Community Christmas

I am fortunate to be involved with a few different communities. Reflecting on them and the communities involved.

I live in Brisbane in Social Housing. Every person that lives here is on Welfare. I have been here for 7 years and have tried to impact positively. I have conceded defeat and now isolate myself to stay out of trouble. What I see here regularly is the damage alcohol does to communities. I guess it is in excess

Governments earning huge income from taxes on Alcohol and Betting that both do massive damage to Society

I have been supporting Aboriginal Communities for over 10 years. I like their Community Model. The Community listens to its members, supports members and seeks help.

Have learned that their is Left and Right Wing thinkers. Often talk about One Mob but that seems to be falling apart. Lots of talk re Uluru statement but it is driven by politics. Assimilated people support and grass roots do not speaking with a broad brush. Very basically the major difference seems to be the recognition of Australia, which I understand. Lots of good people in the good communities but my concern is kids health. Trying to change CTG goals into Aborigiginal Goals rather than Political

Next Community that I am pondering is the Buhanga Women in Uganda. Recently opened 2 new classrooms. Education will help and will continue to support education. Funding excursions and books. Investigating ways to support the community. Agriculture through growing Pumpkins plan is to buy 5 Bee Hives and educate the ladies in production of Honey.

Recently was reminded of the Poverty in the Area. In particular the impact of lack of toiletry facilities. School does, but homes nothing. I have always though Solar Power to be a first goal but toilets first hopefully more than trench

Human Rights are important to me but HR support has certainly dropped. Treatment of Refugees globally is poor and in Australia is criminal. People leave their homes due to harrassment. What other Options do they have ? www.humanrightsrangers.com,

Detention Centres seem to be acceptable but Treatment that supports them and changes their circumstances. Education is part of that, language, community or Social Studies. Family could join whentudies completed. I think self supervised within detention would help with affordability.

Really distressed about the treatment of Women Globally. Violence in all its forms and Discrimination based on Sexuality is Wrong and Politically lacks leadership.

As a father of a daughter, it brings me to tears when hearing the stories of Discrimination and Hazards of being a woman in Modern Society. http://www.udeserverespect.com www.udesrverespect.com

Lastly I have a minor involvement with Kimbe in PNG. Great individuals figting a difficult battle re Violence. My involvement at this stage is listen and learn. Huge problems with Political intent and also corruption. Beautiful Native people and great smiles.

Personally I need to remember and focus on the good things in my world. I am grateful to the great people that I have encountered

PNG

Quote from a friend

How many lives have to be sacrificed, through lack of basic human rights and basic services, to bolster the pride of some leaders through “status” projects like South Pacific Games and APEC?

Papua New Guineans are dying like flies; old, young, children, babies, mamas; because of the lack of even the most basic health services.

In the Human Development Index, PNG is ranked 154/188.
40% of our population is under the age of 14 years.
Infant Mortality Rate is 58/1000
Maternal Mortality Rate is 733/100,000
Gender Equity Index PNG is ranked 143/157
Only 28.6% of the population have access to potable water
Churches run about half of the Health and Education systems
PNG’s Human Development Index ranking is only above Timor Leste and Afghanistan in the Asia/Pacific region

How much was spent on staging the South Pacific Games? How much will hosting APEC cost the nation?
How many lives would that save if invested in our human capital, through basic health services?

How can priorities be so “off”?
Peoples lives are more valuable than prestige for a few…….surely!

As the sun went down yesterday, so did the life of a beautiful young man who died because PNG does not have adequate health services even in the capital Port Moresby. A young wife and little daughter now left heartbroken and alone.

For what? Smart buildings!

Those who make the decisions on priority spending will never face the loss and grief of this young family, because they all have access to world class health facilities overseas when they, or their family, get sick.

While the majority dig holes and bury their dead, the fat cats live in luxury.

Adolescent Justice

Neuroscience

http://clbb.mgh.harvard.edu/juvenilejustice/

What age are Adolescents Responsible ?

http://www.newsweek.com/2016/04/29/young-brains-neuroscience-juvenile-inmates-criminal-justice-449000.html

Proceed with Caution

http://jjie.org/2017/05/08/adolescent-brain-science-proceed-with-caution/

Health Law Central

http://www.healthlawcentral.com/decisions/consent-minors/

These articles discuss the age of responsibility, I read that the impact of trauma and home environment can continue to effect maturity, decision making and risk taking until at least 25

Metoo

Thinking about Metoo Ladies and Sexual Harassment , there is a lot to think about. Is it Mars and Venus thing ? For a guy, going out on a Friday night, the night is about finding a partner for sex. Presenting yourself like a Peacock to ladies in the hope that the night may be together. Hopefully condoms in the wallet .

Does the above give respect to ladies ? I spent a few years working in education and had the experience of supervising School Dances and the games plated by both sexes. Guys told lies about themselves. The Gals did seem attracted to sporting types even if these same guys were definitely ‘bad boys’ .

Have we lost our way in the sexual revolution. Is it the Male Sexual Revolution ? How do we get respect into relationships as Rosie Batty has suggested ? If you saw a Metoo situation happening, what would you do, and what would you say ?

I think asking Are U Ok ? Would be a start I decided that You deserve respect .. may be appropriate. Not sure it would be welcomed. The conversation would be easier if I was asked my thoughts. Not sure why I would be asked. Open Communication and Respectful Relationships based on truth are needed to start. Exaggerating your accomplishments to impress the opposite sex only decieves them and starts off on a bad foot. Mmm Sorry is a common word in those relationships.

Finally the One Night Stand does lead to a Relationship

Planning

I have been busy trying to organise things including myself. Starting with Websites. http://www.udeserverespect.com and http://www.humanrightsrangers.com both are up and running. I have also been busy starting a Global Peer Support Group for Mental Health

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Trying to Empower Mental Health Friend and also Recovery Friend

I have made some good friends but it is disappointing that I do not get to meet t hem all when they travel to Brisbane. Because I have been busy my own Mental Health has been good

I am trying to Colour my World with a group on Facebook. I use these beautiful pics to help with my mindfulness meditation

Just trying to do whatever I can to support groups in their battle for change

  • Abooriginal
  • Stand against Violence
  • Refugees just seeking truth

The webpages are up and running but not finalised. Will need to spend some money to set up some stationery.

Lots to do, and mant errors will be made.

To support some dear friends I am involved with Domestic Vioence on PNG and am learning lots re orceryRelated Violence.

Election is over here in Queensland. Hope means Politicians will tell truth. The election was the first with preferential voting and the vote count was hard to follow.

Australia won the first Ashes Test today. First time in 40 years that have not followed on ABC Radio. I get confusdd with commefcial rights just where to find sport in Qld

Classroom has official Opening in Buhanga, Uganda. Very exciting there and I am thrilled. Together We Learn. Thank you Merry and Kerry for your help and support

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 19th Sept

Post Psychiatrist Appointment.

No real surprises at Appt. Bascically confirmed that the actions I have taken. The challenge was to trust myself. My thoughts have been a challenge for years and I am winning the battle.

Discussed DBT therapy.

On way home called into GP to reconnect with him. No Appointments for a week. Frustrating. Thinking about new GP. Probably not though.

Thinking about how I could reconnect to the real world and real people. I am feeling positive which is unknown to me. Thinking of doing things away from where I live. I would like to attend some Forums or Facilitate Training. Thinking of volunteering at schools. Perhaps Typing course

Ideas about Painting and Writing, but these are isolating activies but do lead me to producing things. Be patient Cameron.

Looks like will be using Wheely Walker, am not sure will help but will see. I do need to adress the pain so eventually will talk to GP.

I really do hope that I can meet some Facebook Friends and enjoy their company and friendship. Today am going to a Classical Music Rehersal. Debussey I think, at QPAC.

Thank you to those who have put up with me.

And yes I would love to have a coffee

Yours in Kindness

Cameron

Sunday 17th September

Well, tomorrow is the day.

I stop being selfish and go to doctor.

Will I listen to them ?

I THINK I know what will be said. Take your pills and will help feel better. I will challenge them about things have to change. Why do I feel like this. Should I try hypnotherapy ?

I am lucky with the life I have. My daughter Bec and her husband Tom are great but all I can think about is getting out of their life before I stuff it up. I do not need to work so am lucky about that. I do know that have contributed to the world and can die knowing that I do not need to do more.

Have made serious mistakes in my life but fortunately only person hurt has been myself.

I just need to drop out of society and not disappoint anyone further. I struggle with conversation to anyone. I appreciate those that hace chatted online. Just feel so dumb. Good people in my online life. I let them down and feel unworthy of their friendship and their valuable time.

Politics in Australia causes me distress because people, young people, are being told BS being presented as fact.

All sides do similar and consistency of funding needs highlighting. The whole ‘ it was an Obama Policy so I will scrap it ‘ is poor. Legal protection is a must for all, so legal centres must have funding certainty. Domestic Violence refuges and safe houses must be funded.

The above distress me everyday, people in pain and struggling. The way we treat the poor is an indication of our society. Australia is woeful. We are a lucky country. We are.

I look around Globally, and the poor and opressed in PNG, Indonesia, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, North Korea, Cambodia among others. Globalisation, Inequity, Politics needs to change so that the poor can change their personal circumstances and have hope in their own future. The war on drugs has also failed. Decriminalize Drugs and fund Recovery Beds.

Nothing new in the above. Fake News and Politics makes them all hard to find the truth. Life in this world has flushed out all hope from my existence.

I AM SAFE, but let me get off.

Yours in kindness

Cameron Harris

Xoxoxoxo