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A blog dedicated to informing people about Islam, Muslims and calling out Islamophobia.
“Abuse directed at Arab-Australians following 9/11 constituted a surge in existing prejudice. However, the intensification following 9/11 was a particularly significant moment within this established pattern of discrimination.
ADMIN addition, maybe this is the fear you are talking about:
Or are you trying to tell me there is nothing to be worried about?
Going back to the days of Christian missionaries running the country.
In what appears to be a blatant attack on Victorian Ambo’s right to political communication, the Napthine government requested that a facebook page run by paramedics be deleted.
The page was used to discuss issues that paramedics face and to help raise awareness in the community.
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The government has now ordered that paramedics cease writing political campaign slogans on their vehicles and have threatened legal action against them.
An anonymous paramedic responded to Napthine with the following statement about the use of LIQUID CHALK on the side and rear windows of vehicles.
I note that the recent examples of paramedics writing with chalk on the windows of ambulances seems to have caused quite a stir. Just to confirm, these are paramedics writing with chalk markers on glass windows. This chalk washes and wipes off with no lasting effects. No defamation has occurred.
Here at occupy Melbourne we can confirm that the use of chalk on surfaces DOES NOT cause any damage and is in no way a health and safety issue for paramedics or other motorists.
It appears to be a common strategy for these so called liberal governments to try crack down on “non-controllable” mediums such as the internet and to harass those who are unable to afford multi-million dollar commercial advertising campaigns.
Chalk has always been used to convey political messages. It is cheap, non-destructive and is accessible by almost anyone.
If you have ever driven a vehicle, then you know it can be exhausting, especially in high density traffic like in Melbourne. On top of simply having to drive from one call out to another, paramedics primary role is to save lives and that requires a clear mind.
Paramedics also have to deal with rising social anxieties, drug overdose waves and violence should not be their priorities in an ideal world and the state has done little to ensure that other issues are dealt with to take pressure of emergency services.
Victoria’s paramedics are the best trained yet lowest paid and under staffed in Australia and it is absurd that the only choice they have is to use their vehicles to call out for help.
It is intolerable that paramedics are forced to campaign for their own basic rights on top of their work.
Unfortunately Napthine knows if he ever has a heart attack, paramedics will be there to try save him, he knows this but because he is what he is, he is happy to just take them for a ride.
It is government strategy to starve funding to government services in order to weaken them for privatisation.
As Victorians we must assist ambo’s with their struggle. Because you never know when you will need them.
Support your paramedics: https://www.facebook.com/AEAVic
Contact Denis Napthines office and tell them what you think:
Denis Napthine MP
phone (03) 9651 5000
fax (03) 9651 5054
Please spread the word that our emergency services are under attack by the government.
Via Fin Free Melbourne.
After the success of our last rally, it is time to step up again and be a voice for sharks.
Here we are in 2013.
Status of sharks in our oceans; DISMAL, DECIMATED, and in DESPERATE need of our help
Melbourne is the shark fin soup capital of Australia and we are ashamed of this. Are you?
Demand for SHARK FIN SOUP and FLAKE are the primary reasons for over exploitation of sharks.
At last count there was over 50 restaurants in Melbourne serving shark fin soup, hundreds of fish and chip shops serving FLAKE (shark) and countless pharmacies and health food stores selling cartilage and squalene (Shark Liver Extract).
The demand for these products is destroying global shark populations and most shark populations have been decimated by as much as 90%. This is completely unsustainable. The ecological consequences will be catastrophic.
The most comprehensive, up to date report of shark populations world wide was released early this year and announced a mortality estimate of 63 to 273 MILLION sharks per year.
Sharks have survived 5 mass extinctions and we are about to wipe them out. We are about to make one of the most ancient and indestructible creatures on earth EXTINCT.
Shark finning is a global calamity! LETS MARCH TO BOYCOTT ALL SHARK PRODUCTS AND TELL AUSTRALIA TO WAKE UP AND STOP SUPPORTING THE GLOBAL SHARK FIN TRADE!
Fin Free Melbourne invites all of you to come and be involved in a peaceful and educational outreach. We will hopefully be getting media attention and the event will be filmed so please come and show your support.
Be a voice for the sharks.
Help spread the fin free word to passers by.
Get creative; WE NEED TO MAKE AN IMPACT. We need:
ANYTHING that shows love and support for our sharks and says NO to shark fin soup, flake and supplements!!!!
Victoria police scrambled to the bank where a free shop activist was alleged to have been writing on the footpath with chalk and handing out political campaign flyers.
“Screw the banks “
“Free Bradley Manning”
The free store activist was then taken to a police station and locked in a room, he was eventually charged with
“Writing on a structure”
The activist has stated he did not write on anything vertical and it was an unlawful arrest.
Writing political messages on the footpath with chalk is not destructive in anyway, it is not illegal and has always been a valid form of political expression. Australia’s behavior in relation to treatment of political activists and human rights in general has sent alarm bells ringing among civil liberties groups globally this federal election year.
Being able to express your political opinion is more important than ever before, even with social networking gimmicks such as facebook it is getting harder counter the dominance of the global media machine and corrupted governments.
Regardless of our ideals, its a human right to express them even with chalk on a footpath.
The first Gippsland free store:
More info at Gippsland free store.
The first Gippsland “free store” was shut down today after a suspected complaint by a bank branch.
Police & council officers demanded to see papers for the “free store”.
“What makes this a political event. Can you show me any papers”
The police then pressured the participants into leaving.
The free store emerged out of the global occupy protest movement against banks, current trading system & status quo.
It’s a protest tactic, a system and a cultural idea which is non- confrontational and open.
Most free stores are run by local activists wanting to continue raising awareness about the trading systems and other related issues . It has had a overwhelmingly positive response by people wanting to re-engage with others in their own communities.
The Gippsland free shop will be back next week!
If you want to check it out or get involved visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gippsland-Free-Store/169142296580629