Activism and Campaign history – A range of resources about the history of First Nations, social and labour movements in Australia and beyond.
This topic focuses on Australian social movement history. There is so much to learn from the stories of past collective action for social and ecological justice. Learning social movement history can provide insights about strategy, a vast toolbox of potential tactics, and abundant inspiration.
An interview with a member of the Western Australia-based Grevillea about how the group applied a dynamic and creative perspective to approaching issues such as militarism, pollution and international solidarity during the 1980s and 1990s.
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.
Insights into how a grass roots community campaign based in Gloucester Valley, NSW scored a major victory against the Coal Seam Gas industry.
A timeline of the Green Bans implemented by NSW Builders Labourers Federation (BLF) in the early 1970s.
Histories and case studies from Australia of the fight for independence, inclusion, equality, access and services for people with disability.
A timeline of protests in Australia by people with disability for independence, inclusion, access and services from the 1970s to 2020s.
Read about the history of opposition to uranium mining in Australia in the 1970s and early 1980s regarding union bans and uranium exports.
The 1938 Dalfram dispute involved workers at Port Kembla in Australia striking and refusing to load iron on a ship bound for Japan in 1938.
Frontline Action on Coal (FLAC) have used blockades and non-violent direct action to oppose new fossil fuel projects in Australia.
Learn about the Divestment campaign case study in Australia which aimed to secure commitments from institutions to divest from fossil fuels.
An in-depth account of the hundreds of campaigns and actions that were carried out across Australia against the war and conscription.
The story of Vida Goldstein & the Women’s Political Association through their own words via a series of excerpts from speeches & publications.
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 account of Perth’s first two major conservation campaigns, the preservation of Kings Park bushland and the survival of Mounts Bay.
Learn how workers in Weipa forced a mining company to accommodate collective bargaining by combining strike action and a port blockade.
Brave Enough to say ‘No’: William White and the Fight against Military Conscription during the Vietnam War
Learn about the teacher’s, William White, fight against Military Conscription during the Vietnam War in Australia.
Read about the role that women played in unemployed movements during the Depression Years in Australia in this book excerpt by Janey Stone.
A campaign case study template to get you started in capturing the details of your campaign to capture lessons for others and the future.