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Declaration 10: Hear Me

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an empty yellow frame is set up in front of a tree in a park

Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, reads; Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Whilst all these declarations have been written for another campaign to do with conservation I recognise that I could not have written any of them without knowledge of disability issues, without partaking in activism for disability rights.

In this instance I felt that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights gave particular succour to the rich and to the professional and that whilst it may have sought to favour everyone it has an inbuilt slant towards the have’s whilst offering only hope to the have not’s. Which of cause raises the questions;

a) Why bother with campaigning?
b) Why bother being active?
c) Can we really change the world by taking our fight forward?
d) Is advocacy relevant?

 

Declaration  10; Hear Me

Take note
Take notes
Write notes
Make notes
Print notes
Post notes
Prove to us
You heard
You listened
You understood
Confirm
Clarify
Summarise
Make points
Point forward
Give hope
Inspire
Advocate
Speak up
Be our voice
Our silent voice
Our unheard voice
Our voice
Ignored
Neglected
Abused
Domestically
Financially
Physically
Mentally
Within systems
Institutions
Care provision
By Employers
Teachers
Doctors
Nurses
Accountants
Developers
Bankers
Profiting
From silence
On issues
Unheard
On subjects
Silenced
Within systems
Exploiting
Exploitative
Manipulative
False
Lying, hiding
Shame faced denying
The hurt
Received
The pain
Convincing
Silence
Is the way
The way today
Of protection
Then talk for us
Talk to us
Tell us about
Fairness
Equality
Ensure
Enable
Belief
Value
Experience
Of loss
Of hurt
Of loss again
Of loss of
Many things lost
In change
Outside
Of us
Our home
Our town
Within environments
Owned
Owned by few
A few not like us
Deciding
What will be
What happens to our
Family
Friends
Community
Without consent
Through powers taken
Powers taking
Power
Without asking
Without consent
Without permission
And talk to us
Now
About fairness
About equality
Not of recompense
Nor benefit
Or compensation
For that lost
Is gone now
Gone
Taken
Forsaken
Hear us speak of hope

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Those are big questions.
We do what we can. Your poem says this, I think.