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Hands up if large groups of aggressively loud white boys in your vicinity freak you out
Large groups of any men freak me out
idk what courtneylovedcobain’s race is but I feel like the “white” here is important actually
where I live and in a lot of other places, men of colour are routinely harassed by police under the grounds of “public safety”, young black men especially, especially when in groups
for super double irony, there’s a known predator in my area targeting young black men, attempting to murder them, who is suspected of responsibility for at least one death — this was brought up with the local police, who did nothing
so groups of young black men are not only not necessarily a threat, they might be in groups for their safety
in any case
it’s super racist to stereotype all men as dangerous to all women in all circumstances, given that fears for the safety of [white] women have so often been used as a justification for racist harassment and murder
the Victorian state government has banned political meetings or doorknocking on all public housing estates in an apparent form of revenge for public housing tenants successfully organising against a sell-off of their open space to developers
I’ve been struggling for a while now to comment on this but something about it is so perfectly evil that it fries my higher cognitive capacities.
there’s an action group “HOME — Hands Off Melbourne’s Estates” who are a bit less immobilised by shock, if you’re interested.
ACTION: Tuesday 16 April @ 11am
RELEASE THE ASIO POLITICAL PRISONERS
The Minister for Immigration can release these people.
Meet at Brendan O’Connor’s electoral office:
13-15 Lake Street, Caroline Springs
27 refugees, all indefinitely detained because of ‘adverse’ ASIO assessments are on the 8th day of a hunger strike at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) in Broadmeadows. 56 refugees plus children detained with their parents, have been given refugee status but are imprisoned indefinitely on the basis of ‘adverse’ ASIO assessments.
A new review process is expected to take months and leave ASIO and the Immigration Minister with the final say. New statements of reasons given to refugees by ASIO are a joke, they are a few lines long, and provide no evidence for ASIO ‘beliefs’, or any reason why these refugees would be a threat if released. The refugees have already been held for periods of up to 4 years, and do not know whether they are ever going to be released. They are desperate for a resolution “Four years is more than enough, let us be free. Death is better than live hopelessness” reads one of their banners “We are very very innocent” reads another.
“There is no legislation that says refugees with ‘adverse’ ASIO assessments must be detained, this is a decision of the Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor, who has the power to release all these refugees today” said Sue Bolton for the Refugee Advocacy Network
“The Refugee Advocacy Network calls for the immediate release of all refugees with ‘negative’ ASIO assessments.”
For more information ring Sue Bolton on 0413 377 978 or Pamela Curr 0417 175 075
All 27 of the strikers in detention at Broadmeadows have been assessed as genuine refugees. That means that the Immigration Department acknowledges that they faced persecution in Sri Lanka. But they can’t be allowed into the community because they have received adverse assessments from ASIO.
What do these assessments say? The refugees don’t know. They are not permitted to see the accusations against them, nor can they appeal. Though they have been charged with no crime, they now face detention without end. “Australia’s Guantanamo isn’t offshore: it’s in Melbourne”, Jeff Sparrow