Reflections for the 12 Days of Christmas

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During the 2016 Christmas Season I have re-publsihed a series of reflectins originally posted in 2012 Christmas Day 2016 and 2014. I hope you enjoy them and invite your response.

Twelfth Day of Christmas: The Journey

Eleventh Day of Christmas: Chalk Up A Blessing

Tenth Day of Christmas: Light that Shines Through …

Ninth Day of Christmas: Commit to Non Violence

Eighth Day of Christmas: Beware of the Cutters

Seventh Day of Christmas: Day to Take Stock

Sixth Day of Christmas: Holy Family Day

Fifth Day of Christmas: Swords and Brooms

Fourth Day of Christmas : The Holy Innocents

Third Day of Christmas December 27th A Holy Day for…

Second  Day of Christmas: December 26th: Feast of St S…

Christmas Day 2016

Just Dates December

World AIDS Day / West Papua National Flag  Day / Sir Douglas Nichols become first Indigenous State Governor of South Australia.

International Day of Disabled Persons

4 Queensland Government gazetted Aborigines Act and  Torres Strait Island Act

International Volunteer Day / World Soil Day

International Civil Aviation Day / 19734 Eric Deeral becomes first Indigenous member of the Queensland Parliament.

Bodhi Day:  Day of Enlightenment, celebrating the day that the historical Buddha (Shakyamuni or Siddhartha Gautama) experienced enlightenment (also known as Bodhi).

International Anti-Corruption Day / International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime (A/RES/69/323

10 Human Rights Day

11 World Choral Day /  International Mountain Day

12 The Prophet’s Birthday  (Islam)

21 Summer Solstice

23 High Court handed down the Wik decision 1996

24 Hanukkah

25 Christmas Day

Local Events in and Around Brisbane 

Just Dates: November

Supporting Men’s Health in Movember

Not Just A Face In The Crowd

On an average of maybe once a month I join the 2.5 million train passengers per year that swipe their cards at the Fortitude Valley train station. In peak hour I blend into the bodies and faces that  focus on the platform or the exit without awareness of the guards watching the procession of humanity. Off -peak is more relaxed and even seems to promote acknowledgements and greetings as we  take our time to swipe and move.

Today I had an off peak experience and casually swiped my card when a voice called “Hey mate”. When I realised it was a staff member I  immediately thought  either  my card didn’t read or random body checks were about to be introduced by Queensland Rail.

However, the greeting was followed with “I saw you on TV the other week”.  I now have  reasonable list of TV credits to my name so I could ask “Whch program”?  It turns out it was a recent ABC documentary on Mu’ooz Restaurant in West End.

The fascinating insight for me was that the staff member stated he recognized me from my trips in and out of Fortitude Valley. Just when I thought I woud be a face in the crowd it turns out that my face stands out enough to be remembered on screen and at barriers!!

Our conversation then shifted to the subject of the documentary and the QR staff member’s interest in  learning more about African cuisine and the location of the restaurant.

I did my promo job with a quick review and reccommendation as well as directions to  rival Google maps.

This encounter also reminded me that I live in a public sphere most of the time. Today I was wearing my “Free the Refugees” Tee shirt and my Anti-Poverty 2016 cap. I have been described as a walking billboard before and I take my public role of advocacy  as a challenge and invitation to engage in public conversations about justice.

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Politics, Religion and Sport This Weekend in Brisbane

 

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I have  been publishing a community calendar across my social media platforms for the last few years. It is not unusual to find several events scheduled at the same time.  However I think this weekend of May 27-31 is exceptional in bringing religion, politics and sport to Brisbane.

The Italian, East Timorese West Papuan and African communities are all offering festivals.  The Catholics are parading through the city and politicians on the campaign trail are debating issues. The weekend launches National Reconciliation Week and the AFL will celebrate the Indigenous Round dedicated to Sir Doug Nicholls.

So visit the Calendar of Events and look out for me with my camera this weekend!!

IDAHOT 2016

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The celebrations have begun and we will fly our flag and sing our song of equality with pride. We are queer in all its rich colours. We are lesbian, gay, trans,bi and gender diverse.

We will not be silenced or cowed by homophobia. We will not hide in the shadows of fear. We are your family, your neighbours, your work colleagues, your friends. We are young, we are teens, we are mature aged, we are elderly.

We walk your streets, we go to your church, your mosque, your synagogue, your temple.

We ride on your trains, we serve you at cafes, we entertain you, we represent you in politics, we drink in your pubs we police your community, we serve in your military.

We are people who invite you to stand with us against homophobia.

Brisbane IDAHOT Event Diary

Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group

My images from Brisbane IDAHOT