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Fierce, radical love

Posted on November 22nd, by Counteractive in Case study, Events, News. No Comments

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 »



Honouring the rebel

Posted on May 11th, by Counteractive in Events, News, Surveillance. No Comments

There is this strange feeling in my gut. It’s like a mix of old pain from long ago, and too much caffeine, and an uneasy churn. And it tastes brittle and metallic in my mouth.

It is a quiet unease rising that I don’t have the tools to deal with.

It seems to be how I feel about the state of progressive politics in Australia right now.

I’m in a room with 1000 people who are supposed to be our best and brightest and I am shit scared.

Whilst I am fully aware of the unsustainability of working in panic mode, I FEEL LIKE THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE.

More panic? Probably not.

More something? Hell yes.

Our world is being shot down in flames by inequity and arrogance so breathtaking that…it’s literally breath taking.

And it feels like we are overwhelmingly unprepared and out gunned. Despite the … Read More »



The day the climate movement shifted gear in Australia

Posted on May 2nd, by Counteractive in Campaigns, News. 1 Comment

It didn’t really rate much of a mention. A small local piece on the regional New South Wales news a couple of days ago, about the biggest day in court Narrabri had ever seen. 83 people were arrested in a single day on the 31st March in a significant action that involved the occupation of Whitehaven’s proposed mine expansion. In court on the 29th April, Over 100 people who had put their bodies on the line in recent months to stop destructive fossil fuel industries operating in the Leard and Pilliga forests were heard in court. Around 60 people received $300 fines for minor trespass charges. Some people are contesting charges. I am one of them.

I was proud to stand that day with doctors and teachers, with retirees and students. I was proud to stand with Bill Ryan, 92 year … Read More »



#AustraliansforCoal : A win (say industry sources)

Posted on April 24th, by Counteractive in Campaigns, News. 2 comments

35 000 emails for #AustraliansforCoal. “It was set up to entice the clicktivists to give it lift off and they did. It couldn’t have played out any better,” a source told Australian Mining. (April 23, 2014)

Really?

A week later after one of the most epic PR industry fails is that really the best you can do? People from Adam Bandt’s office and Friends of the Earth, just two of the ‘anti coal extremists’ targeted said they received less than 30. So given the excellent grasp of maths already demonstrated by industry, perhaps they just did a lazy round up and multiplied the numbers by 1000. Give or take.

Since when has the mining industry needed mythical ‘industry sources’ a la New Idea journalism, to make comment on issues of import to them? Doesn’t Stephen Galilee, of the Minerals Council, just … Read More »



Building alliances against big coal

Posted on March 5th, by Counteractive in Campaigns, News. No Comments

From a farming community and a small base camp, the campaign to save Maules Creek and the Leard state forest in New South Wales, from being turned into a massive new coal mine, has grown into an issue of national importance and is one of the strongest emerging frontlines for the climate movement in resisting new coal expansion.

The success of the growing campaign and the consistent direct action which has been running for over 500 days and more recently consistently with a series of running actions for last two months, can be measured in part by the increasing attacks from the mining industry in the media and efforts to shut down camp.

With headlines in the Australian like Whitehaven under pressure as Maules brawl steps up and a public campaign seeking to marginalise the protestors, as well as pressure being put … Read More »



Best anti coal action ever?

Posted on February 18th, by Counteractive in Campaigns, News. No Comments

We have a longer article to come on the extraordinary campaign to save Leard forest and attempts to stop Whitehaven’s coal expansion in northern New South Wales. But in the meantime we want to share this with you. An example of the bravery, and gorgeous creativity of the people on the ground who are working to defend this forest, and to stand up for a safe climate. (Or hang, as you will see…)

Even the Australian mining magazine wrote a relatively non hysterical article, though the Herald Sun couldn’t help themselves. Ten points for one of the best headlines so far this year: “Is it a bird, is it a plane, No it is a flying feral!”