Sydney is hosting World Youth day this year. Hordes of youth are scheduled to celebrate the Catholic faith in all its anti-choice, anti-woman and anti-GLBT glory. I’ve been pretty pissed off about this, given the fact that I’m a queer woman who would like to keep control over her own uterus. Imagine how very unsuprised I was when I found out that our police have wonderful new powers.
EXTRAORDINARY new powers will allow police to arrest and fine people for “causing annoyance” to World Youth Day participants and permit partial strip searches at hundreds of Sydney sites, beginning today.
The laws, which operate until the end of July, have the potential to make a crime of wearing a T-shirt with a message on it, undertaking a Chaser-style stunt, handing out condoms at protests, riding a skateboard or even playing music, critics say.
I was just filled with joy. You see, I always wanted to know what the inside of a police station looked like. Now I might have a chance to find out.
This is utter bullshit. First the government spends mega-bucks on World Youth Day, then they remove some basic rights on a whim.
While I don’t relish the thought of imprisonment, I will be protesting and I want to do it in style. Luckily I’m working on making t-shirts for a school project. This gives me a chance to practice. Possible Slogans so far:
- “Women’s rights are human rights!”
- “If you cut off my reproductive rights, can I cut off yours?” (with scissors)
- “Don’t like abortion? Don’t have one.”
- “Keep your laws off my body”
- “I’m for the separation of church and hate”
- “Please keep your religion off my civil rights”
Any more suggestions?