Zebedee Parkes

Thousands of people attended the Sydney's 40th annual Mardi Gras parade. A number of community and activist floats marched in the parade including Positive Life, No Pride in Detention, Amnesty International and Stop Adani among others.

Hundreds of refugee families defied a protest ban in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Sulawesi on February 21.

They marched from their refugee accommodation to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with banners and placards that read “No one is illegal” “Is there any UNHCR?”. A young girl held up a placard, almost as tall as her, that read “We are forgotten”.

Students at the University of Sydney held a protest during the first day of Oweek to protest sexual assault and harassment on campus.

The rally comes in the wake of the release of 'The Red Zone Report' that details a spike in sexual harassment and assault during Oweek, especially in USYD's colleges.

In this episode I join dozens of community groups from across NSW at the "Fix NSW Transport" rally. The battle between WestConnex and public transport is explored.

To get involved in the campaign: www.facebook.com/NoWestconnex

We can fix the public transport crisis

Community groups from across NSW came out to rally against Westconnex and attacks on public transport on February 17.

A man waves over a roughly boarded fence, as a guard walks intimidatingly in front of it. A group of refugee protesters, sweltering in the hot sun in Leonora — a two day drive from Perth into the desert — wave back and yell “azadi”, the Farsi word for freedom.

I am one of the protesters and I am filming the protest.

One week earlier, just before the start of my second year at university, I opened an email from an activist group advertising a “Caravan of Compassion” to Leonora detention centre.

A few days later I was on the bus, barely knowing one other person.

In the first episode of Activist Stories we travel up to Canberra to join activists from around the country protesting against the Adani mega coal mine on the first day of parliament on February 5. We then look back at the campaign, the pressure mounting on Labor to oppose the mine and how you can get involved.

To get involved Stopadani.com Adani’s threat to Australia’s groundwater greenleft.org.au/content/adani-threat-great-artesian-basin

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Photos from the Justice for TJ Hickey rally on February 14.

The rally called for parliament to Re-open the inquiry into TJ Hickey's death.

TJ Hickey was killed in a police chase whilst ridding his bike in Waterloo.

Read more: https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/tj-hickey-14-years-and-still-no-jus...

Four years ago thousands of people lit candles in more than 750 locations across Australia to remember slain 23-year-old Iranian asylum seeker Reza Berati and demand an end to Australia’s detention system.

It was the largest post-Howard government mobilisation for refugee rights to date.

At rallies across the country activists who had been in contact with people in Manus Island detention centre exposed the horrors of that night.

On the first day of parliament in 2018 Stop Adani activists protested on the front lawns to send a clear message to Labor and Liberal - Stop Adani.

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