Activists ‘R’ Us – Ōtepoti/Dunedin Picnic and family-friendly training camp this Sunday
Activists ‘R’ Us – Picnic and family-friendly training camp on Sunday 28 October.
Otepoti activists will host a community training camp and picnic for all the family in the Museum Reserve this Sunday from 12pm. This public event will be a celebration of activism, marking of Tino Rangatiratanga day, and space for sharing kai and conversation.
“In response to the recent police terror raids across Aotearoa, we feel it necessary to create some space for public reflection and
questioning, a space to express support for those arrested, and to voice our opposition to the police actions of past weeks,” spokesperson
Mike Love said.
“We will be at the Museum Reserve this Sunday to show that activism is not something to fear”, he continued. “Activism brought us an eight-hour
working day, gave women the right to vote, made us a Nuclear Free zone, and saw Te Reo Maori recognised as an official language. Locally we can
all still enjoy the beauty of Aromoana thanks to activism. Without activists and activism our rights as citizens will be dictated and
exploited. Activists are mothers, fathers, children and whanau, friends and lovers. They are not terrorists,” spokesperson Mike Love said.
Sunday also marks the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a document that pre-dates that Treaty of Waitangi and
recognizes Maori sovereignty. “Tino Rangatiratanga will be a strong theme throughout the day”, continued Love. “We will have information on the
history of continuing colonization and assimilation attempts by the New Zealand government and will focus on the history of Tuhoe and of Parihaka.”
“We welcome everyone to come and enjoy themselves by sharing kai and conversation with their friendly local activist community. Bring
friends, whanau and food to share, and celebrate your right to activism.”