Letter worth sharing – beating hatred

Dear Huhana and Kāhu o te Rangi Yesterday, 15/3/2019 nearly a hundred people were shot in two mosques in Christchurch. So far 49 have died. Huhana, you only asked one question, what’s a gunshot wound?  They were shot because of their religion and race. There’s been a lot of talk about racism not being something […]

Kapiti Island Nature Tours 4 weeks until our school holiday programme kicks off! Here’s a taster of what the kids got up to last year, email bookings@kapitiisland.com to find out more 📹: Hadleigh Tiddy https://ift.tt/2YrGyjl

From personal experience, this is the way to spend your school holidays. from Pera Barrett https://ift.tt/2TtI1li via IFTTT

Joe Rogan on immigration, healthcare, education, etc… “We don’t want you on our team.” Joe pontificates on immigration, voting, and democratic socialism with Duncan Trussel on the JRE

After people have been telling me to listen to Joe Rogan’s podcast for years – I stumbled on to this accidentally, it’s pretty much how I’ve been feeling most of this week reading some of the comments online. All the convincing I need to check out more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrriqlDF_PI from Pera Barrett https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrriqlDF_PI via IFTTT

If you can’t be kind, if you won’t empathize, then you’re not on the team. That team is Team Humanity, where we are all in this thing together. Where we are all flawed and imperfect. Where we treat other people’s point of view as charitably as we treat our own. Where we are civilized and respectful and, above all, kind to each other—particularly the less fortunate, the mistaken, and the afraid. – Ryan Holiday

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Sign the Petition Make semi-automatic firearms illegal in New Zealand

People will always be the problem, I get that. But on Friday we saw the scale of pain those very people can cause with a semi-auto. Do we need them? What if the cost is the chance of another fifty innocent lives? Is that a risk your hobby is worth? from Pera Barrett http://chng.it/PDhh54LGBr via […]

There’s a lot of love in Aotearoa. Right now, all of it goes to the whānau and loved ones of everyone affected in Christchurch. But there are also bad people, racists and fascists in our country. Āe, even here in Aotearoa. Any minority, especially, can tell you this. It’s never been hard to see, but I imagine it’s easier to forget when you’re not the one living the countless effects of systematic bias, hatred, the second looks, the hurtful names. Or worse. Nobody wants to imagine the worse that happened yesterday. But we could have. There are fascists here. If you are not them, WORK AGAINST THEM. You do this with love. Love for your neighbour. If all your neighbours look the same, walk down a different street. Spend time with people different from you. Get outside your circle and understand more about that person at work who doesn’t share your belief system, your skin colour, your preferences or way of life. Lots of us move in circles of people just like us. Step through the wall of that circle, even just for a bit. Spend some time outside it, get to know those people different to you so you can remember, underneath it all, when you get down to the things that matter, they’re not different at all. You’ll learn things you never knew. You’ll remember that yours is not the only way. And you’ll be working against the hatred. The people who are scared of those who aren’t like them. Those people are threatened because they don’t want to share OUR world with ways of life different from theirs. They’re scared of not being right. They want those walls to exist, it makes them feel strong. They’re not strong if we don’t let them be. Go and show somebody different to you some love. That’s how you beat hatred. Do it today, especially today we need it.

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Greta Thunberg full speech at UN Climate Change COP24 Conference 15 year old activist Greta Thunberg speaks truth to power at the UN COP24 climate talks: “My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 15 years old. I am from Sweden. I s…

This is awesome not just in the context of climate change, but all instances of power and systemic wrong where too many of us adults are happy to wander on along our timeline without taking action to make things better for the next generation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFkQSGyeCWg from Pera Barrett https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFkQSGyeCWg via IFTTT