Posts Tagged ‘patriotism’

Nick's message of support queer refugees

Nick’s message of support for queer refugees. This picture was taken at the End Queer Lockdown on Manus Island stall where Nick met Aaron and we set up this discussion.

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Nick is joined by Aaron from End Queer Lockdown on Manus Island for the entire episode. We discuss the intersections between queer and refugee issues, with the Australian government’s policies such as “offshore processing” of asylum seekers harming refugees as a whole, but queer refugees in particular. We also read a letter from a queer refugee, discuss refugee activism and the importance of individual stories in changing attitudes, violence and/or the threat of violence preventing people’s free movement around the world, Emma Goldman’s ‘Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty’, and punk rock music and social change.

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Anti-FlagI’d tell you but’, Rise AgainstBehind Closed Doors’, Simon Taylor ‘What an Amazing Journey’ – from the album ‘Funny’, Rage Against the Machine ‘War within a Breath’.

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*This title is taken from the above cartoon (thanks to Fiona Katauskas) and is in reaction to the xenophobic slogan ‘Fuck Off We’re Full’ that is sometimes seen on the back of cars in Australia.

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In this episode we wish everyone a Happy Bogan Day, as we discuss Invasion Day in Australia. We have a great interview with Marianne Mackay, an Indigenous rights activist from the Noongar Tent Embassy, who explains the history of Invasion Day as well as issues affecting Indigenous Australians today. We discuss John Pilger’s documentary ‘The First Australians Fight Back: A Secret Country’, Michael Brull’s article ‘Why I won’t be celebrating Australia Day’, The Northern Territory Intervention/”Stronger Futures”, why nationalism and patriotism are stupid, many groups being left out of “Australian” celebrations, Nick being a pre-teen nationalist and Katie’s Facebook fights about the history of Australia. We also mention some alternative Indigenous events on and around Invasion Day, including Our Last Day of Freedom and Survival Perth 2013 in Perth, The Unsettlement of Australia in Sydney, as well as Indigenous events all around Australia.

Beyond Invasion Day, we cover the article Idle No More for Dummies, the documentary Taking on Tarmageddonthe most recent episode of the Team Earthling podcast – which covers how climate change affects non-human animals and a report on food wastage, the Sistah Vegan Anthology, the Vegans of Color website, The Species Barrier podcast episode on vegan health, and we even have a discussion on woolly mammoths.

Article Recommendations (thanks to Jon):

‘Racism, foreigner communities and the onto-pathology of white Australian subjectivity’ by Toula Nicolacopoulos and George Vassilacopoulos – from the book Whitening Race.

Thoughts on a politics of whiteness in a (never quite post) colonial country: abolitionism, essentialism and incommensurability’ by Jane Haggis.


Aussie Aussie Aussie, John PilgerThe First Australians Fight Back: A Secret Country’, The Broadways ‘Everything I Ever Wanted to Know About Genocide I Learnt in the Third Grade’, The U.S. Office ‘Season 8, Episode 1’, Interview with Marianne Mackay on Perth Indymedia on RTR 92.1FM – with Nick Pendergrast and Alex Whisson, CNNNN ‘The Firth Factor’, Lagwagon from the album ‘Live in a Dive’, Peep Show (series 7, episode 3), Interview with Anti-Flag from their DVD Death of a NationThe Chaser ‘Season 1, Episode 3’ of The Hamster Wheel, Bill Hicks ‘A New Flag (Patriotism)’, Rap News ’Australia, Yeah C**t – Australia’s new National Anthem’.