An excellent post on how to be an activist in Australia

This is just a brief post to share an excellent blog post I read this morning on achieving effective activism in Australia.  If you are wondering where to start, or want scripts, or aren’t sure which charities to support or what works, this is an excellent primer. Includes handy contact details, scripts for what to…

Imperfect activism

There has been a lot going on in the world of politics, both Australian and international since I last posted, most of it disheartening at best and enraging at worst.  Even if one has only one or two foci, it’s pretty hard to keep up with everything, and to be honest, I haven’t tried all…

Some tools for talking about suicide

Recent events have had me remembering some of the stuff I learned when I was doing crisis counselling, in particular the stuff we were taught about suicide prevention. I got to use this knowledge rather a lot, unfortunately, since I usually worked a late evening shift which was apparently one of the prime times for…

At the going down of the sun…

I found out last night that a friend of mine in America killed herself shortly after the election results were announced. She had a health condition that was painful and disabling, and which required daily medication to manage.  And, from what I can gather, she died because she knew she would not be able to…

Fear

I’m afraid. I’m deeply afraid for my American friends, who are, by and large, left-leaning folk in a country that is becoming increasingly and terrifyingly right-wing.  I’m afraid for my friends who are gay, for my friends who have chronic illnesses, for my friends who are people of colour, for my friends who are women,…

Marriage Equality letters

I’ve actually been ill today, so I didn’t manage to write as many letters as I meant to.  I’m hoping to do a bit of blitz of Senators tomorrow, but I have covered some of the main suspects at least.  I understand that the Plebiscite is being debated in Parliament this week, possibly even this…