WHY AM I ARRESTED
Why am I arrested for being disabled
Why am I ignored when my injury is clear
Why am I censored for fighting back with my art
Why am I cut off from life saving care
Who decided arrested was right
Who decided ignorance was fair
Who decided my art required censorship
Who decided this pain I could bear
What right do they have to discriminate
What truth do they have to fear
What right do they have to neglect
What truth do they not want to hear
When will I be normal again
When will mental health take due care
When will I be allowed to exhibit
When will my people hear
How has this become so twisted
How do I bring justice to bear
How do I hold those hypocrites to account
How do I cope through my fears
How do I cope through my tears
How do I cope through my fears
After not publishing anything about my appearance in court for being trespassed/arrested and protesting at the hospital about mental health services, I wanted to prove just how biased, ignorant and unprofessional the Wairarapa Times Age really is. Was outside doing this chalking for over 30 minutes and nobody came out – had people talking to me, two council people gave me a hard time – and I gave it right back. Told them I was allowed online casino to do this under the Bill of Rights in a free country and I had already talked to the council about not taking it off, the woman kept asking who I talked to. I asked them what they were afraid of.
When I started talking about people dying, suffering, committing suicide, living in poverty, with unstable housing and not enough to eat, the woman told me this was nothing to do with that – I MADE SURE SHE KNEW IT DEFINITELY WAS. I got upset, but never got off my knees to stop chalking. The guy got it, he got the dreadful woman away before she got me even more upset and into the nitty gritty of why I was there. Went past about an hour later and it was still there, so hopefully they”ve decided to leave it.
Had a friend supporting me, which was good for a change. After I chalked it felt like I needed to do more so started singing it, full voice towards the Times Age. Heaps of cars around the whole time, people seeing what was going on – bet you they will be looking to see if it is in the paper – bet you it won”t be.
This is not considered a news item in a town like Masterton – when a local activist chalks poetry on the footpath about being arrested and having her art censored, when she talks about appauling and abusive mental health services. I might make a complaint to the Press Council, just cause I can – it won”t work, but it might make these bigots think about what they are doing.
I hope lots of Wairarapa people read this – people have got to stop ignoring this gross miscarriage of justice and censoring what I am doing and saying about it.
Times-Age is neo-liberal and relies on National party voting farmers and business people to keep going – there is no way they are going to upset them by telling them the truth. I am ashamed and disgusted in the community I come from.
Chalked most of it outside High Court in Wellington today.
This is the full poem
63. Tow The Line
The agony of emotional pain so intense that I’m now numb
With bitter disappointment in the community from which I come
Because now it is a crime to create art that does fight back
Against discrimination and neglect, against cruelty in fact
Now your support and care’s withheld if you don’t tow the line
If you would just suicide then their lives would be just fine
If the art that you create tells some truth they cannot bear
Then guaranteed at mental health they’ll force you out of there
Where creating art that tells us how the system’s failing bad
Is now considered disrespectful to those who fund the mad
I am sure Hitler and this cronies had similar rules in place
No challenging John Keys leadership, or the propaganda in your face
Dare to make a difference, dare to challenge Mental Health
Dare to write it down and dare to express yourself
Dare to be educated, dare to accept what facts you find
Dare to challenge ignorance, dare to challenge minds
But you’re not allowed to shout and scream, you’re not allowed to fight
You’re not allowed to get upset when things are so ‘not right’
You’re not allowed to talk about it, you’re not allowed to rap
You’re not allowed to be heard above the self-righteous spouting crap
……(Only chalked to here)
Since I have been disabled by rape and then neglect
Since I have been in trauma, unable to forget
Since my suicidal wish invades most every cell
I think of that little boy or girl abused then living hell
I’m reminded that in 20 years when they are adults too
I’ll wish that I’d kept fighting against neglect of the abused
I’ll be reminded of this day when all had turned on me
When all had made it very clear they didn’t want to see
But I don’t need you selfish bigots, I don’t need those to afraid
I don’t need those who like the status quo, or those to power crazed
For my descendents, for my people, for the next 10,000 years
I will dear to make a difference NOW so from abuse they may be spared
It is looking a bit more sorted than this, we’ve started on compiling all the clinical, scientific and legal information we need to provide for our three judicial reviews. Lots more sorting to do, and I have to start downloading the information we have from the internet and the thousands of emails to prove our case.
This is what those scum bags ACC, mental health, justice and political people put you through – just to stop you getting the health care you are entitled to – it is fucking sick.
It is great to be finally working with someone as passionate me about how the law can force the authorities to help us and all abuse victims with stress disorders.
We will post documents on this website as they come to hand, and of course those pages already on here will be included in our judicial review. I will be applying for a judicial review on the police decision not to investigate my complaints of harm by ACC and health authorities under Section 157 of the Crimes Act. Along with ACCs decision not to reinstate my care from 2009, by refusing to accommodate impairments related to my disability, to provide me with a safe environment for communication and to accommodate my cultural, religious and ethical beliefs in my rehabilitation.
Michelle will apply for her own judicial review on ACC’s decision not to provide services that aren’t professional and are harmful.
It’s a daunting task, but someone’s gotta do it.
Did an occupation of the Health and Disability Commission on Friday, went almost as expected.
The behaviour of the Health and Disability Commissioner was appauling. The HDC don’t even follow the Code of Rights they are supposed to uphold – it is appauling – and lying to police is beyond belief. Of course I know from experience that there is nobody to complain to about this corrupt, ignorant and bigoted organisation.
Video has been posted of the protest on utube.
http://youtu.be/v7nBukTQcDA Part I
http://youtu.be/v7nBukTQcDA Part II – the police
Didn’t even make it into court, had an argument with some NAZI on security about bringing in my signs. Was in no mood after days of not being well and little sleep to take what this guy said when I knew my rights under the Bill of Rights and that I was allowed the signs into the court. He barred me from the building, I protested loudly but he was bigger than me and started getting violent.
I made sure everybody going in the building knew what was going on and I chalked outside. Friend Ricky went off and found my lawyer who I talked to outside. I couldn’t stop laughing about it, how ironic.
Got a defended hearing on 14 August, intend to get arrested and go on a hunger strike way before that. Police refused to drop the charges – so I will make another complaint about them to the IPCA regarding harassment.
Heaps of support from people going to court, one girl said she had been trying to get mental health care for her mum since she was 16 – she was now 21 (had tears in her eyes telling us) - she was 100% in support of our protests. The lawyers looked ashamed of themselves and security kept an eye on us. I heckled the security guard from outside the building for a while. I’m making a formal complaint so I will deal with him that way.
Developing lots of plans for action in the coming weeks, hopefully that will get some media publicity. With my story coming out in Fishhead magazine hopefully I will gain some support.
Rock on the Revolution.
Just had another $100 donation towards my protests – the universe stepping in.
Videoed a friend of mine last week performing a few of his songs and posted them on utube. Really inspired to get the People’s Embassy Utube channel etc going and get all the songs, poetry, art, theatre and dance concerning social issues we can gather by local musicians. Check out Daniel Peck.
After the march against asset sales in May we set up camp at the Cenotaph and I couldn’t resist chalking this. Had some amazing conversations with people, same challenges as Occupy Wellington last year.
Stephen Browning Green MP came down to see what we were up to – most MPs were on a break. This lady was from up north and dealing with Kauri dieback around Tane Mahuta – they swapped numbers etc and had a good talk. Occupy site is great for that – can’t wait to start our people’s embassy.
Occupy attracted heaps of political artists, including this group of making a silent movie about asset sales. I also listened to an awesome rapper, several poets and musicians – also have musicians interested in performing.
Promoting the Hordur Torfason tour and lectures, empowering people to stand up for their rights against the government. Wellington waterfront early 2013.
We still laugh about this, how scared we were.
A series of weekly protests I supported early 2013, main focus was decriminalizing medical cannabis and empowering people ending up in court to act and protest. We were supporting Michelle (a sexual abuse victim who used Cannabis for her stress disorder) during her court proceedings for growing. She got off with having to write an essay about the drawbacks of cannabis use – she didn’t even apologise in it.
Sign making and getting organised for guerrilla protest missions, marches or other protests is the best fun!
This is Ricky’s chalking work, it applies to my case of course and being unable to get a lawyer to force ACC and mental health to provide the services I am entitled to and police to stop harassing me. I like to chalk historical quotes, it shows people this type of injustice has been going on for centuries. Also this is outside the Supreme Court where those who are supposed to be upholding the fundamental principles of law have offices that look down on this footpath.
Felt like writing in a moment of frustration, wrote out poems and sent them to Paula Bennett, John Key and a few others – about how bad rotting on welfare was, etc.
Another activist friend of mine, heavily involved with the Mana party, we have known each other for years, live in the same Wairarapa town.
My favourite place for chalking is outside the Supreme court and across from Bowen House (where all the opposition MPs have offices) and across from Parliament. The footpath is wide, not extremely busy and writing can be seen from the buildings (so the Green MPs tell me).