This provocative, multidisciplinary work explores the dramatic resurgence of the Left in Latin America since the late 1990s. Offering a comprehensive account of the complexities and nuances of the shifting political tides in the region, the book provides both a theoretical framework for assessing the state of the Left and a set of cases highlighting key movements, successes, and failures. 6:30pm. New International Bookshop, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton.

Thursday, June 25

Protest against changed work conditions and job losses. 10-11am. Melbourne Town Hall, cnr Collins & Swanston Sts, City.

Friday, March 13

A short documentary and film made by The Freedom Theatre, Jenin, Palestine. There will also be a spoken word piece by artist Dana Dajani, a dance clip from Gaza Style as well as Ahmad Habash’s Fatenah, the first 3D animated film to have been made in Palestine. 7pm. Testing Grounds, 1 / 23 City Rd, Southbank.

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.

Progressive punk from USA. 8pm. Hi-Fi Bar, 125 Swanston Street, City.

Thursday, August 11

Will the Western Distributor really rid our streets of trucks? It’s time to hit the streets, to send a clear message to government: Commit to permanent truck bans once the Western Distributor is built, and give us world’s best practice filtration, or we don’t support it. 8am. Cnr Francis St & Williamstown Road, Yarraville. Organised by Maribyrnong Truck Action Group.

A multi-award winning documentary made with the Yindjibarndi, Ngarluma, Banyjima and Gurrama people of Roebourne, Western Australia. A comprehensive account of the experiences of a community of Aboriginal people from pre-colonial times to the 1900s. This film makes the connection between Aboriginals in chains in the 19th century and Aboriginal people in prisons today, so providing a deeper understanding of how the violence and denials of the past inform the present. A beautifully logical and persuasive argument for land rights.

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Sunday, February 24, from 1pm. 4 Castle St, Yarraville. Guest speaker: Peter Rochester, participant in the 2012 Venezuela solidarity brigade. Yummy BBQ food + salads. Live music from Tom Flenady and his band. Bar available. Entry (inc food): $25 solidarity, $20 waged, $12 concession. For more info ph 9639 8622 or 0413 377 978

Saturday, November 8

Our government is negotiating an international agreement that could have a huge effect on the lives of ordinary people. It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), and it involves eleven Asian and Pacific-rim countries, including the United States. If it goes ahead, we risk damage to our innovative economy, our pristine environment, our health, and the ability to shape our own future. 11am. State Library, cnr La Trobe & Swanston Sts, City.


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