It was great to see Students of Sustainability back in full force in July 2017. Held in the politically active community of Newcastle that hosts the worlds largest coal port – the commitment to climate justice was evident as one of the strong themes that were touched on – along with just transitions, an ongong commitment to sovereignty and treaty as well as strong social justice themes.
We ran workshops on legal education for activists, live tweeting for actions and events, creative activism and a discussion on the recent win to save the Beeliar wetlands in WA that we supported. We are excited that we might be seeing new activist legals collective forming in Queensland.
It was brilliant to see experienced Newcastle activists supporting a new wave of younger student activists in a powerful, nonviolent day of action that saw 11 bank … Read More »
Beeliar Legal team launch damning report – call for investigation
A report is being launched today by the legal support team for the Beeliar protests that documents over twenty incidents of excessive use of force, unlawful use of pepper spray, injuries from horses, tasers threatening minors, unlawful arrests, innocent people being strip searched and a culture of aggression and violence towards community activists.
In addition a community survey with more than 200 respondents, revealed a devastating loss of trust in the community, including significant and disturbing findings relating to more than 100 children and how they viewed police as a result of the protests – in addition to numerous violent incidents witnessed and experienced and a notably different approach taken to Aboriginal activists.
Beeliar Legal Support member Christine Duckham said, “Our team called for people in the community to come forward with their … Read More »
“It is it worth it. we can not stop the struggle, we can not stop looking for a dignified life for all”
Gustav Castro Soto from Mexico spoke of watching his comrade Berta Caceres being gunned down and dying in his arms. She had a $50 000 price on her head.
120 environmentalists have been murdered since 2010, with a 95% impunity rate in Honduras. Across the globe 185 environmental activists were killed in 2015.
The room was in tears hearing of the loss of a beloved colleague. This was one of the stories of resilience we were privileged to hear as part of the Friends of the Earth International Bi-Annual General meeting in Bandar Lampung last week.
We got a phone call ten days ago whilst presenting at a conference interstate – Can we go to Sumatra, Indonesia to facilitate the school of … Read More »
Today it was finally announced by the Andrews Labor government that a permanent ban on unconventional gas is to be legislated in Victoria.
It is a huge and significant announcement that will hopefully set an exciting precedent across the country. It was an amazing grassroots campaign that led to this victory. We were only involved in a small part of this campaign, and want to ensure that the big congratulations is sent to the Quit Coal collective and their Coal and Gasfield Free campaign with Friends of the Earth Australia, who worked collaboratively with Lock the Gate to pull off this extraordinary win, on the smell of an oily rag.
Our involvement was during the phase of the campaign when it seemed like drilling for gas by Lakes Oil was imminent. We had the pleasure of heading out to the regions for a series of workshops … Read More »
It’s a bit of a concern when one of the earliest vocal advocates for privacy around the Census is “Australia’s most beloved cartoonist” First Dog on the Moon.
Whilst we have a lot of love for Brenda the civil disobedience penguin, it has been eerily quiet over the last couple of months regarding the Census with just a few people raising concerns and describing it as “without doubt, the most significant invasion of privacy ever perpetrated on Australians by the ABS,” says ex ABS statistician Bill McLennan. EDIT 5/8: and another quality effort by First Dog about the “Census Cage fight” here.
Thankfully, in the last week or two there has been some belated activity online, with the #CensusFail hashtag generating a lot of discussion and debate, but still not much in the way of an organised campaign of resistance or high profile … Read More »
How do we unfuck the planet?
Well, it’s not entirely an easy question to answer but we went to Splendour in the Grass and tried to have a crack at it along with some of the best activist brains in the country.
Splendour in the Grass turns 16 this year, and the Splendour Forum has become a key part of it over the last seven years with the growing institution of the Splendour Q&A (which Barnaby Joyce woosed out of this year), lots of comedy and nerdy learning.
They have a great tradition of bringing progressive and contentious ideas, and injecting a bit of politics and activism into a festival scene otherwise filled with dancing, drinking and too much plastic.
Our unfucking conversation was wide ranging – hosted by Dr Lindsay McDougall – prolific tweeter, musician and all round champ.
We heard about the biggest … Read More »
We are out of time
A right wing government and unpredictable Senate with power held by racist and climate denying extremists has just been confirmed for Australia.
We are in the last few years of what was called the “critical decade” for our climate.
The minerals council has welcomed the “trifecta” of government cabinet appointments with open arms and have been positively giddy online, practically flirting with Senator Canavan, and falling over themselves to welcome the combined portfolio of energy and environment.
APPEA Chief Executive Dr Malcolm Roberts said: “The Holy Grail of policy is integrated environment and energy policies, which can deliver lower emissions and affordable energy security.
“Combining environment and energy into a single portfolio is a bold move that should be supported by everyone seeking sound long-term policy. Environmental policy is often energy policy and vice versa. (continued in media release)
My friends, … Read More »
We are excited to announce our new workshop, ARTS AND HEART in campaigning – a residential at gorgeous Common Ground in Seymour for the first weekend of Winter.
As we have been plotting and preparing for this workshop it was great to see the success of the long running campaign, Liberate Tate – a superb example of combining art and activism together for maximum impact.
Dear Australia – Let’s shake it up!
Tired of the same old chants, boring marches, die-ins and tactics that haven’t evolved since the 1970’s?
Want to think big, think creative and grab people’s attention?
Inspired by creative culture jamming, groups like the Yes Men, the fabulous colour and props of international climate marches and use of art and theatre across the world – we thought it was high time the environment movement got some more creative juices flowing here, as … Read More »
Our round up of resources, groups and training to get involved in, pathways to action and suggestions for affinity group organising to get in the way, to #LetThemStay
It is an incredible time right now with significant movement momentum gathering around the call to #LetThemStay in relation to the 267 refugees at risk of being deported to Nauru and Manus Island after a recent high court case was unsuccessful in challenging offshore detention.
The response across Australia has been phenomenal – from all sectors of civil society, calling on a need for a moral response, rather than a legal one. Civil disobedience and non-cooperation has hit the mainstream with churches offering sanctuary, and other institutions such as trade hall, and individuals joining that offer as well. Teachers and healthcare workers have been speaking out in recent months, refusing to discharge children who … Read More »
This week I have been thinking about radical love.
A friend asked me this week – what did the word radicalised mean to me? She asked me this before 129 people were killed in Paris. Before 43 people were killed in Beirut. I was mindful even before then about the baggage that comes with this term, but it’s something I think is vital to our experiences as activists. Because we need more people to be radicalised in the right way.
We are radicalised when we start to have a sense of our own power.
Both when we see things we love taken from us, and when we realise we can fight for them and win.
In the last few years I have been focusing on training activists. Amongst many other skills, to take nonviolent direct action. I believe deeply in the power of people … Read More »