Melbourne

Wednesday, February 13, 6pm (for 6:30pm start). Town Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg (100m in from Sydney Road intersection). Coburg residents are campaigning to stop a council plan to give developers open slather in the Bell St-Sydney Road area with 10- and 8-storey buildings. Protest outside Moreland Council meeting then go into the council meeting at 7pm. Councillor Sue Bolton will move to extend the time for submissions on the plan and to hold town hall meetings on the issue.

Public meeting in memory of TJ Hickey
How can we stop deaths in custody and hold police to account?

In 2004, Aboriginal teenager, TJ Hickey died as a direct result of police action in Redfern. A decade later, Ms Dhu, a young Yamatji woman died from undiagnosed septicaemia because the South Hedland police thought she was “faking it.” 

Both deaths provoked community outrage. Both were preventable and highlight massive systemic issues. And in both cases — and hundreds of others — those responsible have not been held to account. 

RMIT Resistance Club presents a forum on Refugee rights and Racism.

Wednesday August 18
12:30pm

RMIT Student Union Meeting Room
Building 8

The new Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, has shown her support for the racist, Howard-era style method of "disposing" of the refugee problem by constructing a detention camp in one of the most impoverished countries of South-East Asia - East Timor.

This forum will address the problem of asylum seekers in Australia and presents some of the more viable alternative solutions to the Liberal and Labor parties.

Federation Square, City.

Join us as we gather in solidarity with Malaysians worldwide in sending a strong message to the Malaysian government, because the authority of the government can only come from the will of the people as expressed in genuine, free and fair elections. The three demands of Bersih 3.0 are: (1) The Election Commission (EC) must resign; (2) The electoral process must be cleaned up before the next general election; and (3) International observers should be allowed to monitor the polls.

Monday, June 15

Cleaners all over the world celebrate International Justice for Cleaners Day on 15 June. For Australian cleaners this year it’s an even more important day. Why? Because right now employers are demanding the Federal Government cut or abolish our penalty rates. If you are not a cleaner, please come along and support the campaign to defend penalty rates. The war on penalty rates affects every Australian. 2.30pm. Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton. We will then march to the Australian Chamber of Commerce's Melbourne headquarters in East Melbourne.

From the early stages of primitive accumulation to the heights of the industrial revolution and beyond, rubber is one of a handful of commodities that has played a crucial role in shaping the modern world, and yet, as John Tully shows in this remarkable book, labouring people around the globe have every reason to regard it as 'the devil's milk'.

New International Bookshop, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton. Entry $5/$2.

Friday-Saturday, November 8-9

Latin American documentary film festival. Documentaries from Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, El Salvador and Guatemala. The festival will be introduced by Venezuelan Ambassador Nelson Davila. Friday: $10 (one doco), $15 (three docos), $25 (four docos); Saturday: $30 all day (six docos), $10 (one doco), after that $7 each doco. Backlot Studios Cinema, 65 Haig St., Southbank. Presented by LASNET. For more info ph 0425 539 149 or 0434 244 568 or visit LASNET.

Saturday, July 30

In Afghanistan, a shadow war is being waged both in the sky and on the ground; a war whose soldiers are invisible, ruthless and almost entirely unaccountable. This is the age of the drone and Afghanistan is the experimental field on which the ethics and possibilities of a deadly new technology are being determined. This documentary follows three former drone operators as they struggle to come to terms with the murderous effects of their actions. 1:30pm. ACMI, Federation Square.

If you are not already upset by the behaviour of Australia's biggest two supermarkets, you soon will be. Interviews and current affairs episodes explore the impact our of the supermarket duopoly. 'The price we pay' and 'Woolies & Coles' episodes will be complimented by interviews with Nick Rose and Robert Pekin from Food Connect on food sovereignty and supermarkets; and Dick Smith on Coles and 'extreme capitalism'. Organised by Commons Food Film Nights.

South Melbourne Commons, cnr Bank & Montague Sts, South Melbourne. Entry by donation for free popcorn. Organic snacks can be purchased.

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