Words matter when it comes to communicating about justice and inequality.
'Talking justice' is a values-based communications guide for community legal centres that provides guidance on:
- Using language that is respectful and humanising towards the people we support
- Reflects our values
- Boosts understanding of community legal centres
- Builds public support for policy and law reform
Reader friendly communication: A guide to using plain language | Reading Writing Hotline
This guide includes case studies of those currently providing a great model in making their communications more reader friendly, with a particular focus on addressing adult literacy barriers.
Messaging checklist for advocates to build solidarity across difference | Centre for Labour and Social Studies
A conversation about politics and inequality which builds solidarity across ordinary people to address the urgent issues facing society today.
Messaging Guide: Drug stigma | Common Cause Australia & Smart Recovery Australia
This message guide has been written for people who talk about drugs and drugs policy in Australia, including those who use drugs themselves, and are concerned about the high levels of stigma associated with the issue.
The Power of Words: Having conversations about alcohol and other drugs | Alcohol and Drug Foundation
Professionals working in the health, education and justice sectors can dramatically reduce the impact of stigma by reconsidering how they think about people who use alcohol or other drugs (AOD) and choosing words that focus on people, rather than their AOD use.
Voices for Change | Domestic Violence NSW
A report on the Voices for Change project, DVNSW’s first lived experience project aimed at addressing domestic, family and sexual violence through media advocacy.
How to talk about human rights | Anat Shanker-Osorio
Using language data from advocacy, opposition, political speech and popular culture, Anat Shenker-Osorio’s research analyses why certain messages resonate where others falter in the human rights sector across Australia, the UK and the US.
Words that work: Making the best case for people seeking asylum | Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
A guide on what language is most effective in persuading people to shift their ideas on people seeking asylum.
Legal information in languages other than English | Victoria Law Foundation
This research report outlines important factors to consider when producing legal information in languages other than English, including recommendations and best practice examples.
Legal glossary: A plain language guide to common legal terms | Victoria Law Foundation
This guide is intended to help non-lawyers understand legal phrases and to give lawyers guidance in explaining the legal phrases they use.
When I Tell My Story I’m in Charge: Ethical and Effective Storytelling in Advocacy | Rachael Ball
The challenge for progressive lawyers and activists is to develop a framework for storytelling that maximises systemic and sustainable advocacy outcomes and empowers participants while recognising and mitigating risks. The alternative is a policy and law reform agenda that relies on dry statistics and legal analysis and omits the insights and perspectives of people affected by injustice.
Raise the Age Messaging Guide | Raise the Age Campaign
A simple guide to talking to your friends, colleagues and local members of Parliament about why we need to #RaiseTheAge to keep children safe from prison, and invest in the alternatives that work.
Messaging guidance for restorative justice and rethinking discipline | Anat Shenker Osorio Communications
The purpose of this guide is to support advocates, educators, administrators, and allies in making the case to fund the programs and resources that make our schools safe for all while eliminating the police presence that directly impedes learning.
How to talk about economics: A guide to changing the story | Australian Progress
The full guide is 50 pages long and details the research process, the key insights into how people reason about the economy, and detailed analysis of the key narrative and language shifts that move ‘persuadable’ audiences toward progressive policy.
Raise the Rate for Good campaign: A guide to telling the story | Australian Council of Social Service
This is a guide to support people and organisations in sharing their own story about why we need a permanent, adequate increase to JobSeeker, Youth Allowance and other payments.