Protest at Jones building, beggar in plastic bag
So for sending the following letter and putting up this piece of art outside Bob Jones office I get a police visit with wilful trespass notice to my home to humiliate me. Same Bob Jones who recently signed a public letter of NZ leaders demanding the right to freedom of speech – which appears he only wants applied to himself for saying hideously immoral and ignorant things about poorest disabled NZers – not to poor disabled artists and Civil Society Actors who challenge him.
Considering police are not allowed at my home according to Inspector Donna Coward as she knows all the visits last year had completely terrorised me and due to my stress disorder I shook for 2 hours after they were here. Was disturbed by the fact he had more power than Inspector Coward on this occasion. Will take great pleasure in doing several more of these artworks with his face on and putting them around other places in Wellington. Sent him a photo of the picture, just so he knows what it looks like. Will be sending a link to this website about what Jones did to all the other NZers who signed the letter – just so they know what he did.
He knows I’m poor so threatens me with a $2000 fine – as I had no intention of going to his office and would rather put another of these artworks at a different, much more public location, he hasn’t achieved the level of intimidation and oppression he had hoped for. He has however proven he is weak, arrogant and an oppressor of freedom of speech of the most vulnerable he chooses to publicly denigrate.
Below is letter I hand delivered after reading this shitty news article http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11783845
25 January 2017
Mr R Jones
Dear Mr Jones,
I was extremely shocked about your recent comments regarding beggars being criminalised. You don’t appear to understand the situation for these people and an intelligent man should not cherish ignorance when dealing with such an important issue in such a public way.
Did you realise that all of these people are disabled and cannot get reliable work because of their impairments – or safe/stable homes to live in? In a radicalised capitalist society people who cannot work at maximum capacity are not employed or have intermittent employment which mostly pays minimum wage. Many of these people are intelligent, unlike what you believe, meet me and you will find out, because I am one of them.
Do you accept there are disabled people in New Zealand? Do you believe these people are receiving professional treatment care rehabilitation and welfare so they can live with dignity and do valuable work – I can assure you they are not.
I know too much about this subject to put it in this letter, what I do ask is an opportunity to discuss what I know – especially in the area of mental health – where extensive professional rehabilitation/care is not happening due to government corruption. I haven’t met a street person yet who doesn’t have a history of abuse and I am yet to meet someone on long term unemployment that doesn’t have a disability or is caring for someone with one. Also never met a disabled person who doesn’t want a decent job they capable of doing either.
I think you would find more interesting and challenging conversation if you interacted with some people outside your usual circles. In one of my politics lectures at Victoria 2002 (you were a guest speaker) you bemoaned the fact, that parties you attended with politicians and media had become very boring- I could never be accused of being boring, uninformed & not having a broad perspective.
I am assuming you believe in word of law and if people are entitled to care under ACC, mental health & welfare laws then they should be receiving it, especially if this care got them back to work & off the streets.
You can see more about the laws being violated, solutions that should be in place (please refer to my rehabilitation model Fence At The Top Of The Cliff) and my own situation on my website www.jrmurphypoet.com – or twitter @jrmurphypoetry – I am also on facebook and youtube. My phone number is 027 3040!!!. I work full time as a Civil Society Activist in the area of mental health because of my desperation to return to work. I don’t watch movies or read books all day and I don’t do drugs or drink to cope with the boredom, discrimination and persecution.
I look forward to your reply and intend to start art installations outside your building about this issue if I don’t hear from you.
Civil Society Activist