Luka Lesson

Luka Lesson

Luke Haralampou, aka Luka Lesson, is a spoken word and Hip-hop artist of Greek heritage from Australia. Over the past four years Luka has released two full length albums (Please Resist Me, 2012 + EXIT, 2014) one Greek + English language EP (Πέρασμα|Passage, 2013), and a powerful collection of poetry entitled ‘The Future Ancients’ (2013).

With four years of international touring, 14 Writers’ Festivals, 8 years of workshop experience and almost ten years of writing under his belt, Luka has written commissions and performed for the likes of The Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe (NYC), The National Gallery of Victoria (AUS), Trinity International Hip-hop Festival (USA), Greece’s pioneer Hip-hop group ‘Active Member’, South Africa’s ‘OneBlood Festival’ and China’s most celebrated living poet Xi Chuan in Beijing. He is also the Australian Poetry Slam Champion of 2011 and Melbourne Overload Poetry Festival Slam Champion of 2010.

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Academically Luka holds a first-class honours degree from Monash University and has taught side-by-side with Indigenous educators and staff at the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies. He has co-ordinated and spoken at symposia relating to cross-cultural awareness and recently completed a Masters of Sound Design (Poetry Performance) through the Victorian College of the Arts. As a workshop facilitator Luka has assisted thousands of people worldwide to write and perform their work, many for the first time

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17 hours ago

Friends and other good humans,

I’m about to start filming and creating an online resource for schools across the planet.

Many of them I have already visited and I know the teachers/people well.

For those education centres worldwide that I know cannot afford it, I’d like to make this full poetry-in-education resource 100% free for them.

I believe in the talent and skill of young people in those places and the power of those voices to make change. It’s important to me.

To achieve this though, I need your help.

So, if you can afford it, check out to the link below to become a patron - do not feel obliged, I know times are strange and tough.

www.patreon.com/lukalesson

This support will give me the financial foundation I need to get this education program fully filmed and recorded, and then delivered to schools who need it.

If you are from a school like this that I have never visited - please hit me up. I want to make a difference.

In these strange times, we have to share the love. 📚 ✍🏽
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I’m here in SC and we don’t know when we will be back in a face to face school right now. I will be virtually teaching starting August 17. I am looking forward to this amazing resource! Thank you for all you do from your words to your activism. You are amazing!

Bravo Luka Haralampou

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1 week ago

RISE: Refugee, Survivors and eX-detainees condemn Victorian Premier Daniel Andrew’s brutal use of 500 police to enforce a “hard lockdown” of nine public housing estates in North Melbourne and Flemington

RISE: Refugee, Survivors and eX-detainees condemns Victorian Premier Daniel Andrew’s use of 500 police to brutally enforce a 5 day “hard lockdown” on nine public housing estates in North Melbourne and Flemington during this COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to being low income earners, a significant number of residents are people of colour from migrant and Refugee communities. Over the years, many RISE members, staff, volunteers and even the founder of RISE have lived in these public housing estates.

RISE members residing in the housing estates have informed us that Daniel Andrew’s government did not provide any notice of the lock down, resulting in many residents being suddenly locked out of their own homes, including families being separated and blocked from going in by Victoria police. Since the Premier’s announcement yesterday, frantic efforts to deliver food to residents blockaded in the apartments have been useless.

The current unstoppable outbreak in Victoria stems from the quarantine hotels that have been mismanaged by the Dan Andrews government and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). We shouldn’t forget the same DHHS is also responsible for managing the North Melbourne and Flemington flats. This is a broken system that cannot be fixed by the military or police.

African communities from the same flats have succeeded in exposing the fact that Victoria police has racially profiled and terrorised community members living here and now hundreds of Victoria police officers are being deployed by the Victorian premier to stand just outside residents’ apartment doors. There are police on every floor of the building. This is extremely frightening and retraumatising for RISE members including eX-detainees with severe PTSD and limited English language skills. Victoria police are at the flats not to help control the virus, they are here to help Dan Andrews to control and racialise our people.

White Australia has criminalised the bodies of Refugees, all people of colour, who have come by boats to seek asylum for over 30 years by detaining every single one of them. One of Australia’s justification for arbitrary imprisonment of Refugees who come by boat is to carry out “health checks” endorsed by The Greens, Labor and the Liberal–National Coalition. What is now happening during this pandemic to residents in public housing flats is an extension of Australia’s Refugee detention policies. Within the last two years the Australian government has imprisoned dozens of our people in hotels after they were evacuated here from Manus and Nauru for medical treatment. Now our community members living in public housing flats in Melbourne are being imprisoned and policed to “contain” the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

One day we will find a vaccine for Covid-19 but we will never find a vaccine for white supremacy in Australia.

RISE Team

Link to the statement here www.riserefugee.org/north-melbourne-and-flemington-hard-lockdown/
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