The success of the climate movement is going to depend on its ability to connect with Aboriginal communities on one hand and the union movement on the other. Aboriginal leadership of the climate justice fight is vital not only because Aboriginal communities are the most marginalised in Australia, but because they have the values and the knowledge that the rest of the country needs to build a sustainable and fair society in this place.
‘Simultaneously thriving and tenuous, Australia’s literary ecosystem is the ultimate alignment of ‘unmet need’ and ‘unfunded excellence’ … We are all gaps and all excellence. We are all hole and no plot.’
Right now, somebody in the world is listening to ‘Maniac’ by Michael Sembello. The music triggers a memory: knee-high legwarmers, a dark leotard, and close ups of a young woman’s toned body as she dances – like a maniac? – in an abandoned warehouse that she calls home.
It’s me, I’m listening to it.
For anyone involved in the difficult business of trying to change the world, Against the Storm will be a special and touching read. Let’s hope to find more documents like this, examples of practical organising against all odds, against the powerful, against their storm.
Hope you didn’t have any plans this summer, because we need you to clear your schedule for our first special fiction edition of 2020.