Social Movement History

23 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

People’s Climate March: Why did people participate?

The international People’s Climate Mobilisation has involved inspiring large rallies around the world – including an epic 310,000 in New York City. In Melbourne around 30,000 turned out on Sunday 21 September, a beautiful spring day. Four volunteers undertook a survey at the rally, to gather feedback for the organisers, see if there were lessons […]

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02 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Learning from history, committing to solidarity

Karrina Nolan and Amelia Telford facilitated an excellent session for our August MCN. After the usual networking Karrina set the context that needs to be front of mind when working with Indigenous communities: Over 50% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are under 35, but are also 25-28 times more likely to be detained in the […]

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09 July 2014 ~ 3 Comments

The radical history of unemployed activism

The Melbourne Campaigners’ Network event on Anti-Poverty Organising in Australia was a well attended energising and inspiring discussion, countering the doom and gloom of the latest attacks on the welfare system. The night included an overview of the history of Australia’s welfare system, followed by oral history from Annie Nash (sharing stories from the 1980s) and […]

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19 November 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Skills for Community Advocacy

Holly Hammond, Director of Plan to Win, is excited to be working with the Chisholm Institute to develop and deliver the Graduate Certificate in Community Advocacy in 2014. This is an excellent opportunity for change agents to deepen their skills and knowledge through a unique accredited course. The Graduate Certificate draws on the latest knowledge about […]

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11 June 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Celebration is an Activist Skill

Last month’s Melbourne Campaigners’ Network was held on a grim rainy night but it was totally heartwarming! We shared stories of success – big or small, recent or distant. Activists are often so focused on problems. We’re used to battle and struggle. Unfortunately many of us have experienced defeat. Even when we do win it […]

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13 May 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Learning From a Tibet Campaign Win

Kyinzom Dhongdue from Australian Tibet Council shares the story of a recent campaign win and the lessons that can be taken from it.  On 16 April, a prime time news program on Australian TV broke the story on the country’s oldest university cancelling a talk by the Dalai Lama. Within a week, the University of […]

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09 April 2013 ~ 3 Comments

The Heart of the Kimberley

Nicola Paris has recently returned from six months in Broome supporting the community campaign against Woodside’s proposed gas hub. She’ll be sharing her observations and insights at our next Melbourne Campaigners’ Network event: ‘Lessons from the frontline’, this Thursday 12 April at the Wheeler Centre. Nicola introduces the campaign in this article – come along […]

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07 March 2013 ~ 0 Comments

MCN April: Lessons from the Frontline

MCN April: Lessons from the Frontline

What we can learn from the struggle for Country and community in the Kimberley. Nicola Paris has just returned from six months in Broome supporting the community campaign against Woodside’s proposed gas hub. She’ll be sharing her observations and insights including: The role nonviolent direct action has played in delaying work, increasing pressure on the […]

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07 March 2013 ~ 2 Comments

US Election Take-Aways

Learning from US election campaigning is like eating a meal in a US diner – you have to pick out the good bits from the parts you just can’t stomach. So, yes to effective field organising and no to a political system corrupted by colossal amounts of money. Yes to message discipline but a maybe […]

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15 February 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Lessons from the US Election

Australians can learn a lot from the US – like the perils of an unregulated market, how not to set up a health system, and what happens if you consume a lot of high fructose corn syrup. The US is also a rich source of social movement innovation. As an activist educator many of the […]

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