You cannot burn a mummy blog: @burgewords comments

Over the weekend a ripple of panic went through the social media in Australia. I was alerted to it by one of my Twitter friends. Word was that Vanessa Powell, described on her Twitter profile as a “refugee supporter”, had been sent two anonymous tweets by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. They could have been generated by anyone, from lowly staffer to the top man, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. In vague legal terms, the tweets asked for Powell to remove a post from her Facebook which the department found “offensive”. @VanessaPowell25 it’s come to our attention that a Facebook post on your wall contains an offensive remark directed […]

March of the open-hearted: @Sally_Owl tells the inside story of #MarchInMarch

  I started writing this on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, on a flight home after attending March in March (MiM) Melbourne last Sunday, and MiM Canberra on Monday, March 17. I am still giving thanks, six days later, for the miracle that ensured MiM 2014 was a great success, that the vision I had for the marches became, in the main, a reality. Over 100,000 Australians marched in a collective, peaceful protest, with only one arrest reported. Magical. If people wanted this to happen, they would need to become involved: make the leap from ‘slacktivism’ as keyboard warriors to activism. On the night of Monday, March 17, I was confident a ‘Statement of […]

We are family: Sydney’s #MarchInMarch, by @coolmccool

[clear] By Jim McCool  @coolmccool Last Sunday, despite a thunderstorm and torrential downpours, thousands of Sydneysiders joined the #MarchInMarch protests. According to some media reports, this was a march of leftist extremists, the usual parade of tree-huggers and soap-dodgers. I do not believe that to be the case. I was there. My family was there. I have a full time job, I commute to the CBD from the suburbs every day, my kids are in full time education. We saw plenty of other ordinary families just like us. Mums with push-chairs, dads with toddlers on their shoulders and many older people. From what I saw with my own eyes, this march […]

More questions than answers after Adelaide #MarchInMarch: @WorsleyTrevor reports

Story & Photos by Trevor Worsley  @WorsleyTrevor   23rd March 2014 I am not a political activist. I have never been to a protest or demonstration of any kind. I had long considered myself a swinging voter, trying at each election to make decisions based on issues and not slogans or political spin. Gradually, over the past few years, I have been becoming disengaged with the political process in this country. This is, in the main, because both sides of politics seem to be less and less interested in the things that matter to the grass roots of the community and much more interested in playing ideology wars with their opposing number. […]

The #MarchinMarch Canberra in pictures, by @Jansant

By Wayne Jansson  @jansant 23rd March 2014 Roll over photos to read captions or click for slideshow. Read More from the March In March Archive 

New Politics, New Media: On-the-ground #MarchinMarch reporting by citizen journalist @jansant

By Wayne Jansson  @jansant 20th March 2014 It’s normal to start a story at the beginning. I’m going to start smack bang in the middle with this one, as it sums up one of the many factors which forced 100,000 plus people to MarchInMarch (MiM) around Australia. I say forced intentionally. People don’t take to the streets in the numbers they did last weekend unless they feel their backs are against the wall. Driving up the Hume after covering the Melbourne MiM I listened to ABC News Radio (ABCNewsRadio). News updates reported that thousands of people had marched around the country over the weekend. This was about the sum total of the reports. After […]

Sssshhhh, don’t tell the media, but politics is changing from the ground-up, by @ariadne_syd

Ariadne Vromen, @ariadne_syd Source: The Conversation University of Sydney 21st March 2014 Political participation in Australia will soon be about hope – and the transformation of citizenship engagement in this country. Here is why. Traditionally, Australian political participation was centred on, and supported by, the electoral system, political parties and major political organisations. Most media commentators tend to focus on the electoral system as the main way of consolidating political support and bringing about change. They assume citizens make political choices to participate and/or express themselves based on rational, self-interested, often economic, calculations. When citizens have been mobilised it has usually been done by unions, political parties and environmental organisations. These have […]

The #MarchinMarch Melbourne in pictures, by @Jansant

By Wayne Jansson  @jansant 20th March 2014 Roll over photos to read captions or click for slideshow. Read More from the March In March Archive 

Training it to Melbourne’s #MarchinMarch, by @jenoutwest

[clear] By Jenny Bates  @jenoutwest, 17 March, 2014 Our journey to March in March began Sunday morning on a standing room only train to Melbourne – amazing, considering not an AFL colour could be seen. It was obvious this march was going to be big, and it was.  As more people squeezed in at each stop, a young teen was overheard asking, “Where are all these people going? I catch this train through the week to go to school, and it’s never this busy.” I was tempted to ask her if she worked in a coffee shop and relied on penalty rates; if so I’d  tell her we were all going to […]

Storify: From the red heart @Amanda467 on #MarchInMarch Alice Springs

[View the story “From the Red Heart: A First Time Protester” on Storify]   Read More about Amanda Markham and more from the March In March Archive