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Nurturing the Revolution!

  Practical tips for making activism inviting for parents and children At Plan to Thrive we reckon diversity and intergenerational participation is pretty darn important to sustaining political campaigns and promoting radical social change. Following on from her previous proposal of parenting as activism, Liz Shield has some great tips for including parents and children […]

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Community care for neighbourhood action

All over Australia, local communities are acting to protect their homes, livelihoods and neighbourhoods from environmentally disastrous infrastructure projects and development. From organising neighbourhood meetings to participating in non-violent direct actions like pickets or machinery lock-ons, fighting for the right to have a say in the decisions that directly affect our lives can be an […]

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Hey Activists, R U OK?

  Thursday 12 September is R U OK Day, a national day of action which aims to prevent suicide. The website states: ‘Staying connected with others is crucial to our general health and wellbeing. Feeling isolated or hopeless can contribute to depression and other mental illnesses, which can ultimately result in suicide. Regular, meaningful conversations can protect […]

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Election Recovery

  Urrgghh, the Australian federal election is over. I woke up this morning with a splitting headache and a heavy heart. There’s no doubt that this election result is going to have a big impact on communities and the environment and the way we will campaign to protect them. For myself I know it’s going […]

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Relaxation is in your hands

In this post Holly Hammond describes using finger holds for relaxation, perfect for busy Australian-based campaigners as we count down to federal elections. I first heard of ‘fingerholds to manage emotions’ through a New Tactics in Human Rights online dialogue on self-care. I got the impression that this technique has been adopted by many human […]

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How to Support Activists

  I recently shared some ideas around building a support network – but a really great network requires willing and savvy people being actively supportive. How do you actually go about backing someone who’s on a social change mission? Everyone is different so every supportive relationship will have its own characteristics. With that qualification, here […]

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Got the winter blues?

Mid way through winter even dynamo-activists can feel a bit sluggish at times. Getting out of bed in the morning becomes a challenge, we tend to consume carbohydrates more frequently, and our mood and general outlook can be as bleak as the weather. The urge to hibernate and give up might not just be about […]

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Building a Support Network

  Support Networks Increase Capacity for Action! I was recently talking with a friend about ways to increase the sustainability of her activism. I noticed she was getting cagey and when I asked about it, she said ‘You’re just going to tell me to do less, aren’t you?!’ Well, that’s often a good idea, but […]

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Diaphragmatic Breathing

  Effective activists make good use of the resources available. What if you were missing out on your most crucial resource – oxygen? Physiotherapist Robert Dib shares tips for getting the most out of every breath. In line with keeping ourselves and each other well, sometimes it pays to have a little bit of knowledge […]

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Health and Safety at Actions

  The Melbourne Street Medic Collective share their tips for staying safe and well at actions. Common Protest Complaints The majority of demonstrations pass without complication or injury. General problems our Street Medics get called on to treat are: Sickness or fainting – due to dehydration, sun exposure or pre-existing medical problems Ankle and wrist […]

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