“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead
On the weekend more than a hundred thousand people across Australia stood up against a government that many of us believe is doing serious damage to our beautiful country. The fact that mainstream media has almost ignored these events in their entirety just goes to show how heavily controlled our media already is. As a country the damage we are doing to our environment, our people and the people who seek shelter on our shores is out of control.
With laws being passed that will squash the right to protest in some parts of Australia from September onwards is proof of the backwards system of government that is currently controlling our country. A government that clearly has little regard for our rights as a vocal citizen. The time has come to stand up and be counted. For every person that attended the march there would have been ten that didn’t. I marched with a baby on my back because there is no time left for complacency. There are always excuses as to why not… but none of them cut it any more. It’s no good just believing in good anymore, if you aren’t actively doing it in cases of gentle, non-violent, committed activism… then you aren’t truly being useful. We can no longer in good conscious sit back and allow this to continue without our voices being heard.
I stood in the crowd at Langley Park in Perth on Sunday and I looked around me. The crowd was not just your traditional hippy, leftie, greenie crowd… there were people of all ages, from all backgrounds. An incredibly powerful cross section of our city standing together against our governments disregard for asylum seekers, our environment and the future of our children and grandchildren. The media may not have covered it with any real interest. But the we were there.
In Perth conservative estimates say around 5,000 people attended the march, in Melbourne they say more than 30,000. I’m not sure how 30,000 people can gather to protest and still the mainstream media pretty much turns a blind eye. Don’t be fooled. People do care. People want justice. People who want an Australian government that stands up for humanity and for the environment. People want an Australian government that gives a shit about the little people and protects its most vulnerable. People want an Australian Government that listens to its people.
If you want this too, maybe you should join us at the next peaceful protest. Maybe you too should make your voice heard. Maybe you too should stand up and be counted. It’s too easy to be complacent… but now is not the time.
If not us, then who? If not now, then when?
This is only the beginning…