Here is the letter to Lotteries Grants Board, I believe they will not support it unless people back me up. Not only those people who say tell me to my face the support me, and like what I do who need to do something. For those who don’t like me for my challenging protests, you will find they might tone down a notch or 10 if me and other disabled victims of crime get the professional treatment, care, rehabilitation and safe homes we are entitled to under law? (If all disabled people get help – which my Regional Rehabilitation Centres cover.)
When I wrote this I hadn’t considered how ALL CHARITIES in New Zealand could for a LIMITED TIME focus their resources on people in need. They could probably go back to funding extravagant, sports arts and business projects – but for now I believe it is imperative our PRIORITIES ARE CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE as a Pakeha/Maori New Zealander.
I also thought how upskilling and educating the workforce to provide the envisaged health and welfare services could be paid for by lottery funding. Free education in our struggling privatised? tertiary institutions, everybody is a winner so far.
All you have to do is send a link to my website to Lotteries and anybody you think can make this happen and anybody you think will support my ideas. You could print out a copy of this letter or another one of my posts and send it snail mail to a politician (who by the way have all rejected my ideas for years). Its free to send mail to politicians, Just put (name) MP, or Minister, Parliament Buildings, WELLINGTON – no stamp necessary.
10 June 2019
Lotteries Grants Board
PO Box 805
Dear Board Members,
After a recent telephone conversation with your office (with a very nice woman) and a very serious suicidal episode this morning I am motivated to try again to have my ideas, observations, solutions and artistic voice heard.
Lotto advertising and the charity industry has been distressing me for some time now. The latest advertising about Kiwis doing things for each other was most distressing because I live in the ‘darklands’ as a disabled unwell victim of crime, I am 54 years old. This is so far from the truth, with the situation of poverty enveloping the local population, mostly due to the huge influx of wealthy immigrants driving disabled and poor locals from their homes.
Not only are we No 1 in the OECD of homeless now (which is a gross violation of my Pakeha culture and our laws), there is no record of the numbers of people, particularly vulnerable women victims of crime in dangerous and inhuman living situations. This is what I see around me, women being raped and driven to prostitution and crime to survive. Having their children taken because they cannot cope or are forced to stay with perpetrators of crime.
I am a Civil Society Actor as outlined on the UN Civil Society Handbook. That saying I use the scope of being offensive in the face of suffering and injustice to its limit. As well as now suffering tourettes type outbursts after nine years being denied reinstated of my ACC care after winning two reviews. These do not include threats of harm but they are very offensive and include a lot of swearing. This impairments related to my disability is recognised in psychiatric assessments I have had.
For 17 years since I was hurt in a crime, while being sole parent to two girls, I have studied to understand why the care for me was so bad and why I was not receiving the treatment care rehabilitation and safe home I knew I was entitled to under ACC and several other laws. I was studying law at Victoria University when I was hurt, was refused assistance to finish the degree. I have since studied papers at Massey University in rehabilitation, disability and health, my mental health deteriorated and I was unable to finish this degree either. I tried again about five years ago and serious housing issues arose with an abusive mentally ill flatmate which prevented me gaining that degree. I have been left with a $7,000 student loan which will cause me serious issues if I try and return to work while on invalids benefit, perhaps part time to start (I will get less money working than not).
This is my website www.jrmurphypoet.com which outlines many of my ideas, my poetry, my activism and unjust things that happen to me as a disabled CSA with a challenging mental health issue. Of particular importance, and I have included a copy with this letter, are my rehabilitation model for victims of crime (but could apply to other people) Fence At The Top Of The Cliff. Also my business plan for Mental Injury Services, which is modelled on a foundation that would never falter so these disability services are guaranteed.
It is my personal belief these facilities should be funded and provided by the government. However as we are under a neo-liberal economic model I know there is little hope in this happening, which is very sad, as I truly believe it is part of our culture. Several history books I have read refer to New Zealand being a new place with as an egalitarian caring kind society as possible. Homes, welfare and guaranteed jobs were are part of our early political history and it created a society that was one of the most socially advanced in the world. Particularly ACC law which has been perverted and turned into an organisation causing significant harm and profiting business rather than for its purpose.
It has come to my attention (as I work every day on trying to keep myself and others alive and safe) there have been government changes to the meaning of the word charity, through legislation. This has been extremely detrimental to those in need in New Zealand. The dictionary definition of charity is people in need, there are so many NZ and international laws and UN treaties government have signed and ratified supporting this definition.
Since charities and not for profits were encouraged to cover extravagant sports, tourist infrastructure (eg bike trails), research, education, arts and business promotion projects it has turned into an industry and it DOES NOT WORK. In fact me and many people I know find it offensive that our ‘wonderful kind sharing society’ spends money on these wants while the needs of the local society are ignored.
I believe it is vitally important to address our world leading suicide, domestic/flatmate violence, self-harm and homelessness statistics and I believe I have a plan that would be instrumental in doing that. It would also stem the rise in discrimination, including racism which is becoming so bad here. People who make the decisions do not live in this world, this culture, you don’t know what is happening. Most people rely on news media for their information and they are, really bias, I won’t go into it here, however as a CSA it is extremely disappointing and infuriating what they do to censor and cover up the situation.
If the Lottery Grants Board decided to focus all its charity efforts on those in need I know the safety and quality of life for all people living in New Zealand would improve. I also know those organisations who currently receiving funding would understand the urgency and crisis of the situation in New Zealand. I truly believe the housing, support and employment crisis for disabled victims of crime must be addressed urgently. If we are to see any changes in mental health, violence and crime statistics, after all those statistics are people- not that people like myself feel like we being treated like a human being, please refer to my song Human Sewage and many of my other written works.
The Regional Disability Services and Regional Mental Health facilities I have outlined on my website – here is the link. I am not sure I will be able to send you a printed copy due to the cost of photocopying. To make these services available as soon as possible I envisage a nationwide call to action from private enterprise and the community, especially those building commercial properties and doing roading work, to move their resources into building these facilities over the course of a few months. Many of the men and women who do these jobs would be pleased to spend their energy in creating what the poorest most vulnerable people need, rather than more homes/resources for business and the wealthy.
However, I am adamant victims of crime are to be the priority and perpetrators are second in line – unlike what is happening now. Where junkies and dangerous people are getting put up in hotels while their victims are living in unsafe unstable unaffordable accommodation, like myself. We must make the Fence At the Top of the Cliff, so people do not fall and are picked up by police, justice system, abusive mental health services (yes they are abusive), plethora of unco-ordinated unprofessional social agencies – groan.
I am exhausted and spent writing this letter so I will finish here. I have a lot more to offer in the way of solutions and how they will fit within the current economic, social and cultural landscape of New Zealand. Please again refer to my website, which I have just updated www.jrmurphypoet.com – I truly believe my scientific, legal and cultural response to current social dysfunction is the only way to proceed.
Kia kaha and aroha to us all.
Civil Society Activist