Oct. 25th, 2007

Core Dump

Oct. 25th, 2007 02:42 am
holzman_tweed: (cavalier)
Lots on my mind for some days, but little or no time. In no particular order:

You recall when they started talking about a War on Terror we warned that we'd soon see the label "terrorist" thrown at everyone anyone wanted to suppress. If you read my journal, there's also good odds that you nodded to yourself when the New Zealand government started rounding up Maori and labeling them terrorists. For many, New Zealand is a far way away. For me, it's personal.

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I met Kiritapu Allen through Be Present, and I call her friend. She's not one of the people who have been arrested, but they are friends of hers. However, the pigs[1] have been to her home, have done their level best to intimidate her, and have intimated that if they decide they want to trump some shit up against her, they'll be back to do that.

It's bullshit, folks. And it's bullshit people are going to have to defend against, and that costs -- you guessed it -- money. If you love justice, please consider sending some love to:

Conscious Collaborations
Po. Box 91

Wire or Transfer Details:

Bank account is:
Conscious Collaborations Charitable Trust
389 005 0969 05700

Bank Name: KiwiBank
Kiwibank Limited
155 The Terrace
Wellington 6332
New Zealand.

SWIFT: bknznz22

But don't stop there, or if you can't give right now don't start there. Contact Amnesty International and ask them when they're planning to say something about it. Write to your local New Zealand diplomatic staff and complain. If you are in a position to do so, organize a protest. Organize a boycott.

[1] People who know me understand how far things have gone for me to use that term to refer to those who I once accorded respect as police officers, which is a just and honorable vocation.

I spoke to Grandma today -- she lives in Laguna Hills. She says they haven't had to evacuate... yet. They're in a pocket that isn't on fire, but there's smoke everywhere.

I'm writing this from the "Quality" Inn in Reading, PA. [livejournal.com profile] jadegirl and I are here because I've got a client in the area. I was sick today, which kind of sums up how things have been going outside the office. On the bright side, we bumped into [livejournal.com profile] firinel, [livejournal.com profile] marnanel;, Riordan, and two others whose names I did not retain while randomly shopping. That was immensely cool.

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