Today was intense with a lot of visitors and other action groups.
Sue kicked off at 11, Francesca joined her soon after plus Caz and Violet were there too.
Members of #FreeAssangeNZ were there for a couple of hours. They had big placards, speakers and music to commemorate end of world War I on 11 November at 11am. Since Assange exposed many war criminals and the result of the extradition trial are out soon, today was chosen to give attention to this Australian journalist. one of the speakers also made the point that Warfare is a major contributor to emissions. So Sue and I were asked to join for a photo.
Cannabis reform activist Gary Chiles and Dakta Green were also at the Seddon Statue and they delivered letters to the back entrance of Parliament. They showed photos of themselves to protesting at parliament in 2010 and 10 years ago. So this was a repeat.
We had a conversation with them about evidence based drug reform.
They expressed support for our cause.
Te Wehi from Motueka XR joined us and was glad to hear of XR Wellington holding an action against blood phosphate on Monday 16 November as part of the day of action. They will be on the beat too that day.
Vini and Laura from the Ministry of Justice stopped to talk and offered to make a photo of the four of us. Vini came from Tonga last year and was glad to see us take action. ” As you will know,r island nations are already being impacted by climate change and there was a Pacific Ocean climate conference a couple of weeks ago.”
Caz told our visitors about the planned action against blood phosphate this coming Monday 16 November 2020 and Laura would inform her partner as he is very concerned about the environment and social equity. They may both come along to support.
Douglas Renwick was another visitor. He was at FFF last Friday and put his name on the email list. He is also intending to come on Monday and is keen to be part of an action group based at Victoria campus as it would make it easier to fit in with his busy study schedule.
So we had plenty of interest from visitors today but saw no sign of any politicians. Too busy I suppose getting into the swing of things to keep us safe and build back the economy. But as I discussed with Flo from Turangi ‘keeping us safe’ includes getting on with climate action.