"Carmen used to think she had two fathers: the one whose singing she heard through the speakers and the one on whose knee she was sitting. They (Carmen and Karac) love it when I come back to tell them tales." - Robert Plant, 1976.
The fact is, men always get a much easier time about their problems than women do. Just look at Keith Richards. That guy has done more drugs in his life than women do. But he gets celebrated as this cool survivor, while I’m branded as some shameless skank.
This is so incredible, thankyou everyone!! We still have a long way to go until this fight is over, so don’t lose hope!!
It’s amazing to see everyone’s hard work starting to take shape as part of something as huge as this. At the Brisbane rally it was great to speak to people of all ages, from all walks of life, who are united for a common goal. Especially moving were the speeches from Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander elders on the effects that climate change is currently having and will continue to have on their land and culture. This is happening now and it will change all of our lives, so get out there and make a difference!
The Secret Country: The First Australians Fight Back - John Pilger
This brought me to tears. I’m ashamed to have been sculpted by a system that stems from such a bloody past and refuses to sincerely acknowledge it. The massacre, torture, rape and enslavement of Australian Aboriginals has been re-branded as ‘settlement’. It seems there is an endless pool of disgusting violations of human rights in the history of this country that should be common knowledge. In case you don’t want to watch the whole thing, here are a few off the worst moments (warning, this is shocking and disgusting):
There are oral recounts of Aboriginal children being buried up to their necks, before white men attempted to kick their heads off. The mothers were repeatedly raped and tortured, before being killed by having spears driven into their vaginas. The fathers had their gentiles removed before being set free to run until they died.
Aboriginal communities close to the nuclear bomb tests conducted at Maralinga were not warned prior to the tests. There are accounts of survivors being ‘shot like dogs’ instead of being decontaminated.
During the 1960’s an entire community of Aboriginals were arrested and their homes burned during the night, to enable the commencement of a Bauxite mine.
This is just a small number of examples taken from this one documentary.