recent images of torture at Don Dale prison has shocked many
Australians, but it shouldn’t. Such treatment of children and adults
is commonplace at prisons across the country. Prisons are the
ultimate site of cruelty and social control, but also sometimes
places of inspiring acts of rebellion and resistance.
much of the media and popular discourse around the #DonDaleKids has
been of their victimhood, something here is being missed. Don Dale
has seen multiple riots over the past couple years and numerous
breakouts. In 2014, two youths reportedly broke out of the prison,
stole a car, drove back to the prison and used the vehicle to ram
through the fences, to break more youths out.
and collective bashings of prisoners is a basically universal screw response to
prison riots. The brutality of the screws at Don Dale is an attempt
to crush their rebellious spirits. To break their resolve, to
domesticate them, to make them controllable.
torture is not just the exceptional treatment of unmanageable
inmates, prison itself is torture. The act of confining and isolating
human beings in cages is inhumane and degrading to the human spirit.
colonial invasion of this land introduced the paradigm of police,
prisons and private property to a territory where land was communal,
communities settled disputes and meted out punishment without
recourse to incarceration or a specialised armed force to control and
surveillance everyone’s behaviour.
the rise of modern capitalism, prisons have become the ideal place to
store and manage surplus people, those without a stake in the market
and for whom bosses have no use.
royal commission declared by Turnbull is a farce and a distraction to
dissolve the anger, to pretend “something has been done” then
move on as if nothing ever happened.
we wish to live in a world without scenes like the torture in Don
Dale, we need to do more than just protesting and write petitions and
letters to politicians. Abolishing prisons also means the abolition
of capital and state.
the fires of rebellion break out at any prison, it is our
responsibility to spread the fires outside and beyond the walls, to
government institutions, police stations, to the homes or cars of the
screws carrying out the abuse. We need to keep the fires burning till
they have engulfed this territory and laid waste to the structures of
President Obama offered to pay for Vice President Biden’s son’s cancer
treatment after finding out Biden was considering selling his house to
pay for it. That’s really kind but… holy shit. If the *Vice President*
has to *sell his house* to pay for healthcare, what chance do regular
Americans have? How is anyone still alive in that country?? Australia,
do not do anything to creep in the direction of America’s healthcare
system. Keep Medicare free. Including frikking pap smears.
We will be marching from Kibble Park Gosford down to Gosford Leagues Club Oval. #Younglivesmatter
This is a family friendly event, a peaceful march to show our
disappointment in the treatment of young men & women in Northern
Territories Youth Detention Centres and to ensure this ABUSE/TORTURE is
stamped out of Juvenile Detention Centres across Australia.
To all the confused Americans on Tumblr right now experiencing the Australian Election without context: Liberals are the conservatives in Australia (poorly named, I know) who are currently in power and led by Malcolm Turnbull. Australia also has a tradition of eating sausages after voting (democracy sausage, a major feature of our elections) but many places didn’t have a BBQ. We are pissed off about both of these issues. It’s looking like neither of our two main parties is going to win majority as this point but we won’t know until Tuesday at least so there’s a lot of time to sit around saying things like “aw mate, sure hope that cunt Turnbull doesn’t get back in ay?”, “medicare, medicare, medicare” over and over until it no longer sounds like a word, and “stone the crows, a dingo stole my postal vote.” Now you can understand Australian politics as well as anyone else. You’re welcome.
I was just thinking about how some people, most people really, don’t realize that whorephobia is an actual axis of oppression.
One example of too many; the Green River killer murdered over 90 women and specifically targeted sex workers because he thought no one would care about us. More recently, Adrien Bayley brutalized countless sex workers before he was arrested for the murder of Jill Meagher (Jill wasn’t a sex worker and her husband pointed out how whorephobia lead to her death as the courts gave him pathetically weak sentences for his crimes against Melbourne SWs which is the reason why he was a free man and able to kill her).
Beyond this, many of us have experienced at least one scary situation and many of us have been assaulted by clients who targeted us because society sees us as disposable, they know we have little to no recourse. I was stalked and kidnapped by a serial rapist and I know of several SWs who’ve been raped by him, most I know personally. I’m fully expecting to see him on the news charged with murder, any day now.
That’s the reality. I don’t really do personal posts here but I’ve been crying over the women murdered by the Green River killer for an hour so why not make a post about it I guess.
Edit: I can’t reply directly because mobile but civilians can reblog this, this blog is designed to be an educational resource for everyone so all posts are fine for civilians (non sex workers) to reblog unless specifically stated otherwise