Training Activists-Beeliar & beyond

$3,385 of $5,530 goal

Raised by 66 people in 1 month
My name is Nicola and I am passionate about supporting communities to train, organise, and take nonviolent action together.

"I found the workshop informative and gave me the knowledge I needed to make an educated decision on protesting. Nicola was also present during a number of mass action events and other times I saw her visibly monitoring people on site during demonstrations. I found Nicola had precise address in public speaking and her ability to direct the crowd to be aware of their own safety and the safety of others."

This is from a participant of the campaign where I recently spent the better part of two months providing critical training support to people protecting the beautiful Beeliar Wetlands, in WA, from an unnecessary, polluting highway extension.

I want to head back to Fremantle, my old hometown, in the final stages of the election campaign, and this funding will support me for 4-6 weeks - supporting communities to take strategic nonviolent action to defend the environment, and stand for social justice.Photo: Renee Pettitt-Schipp

A generous sponsor supported me to work part time for a month in January, for which I am incredibly grateful. In truth I spent at least double or triple that amount of time.

During that time I provided strategic advice, mentoring and support for the Wetlands defenders. I ran more than 20 training workshops and meetings. I supported the establishment of the legal observer team doing vital work documenting human rights violations. I provided legal information and public briefings - and much more.

The Beeliar Wetlands defenders showed me once again the bravery and determination of West Australia's community of grassroots environmental and human rights defenders. But I also know that WA is traditionally under-served by training and advocacy support.

With the election around the corner and unnecessary destruction ongoing, it’s critical we work strategically to safely keep this vote changing issue in the spotlight, and peacefully intervene where possible.

That's why I'm asking you to help me support and build on incredible social change skills of the passionate and wonderful folk on this side of the country for another 4-6 weeks.

What I will focus on:

* Frontline work and strategic media actions during the final weeks of election campaign
* Police accountability work to provide strategic advice and support for compiling of a detailed complaint regarding the human rights breaches and police violence
* Advise, mentor, train, debrief and support key campaigners
* Continue to shine a national spotlight on the campaign, sharing stories on social media - such as this powerful
story, which was viewed 20, 000 times
* Additional training for climate campaigners if time allows.

* Economy airfare return from Melbourne - $500
* Travel costs in Perth - $150
* Lightweight laptop - $700
  (lugging a computer to the frontlines means it takes quite the beating)
*  Phone / Internet costs - $100
*  Sponsorship of 4 weeks of part-time work - $4080
Total amount - $5530

Any additional resources will cover more time and more thoroughly support expenses.

A few kind words from the Beeliar community:

"Nicola supported our community's development from a group of concerned but disempowered citizens into a non-violent direct action force that has brought about policy change and made Roe 8 a key election issue."

"Savvy advice on NVDA. Highly recommended."

I'm truly grateful for any support you can provide, and was absolutely inspired by the strength and passion of the community that was built over this campaign - I look forward to getting back to supporting more of this work.


I’ve been working to support communities for many years - much of that in a voluntary capacity. This has included volunteering on Sea Shepherd for several years, the winning campaign to defend James Price Point, the Leard coal mine blockade in NSW, as well as numerous environmental, social justice and climate change focused events and convergences.

I’m aware that many people have been working on the Beeliar campaign for many years, and in some cases decades. Please only support this work if you are comfortable with it.

Contributions will not be tax deductible, however if you would like to make a sustainable, ongoing (and tax deductible) donation you can support CounterAct.
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Update 3
Posted by Nicola Paris
14 days ago
WE WON! The Labor party won the election in a (wet)landslide. On Monday work was ceased as one of the first orders of work of the new Premier. He has acknowledged the significant swing in electorates impacted by Roe 8. Due to the nonviolent resistance of this campaign, in the face of overwhelming police violence and assaults, this became a critical election issue.

I need your help to finish the work (or start to finish it anyway!) There is many days of work in compiling and auditing the human rights abuses that were extensively documented by the legal observer team I trained. We hope to ensure that no environmental campaign has to face these same conditions in future.

There are also lessons to be learned, knowledge to be shared with other community campaigns, and I will be supporting a critical debrief process.

I am very grateful for your support - we are halfway to the goal. But I've prioritised time on the campaign, instead of promoting this crowd funder, so can you help me spread the word? This has been a powerful testament to how building community capacity can have significant impacts, and I'm proud to have worked with the Wetland Defenders!

Wetland Defenders and Beeliar
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Update 2
Posted by Nicola Paris
19 days ago
Thanks so much friends! We are at the half way mark and I am very grateful. I have been on the ground here for the last 10 days supporting the campaign.

From $5 to $500 it makes such a huge difference. I hit the ground running and have been working with the Wetland Defenders, checking in and debriefing with folks, advising on media and election stunts, meeting with the legal team, preparing written materials and planning for debriefs with the exhausted ground crew who are hanging on for dear life!

The election looks like it could swing our way this weekend and the Defenders are keeping the pressure up right until the last minute. Keep your fingers crossed!!

I'd be really grateful if you would consider sharing this to three friends you think might support my work, or write a few words and tag some friends on facebook - I've been too busy working on the ground here to do much to promote this funder.

Thanks and gratitude,
Nicola x
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Update 1
Posted by Nicola Paris
1 month ago
You are all amazing! Thanks for the sharing and donations - so far have received 30% of the total ask in the first 24 hours... from $10 to $500 ... Hugely grateful!
History making mass walk on, Jan 2017
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Karen Peradon-Alaga
27 days ago

I just can't support financially right now but would if I could. Nicola's knowledge, passion and amazing communication skills have been invaluable.

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$3,385 of $5,530 goal

Raised by 66 people in 1 month
Created February 22, 2017
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Goooo Nicola. I so admire your committment!

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Karen Peradon-Alaga
27 days ago

I just can't support financially right now but would if I could. Nicola's knowledge, passion and amazing communication skills have been invaluable.

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