#2 Colloquia Sundays Radical Brisbane: Sustaining Activism & Agency
This past weekend our panel of experts chatted about past, present and future modes of activism in Brisbane. They brought to the discussion a combined experience ranging from organisation leadership at Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) and West End Community Association (WECA), to student-driven, streets-based rallying that pioneered the 60s and 70s as recorded by Carole Ferrier and Raymond Evans in their book, Radical Brisbane.
'We want to enable the community to do things for themselves; not to rely on others to do things for them,' said Erin Evans, president of WECA, as she touched on resilience in communities like West End and how her organisation strategises and plans ahead for action against development in the high-density inner city suburb.
Carole Ferrier, editor of Hecate, and Daniel O'Neill, well-known and experienced Brisbane activist, shared a wealth of story-telling from their days of rallying next to overbearing and violent police in the Bjelke-Peterson era — such as during their anti-racist and anti-Apartheid protest against the Springbok Tour of 1971.
Margot Bligh, AYCC Queensland Coordinator, complemented their views with a youthful organisation-based account of her experiences in recent campaigns such as Stop Adani and AYCC's rally for solar thermal storage in Port Augusta, a mining town in South Australia transitioning from coal.
A big shout out to those in those in the room who posed questions in the second half, and enlivened the conversation through their curiosity and desire to make change in the world.
Can't wait for the next Colloquia Sundays session! We're skipping the short month of February to bring you an early March colloquium on Sunday the 4th — keep your eyes peeled!