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Jun 2021
Issue 26

Commons News

It's been a busy month for the Commons librarians, working on projects to increase access to valuable organising resources and online advocacy training. Our dedicated volunteers have been doing great work maintaining the site and developing new guides we'll be sharing soon. 

We're excited to let you know that Commons historian Iain McIntyre has a new book, Environmental Blockades: Obstructive Direct Action and the History of the Environmental Movement. It offers the first comprehensive history and analysis of environmental blockading in Australia, Canada and the US. You can also read Iain's insights accompanied by inspiring photos in Blockades that Changed Australia on the Commons. 

For this edition of the newsletter we thought we'd share some of the excellent feedback we've been receiving lately, and connect you with the resources each of these activists especially appreciate.

Timely Resources for Movement Moments

'When we went into lockdown my team needed information to make the necessary changes to online meetings and tactics that worked with physical distancing. The Commons delivered curated resources for that moment, as well as recently to support action about gendered violence. Thanks to the Commons for all the accessible training materials, refreshers on concepts and handy tips.' Eleisha Mullane, Australian Education Union

Research Support for Campaign Guides

'I was recently putting together a guide on how to name a new campaign but I wanted to know if there was existing research and analysis. Antje from the Commons came back with an amazing collection of links that gave the guide depth and great examples. Thank you!' Tim Singleton Norton, Pew Charitable Trust.

Read Tim's guide to Naming an Advocacy Campaign

Curated Summaries for Breadth & Depth

'I regularly hear from people how valuable The Commons Library is. For me it's the curated summaries on issues/ moments/ ideas that mean you can go broad or deep on whatever the question you're trying to answer is. I used the Diversity & Inclusion topic guide to plan training'. Isab Morand, ChangeMakers Organising School

Check out all the Commons Library Start Here guides as well as recordings from the ChangeMakers Organising School

Help power more action for social change!

Thank you for being part of this vibrant community of people who are passionate about creating social change to benefit us all.

Reflecting on the big upheavals in the world since we launched in April 2019 we're so glad we've played our part - helping out activists like Eleisha, Tim, Isab, and over 650,000 visitors! 

Can you chip in to help us achieve even more?

It’s not too late to be a part of our end of financial year fundraiser. Every donation helps us put resources into the hands of changemakers who need it, when they need it. 

Help power social change by making a tax deductible donation to the Commons Library today!
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Eleisha Mullane
Naming an Advocacy Campaign: Antje Dun
Not All Super Heroes: Antje Dun
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