As many of you know, I’ve been involved with Amnesty International QLD/NNSW since the beginning of 2018, as an intern/office volunteer and the media & communications team leader…

As the media and communications team leader, I was trying to develop a media strategy for the second half of the year, and I decided I wanted my team to branch out into the wider community, conduct more interviews, and create more original content… but then I saw a gap, that I though needed filling. While we could share this content on our regional social media platforms, I wanted to be able to reach a broader audience (because they people we interview are super inspiring and can teach activists a lot of tips/tricks,) and so I came up with the idea of a podcast for Amnesty International Australia activists.

With the help of one of my team members, Izzy, we sat down and started planning the podcast. We called it “Activist Connect” and the aim of the podcast is to engage, educate, entertain, and connect Amnesty Activists across the country.

For our first episode, we sat down with Shankar, Amnesty’s lead refugee campaigner to hear about his own experience as a refugee coming to Australia, and all about Amnesty’s #MyNewNeighbour campaign, calling for a fairer community sponsorship program for those seeking protection in Australia. We also talk about tips and tricks for community campaigning, and heard from @amnestymaroochydoreabout how they are bringing the My New Neighbour campaign to their community.

The podcast is currently available on soundcloud.com/amnesty-activist-connect and YouTube.

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