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January 18, 2022

Soapbox for the outraged in Lismore

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Are you outraged? Sad? Disappointed? Incredulous? Do you just want to have your say?

The Knitting Nannas Against (KNAG) gas have created a soapbox with your name on it.

If you build it they will come – and they did. Community Soapbox builders Judi and Gwilym Summers. Photo Tree Faerie.
If you build it they will come – and they did. Community Soapbox builders Judi and Gwilym Summers. Photo Tree Faerie.

The first Community Soapbox was held in the rain on January 21, still, about 10 people ranging from the slightly miffed to the really bloody pissed off, getting on the soapbox with the megaphone and speaking about a variety of issues such as racism, pensions, disability insurance, climate change, the environment, and indigenous youth and more.

This free community forum has been established as an opportunity for all in the community to have a voice on issues such as the behaviour of politicians and governments on the environment, Centrelink, pensions, health, racism, human rights and taxation to name a few.

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Knitting Nannas on the Community Soapbox. Photo Tree Faerie.

KNAG is inviting everyone to come and join in with the Community Soapbox this Saturday either as a speaker or just come along and hear what is going on in your community.

The box will appear (as if by magic) tomorrow, Saturday February 18 and every third Saturday of the month, at the corner of Magellan and Molesworth streets in Lismore from 10.30am.

The only thing that nanas ask in return is that everyone be respectful. ‘Anyone can talk, the only restrictions are: no hate speech and no very rude language.’

The Knitting Nannas want to encourage all members of our community to come along and have their say. ‘We have the soapbox and megaphone,’ say the Nannas. ‘Bring your stories of the injustice served upon us by our pollies and governments.

‘We all have a responsibility to speak out for the kiddies and future generations.’

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