Satirists have declared a strike.
”Our ancient art of ridiculing the pompous, the powerful and the simply stupid has been made redundant by reality,” Society of Satirists (SOS) spokesman She’llbe Poking-Borax said.
”For goodness sake, how can we compete with politicians who state with straight faces that they haven’t broken promises of no more and no higher taxes by choosing to rename them?
”A tax by any other name be it fee, levy or any other title is still a tax to those of us taxed.
“And if trying to convince us a tax isn’t a tax isn’t bad enough, the government that is supposedly kind to both people and the planet, is introducing one that will force the poor to subsidise the rich and do nothing for the environment.
”If we tried to make this up we’d be booed off the stage.”
Ms Poking-Borax said that the increase in people decrying racism while being racist; demanding we treat everyone equally while campaigning to make some more equal than others and denying biological reality for those whose sex doesn’t match their desired gender was hard enough.
“Then you have the government trying to save the environment with policies that do more damage, like banning gas and coal mining here then having to import dirtier coal from overseas,” she said.
But the final straw which broke the satirists back was this:
School Strike 4 Climate Auckland is disbanding as an organisation
This is under the suggestion and guidance of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) members of our group, as well as individual BIPOC activists and organisations. We are not holding any more climate strikes in the Auckland region. Our members have also separated from the national SS4C team. Going forward, we will only be using our social media to uplift BIPOC-led climate justice spaces in Auckland.
BIPOC communities are disproportionately affected by climate change, so the fight for climate justice should be led by their voices and needs, not Pākehā ones.
We are disbanding because, since 2019, SS4C AKL (as well as the wider national group, though we can’t speak on their behalf) has been a racist, white-dominated space. SS4C AKL has avoided, ignored, and tokenised BIPOC voices and demands, especially those of Pasifika and Māori individuals in the climate activism space. As well as this, the responsibility and urgent need to decolonise the organisation has been put off for far too long. SS4C also delayed paying financial reparations for the work BIPOC groups/individuals within and alongside the group have done for this organisation in the past.
We apologise for the hurt, burnout, and trauma caused to many BIPOC individuals, including current and past members, as well as BIPOC-led groups. We also apologise for the further trauma caused by our slow action to take responsibility. We recognise that this apology can never be enough to make up for our actions on top of years of systemic and systematic oppression, racism, and the silencing of those who are the most affected by climate change. This apology is just one of our steps in taking accountability for our actions.
We acknowledge that our attitude has been racist and dismissive of the voices that have rightly spoken out against us and we apologise deeply for the pain we have caused. In saying this, we also need to acknowledge that racism is a big problem within the SS4C NZ team as well, but that we have made this decision independently from them.
We recommend you all redirect your support, resources and involvement to BIPOC activists, spaces and causes, especially those that are led by Pasifika and Māori people. This includes groups such as 4TK ( 4TK), Pacific Climate Warriors ( Pacific Climate Warriors – Auckland ), Para Kore Ki Tāmaki ( PARA KORE KI TĀMAKI), Protect Mataharehare ( Protect Mataharehare ), Protect Pūtiki ( Protect Pūtiki), Save Canal Road Native Trees ( Save Canal Road Native Trees ), Te Ara Whātu ( Te Ara Whatu).
We also suggest supporting BIPOC climate activists in Aotearoa such as Aigagalefili (Fili) Fepulea’i-Tapua’i (@rascal.gal), Lourdes Vano (@lourdes.vano), and Luke Wihone (@luke.wijohn), Brianna Fruean (@briannafruean), Indi Logan-Riley (@indiamiro).
(Please see our Instagram post for their insta accounts https://www.instagram.com/p/CQAtpa6Nli-/…)
If you are a BIPOC-led climate/social justice organisation or a BIPOC climate/social justice activist, please let us know if/how we can help by messaging our Instagram, Facebook, or emailing email@example.com. We will uplift your kaupapa and Mahi through this platform, or any other means available to us.
The climate justice space must be led by BIPOC groups and others who are disproportionately affected by climate change. In Aotearoa, this especially means Māori and Pasifika groups.
We fully discourage any future and current Pākehā-led groups from occupying the space we leave behind.
School Strike 4 Climate Auckland
“I’m lost for words,” Ms Poking-Borax said.
”We can’t compete with that so we’re striking and will continue to withhold our satirical services until politicians and activists get back to serious business and leave the satirising to us.”