“Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?”- Thoreau
I recently read an article about a bill passed in Tasmania’s Lower House in June called The Workplace (protection from protesters) Bill
The PDF of the bill reads:
An Act to ensure that protesters do not damage business premises or business related objects, or prevent, impede or obstruct the carrying out of business activities on business premises, and for related purposes.
There are already existing laws that cover the scope of this legislation. It’s illegal to trespass or harass, for example. So why make some actions more illegal if done by protesters?… Because this is part of a broader campaign by Abbott’s Liberal Party to roll back environmental protections and cut “green tape” for corporations.
People are becoming aware (and if they aren’t, well holy shit!) that multinational corporate practices are destroying our planet. People know that large groups can solve large problems, and governments and corporations know that anyone with a contrary opinion can disrupt the bottom line – $. This hasn’t stopped protesters in the past, though legislation has been working on that for years.
This bill in Tasmania is but a reminder for many people of a bill (H.R. 347) signed into law in 2012 here in The United States.
Under the act, the government is also given the power to bring charges against Americans engaged in political protest anywhere in the country.
While corporations and government accrue more and more power, individuals are becoming more and more privy to their game. It has become essential for people to educate themselves and others as much as possible. Not everything is as it seems – authentic information – truth – can be hard to discern.
- Research the facts
- Share what you’ve learned
- Be open to different opinions
- Start a movement or join one with similar values
- Don’t fight against – FIGHT FOR!
In a world on the brink of transformation, it is imperative that we question the world around us and stand up for what we believe in. No one can “give” us our rights – they are inherent, because we are here on this planet.
Let us make the best of it.