Jack Simmons
It has been a big year for Tomorrow Movement. The start of the year seems like forever ago to me – reflecting on the highlights of our organising work shows the power we’ve built as a Movement in 2023.

We kicked off the year by in January bringing 30 young leaders from communities all over the country together on Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung country in January. We learnt organising skills together such as persuasive conversations, community mapping and strategy planning. We continued to strengthen our relationships across this country and set Movement strategy for the year.

30 young leaders from around Australia gathered at the Strategy Retreat in Bendigo.

Strategy retreat set us up well for a big year of campaigning, teams spent months building community power, training and building their groups and developing new leaders. When the Federal Budget arrived in May we were ready, with billions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy and defence spending in the midst of a cost of living crisis announced, our Movement leapt into action.

We took powerful action at the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister’s ’s offices, demanding the rate of all support payments be raised to a liveable level, alongside taking meaningful action for climate and jobs. We were front and centre in multiple national media outlets here and here.

We didn’t stop putting pressure on Albanese and the Labor government there. In August we brought 100 young people from all around the country together to Sydney for 4 days of training and action. Ahead of Labor National Conference, we occupied the Prime Minister’s office, demanding that Labor adopt a real plan that addresses the climate and economic crises. We followed the PM to National Conference, where we stood with other climate and economic justice organisations and grew the public pressure on Federal Labor to raise the ambition of what is possible.

Then, in October, we launched our new Movement Circle Program. Over 30 new organisers around the country were supported to engage with their community on climate and jobs, take action and learn key organising skills in their towns and cities. We’ve seen five powerful actions in four states, you can see more here and here. Ahead of unprecedented summer heat, we demanded Labor deliver more than heatwaves for the holidays.

We know this work is far from over, winning a better future will take all of us. It makes me so proud to see young people from communities all over the continent standing up and leading in the fights for our future. This year, Labor has shown us that they have no plans to take meaningful action on climate and jobs. Now more than ever we need to build undeniable pressure, demanding bold, ambitious solutions to the climate, jobs and housing crises.

If you’ve been inspired this year, join us in the campaign to win a Climate Jobs Guarantee in 2024! Join our Summer of Heat campaign, or come to the Tomorrow Movement Retreat from February 2-6 to dive deep into local team work and campaign strategy.

This year my personal highlight has been seeing Tomorrow Movement leaders stepping up, engaging directly with their local communities and running powerful campaigns that deliver results founded in justice. Young community leaders in Sydney, Brisbane, Naarm, Wollongong and Margaret River have had countless conversations in their communities and stood up for what matters most in their local areas – whether that’s pushing for good jobs and climate action via renewable development in Wollongong, telling powerful stories about the cost-of-living crisis and learning collectively about racial justice in naarm or winning the campaign for a Net Zero Authority alongside trade union comrades.

The transformation we need is only possible when we work together – so if you turned up to an action, participated in your local team, delivered or participated in a training, donated some money to make this work possible or even read our emails, I’m glad you’re here. Our Movement is as powerful as we are many.

Now it’s time for some rest and reflection – but stay tuned for some exciting work happening over this hot summer!

See you next year,
Jack on behalf of Tomorrow Movement

PS. If you want to support the movement financially as we plan our bigger and bolder campaigns for next year, you can donate here.

Jack Simmons

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