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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