September 19, 2020 at 8:30am - 5:30pm.
Melbourne Town Hall
90 Swanston St
Australia, Victoria 3000

PAST EVENT: Transforming Democracy: Claiming Our Power

We all want to live in a community that thrives and grows through diversity. One where everyone has a safe secure home. One where we can all speak up. One where the law acts to support equality and builds positive society – not one whose laws tread on those who have less resources and opportunities.

This year, on 19 September 2018, at our State Conference - Transforming Democracy: Claiming Our Power, we brought community legal centre members and our communities and partners together for a one day summit that tackled these big challenges, and thought about the role that our movement can play in creating a world where everyone is treated equally by the law. 

We heard from inspiring international and domestic keynote speakers, engaged in skill building workshops and learnt from expert panels about how to build power and create change in your community.

We focused especially on how law reform outside the courtroom and community organising can support and enhance strategic litigation, how the field of poverty law can inform approaches to community lawyering in Victoria, and how community lawyers in other States and overseas are achieving transformative change through innovative uses of campaigning and community partnerships. 

We then tied these strategies to campaigns that Community Legal Centres are running in their communities and explored case studies such as campaigns on tenants rights, refugees, reducing homelessness, police accountability, and mandatory sentencing.

Click here for the in depth program.

We were joined by Raquel Willis from the Black Lives Matter movement and the U.S. Transgender Law Centre, to share her knowledge and expertise on organising marginalised communities for transformative social change. Raquel is a powerful black transgender activist and writer from the U.S. who was recognised this year as one of America's most influential African Americans on The Root 100, alongside Solange Knowles, Tamika D. Mallory and Patrisse Khan-Cullors.

Click here for full speaker line up.


Photos and videos of the event to come shortly.

Address: 90 Swanston St Australia, Victoria 3000 Australia

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