Activism and Campaign history – A range of resources about the history of First Nations, social and labour movements in Australia and beyond.
A list of articles and ideas from the Commons Librarians about resources to explore in archiving your work in social change.
A brief history of nonviolence training around the world, Australia and in the Pacific by a group called Pt’Chang.
Histories and case studies from Australia of the fight for independence, inclusion, equality, access and services for people with disability.
Introduction This episode features an interview by Commons Librarian Holly Hammond with novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and historian Sarah Schulman. They discuss the nature of effective coalitions, the challenges of accurately documenting social movements, and lessons from campaigns led by the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) during the 1980s and 1990s. A participant in […]
Read an excerpt from the book, The New Theatre: People Plays and Politics Behind Australia’s Radical Theatre.
Be inspired with this list of movies and documentaries about social movement struggles, victories and leaders – Selma, Milk, Silkwood, Norma Rae, Gandhi and more.
Read an excerpt from the book, Without Bosses: Radical Trade Unionism in the 1970s, about workers retaining the right to strike.
Stories and event about the role of Aboriginal Change Makers in the fight for equality and a more just society for all of us.
Read an account of Perth’s first two major conservation campaigns, the preservation of Kings Park bushland and the survival of Mounts Bay.
Read about the role that women played in unemployed movements during the Depression Years in Australia in this book excerpt by Janey Stone.
Radical Science Fiction – Watch videos from a symposium held in 2022 focused on the links between sci-fi and forms of activism.
The first book to bring together a large collection of neurodiverse contributors to talk about events that shaped the movement, and which they themselves were involved with.
A collection of case studies of how activists have intervened in elections collated by The Commons Social Change Library.
Australian radical historians and activists, Rowan Cahill & Terry Irving, share a selection of books about radical Australian history.
From Protest to Politics: The Effectiveness of Civil Society in shaping the Nuclear-free Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand
A case study about what made anti-nuclear activism successful in Aotearoa New Zealand between the 1960s – 1980s.
A chat with one of the biggest names in US community organizing, Ernie Cortes, including history, Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) & Saul Alinksy.
A timeline of events related to the Australian campaign for marriage equality along with reflection and analysis related to Australian, Irish and US campaigns.
The Noonkanbah dispute was an important chapter in both the struggle for Australian Aboriginal rights and union solidarity in the 1970s-80s.
Blockades that changed Australia including Jabiluka, the Bentley blockade, S11, Nookanbah and the Knitting Nannas.