Charlotte Ainsworth, Madeleine Clarke, Layla Mkhayber & Yilun Ma

Week 2, Semester 1, 2020

This O’Week I was glad to sit on the Welfare stall for most days. I organised with Paz from ‘Raise the Rate’ to have a bunch of their materials on our stall, as well as having a bunch of climate petitions, leaflets, bags and stickers relating to climate activism. Then that Friday I was built and was involved in an occupation of the Sofitel hotel, protesting against their hosting of a Mining Conference in March. That protest met up with another protest outside the Canada embassy, in solidarity with the “ gas pipeline that will destroy their land. In Week One of uni, I have continued to do stalls that sign up people to climate activism. I have also been involved in organising for LGBT + rights in the lead up to Mardi Gras. Importantly organising with the NTEU around the issue of the Sydney Uni Mardi Gras float, which asks staff members to be in. For the staff that do this there has been the precedent set that they get special leave the day after Mardi Gras, but this right was revoked this year. Organisers have spoken out against this and I’ve been involved in helping get the word out about this unfairness.