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Imagining new futures in the wake of COVID

Cape Town is at best a complicated place in our previous normality, complications that are wrenched open during a pandemic. The political questions that ensued were less about masks and individual autonomy than about the ways to endure and cultivate care in increasingly meagre times.

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Komi, ‘Leaders in Community Award’

In recognition of her contributions to the communities she is a part of and collaborates with, Komi was recognised by the University of Melbourne with the Leaders in Community Award. …

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Bendigo St

On 31 March 2016, we occupied 16 Bendigo St and made national headlines, forcing the Andrews state government into an embarrassing confrontation. Soon after its inception, the protest drew the attention of the Wurundjeri and Kulin Nation community who helped us exposed the myth of the contemporary housing crisis. For them, housing deprivation and homelessness began with European invasion in 1788.

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COVID, colonialism and Pacific resilience

During the global coronavirus pandemic, Fiji and Papua New Guinea are the only independent nations in the region with confirmed cases of COVID-19, while most Pacific countries are COVID-free: Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Nauru, Marshall Islands, FSM and Palau currently have no confirmed diagnoses of the disease.

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No room to breathe

Rather than give a detailed description of the events that took place (the #freethe9blocks hashtag on twitter can do this), I was asked to reflect on the lockdown of the towers. The suggestion came after conversations with IPCS, as we were searching for another space to house donations.

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A place apart

On a crisp autumn day in Melbourne, my phone has several missed calls from an Indonesian friend. I call back to see what might be wrong with a heavy heart. …

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