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Book cover for Iron Will: Global Extractivism and Mining Resistance in Brazil and India

Mining Resistance in India

Community resistance has been astonishingly effective at stopping mining in India. This article draws from the book Iron Will.

Book cover for Iron Will: Global Extractivism and Mining Resistance in Brazil and India

Mining Resistance in Brazil

Community resistance has been astonishingly effective at stopping mining in Brazil. This article draws from the book Iron Will.

Text on blackboard reads Make your activism accessible. two icons - one is a wheelchair user and the other is two hands signing.

Making your Activism Accessible

This guide was developed to support activists in making their spaces, events, meetings and communications more accessible, in order to ensure that everyone is welcome and encouraged to join a movement for justice in whatever way they can!

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The Shape of Organising Models

Organising Models Mapping Project survey results including images conveying how different organisations structure their organising model.

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People Within Organising Models

Results of the Organising Models Mapping Project survey focused on how people gather to take collective action as part of organising programs.

Cover of Robert Cialdini's book Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade.

Activism and Pre-Suasion

Lessons for activists on how to be more persuasive and effective, drawing on the book Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini.

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Street Medic Pro-Tips: Medical and First Aid Support at Protests and Direct Actions

Introduction Street medicine has its origins in the civil rights movements in the US in the late 1960s. Over the years Street Medics have evolved into anĀ international informal community of people who provide medical and first aid support at protests and direct actions. The Melbourne Street Medic Collective (formerly MelbFACT) came together through the Occupy […]

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Frontline Action on Coal FLAC: Ten Years on the Climate Frontline

Introduction Since 2012 Frontline Action on Coal (FLAC) have regularly opposed new fossil fuel projects in Australia through the use of blockades and other means of non-violent direct action. In the process they have trained and involved thousands of people from all walks of life in creative and disruptive tactics. In this retrospective Andy Paine […]

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