Why a Progressives Afternoon Tea Party?

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On the weekend of the 27th-28th of July women and men across Australia are invited to take part in an Afternoon Tea Party – cake, politics, feminism and friendship.

Once upon a time, little girls used to play tea party, with their plastic cups and stuffed bears and dolls. As they grew up, women would meet with their girlfriends at 5-star hotels for Afternoon Tea.

Then, the rabid Right Wing in the United States took the name “Tea Party” for their political movement which has seen a massive winding back of rights for people across almost all demographics, particularly women.

In Australia, women and men have witnessed some of the most vile misogyny that any woman has ever experienced directed against the Prime Minister, much of it coming from the lunar Right.

The sexist, misogynist, hateful way the Right, currently in Opposition, treat the Prime Minister is just a sign on what women of Australia can expect under an Abbott-led government.

The extreme Right took the name Tea Party, and now, we are taking it back.

English: Mabel Capper and Suffragettes with a ...

English: Mabel Capper and Suffragettes with a petition 1911 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Inspired by the Suffragettes and 1920s flappers (and women through-out history) who fought for women’s rights to vote and work and take their place in society, standing up to those who would make women invisible. The Progressives Tea Party is a celebration of women’s enfranchisement and women’s voices – our rights to vote, our rights to lead, our rights to speak, and our rights to be heard.


If you can’t be in Melbourne for the inaugural “Progressives Tea Party”, host your own in what ever capital city or rural and regional area you live in.

Gather your women friends, daughters, sisters, and your men friends. Or arrange a Tea Party with friends from your social networks, Twitter, Facebook, bloggers.

If meeting strangers, arrange to meet up in a public space, that way, there are no discussions about who gets stuck with the washing up.

It can be as elaborate as a 5-star hotel, as relaxed as the corner cafe, or as informal as a picnic in the park.

Order, buy, make or bring a plate of cakes, piklets, scones and jam and cream, pastries, sandwiches, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc.

Then, sit and discuss anything you want.

Most importantly, enjoy.

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Recipe: Apple Raisin Tea Cake

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What is an Afternoon Tea without cake. Here is a recipe for an Apple-Raisin Tea Cake. Raisins can be replaced by same measure of any dried fruit.
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Ingredients

3/4 cup of raisins
1 cup hot tea
2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
1 teaspoon nutmeg
4 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons sunflower oil
3 tablespoons milk (dairy or soy, etc)
1 apple, grated


Method
Soak the raisins in the hot tea for several hours or overnight

Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced). Line a cake tin with two layers of greased proof baking paper, have a paper reaching over the edges.

Sift flour into a bowl, add spice, stir in sugar.

Add fruit and tea, and apple.

Add the oil and milk.

Mix well.

Spoon the mixture into prepared tin, push any exposed raisins into the cake mixture.

Take another square of baking paper and cover the cake by twisting the corners with the paper in the baking tin. This will protect the cake while it cooks.

Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a skewer comes out clear.

Turn out onto a wire rack and cool. Remove paper when cake has cooled.

Refusing To Left Others Do Your Thinking

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Adrienne Rich

Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you…it means that you do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security; for our bodies to be treated as objects, our minds are in mortal danger. It means insisting that those to whom you give your friendship and love are able to respect your mind. It means being able to say, with Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre: “I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all the extraneous delights should be withheld or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.

Responsibility to yourself means that you don’t fall for shallow and easy solutions–predigested books and ideas…marrying early as an escape from real decisions, getting pregnant as an evasion of already existing problems. It means that you refuse to sell your talents and aspirations short…and this, in turn, means resisting the forces in society which say that women should be nice, play safe, have low professional expectations, drown in love and forget about work, live through others, and stay in the places assigned to us. It means that we insist on a life of meaningful work, insist that work be as meaningful as love and friendship in our lives. It means, therefore, the courage to be “different”…The difference between a life lived actively, and a life of passive drifting and dispersal of energies, is an immense difference. Once we begin to feel committed to our lives, responsible to ourselves, we can never again be satisfied with the old, passive way

Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.

Source: Adrienne Rich, Claiming an Education, 1977

Suffragettes: Deeds Not Words

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Emily Wilding Davison

Emily Wilding Davison was particularly committed to ‘deeds not words’, notably hiding in the House of Commons on a number of occasions, including on Census night in April 1911 when she spent the night in a cupboard in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in order to state ‘House of Commons’ as her address on her census return.

She was imprisoned eight times for offences including assault and stone-throwing. Her final, and most dramatic, act was to step out in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby in June 1913. It is unclear whether she intended to commit suicide, but she died soon afterwards of her injuries.

Source: www.parliament.uk
Women And The Vote

The Government Is Murdering Women

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The government is murdering women, is a protest sign that relates to the force feeding of hunger striking suffragette activists while they were in prison.

Our Votes Won’t Be Taken For Grant, Neither Will Our Right To Vote

Recipe: Luscious Hot Chocolate

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For home made hot chocolate that will rival anything served in a 5-star hotel.

Ingredients

4 heaped tablespoons of cocoa powder
3 heaped tablespoons of icing sugar
2 heaped tablespoons of corn flour
2 heaped tablespoons of brown sugar
half a pinch of salt
a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon

100 grams of grated chocolate or choc pieces

Vanilla essence
Milk
Whipped Cream


Method
Mix the dry ingredients, but not the chocolate

In a saucepan, heat 1 mug of milk per person

Reduce the heat, add the dry ingredients

Stir constantly, when it begins to thicken add the grated chocolate, keep stirring, so as the chocolate doesn’t burn

Pour hot chocolate into a mug, add a drop or two of vanilla essence.

Top with whipped cream

Optional: marshmallows instead of cream
or, on top of the whipped cream, add a chocolate curls (made by running a potato peeler on the edge of a block of chocolate) or cocoa

cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream and co...

cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream and cocoa powder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your Silence Will Not Protect You

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Audre Lorde (author of Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches):

“I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you…. What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language.”

I began to ask each time: “What’s the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?” Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, “disappeared” or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.

Next time, ask: What’s the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.

And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.”

We are not responsible for our oppressson, but...

We are not responsible for our oppressson, but we are responsible for our liberation – Audre Lorde (Photo credit: Steve Rhodes)

Hey DJ – Pink: Can’t Keep Me Down

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Hey, hey, man! What’s your problem?
I see you tryin’ to hurt me bad
Don’t know what you’re up against
Maybe you should reconsider
Come up with another plan.

♪ ♪ Pink: 18 Wheeler
by Pink and Dallas Austin


Can’t keep me down, down
Can’t keep me down
No you can’t keep me down
I said you can’t keep me down

Hey, hey, man! What’s your problem?
I see you tryin’ to hurt me bad
Don’t know what you’re up against
Maybe you should reconsider
Come up with another plan
Cuz you know I’m not that kinda girl
That’ll lay there and let you come first

You can push me out the window
I’ll just get back up
You can run me over with your 18 wheeler truck
And I won’t give a f***
You can treat me like a slave
I’ll go underground
You can run me over with your 18 wheeler but
You can’t keep me down, down, down, down

Can’t keep me down, down
Can’t keep me down, down, down
Can’t keep me down, down

Hey, hey, girl! Are you ready for today?
You got your shield and sword?
Cuz it’s time to play the games
You are beautiful
Even though your not for sure
Don’t let him pull you by the skirt
You’re gonna get your feelings hurt

You can push me out the window
I’ll just get back up
You can run me over with your 18 wheeler truck
And I won’t give a f***
You can treat me like a slave
I’ll go underground
You can run me over with your 18 wheeler but
You can’t keep me down, down, down, down

You can push me out the window
I’ll just get back up
You can run me over with your 18 wheeler truck
And I won’t give a f***
You can treat me like a slave
I’ll go underground
You can run over me with your 18 wheeler but
You can’t keep me down, down, down

Everywhere that I go
There’s someone waitin’ to chain me
Everything that I say
There’s someone tryin’ to short change me
I am only this way
Because of what you have made me
And I’m not gonna break!

You can push me out the window
I’ll just get back up
You can run me over with your 18 wheeler truck
And I won’t give a f***
You can treat me like a slave
I’ll go underground
You can run me over with your 18 wheeler but
You can’t keep me down, down, down

You can push me out the window
I’ll just get back up
You can run me over with your 18 wheeler truck
And I won’t give a f***
I won’t give a f***
You can treat me like a slave
I’ll go underground
You can run me over with your 18 wheeler but
You can’t keep me down, down, down, no

You can push me out the window
I’ll just get back up
You can run me over with your 18 wheeler truck
And I won’t give f***
You can treat me like a slave
I’ll go underground (I’ll go underground, ground, ground ground…)
You can run over me with your 18 wheeler but
You can’t keep me down, down, down, down (Can’t keep me down!!!)