SEARCH members have a long and effective history of work on international solidarity, peace and environmental justice campaigns.
The need for such campaigns is greater than ever as the Trump presidency, with its more blatant push for US global dominance, has increased instability in the Middle East, on the Korean peninsula, and Eastern Europe. Trump’s presidency has increased the danger of nuclear war, nationalism, racism and climate change, and threatened to initiate trade wars, further increasing the global inequality which has accelerated since the Great Recession of 2008-9.
The SEARCH International Solidarity, Peace and Security Working Group was set up in late 2016 to respond to a need to better understand and mobilise work in these inter-related areas. The first meeting had members experienced in solidarity work with Palestine, Cuba, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Zimbabwe and many other countries and regions. As well there were members who were long-time activists in trade justice, peace, anti-war, and Anti-US bases struggles.
One response was to put out this Discussion Bulletin for members and associated networks. Taken as a whole these articles identify some key sites of struggle. It is produced in the hope that it
encourages further study and action. We ask for feedback and responses.
Editorial Collective: Sam Altman, Pat Ranald, Brian Aarons, Bev Symons, Peter Murphy
A long and proud story of struggle for environment and justice
The SEARCH Foundation Environmental Justice Working Group has produced a Special Edition of the Discussion Bulletin which you may download here.
Authorities as varied as Naomi Klein, Nicholas Stern and Pope Francis have stressed that there is no more urgent political struggle facing the world than the increasingly severe consequences of global warming and the challenges of environmental and climate justice. This special edition Bulletin addresses those challenges and describes what we can learn from some successful recent campaigns about building powerful social movements that win. The contributors to the Bulletin, moreover, are leading environmental justice activists and pre-eminent thinkers from Australia and overseas, including members of the SEARCH Foundation and our allies.
The SEARCH Committee has produced this special edition of the Discussion Bulletin on the events in Greece to provide background information and analysis for our members. Adam Rorris, a Greek-Australian SEARCH member active in the Australia-Greece Solidarity Campaign, has assisted us by providing some of the articles, especially those requiring translation from Greek. Adam has also provided an Overview article.