Harawira praises hunger striker
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira was at court yesterday to support a Kaikohe beneficiary on a hunger strike in protest at his treatment by Work and Income.
The terrible case of Sam Kahu, a beneficiary in a wheelchair who attacked a WINZ office in protest at their inane policy of refusing food grants until the beneficiary goes to a budget advisor highlights the reality of Paula Bennett's cruelty as social policy.
As Sam points out, he'd already seen a budget advisor the last time he needed a food grant and all the advisor could point out is that Sam doesn't earn enough money to pay for his costs.
Well done the Northern Advocate and Radio Live who have stayed with this story, but so many other media outlets have done nothing.
Sam on his 18th day of a hunger strike doesn't gain any attention from the mainstream media because he runs foul of their carefully constructed stereotypes. Brave Paula is fighting against dirty bennie bludgers and sexually promiscuous solo mothers, Sam in his wheelchair fighting pointless red tape just so he can feed his family challenges that stereotype, thus he is simply censored out from the dialogue.
Our poverty has increased while the richest NZers make even more, those on the bottom are being asked to do with less for an economic recession they had no hand in making. Sam's courage to refuse to be treated in such undignified ways is an example to us all.