Black Lives Matter in Melbourne

Originating in the African-American community, the Black Lives Matter activist movement has arrived in Australia. Last weekend, there were Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations in Sydney and Melbourne. There was also rally in Perth this weekend. I was sick with a cold when I got the invitation on Facebook to go the Melbourne rally, but I couldn’t stay home. I’ve been watching the BLM movement with great interest since the 2013 shooting death of African American teen Trayvon Martin. I’d been…

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Australia Day, Invasion Day

Isn’t today’s Google Doodle beautiful? For its 2015 Doodle 4 Google competition, Google asked Aussie kids, in years 1-10 to draw a doodle based on the theme “If I could travel back in time I would…” Out of more than 24,000 submissions, this is the National Winner. It’s called Stolen Dreaming by Ineka Voigt of Canberra High School, ACT. If I could travel back in time I would reunite mother and child. A weeping mother…

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Is Melbourne a Racist City?

Is Melbourne a racist city? This is the question posed by 3AW’s Tom Elliott on August 6.  His conclusion was no based on two experiences. The first is that he asked former professional footballer Chris Johnson on air if he’d ever experienced racism and he apparently said no. The second is drawn from Elliott’s travels: Having said this, I’ve been fortunate to travel a fair bit, and visit countries like the US, Canada, the UK, Japan,…

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Race Relations Here and There

This Monday, the United States observes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I thought it would be a good opportunity to explore a subject I think about from time to time: race relations in contemporary Australia. I should preface this by also acknowledging that I speak from a place of privilege. I’m Hispanic, an immigrant, and a woman – identities that experience systematic social inequality. But I’m also White-ish, American, able-bodied, cisgendered, and educated –…

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The Joys & Griefs of Facebook

Facebook app

Facebook is my favorite social networking site. While I watch the tumbleweeds roll by at Google+ and Twitter is my go-to network for news and resources, Facebook is where I connect with friends, engage in interesting conversations, and cultivate personal interests. Like the internet in general, you can harness the power of Facebook for good, for evil, or for plain old silliness.

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