GLW Calendar, 2012-06
Politics in the Pub: Power, Guns 'n Money
Date: Sat 30 Jun, 3:00pm - Sat 30 Jun, 5:00pm
Privatising Power to Shoot in the Parks. Public forum. Speakers: Lachlan Garland, Blue Mountains Conservation Society, & Mark Lennon, Unions NSW. Family Hotel, 15 Parke St, Katoomba. Auspiced by Mountains Community Resource Network.
Politics in the Pub
Date: Wed 27 Jun, 6:00pm
Politics in the Pub: Stop the Cuts! Speakers from the LGBT Alliance and Together union will spark the discussion about opposition to the LNP government austerity drive. Wed June 27, 6pm, Green Ant Cantina, Bunda St. For more information, ph 0437 790 306.
Tropical Sustainable Living Festival Top End
Date: Sat 2 Jun, 9:00am - Sun 3 Jun, 6:00pm
The 2012 Tropical Garden Spectacular and Top End Sustainable Living Festival brings together innovations, products, ideas and inspiration for our environment, gardens and backyard. June 2nd and 3rd from 10am George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.
"Growing Change" film screening
Date: Sat 2 Jun, 6:30pm
"Growing Change" - an inspiring documentary by Director Simon Cunich about food security and the environment. Part of the 2012 Tropical Garden Spectacular and Top End Sustainable Living Festival. Solar Powered Cinema Bus 6:30pm Saturday 2 June. George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.
Public meeting: pARTicipation forum.
Date: Fri 1 Jun, 9:30am - Fri 1 Jun, 5:00pm
A dynamic one-day event exploring community arts and young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. The forum provides a rare opportunity for young people and community arts personnel to come together and critically explore key issues within the community arts sector. 9:30am-5pm. Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray. $30 for organisational representatives. Free for artists and young people. Morning tea and lunch (halal and vegetarian) provided.
Phone: 0401 593 300 or 9340 3741
Website: pARTicipation program & registration
Exhibition: Unsafe Haven: Hazaras in Afghanistan.
Date: Fri 1 Jun, 10:00am - Sat 9 Jun, 6:00pm
Until Saturday, June 9 The photographs of artist and former Afghan refugee Abdul Karim Hekmat, make a powerful point about Australia's asylum seeker policy. RMIT Gallery, near cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts, City.
Website: RMIT Gallery
Exhibition: Memories. Contact with white people.
Date: Fri 1 Jun, 10:00am - Sun 3 Jun, 5:00pm
Friday, June 1-Sunday, June 3 Coinciding with National Reconciliation Week, Burrinja Cultural Centre is hosting a fascinating collection of art, films, speakers and workshops. Burrinja, cnr Glenfern Rd & Matson Drive, Upwey.
Website: Whats On at Burrinja
Forum: The war on corporate welfare
Date: Fri 1 Jun, 12:30pm
Friday, June 1, 12:30pm. Darebin Intercultural Centre, 59A Roseberry Ave, Preston. This forum is part of Reconcilliation Week. Organised and facilitated by Sharon Firebrace, Indigenous producer & presenter on Radio 3KND. Speakers: Kevin Bracken (Victorian state secretary, MUA); Sharif As Saber (professor, RMIT); Humphrey Mc Queen (historian). Free event including lunch. Registration essential!
Phone: 8470 8440
Film screeening: A night with Violeta.
Date: Sat 2 Jun, 6:00pm
Film by Andres Wood about the life of Violeta Parra, a Chilean folk singer best known for her song, 'Gracias a la Vida'. A night of music & discussion. $10. Food & drinks available. 6pm. MUA hall, 46-54 Ireland St, West Melbourne. Presented by Colectivo Memoria y Rebeldia.
Phone: 0431 600 215 or 0404 165 331.
Rally for Syria: Condemn crimes against humanity.
Date: Sun 3 Jun, 11:00am
11am. State Library, Swanston St, City.
3CR Radiothon: Invest in independence.
Date: Mon 4 Jun, 9:00am - Sun 17 Jun, 6:00pm
Monday, June 4-Sunday, June 17 Australia holds one of the most concentrated corporatised media landscapes in the world, and in the past year we have seen the fruits born of a system that prioritises shareholder return over the needs of the community. 3CR Community Radio exists as a direct counter to corporate media and is a vital source of innovative and independent content. For 36 years 3CR Community Radio has brought you environmental, indigenous, women's, ethnic, union, music and other community programs that you won't find anywhere else. 3CR's annual Radiothon runs from June 4-17. The station is financially supported by our listening community. This year we are trying to raise $210,000 to cover operating costs. Buy your share of the media and invest in independence: make a tax deductible donation online at 3CR, phone 03 9419 8377 or send a cheque or money order payable to 'Community Radio Federation Ltd', PO Box 1277, Collingwood 3066.
Phone: 9419 8377
Rally: Join us for World Environment Day: Think outside the city block.
Date: Tue 5 Jun, 1:00pm
Every day, 10 city block sized areas of Victoria’s forests are logged, mostly to make cheap products like Reflex paper. An area the size of 3,500 city blocks of the Kimberley’s stunning coastline is currently at risk of being converted into the largest oil and gas processing hub in the southern hemisphere. And, in a once in a life time opportunity, the equivalent to 108 000 000 city blocks of our marine territory is up for protection in 2012. Hundreds of people will join hands around one of Melbourne CBD’s 1 hectare city blocks on World Environment Day as a measure of the threat to our forests, oceans and wild places from logging and mining. Come and join hands with hundreds of others on the United Nations’ 12th World Environment Day and show your support for Australia’s world renowned natural environment. 1pm. Cnr Bourke & Elizabeth Sts, City.
Rally: Protest Ted Baillieu's support for Israel
Date: Tue 5 Jun, 5:30pm
Ted Baillieu (the Victorian premier) will be attending a gala dinner with the Israeli ambassador to Australia to celebrate the 64th anniversary of the creation of the state of Israel. For Palestinians this anniversary is something to mourn as the 'Nakba' (the catastrophe) as it saw the mass explusion of Palestinians from their home and land. Students for Palestine invites you to join us outside this event to demonstrate our outrage at these individuals celebrating the ethnic cleansing of a population. 5:30pm. The Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring St, City.
Public meeting: Workers Solidarity Network.
Date: Tue 5 Jun, 6:30pm
Things to talk about: (1) Reportback from 'Save Weekend Penalty Rates' campaign. The banks have withdrawn their public support (a win). (2) Supporting taxi drivers and their union. (3) Promoting WSN to unions & others. Bring your ideas for what you would like to see WSN do. 6:30pm. CEPU offices, 52 Victoria St, Carlton South (next to Trades Hall).
Phone: 0468 849 351
Report from the Philippines
Date: Wed 6 Jun, 6:00pm
Report-back from solidarity delegation to the Philippines. 6pm. Evatt Room, Trades Hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton. Organised by Australia Asia Worker Links.
3CR Radiothon: Invest in independence
Date: Wed 6 Jun, 6:30pm - Sun 17 Jun, 6:00pm
Until Sunday, June 17 Support community-based Radio 3CR. (See the display advertisement above.) The station's annual Radiothon runs until June 17. This year we are trying to raise $210,000 to cover operating costs. Buy your share of the media and invest in independence: make a tax deductible donation online at 3CR, phone 03 9419 8377 or send a cheque or money order payable to 'Community Radio Federation Ltd', PO Box 1277, Collingwood 3066.
Phone: 9419 8377
Public meeting: Sustainable agriculture, safe food and the threat of GM wheat.
Date: Wed 6 Jun, 7:00pm
Why did we allow GM canola to be grown in Victoria? Do the claims that GM will feed the world stack up? To the contrary, will GM wheat threaten our very daily bread? And who are the forces lobbying our regulators which are leading us to eat in the dark? Our presenter is Jessica Harrison from Gene Ethics and from MADGE, who'll also share how she became involved and the campaign's future direction. 7pm. SELBY Community House, Wombalana Rd, Selby (enter from Charles St). Gold coin donation. Light supper provided.
Phone: 9754 2039
Film screening: "Impunity" (Colombia)
Date: Wed 6 Jun, 7:00pm
A 58 minute film by Juan José Lozano & Hollman Morris. In Colombia today the biggest trial against paramilitary armies - accused of killing thousands of Colombians - is designed to create "peace and justice". Instead, the process comes to an abrupt halt when the political and economic interests in the paramilitary war are uncovered. Are the victims' families doomed to stay victims forever or are they able to fight impunity? 7pm, LASNET space at Trades Hall basement, cnr Lygon & Victoria sts (Victoria st entry). Film start 7pm sharp. After film: Q & A, then LASNET organising meeting (main topic: Latin American Grassroots Movements Solidarity Conference, Nov.16-18). All welcome.
Phone: 0425 539 149 or 0414 970 418
Rally: Teachers stop work
Date: Thu 7 Jun, 11:30am
AEU teachers and principals will stage a 24-hour statewide strike and rally after overwhelmingly endorsing a campaign of industrial action in pursuit of a new agreement. Gather 11:30am at Hisense Arena then march to Parliament.
Film screening: The Real Dirt on Farmer John.
Date: Thu 7 Jun, 6:00pm
Epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. Castigated as a pariah in his community, he bravely transforms his farm amidst a failing economy, vicious rumours and arson. He succeeds in creating a bastion of free expression and a revolutionary form of agriculture in rural America. 6pm. Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, City. Entry by donation. All proceeds go towards environmental and social justice groups. Ross House presents The Big Picture, films for environmental and social justice, on the first Thursday of the month.
Phone: 9650 1599
Public meeting: Exploring the experiences of the Iranian diaspora
Date: Thu 7 Jun, 6:00pm
An expert panel for a discussion about the experiences of Iranians who have migrated to Australia due to historical events including the 1979 revolution and the 1980s Iran–Iraq war, and the ensuing issues of identity, displacement, home and belonging. Speakers: Yalda Hakim, SBS Dateline presenter; Professor Amin Saikal am, Director, Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Australian National University; Dr Mammad Aidani, playwright & author of Welcoming the stranger: narratives of identity and belonging in an Iranian diaspora; Granaz Moussavi, poet, writer & filmmaker, director of 'My Tehran for sale'. 6:00pm. Experimedia, Main entry, State Library, cnr Swanston & La Trobe sts, City. Free event.
Phone: 8664 7099
Public meeting: Challenging the hunger myths: Land is life
Date: Thu 7 Jun, 6:00pm
Hear from small-scale farmers from South Africa, sharing their experiences around food security and how we can tackle the root problems behind our current global food system. This is a complex issue, intertwined with climate change, land rights, food wastage, trade and environmental sustainability, and increasingly we see that from each of our different organisations, we all have a role to play. The forum will also be the launch of Oxfam’s ‘Land is Life: South Africa’ photographic exhibition featuring images from renowned photographer Matthew Willman. Speakers: Colette Solomon (Deputy Director of Women on Farms Project), Gertruida Baartman (Chair of the Agridynamic Co-Operative) & Andrew Hewett (Oxfam Executive Director). 6pm. Supper Room, Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston St, City.
Website: Land is life
Public meeting: Indigenous Futures
Date: Thu 7 Jun, 6:00pm
This seminar will discuss policy and how the failure of Australian governments has dishonoured Aboriginal people, they will also look at how white Australians can advance Aboriginal rights by reforming the legal system. Speakers: Chris Sarra, Educator & recipient of the Queensland Australian of the Year Award in 2010 & activist for Indigenous education across Australia; Andrew Boe Lawyer, who represented the Palm Island community and Cameron Doomadgee’s family in the death in custody case that has been documented in Chloe Hooper’s book, 'The Tall Man'. 6pm. Victoria University, City Convention Centre, Level 12, 300 Flinders St, City. Organised by The Victoria Institute.
Public meeting: Greens in the Balance of Power
Date: Fri 8 Jun, 6:00pm
Since the historic result at the 2010 federal election, the Australian Greens have been in the balance of power in both Houses of Federal Parliament. It’s been an extraordinary 18 months and, by providing stability to the minority government, we have made real progress on important issues, including: half a billion invested in dental health; concrete steps towards constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians; and a world-leading clean energy package. Speakers: Adam Bandt & Christine Milne. 6pm. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, City.
Phone: 9642 0922
Fundraiser: Jobs You Can Count On solidarity gig.
Date: Fri 8 Jun, 8:00pm
Fundraising gig to support the campaign to ensure every worker counts. A part of the NUW's Jobs You Can Count On campaign. Featuring: Red Rockets of Borneo; Operators; Chemistry Set. Workers from NUW sites will talk about their struggles. 8pm. Bella Union Bar, Trades Hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton.
Website: Bella Union
Public meeting: Australians Against Greed organising meeting
Date: Sat 9 Jun, 2:00pm
2pm. Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.
Public meeting: Socialism & religion
Date: Sat 9 Jun, 3:00pm
Activists face many questions in relation to how we relate to religion and how we appeal to those who oppose neoliberal capitalism but are also religious. Does religion present a barrier to progressive politics? Or has it simply been hijacked by the right wing to suit their own agenda? Also on the agenda will be discussion about the Resistance National Conference coming up in July & a practical skills workshop. 3pm. Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). Organised by Resistance, a socialist youth group affiliated to Socialist Alliance.
Phone: 9639 8622
Public meeting: Beyond tribal loyalties: Jews, Palestinians & identity after the Arab Spring
Date: Sat 9 Jun, 3:00pm
There is an expectation in Jewish communities around the world that all Jews embrace Zionism and offer unquestioning support for Israel, ‘right or wrong’. Jewish identity and Zionism are commonly and deliberately blurred. Jews who criticise Israel or question Zionism are often excluded, vilified and threatened. If they express sympathy for the plight of the Palestinian people, they risk being branded as traitors and accused of ‘supporting the enemies of Israel’. Beyond Tribal Loyalties is a unique collection of twenty-five personal stories of Jewish peace activists from Australia, Canada, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States. The stories focus on the complex and intensely personal journey that Jewish activists go through to free themselves from the hold of Zionist ideology. Like many Jews, most of the contributors were once unquestioning supporters of Israel and Zionism. Speakers: Avigail Abarbanel, Editor of Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists; Nicole Erlich, School of Psychology, University of Queensland; Michael Shaik, independent pro-Palestine activist. 3:00pm. Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria sts, Carlton South. Co-hosted by the Coalition against Israeli Apartheid and Jews Against the Occupation. Entry by gold coin donation.
Public meeting: Rich land, wasteland: How coal is killing Australia
Date: Sun 10 Jun, 3:00pm
From broken rivers to broken hearts, the long-term and permanent negative impacts of coal and CSG mining that Sharyn Munro’s book foreshadows are a frightening prospect for our nation’s future. Sharyn Munro is a freelance writer as well as an award-winning short story writer and has contributed non-fiction pieces to ABC Radio National’s Bush Telegraph program. She has written two endearing, inspiring and informative books, The Woman on the Mountain and Mountain Tails. Sharyn won the Alan Marshall Short Story Award in 2002. 3pm. Edendale Farm, Gastons Lane, Eltham. Bookings are essential. Entry: $5.00 (includes refreshments). Bookings: ph 9439 8700 or email Eltham Bookshop or ph 8664 7099.
Phone: 9439 8700
Comedy: Political Asylum: Croupier Kennett Edition
Date: Sun 10 Jun, 5:30pm
Take a punt on politics this Sunday at Political Asylum's Croupier Kennett edition. We'll have the latest laughs from some of Australia's smartest comic minds, including: Rod Quantock, Mathew Kenneally, Toby Halligan, Stella Young, Gerard McCulloch, Ben McKenzie, Dingo and Wolf and hosted by Scott Abbot (Syd). 5:30pm. The Brunswick Green, 313 Sydney Road, Brunswick. Entry $10/$5.
Website: Political Asylum
Vigil: Stop the Afghan war
Date: Tue 12 Jun, 4:30pm
With PM Gillard flying to the USA to sign the 'Strategic Partnership Agreement', you can be sure that the Afghanistan war is not really ending any time soon. Come along to our monthly vigil to keep the voice alive that we've got to bring ALL troops home NOW. 4:30pm. Melbourne Central Station (Elizabeth St entrance).
Lizards Revenge info night.
Date: Wed 13 Jun, 6:00pm
Come along to have your questions answered and find out more about the Lizard's Revenge DIY music, arts blockade/festival in South Australia 14-18 July 14-18. Find out more about transport, logistics, actions & legals. 6-8pm. Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton South.
Website: Lizards Revenge
Public meeting: Campaign Against the Tafe Cuts organising meeting.
Date: Wed 13 Jun, 6:30pm
This meeting is for people who are either TAFE teachers or students, and any community supporters, who want to talk about how we can organise to resist the cuts that are about to hit the TAFE system. At the moment, we are organising to show our support for the AEU stop work action, and will have a contingent at their stop-work rally. 6:30pm. Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South.
Theatre: Tying knots
Date: Wed 13 Jun, 6:30pm - Sun 1 Jul, 6:30pm
Wednesday, June 13-Sunday, July 1 A romantic comedy with a political twist about two deeply committed, same-sex Melbourne couples who live together and are best friends. They want for nothing except the legal right to marry. They decide to marry each-others each other to get around the legal problem. Wed & Sun: 6:30pm; Thu, Fri, Sat: 8:30pm. Running time: 65 minutes. La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday St, Carlton. $25/$15.
Public meeting: An old take on justice: County Koori court
Date: Thu 14 Jun, 12:45pm
John Smallwood is currently the judge in charge of the County Koori Court which sits in the regional area of the Latrobe Valley. Today he discusses the concept of the court, how it has worked to date, the important role of community elders, and the court's many successes. With an incredibly low rate of re-offending since the court's inception in 2008, what can be learnt from this style of justice? And should it be expanded? Free event. 12:45pm. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, City.
Website: Wheeler Centre
Film Screening: Our Generation
Date: Thu 14 Jun, 5:30pm
An independent documentary that looks at the current state of Indigenous relations in Australia, home to the oldest living culture in the world. Driven by the remote Yolngu peoples of Northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, the film shines a light on the ongoing struggle of Aboriginal people to their culture, lands and basic human rights. Welcome to country & film introduction by Matt Bell, formally of Indigenous Hospitality House and ANTaR. 5:30pm. Victoria University, Footscray Nicholson Campus, Terrain (T Building). For more info ph Lauren Perry 0422 658 603.
Phone: 0422 658 603
Pub night: Beyond Zero Emissions ZCA 2020 plan.
Date: Thu 14 Jun, 6:00pm
Beyond Zero Emissions will be sharing their Stationary Energy Plan at the June ZCM pub night. This plan looks at replacing all coal-powered electricity generation with concentrated solar thermal with storage and wind power, combined with a large-scale upgrade of the existing electricity grid. 6pm. Little Dining Room, Edinburgh Castle, cnr Sydney Rd & Albion St, Brunswick. All welcome.
Public meeting: Law vs desire: Will force or obedience save the planet from climate change?
Date: Thu 14 Jun, 6:30pm
In the midst of the current climate crisis something needs to change. That something is us. How to produce the kind of behavioural change required in populations to save the planet may be a question of law, a question of desire or even a question of force. Do we need tyrants or do we need anarchy? Do we need increased policing and surveillance or do we need local, collaborative initiatives? Speakers: Dave Kerin (Earthworker Cooperative); Peter Christoff (Melbourne University); Robyn Eckersley (Melbourne University); Marianne Constable (University of Berkeley). 6:30pm. Melbourne Brain Centre Auditorium, The Kenneth Myer Building (No. 144), cnr Royal Parade & Genetics Lane, Melbourne University. To register visit Law vs Desire. Registration closes 3 hours prior to the event.
Website: Law vs Desire
Rally: World Refugee Day rally & march.
Date: Sun 17 Jun, 12:00pm
20 years too long, end mandatory detention. Speakers, then march to the Emerge Festival in Fitzroy. Bring your banners, signs & messages. State Parliament House, cnr Spring & Bourke Sts, City. Organised by Refugee Action Collective.
Phone: 0413 377 978
Website: Refugee Advocacy Network
Fundraiser: Australian Mental Health Human Rights Law Reform Coalition.
Date: Sun 17 Jun, 2:00pm - Sun 17 Jun, 6:00pm
Leading Australian Aboriginal mental health and human rights activists, people with the lived experience of emotional and spiritual distress, members of the Stolen Generation and Forgotten Australians, ex-wards of the state, gay, lesbian, transgender, transexual and intersex, refugee and prisoner advocates and human rights lawyers will be speaking. 2-6pm. $10. Evelyn Hotel, 351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Entry at door: $10. Under 18 free. Chidren must be accompanied by an adult. For more info ph Greg Oke 0431 704 975.
Public meeting: The role of the right to food in combating global hunger.
Date: Tue 19 Jun, 5:45pm
Speaker: Olivier De Schutter (United Nations special rapporteur). 5:45pm. State Library of Victoria Conference Centre and Theatrette, 328 Swanston St, City. For more info visit .
Website: CASTAN Centre
Public meeting: US forces in Australia: Security or threat?
Date: Tue 19 Jun, 6:30pm
Speakers: Richard Tanter who is writing extensively on this topic; Nic Maclellan who will discuss the effect on our neighbours of this even closer relationship with the US military; Okinawan Australian Maki Yohana; and aspeaker from the Philippines. MAPW has joined with several other organisations to inform and discuss a campaign around the expanding US military presence in Australia and implications for our region. Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton South.
Australian film premiere: Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea.
Date: Tue 19 Jun, 7:30pm
What turns someone into a boatperson? This screening takes place on the eve of World Refugee Day. Astor Theatre, 1 Chapel St (cnr Dandenong Road), St Kilda. 7:30pm (for 7:45pm start).
Website: Deep Blue Sea.
Rally: Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights.
Date: Wed 20 Jun, 10:00am
For too long has the government trampled and stood over our human rights. How often do they need to hold their secret meetings to make decisions that will affect us? How many more taxes need to be put up or brought in till they realize they are a reason the economic system is failing? There are many things we would like to ask the government, so come down jump on the megaphone, chalk or even leave some sticky notes on the front door. 10am. State Parliament, cnr Spring & Bourke Sts, City.
Public meeting: Refugee Week 2012: A talk by the authors of The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif
Date: Wed 20 Jun, 11:00am
The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif traces the extraordinary journey of Najaf Mazari. A shepherd boy from the mountains of Afghanistan, Najaf became a rugmaker of genius but was forced to flee his homeland under the onslaught of the Taliban. Arriving in Australia he rebuilt his life and rescued his family from a Pakistani refugee camp. Co-authors Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman will discuss their acclaimed book as part of Refugee Week 2012 celebrations. Presented by Moreland City Council and the Moreland Multicultural and Settlement Services Network. 11:00am-12:30pm. Coburg Library, cnr Victoria & Louisa Sts, Coburg. For more info ph Nelum Buddhadasa 9240 1225 or visit Refugee Week.
Phone: 9240 1225
Website: Refugee Week
Photographic exhibition: "The Heart of Footscray"
Date: Wed 20 Jun, 4:30pm
WYPIN is a group of young people of refugee and migrant backgrounds between 12-25 years of age living in the Western region of Melbourne. WYPIN is interested in engaging other young people, identifying important issues for young people and addressing those issues through projects, programs and publications. Challenging racism in thecommunity has been a strong focus of WYPIN for many years. WYPIN has recently engaged young refugees and migrants to explore a sense of social connectedness through a series of photographic workshops. The project provides young people with opportunities to develop and build their skills and encourage engagement and participation through building strong local community connections. 4:30pm. The Basement, Footscray Community Arts Centre. For more info ph Gemma O'Brien on 9680 8265 or 04220 662 573 or visit WYPIN .
Phone: 9680 8265 or 04220 662 573
Theatre: Tying Knots
Date: Wed 20 Jun, 6:30pm - Sun 1 Jul, 6:30pm
Until Sunday, July 1 A romantic comedy with a political twist about two deeply committed, same-sex Melbourne couples who live together and are best friends. They want for nothing except the legal right to marry. They decide to marry each-others each other to get around the legal problem. Wed, Sun 6.30pm | Thu, Fri, Sat 8.30pm. Running time: 65 minutes. La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday Street, Carlton. Tickets $25 Full | $15 Concession. To book visit La Mama website.
Website: La Mama
Public meeting: Free voices: Freedom of expression in a time of complacency
Date: Wed 20 Jun, 6:30pm
What does it mean to have restraints on freedom of expression? What does it mean to be a writer & reader in a human rights framework? Speaker: Antony Lowenstein, co-editor of "Left Turn" & author of "The Blogging Revolution". 6:30pm. Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria sts, Carlton South. Presented by PEN Free Voices.
Theatre: “The Tragic Suicide Of Professor Walter Benjamin, The Well-Known Academic Psychologist”
Date: Wed 20 Jun, 7:00pm - Fri 22 Jun, 7:00pm
Wednesday, June 20- Friday, June 22 David – actor, singer, and struggling human being – is blown down the path of autobiography whilst looking back into the future of history. The literary critic and cultural philosopher Walter Benjamin jostles with journalist, poet and communist Bartlett Adamson as David delves into a cluttered life. A highly crafted montage in drama, monologue, poetry and song. Who do I think I am? Trailer at Tragic . Written, devised & performed by David Adamson. 7.00pm each night (plus special 2.00pm matinee, Friday June 22). Deakin University Burwood, Building P, 1.28 (Ground Fl). Enter Burwood Hwy, Deakin Entrance #1 Performances FREE. To book ph 9251 7720. Parking (in white bays) free in the evenings.
Phone: 9251 7720
Gina Rinehart goes to Rio! Protest against Australia pushing 'sustainable mining' at Rio+20.
Date: Thu 21 Jun, 12:00pm
Mining magnates Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer have their fingerprints all over the Australian government submission to the second UN Rio Earth Summit. The meeting of world leaders from June 20-22 in Brazil is supposed to be 'a chance to move away from business-as-usual' and create sustainable solutions to the world's most serious environmental problems. But you’ll never guess what the government’s answer to the environmental problems caused by mining is: why, more mining of course! 12 noon. State Library, cnr La Trobe & Swanston Sts, City. Organised by Friends of the Earth.
Public meeting: Refugees week: sharing stories
Date: Thu 21 Jun, 12:00pm
Please join us for a free screening of "Payback Time" a short film by Stella Smith about one man's experiences as an asylum seeker in Australia's Detention Centres followed by Q & A. Guest speaker: Halima Mouhamad from African women's sewing enterprise. Live Music performed by Motu. 12:00pm-3:00pm. Terrain Room Telford Building, Victoria Uni Nicholson St. Campus, cnr Nicholson & Buckley Sts, Footscray. Free Ethiopian cuisine from recommended restaurant by Matt Preston from masterchef. Gold coin donation appreciated to which the proceeds will go to the African women's sewing enterprise who work in collaboration wig green collect. For more info ph Kaz Hayes on 0432 524 919 or email Kaz.
Phone: 0432 524 919
Public meeting: Turnout: Mobilising your base.
Date: Thu 21 Jun, 6:00pm
Demonstrating people power is often key to winning change. So how do you get people to turn up? Speaker: Cindy O'Connor, union campaigner, will present on the Your Rights At Work campaign, known for huge rallies and widespread support. This is a Melbourne Campaigner's Network event. MCN holds regular gatherings for campaigners, activists, and organisers to network, discuss ideas and discover new approaches to social change. 6pm. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, City. Entry by donation (suggested donation $10). Register at Turnout.
Phone: 0421 508 446
Public meeting: Intervention
Date: Thu 21 Jun, 6:00pm
Public meeting: Intervention. On the five-year anniversary of the NT Intervention and at the beginning of a decade of so-called Stronger Futures, our speakers will discuss the scope of the Intervention, what has happened on the ground, and how the Intervention relates to neo-liberal governance and Australia's settler colonial heritage. What are the ways forward? Speakers: Garry Foley (chairperson) plus Jon Altman (ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research); Rosalie Kunoth-Monks (Alyawarr/Anmatyerr Elder and ex-mayor of Barkly Shire, from Utopia, now a prescribed area under the NT Intervention; Alastair Nicholson (former chief justice of the Family Court of Australia); Barbara Shaw (descendant of the Kaytetye, Arrernte, Warlpiri and Warumungu people, from Mount Nancy Town Camp, now a prescribed area under the NT Intervention). RSVP by June 19 to Glenise on 9416 0232. Entry by gold coin donation. 6pm. Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St, Fitzroy. Presented by Arena Magazine and Arena Journal. For more info ph Alison Caddick 0418 304 500.
Phone: 0418 304 500
Public meeting: Refugees week: The Rugmaker of Mazar-e Sharif
Date: Thu 21 Jun, 6:00pm
This wonderful tale of hope and survival tells Najaf Mazari's story of fleeing from Afghanistan after being captured, then escaping from the Taliban. Finding his way to Australia he was held at the Woomera detention centre before being released into the community to begin a new life. A remarkable story of courage and inspiration presented to mark Refugee Week. 6:00pm Soup & rolls, 6:30pm Author talk with Najaf. Altona Library, 123 Queen Street, Altona. For bookings ph 1300 462 562 or visit Refugee Week.
Phone: 1300 462 562
Website: Refugee Week
Public meeting: Left Turn.
Date: Thu 21 Jun, 6:15pm
In the Australian election of 2010, hundreds of thousands of voters chose not to cast a ballot. A new book of essays, edited by Jeff Sparrow & Antony Loewenstein, and aimed at engaging the many, many Australians disillusioned with the political process, asks writers and thinkers who openly identify with the left to explore why. 6:15pm. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, City.
Website: Wheeler Centre
Public meeting: Campaign for Women’s Reproductive Rights organising meeting
Date: Thu 21 Jun, 6:30pm
Hear news about the Western Australian government’s plan to bring “personhood” legislation to Australia. This follows attempts in the U.S. by ultra-rightwing legislators to give an embryo full legal rights as a person. Also help CWRR further plans for an all-out rally in October to defend abortion rights in Victoria. 6.30pm. Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick.
Comedy: Binge Thinking
Date: Thu 21 Jun, 7:00pm - Sun 24 Jun, 6:00pm
Thursday, June 21-Sunday, June 24 People no longer read books, still invest in the stock market and live on junk food. Evolution is going backwards. We're getting dumber. Xavier Toby asks why. 7pm (6pm Sunday). The Butterfly Club, 204 Bank St, South Melbourne.
Website: Butterfly Club
Rally: Bring Back The Bike Budget
Date: Thu 21 Jun, 7:30pm
Thousands of Victorian bike riders will jam the steps of Parliament later this month to condemn the Baillieu Government’s decision to cut funding for bike infrastructure to zero. Bike riders of all ages and abilities from across the political spectrum are planning to send the loudest and clearest possible message to the Baillieu Government that bike funding must be reinstated. 7:30am. Victorian Parliament Steps.
Website: Bicycle Network
Public meeting: Rhyme, rythm & rock: Echoes of the Middle East
Date: Fri 22 Jun, 7:00pm
Join our host, comedian Nazeem Hussain, to hear the contemporary voices of Australian youth inspired by their Middle Eastern heritage. An evening of humour, music and entertainment, featuring The amazing race contestant Mohammed Elleissy, hiphop group The Brothahood, Poetry Slam 2010 state champion Nour Abouzeid, and sounds courtesy of DJ Ides. Afterwards you can visit the Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond exhibition until the extended closing time of 10.30pm. 7:00pm - 9:30pm. Experimedia, Main entry, State Library, Swanston St. To book visit Rhyme, rythm & rock or ph 8664 7099.
Phone: 8664 7099
Website: Rhyme, rythm & rock
New International Bookshop: Big Red Book Fair
Date: Sat 23 Jun, 10:00am - Sun 24 Jun, 5:00pm
Saturday, June 23-Sunday, June 24 We're currently taking donations for the fair and we're taking books of all kinds and sorts. So if you'd like to move some titles now's the time to drop them off. New International Bookshop, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South.
Rally: Defend the Fertility Control Clinic
Date: Sat 23 Jun, 10:00am
While anti-abortion forces work to recriminalised abortion in Victoria and bring "personhood" legislation to Australia, they continue to target clinics. In Sydney, they set up an anti-abortion clinic, which they call "Pregnant Alternatives," opposite the Pre-Term clinic. Around the world, abortion providers have always born the brunt of unrelenting attacks on women's right to choose. The Fertility Control Clinic continues to rely on reproductive rights activists to prevent 60-70 anti-abortion zealots from standing at its front gate. Join the defence. 10am. Fertility Control Clinic, 118 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne (between Powlett & Simpson Streets).
Phone: 9388 0062
Public meeting: Lizards' Revenge Nonviolent direct action training & legal briefing
Date: Sat 23 Jun, 10:30am
Are you heading to the Lizards Revenge festival? Have you not participated in civil disobedience/non violent direct action and want a bit of an idea of the basics? Have you done actions before but want to learn more, find out about South Australian legal info, or maybe find some folks to work with in an affinity group? Want to know some tips about staying as safe as possible, dealing with conflict, and if the police get tricky? We are planning on an interactive workshop to cover a bunch of this stuff to help prep people before you go - will have some info to help guide planning for Lizards Revenge festival but open to all folks who would like to learn a bit more about civil disobedience and action planning. Please BYO lunch to share. 10:30am-4:30pm. Trades Hall, 54 Victoria Street, Carlton South (look for signs to room). Entry: By donation For more info ph 0422 990 040 or email Lizards Revenge.
Phone: 0422 990 040
Rally: Walk together
Date: Sat 23 Jun, 1:00pm
Rally: Walk together. During Refugee Week we are inviting everyone who is a part of the Australian community to walk together in recognition that although we've all arrived here via different pathways we share a common Australian journey. It's time to walk together into a future where diversity is celebrated, fear is replaced with welcome & where everyone belongs. 1pm. Parliament House, cnr Spring & Bourke Sts, City. Walk to Piazza Italia in Argyle Square, Lygon St, Carlton.
Public meeting: Resistance meeting: Marxism, Post-Modernism and Philosophy.
Date: Sat 23 Jun, 2:30pm
Join Resistance Melbourne for this branch meeting and educational on Marxism, Post-Modernism and Philosophy. Since Marx and Engels day, many theories have been devised by various theorists such Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu, Max Weber and many others, either to discredit the theoretical notions of Marxism or to elaborate on it further and rework it, in the cases of Foucault and Bourdieu, but where do socialists stand on the issue of philosophy? Can it be useful in our day to day political dealings, do they have any value in the context of the struggle? Are theories such as post-modernism and post-structuralism being taught on university campuses a hinderance to engaging new young activists in the struggle for socialism? Also on the agenda are executive election, reportback on Green Left TV, reportback on our Young workers zine and discussion on the upcoming Resistance National Conference. After the meeting we will be leafleting outside a Gloria Jeans coffee house store in the CBD to protest the huge donations which they have provided to the homophobic Australian Christian Lobby. 2:30pm. Level 5/407 Swanston St, City (Opposite RMIT). Organised by Resistance & Socialist Alliance.
Phone: 9639 8622
Rally: Worldwide day of solidarity with Quebec students
Date: Sun 24 Jun, 2:00pm
In Québec there have been people demonstrating every day for over 4 months now. They are fighting for a fair education system but more broadly against the media and the government attempts to restrain their legitimity to do so with riot cops, fake opinion polls and an unconstitutional ‘special law’. Let's join at the State Parliament with pots and pans. We'll make some noise to push Australian authorities to put pressure on Jean Charest's totalitarian government. Remember that the campaign to stop the TAFE cuts in Victoria is directly linked to their struggle: students are the future, the hope for a better world. 2:00pm. Victorian State Parliament, cnr Spring & Bourke Sts, City.
Public meeting: Through the Understandascope. Living the Lessons of Prof Frank Fisher
Date: Mon 25 Jun, 6:00pm
Join Professor Frank Fisher, Australia's Inaugural Environmental Educator of the Year in 2007, for a lively dialogue with friends exploring some of the key ideas he has developed over three decades of pioneering environmental education. Late last year Frank was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour and given months to live. This special presentation will be filmed as part of a documentary on Professor Fisher's life and his thinking. The event will also celebrate the launch of The Understandascope, a new centre for sustainability thinking and practice based on Frank's work. Guest presenters include: James Tonson, Global Greens; Kate Auty, Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability; Fran Macdonald, Environmental Editing. With music by Rivers in the Streets. 6pm. BMW Edge Theatre, Federation Square, cnr Flinders & Swanstson Sts, City. RSVP by 20th June at Frank Fisher.
Website: Frank Fisher
Public meeting: Refugees from Sri Lanka: Occupation & resistance in Tamil Eelam
Date: Tue 26 Jun, 6:30pm
The majority of the refugees who are sitting in limbo facing a lifetime of detention because of negative security assessments by ASIO are Tamils. They are being persecuted for seeking asylum, but also because the Tamil people, like the East Timorese, were engaged in a struggle for self-determination. Tamils in Australia are often hounded by ASIO, if they have any connection to the movement for a Free Tamil Eelam. Speakers: Sabesan Sanmugam, Tamil Coordinating Committee public officer & 3CR Tamil Voice program producer; Chris Slee, author of “The Tamil Freedom Struggle in Sri Lanka” & Socialist Alliance member; Rob Stary, lawyer for three Tamils accused of terrorism for raising tsunami relief money for the Tamil areas in Sri Lanka. 6:30pm (meal from 6pm). Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). Organised by Socialist Alliance. For more info ph 9639 8622 or 0413 377 978
Phone: 9639 8622 or 0413 377 978
Public meeting: Manufacturing: Vital for Australia's green future
Date: Tue 26 Jun, 7:00pm
Public meeting: Manufacturing: Vital for Australia's green future Speakers: Andrew Dettmer (Qld state secretary, AMWU, president of the Qld ALP & chair of the Manufacturing Skills Qld Advisory Committee); Michele O'Neil (national & Victorian/Qld state secretary of the TCFUA, a director of Manufacturing Skills Australia, and member of the Prime Minister's Taskforce on Manufacturing and of the Victorian Industry Manufacturing Council); Matthew Wright (executive Director of Beyond Zero Emissions). 7pm. Meeting Room 1, Trades Hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton South. $10/$5. Presented by The New International Bookshop & The Search Foundation.
Phone: 9662 3744
Occupy Melbourne Reflects
Date: Wed 27 Jun, 6:00pm - Wed 27 Jun, 9:00pm
Since the fateful eviction day of the 21st of October 2011, the diaspora of those who participated in or bore witness to Occupy Melbourne have continued to engage with the global Occupy movement in a multitude of ways. Many have remained close to those networks that were cemented in the City Square occupation, others have moved on to new activist projects, returned to old projects, or possibly dissociated themselves from the Occupy Melbourne protest altogether. Eight months on from the original Occupy Melbourne City Square protest, many of us may be of the opinion that the original motivators and push factors for such a significant convergence still exist in global and Australian society and communities. Some of us may be struggling to understand or place the experience of the crushing state reaction to non-violent political dissent and community action. Alternatively, individuals may have theories or understandings that locate Occupy Melbourne within a framework that deviates from main-stream understandings of the protest in the media, Melbourne activist community, or academic literature. ‘Occupy Melbourne Reflects’ is an event planned and facilitated by community organisers, campaigners, researchers and activists who have had some association with the Occupy Melbourne protest, some of whom were there from its inception at the planning stages of the original October 15 protest. The event is designed to stimulate conversation and analysis of the experience of Occupy Melbourne as significant societal event in Australia and one that has shaped the political awakening and opinions of its many participants and witnesses. Attendees are also encouraged to join the planning meetings for a second event aimed towards mapping and networking the Occupy Melbourne diaspora for continued political engagement, community development, and direct action; in other words we pose the question ‘what is possible now’. Details of these planning meetings will be arranged at the ‘Occupy Melbourne Reflects’ event itself. <strong>Occupy Melbourne Reflects (Event Details)</strong> <strong>Where/When?</strong> 6-9pm, 27th of June 2012 at Gopals restaurant, 139 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000. If you would like to join us for a meal and catch-up before the facilitation of the event begins please arrive at 5.30pm. Food, drinks and dessert are available to be purchased on the evening at affordable rates (roughly $7-$10 per meal). Gopals generously donated food to Occupy Melbourne’s community kitchens during the protest, they have kindly provided this space and request only that attendees please respect their no alcohol policy. <Strong>How do I prepare? What should I bring?</strong> Just bring yourself, open and ready to engage in conversation with others about Occupy Melbourne. The point of this forum is not to provide a soapbox with people talking at each other – it will be about really listening and engaging with each other. The forum will use the World Cafe group facilitation approach with rotating small group discussion. Please note the event will be facilitated by an expert facilitator from Melbourne Campaigners Network and we ask kindly that participants who are willing and/or able make a donation for this service. <strong>Do I need to RSVP?</strong> This is not necessary, however there is a Facebook event for the event if you care to join: https://www.facebook.com/events/384679784921566/
Website: Facebook event page
Public meeting: Lighter Footprints Climate Action Group monthly meeting
Date: Wed 27 Jun, 7:00pm
Public meeting: Lighter Footprints Climate Action Group monthly meeting. Forum on the potential for community renewable energy projects and the approach of the 100% renewables campaign for big solar. Speakers: Richard Johnston (Energy Matters) & Danae Bolger (100% Renewables). 7 pm (for 7:30 start). Guide Hall, Faversham Rd, Canterbury. Gold coin entry. For more info ph 9836 0925 or 0411 115 186.
Phone: 0411 115 186 or 9836 0925
Ross House campaign training day: Effective action for environmental and social justice.
Date: Sat 30 Jun, 10:00am
Get skilled up for maximum effect at the Ross House training day with back-to-back workshops. Each 90-minute workshop is $10 with all proceeds going back into the program. Hear from long-term campaigners with years of experience and excellent skills to share. Workshop facilitators: Holly Hammond (director of Plan to Win); Tim Norton (Digital Campaigns Coordinator, Oxfam); Nicola Paris (The Last Stand); Shaun Murray (Friends of the Earth); Danya Jacobs (Lawyers for Forests); Sarah Harmer (counselor and women's advocate); Aidan Ricketts (lecturer, School of Law & Justice, Southern Cross University, author of The Activists' Handbook). Bookings essential. Places limited. To book visit Ross House website or ph 9650 1599.
Phone: 9650 1599
Website: Ross House
Public meeting: Ogaden youth & cultural day
Date: Sat 30 Jun, 3:30pm
Public meeting: Ogaden youth & cultural day. The Somali people in the Ogaden region face daily brutality under the yoke of Ethiopia's oppressive government. In celebration of their resilience under such hardship, the Ogaden Youth & Students Union and the Ogaden community in Victoria invite you to a night of culture & entertainment. In this festive atmosphere, the struggles of the Somali people in the Ogaden will be translated through poetry, traditional dance, video screenings & speeches. 3:30-9pm. Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St, Fitzroy. Entry free. For more info ph A. Nasir 0413 207 985 or Laylo 0413 207 985 .
Phone: 0413 207 985
Newcastle branch Socialist Alliance meeting
Date: Tue 12 Jun, 12:03am
Branch meeting all welcome Discussion: "Towards a Socialist Australia" Phone: (02) 4926 5328 Email: email@example.com Resistance Centre, 1st floor, 472 Hunter St
Newcastle-WorkCover Public Rally
Date: Wed 13 Jun, 12:30pm
WorkCover Public Rally to be held in Civic Park on Wednesday the June 13th at 12.30pm. Gary Kennedy, Secretary Newcastle Trades Hall Council on 02-4929 1162 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraiser for Hunter East Timor Sisters projec
Date: Sun 17 Jun, 9:00am - Sun 17 Jun, 4:00pm
At 649 Glebe Road Adamstown Book and art sale - pre-loved quality books, art, magazines and DVD's. All money raised will go directly to fund educational scholarships for women and girls in Timore Leste. Tea and coffee with scones or nibbles available for a small donation Photos from the visit of Beba, Laura and Odete from the NGO in Dili that we support can be viewed on our website hets.weebly.com Enquiries contact Anne McLaughlin on 0409 566 281 or Jude Conway 0409 193 242
'Walk together' rally
Date: Sat 23 Jun, 1:00pm
Central Promenade -133 Wharf Road, Newcastle The Welcome Australia national group are coordinating the 'Walk together' rally on June 23, 1pm. The Refugee Action Network Newcastle (RANN) will be attending in full support and also as part of World Refugee Day. 11 cities across Australia will be coming together in solidarity with Aboriginal people, asylum seekers, refugees, migrants old and new around the idea that we've all come from different backgrounds, places and cultures but together we are writing the Australian story". Walk together website: www.facebook.com/welcome.newcastle
Refugee week event
Date: Sun 24 Jun, 1:00pm
Ethnic Communities Council in Waratah. 2a Platt St, Waratah NSW 2298 (ex-bowling club opposite Waratah Railway Station) Join NSS, Penola House, STARTTS, MNC, Navitas in an afternoon of activities that involves soccer for the younger people, stalls, food, performances ...Details TBA Phone : (02) 49 608 248
Growing Change screening in Hilton
Date: Sat 9 Jun, 3:00pm
A documentary that looks at Venezuela's attempt to grow a fair and sustainable food system. Hilton Community Centre, Paget St. Organised by Socialist Alliance. Entry by donation.
Phone: Sam 0412 751 508
Website: Fremantle Socialist Alliance
Nibbles, Scribbles & Song
Date: Sun 24 Jun, 3:00pm - Sun 24 Jun, 5:00pm
Sunday June 24th 3-5pm Activist Centre 15/5 Aberdeen St PERTH 0417 319662 9227 6177 Join us in the Perth Activist Centre for an afternoon of activist socialising and culture. Whether your thing is hip-hop or folk, poetry, instrumental, a capella or dance, performing, participating or watching, come all ye to the Activist Centre for some radical/grassroots culture. First hour for teaching and learning - songs for the picket-line, or just to sing-along with others. Second hour for performance. It's all pretty informal, so bring a plate and yourself. Kids welcome. Gold coin donation to Green Left Weekly. sing it rap it play it tap it make it wear it bake it share it Attend on FB http://www.facebook.com/events/111535482319435/. (More importantly, attend in real life - it's more fun!!)
Phone: 0417 319662, 9227 6177
Website: Socialist Alliance WA
Protest the Frackers' conference
Date: Thu 28 Jun, 11:30am - Thu 28 Jun, 1:00pm
Seasons of Perth Hotel, 37 Pier St Perth, WA 11:30am for 12:00, Thurs June 28 On June 28-29, the Fracking industry in WA is having an “educational” event. It costs over a thousand dollars to attend and is clearly aimed at people in the industry with money - rather than all of us who will be affected by this toxic industry. The conference program is all about developing the industry, from finances to legal issues and overcoming environmental protections - without going into any of the environmental or health issues that fracking causes. Come and voice your concerns!
Phone: 0412 109160
Website: No Fracking WAy
Sydney Socialist Alliance branch meeting
Date: Tue 5 Jun, 6:30pm
Pre-selection of Socialist Alliance candidates and friends for upcoming local September council elections. How can we make local councils sites of struggle against gas mining, corporate over-development and privitisations from state and federal neo-liberal governments? How can we make council act local, and global? All ideas and contributions welcome. 6pm cheap meal, 6:30pm start. Tuesday, June 5 6pm (meal) 6:30pm start, Resistance Centre, 22 Mountain St, Ultimo. Organised by Socialist Alliance & Green Left Weekly email@example.com Ph Rachel 8070 9331
Phone: 8070 9331
Rally: Say no to cuts to workers compensation in NSW
Date: Wed 13 Jun, 12:30pm
Under the O'Farrell Government's proposed changes to workers compensation: 1) Your pay will drop while you are recovering 2) If you can't recover quickly enough, medical bills and weekly payments will be cut off completely 3) You won't be covered on the way to and from work. Join us at Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney, on Wednesday June 13 at 12.30pm.
Beyond Tribal Loyalities - Personal stories of Jewish peace activists
Date: Thu 14 Jun, 6:00pm
Avigail Abarbanel, former sergeant in the Israeli army. Vivienne Porzsolt, Jews against the Occupation, Peter Slezak, Independent Australian Jewish Voices. Avigail Abarbanel is the editor of this new book, a unique collection of personal stories of Jewish peace activists from around the world. The stories focus on the complex and intensely personal journey that Jewish activists take to free themselves from the hold of Zionist ideology and its requirement to support all Israeli policies. Vivienne Porzsolt and Peter Slezak from Sydney are 2 of the 25 contributors. This is an inspiring book for anyone who is interested in the experience of being a peace activist and the strength it takes to resist the pressure to conform. 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm Thursday June 30 Resistance Centre, 22 Mountain Street Ultimo. Cheap meal available from 6 pm. For further information, contact Peter 0400 442 644.
Phone: 0400 442 644
Hebron Leichhardt Refugee Week Festival of Friendship
Date: Fri 15 Jun, 3:00pm
An exhibition of photographs and information about the situation of Palestinian refugees, focusing on communities in Hebron. The events program includes an indoor market, a forum at 3pm, film screening at 5:30pm, and live music and delicious food and drink throughout the day. Donation; 12:00pm-8:00pm; Leichhardt Town Hall; for further details contack Miriam Pellicano on 0414 589 643, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website or Facebook. Saturday 23 June, Leichhardt
Phone: 0414 589 643
Rally: Five years too long, stop the intervention, stop the expansion.
Date: Sat 16 Jun, 12:00pm
Saturday June 16, 12noon. Paul keating Park, Bankstown. Speakers: Larissa Behrendt, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning UTS, Rosie Pearson, Yirrkala Community NT, and representative of Bankstown Coalition Saturday June 16, 12 pm Paul Keating Park, Bankstown. Organised by Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS)/ Say No to Government Income Management. Call Jean on 0449 646 593 stoptheintervention.org / say no to goverment income management - www.saynotogim.info
Phone: 0449 646 593
Visit Villawood Detention Centre with Aboriginal elder Ray Jackson
Date: Sun 17 Jun, 12:00pm
Sunday June 17, 12noon. Meet Leightonfield station. Ray Jackson, Indigenous Social Justice Association spokesperson and Aboriginal elder, will present Aboriginal passports to asylum seekers, to let them know that the Aboriginal community welcomes them to Australia. Resistance and Socialist Alliance organise regular visits to Villawood Detention Centre so that the Australian public can see first hand what life is like for asylum seekers in detention and to hear their harrowing stories of loss in their homelands. Join us, tell your friends and family. Must bring 100 points of ID. Sunday June 17 12 noon, meet Leightonfeild Station. Phone Duncan 0410 979 091.
Refugee Week - Multicultural Breakfast Auburn
Date: Tue 19 Jun, 10:00am - Tue 19 Jun, 2:00pm
The Refugee Week event at Auburn Diversity Services will be in the form of fun and engaging multicultural breakfast, which will celebrate our clients from refugee backgrounds. We are hoping to really involve our clients through their participation in client testimonials, performances, and preparing food. 10:00am-2:00pm; 17 Macquarie Rd, Auburn 2144 (Auburn Diversity Services Inc) for more information contact Julia Ghedelela on (02) 9649 4688, email email@example.com, or visit http://www.auburndiversity.org.au/
Forum: Launch of the UN's International Year of Sustainable Energy for all
Date: Wed 20 Jun, 7:00pm
7pm on Wednesday June 20th at the Steyne Hotel’s Moonshine Bar. So solar and other sustainable energy sources will never replace our present coal-reliant energy system, as they will never be able to provide big-scale energy supplies to feed our energy-hungry communities? Don’t believe it – big solar is coming, and is already operating abroad. So why not in Australia? To coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit, and to launch the United Nation’s International Year of Sustainable Energy for all, a unique event will be taking place in Manly's Steyne Hotel. Three experts in various areas of sustainable energy will be arguing that – despite the hype saying otherwise – sustainable energy can and will ultimately provide a solution to Australia’s energy needs and, at the same time, help rapidly reduce climate change-causing carbon emissions. The speakers are: • Mark Ogge, a director and co-founder of the Beyond Zero Emissions group, who will outline their campaign for changed attitudes, including Repowering Port Augusta, a proposal to replace that SA industrial city’s coal generators with baseload solar thermal supported by solar PV and wind. • Dr Mark Diesendorf, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of UNSW’s Institute of Environmental Studies. He will present a talk on ‘A Sustainable Electricity Future for Australia’. • Warren Yates from Clean Energy for Eternity, who will tell the story of how a community on the NSW far South Coast became committed to a plan to cut their energy use by 50%, and have renewable sources to provide 50% of the remaining energy needs by 2020. A key element of the plan was the building of a large community-owned solar farm at Bega. The event is being hosted by the Friends of Manly Environment Group (FoMEC), whose co-founder, Jodi Adams, says that “since the 1970s, I have been watching Australia fall further and further behind in the use of sustainable energy, while our experts in the field are increasingly forced to work overseas, where their skills and knowledge are respected and utilised. This cannot be allowed to continue!” The launch will take place from 7pm on Wednesday June 20th at the Steyne Hotel’s Moonshine Bar. It is free and open to the public but bookings are essential. To book, ring the Manly Environment Centre on 9976 2842 during business hours. Contact: JODI ADAMS, FRIENDS of MANLY ENVIRONMENT CENTRE (ph 0402 577 690)
Phone: 0402 577 690
Refugee Week Street Festival
Date: Thu 21 Jun, 10:00am - Thu 21 Jun, 1:00pm
This street festival, organised by Liverpool City Council in collaboration with the Liverpool Refugee Committee, features a multicultural fashion show, community awards ceremony, community art, multicultural performers, children's activities and more. Thursday 21 June, Liverpool Free; 10:00am-1:00pm; Macquarie Mall, Liverpool; for information contact Shabnom Bhana on (02) 9821 7779 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (02) 9821 7779
Film Screening: We are all Greeks! Catastroika - privitisation goes public
Date: Fri 22 Jun, 6:00pm
Featuring Naomi Klein, Ken Loach, Slavoj Žižek - This excellent 2012 Greek documentary traces the history of privatization and neoliberalism's ravages through Europe, from Russia to London, Berlin, Paris and Rome, looking at the history of the current liquidation of Greek state assets and is vital history for anyone interested in understanding the background to the current uprising in Greece. Friday June 22 6pm with cheap meal 6.30pm start. Resistance Centre, 22 Mountain St, Ultimo
Phone: (02) 8070 9341
Rally: Denounce the coup in Honduras.
Date: Sat 23 Jun, 11:00am
End the political killings, human rights abuses and environmental destruction This is an invitation to participate as a community in solidarity with Hondurans resistaing the continuation of a brutal internationally coordinated military coup and honour to those resisters that have been murdered in the month of May 2012 among the many that have been gone before them. As part of an International Day of Solidarity with Honduras. Saturday 23rd June 11am Iberoamerican Plaza Central Station (near Devonshire).
Forum: Act Justly - Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Date: Sun 24 Jun, 10:30am - Sun 24 Jun, 3:30pm
FAMVIN Australia invites you to join them for a day of insightful speakers and lively discussion as we work together to find a way forward on the issue of Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Keynote Speaker: Paul Power CEO Refugee Council of Australia Followed by Community Expo and Stories from those who have lived the journey $20 per person, $10 concession; RSVP by 15 June; 10:30am-3:30pm; De La Salle College, Bland St Ashfield; to register please complete the registration form available for download at www.vincentianswyd.org.au or contact Lisa Bright for more information at: email@example.com or 0419 418 547.
Phone: 0419 418 547
Rally to end mandatory detention - world refugee day rally.
Date: Sun 24 Jun, 1:00pm
20 years of mandatory detention, 20 years too long - free the refugees, no to offshore processing, no to deportations. Supported by Chilout, Labor for Refugees, NSW Greens, Refugee Action Coalition. Sun June 24, 1pm. Sydney Town Hall.
Website: Refugee Action Coalition Sydney
Forum: Who, where and why is torture used in the world today
Date: Sun 24 Jun, 6:00pm - Sun 24 Jun, 8:00pm
what is the link between refugees, torture and trauma? On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26), the Pitt Street Action Group in conjunction with STARTTS will be hosting a panel group to discuss these critical concerns. You are invited to come along and learn more about what is going on globally in relation to torture and the international response. The panel will focus on the treatment and support torture survivors are provided with to help them recover and rebuild their lives. Refreshments will be provided. Free; 6:00pm - 8:00pm; Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Mitchell Theater, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney; for further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rally outside the NSW Ombudsman's Office to protest ongoing Aboriginal deaths in custody
Date: Thu 28 Jun, 4:30pm
The Barry O'Farrell Government stated the NSW Ombudsman will oversee the NSW police investigation into recent Kings Cross shootings of two Aboriginal young people. This is nothing new and no solution. What is needed is the overhaul of the entire practice of police investigating their own. Too many deaths! Too many shootings! Too many cover-ups! 4.30pm at 580 george street sydney. Contact ray jackson 0450 651 063 or raul bassi 0403 037 376.
Climate Change-Social Change Conference
Date: Sat 30 Jun, 10:00am - Sat 30 Jun, 5:00pm
Workshops include: Creating Sustainable Cities: Public Transport, housing and urban design in Sydney's west. Carbon Tax and Climate Change: The consequences for workers rights and the environment. Powering the Future: Coal Seam Gas Vs Renewable Energies - Food, Consumerism and Sustainability. Immigration, Population and Refugees. 10am-5pm Plus Film Screening of Growing Change - A journey into Venezuela's food revolution. Speakers include: o Professor Peter Phibbs, from the University of Western Sydney's (UWS) Urban Research Centre, o Dr Tony Webb, UWS School of Natural Sciences o Dr John Kaye, NSW Greens MLC, o Helen Masterman-Smith, Chair NTEU NSW Environment Network, o Jess Moore, Stop CSG Illawara, o Chris Tobin, a Dharug man and author of The Dharug Story, an Aboriginal History of Western Sydney from 1788, o Simon Butler, GLW co-editor and co-author of Too Many People? Population, immigration and the environmental crisis, o Phil Bradley, NSW Teachers Federation activist and ParraCAN Exec member, o John Coleman, Rail Tram and Bus Union activist and public transport campaigner, o Peter Boyle, Socialist Alliance national co-convener. 9am registration $40/$20/$10 conc. To register phone Fred 0412 556 527 or 8070 9331. Email email@example.com www.greenleft.org.au
Phone: 0412 556 527