Martin Ferris, a TD (MP) from Irish republican party Sinn Fein, will address audiences in Australia in late July on the ongoing struggle for Irish reunification and independence. The tour is part of an international campaign by Sinn Fein to gather support for ending British rule over the six counties in Ireland's north.
Ferris, a former Irish Republican Army volunteer and political prisoner who has been active in the Irish republican movement since 1970.

Celtic Club, 316-320 Queen Street. Supper & entertainment. $40. Tickets available at door.

Thursday, November 22

Beyond the Bars is 3CR's prison program broadcast live from inside prisons across Victoria during NAIDOC Week each year, and presented by 3CR's Indigenous broadcasters. Join us for the launch of Beyond the Bars 9, a double CD of highlights from the six prison radio shows. Featuring MC Shiralee Hood. 6pm. New Ballroom, Trades Hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton South. Free copies of Beyond the Bars 9 will be available on the night.

Sunday, November 17

Rally: National day of climate action. 11am. Treasury Place, City. Organised by GetUp. For more info visit GetUp.

Featuring guest speakers from: Bolivia — Alina Sullcani, leader of the Indigenous and Rural Women Federation of Bolivia; El Salvador — Dr Guillermo Mata Bennett, FMLN representative in the lower house; Venezuela — Angel Navas, Electrical Workers Federation; Uruguay — Washington Belleti, Movement for Land Against Poverty. Victoria Trades Hall, Carlton. Ph 0421 957 341 or 0425 182 994 or email <>.

Public meeting:

As part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012, Students for Palestine presents a very special speaking tour. We are very excited to tour an Israeli activist who has participated in, amongst other things, the weekly demonstrations against the apartheid wall in the Occupied West Bank and the Boycott from Within movement (activists who advocate from inside of Israel for the international Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement).

Monash University. Organised by Victorian Students for Palestine.

Friday, April 17

Discussion of the radical changes happening in the Kurds' long struggle against oppression in four countries. Speakers: Rob Pascoe (Professor of History VU), Seval Ulus (VU student, Kurdish Association), Rob Stary (civil liberties lawyer). 12 noon. Room E219, Victoria University, Footscray Park campus. Organised by Australians for Kurdistan.

Wednesday, October 10-Saturday, October 13

Follows from last year’s highly successful 'fear+hope' exhibition and will showcase new works from current and former detainees of Australia’s detention centers. It features inspiring works by asylum seekers from such countries as Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Burma and Pakistan. Artworks come from numerous detention centres across the country and reflect the diverse talents of our contributors. Open times: 10am–6pm, Monday-Saturday. Level 17 gallery, Victoria University, 300 Flinders St, City.

Don't reward the big polluters; build clean renewable energy.

Speakers: Patrick Hearps (BZE), Victoria Mckenzie-McHarg (Environment Victoria) & David Spratt (author & activist).

Community Centre, 25 Mt Alexander Rd, Flemington.

On Anzac Day we remember Australian soldiers who served in wars overseas. Yet the 'frontier wars' fought between indigenous Australians and European settlers barely register on our historic radar. Eminent historian Henry Reynolds asks whether we can achieve genuine reconciliation without acknowledging almost 150 years of conflict on Australian soil. 1pm. Deakin Edge, Federation Square. To book visit Melb Writers' Festival.


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