was accused of being a racist ignorant to the issue of violence against women. During this conversation I invited Ms Langton to read this blog but received a spray of sarcasm and disrespect instead. In the past I have thought Ms Langton to be an intelligent and articulate woman who gave voice to social issues now I believe her to be simply rude. The only way things change is through conversations all this particular conversation left me confused and offended.
In clarifying I agree in principle with Ms Langton commentary on various social issues however her unqualifiedirrational personal attack on me was no more than blatant bullying a form of violence.
at no time in my conversation with Ms Langton did I criticise her position so I am unclear how you came to your conclusion. let alone the need for you to personal attack me.
A beloved friend, colleague and collaborator
an intelligent, articulate compassionate and passionate woman
A queer voice in a str8 world
A survivor of violence against women by men
A Radical Social Worker
An advocate for Justice in the social action tradition
Murdered by a MAN
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Violence against women & children
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Candle light vigil
A Timeline Of Mass Shootings In The US Since Columbine
On the 11 Dec 2012 the Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller
“Following a Government consultation, legislation allowing same-sex marriage will be brought forward next year. The proposals are designed to create watertight protections for religious organisations that do not want to conduct same-sex marriages, but will allow them to ‘opt in’ if they so choose.”
Marriage for everyone – Government sets out plan for equal marriage
The People Speak was inspired by Howard Zinn’s groundbreaking books “A People’s History of the United States” and “Voices of a People’s History of the United States. I watched this documentary last night showcasing the voices of dissent, which have motivated social change across the ages in America. One could argue this is the real history of democracy in challenging the privileged elite’s sanitized version. Today there are still many people seeking justice and equality demonized by the minions of the privileged few.
Test driving my Samsung Note