Ch01.B13 Resistance is NOT futile

Ch01.B13 Resistance is NOT futile

by Andrea McCannon

Melbourne teacher Jess Hackett believes that us Aussies are a welcoming lot who would offer friendship and compassion to asylum seekers and refugees if given the chance. So strong is her conviction, that she’s walking from Melbourne to Canberra to present her Welcome Petition to Parliament in a bid to persuade the government to change their hard-line stance.

I chatted to Jess about her reasons for taking on this huge project and how she plans to document her journey. Off-camera I asked Jess whether she feels she can really effect change, and she related a wonderful story her sister told her.

"A man is standing on a beach strewn with thousands of washed-up starfish. He is throwing them one by one back into the sea. A stranger approaches and asks hIM why he is bothering – there are so many thousands of starfish that it can’t possibly make a difference. The man picks up another starfish, throws it back into the sea and says “It made a difference to that one.”*

Visit The Welcome Petition https://www.thewelcomepetition.com/ blog to catch up with Jess’s progress and see how you can help.

*This story is adapted from a story by Joel Barker, inspired by the writings of Loren Eiseley.

Ch01.B14 What's stopping you?

Ch01.B14 What's stopping you?

Ch01.B12 Seeking some resistance

Ch01.B12 Seeking some resistance