Melbourne

6th Anniversary of the same-sex marriage ban in Australia

Same-Sex Marriage 2010 YEAR OF ACTION

Saturday 14th August
1pm

State Library, corner of La Trobe and Swanston Street, City (opposite RMIT)

Equal Love is a nationwide campaign for same-sex marriage in Australia. Through education and direct action, we aim to change public attitudes towards lesbian and gay relationships and put pressure on the government to legislate for equal marriage rights.

Authors Robin de Crespigny (author of The People Smuggler: the true story of Ali Al Jenabi, the 'Oskar Schindler' of Asia) and Tony Kevin (author of Reluctant Rescuers and A Certain Maritime Incident) remind us of the human cost of refugee policies that begin with deterrence. Their stories of why refugees breach borders and avoidable boat tragedies, speak of their belief in the need for safe passage for refugees, not criminalisation and deterrence. 7:45pm. Brunswick Library, Dawson St, Brunswick. Co-hosted by Moreland City Libraries & Refugee Action Collective.
Bookings recommended.

Wednesday, March 20

BAE systems is one of the major companies that supply military equipment to the Israeli army and one of the major sponsors of the RMIT engineering department. One example is the 'head-up' display for F16 fighter aircraft, which have been used to turn Lebanese and Palestinian villages into rubble. 12 noon. State Library, cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts, City. Organised by Students for Palestine.

Saturday, May 21

In support of the re-eloection campaign of Moreland's socialist councillor Sue Bolton. Meet other campaign volunteers. Choice of pastas and salad; bar available. $10/$5. 48 Blair St, Coburg. For more info ph Andrea 0424 508 535.

Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, City

BHP Billitons AGM will be held at the Melbourne convention centre on the 17th at 10:30am. Protest BHP Billiton!
South Australia will soon be home to the largest open cut mine in the world

This isn't just a nuclear issue it will take 5 years to dig the hole to get to the uranium ore body.
The mine will be 1km deep, 4.5km long & 3km wide.

Trades Hall, Lygon St, Carlton.

Moreland community organising meeting: Stop the East West Link. The $15 billion road project will divert funds from public transport, health and education; destroy community green space; and demolish homes and destroy neighbourhoods. Come along, have your say and get involved in a grassroots community campaign against the East West Link in Moreland. Speakers: Greg Barber (Greens transport spokesperson); Sue Bolton (Moreland Socialist Alliance councillor); Nic Maclellan (Brunswick Residents Network). 6:30pm. Temple Park Senior Citizens Centre, Gray St, Brunswick.

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.

What role does religion play in modern life? What is religious fundamentalism? Can religious believers be socialists? Is socialism opposed to religion? Is socialism atheistic?

Resistance Centre,
Level 5, 407 Swanston St,
City (opp. RMIT)

Presenter: Trent Hawkins. This is one of a regular series of seminars to be held each Wednesday fortnight on key questions facing the socialist movement; each seminar will feature a talk which will be followed by discussion.

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