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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.
American rapper Tyler the Creator cancelled his Australian tour following a campaign by feminist grassroots activist group Collective Shout. Pemberton Music Festival/ Mark C Austin

Art, activism and our creative future

Arts activism isn't new, but online activist movements are changing the way it gets done. In this anonymous virtual landscape, does activism democratise social relations, or nurture inequality?
New forms of creativity are proliferating – with the help of technological advancement – and building new activist communities. David Shankbone/Flickr

Creative communities embody a new kind of civic engagement

Can creative activism change the world? In 2015, we are seeing seismic shifts in the functions and forms of creativity – and technological change is amplifying its social role.
Proposed laws requiring covert footage of animal cruelty to be handed promptly to authorities would make in-depth investigations much harder. Animals Australia

Australia’s new bill to protect animals will do anything but

Proposed laws requiring immediate reporting of animal cruelty sound like a good idea. But in practice they will make it harder to mount comprehensive investigations like the ABC's greyhound expose.
Faith Bandler will be remembered as a tireless advocate for the rights of South Sea Islanders in Australia. AAP Image/Jane Dempster

Vale Faith Bandler: anti-racist intellectual and activist

Mrs Faith Bandler has died. We mourn our loss and honour her life. Her death on Friday marks the end of an era. At the age of 96 years, she outlived all the other black political activists of her generation…
Artist Ben Quilty at last night’s I Stand For Mercy vigil for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Why is Ben Quilty supporting two convicted drug smugglers?

The prospect of the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran has polarised Australians. While some argue the young men should suffer the consequeneces of importing heroin, others take a different…
In 1984, British LGBT rights groups worked on behalf of striking miners. Flickr

Shared pride, then and now

The film Pride, which won the Queer Palm Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is based on the true story of what seems to be a rare occurrence in human history: two oppressed groups (in this case…
Groups like Stonewall have become big players in the workplace. Linzi

How activist groups became a force in workplace relations

A key event in the British employment calendar is the publication of the Workplace Equality Index each January. It is a ranking of the top-100 “gay-friendly” employers by Stonewall, the UK’s main campaigning…
Protestors demand answers over undercover policing in 2011. John Stillwell/PA Archive

British undercover police never had a moral compass to lose

The Metropolitan Police has agreed to pay more than £400,000 to an anonymous woman who unwittingly entered a relationship with an undercover police officer investigating her. The woman was left traumatised…

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