Does Protest Still Work?

19 September 2019 #596

Cover Story: Does Protest Still Work?

Protest, it seems, is having a moment in a way we haven’t seen since the 60s and 70s, thanks to a new generation of young activists in Australia, Hong Kong, Sweden…the world over. On the day this edition launches, tens of thousands are expected to march in climate strikes around the globe.

In the latest Big Issue, Deputy Editor Katherine Smyrk looks at the history of activism, and examines how social media has changed the game. A protest sceptic writes about why she’s taking action for the first time. And we speak to some of Australia’s most influential activists – Gary Foley, Sally Rugg and Bob Brown – as we ask: does protest still work?

Also in this edition:

• We speak to Rachel Griffiths about her directorial debut Ride Like a Girl, a biopic about Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.

• After 13 years, US rockers Tool tell us why now is finally the right time to release a new album.

In Big Picture, photographer Mark Lehn hits the seas of South-East Asia with the world’s last remaining marine nomads.

• It’s a rockin’ Vendor Tour Guide as we head to the Elvis heartland, taking in the sights and sounds of Memphis alongside The Bridge vendor Tony.

• In Tastes Like Home, Gundagai farmer Mitzi Westang shares her famous Meatloaf recipe, guaranteed to feed a family of hungry cowboys!

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