Koori Tenant News, Factsheets in 10 Community Languages, Sydney Festival for Civil Society, a Thunderclap and more.
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Koori Tenant News

We've just finished another edition of our flagship publication Tenant News. This is a special edition full of great stories by and for Aboriginal tenants. 4,000 copies are in the mail to organisations all over NSW – community legal centres, neighbourhood centres, Aboriginal Medical Services, Local Aboriginal Land Councils and individual tenants. You can pick up a copy at your local service, or if you'd like to subscribe (for free!) email us, or read it online now. Articles include: We published this in time for the Koori Rugby League Knockout happening in Dubbo this weekend. We think it makes for better reading than the letter to Aboriginal Housing Office tenants, sent by the Dubbo office of Family and Community Services. The letter has been poorly received and the local FACS office has received numerous complaints about it.

New factsheets in 10 community languages

We've just released an updated and expanded set of Tenants Rights Factsheets in community languages. These factsheets provide a practical, up-to-date, short introduction to tenants’ rights in NSW. They're available for free on tenants.org.au. Please tell your clients and fellow tenants, and display the poster!

The factsheets are available in 9 languages other than English. The languages chosen are the most common languages spoken by renters in NSW who can't speak English well or at all (over 100,000 people, according to ABS census data). Factsheets are available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish, Farsi, Thai and Japanese.

The factsheets were produced by the Tenants Union with assistance from the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW.

Sydney Festival for Civil Society

NCOSS is celebrating its 80th Anniversary this year and to mark the occasion, they're holding the Sydney Festival for Civil Society on Wednesday 14 October. Lots of organisations will have stalls (the Tenants' Union will be at booth 13). There will also be seminars with great speakers such as comedian Corey White; Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission; Kirstie Parker, Co-Chair National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples; Maha Abdo, CEO Muslim Women’s Association; Nic Parkhill, CEO ACON Health; and Alastair McEwen, Director Community Legal Centres NSW. The Tenants' Union will also be doing a presentation about the More Bang For Your Bond campaign.

The Sydney Festival for Civil Society is an opportunity to connect with other members of civil society and strengthen the way we approach society’s biggest social and economic challenges. NCOSS is also offering $10 tickets to people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. If you have a Health Card, or you're a full-time student, then you’re eligible.

Register for the festival here.

Join our Thunderclap on Monday!

This Monday the 5th of October is International Tenants’ Day and we’ve set up a ‘Thunderclap’ to boost the More Bang For Your Bond petition. On Monday at 1pm, the Thunderclap will share a message and the petition link. Because it is co-ordinated, it will have a powerful impact and get to lots of people!

Our petition has grown dramatically in the last few weeks, and we’re getting closer to presenting it to Members of Parliament in November. So now is a great time to use your voice to demand More Bang For Your Bond. Do you have a Facebook or Twitter account? Help us by signing up to the Thunderclap to maximise the impact.

What is a Thunderclap? Thunderclap is an online tool that lets a message be heard when you and your friends say it together. Think of it as an "online flash mob." Join a Thunderclap, and you and others will share the same message at the same time, spreading an idea through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr that cannot be ignored.

How do I sign up? It's super easy. On the More Bang Thunderclap page, click the red button saying 'Support with Facebook'. You'll be prompted to sign in to your Facebook account and authorise Monday's post. You can also change the message (if you wish), and do the same with Twitter and Tumblr if you use them.

What exactly am I agreeing to when I authorise my account? You’re allowing Thunderclap to share a single message on your behalf via your Facebook or Twitter. After the campaign is complete, Thunderclap won’t post any additional messages. Read more about Thunderclap on their FAQ.
Be part of our Thunderclap

More news & analysis from the Brown Couch

Here are some highlights from the last month on our blog, The Brown Couch:
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