Activism is my rent for living on this planet – Alice Walker
There are a few causes that I have been linked to over the years. When I was a kid my brother was a member of Greenpeace for a short time and I was also a member in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. However, it was not until I started University and was exposed to the clubs culture on campus that I really started to become active.
I believe that it only takes free people to be apathetic in the face of injustices, for bigger injustices to occur, thus:
In 2003, I joined Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand, concerned that the War on Terrorism was eroding basic human rights around the world. Amnesty International does not enjoy the media profile that Greenpeace does because it prefers – and I support this – to conduct peaceful activism, rather than some of the more direct, in your face (and sometimes blatantly illegal by any reasonable standard)actions of Greenpeace. But whereas Greenpeace is more of a young persons organisation, Amnesty International is very much for all ages.
My politics are centre-left. I am probably most at home with a Labour-N.Z. First arrangement in Government. Market economics have had thirty years in New Zealand, during which time there have only been modest gains and not the transformation that was promised. The cost of just about everything has gone up. I do not advocate for a free lunch per se, but certainly for an affordable one.