Resources

This resources page includes websites, blogs, facebook pages, books, and other publications related to issues of social justice, human rights, and power relations. If you know of resources you think could be included, you can let me know by clicking here. I will get back to you.

Asylum Seekers, Refugees, Diversity

Books and other documents

Ricketts, J. (2011). Project Connect: The family-youth-staff interface in a diverse, disadvantaged, secondary school. Unpublished doctoral thesis, Latrobe University, Melbourne.

Note: This PhD thesis is a qualitative social justice project, involving interviews and focus groups, that looks at support for young people’s learning in a school community comprising over 50 cultures and 28 home languages, in which most families have migrant or refugee backgrounds. The complete thesis is available through Research Online at Latrobe University (click here).

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)

Human rights organisation, providing legal, medical, other professional services, and basic necessities for people seeking asylum, located in Melbourne, established in 2001. Operates under four pillars of Aid, Justice, Empowerment, and Community.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project (BASP)

Works with and for asylum seekers both in detention and in the community, based in Melbourne, established in 2001.

Website: Click here (includes a News page and links to their Newsletter)

Refugees Survivors and Ex-Detainees (RISE)

Organisation governed by refugees/asylum seekers and ex-detainees. Provides advice, community development, advocacy on government policy, and campaigns for refugee rights.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

Welcome to Australia

Community organisation, run by volunteers and supported by partner organisations, to engage everyday Australians in creating a culture of welcome, “…dedicated to giving asylum seekers, refugees, new arrivals and long-term migrant residents of Australia a warm, dignified and positive Welcome to Australia.”

Website: Click here (includes stories and media campaign)

Facebook Page: Click here

 

Education

I give a Gonski

Support for investment in education and public schools.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

 

Environment and Sustainability

Note: Yes, I do consider the environment a social justice issue, in that we are custodians of the planet and have a responsibility to it…Joan Beckwith.

The Bob Brown Foundation

Aims to help front-line environmentalists wherever they face the imminent destruction of Australia’s heritage. Raises money to help those who peacefully confront environmental destruction with equipment, skilled personnel, legal advice.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

Deep Green Resistance (DGR)

The goal of DGR “is to deprive the rich of their ability to steal from the poor and the powerful of their ability to destroy the planet” (as per website March 2014).

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

Environmental Justice Australia

Environmental Justice Australia self-describe as nature’s lawyers, using the law to protect our environment, and working to change our laws to make sure they protect the right of all Australians to clean air, clean water and healthy ecosystems.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

 

Gender, Sexuality

Books and other publications

Note: This could be a very long list but I plan to contain it to a few references at a time. My aim will be to update the list on a regular basis, although Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech is on the record for posterity.

Fausto-Sterling, Anne (2000). Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality. New York: Basic Books.

Note: This scholarly book has met with high acclaim and is possibly worth buying just to get the reference list (although it could also usefully be updated).

Fine, Cordelia (2010). Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences. London: Icon Books.

Note: I have included this book because it does do a good job, and a readable one, of debugging the pseudoscience of sex differences. I also learnt useful terms like “stereotype threat” and “gender deviance neutralisation”.

Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech (2012)

Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech was delivered in parliament on 10 October 2012 while she was Australia’s first female Prime Minister and was responding to Tony Abbott’s motion (when he was in Opposition) to remove Peter Slipper as Speaker.

YouTube: Click here

Transcript: Click here

Everyday Feminism

Applies feminism to everyday life.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

National Foundation for Australian Women

The National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) “gives weight to the collective voice of Australian women”. It has existed as a national organisation “for more than two decades” (as per website July 2013).

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Destroy the Joint (for people who are “sick of the sexism dished out to women in Australia”): Click here

No To Homophobia

This campaign aims to challenge all forms of harassment and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ) people, whether it happens in the workplace or in social situations.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

Wear it Purple

Wear it Purple describes its mission as fostering supportive, safe and accepting environments for rainbow young people.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

Workplace Gender Equality Agency

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WEGA) is an Australian Government statutory agency charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces, responsible for administering the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.

Website: Click here

 

Mental Health and Disability

beyondblue

beyondblue describes itself as an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to increase awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression in Australia and to reduce the associated stigma.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute describes itself as a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

Crippen Cartoons

Disabled cartoonist, Crippen (aka Dave Lupton) has been producing cartoons on disability and mental health for a very long time. You can contact him about using his cartoons via his website.

Website: Click here

Mad in America

Mad in America is designed to serve as a resource and a community for those interested in rethinking psychiatric care in the United States and abroad.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

MindFreedom

MindFreedom International describes itself as a nonprofit organization that unites 100 sponsor and affiliate grassroots groups with thousands of individual members to win human rights and alternatives for people labeled with psychiatric disabilities.

Website: Click here

Psychology Benefits Society

The Psychology Benefits Society website, blog, and Facebook page are produced by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Public Interest (PI) directorate.

Website: Click here

Blog: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

 

Race, Racism, Recognition

Australians for Native Title & Reconciliation (ANTaR Victoria)

Working for land justice and reconciliation, equal rights and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples is a national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. As a company the Congress is owned and controlled by its membership and is independent of Government.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

Noel Pearson’s speech at Gough Whitlam’s memorial

Gough Whitlam died on 21 October 2014, and his memorial was held in Sydney on 5 November. This link goes to the script of Noel Pearson’s speech in the Sydney Morning Herald that contains an embedded video.

Video (and script): Click here

RECOGNISE

The people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia’s Constitution and remove racial discrimination from it.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks’ speech

As a panel member on Q&A 10 June 2014 (an amazing impromptu speech, listed here for posterity. Her speech starts 3.5 minutes in.)

Video: Click here

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)

National non-government peak body in Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

 

Social Justice (General)

2020socialjustice

The 2020socialjustice website (that is, this one) and the companion facebook page are for raising ideas about social justice and power relations. The philosophy is secular, political but not party-political, and encompasses multiple issues.

Facebook Page: Click here

Amnesty International

Worldwide movement of people campaigning to protect human rights. Protects people and communities who come under attack, encourages governments and others to respect human rights and raises awareness of international standards to protect the human rights of all.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC)

The HRLC promotes and protects human rights in Australia and beyond through advocacy, research, litigation and education.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

Right Now: Human Rights in Australia

Right Now is a volunteer, not-for-profit media organisation focused on human rights issues in Australia.

Website: Click here

Social Justice Solutions (SJS)

Social Justice Solutions (in the terms of its blurb) seeks to unite social workers to create the political power needed to initiate social change. It aims to do so by creating a forum where social workers can share news and opinions on current events about the world. Its network extends beyond social workers, and also beyond its base in the USA.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

Social Work Helper

Social Work Helper (in the terms of its blurb) provides news, information, and resources related to social issues, social work, social justice, and social good. Founded in 2011 and located in North Carolina, Social Work Helper caters to two types of readers: “We help those who consume services navigate the systems helping professionals implement, and we help the providers of services be more knowledgeable about the challenges and barriers consumers of services face as well as how to be more efficient providing services.”

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

 

Social Justice (Specific Issues)

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)

In its Mission Statement, JVP states that its members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a USA foreign policy based on these ideas. JVP opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression.  JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

Speaking of Suicide

A site for suicidal individuals and their loved ones, mental health professionals, suicide survivors, and others with an interest in the issues.

Website: Click here

Thinking about Suicide

Note: David Webb, whose work I cite here (and who did his PhD on suicidality) argues strongly that suicidality and mental health are separate issues. I agree, up to a point, although also consider, for example, that a person can become so demoralised by ‘voices’ that death seems preferable. Partly out of respect for David and his remarkable work, I have made separate categories for mental health and suicide. Both areas belong under the umbrella of social justice, from my point of view, because both groups of people are marginalised and potentially disempowered.

Webb, David (2010). Thinking About Suicide: Contemplating and comprehending the urge to die. Herefordshire: PCCS Books.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

 

Workplace Issues

Books and other documents

Beckwith, Joan (2012). Swimming with Sharks.

Note: This is a novel about surviving abuse of workplace power (usually referred to as bullying). More details on the Book Page of this website.

Beckwith, Joan (2000). From counselling to client partnership in service delivery: Towards a feminist psychological practice. Unpublished thesis, LatrobeUniversity, Melbourne.

Note: This is a minor thesis for a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies, and the backstory to my pdf-64x64novel, Swimming with Sharks. It provides a case study of the operation of workplace power, contextualised by feminist theory. (You can go to the PDF file by clicking on the symbol.)

Caponecchia, C., & Wyatt, A. (2011). Preventing workplace bullying: An evidence-based guide for managers and employees. Australia: Allen & Unwin.

Note: This is a non-fiction book on workplace bullying, published in Australia, but with content of general relevance.

Harrison, Lorraine Jessie (2013). Feeling the heat: workers’ experiences of job stress in the Victorian community services sector. Unpublished doctoral thesis, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Note: This PhD thesis locates work stress in historical and sociopolitical context and draws on the perspectives of workers in community services. The complete thesis is available online from the Victoria University repository (click here).

Richards, H., & Freeman, S. (2002). Bullying in the workplace: An occupational hazard. Australia: HarperCollins.

Note: This is a non-fiction book which I found a useful companion to my novel, Swimming with Sharks. Some of it is particular to an Australian context but much is also more generally relevant. It is available through the second author (click here).

Australian Unions

Rights at work and related issues. “Standing up for all workers and their families”.

Link from the website also to WorkingLife website (or click here) for stories, comment, opinion about the world of work, supported and published by the ACTU.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

Facilitate Assist

Facilitate Assist is a small business that provides general facilitation, community consultation, work stress audits and workshops for community, private, and government organisations. One partner (Lorraine Harrison) has a background in social work and is the author of the PhD on work stress cited above; the other (Gai Mooney) has a background in research, education, and the public sector, and many years experience in leadership roles. Both have extensive experience in facilitation and recognize the importance of inclusiveness and collaboration.

Website: Click here

Know Bull

Australian website on workplace bullying; established anti-bullying day.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

Whistleblowers Australia

Whistleblowers Australia Inc. is an association for those who have exposed corruption or any form of malpractice, especially if they were then hindered or abused, and for those who are thinking of exposing it or who wish to support those who are doing so.

Website: Click here

Facebook Page: Click here

 

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