The antidotes to despair are connection and action
Eveything is currently more fucked than most people thought possible, so here are some groups working on un-fucking everything.
- Renters and Housing Union (RAHU): Since everyone has to work three fucking jobs these days, employment-centric unions aren't hitting as hard as they used to. The solution? We're all stuck renting so we all have that in common. RAHU has several local groups in Melbourne, with regular meetings and direct action like protesting evictions and rent rises. These guys were largely responsible for the moratorium on evictions during the 18 month lokdowns in Melbourne in 2020-2021.
- Save Preston Market Action Group: Another dedicated and in my opinion worthy-of-effort group taking on the developer who owns Preston market and wants to demolish it in favour of "luxury apartments" (aka overpriced apartments designed to sit empty as investment properties.) Genuinely making strong strides with local and state governments and full of people who want to stop developers eating our city alive.