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change the date
January 26th is a date that for many Australians, evokes images of joyful gatherings with beachside barbeques, beer, music and red, blue and white paraphernalia. But for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and many non-Aboriginal Australians, it marks the beginning of two centuries of dispossession, theft, colonization and violence.
Changing the date of Australia day is about how a nation that professes values of fairness and inclusiveness truly delivers on those values. It’s about truth and human decency.
Here are a few simple talking points you can consider to spark discussion about #ChangeTheDate.
Is it decent to celebrate a day that marks the brutal invasion & colonization of at least 250 different Aboriginal Nations & societies?
If you and your family called Australia home for 60,000 years & then Australia was violently invaded and taken over today, when would you stop resisting? When would you expect your children and grandchildren to forget & stop honoring those who were killed in the defense of Australia?
To come together in peace and healing, we must pay respect to what January26 truly represents- the invasion of societies that have been here and loved this place for 60,000 years.
Contrary to popular belief, ‘Australia Day’ has only been recognized as a national holiday for 22 years, but Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people & their supporters have been protesting January 26 for much longer. In 1938, a major protest called the ‘National Day of Mourning’ occurred, and mourning has been ongoing on January 26 ever since. Australia hasn’t really been listening after more than 80 years, so it’s time we started.
An ‘Australia Day’ will always be controversial because the legacies of colonization are still destructive today. But we still have to face the problem of non-Aboriginal Australians celebrating on January 26. Ending those celebrations paves the way for a genuine discussion about what date might be better and what a real national celebration might look like and be called.
You can be part of the solution by being part of the discussion. You can help ‘sparkke’ change.
Get out there and start talking about #ChangeTheDate .
CONSENT CAN’T COME
AFTER YOU DO
Let’s talk about consent…
“An active process of willingly and freely choosing to participate in sexual activity of any kind with someone else, and a shared responsibility for everyone engaging in, or who wants to engage in, any kind of sexual interaction with someone. When there is a question or invitation about sex of any kind, when consent is mutually given or affirmed, the answer on everyone's part is an enthusiastic yes” .
This means that sexual consent isn’t just making sure that someone doesn’t say no – but ensuring that the person enthusiastically says YES. You have to get permission before ignition.
The number one reason to seek sexual consent is to ensure that all people involved in any sexual activity feel positive about the encounters they’re having. If consent isn’t freely given, if you don’t check in with the people you’re having sex with, you don’t really know if they’re feeling coerced, frightened, shamed or having sex for some other complicated reason that has nothing to do with you.
Sexual Activity without consent is against the law and it’s sexual assault.
In Australia, addressing the issue of sexual consent is crucial. One in three women has experienced physical or sexual assault in her lifetime. After the age of 15 almost one in five women will experience sexual assault. And four out of every 100 men are also victims of sexual assault in Australia . These are our grandparents, parents, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, friends, partners. It’s up to us all to have these conversations about what sexual consent means and to make sure that we are all on the same page.
SEXUAL CONSENT MATTERS.
Don’t just take our word for it: Have a look at these cool resources:
It Begins with Consent | Bianca Villani | TEDxABQWomen
Consent: A Comic
Tea Consent -Animation
Shit Guys Say When They Need To Say Something - Animation
NIPPLES ARE NIPPLES
Nipples – we’ve all got ‘em!
Some have more fat tissue beneath them than others, but male or female, nipples are nipples.
Women’s nipples remain highly sexualised body parts that seem to serve the exclusive purpose of pleasing the male gaze.
This attitude is harmful and degrading to women. Australia’s current laws perpetuate this harm.
In NSW, for example, women face up to six months in jail for the ‘offence’ of going topless in public. Even more absurd is that the police don’t need to prove someone actually saw a woman topless, only that there was the potential for someone to see her that way.
But of course the issue of ‘freeing the nipple’ is more than just skin deep. Feeling entitled to sexualize women’s nipples reflects the gender inequality deeply entrenched in our society.
Women are still three times more likely to suffer violence at the hands of intimate partners than men. The gender pay gap remains. Female representation in parliament is one third that of men. Women are still blamed and shamed in rape cases. The list goes on.
‘Feminism’ isn’t about beating men down. It’s about empowering us all to stand up against sexism and to support and uplift women to the equal status in society that they deserve.
The genitals you were born with should not dictate how you are treated.
Let’s refocus the sexual lens that forbids women going topless at the beach (men won this right in the ‘20’s). Let’s get rid of the double standards that exist. Let’s stop making women feel ashamed of their bodies.
Let’s re-educate social media administrators who censor or remove the female body from public view reinforcing a society that blames women for men’s arousal as opposed to blaming men for their antisocial behaviours when aroused.
Let’s change the society that strips women of the right to own their body.
Nipples are nipples.
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share,
With courage let us all combine
To advance Australia fair.
Right there in verse two – we promise to share our plentiful lands with those who arrive on our shores seeking refuge. However many of us feel less than proud to sing our National Anthem whilst ‘taking on’ less than half a percent of refugees resettled globally in 2015 (11,776 people), then incarcerating them in detention camps.
While it may seem like a new problem, the issue of asylum seekers in Australia has been a fiercely debated political topic for generations. It began in the ‘30s when we did little to assist those fleeing Nazi Germany, and continues today when we have repeatedly been found to be in breach of the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.
There are far too many myths that cloud the debate on asylum seekers.
Asylum seekers are not illegals. The UN Refugee Convention, which Australia willingly signed, states that any person has a legal right to arrive on our shores in any way they can and submit a claim for asylum.
The brutal detention camps of Nauru, Manus Island and Australia aren’t comparable to ‘school camps’. They’re harsh, barren dumping grounds of disease, crime, rape and death, currently housing over 2600 asylum seekers.
Refugees will not flood Australia. A country like Turkey hosts 2.5 million refugees, but the largest number of boat arrivals in Australia in a year has been 20,587.
The point is we have plenty of room in Australia. What we lack is political will open hearts and the support of the people.
Put simply, Australia has an obligation under international law, to treat asylum seekers fairly. And we’re shirking this responsibility. But the real truth of it all is that helping those in peril is the right thing to do, it makes us better people.
Lets accept our responsibility as part of the global community and provide the caring and supportive safe house those locked in our detention camps so desperately seek and need.
Stand with us, demanding #EndTheAbuse #CloseTheCamps and #BringThemHere.