Telegraming peace and protest

1980 telegram from activist group "Anti war citizens"

Social media and mobile phones are the communication and organising tool of this moment. As you well know these tools have been important factors in recent events like the Arab Spring and the London Riots. So I thought it an apt time to reflect on old school comms. I found this telegram from 1980 on a cleaning bee at my parent’s house.

My parent’s took me to huge peace rallies in the 1980s. We marched under the banner of a Greek community club called the Atlas League. Now I can see how this group coordinated their efforts with other peace lobbyists. No group SMS, no twitter broadcasts, no Facebook events, but a telegram, phone calls and word of mouth that mobilised thousands to march in Sydney streets.

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