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

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

First Nation Friend

UN Human Rights Committee review showed, Australia is failing to meet basic human rights standards for Indigenous peoples.

The government delegation acknowledged that the rate of violence against Indigenous women was “appalling”. It referred to “A$25 million for Indigenous-specific measures” and a “trauma-informed approach for children affected by violence”. This is just one measure the government is adopting to deal with violence against Indigenous women

45 Times Higher

https://www.dss.gov.au/women/programs-services/reducing-violence/the-national-plan-to-reduce-violence-against-women-and-their-children-2010-2022

An area in which Australia continues to breach international human rights standards is Indigenous incarceration rates.

One of the challenges of human rights treaty reviews is to ensure that the government implements the recommendations that the committee makes. Australia has a terrible record in this area, being called out for “chronic non-compliance” by the committee.koo

Tears Today

Tears galore on this day.

The tragedy of the Rohingas is all over twitter today. But just what can I do.

Thoughts are with them and with the UN. Countries in the region seem to want not to get involved. Myanmarr Army has the strength. It does seem that some Rohingas are stirring up trouble, perhaps understandably. World gone made. There are other civil wars, South Sudan for eg. Has been lots of talking followed by lots of killing. My heart goes out to the women and kids innocently sacrificed by Men, yes Men who think they are proving their manhood, Rape and Killing. Tears flooding as I type these words. Only hope is Suu Kyi can stand strong in support of her Country women and Country Kids. Politics often needs a long game to bring change. All religions support compassion and forgiveness.

Empty words, SCREAMING in Anger ..

Clinton Pryor has walked from Perth to Canberra, listening to people. What a fantastic effort !!! He is also a man worth listening to. I am extremely disappointed that all Australians did not Embrace his story and his message. Shameful exclusion in Mainstream Media. However this is a perfect example to students, young an old, of Media manipulating truth. A true hero puts himself out there, no protection just talking justice, Justice for Elijah and Justice for Ms Dhu. Both very sad stories that ended with young australian death. This is not only an indigenous story. Think about Manus, lives abused and lost because Dutton and those in power abuse the law, systematic criminal behavior. Has been found guilty in Australia and PNG. O’Neill has been reelected so deal has been concluded. UN will step up maybe, these guys cannot come to Australia or PNG and these guys must go somewhere. An Immigration Centre somewhere .. just treated fairly, god tears again … the supposedly good guys using violence and cruelty to suppress humans. That is the way that were treated in homelands and in desperation turned to boats. AAAGGGGHHHH

Australia needs more men like Clinton and perhaps the Makarrata process of Truth Telling and Peace is the way forward. Clinton is an example of doing the hard work that it is necessary for Australia to grow. Australia must change, must support all people, fairly and with justice. ALL PEOPLE, NOT MINORITIES, NOT THE POOR. or is that democracy