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Tuesday, May 12

Speaker: Nic Maclellan on 'Grappling with the Bomb: Opposition to Pacific nuclear testing in the 1950s'. Nic works in the Pacific Islands as a correspondent for Islands Business magazine (Fiji) and has co-authored three books on nuclear issues in the islands region. 6:30pm. Last Jar Pub, cnr Queensberry & Elizabeth Sts, City.

Serco is the company that profits from the incarceration of asylum seekers. The Immigration Department privatises the running of Australia's network of inhumane prisons known as detention centres.

Serco Offices, cnr Bourke & William Sts, City (meet in the courtyard on the South-East corner).

Called by Refugee Action Collective.

Sunday, May 18

Let's join hands to remember the innocent victims of Sri Lankan state terror and resolve in seeking justice for the people. 5pm. Springvale Town Hall, 397-405 Springvale Rd, Springvale.

Sunday, February 3, 11am-12:30pm. Treasury Gardens, Spring St, City. Protect safe hospital care. Tell the Baillieu and Gillard governments to fix hospital funding. Join unions, health workers, community groups, patients and patient advocates for a community rally, BBQ and kids' entertainment.

Thursday, May 26

Speaker: Andrew Self (academic and journalist who has spent much of his time in Latin America researching and working with progressive movements). 7pm. $10/$5. New International Bookshop, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton.

'My place in hip-hop is not to be a tycoon, making trillions with a yacht . . . My place is maybe bringing people together and me being able to identify and illuminate a cause, and we'll make it comfortable for them to be themselves but say what they've really been wanting to say all along . . . with my protection.' (Chuck D) 7:30pm. The Palace, 20-30 Bourke Street, City.

Sunday, November 10

Featuring: Stella Young (MC), Mathew Kenneally, Matt Elsbury, Scott Abbot, Ben Pobjie. Tickets at the door: $10/$5. Free entry for USA citizens without healthcare! 5pm. The Brunswick Green, 313 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.

Tuesday, November 6-Sunday, November 11

Inspired by Eastern European postwar musical noir, Krows Bar Kabaret is political, vulgar, artistic, grotesque and sublime. Performed by: Caitlin Brown, Ezekiel Ox, Fletcher Dyson, Maurial Spearim, Sophie Kinston. Tues, Wed, Sun at 8pm; Thurs, Fri, Sat at 9pm. Butterfly Club, 204 Bank St, South Melbourne. Tickets: $23/$20/$18 Group (8 or more).

Films about the political situation in West Papua & also films showing the natural beauty & amazing biodiversity that is being threatened by deforestation.

Level 2, Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Entry by donation. For more info ph

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