“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Martin Luther King
Liz Mann, a sheep farmer and ag consultant for the organic dairy industry, was still in hospital recovering from her first Pfizer jab when her contract with her employer was terminated because she refused the second. Liz’s vaccine injury is still affecting her life, but who is listening?
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Thank you Liz for telling your story and entrusting us with it. And thank you to all who gave so generously so we could record and share Liz’s story. If you’d like us to keep sharing these stories and are in a position to donate, please click here.
Thank you Miles for your vision behind the cameras and for your collaboration and wisdom, and thanks in advance to Artist as Family blog readers and subscribers for your comments and for sharing this post.
Voting at an election is just one way we can disrupt the eating up of the world – to continually flush out career politicians from parliament and have ordinary folk sitting who won’t be as easily captured by corporatism. That is – the process of dismantling the old world while we are growing the new.
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Towards a more beautiful world our hearts know is possible… Big thanks to Glen Dunn for the remixing of the audio.
Welcome back to this heartbreaking story of human rights abuse occurring right now in this very moment in Australia. If you haven’t yet listened to or watched part 1 please head over here.
In part 2 we hear from Anna, a human rights scholar, who has been offering Eric, Angie and Mandy paralegal support in their fight against what they deem as unfair and unlawful dismissals, eroding their livelihoods and dismantling the Aboriginal cultural centre they built over 17 years.
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There is a federal election here in Australia on Saturday, and the Victorian state election coming up later in the year. We hope this story sharpens your awareness of what the two major parties, the Greens, and some minor parties did to produce this abuse of rights. It is up to everyone, regardless of our personal medical status and beliefs, to vote out medical tyranny and to resist the suppression, state violence, the censoring and scapegoating that has occurred.
We do not know if, after this election, independent media channels like ours will be targeted and removed from sight (see the Identify and Disrupt Bill 2021), and labelled ‘criminal’ disseminating ‘misinformation’ (contemporary code for dissenting views), so if you subscribe we’ll have your email on file and we can stay in touch.
Much heartfelt gratitude to all those who answered our call to assist us financially to share Eric, Angie, Mandy and Anna’s stories. As always we look forward to your comments and we appreciate your sharing of our blog posts on other media platforms. If you’d like to contribute funds to this awesome foursome’s legal fight please get in touch and we’ll connect you up.
Signing off with love and solidarity,
Patrick, Meg, Blackwood and Zero
Eric, a Gamilaraay man, moved to Yorta Yorta country for fruit picking work back in the day and one of the local elders, Uncle Les Saunders, discovered Eric paints pictures and pulled him under his wing. This friendship led to collaboration and emplacement for Eric, and helped establish a hive of cultural activity in the region, aided by Angie and Mandy, a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung woman. Over many years, Eric, Angie and Mandy worked together to build the profiles of numerous local Aboriginal artists and develop an important cultural hub recognised across Australia and around the world. But then the vaccine mandates came into force in late 2021. This is the story of loss and dismissal, and the crushing of a vibrant Aboriginal cultural centre.
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A big hearty thanks to Angie, Eric and Mandy for offering their story, and to Miles for his two-camera magic, once again.
We look forward to bringing you Part 2 shortly. In the meantime we welcome your comments, your shares and your support so we can continue to help share these important untold stories. If you haven’t already, please subscribe if you would like to be alerted to Part 2.
Signing off with autumnal love,
Patrick, Meg, Blackwood and Zero
Kerryn Sedgman is standing in the forthcoming Australian federal election in the Ballarat electorate as an Australian Federation Party candidate. This week we caught up with her at her home in Wheatsheaf in southern Djaara country, heard why she is standing, and explored the possibility of reclaiming a sacred politics.
We offer this video as an alternative political perspective to help generate discussion for other ways we might perform politics.
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Please feel free to share this story and to comment below. Thank you to all the generous folk who have donated in the past week. We now have enough funds to make the next three videos. A big thanks again to Miles for his fine camerawork and collaboration. We so value all his inputs and generosity.
Last night we hosted a political potluck dinner that we’d advertised on several local encrypted message groups. Our home – oh, it’s bloody good to be back – filled with new faces and old friends, with those of us in this growing tribe of folk who have become increasingly politically awake to what gaming the pandemic has enabled. We shared food and conversation about the forthcoming federal election.
We spoke to the story of how the pandemic has been used to erode democracy, silence dissent and generally pave a way for (unelected) neofeudal lords and ladies to fuck around with we common folk. ‘We’ being the burgeoning global neoserfdom, all supposedly fighting against each others’ algorithms and other data-mined manipulations while unwittingly being shaped into passive receptors of synthetic-biology food and medicine – UBI serfs with digital identities, controlled by centralised digital currency enforcing we only buy from big Energy, big Ag and big Pharma and get all our basic needs from companies owned by the global elites who are going to save us. Well, that’s at least how we’re reading the current situation.
What follows is our off the cuff, rather naive (open) take on the gathering last.
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We welcome your comments and your shares. We’d love to hear about how you’re feeling about the upcoming election, and how you’re feeling about the political landscape in general.
Sending all the very best from Tree Elbow,
Patrick, Meg, Blackwood and Zero
Here’s a list of related reading/links/topics that we referred to in this video.
Regrarian Darren Ó Dochartaigh (AKA Darren Doherty) met Patrick for a yarn at the Doherty family café in oldtimer Djaara country a few weeks back. What unfolds in this meeting is a complex and joyous discourse that spans biology, ideology and politics, and a slow building analysis of how white institutional paternalism and shareholder science have come together to erode personal responsibility and play false gods with ungovernable biomes.
Darren’s critique of scientific hubris is important for anyone wishing to understand the current and interrelated health and ecological crises, which have in large part been augmented by industrial food, medicine and energy productions and consumption.
Darren and Patrick’s conversation highlights the importance of doing-saying-thinking so chronically missing from anthropocentric academies. The importance of feedback loops is something David Holmgren and Darren have been arguing for over decades and is what makes these farmer-thinkers so valuable at this time of depletion, over consumption and stubborn intransigence to the earth’s actual capacity.
We welcome your comments and respectful debate relating to this provocative yarn.
Each episode in this series costs a minimum of $250 to produce so your support of our work enables us to keep having these conversations that are disallowed in mainstream media and in the academies. We are so grateful to those who have supported our work thus far, in many different ways. Thank you to Miles once again for shooting this conversation. The north facing window and the fast moving clouds made it quite a challenge with the light.
We’re taking a short break from publishing to move back into Tree Elbow after a beautiful 9 month gestation of transient living. We are so looking forward to returning home. We look forward to seeing you back here shortly.
Covid has been a mirror, revealing to us all much about ourselves and the culture in which we live, while disclosing those in our communities who continue to work against discrimination and division. For us, it has been a time to witness who the true elders are in our midsts and how they respond in a time of crisis. Meet such a warm and full-hearted elder, Nikki Marshall…
Thank you Nikki for welcoming us into your home and sharing a few of your moving stories relating to Covid, your family and the various communities you serve.
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The book Nikki mentions towards the end of this video is From What Is to What If by Rob Hopkins. We also highly recommend it.
This week we spent a few hours with co-originator of the permaculture concept, David Holmgren, at his home Melliodora in southern Djaara peoples’ country. Our conversation ranged from the personal to the geopolitical, dark green ecology to bright green billionaires, pandemic constriction to war construction, the role of energy in shaping culture to the gaming of the progressive liberal media.
Thank you Su and David for welcoming us into your home, and thank you Miles for once again sharing your two-camera craft and expertise.
We welcome your comments (below), and your support (here). A hearty thanks to those who contributed financially in the past weeks to make this video possible.
We held a peaceful protest outside our town hall today, bringing attention to our exclusion from the International Women’s Day event there. All over the world countries have already dropped restrictions as it has become clear the vaccines are not as effective as natural immunity, and are not the ‘safe and effective’ therapeutics they were promised to be. Yet in our home town, segregation and discrimination continue apace. No wonder international tourists are boycotting Australia.
We came home after the event and put this short video together. We look forward to your comments and discussion.
It was such a privilege for us to stand with so many fine and brave peeps, including Maya,
Sending love and solidarity to you on International Women’s Day.