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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.

Saturday, May 17

Rally and march for marriage equality on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. 1pm. State Library, Swanston St, City.

Where: Hampshire Rd, opposite the Sunshine Library

Organised by Brimbank Transport Action Group and No Freeway for West Footscray

The Andrews government in Vic just renewed the environmental protection exemptions for East Gippsland's old growth forests. GECO (http://www.geco.org.au) is organising a snap vigil for the threatened species.

Parliament House, Melbourne

Thursday, January 17-Sunday, February 24

This exhibition examines the queer role played in a post-identity and also, increasingly, post-gender contemporary society. Drew Pettifer's photographic outdoor billboard installation, Still Revolting, examines the ongoing relevance of the queer protester as an agent of political and social change. Gallery opening hours: Thurs-Sun, 11am-5pm. The Substation, 1 Market St, Newport.

Friday, May 29

The social & environmental cost of the fashion industry. Documentary about the social and environmental cost of the multi-trillion dollar fashion industry. There will be further screenings on May 30-June 1 at the Causeway Basement space run by NMBQ. Rooms 4 & 5, Ground Floor, 120 Clarendon St, Southbank. 7pm. $5. Bookings here. Presented by NTEU.

Speakers: Sylvia Hale (former Greens MLC and prominent NSW pro-Palestine campaigner);. Vivienne Porzsolt (spokesperson for Jews against the Occupation, Sydney who recently took part in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2); Cathy Peters (Greens councilor on Marrickville Council who argued for the boycott of Israeli goods); Vashti Kenway (Students for Palestine, one of the arrestees and charged $10,000 bail by the courts for speaking out for Palestine).

Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victora Sts, Carlton.

Come to the launch of a postcard campaign to tell the ACTU that insecure work is an important factor contributing to unequal pay. Get behind the call for the ACTU Congress to kick off a campaign for secure jobs that mobilises rank-and-file workers and builds a mass movement in workplaces and puts feet on the street. Ever been a casual worker, paid peanuts and treated like crap? The ACTU is currently heading a campaign against the epidemic of insecure work and we're hosting our own campaign in support. 6pm. The Elms Family Hotel, 269 Spring St, City. Presented by Pay Justice Action.

Monday, October 28

6pm. Elderly Citizenship Centre, Eddy Court, Collingwood. (Melway ref: 2C, 10H) Adjacent to Collingwood Station. Sponsored by VITAL (Victorian Integrated Transport Alliance). Please RSVP to Freda Watkin, Secretary, Yarra Campaign for Action on Transport (YCAT) on 0422 650 936 or email Freda.

A documentary film chronicling the struggle of the Honduran people resisting the demise of the country's frail democracy.
Maritime Union of Australia, 46-54 Ireland St, West Melbourne
(followed by cultural night)

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