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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Thursday 10th August

Well today, not much was achieved. Really wanted to work on my own mental health but as usual did nothing. Again was trying to find enjoyment in something. No smiles and no laughs but did enjoy flirting with friends. Giving a friend some grief about his car troubles i also enjoyed. If Frank knew I was enjoying his troubles, i am sure he would see why, but seems cruel cause it is an ongoing issue. Hope he makes it home.

Uganda School furniture arrived at Buhanga yesterday and just the pics of the kids made me smile. Thank you Meredith

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Domestic Violence in PNG has me scratching my head, just how can I help. Wrote emails to the new PNG Govt today seeking an office for women and then wrote to Australian Trade seeking a treatment of women clause and child labour clause in Govt contracts with PNG.

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Gave a little thought today to the impact of Pornography on our relationship with women and the awful impact on relationships. Many people build expectations about sex based on what they see or read in Porn. Need to think some more about what I can do to engage teens in this discussion.

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I have many outstanding contacts. I learn much from them. Thinking about a Reconciliation Plan for First Nations Friend.

See what tomorrow brings