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Workers operate the Chicago Defender’s printing press in 1941. Wikimedia Commons

Can the black press stay relevant?

From the treatment of black World War II veterans to Emmett Till's murder, the black press helped lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement. What role can it play today?
Both sea ice and government data are disappearing. U.S. Geological Survey, flickr

How the ‘guerrilla archivists’ saved history – and are doing it again under Trump

Activists today are racing to save climate records from the Trump administration. Secret archives were a powerful way to fight hostile political climates throughout history – from the Nazis to the Islamic State.
From the comfort of home, an activist shares an online petition. AP Photo/Federica De Caria

‘Slacktivism’ that works: ‘Small changes’ matter

Much social good can come from mass involvement – and research shows that includes online activism. The bigger picture takes in all those people who care but are at risk of doing nothing.
Shareholder activism is growing worldwide. Heino Kalis/Reuters

Australia is ripe for shareholder activism

Australia's rules on how investors engage with companies, coupled with the clout of superannuation investor groups, means there's potential for more shareholder activism.
Activists in Paris, prevented from marching by the security situation, have resorted to putting shoes on the ground. Reuters/Eric Gaillard

Security climate mutes environmental activists’ voice in Paris

It’s hard not to feel for France’s climate activists on the eve of the Paris climate talks. The Government’s decision to prevent large-scale climate marches and protests planned for the weekend preceding…
Activist actor Jane Fonda has turned her attention to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. Reuters/Fred Thornhill

Ageing activism: why we need to give voice to the new third age

Who will be responsible for putting the right policies and services in place to ensure we reap the benefits of healthy ageing and minimise the negatives?
Getting out the message: environmental activists seized on the Keystone XL pipeline as a symbol. Light Brigading/flickr

The activists’ playbook behind Obama’s Keystone rejection

Activists can rightfully claim some credit for the Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. How did they do it?
Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei’s deft use of social media has enabled him to gather worldwide support in his fight against censorship. AAP One

The building blocks of dissidence: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and #Legogate

What makes Ai Wei Wei so powerful? Critics say if he didn't exist, he'd need to be invented: an artist who's combined his life and art into a politically charged performance that helps define how we see modern China.

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