HAVE A VOICE // YOUR VOTE COUNTS // THE POLY FAF VOTE

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SO IT’S AN ELECTION YEAR AND THE CAMPAIGNS ARE OUT IN FULL FORCE IN SOUTH AUCKLAND. THE POLITICAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL HAS ALL THE USUAL PARTIES DOING THEIR BEST TO SECURE THE POLY PACIFIC BROWN VOTE. MAORI INCLUDED. BUT HOW MANY OF US ARE ACTUALLY PAYING ATTENTION?

IT’S EASY TO SAY THAT THE AVERAGE PACIFIC PERSON IS APATHETIC IN THEIR POLITICAL AWARENESS. WE SEE IT ON THE DAILY WITH SIMPLIFIED VIEWS ABOUT WHAT POLITICS MEANS TO PEOPLE WITH VERY LITTLE POWER. IT’S OFTEN AN EXCLUSIVE CONVERSION THAT SOME PACIFIC PEOPLE HAVE LITTLE TO NO KNOWLEDGE ABOUT. SO WHEN IT COMES TO GOVERNANCE AND POLICY IN FAVOUR OF OUR COMMUNITY INTEREST, WE’RE LEFT WITHOUT A SEAT AT THE TABLE.

FOR PASIFIKA LGBTIQ THAT MEANS CONTINUED MARGINALISATION AND MORE INVISIBILITY. WE LIKE TO BE VOCAL ABOUT WHAT WE THINK IS FAIR BUT THIS DOESN’T ALWAYS TRANSLATE INTO ACTIVE RESPONSES TOWARD POSITIVE CHANGE. WE’RE OFTEN SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE PIT FALLS OF TALKING THE TALK AND NOT REALLY WALKING THE WALK.

AS ARTIST WE HERE AT FAFSWAG SEE THE IMPORTANCE OF ADVOCATING FOR A VOICE, TO REPRESENTS OUR ISSUES AND OUR NEEDS THAT ARE UNIQUE TO OUR COMMUNITIES. IT MATTERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS SO WE ARE ABLE TO SAY WE DID SOMETHING ABOUT EXERCISING OUR RIGHT TO VOTE.

THIS IS A FREEDOM MANY OTHER RAINBOW COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD ARE STILL EXCLUDED FROM. SO WHILE WE HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY AND POWER WE SHOULDN’T WASTE IT. THIS IS THE BASES OF ENCOURAGING OUR PEOPLE THROUGH ART AND CREATIVITY, TO HAVE A SAY AND TO GET OUT THERE AND VOTE.

FAFSWAG WANTS TO ENCOURAGE ALL OUR PASIFIKA LGBTIQ YOUNG PEOPLE TO VOTE IN THIS YEARS ELECTION. YOUR VOICE IS IMPORTANT AND VALUABLE. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT WHAT MATTERS TO YOU. DON’T BE INVISIBLE. HAVE A VOICE. YOUR VOTE COUNTS. FAFSWAG

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