Whew! After nearly 18 months since we first discussed it, we are so thrilled to say that our Legals Handbook is alive! And has been released into the wild. Much painstaking work in conjunction with Environmental Justice Australia and our fabulous interns, Jen and Orietta, many hours of edits, and fine tuning, and a lot of discussion, sourcing photos and graphics with our wonderful designer… and it is here. Thanks also to Victoria Law Foundation for covering most of the printing.
This was a deliberate collaboration where we hoped to strike a chord between accurate legal information, and a real sense of how interactions with police can sometimes play out – whilst giving a realistic perspective of the overstated, but often relatively minor consequences for participating in peaceful civil disobedience protest. It was designed to be approachable for new activists, trying … Read More »
Lessons from an activist crowd funding campaign
This blog has been written as background to the #StartingGood live tweet chat we are participating in on the 1st May, 8am AEST. Follow the hashtag for discussion. By Nicola Paris (Twitter: @peacenicsta or @CounterActOz)
What is one thing many activists are really bad at doing?
Asking for money. For ourselves. Sometimes it is easy to ask for other people, for projects we care about it. But essentially I was asking people to support me, with a relatively untested idea.
For me it was incredibly difficult, and of course to add to the challenges – I was in uncharted waters. How do you ask folks to donate money to a project that can be seen as training people to ‘break the law’?
Nonviolent direct action has a long and proud history, both in Australia and overseas, and systematic … Read More »
Well it has been a long time coming, but we have finally launched the updated version of the Camp Walmadan booklet, complete with the ‘WE WON’ wrap around copy, with reflections and stories from the successful campaign to stop Woodside’s proposed gas refinery on the Kimberley coast.
A huge shout out to our lovely and patient designer friend Lilia who did such a fab job and everyone who shared their stories… as well as those that didn’t have a chance.
Celebration is important, and we wanted to make the resource available for everyone to share, but add in some positive stories – as we all know, wins like this don’t come around every day.
It is timely as ‘Heritage Fight‘ – the remarkable documentary of the Goolarabooloo people and Broome community is currently showing on NITV, and Part One is available for a … Read More »
So many of us knew, or at least suspected, that we are under the level of scrutiny that has now been confirmed. And one of the disturbing things is – not that many people in Australia seem to care… there is a bit of a ‘she’ll be right mate’ and assumption that this is just the way it is… ‘if you have nothing to hide you shouldn’t have anything to worry about’.
Apart from… you know…basic civil liberties, an assumption of innocence and right to privacy.
Prism, and the revelations from the courageous Edward Snowden, of the extent of data tracking done by the NSA concern all of us– certainly in Australia, as revealed by consistent questioning by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, whose office has long sought answers and some vague sense of accountability from ASIO and other agencies. We love … Read More »