sj’s tiny revolution

  • date: 14 April 2020
  • challenge category: democracy
  • selected tactic: tiny occupation
  • difficulty rating: 
  • current status: completed

the doing: sj’s community garden

for sj’s tiny occupation, pvi rebels designed a blueprint for a proposed community garden to be installed in public, concreted spaces.  this blueprint listed layout of the garden and what should be planted based the traditional first nations plants that grow well in the area.

the submission:

what overwhelms you?

“in a nutshell…because I can’t fix it. It is a system being run by crooks but I feel helpless and unable to make it better. Should i run for parliament? Work from the inside? I don’t have the money to support a campaign, or the inclination to spend my days with people like that. Because it is the rich, middle/upper class with good connections who are going to be supported to run. It’s so narrow. And when in power, they just make it good for themselves and their friends, So the cycle continues. They lock others out, and then they get in, and then they lock others out. I feel like we are in the dying days of democracy and our planet.”

sj, 14.4.21.

 

the thinking:

thinkers at the table:

rebel peta, rebel dominic, rebel james, rebel nesha

summary of the submission:

key points
democracy is in its dying days.
wealthy that seem to be in power.
there is a sense of helplessness here.
where is the representation of diverse, marginalised voices within our democratic system?

think time allocated: 60 mins

the rebel meetings were often rowdy, at times moving. there was vodka.  a consensus was reached.  the submissions were thunked.

winning idea

pvi rebels design a blueprint for a proposed community garden to be installed in public, concreted spaces, making food access more universal and sustainable.  this blueprint will list the layout of the garden and what should be planted based on the traditional first nations plants that grow well in the area.  printed as paste ups, the blueprint is to be installed in concreted and abandoned areas in the Port.

where does it need to take place?

government house
nature strips
schools
south terrace area
anywhere that homeless or transient people are occupying.
vacant blocks.
shopping centres

are there any legal implications to the activity?

it’s doable, but we should lawyer up