our shame

The predator wants your silence. It feeds their power, entitlement AND they want it to feed your shame.

Our bodies are not the ‘spoils of war’… a trophy to be collected to fuel your ego. It’s OURS!!! It doesn’t belong to you!! And when you take it without permission, it DESTROYS…… like a virus!!!


To the predators.. Weinstein, the stranger, the relative, the boyfriend…. I say to you, ‘You can choose your sin but you don’t get to choose the consequences.’ To the victims…. I see you. I believe you… and I’m listening.

Guess who just got murdered~

Some sketches for my favorite dorito shaped demon, rest in pieces lol

I came across this poster on Queen St. West in Toronto and I couldn’t look away. Posters such as these, strategically placed around the city are pushing people to question Canada’s dark, colonial history, as is the incredibly critical art being produced by Indigenous artists such as Kent Monkman and Rebecca Belmore. These artists, activists, thinkers and interventionists are destabilizing and dismantling biased, historical Canadian narratives.

In the decade or more of being in Canada, I have recently had the opportunity to establish close allyships with Indigenous friends. Through their research and lived experiences, I am learning about a side of Canada that I was not initially aware of. While the Canadian Citizenship book discusses our shameful history of residential schools, it presents a watered down version, summarized in undignified, short lines, mostly ending with, “Canada has since apologized.”

The abuse that was carried out on Indigenous children at these schools (the last residential school closed in 1996) was horrific and conveniently left out of textbooks. With more awareness around the topic, Canada’s internationally positive reputation is being challenged. Canada’s deputy minister of Indian Affairs Duncan Campbell Scott was quoted in 1920 to have said: “Our object is to continue until there is not a single Indian in Canada that has not been absorbed into the body politic.”

While an apology by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a start, it is not enough. After all, actions speak louder than words. Grave injustices have been committed against Indigenous people. Erasure of language, culture and customs so as to benefit and serve colonial systems of oppression, unsolved cases of thousands of missing, murdered Indigenous women, increased likelihood of sexual assault on Indigenous women, an alarmingly high suicide rate amongst Indigenous youth and deplorable living conditions in some parts of Canada where Indigenous people reside. By deplorable I mean run down schools and homes and no access to clean, drinking water. How can we justify this while being one of the wealthiest countries in the world with a global reputation for excellence in living standards and human rights?

Far too often I hear fellow immigrants from my own community refer to Indigenous people as “drunks” and “criminals.”

“Oh these natives, they’re such a menace to Canadian society.”

“They get so much funding from the government. All their schooling is paid for.”

“They should be grateful and move on from the past. Look at the state of poor people in the third world countries we come from.”

“These people don’t know the first thing about oppression. They take all the money the government gives them and waste it on drugs and alcohol.”

It is ironic to see new immigrants settle on Canadian land while demonizing and othering the original custodians of this land.

Indigenous people have been dealing with institutionalized racism, discriminatory legislation and federal under-funding for over 100 years. As we mark our 150th birthday as a nation today, I hope that we can work toward addressing these important and urgent issues. Indigenous people are bearing the brunt of genocidal, colonial policies while the rest of us immigrating to Canada are reaping immense benefits such as world class healthcare and education, services that many of our Indigenous communities lack full access to. Our indifference and lack of awareness around these pressing matters has dire consequences for First Nations, Metis and Inuit people of Canada.

Today, on Canada’s 150th, I am stating a land acknowledgment for the first time in all these years of living, working, giving to and taking from Canadian land.

***I wish to acknowledge this land on which I currently reside and work. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land. (Please correct me if I have stated this land acknowledgment inaccurately)

As a tribal daughter of the Indigenous Magsi clan in Balochistan, Pakistan, I stand in solidarity with my Indigenous brothers and sisters in Canada.

I wish you a safe, peaceful and more informed #Canada150 long weekend.

When we choose growth over perfection, we immediately increase our shame resilience. Improvement is a far more realistic goal than perfection. Merely letting go of unattainable goals makes us less susceptible to shame. When we believe “we must be this” we ignore who or what we actually are, our capacity and our limitations. We start from the image of perfection, and of course, from perfection there is nowhere to go but down.
CHARLOTTESVILLE REPORTBACK

From a comrade who was at Charlottesville:

Took me a couple days but it’s time.
To anyone who watched Cville from a far, I want to remind you of something.
What that coward did plowing into a crowd of people from the safety of his car and then retreating to safety was not only an act of cowardice but an act of desperation. With 95% of news reports focusing on the attack, there has been very little coverage of how the rest of the day went for the Nazis, so consider this a PSA.

Make no mistake, Charlottesville was an unconditional defeat for the Nazis and the Fash. The day started out with hundreds of Nazis occupying Emancipation Park fully outfitted in makeshift riot gear and surrounded by a contingent of right wing militia in full battle rattle. It ended with 700+ antifascist protestors marching on the final 70 Nazis that were stupid enough to not leave the city. Antifascist demonstrators, outnumbered close to 4 to 1, literally fought an uphill battle through a single choke point against an army of assholes with shields, clubs, and a seemingly endless supply of OC spray with little more than our fists and our flags. The Nazis said they were going to hold Emancipation park and we choked them with their words. Within an hour, the park belonged to Charlottesville again, and the Fash were on the run in all directions. On multiple occasions I saw groups of maybe 5 or 6 protestors chasing off groups of Nazis five to eight times their size.

Festivities began at probably around 930 or 10 and by 1130, the entirety of downtown Cville belonged to Charlottesville, thanks to all of the various groups and individuals that came out to defend it. Once victory in the park was assured and the Nazis completed their general retreat, packed into their church vans and got the fuck out of dodge, all of the Cville defenders regrouped, rehydrated, and answered a call to defend a small group of protestors from approximately 70 Fash that were harassing them. We stepped off by the hundreds and marched with impunity through downtown with cheering from the sidewalks and the cars. About a block away from where the attack occurred, the bloc with which I was a part of converged with another contingent of antifascist protestors, bringing our total number to AT LEAST 700 (I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if it were closer to 1,000).

That’s when the Nazis pulled out their Trump card to try to win the day. This cowardly piece of shit who’s name doesn’t even deserve being written couldn’t cope with the fact that his little group of friends had fucking lost. They came out expecting Berkeley 2 and left in bandages and shame. When the left suffers a defeat, we sit with it, accept it, and learn from it, but these assholes can’t accept that their shitty ‘master race’ is one of utter inferiority and resort to attacking innocent people from the safety of 4,000 pounds of metal.

And even in such a moment of horror, we came out on top. Faced with a situation that none of us expected, street medics and medically trained protestors responded in seconds by the dozens. The following hours long minutes were filled with the greatest acts of compassion for comrades that I have ever witnessed. Medics stayed cool, calm, and collected while providing life saving interventions and preparing accurate and complete patient assessments. By the time EMS arrived, early interventions were mostly complete, and prepared assessments were given allowing triage to be completed accurately but with haste, so that EMS could immediately begin evacing and transporting patients to higher care. It’s a devastating shame that our comrade and fellow worker Heather Heyer had to give the ultimate sacrifice for a cause in which they believed, but I have no doubt that if it weren’t for the actions of the first responders, there would have been several others that would suffer the same fate.

So with that, I would like to conclude this poorly thought out piece of writing with this: Consider the victims of Saturday’s attack. They weren’t a small isolated group of protestors, nor were they in the middle or rear ranks of the bloc marching to the final showdown of the day. They were in the very front. Our comrades were going to be the first to tell the final Nazis that their bullshit isn’t going to stand; not in Cville, not on the East Coast, not in America, and not on the entire fucking planet. Every single one of them is a hero of the highest degree, and don’t fucking forget that. From here on out, we each need to strive to be where they were, to be the tip of the spear against the rise of fascism in this country. So next time you here of a gathering of fascists, be it five or five-hundred, show up. Show up for yourself, show up for all victims of fascism past, present, and future, and show up for Heather Heyer and all our comrades at the front who risked life and limb for our cause and the greater good.

Prior to Saturday, prominent neonazi Richard Spencer said that Charlottesville was going to be a turning point; that “people are going to speak in terms of 'before Charlottesville’ and 'after Charlottesville’”. Let’s show him exactly what that means.

BTW: a group of crows is called a Black Floc

Vague Horoscopes (April 10th, 2017)
  • *Mercury has just gone into Retrograde
  • Aries: Your reactions aren't to be shamed.
  • Taurus: Our minds wander and we ask ourselves "What should I spend my energy on?"
  • Gemini: Your self worth has not changed. You're still the same beautiful person you were yesterday.
  • Cancer: It is easy to avoid your problems, to disappear into a dream. But, that doesn't mean it's healthy.
  • Leo: The words of others hurt more than ever.
  • Virgo: These wounds aren't imaginary. But are the ways your healing them healthy?
  • Libra: We look into the mirror to see a sea in our own eyes, remember not to let them make you blind.
  • Scorpio: We cause our own stress by over-analyzing.
  • Sagittarius: Our days feel like whip-lash. One moment we laugh, and the next we're stopped in our tracks.
  • Capricorn: Our darkest thoughts come to life, in stress that is infinite in these times.
  • Aquarius: We are rich in denial, and others cannot understand this.
  • Pisces: Do not lose yourself to these broken times. The hurt ends in dreams, but healing comes better in actions, it seems.

An assortment of ‘apartment’ plots I need:

The walls are paper thin and…

  • The walls are paper thin and I can always hear you having sex and honestly idk if i’m more jealous because i’m not getting any or irritated because it’s keeping me up at night?
  • The walls are paper thin and you’re always singing in the shower, and honestly you’re terrible but idk how to tell you, so I’ve just started to play music over you but you seem to know every song and it only makes you sing louder??
  • The walls are paper thin and you just heard the brutal break up of me and my ex, and now you’re trying to comfort me through the walls and it’s kinda awkward but it’s also helping so?
  • The walls are paper thin and every night I watch jeopardy and I guess you’re really smart because every night you shout out the correct answer and at this point I’m not sure there’s a question you can’t answer?
  • The walls are paper thin and I hear you having obnoxious parties every night, and I would be mad but at the end of it all I can hear you crying yourself to sleep and i’m actually kind of worried about this lifestyle you’re living?
  • The walls are paper thin and i’m not even really sure how it started but every night we have conversations about our day over dinner and at this point idk why I haven’t just invited you over? 

You broke into my apartment… (also works the other way around)

  • You were drunk and you broke into my apartment and I would call the cops but you’re kind of out like a light so I’d kind of feel bad but you bet your ass i’ll be waiting for you to wake up until morning so I can ask who the fuck you are?
  • You were drunk and you broke into my apartment and when you found out this wasn’t your friend’s apartment you started crying and I really don’t know what to do?
  • You were drunk and you climbed in through my apartment window and I’m not really sure how you managed it because not only is the fire escape broken but you are really fucking plastered? Please, teach me your skills?
  • You broke into my apartment to avoid something and you won’t really tell me what it is and i’m actually kind of afraid you might be a murderer so why shouldn’t I call the cops?
  • You snuck into my apartment to avoid your ex while my door was open for groceries and I got so scared I spilled the milk everywhere?
  • You broke into my apartment while I was out for whatever reason and when I came home I knocked you out and now you’re unconscious on my floor and idk what to do?

We always see each other in the elevator…

  • We always see each other in the elevator during our walk of shame and it’s gotten to the point where we just share our escapades now and why haven’t we slept together yet?
  • We always see each other in the elevator and it’s inanely awkward because we both live on the top floor of this really tall apartment complex and we always ride in silence because the one time I tried talking to you I fucked up REALLY bad.
  • We always see each other in the elevator and now we’ve gotten stuck because of a power outage so really, I guess we should get to know one another at this point.
  • We always see each other in the elevator and it’s blatantly obvious you’re terrified of them even if you insist you aren’t.
  • We always see each other in the elevator and I know it’s you who didn’t hold the elevator the one time I was carrying something really heavy and I swear, I will get my revenge.

By popular demand, my Junkrat fansong! recorded just as I was loosing my voice, so it’s pretty unpolished but then again, so is Junkrat. Just a cutesy little song on ukulele about mass destruction, like you do. Download at soundcloud source. <3

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5…
Strap live grenades to your arms and legs
or what of ‘em is left!
4…
make sure you aim for whatever you came for
and bury the rest!
3…
find a friend, or pay someone to pretend
who is worse than all your enemies combined!
2…
play nice, take my advice
and you’re gonna have a real good time!

1…

BOOM! kapow! Bam! Wham! Blazzow!
Slam, crash, smash, bash, sizzle and pop!
Crack and hiss! Zap, smack and Twist!
Who cares if you miss? Make a big noise
Give 'em the BOOM! (x2)

5…
Light the wick of the dynamite stick
at both ends, friend, and take aim!
4…
break open the door, tear apart the floorboards
and set 'em aflame!
3…
Take everything that you see, it’s all free
whether or not it’s nailed down!
2…
its true, kid it’s all you,
hit the road and blow this town!

1…

BOOM! kapow! Bam! Wham! Blazzow!
Slam, crash, smash, bash, sizzle and pop!
Crack and hiss! Zap, smack and Twist!
Who cares if you miss? Make a big noise
Give 'em the BOOM! (x2)

Give 'em the BOOM! (x2)
Ahhhh!!!

We come from the scorched and dying earth
dig through trash and fight off rats to find our fortune
it’s a shame that life is pain and living hurts
but if you set yourself on fire, then you can do the scorching!

BOOM! kapow! Bam! Wham! Blazzow!
Slam, crash, smash, bash, sizzle and pop!
Crack and hiss! Zap, smack and Twist!
Who cares if you miss? Make a big noise

(54321)
Give 'em the-

BOOM! kapow! Bam! Wham! Blazzow!
Slam, crash, smash, bash, sizzle and pop!
Crack and hiss! Zap, smack and Twist!
Who cares if you miss? Make a big noise!
Who cares if you miss? Make a big noise!
Who cares if you miss? Make a big noise!

Give 'em the BOOM!

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@colesprouse: That crow is clicking at us, can you hear it? The wind is so strong, the bird is practically hovering. They say time moves faster for corvids. Years and decades are seconds and minutes to the black bird. That’s why they click, to see if they can match our clocks. It’s true! Shame it should be hovering, it must be so confused. Motionless and untethered by time. Don’t worry for the crow, in mere moments it’ll all pass. In mere moments this will just be one of many clicks had while hovering.

Public Shame

As I mentioned, I recently read Jon Ronson’s book “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed” and thought it made some very compelling points on the renaissance of public shaming in the age of social media.  I was going to post my highlights, but then I realized I’d highlighted about 30% of the book, so instead:

I wrote down what I thought were some of the key, take-home points the book made, and pulled quotes from the book in no particular order for each of them.  It’s  still a wall of text, but feel free to wade in if you’re interested.

Again, I strongly recommend giving this book a read.

  • Public shaming is often motivated by a belief that one is Doing Good
  • Public shaming is about social conformity
  • Public shaming can make us LESS aware of viewpoints different that our own 
  • Shame works because we are all afraid
  • Shaming others can bring out our own brutality
  • Shame leads to dehumanization and “death of the soul”
  • Shame leads to violence
  • Technology has strange warping effects on how public shaming affects us (and social media shaming can have longer impacts than we expect)
  • There is evidence that “De-shaming” may have more positive outcomes than shaming

quotes from the book supporting each point under the cut. (bolding mine, quotes by paragraph and in no particular order)

Keep reading

Solidarity with women who have chosen to stop shaving but still cover their bodies. Shame over our natural state is instilled in us from puberty, even earlier in fact, and it takes time to overcome it. Years worth of conditioning cannot be undone overnight. Simply making the decision to throw away your razors is a huge one. Take it one step at a time. You’re doing great.

Subtle Magical Practice

Some of us live an environment where we cannot practice our craft openly.  It is a shame but our living situation is what it is.  So this is for those of you - of age of course- who cannot openly practice magic!

Energy working

This is a method that requires pretty much no tools so there’s not much to hide.  You can set barriers and shields with this method and no one ever can see.  However, if your spiritual strength is a bit on the low end, this is also a great way to start trying to increase it.  Like working out for your spirit power.

Here’s a post with various sources on energy working!

Kitchen Magic

This is one that if you like cooking, you can do without ever being suspected.  This is also a perfect excuse to have a lot of herbs because you can claim its for cooking!  I’m afraid I’m not particularly versed in it so I don’t really have any recipes to give but you can find a ton within the kitchen magic tag!

Music

Music can be paired, I think, with energy work and it can be used for a lot!  Especially if it has an emotive response for you!  Music tends to give me emotional responses and I have used it on more than one occasion to cleanse, lift the air and even give myself a boost in power.  You can even pull song lyrics to help make a spell incantation!  I can’t really tell you specifically which songs to use because this all would depend on how music effects you.  But it is certainly an option!  You can also sing or play your own instrument if you can to fuel a spell or cleanse!

Water, Water, Everywhere

Keep your empty bottles and you can store water of different types in there. Moon water, Storm water, Sun water, Sea water (if you are near the ocean), or even just add some salt to your water bottle.   You can keep it in a drawer or something and it is pretty versatile.  Salt water/sea water is great for cleansing and banishing and I love to use Storm water for the same purpose!  And if your family or roommates find it, so what?  All they’ll see are bottles of water.

Pop Culture Magic

As a nerd, I like the idea of charging up video game symbols or something and using it as something witchy.  And to others, it can just look like you are just wearing nerdy regalia.  Got a cool necklace from your favorite tv show?  Great!  Charge that sucker up in sun or moonlight and wear it around with you as a special charm!  Like some symbols from that video game you like?  Awesome!  Use it to make a special sigil of your own!

Sigils

Now that we’ve mentioned sigils, those are actually pretty great too!  You can use a pen to draw them on your skin somewhere under your clothes.  Draw it into the soup you are about to eat, use your concealer to draw it on your face and blend it in, draw it on a sheet of paper and put it in your pocket to carry with you.  Draw it on the inside of your tag on your shirt or jacket!  Hell, draw it and take a picture of it and set it as your phone background!  Sigils are extremely versatile and easy to keep very subtle!

Glamour Magic

This is a big one and really easy to disguise.  Use your make up to cast a spell on yourself for the day!  Charge your make up in moonlight to give it some extra strength!  Don’t wear make up?  That’s cool too!  Chapstick charged in moonlight is great!  You can also use your facial scrub or soap and use it as a cleansing ritual.  You can also use your clothes!  Charge up your clothes with moon or sunlight!  You can also charge them with your intent and focus on that intent becoming a part of you as you put them on!  You can also incorporate knot magic and braid your hair to lock in the spell so to speak or focus on the braid and it’s weaving together what you want to happen!  You can also use your cologne or perfume to set your tone for the day!

Candles

If you are allowed to burn them, they can be helpful as well!  All you have to do is say you like to have nice smelling candles!  And speaking of scents, aromatherapy is a great tool as well!  You can carve sigils into candles, anoint them with different waters and herbs!  

Bath Magic

Oh boy this is a good one and also great for self care and cleansing!  You can charge up your favorite soaps, body washes and shampoos in the sun or moonlight!  You can also mix a bit of your different waters in with them!  I like to take my body wash and mix in some herbs!  Rosemary is a great one for cleansing and protection.  You can use bath salts to help with cleansing and there all kinds of things you can add in there!  Throw in some lemon slices, orange slices just some really great stuff and it makes you feel so nice!

Divination

Not really magic but I’m including it because in theory if you are in a situation where you can’t practice magic, you are probably in a situation in which you can’t openly do tarot either.  Shufflemancy is a good one because all you need is your music.  That’s it.  Nothing suspicious about that.  You just shuffle whether specified by another person or by when you think you should stop and give a reading based on the song that came up.  You can also use Stichomancy (with books) or Bibliomancy (which is with the Bible.  How’s THAT for ironic?  HAH!) 

That’s what I’ve got for now but I’m sure there are other options to pursue.  I hope this was helpful to some of you!

Safe Travels

Sex Workers: YES, you're a Whore.

You know what baffles me about girls who have barely entered the industry?

The first moment when they experience degradation for being a whore. Listen girl, listen good. You ARE a whore. You MUST understand and accept this BEFORE going in. None of this “Ohhhh if I’m a sugar baby, I’m not really a whore. I’m just dating wealthy men….for financial advantage and letting them fuck me."🙄🙄😑😑

What does it mean to understand your identity as a whore?

It means you’re a female no longer constrained by our massive slut-shaming society, and would rather do what it takes to be able to walk in ANY restaurant in the world and not worry about the price on any goddamn item you so desire. It means if your loved one suddenly got ill, you can come up with cash to pay for the best medical treatments for them without taking out a loan. It means you will probably be one of the handful of your classmates who won’t have a student loan hanging over them for the next several decades. It means YOU ARE NO LONGER A VICTIM FOR FUCK BOYS.

These vanilla women will go out of their way to shame you while their sexual partners have them saved as "Ashley OKC” from that one really drunken night. He wouldn’t even be able to pick her out of a lineup in less than a year. Also the same women whose idea of a “spoiled and romantic” date is at a pizza parlor. They will glorify being a “ride or die” chick for men out there hiring us on the low.

These men who have no problems watching AND ENJOYING women get violated, beaten or brutally gangbanged on their screens will be the first to say “So you fuck for money?” with a shocked look of disgust on their faces. The same type of men who’ll order cheap kegs of beer and VIOLA; strippers for their bachelor parties.

You girls need to wake the fuck up.

Why are you letting insecure and dumb as shit females or lying, cheating and manipulating men dictate YOUR standard of self-respect and morals?

Know what it REALLY means to be a whore and OWN IT….with your rent being paid, nails being done, delicacies on your dinner plates, and a smile on your face for no longer wasting your time on bullshit men that don’t enrich your life in any way.

DO NOT BE SHAMED FOR USING ONE OF THE FEW HANDS YOU WERE GIVEN IN LIFE.

Every time someone insults me with something like that, I reply “Hm, Is it fulfilling having to figure out the food budget for each month?”

Make that money and stay safe, ladies. 💸💸💸

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Like many dark skin girls i used to wish that i had lighter skin, because light skinned girls were the one’s always being praised for their beauty meanwhile we were being shamed for ours. But black Tumblr taught me self love and helped me to see the beauty in dark skin and it’s one of the best things that ever happened to me.✊✊ IG: pendadoucouree

anonymous asked:

hello, would you be able to give me some context on the Manus island issue? I understand that they are being isolated and starved basically, but who are these men? Why are they there? I don't want to bother I'd just like to understand better... thanks!!!

So our government decided it wanted “strong borders” which means turning boats carrying refugees back. (This is called “refoulement” by the way and is against international law but fuck it, the government just hates refugees that bad). Our policy is a hardline one: if you try to come here via boat then you will not be settled in Australia. This meant that when over 2000 refugees from Myanmar were stranded at sea in what the UN described as “floating coffins” the then PM Tony Abbott adamantly refused to help. The government justifies this by referring to this as “illegal arrivals.” Note: it is not illegal for refugees to arrive by boat.

Those who don’t get turned back (or remain from the Gillard era of arrivals) get put into detention centres in Manus and Nauru (which are situated in Papa New Guinea and Nauru but operated by the Australian government). These centres have been active for a while by the way (The two were originally opened under Howard in 2001, closed by Rudd, then reopened in 2012 by Gillard).

Conditions in these detention centres are horrible. Deliberately horrible. The UN has labelled it torture. The government’s reasoning? To discourage people smugglers. Make coming to Australia via boat so horrible an option that people fleeing war and persecution will think it a less reasonable option than staying home and potentially dying. Again: torture. There are hunger strikes, there’s violence against the refugees, sexual assault, abuse of childrenpeople have died, the psychological toll of indefinite detention has led to high rates of depression, attempted suicides, and self harm, and there’s shockingly poor medical services. They could have just decided to not let refugees in and resettle them elsewhere and not torture them in the meantime but nope. The torture is PART of it. Just to be cruel.

And these people are innocent refugees. As Turnbull said to Trump - “They have been under our supervision for over three years now and we know exactly everything about them.” The Government publicly has stats about how many claims have found to be genuine refugees. These people aren’t a threat. They just want to flee persecution and we know this.

But policy is policy so… indefinite detention it is. And it is indefinite. There’s a US deal where some of them might be taken to be resettled in the US after they’ve been re-vetted. A deal made under the Obama administration is now under review by the Trump administration and Turnbull has told Trump he can take as little as 0 refugees if he likes - just review their cases. 0. We’ve turned down New Zealand’s offer to take some of our refugees because of the US deal - but as the US deal might lead to nothing it’s simply biding time, keeping people in limbo, for no reason other than to continue to maintain the disincentive of coming here by boat.

This is of course costly. It costs $400,000 per person to keep them offshore. It’d cost the government half that to do it in Australia. Half that again in community detention. Why not then save money by doing it in Australia? Probably because then it’d be easier for people to investigate what horrible things go on in detention centres. The government tried to gag medical professionals and threaten them with up to 2 years jail time if they reported abuse on the islands (but backed down eventually).

The Papa New Guinea (PNG) government decided though that the Manus detention centre was unconstitutional and therefore illegal and demanded that the Australian government close Manus. They did so officially on 31st of October 2017, shutting off power and supplies to the compound.

Now 600 men are refusing to leave. They are scared that going to a different detention centre will simply be a continuation of the abuse and torture that will leave them in this perpetual limbo of being unsure where they’ll be resettled or when they’ll get there. There’s also the option of 3 sites for accommodation in  the main town of Lorengau. The refugees say that the locals don’t like them and that the police attack them. The detention centre recently was assaulted by gunfire so you can see why. They’ve run out of food but local police are stopping locals/Australians from helping deliver food to the complex. They need medical supplies. They’re digging holes for water. There’s no electricity. This is a stand off. Our government wants them to just… move…

They don’t feel any of their options are safe. And given our history of abusing them and then denying it’s happening I don’t blame them.

This is the terror that our government inflicts on refugees. It inflicts this on other human beings. It’s deliberately cruel, it’s deliberately inefficient and costly, and it’s a constant national shame that our government demands that human rights violations and abuse are the right thing to do.

There’s no excuse for this.