Quarterly Activist Update (August 2020)

Organisers and ALC members are currently in the middle of contacting action groups around the country.

We want to check in to see how our movement is going amidst everything that happening out there. We’ve been inspired to see your creativity and adaptability in spite of changing circumstances and you can read more in our latest grassroots report here.

We have also created this page which unites all of the various links and resources that are useful for your activism this quarter. We will keep adding to this if there are requests from ALC members, action groups and activists who would like to know something that isn’t linked here. We’ll update it again when we get to the next calling program.

Self Care

Self care is vital right now with stresses both internal and external. For tips on this you can check out this page and our new development module also on self care and sustainable activism. If you’d like further support, please feel free to reach out to our Employee Assistance Program. This is a free and confidential counselling service available to all AIA staff and employees to discuss anything that’s causing you stress, whether it be activism related or personal issues. You can reach them on 1300 361 008 to arrange an appointment.

What’s coming up?

The key activities over the next few months will be:

  1. Vision and Diversity Roadshows in August + September
  2. World Day Against the Death Penalty – 10 October  
  3. Write for Rights – November / December

You can see an up to date list of all campaigns hereThis is a live document and we will add new info on these campaigns when we have it.

Support in the People Powered Model

This toolkit explains our people powered model and you will be able to see more information on where we’re heading at this page on our activism strategy. The strategy outlines what we’ll be focused on in the movement between now and the end of 2023. There’s a bunch of projects in there where we’ll need to work closely with ALCs, action groups and activists. So it’s definitely worth having a look through and thinking about where you’d like your focus to be. 

We’ve also had some requests to provide an organisational chart so you see who’s who in the staffing teams, as well as a few of our leadership structures. In particular, if you want to know more about our regional Activism Leadership Committees you can see a guide here

As a movement, we are all united behind our values and behaviour charter.
The other long term strategy we’re working on at the moment is for our 2025 Vision.

This is going to shape what the focus of the whole organisation will be over the next 4-5 years. We’re just about to launch consultation around this through a platform called Citizen Lab. You can register for that site now, there will be more info on this soon. ALCs and action groups will play a vital role in developing this vision, so it is worth thinking about what you’d like Amnesty to focus on for the next few years. 

If you have questions, comments and thoughts around any of these resources or on something different please get in touch with us at communityorganising@amnesty.org.au. Thank you for all your work!

If there’s any way we can support you right now do not hesitate to let us know.

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