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The Commons Library newsletter keeps you up to date with social change resources posted on commonslibrary.org
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May 2021
Issue 25

Commons News

Social change is hard work - need a hand?!
The Commons Library provides customised services for progressive organisations. Some of the ways we can help: 

  • Training materials, study guides and book clubs
  • Event support including live chat advice and collating presentations
  • Archiving campaign material and organisational history
  • Cleaning up resource hubs and shared drives
  • Researching case studies, issues and trends 

We're here to make social movements smarter and stronger. Get in touch to discuss projects and partnerships. 

Featured Resources: Diversity & Inclusion

Strong movements are made up of diverse participants, each bringing their talents, perspectives, and community connections.

Movements thrive when:

  • people most impacted by social and environmental justice issues lead the way; and 
  • people outside that experience listen, learn and leverage their privilege. 

The Diversity & Inclusion topic on the Commons Library includes resources focused on the skills and culture needed to build inclusive and welcoming groups. It also features stories and perspectives from different communities, identities and struggles.

For a guided tour of the topic covering key concepts; building capacity; taking action; and collective strategies see Diversity and Inclusion: Start Here


Many thanks to E.T. Smith, Commons Library volunteer, for putting together this comprehensive guide. 

Landscape view of protesters at blockade with tents and tripods. Some protestors are up on a tripod.

Blockades that Changed Australia

Learn about 8 blockades that changed Australia including Jabiluka, the Bentley blockade and the Knitting Nannas. Some blockades were part of campaigns that resulted in major victories or introduced new tactics to the national and global toolkit. Others marked the first time the strategy was applied to a particular issue or demonstrated how blockading could be successfully integrated with other strategies.

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Digital Security for Everyone

A recommendation from Commons volunteer Relle Graefe: "This guide is written in plain English, isn't too high tech and is useful for anyone! I'm planning to put the '10 quick and easy things to radically improve your digital privacy and security' into practice."
Check out Digital Security Guide for Everyone by Glenn Todd. 

A crowded street with protestors with signs that say No Justice, No Peace and Free the white mind

How Small Groups make Big Change

ChangeMakers Organising School has kicked off again with a focus on how small groups make big change. Register here for online sessions and view the latest videos on: Why work in groups? and How do I build powerful relationships?
Read leading ChangeMaker Amanda Tattersall's article: What does it take to build people power?

The Commons pays respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we operate and wherever this site is accessed. We recognise the central importance of struggles for Indigenous self-determination and justice within the broad project of creating a progressive future.
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Image Credits
Change the System placard: E.T. Smith
Bentley Blockade: Aidan Ricketts
Digital Security: Markus Spikske / Unsplash
Rally photo: Changemakers Organising School
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