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Right-wingers Tricked by Trojan Shirts

Posted in Activism with tags , , , , , , on August 11, 2011 by Weary Hobo
The t-shirts had a secret message. (Click to enlarge the photo and see the before and after images.) 

Fans at a recent right-wing extremist rock festival in Germany thought they were getting free T-shirts that reflected their nationalistic worldview. But after the garment’s first wash they discovered otherwise. The original image rinsed away to reveal a hidden message from an activist group.”
 

Exit Deutschland, a group that helps people get out of the neo-Nazi scene, made shirts that change when washed to reveal a different image. Participants were given these shirts at a right wing extremists rock festival sponsored by the right-wing extremist German NPD. The shirts had a skull and crossbone and said “Hardcore Rebels – National and Free”. When washed it said –

If your T-shirt can do it, so can you. We’ll help to free you from right-wing extremism – Exit Deutschland

Some commentators have criticised this tactic saying you won’t change people’s minds by changing their shirts. I disagree. Right-wing extremists will now fear cleansing clothing lest their shirt speaks its mind. Inevitably, the neo-Nazis will adjust and turn into loveable, stinky, feral hippies.

And for your information Exit Deutschland is not a Euthanasia organisation. In fact it was founded a decade ago by a criminologist and a former neo-Nazi leader. According to the group’s estimates, they have helped some 400 right-wing extremists to escape the scene.

W.H.

DIY Sydney Punk

Posted in Activism, Festivals, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2011 by Weary Hobo

Dear Lurkers,

I hope you’re enjoying the queens b’day longweekend. Coinciding with this was two nights of the raw Australian punk, thrash, grindcore and heavy metal (and a touch of ska) over the weekend.

The event was called Decolonise II – diy punkfest held in the murky underground the inner west. Recently, I’ve been asking around to get some experience with sound and so I was helping a bit behind the desk, mostly just turning everything up to 11.Being involved with awesome bands like Thorax, Infinite Void, Kids on Glue and White Male Dumbinance(video) made me ask some questions about whether we have any right to call ourselves punk. The diy attitude, subversion and having fun while not taking yourself too seriously are things we have in common. At Midien there was a bunch of ‘scrn-prntng’ where you could print your favourite band name onto your hoodie. Also, there was a free stew going for the punks.

All of this along with not being out there to make money, not afraid to sing songs you love but think might challenge others and doing it for the  love is what we have in common with this sound.

There is also a tradition in punk for activism and speaking out – bands like Dead Kennedys, Propaghandi and Black Flag don’t hold back. Neither do these great young Australian bands.

Decolonise II was the last gig for Do Not Resuscitate and Thylacine and they rocked the crowd. New bands like DOSS and Las Banditas are just firing up and definitely worth checking out. My fav band from last night was Steppin’ Razor (myspace).

And to promote us… coming up soon is this tour!!

Wednesday 6th July, Students of Sustainability conference. Charles Sturt University Albury NSW. Thursday 7th July, The Pheonix Pub, Canberra ACT. Friday 8th July, Jura Books Petersham NSW. Saturday 9th July, Dirty Shirlows NSW

Griffin will be in his best punk gear. Hope to see you there!

Yours punkfully,

 

Weary H.