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Manifesto

This is our manifesto, simple, without a plan, just an ideal for a better future and a statement of our resolve to do our best.  We simply want to make the world a better place for all.  We will do what we can with what we have to make it possible for immigrants to choose a place to live where they feel safe, secure and can make a future for themselves and their families. That means to us:ix777

  1. Your rights as a world citizen are not defined by your race, religion, place of birth, nationality or lack of. They are afforded to you by your existence.
  2. Where ever you live on this earth you have the same rights as all those who live in your community, no matter how or why you came to this place.
  3. A law that is unjust should be disobeyed through ingenuity and creativity not by violence or hurt those we oppose or seek to help.

This manifesto was written by a few people on their last beer midway between two suns making a commitment for a new future. This manifesto is written to urge people of conscious to join us in thought and action where and when you can. If you know that a profound injustice clouds all our lives then stand with us or make your own sense of this mess and choose to make a change.

8 thoughts on “Manifesto

  1. doni boyd Simonson says:

    Although I believe in ‘Human Rights’, I know too that humans, left alone, would destroy everything. By nature we are greedy and unpredictable. We have brains that have not yet evolved to the function that is needed to be human. We are still very much barbaric and untamed. So what do we do about this deficit? We try to do the best we can with what we have. What, you might be asking yourselves, what does all this have to do with the cause of immigration? I see nothing wrong with a property “owner” demanding respect of his or her property or land – no matter the history of their possession (two wrongs don’t make justice). We must try to be respectful and civilized of established laws. It is one thing to ask permission to enter another’s ‘space’, and quite another to try and conquer it. I too believe that the earth only has natural boundaries and that no one person should have sole possession over anything natural – such as land. However, for some reason, men have set up little pockets of unnatural possessions, and when someone tries to enter these little cavities, at times, the ‘owner’ can be very cruel. Now this is what I am truly interested in. No one has the right to treat others without respect and dignity — no matter the cause, and any violation to this should be served with quick and justifiable justice — but a justice being served with the same respect, compassion, and understanding appropriate for all humans.

    I apologize for the windiness of my comments, but I assure you, I am on any side that with love, compassion, and honesty seeks justice and Human Rights for all. If at anytime you feel that I could be of service to your great cause, please contact me as soon as your time and needs permit.

    Note: My mum was a Jew during the II World War, and my father was a Nazi officer. For 1.5 years, I lived with my mum in a Refugee camp in Shanghai, China..

    1. Pilul says:

      “TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
      What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
      And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” Howard Zinn

      1. Pilul, I agree with absolutely everything you say. It’s easy to fall into despair and frustration when one looks at world events today, which is why I subscribe to some ‘positive’ websites to remind me that we are also capable of the most incredible selflessness, compassion and love in times of need. People lay their lives on the line for complete strangers every day, but that love and compassion is also revealed in less dramatic ways every day. That’s what we have to hang on to as we work tirelessly for a future free of fear and the intolerance it breeds, and instead recognise our brother/sisterhood in our human ‘tribe’.

  2. John Lowrie says:

    Dear Colleagues

    I am impressed by your site and manifesto, definitely building on John Lennon’s sentiments in his famous song “Imagine”. Like many, but not enough of us, I feel ashamed about the way immigrantion; displacements, and migrant issues are dealt with, especially in countries like Australia now, and my own country. I fail to understand how cruel people can be, forcing people out of homes, from ancient birthplaces, etc. I offer the following to the debate from internet rounds “Many a true word spoken in jest.”

    A Briton’s response:

    After President Jacob Zuma’s statement two weeks ago that all the problems in South Africa started with the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in 1652…..

    I know, I know… We had the same problems in England, you know…
    First we had the Picts and the Scots. And then came the Romans who stuck around for about four centuries. Then we had the Anglos and the Saxons and all those other Germanic tribes. Oh ho! Then came the Danes and their Viking mates, a nauseating bunch of horny helmeted rapists and looters they were.
    Nevertheless, the Danes were eventually displaced by the Normans, who turned out to be Frenchmen in disguise – but we were a bit slow to recognise the fact until it was too late; anyway, they were led by the Duke of Normandy, who was a real bastard, and who gave our wimpy king a right one in the eye. (The bloody French are still hanging around with their cheese and their bread and their wine and their accordion music and their fancy restaurants, seducing our people away from our culture of slap chips with custard.)
    And then, and then, came the Dutch when King William and Queen Mary of Orange popped over and started causing nonsense with the Irish at the Battle of the Boyne. The Irish have never completely forgiven us, so they came over and settled all our building sites.
    Then the Germans came back again, surreptitiously, and occupied the top of the Mall in Buckingham Palace…

    And where are we now…? Now we have Arabs, Pakistanis, Indians, Caribbeans, Syrians, the Oz, Italians, Americans, Canadians, Poles, Portuguese, Saudis , Kuwaitis, Moroccans, Egyptians, Iranians, Palestinians, Israeli Jews, Ethiopians, Somalis, Nigerians, Rhodesians, Scots (to run the government)… and (whoa!) South Africans…

    It has been going on for two thousand years. It’s an outrage…
    And yet, and yet… All of these people (well most!) have contributed to make England and the English a great and democratic nation. And yet, I have never felt the slightest inclination to bomb Rome, to shatter the Pyramids, to close a Pakistani restaurant, to nuke the Ka’aba in Mecca, to blow up a bus in Jerusalem, to chop off the head of a Nigerian etc. (And even if I have, I have controlled myself from saying so.)

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