John Smallwood is currently the judge in charge of the County Koori Court which sits in the regional area of the Latrobe Valley. Today he discusses the concept of the court, how it has worked to date, the important role of community elders, and the court's many successes. With an incredibly low rate of re-offending since the court's inception in 2008, what can be learnt from this style of justice? And should it be expanded? Free event. 12:45pm. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, City.

Sunday, August 5

Speakers: Rober Tickner (CEO Australian Red Cross); Peter Karamoskos (Medical Association for Prevention of War). Performers: Junko Morimoto (author of My Hiroshima; Carmen Warrington (Tibetan singing bowl); April Maze (acoustic duo); SKIN (Indigenous choir); Leigh Sloggett (slide guitar); Noriko Tadano (Shamisen). 3-5pm. Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, cnr La Trobe & Swanston Sts, City (enter via La Trobe St). $15/$10. Presented by Japanese for Peace.

An opportunity for community conversation with leaders on the impacts of timetable change on train services one year on, solutions, and how long before we get real improvement?

Altona RSL, Sargood Street, Altona. Organised by Altona Loop Group.

Saturday, August 8

Implement Recommendation 92: imprisonment must be sanction of last resort. Join us to demand: An immediate end to deaths in custody; Full implementation of recommendations 87, 92, 121 and all of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody; Justice for Ms Dhu and all who have died in custody; Implement measures to give the community control over the police; Build communities, not prisons! 11am. Old GPO, cnr Bourke & Elizabeth Sts, City. Organised by the Indigenous Social Justice Association.

Thursday, September 11

Victorian union activists are hosting a fabulous event to raise money for our Gaza humanitarian appeal. To dazzle you on the night, there'll be an awesome MC and fabulous sounds courtesy of Casey Bennetto and The Half-Arsed Three, DJ Brunswick Massive and much more. 6:30pm. Bella Union, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South. $35. To book visit Bella Union.

Thursday, August 18

FAD Gallery, 14 Corrs Lane, Chinatown, City. Tuesday-Saturday. $15/$10. For bookings visit Matt Grantham. (Matt Grantham will also be taking part in the 2012 Annual Green Left Weekly Comedy Debate: Australia needs an Abbott-proof fence on May 11. )

Moreland community organising meeting: Stop the East West Link. The $15 billion road project will divert funds from public transport, health and education; destroy community green space; and demolish homes and destroy neighbourhoods. Come along, have your say and get involved in a grassroots community campaign against the East West Link in Moreland. Speakers: Greg Barber (Greens transport spokesperson); Sue Bolton (Moreland Socialist Alliance councillor); Nic Maclellan (Brunswick Residents Network). 6:30pm. Temple Park Senior Citizens Centre, Gray St, Brunswick.

Each screening will be introduced by the director Robert Connolly with a discussion to follow with special guests. Before WikiLeaks, before the internet even existed, Julian Assange was a teenage computer hacker in Melbourne. This is his story.

Sunday, March 17, 6:30pm. Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton. For more info ph 9347 5331.
Tuesday, March 19, 6:45pm. Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton. For more info ph 9347 5331.
Wednesday, March 20, 6:45pm. Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton. For more info ph 9347 5331.


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