We need to mourn for bushfire victims. And then we need to organise

By John Falzon
Updated February 2 2020 - 10:37am, first published January 27 2020 - 5:30pm

Joe Hill, the Swedish-American folk singer and union activist, shortly before his death at the hands of a Utah firing squad in 1915, wrote to a friend: "Don't mourn. Organise!" These words became a popular rallying cry, one that I have often taken to heart myself in the struggle for social justice.