We have a big vision.
100 years ago, the labour movement led and won a massive campaign against forced conscription to military service in WWI.
Unionists, from our base at Victorian Trades Hall, were at the forefront of the debate. As Hall Greenland writes:
"All the better class of people lined up in favour of conscription. The prime minister, five of the six state premiers, all the leaders of the opposition, the churches... judges, magistrates, the employers federations... all supported conscription for the front.
The mass media then was the newspapers and all the country’s major city dailies were staunchly pro-conscription. The journals that were anti-conscription were heavily censored and on occasion seized and burnt or pulped."
To commemorate this unlikely victory of working people over the political and military elite, of pacifism over militarism, we're going to recreate the anti-conscription banners that covered Trades Hall between 1916-1917. (We're also going to remind Canberra that their attempts to play with our human rights via plebiscite are, historically, ill-fated.)
But we need your help.
If you'd like to be part of this amazing art project, please chip in, and share this link with your networks! Let's remind Melbourne of our proud campaigning history!
Donations over $20 will receive a card of thanks. Donations over $50 will receive a commemorative tote bag!