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Social Movements Rising

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Maritime Union of Australia

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The long 1968 witnessed the birth (or rejuvenation) of inspirational social movements. Civil rights, women's liberation, student power, worker insurgencies, black power, gay liberation, resident action, squatting, hippies and the counter-culture. Is any of it still relevant to the reviving social movements of today?

Panel consists of:
Wendy Bacon - an award-winning journalist, longtime activist and radical advocate.
Tom Raue - a member of the Young Greens, union organiser, and former student activist.
Elizabeth Humphrys - a political economist at UTS researching neoliberalism, work, labour and social movements.
Paul McAleer - is the Sydney branch secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia.
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During 1968 - at the height of the Vietnam War - every continent was marked by youth radicalisation and student revolts, often reverberating among the working population and Indigenous peoples. It gave rise to new political demands centred around grassroots democracy. The women's liberation movement began to emerge as did a widespread concern with our living environment. It was a time of global revolution that continued into the 1970s.

In one sense it may have failed, but in another it changed the world.

On the 50th anniversary of the spectacular student uprising and the three-week general strike in France, this four part series of forums will pose the question of what can we learn from these formative times.

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