Stuff to do that might actually influence the world around you

I get so many bloody emails telling me to go do stuff and go to things and since I never have any energy and I hardly seem to get much time online these days I’m going to collate a whole lot of them into one exciting post of fun and games for you all!
First, you may be aware that the Victorian State Election is about to happen. So ignoring the arguments about whether one should vote or not… You should take at least one opportunity to talk to at least one candidate about what you think. It is a hell of a lot more effective than actually voting. Especially if the candidate hasn’t been elected before; they might actually remember your individual opinion for a couple of weeks after they get elected!

The reason this is an important thing to do is that there are a whole lot of nutty people out there who think all sorts of stupid shit who go out of their way to tell as many candidates as they can during election time about their ‘REALLY IMPORTANT AND SERIOUS THING’. Since candidates have to listen to everyone, they will listen to these crazy people so it’s important to balance their views with things more relevant than the fact that some evil bugger keeps putting stuff in Mr Jones rubbish bin.

So if you see any of them on the street, bowl up and tell them what you thinks important. And try and make it what you actually think is important, not just what you think is the most important issue out of the ones on the public agenda. More often than not those issues aren’t even remotely important. To be a bit boring, I recommend you point out to them the stupidity of logging around water catchments, or for other ideas check out Vote Environment.

Or if you’re really eager, actually go to a meet the candidate meeting and hear what a whole bunch of them think about whatever issue is that the meeting has been called for. Then you could get really radical and stand up and tell them all what you think. Although you have to be clever about this as the MC will usually say that it’s only questions not statements so you need to cleverly pose your opinion as a question. Old men seem to be quite skilled at this!

If you’re looking for a groovy meeting to go to, try this one:

Wed Nov 8th – Housing Affordability Crisis, Northcote Town Hall

It’s time to see democracy in action as we hear candidates for the Northern Metropolitan seat present their Housing Policies. Has the great Australian dream become a fantasy? Get your questions ready. With Victorian property prices growing at 15.5% over the last 10 years, how will future generations afford a roof over their heads? Can small business earn a reasonable profit in such a climate? Have your say on the day the Reserve Bank announces its’ next interest rate decision.

Representatives from most political parties will be in attendance.

Also coming up is the G20. There’s TONS of stuff to get involved with, like tons and tons! The Stop G20 website has plenty of things on their affinity groups page and on the calendar. For those of you who are pregnant and want to get involved in some (semi)naked action, email me for details. Note: you must actually be pregnant. I will ask you questions to prove your pregnancy.

If you want to be a sell-out conformist wanker, you could go to the Make Poverty History Festival. I wouldn’t normally say this but my loved one is DJing there so I’m kinda obliged. So if you go, try and be there between 5.30 and 7. It’s at Alexandra Gardens from 10am until 8pm on Saturday the 18th.

I just liked this email so..

OI: PLEASE CIRCULATE TO ALL YOUR PEEPS

‘PLOTTIN AND SCHEMIN’
BENEFIT GIG 4 G20 SUPPLIES
SAT NOVEMBER 4 @8PM
CRNR OF HIGH ST AND URQUHART, NORTHCOATE.

COME AND ENJOY THE MUSIC AND MADNESS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
THERE WILL BE YUMMY FOOD FOR GRAPS, FILMS AND DJS REATURING:
MONKEY MARC
MS BUTT
WASABI
MOONSHINE
LANE
GRIM SIM

ENTRY IS BY DONATION SO BE SWEET YALL XXX

If you’ve ever wanted to be a cheerleader, this one’s for you..

MELBOURNE RADICAL CHEERLEADERS: punk rock pirates of dissent!
we want to develop a radical cheerleading collective to engage in light-hearted protest and civil disobedience, provide support for people involved in other forms of direct action, create a positive image, and generally have a fantastic time. everyone is welcome to join! [we’re particularly seeking a few more male cheerleaders…] if yr interested, please email anita: velvet_painted[at]hotmail.com

Finally, if you want to save the planet and try and stop yourself from becoming a part of the obesity epidemic, go get yourself involved in the Walk Against Warming. Although if you ACTUALLY want to do something about climate change I suggest you do it every day and sell your car too.

Oh and there’s always Cross Stitch 🙂

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