Activism

Adelaide couple to live on the same food rations as a Syrian refugee

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An Adelaide couple has agreed to live on the same food rations as a Syrian refugee as part of a national fundraiser to highlight the plight of those in camps. Brett Williamson ABC Willunga’s Nic and Jarrad Newbold said the gravity of the situation hit them when their rations arrived. “When I opened the box and looked into it I thought, what on Earth have I got myself into?” Nic said. “I think we waste more food than that [in ... Read More »

Twiggy Forrest’s philanthropy is great. But he could have just paid more tax

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It’s true philanthropy is more common in the USA. So is tax minimisation, citizens without health insurance and homelessness Kristina Keneally The Guardian Fortescue Metals Group founder and billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest and his wife Nicola made the single biggest philanthropic donation by a living person in Australian history on… For that, they are to be congratulated… Twiggy Forrest’s philanthropy… Read More »

Supporting people in crisis a real privilege

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This week is National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration to acknowledge the contribution of Australia’s volunteers. Adrian Momber The West Australian I have been one of Lifeline WA’s volunteer crisis supporters for nearly two years. The reason I volunteered was that I grew up understanding and supporting my mother, who had bipolar disorder and had attempted suicide more than once, and I always intended to… Supporting people in… Read More »

The decision to only fund disadvantaged volunteering projects threatens viability of vital support services

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IMAGINE a world without volunteers. What would that mean for the thousands of organisations, the communities, the individuals and their families that 5.8 million Australians freely give their time and talent to? Evelyn O’Loughlin The Advertiser What would it mean to the volunteers themselves? Individuals choose to volunteer for many different reasons – for some it provides an… Evelyn O’Loughlin: The… Read More »

Dutch ‘abortion boat’ arrives off the coast of Mexico

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Women on Waves says it is offering free, legal, medical abortions till nine weeks of pregnancy in international… Al Jazeera A Dutch sailing boat offering abortions has arrived in international waters off Mexico‘s west coast, according to the organisation which… The vessel, which operates often in defiance of some countries’ laws, took up position on Friday off Guerrero state on… Dutch ‘abortion boat… Read More »

Activists ramp up pressure on Lebanon’s rape law

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Calls increase for the repeal of controversial law allowing rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their… Al Jazeera Lebanese activists ramped up their campaign to scrap a controversial law allowing rapists who marry their victims to go free, with a dramatic installation on… A proposal to scrap Article 522 of the penal code – which deals with rape, assault, kidnapping and… Activists ramp up… Read More »

The Threshold Choir: Singing for people on the cusp of death

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Do you find comfort in music? The Threshold Choir sings for people on the cusp of death, hoping to alleviate some of their anxieties… Fiona Pepper ABC The concept of a Threshold Choir first began in America in 2000; a book of ‘comfort’ songs were written and local chapters… Now there are more than 130 choirs worldwide… The Threshold Choir… Read More »

Palestinian activist’s Australian visa cancelled on eve of speaking tour

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Government says there is a risk people may react adversely to Bassem Tamimi’s presence, and his views on the Middle… Christopher Knaus The Guardian The federal government has cancelled the visa of an outspoken Palestinian activist on the eve of his Australian speaking tour… The activist, Bassem Tamimi, was due to board a plane this week to begin his… Palestinian activist’s Australian… Read More »

Protests with many participants and unified message most likely to influence politicians

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WASHINGTON, DC, March 29, 2017 — Protests that bring many people to the streets who agree among themselves and have a single message are most likely to influence elected officials… American Sociological Association Eurek Alert “We found that features of a protest can alter the calculations of politicians and how they view an issue,” said Ruud Wouters, an assistant professor of political communication and journalism at… Protests with many… Read More »

You can’t compromise on civil rights. But North Carolina just did.

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At a local coffeehouse in this small town Thursday morning, most patrons’ minds were on House Bill 2 — the state’s infamous “bathroom bill” that prevents transgender people from using the… Steven Petrow The Washington Post An important deadline was about to expire: The NCAA had threatened to remove all championship basketball games from the state through 2022 if H.B. 2 was not repealed by Thursday. Because the political… You can’t compromise… Read More »

How the rubber ducky became a potent protest symbol

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Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was in Moscow when protesters carrying images of a yellow rubber duck marched against top-level corruption. Leonid Bershidsky Brisbane Times What he saw was a global ducky conspiracy. “I don’t believe… How the rubber… Read More »

Women in 2017 are not content with equal rights. Now we want power

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On March 10, 2017, a coalition of women’s and human rights organisations put together the largest political convention of women in Kenya’s history. Muthoni Kamuru Daily Nation It brought together more than 5,000 women from 20 counties at the historic Bomas of Kenya. Women had come… Women in 2017… Read More »

Earth Hour switches lights off around the world

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Major landmarks around the world have been turning out their lights to mark Earth Hour, an event that draws attention to climate change. BBC News Around 170 countries and territories were expected to take part on Saturday, by turning off non-essential lights at 20:30 local time. The event, which… Earth Hour switches… Read More »

London attack demands West get serious about fighting terrorism

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Four dead, including a police officer, with forty injured, seven of them seriously – this is the human toll of yet another terrorist atrocity on the streets of a major European city, on this occasion London. John Wight RT The banality of such attacks by now, their dreary regularity, should in no way be allowed to minimize their impact on multicultural societies and cities, where millions of people of all faiths and none live cheek by jowl, as they have… ... Read More »

The Billionaire on a Mission to Save the Planet From Trump

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TOM STEYER ISN’T your average California tree… The former hedge fund manager—number 1,121 on Forbes’ wealthiest people list, with $1.61 billion—was once best known for turning $15 million into $30 billion in about two… NICK STOCKTON Wired But then he went hiking. Steyer and environmental activist and author Bill McKibben spent a… The Billionaire on… Read More »

An exclusive tour of Ai Weiwei’s new work

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A huge new artwork by Ai Weiwei in Prague attempts to put our attention back on the global refugee… BBC Rob Cameron meets the artist and takes a… A 70-m (230-ft) life raft hangs in the vast hall of Prague’s Trade Fair Palace. In it sit 258 faceless, inflatable… Although Ai Weiwei’s monumental new artwork is as light as air, it’s subject matter is… An exclusive tour… Read More »