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What do the Australian climate strikers and Hong Kong protesters have in common?

 Amanda Tattersall writes,   The kids are angry. The climate strike on 20th September and Hong Kong’s daily democracy protests suggest that protest has become the new normal for the next generation. The battles of the young Hong Kong ‘braves’ and the climate strikers aren’t the same. While their encounters are both existential, Australians enjoy the privilege of universal suffrage that the Hong Kongers’ are fighting for. Even so, there is deep resonance between their struggles. Each conflict is staged…

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#23 – How Umbrella shaped the 2019 protests

 The 2014 Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong was a defeat, but it also generated key insights. We explore how it has guided the 2019 Hong Kong Protest movement. Listen by clicking play above, or listen via an app on Apple, PodcastOne or Stitcher – or on most other podcast apps by searching “ChangeMakers.” Or use our RSS feed.   FULL TRANSCRIPT OF EPISODE #23 – HOW UMBRELLA SHAPED THE HONG KONG PROTESTS HOST: On the 15 December 2014, after 79 Days…

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#22 – Tiananmen to the Hong Kong protests

From Tiananmen Square onwards, Hong Kong protesters have developed sophisticated protest strategies. We explore the long story behind Hong Kong’s protest life that has produced the 2019 movement. Listen by clicking play above, or listen via an app on Apple, PodcastOne or Stitcher – or on most other podcast apps by searching “ChangeMakers.” Or use our RSS feed. FULL TRANSCRIPT OF EPISODE #22 – FROM  TIANANMEN TO THE HONG KONG PROTESTS HOST: Today’s episode was recorded on the 4th September 2019,…

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The Hong Kong protesters have turned more militant and more strategic and this is unnerving Beijing

By Amanda Tattersall. This was first published in the Conversation on 2 August 2019 The past few weeks has seen a drastic escalation in violence on the streets of Hong Kong. On Tuesday night, a police officer aimed a shotgun at protesters who had gathered outside a police station, while a car launched fireworks into the crowd. Days earlier, the police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters trying to reach the Chinese government’s office. And the week before, following a protest of 430,000…

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World first narrative podcast series on Hong Kong – releases Tues 4 Sept

For 13 weeks in the steamy summer humidity of Hong Kong there have been protests.  And they’re still ongoing.  More than a million people- old and young- have marched peacefully in mass rallies. And students and young professionals have engaged in more direct action on the streets and closed down one of the world’s busiest airports.  They are fighting for democracy and against the power of Beijing who in 2047 will have total control over the city. So how did…

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Jennifer Dillon – Changemaker Chat

Jennifer Dillon is the communications director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.  We talk about her work seeking recognition, dignity, respect and basic labour protections for millions of domestic workers in the United States. Listen by clicking play above, or listen via an app on Apple, PodcastOne or Stitcher – or on most other podcast apps by searching “ChangeMakers.” Or use our RSS feed.


Now no one is safe – Hong Kong’s descent into state led violence

By Amanda Tattersall, Friday 30 August 2019 On Thursday 29 August Jimmy Sham Choo – the head of Hong Kong’s Civil Human Rights Front was having lunch in a restaurant in Kowloon when he was attacked by two people holding a baseball bat and a knife. The next day a series of democracy activists were arrested – including Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow, and a protest permit was denied for the CHRF for a mass protest this Saturday. A crackdown…

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Dave Sweeney – Changemaker Chat

Dave Sweeney is a long time prominent anti-nuclear campaigner, co-founding the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winning global organisation, ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Listen by clicking play above, or listen via an app on Apple, PodcastOne or Stitcher – or on most other podcast apps by searching “ChangeMakers.” Or use our RSS feed.


Hong Kong Solidarity: Speech by Host at Sydney Demonstration

On Sunday 18 August 2019, the same day that 1.7 million Hong Kongers marched for democracy solidarity marches occurred around the world. One was in Sydney, and ChangeMakers host Amanda Tattersall spoke: My name is Amanda Tattersall. I work at the University of Sydney as an academic. I research social movements. Four weeks ago I was in Hong Kong – visiting the protest movement interviewing leaders and going on democracy protests. For 20 years I have studied and been part…

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Jeremy Heimans – Changemaker Chat

Jeremy Heimans is a digital social movement entrepreneur and the key figure behind cutting edge social change organisations like GetUp, Avaaz and Purpose.  We talk about his journey, and themes from his new book with Henry Timms, called New Power – How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make it Work for You. Listen by clicking play above, or listen via an app on Apple, PodcastOne or Stitcher – or on most other podcast apps by searching “ChangeMakers.” Or use our RSS…

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