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From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs

Te kaupapa o tēnei tuhituhi: wellbeing in activist circles, and how everyone’s skills matter in the revolution.

I’ve been thinking about the accessibility and demands of activist spaces over the last few months, and it came to a head this morning, at the School Strike For Climate. The Strike has been massively in the news over the last few months, and is arguably the biggest youth activism project in Aotearoa. I’ve wanted to be a part of this movement, but for mental health reasons I don’t really do well in large shouty crowds, which the Strike is. I was beating myself up a bit this morning for not marching, and for just joining the rally briefly at Parliament. I felt bad; that I hadn’t contributed to the mahi, and that I wasn’t walking the activist talk, because I wasn’t in the middle of the mosh pit.

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I code-switch: an analysis of how I talk

I have three accents. A Māori accent, a Pākehā accent, and a neutral accent. I code-switch between the three seamlessly and without noticing. A few people say and have said I’m just pretending, that I’m just trying to fit in. I promise this is genuinely something I do without thinking. My mum and my girlfriend have picked up on these shifts and, as a linguistics nerd, I thought it’d be interesting to note them down.

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