What a real revolution would look like!

Marama Davidson

Around the world many are rising against oppressive neo-liberal policies that benefit only 1% of all people. An “occupation” on Wall Street in New York has inspired other cities and countries to take action against this repression. A slogan borne from this protest has been”We are the 99%”. Aotearoa (New Zealand) now joins this movement in solidarity.

This is what I wish our country would say.

“We are with you now Tangata Whenua (People of the Land). We are now ALL fighting what you have been fighting since we arrived on your shores. We join with you to say that this system does not treat people or the earth kindly. We echo your call that this way of treading on people is not of Aotearoa. It is not our way. We stand in solidarity with the world against a regime where only  1% are the lucky ones. We are 85% who realise that we must join with indigenous people who have long fought these issues. Then our number will truly reflect 99%. We remember that your responsibility as guardians of these lands was stripped from you under this system we now oppose. We acknowledge that to this day you fight for the status of authority and caretaker that you lost on your lands of ancestral origin. We ask for your blessing that we may all become better caretakers together. We understand we can only gain STRENGTH from standing with you, from the outset. We realise that we will ALL benefit when we collectively affirm your unique responsibility as hosts of this land. We understand that we need not fear your voice anymore.  We are with you now Tangata Whenua. Let us fight this fight together.”

Marama Davidson (Te Rarawa, Ngaapuhi, Ngaatiporou)

Author: Te Wharepora Hou

Te Wharepora Hou is a collective of wāhine who are mainly Tāmaki Makaurau based, but we have strong participation from wāhine based elsewhere in Aotearoa and the world. We have come together to ensure a stronger voice for wāhine and are concerned primarily with the wellbeing of whānau, hapū, iwi and all that pertains to Papatūānuku and the sustenance of our people.

5 thoughts on “What a real revolution would look like!”

  1. In July, the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) published
    Hunger for Learning (http://www.cpag.org.nz/assets/Publications/2- 0%2025804%20Hunger%20for%20Learning%20Brochure.pdf), which highlights the food insecurity faced by both low-income workers and beneficiaries – and consequent effects on their children’s learning. While public discussion of the thousands of children in Auckland alone who come to school without breakfast has focussed on inadequate parenting

  2. I like
    Our movement in Spain started on 15th May is being pacific

    I sen our video http://youtu.be/lLG25Ne3wCk

    15th Octover just in Madrid we were more than 500.000 people in the street, more 300.000 just in Barcelona and almost cities in Spain
    I send a video Madrid 15Ohttp://youtu.be/SjUIEAZr4Yo


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