GET YOUR ARMIES
OFF OUR BODIES
Get Your Armies Off Our Bodies is the inaugural series of Peace Pod.
Wage Peace is beyond proud to present our latest creation: a podcast featuring the stories, passions and insights of some of our most treasured collaborators. Tune in, subscribe and immerse yourself in the journeys of artists, activists and academics campaigning for peace on the stolen lands of this continent and further afield.
Peace Pod features
Peace Pod features some of the foremost academics, journalists and activists for peace on this continent, such as Michelle Fahey, Mujib Abid, Izzy Brown, Ned Hargreaves and Aunty Sue Coleman Haseldine, along with international luminaries such as Anthony Feinstein and Matthew Hoh.
How a small community built practices of peace in Afghanistan, and in the middle of war showed that different ways of living are possible.
Australia’s military industrial complex is expanding on a massive scale – and this started well before the recent AUKUS military pact with the US and UK. How have governments laid the groundwork for this in the past few years? What can we expect as the global weapons industry, hardwired for corruption, comes hunting for ever-greater profits? Michelle Fahy, independent researcher and journalist, and Andrew Feinstein, Executive Director of Shadow World Investigations, lay it out for us.
An update to this episode: earlier this year former Defense Minister Brendan Nelson became President of Boeing International, a promotion from his position as President of Boeing Australia, New Zealand, and South Pacific.
From the Frontier Wars to police in communities to the biggest weapons ever made. Militarism started in this continent when the British invaded over two hundred years ago, and it continues to this day. Boe Spearim, Aunty Sue Coleman-Haseldine, and Uncle Ned Hargreaves tell stories of struggles that are vital for all of us.
In the towns and cities and among the hills and valleys of West Papua, a desperate struggle for independence and the preservation of cultures and ways of life is raging. The compelling stories of West Papua are rarely heard in Australia or around the world. This is Adolf’s story, from childhood in the mountain village, to protests in the city, to fleeing for his life to continue his campaign outside the country. And a boat that helped break some of the silence around West Papua.
The previous episode told the story of the canoe that brought Adolf and 42 others to Australia. This not the only journey in solidarity between here and West Papua. This is Izzy Brown’s story, about the Freedom Flotilla, and family connections to the West Papua campaign – including one connection that’s too close to home.
Weapons don’t just design and build themselves – they need highly-skilled people to do this.
But most of us have no intention of joining in mass murder. What’s a weapons company supposed to do? It turns out they have lots of tricks and techniques to get hold of the people they need – and they target them younger than you might think, right in school. Or even before…
Zoe was one they tried to inveigle into the war business. Elise West from Medical Association for the Prevention of War is one of the campaigners aiming to erase weapons companies’ ability to get a hold of our kids. Jinsella from Demilitarise Education in the UK is another staunch peace advocate. You’ll hear from all three activists in this episode.
Find PeacePod wherever you listen to podcasts. Tune in and turn on to the lives & stories of some of the incredible folk doing anti-militarist activism with Wage Peace as we travel towards a future of #EarthcareNotWarfare.
Wage peace acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. This resource was developed on the lands of the Widjabul Wiabul people of the Bundjalung Nation. The Peace Pod series has been produced by Wage Peace. Get Your Armies Off Our Bodies is the inaugural series of Peace Pod. It documents stories, passions and insights of artists, activists and academics campaigning for peace on the stolen lands of this continent and further afield.
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For more ideas on how to demilitarise your school, check out this page of resources
The intent of this teacher resource is to illustrate opportunities in school curricula for engagement with the history and nature of militarism, war and conflict. Where possible specific topics, units, content and outcomes are suggested.
The episodes could be used as an additional resource to provide perspective or context, to deepen understanding of a topic, or as a starting point for developing a unit within the scope of an existing syllabi or curriculum.
This teacher resource includes an overview of curriculum connections, further readings and a Learning Activities Outline for three of the topics within the series. Click the title for the full resource and suggested learning activities.
- Episode 4 – Always Was Always Will Be
- Episode 5 & 6 – West Papua
- Episode 7 – Child’s Play: Militarism in the Classroom
Suggestions for learning activities are informed by collaborative and inquiry based pedagogies, visible thinking frameworks and web based resources from SBS Learn and from the US Facing History and Ourselves. In addition, consideration is given to including a range of thinking and learning including higher order thinking, active learning and creative responses.
Curriculum Links Overview
- ACARA – History Yr 12, Geography Yr 11, STEM Connections, The Arts
- NESA (NSW) Aboriginal Studies Yr 11 & 12, Geography Yr 11.
- Victoria – Geography 7-10, Design and Technologies 9-10, Ethical Capability Curriculum.
- Queensland – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies Senior Syllabus, Modern History Yr 11.
CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING
- identify, explore and organise information and ideas
- pose questions
Generating ideas, possibilities and actions
- imagine possibilities and connect ideas
- consider alternatives
Reflecting on thinking and processes
- transfer knowledge into new contexts
Understanding ethical concepts and issues
- recognise ethical concepts
- explore ethical concepts in context.
Exploring values, rights and responsibilities
- examine values
- explore rights and responsibilities
- consider points of view.
Recognising culture and developing respect
- explore and compare cultural knowledge, beliefs and practices
- develop respect for cultural diversity.
Interacting and empathising with others
- consider and develop multiple perspectives
- empathise with others.
Australian Cross-Curriculum Priorities
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
- Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
- connection to country/place
- shared histories
- continuity and change
- perspectives and action
- cause and effect
- alternative perspectives
- impact of change
Advice to Teachers
Accurate information is important. The issues of militarism, war and conflict are emotive, they talk of trauma and loss, care should be taken to consider student well-being. Some students may experience feelings of anger, uncertainty or powerlessness, some students may have personal experience as a front-line affected person. Therefore teachers should ensure that students are provided with appropriate support when necessary.
Use of supportive and inclusive pedagogies, where students are supported to express views and assisted to listen and respond respectfully, include such as listening and dialogue circles, individual/partner and small group work.
The aim is understanding, awareness and empowerment through hearing the stories of action and resistance.
Educators 4SC. (n.d.). Teaching About War. https://educators4sc.org/teaching-about-war/
Honest History (2023). Search Results for Frontier Wars. https://honesthistory.net.au/wp/?s=frontier+wars&submit=Go
Wage Peace. (n.d.). Peace Pod: an aural adventure in anti-militarist activism. Available from https://www.wagepeaceau.org/peacepod/
Rees, S. J., Van de Pas, R., Silove, D., & Kareth, M. (2008). Health and human security in West Papua. Medical journal of Australia, 189(11-12), 641-643. Available from: https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2008/189/11/health-and-human-security-west-papua
Ware, S. (2022). Understanding the Frontier Wars Teacher Resource. SBS Learn. https://www.sbs.com.au/learn/resources/understanding-the-frontier-wars/teacher-resource/
West, E. (2022). Minors and Missiles. Medical Association for Prevention of War. https://www.mapw.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Minors-Missiles-2022-FINAL-jan-31_2023.pdf