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, August 22

Bi-lingual launch of Helen Said's book about the life of her father and Greek community figure George Said. 3:30pm. Steps Gallery, 62 Lygon St, Carlton.

Featuring bands, spoken word, comedy.

Victoria Hotel, 380 Victoria St, Brunswick. $20/$10.

$20 (includes the premiere screening of Healing, starry Hugo Weaving and Don Hany; a special live performance from Little Wise; and some wonderfully donated door prizes). More info or to book online at 6.30pm. Sun Theatre, 8 Ballarat Street, Yarraville. Organised by Hobsons Bay Refugee Network & West Welcome Wagon.

Invasion Day rally & march

Saturday, January 26, 9am. Assemble 186 Gertrude St, Fitzroy. 'It's like expecting the Jewish people to celebrate and embrace what the Nazis did in Germany against the Jewish people.' Aunty Isabel Coe. January 26, commonly known as 'Australia day' is sold as a day to celebrate the 'lucky country' the date chosen to commemorate the arrival of the First Fleet, the 'discovery' of the Great Southern Land. This date is more appropriately known to most First Nations people as Survival or Invasion day.


Dignity Not Debt: End Centrelink Debt Debacle

State Library of Victoria, Tuesday, 31st January, 12:30 pm

Duncan Storrar (Freedom From Poverty)
Senator Janet Rice (Greens)
Marilyn King (Willing Old Workers)
Sue Bolton (Socialist Alliance)
Owen Bennett (Australian Unemployed Workers' Union)
Meriki Onus (First Nations community)
Zach Brady (Centrelink Class Action)


1. Abolish Debt Recovery Scheme

Wednesday 4 August
6.00pm - 11.30pm

The Tote
71 Johnston St Collingwood

Adam Bandt is the Greens candidate for Melbourne - and he's in with a chance to make history by becoming the first ever Greens candidate to win a lower house seat at a general election.

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.

Wednesday, May 27 - Thursday, June 11

Assemble Old GPO, cnr Bourke St Mall & Elizabeth St, City.

Followed by march to Federation Square.

Organised by Middle East Solidarity Group.


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