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Community ‘Know Your Rights’ Training

Writing to your MP, volunteering for a community group, or attending a protest are all types of civic engagement that are critical for a strong democracy. However, the ability of concerned citizens to engage in protest is increasingly being discouraged, if not repressed, by political commentary and a range of legal techniques.

As a part of the Victorian Law Foundation’s Law Week 2021, join Melbourne Activist Legal Support for an interactive community training built on the principles and exercises we use to train activist groups.

The training includes a discussion of the Victorian Charter, Victorian police powers at protests, and your rights and risks in potential arrest.

A fun and empowering event, this training is intended provide citizens with more knowledge of, and capacity to, assert their legal rights when taking political action.

Venue is accessible. This event is free and open to the public, but booking is limited as this event is in-person.

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Melbourne Activist Legal Support (MALS)

is an independent volunteer group of lawyers, human rights advocates, law students, and para-legals. MALS trains and fields Legal Observer Teams at protest events, monitors and reports on policing at activist events, provides training and advice to activist groups on legal support structures, and develops and distributes legal resources for positive social movements. MALS works in conjunction with law firms, community legal centres, and a range of local, national and international human rights agencies. We stand up for civil & political rights.
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