Words of comfort from Dan Rather

From Dan Rather:

So Collins misses her moment to be a hero, and the old bulls win again. Trump, McConnell, Grassley, Hatch, Graham—the whole lot of them—win. Again. They are laughing, congratulating one another, and at least metaphorically are popping Champagne.

For most women and many men it’s a bitter, devastating loss. Which makes it all the sweeter for the old bulls, and for the forces of power, privilege and money everywhere. A sense that the nation’s climate of justice has taken another turn toward dark clouds rises. The age-old question for the country of whether we prioritize power, privilege and money over justice takes on renewed importance.

So I talk to the wife—the good, gentle wife—who is furious and deeply disappointed. Talk to my daughter—the lion-hearted eldest child—whose first words are, “Can we, will we survive this?” I answer, “Of course we can, and if we have the will and the spirit, we will not only, survive we will thrive. Eventually. But if, and only if, we are “get-up fighters.” Strong as she usually is, she doesn’t seem convinced.

So, I take a walk, to be alone with my thoughts and reminders to stay steady. Among the thoughts that emerge are these:

Cut through the clouds of the present, consider the long river of history, and one can see this as a breakthrough moment for women. To paraphrase the daughter who recently said in another context, “women have never had a better moment to be heard in politics, to make a difference.” That is, if they—and those of us men who support them—seize the moment (if they don’t miss the moment as Senator Collins has.)

What that requires is that women and the men who love them and hate what has happen adopt an attitude of “we can be beaten but never defeated.” Adopt it, cling to it and live it as a credo.

Be relentless. When things are bad, when the going is tough, just keep putting one foot in front of the other and carry forward. Also, maybe take as a goal what an old man once said to me: “keep trying, keep fighting, keep smiling every minute you’re alive; you’re going to be dead a long time.”

And recognize that you are not alone. Far from it. Look to your left and right, before you and behind you, at the millions who will support you on this journey for justice. Fill your lungs with the determined air of action. I find myself humming that old but powerful anthem of the Civil Rights Era. “We’ll walk hand in hand!” “We are not afraid!” “We shall overcome!”

Out from the heat, in from the cold – Damian Walshe-Howling’s speech

BREATHE DEEPLY

SAY NOTHING

X 3

SEEKING ASYLUM IS A HUMAN RIGHT..

WHAT THE FUCK

1.

SEEKING ASYLUM IS A HUMAN RIGHT..

THESE ARE THE FIRST WORDS MARY SCHEPISI STARTED REPEATEDLY STITCHING BACK IN 2011 AFTER WALKING HER GRANDSON RUEBEN PAST A CHURCH IN SYDNEY, THAT HAD THESE WORDS EMBLAZONED ACROSS IT…

SEEKING ASYLUM IS A HUMAN RIGHT..

THEN NATURALLY CAME ‘WHAT THE FUCK’.. AND MANY OTHER SUCH MUSINGS IN HER MIND AS SHE EXPERIENCED, WITNESSED AND THOUGHT ABOUT THE REALITY OF THE SITUATION WE ALL FIND OURSELVES IN, ON THIS BIG BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIVELY INHABITED PLANET.

2.

SO PERHAPS LET’S NOT TALK ABOUT ART..     IN THE FIRST..

LET’S TALK ABOUT FLOWERS.. LETS TALK ABOUT PEOPLE..

BECAUSE LET’S NOT BE MISTAKEN, IF THIS EVENING IS ABOUT ANYTHING AT ALL (AND IT MOST DEFINITELY IS) IT’S ABOUT FLOWERS AND IT’S ABOUT PEOPLE.. NOT FOOTBALLERS.. NOT LAWYERS, NOT PLUMBERS, NOT ARTISTS, NOT REFUGEES..

BUT PEOPLE.. ALL OF US..

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Exhibition: Out of the heat, In from the cold

MARY SCHEPISI
Out of the heat, In from the cold

Wednesday September 5th, 6pm – 8pm

To be opened by Julian Burnside AO QC
and Damian Walshe Howling

at
Artvisory
409 Malvern Road, South Yarra

View preview of works

Exhibition runs from Thursday September 6th through 27th September.

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About Mary Schepisi
Mary Schepisi has had numerous exhibitions in Melbourne, New York City, Los Angeles and London. Her work is held in numerous collections. Known for the duality of her work, she combines her interest in the beauty of nature and form, with hard-hitting commentary on the paradox of life and her deeply felt concerns for humanity, not least of these in recent years, the plight of refugee’s around the world.

In addition to her own art practice, Schepisi is an active supporter of art philanthropy. In 2009 she conceived and organized an art auction that raised $84,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation In 2014 Schepisi conceived and organized an art auction for APC (Australian Prostate Cancer).

It is now a significant bi-annual Art Auction that has raised more than AUD$220,000, in its first three events and which has become the leading artist supported fundraising auction in Australia under Mary’s direction.

Schepisi was part of the inaugural fundraising committee to raise funds for the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery which established the Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Lifetime Achievement Award for Sculpture.

Mary Schepisi and her producer/director husband, Fred Schepisi, travel and share their time working between Melbourne and New York City, as well as locations for film shoots.