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.
In 2010, after a self imposed absence of four years I rejoined New Zealand First. As a political party, I can understand a lot of people are averse to political parties, and politics can be quite dirty work. However, the declining regard shown for democratic practice in New Zealand by National and Labour is indicative of parties that are more and more beholden to particular interests and which have forgotten the values and core membership that made them in the first place. New Zealand First is a party that not only has a set of principles, but for the most part actually tries to abide by those principles. I have to respect that.