"In February 1968, almost a half-century before the death of Michael Brown, striking Black sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, held signs proudly over their heads as they marched through the streets of Memphis. “I am a man,” the signs read, a simple but powerful statement against the dehumanization the workers faced every day. In the past year, as Black men and women have been killed by police and vigilantes at a startling rate, protesters are again marching through the streets with signs making a simple but powerful statement: “Black lives matter.” It is unconscionable that in 2014 such an assertion should need to be uttered, but the struggle for human dignity and human rights is far from over. On this Labor Day and on every day, we honor all of our brothers and sisters facing abuse and dehumanization, and pledge to fight for the dignity and humanity of every person. All lives matter, and by affirming Black lives and communities and their basic economic, social, civil, and political rights, we affirm the lives and humanity of all people."

fairmanrants:

Happy National Wattle Day, everybody. Hopefully #wattleday is a tag.

Christine Milne was wearing a sprig of wattle in the Senate today!

fairmanrants:

Happy National Wattle Day, everybody. Hopefully #wattleday is a tag.

Christine Milne was wearing a sprig of wattle in the Senate today!

black-australia:

spectoetlunametstellas:

No mum, I don’t want a husband, I want a double dissolution. 

(via caitlin939)

progressiveauspol:

This is Hieu Van Le, A vietnamese refugee who came to Australia in the 70s who is now the Governor of South Australia. My favourite part of this story is where he recounts his entry to Australia: 

"Living in a refugee camp was one of the most horrific experiences one can go through," he said of the experience.
He boarded another leaky vessel to try for Australia, nervous of being turned away. But the fears proved to be unfounded. He says he still recalls the greeting he received from a pair of fisherman in a small boat off Darwin Harbour.
"One of the guys raised a stubby up as if proposing a toast. ‘G’day mate,’ he shouted. ‘Welcome to Australia’." (X)

This is the Australia I know and love, not the country that embraces a shitty racist refugee policy that locks desperate people in a multi-billion dollar prison.

progressiveauspol:

This is Hieu Van Le, A vietnamese refugee who came to Australia in the 70s who is now the Governor of South Australia. My favourite part of this story is where he recounts his entry to Australia: 

"Living in a refugee camp was one of the most horrific experiences one can go through," he said of the experience.

He boarded another leaky vessel to try for Australia, nervous of being turned away. But the fears proved to be unfounded. He says he still recalls the greeting he received from a pair of fisherman in a small boat off Darwin Harbour.

"One of the guys raised a stubby up as if proposing a toast. ‘G’day mate,’ he shouted. ‘Welcome to Australia’." (X)

This is the Australia I know and love, not the country that embraces a shitty racist refugee policy that locks desperate people in a multi-billion dollar prison.

(via insufficientmind)

#dayoff #heaven #piketty #coffee

#dayoff #heaven #piketty #coffee

dinnersmeal:

If someone has a source for this edit, please let me know so that I can attribute it properly.

dinnersmeal:

If someone has a source for this edit, please let me know so that I can attribute it properly.

(via auspoliticspixie)

"How are they to apply for 40 jobs per month or travel around to interviews if they have no income? Where do they live? What do they eat? What do they wear? How do they get anywhere? How do they stay healthy?

One must wonder at the priorities of these middle-aged white men who have reaped the benefits of the baby boomers era and who are now hell-bent on denying those same opportunities to our children.

I also note that our Prime Minister was not willing to move to where his employment is, a decision that is costing us tens of millions of dollars which could have supported many Newstart recipients for a long time."

— Kaye Lee (via auspoliticspixie)

(via partyapparatchik)

letstalkaboutrape:

I’m sure a lot of you have seen articles going around talking about a new nail polish developed by four young men called “Undercover Colors” that is designed to change colors when put into drinks containing drugs that are commonly used by perpetrators to facilitate sexual…