Monday, August 23, 2004


What can progressives do in response to today's fundamentalist hatefest outside Parliament? Lobby, of course! Remind MPs that those blackshirted bigots are not a representative voice, and that most New Zealanders support equality and human rights rather than hatred and bigotry.

As for who to target, I think the Labour, Green and Progressive Coalition votes are probably fairly stable. The people to target are those MPs from National, NZFirst, and ACT who supported the bill. They're the ones who may change their minds or chicken out. It would also be an idea to contact the four Labour MPs who did not vote the first time round and encourage them to vote in favour.

If you don't know what to say, the Campaign for Civil Unions has some sample letters here.