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WE Are not models because fashion said we couldn't be.

 

so fuck fashion.

 

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WE WERE WONDERING WHETHER WE SHOULD WRITE A STATEMENT JUSTIFYING WHY THIS T-SHIRT EXISTS AND THE AGGRESSIVE STANCE IT TAKES AGAINST PAULINE HANSON AND THE ONE NATION PARTY.  WHILST WE ALWAYS ENJOY HEALTHY DEBATE AND NUTTING OUT NUANCED VIEWS, IT’S BECOME INCREASINGLY EXHAUSTING HAVING TO JUSTIFY THE HUMANITY OF INDIGENOUS/BROWN/QUEER/MUSLIM LIVES AT EVERY JUNCTURE, AND TO BE FRANK, HAVING TO ARGUE WITH THE TAILBONE OF THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM, A PART OF #AUSPOL THAT SERVES NO PURPOSE IN MODERN DAY AUSTRALIA. PAULINE HANSON REPRESENTS AND SYMBOLISES EVERYTHING THAT IS ANTITHETICAL TO THE AUSTRALIAN VALUES STATEMENT THAT MANY OF US HAVE EMBODIED SINCE IMMIGRATING TO THIS INCREDIBLE COUNTRY.

HOWEVER, HOW DO YOU REASON YOUR HUMANITY AND EXPLAIN TO SOMEONE WHY THEY SHOULD RESPECT YOU AND TREAT YOU WITH DIGNITY? IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, A SIMPLE F#CK PAULINE HANSON FASHION STATEMENT IS NECESSARY.  OF course, pauline hanson is only a representative of the wider problem of opPortunist political xenophobes fear mongering and so in saying f#ck you to her, we say f#ck you to them all.

IN ORDER FOR AUSTRALIA TO LIVE UP TO ITS PROMISE AND DEMOCRATIC VALUES, BIGOTRY OF ALL KINDS MUST BE REJECTED. WE MUST NOT ONLY CONDEMN THESE ACTIONS, BUT ALSO WORK TIRELESSLY TO PUT AN END TO RACISM AND BIGOTRY THAT IS OFTEN DISGUISED AS PATRIOTISM.

SOME OF YOU MAY SAY, ‘WHY ARE YOU STOOPING TO HER LEVEL? WHY FIGHT HATE WITH HATE?’ ‘YOU ARE BECOMING THE HATE THAT YOU OPPOSED SO MUCH.' 

IT IS DISINGENUOUS TO TREAT ALL HATE (IF YOU CAN EVEN CALL IT THAT) AS THOUGH IT WERE EQUAL. NOT ALL 'HATE' CAN BE VIEWED EQUALLY OR EVEN BE CONSIDERED HATE. A QUEER PERSON WHO IS BEATEN AT A BUS STOP 'HATES' THEIR ABUSER FOR HOW THEY Were TREATED. THEIR FEELINGS ARE RATIONAL AND ARE CONNECTED WITH THEIR SELF-PRESERVATION. THE ABUSER HATES THE QUEER PERSON FOR EXISTING AS A QUEER PERSON.  THE ABUSER'S FEELINGS ARE IRRATIONAL AND ARISE OUT OF A DESIRE TO EXTERMINATE/OPPRESS MINORITIES. WE CANNOT TREAT THE 'HATE' OF THE VICTIMS THE SAME AS THE HATRED THEY FACE. THAT IS BELITTLING THEIR EXPERIENCES AND SILENCING THEIR (JUSTIFIED) REACTIONS.

PAULINE HANSON’S POLITICAL VIEWS AND BEHAVIOUR INCLUDE THISTHIS AND THIS.  IT’S DISGUSTING, UNINFORMED, AND EMBARRASSING.

IF WE REFUSE TO BUY WHAT SHE IS SELLING – HER IDEAS, HER PERCEPTION OF PEOPLE, AND HER NOTION OF HUMANITY, ANOTHER AUSTRALIA IS POSSIBLE.

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Equality and justice are not naturally produced through the passage of time; they must be procured through hard work and determination. We Are Not Models is about writing yourself into existence and reshaping the world in your image - not for hetero-normative, rich, white people, but for yourself. We strive to bring people together to share knowledge and experience, find solidarity and make voices heard. If you are weird, excited, opinionated, loud, emotional and brave, you can find places below to connect, share knowledge and make your voices heard. 

 

 

Say no to violence on Manus refugees. Rally and march!

 

Refugee Action Collective Queensland RAC is hosting  rally and march at King George Square, Rowan Street, Brisbane, Queensland on 24 November 2017 at 5:30pm.

"Behrous Boochani has been arrested and the police are breaking up the refugee protest on Manus. For over three weeks more than 400 refugees have refused to move from the former detention centre. They were denied food, water, medical care and now they are being arrested in an attempt to break up their protest. 

The refugees have been saying four years of detention and torment is enough, it is time they were given a life. They were refusing to move to new detention centres that are unsafe, incomplete, under resourced and where they have no future. 

The government is lying about the situation on Manus. Videos smuggled out clearly show the new detention centres are incomplete in spite of Dutton's assertions otherwise. 

We need to keep this issue in the public eye and keep the pressure on the government. We also need to remind the public about others suffering on Nauru and elsewhere."

 

 

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