Here are some of the programs we have run, and folks we have been working with and supporting:
- The Change Course – Practical skills for advocacy and campaigning. Ran in 2014-15. We are seeking funding for 2016. This gave a broad overview of skills needed to be an effective campaigner. From community organising, to social media and fundraising , we covered a great set of tools to take away, increasing skills, and developing better capacity in the areas our participants work in.
- Melbourne Activist Legal Support is a group we are working with to support social movements in Melbourne with legal observer training, and legal rights briefings for activists.
- Melbourne Campaigners Network holds regular gatherings for campaigners, activists, and organisers to discuss ideas, exchange resources and discover new approaches to social change. We co-convene this regular event with Plan to Win.
- Climate movement – We have supported many groups on this issue over a number of years now – both in Melbourne, and through training at national events, such as Climate Camps, Switch off Hazelwood, and a series of ‘Act Up’ convergences at the Maules Creek mine in Leard state forest, NSW. We work with Quit Coal, Lock the Gate, 350.org and Gasfield Free Seaspray. Most recently we helped to establish Direct Action Melbourne, a network of groups working together on nonviolent direct actions relating to climate change.
- James Price Point (Walmadan) We visited and worked with the ‘Broome No Gas’ community campaign several times since first being invited to run nonviolent direct action training in 2011. An inspiring and ultimately successful campaign – you can read about their significant win here. We developed and contributed to this excellent camp booklet which may be helpful for many other campaigns also.
We are also working on developing resources for Australian campaigners, and will be continuing to add to, and expand our list of some great tools for campaigners from around the world. We released a needs analysis for activist training in Australia in early 2014.