Hello everyone! How has your week been? I’ve been recovering from the flu, and from helping out with my sis-in-law’s wedding, so I’m a bit wrecked.
But that’s ok, because I have a foot spa with delicious Lush products, feminist-SF podcasts and a rant. Guess which one I’m sharing with you!
Today I went to an Equal Love rally, to march for me-sex marriage. The rally itself was fine, if a little disorganised. The speeches were eat and there were some pretty cool performances.
Unfortunately, there were some people who decided to co-opt the rally for their own purposes.
There were people with signs for all sorts of different causes not even remotely relating to QUILTBAG rights; signs like “Free Julian Assange” and “Clean up the planet” and “Socialist Alternative!”.
I get that people care about more than one issue. I myself was wearing my Greens t-shirt, thus supporting the Greens while at the rally. And if it was just people wearing different shirts, then whatever, I’m fine with that.
But that’s not all that was happening. People were actually using the rally to push their own agendas.
This was not a recruitment rally for the SA. This was not a rally about the environment. This was not a rally about Julian Assange and wikileaks. This was not a general social justice rally! It was a rally with a very specific purpose; to gather support for Marriage Equality in Australia.
Holding up signs for other issues just derails what the rally is really mention to be about.
It also creates the implicit idea that the people in the rally support what you are promoting. Yes, I support environmentalism. No, I don’t support Julian Assange (there, I said it). And actually, I kind of really hate the SA.
Support your causes. Recruit from the people at the rally. Go ahead, there’s nothing wrong with that. But during the march, support what we’re actually marching for!
- Pharaoh Signing Off