10.5.06

brains for change and bare bottoms

As I was standing on the corner of Queen St last Friday with a bucket collecting for the sallies, I watched Auckland’s new graduants strut past donned in their capes and caps… graduation day. Now, I’m due to graduate in Wellington next week and it struck me what a pretentious tradition that big parade thing is: Hark! Aren’t we clever sausages for sitting out uni for 3 years! I resolutely decided to personally boycott that parade, thanks. I felt like grabbing a graduant and looking them in the eyes and saying “What are you gonna do now? With your privileged position? Create wealth for your self or do justice for the globe?” Of course I didn’t do that, might have been a bit vicious anyway I had my hands full with a bucket. But as I stood there on the corner- it was peeing down and freezing freezing cold- my mind really got away with me…
AHA! It was decided. I could parade with meaning and appeal to my fellow student's conscience…
I am going to carry a big sign that says "Rigged Trade rules cost developing countires 1.3 billion everyday: Use your brain for change". Some friends are coming along to walk along side carrying other stats about injustice/NZ's poor effort in Aid money... and inspirational messages... hehe. Kind of as more of a reminder/encouragement then a protest- because I know some of them will have, through uni, been challenged to make a difference in this world but may be forgetting as the job offers rush in (or not)…
So if anyone is in Wellington next week and would like to join our “reminder”, do let me know. Also… Tim and I have been thinking about some awareness raising stunt for the ceremony… he suggested doing a Patch Adams (as I collect my thing on the stage mooning the crowd with “Brains 4 change” on my butt.) Bit rude. Any (slightly more appropriate) suggestions?

5 comments:

JoJo said...

love you sis.

Tarry said...

Well, mooning is perfectly legal....

Um, you could shout something as you go across the stage?

Or have Tim sit up in the balcony (there's bound to be a balcony - it's at the Town Hall or Michael Fowler Centre, I suppose?) and when you walk across the stage have him blow an airhorn ("PAAAARPPP!!") and unfurl a banner over the side of the balcony with some fair trade howsyourfather on it.

lucy AR said...

yes... you may be onto a winner there.. Ill propose it to tim and see how excited about that he is!

timbo said...

can i say no?

Swinton-for-Jesus said...

Lucy
I enjoy reading your blog..... and if someone will pay my fare I will come and visit you in JAIL after your graduation stunt!

You may not remember me cos you were very small last time we met......
Cramlington New Town UK

Just wanted to say hi and keep on being radical for Jesus!

Chris Kennedy