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NO PRIDE IN GENOCIDE: Melbourne Invasion Day 2017

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January 26, which official marks the day of European colonisation of Australia is a national holiday sanctioned by the Australian government. For the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Australia, it is marked as Invasion Day and/or Survival Day.

In 1936, on the 150th anniversary of European colonisation, when official ceremonies were held around the country to celebrate, courageous members of the Aboriginal Community instead marked the anniversary with a Day of Mourning.  This year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities around the country once again held Invasion Day protests and Survival Day events, with the main slogan being: NO PRIDE IN GENOCIDE. 

There was a huge turns out around the country at the protests, the biggest we have seen in many years:   In Melbourne between 10,000 – 15,000 people joined the protests (the organisers have said up to 20,000).  In Sydney, more than 8000 joined the protests and up to 3000 turned out in Brisbane in Queensland. Sizeable turn outs happened in Adelaide and other cities and town around the country.

Here is a video from the Melbourne Invasion Day protests. I have also include photos from the Melbourne rally.

Progressive not-for-profit organisations, Left media and activists are welcome to reuse the photos but please credit me as the photographer (Kim Bullimore) and link to either this blog or my other blog.

In Solidarity, Kim

 

Lee Lin Chin for the win!

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As we all are aware, Donald Trump has become President of the United States. The local nationalists and fascists in Australia are ecstatic.  So much so that Pauline Hanson and One Nation were crowing that they had been “gifted” with tickets to Trump’s Inauguration.  One Nation’s resident conspiracy theorist and climate change denialist Malcolm Roberts, in particular, had boasted on twitter than he and Hanson had received tickets but Liberal Party leader and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hadn’t, tweeting: “”Pauline and I received an invitation but not the Prime Minister. OUCH.”  It was later revealed that Roberts had repeatedly pestered and begged the Australian Embassy in Washington to get the tickets (see also here)

In the face of Hanson’s bragging and Roberts’ gloating, SBS newscaster, fashionista and pop culture icon Lee Lin Chin couldn’t help but respond with her trade mark wit.  Hanson, it seems is yet to learn, that trying to out best Lee Lin Chin’s wit will be about as successful as taking a water pistol to a gun fight.

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Drum roll please!!!! Red Butterfly Effect is back after an 18 month break!

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Hello! It has been awhile since I have blogged at Red Butterfly Effect! Unfortunately over the last 18 months,  life, study and work all got in the way. But I am hoping to be back on a more regular or at least semi-regular basis!

So much has been happening in the world of politics, pop culture and geek over the last 18 months. While I won’t have time to catchup on all of it, I will try to revisit a few items/issues a long the way but in general I will focus on what is happening world of pop culture, geek, politics etc as they are happening over the coming months and year.  I also have a heap of kdrama reviews that I will try and catchup on and of course there will be blogs about  random fun stuff, politics and anything else which takes my interest!

ned-stark-blog posts are coming

You will always lose in Melbourne – racists and fascists fail again.

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Dear friends,  between 1500 and 2000 anti-racists in Melbourne turned out to oppose the racist and Islamohoboic rallies organised by the bigots of Reclaim Australia and the fascist grouplet, the United Patriots Front. Approx 50-60 turned up to the 11 am rally of Reclaim Australia.  They were later joined by 70-100 fascists from the United Patriots Front, who were escorted into their rally by the Victoria Police.  The United Patriots Front, which had boasted that this would be the biggest patriot rally ever, arrived a half hour ahead of their scheduled time and left 12 minutes after their scheduled rally time. Outnumbered by approximately 20 to 1, the fascists were forced to skulk off after rallying under police protection for about 45 mins.  Throughout the day, the up to 2000 anti-racism protesters stood in solidarity with the Australian Muslim and Migrant communities, chanting “Muslims are welcome, Racists are not”; “Sexist, racist, anti-Queers; Fascists are not welcome here” and “You will always lose in Melbourne”.

This is the third rally held by racists and fascists in Melbourne and at each rally they have been outnumbered by anti-racist protesters. On May 31,more than 500 anti-racism protesters turned out to oppose the United Patriots Front, who could only muster 60 people to attend their anti-Islam/anti-Left rally.

Please find below, the report on today’s rally from Red Flag and also photos from the rally (click on photo to enlarge)

In solidarity, Kim

Fascists fail in Melbourne – again

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So this was the Master Race. All 60 of them. And it was a national mobilisation. Another 60 right wing “Reclaim Australia” blockheads bolstered their ranks. So there were little more than 100 far right racists in total.

It was the latest attempt by fascists to build a violent street movement and their own vile combat organisations.

They were outnumbered by up to 2,000 anti-racist demonstrators in central Melbourne today.

As far as right wing failures go, they don’t get much more pathetic than this. They ought to have called the event “the biggest losers”.

The racists’ miserable mobilisation was despite the fact that “respectable” Murdoch press columnists openly have been feeding fascism and bigotry.

It was despite the fact that the federal government has been banging on and on about Islamic terrorism, about imminent threats to our way of life, about traitors in our ranks.

And it was despite the fact that they had the protection of hundreds of police officers, who shut down Spring Street to facilitate this neo-Nazi parade in front of the Victorian Parliament and who attacked the anti-racist demonstration with pepper spray.

With all this help, and with months of building work, still they failed. “I can’t believe how small the crowd is. It’s terrible”, Mike Holt, leader of right wing group Restore Australia, told Fairfax Media this afternoon.

As had happened on 31 May when fascists tried to March on Richmond Town Hall, anarchists, socialists, non-aligned progressives and anti-racists united to stop them.

Again, it was an important victory. The counter-mobilisation prevented the fascists from marching through the streets and targeting minorities – Muslims in particular. Instead they were forced to skulk away under police watch before dispersing. They were prevented from spreading hate speech and instead were forced to talk among themselves.

In Adelaide, a 250-person Reclaim Australia rally also was outnumbered by 350 anti-racists. This was a significant turnaround from the previous Reclaim rally at Easter, at which the left was outnumbered by 500 to only 30.

There will be more anti-racist demonstrations around the country tomorrow:

Sydneyfacebook.com/events/346452865546642/

Perthfacebook.com/events/893952217313262/

Brisbanefacebook.com/events/1576424285971069/

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Amandla Stenberg: Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows

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A crash course on cultural exchange vs cultural appropriation:

A video by 16 year old actor, Amandla Stenberg, who played Rue in the 2012 movie version of The Hunger Games has recently gone viral. The video, which was produced for her history class, discusses black culture and the issue of cultural appropriation. In the four and half minuted video, Stenberg not only gives a crash course explanation on Black American culture but also discusses the difference between cultural exchange and cultural appropriation.  In particular, Stenberg discusses the mainstreaming and adoption of Black culture by non-black pop culture icons and artists, while also noting their often silence on the very really social and political issues impacting on Black Americans, including institutionalised racism, police violence and police brutality.   At the end of the video, Stenberg notes the willingness of non-Black pop artists and icons to adopt Black culture while failing to offer solidarity with the Black community struggling against police brutality, pointedly asking: “What would America be like if it loved black people as much as it loves black culture?”

Girls can be their own superheroes!

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A great TED talk by John Marcotte, the founder of Heroic Girls, in which he challenges the audience to look beyond what is labeled as “girly” or “feminine” to explore how such labels limit the potential of future generations.  Marcotte talks about his daughters, superheroes and how gender stereotypes limit both girls and boys.

1981 media report on early computer users and how you could read newspapers online!

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1981 media report on how early home computer users could read their morning newspapers online … it took over two hours for the newspaper to download over dialup and included no photos or comics etc.  Report by Steve Newman on KRON San Francisco.

 

AMIRA HASS to speak in Australia next year @ MARXISM 2015

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Dear friends,

I can’t express how excited I was to hear last week that Amira Hass will be one of the international speakers at Marxism 2015 being held in Melbourne over the Easter long weekend (2-5 April).


Hass is an exceptional journalist and is one of the few Israeli journalists (who is not an illegal setter) who lives in and reports from the Occupied Palestinian Territories (it should be noted that most Israeli and international journalists reporting on Palestine are based inside Israel and rarely enter the Territories).


So don’t miss out on hearing her speak at Marxism 2015 at Easter next year!! Mark your calendar now, by your tix to Marxism and book your flights (if your not in Melbourne).


Please find the announcement from the organisers of the Marxism 2015 conference about her attendance. 

I understand from the conference organisers, they are currently liaising with Palestinian speakers to participate in the conference. Once their participation is confirmed, their participation will be announced. 


In solidarity, Kim

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Marxism 2015 is excited to announce the participation of world renowned journalist Amira Hass. 

Hass lives in Ramallah in the West Bank, where she covers Palestinian affairs for the Israeli daily newspaper Ha’aretz, making her the only Jewish Israeli correspondent on Palestinian affairs to live among the people about whom she reports. 

Hass writes insightful columns about the daily lives and hardships of Palestinians. The child of Holocaust survivors, Hass was born in Jerusalem in 1956 and studied history in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. 

After working as a teacher, she started her career in journalism in 1989 as a staff editor at Ha’aretz and began writing about the Palestinian Territories in 1991, undaunted by danger and criticism from both Israelis and Palestinians. 

She moved to Gaza in December 1993 after the signing of the Israeli-Palestinian agreements and settled in Ramallah in the West Bank in 1997. 

She is the author of ‘Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land Under Siege and Reporting From Ramallah: An Israeli Journalist in an Occupied Land.’

To get tickets visit www.marxismconference.org