GLW Calendar, 2013-02

Brisbane

Green Left Weekly 2013 Launch - Cocktails & Canapes!

Date: Fri 22 Feb, 8:00pm

Celebrate the start of a new year of radical politics in style! Delicious cocktails & finger food, LIVE MUSIC, special guest speakers, and more. All welcome. ENTRY $10 conc/$14 waged

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Cairns

Reef at Risk? Coal Mining and the Great Barrier Reef

Date: Thu 7 Feb, 7:23pm

Reef at Risk? Coal Mining and the Great Barrier Reef. Public forum. Thu Feb 7, 6pm, Casino.

Dirt Cheap – 30 Years On

Date: Tue 12 Feb, 7:30pm

Dirt Cheap – 30 Years On. The story of uranium mining in Kakadu. Film presentation by Dave Sweeney, ACF Nuclear Free Campaigner. Tue Feb 12, 6.30pm, Casino. For info call (07) 4031 5760.

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Melbourne

Rally: International campaign in support of the Mapuche.

Date: Fri 1 Feb, 7:00pm

Friday, February 1 The Mapuche are indigenous people from the south of Chile & Argentina. The Chilean government led by a right-wing coalition, with Sebastian Piñera as president, has increased repression and violence against the Mapuche people, applied the anti-terrorist law from the former Pinochet dictatorship to criminalise them, with many Mapuche killed in recent years. 7pm. State Library, cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts, City.

Phone: 0434 244 568 or 0431 368 606

Fundraiser: Land Ahoy: Free West Papua.

Date: Sat 2 Feb, 7:00pm

Ahoy fellow pirates of land and sea of justice and creativity. This buccaneer bash is to raise funds for the Lake Eyre to West Papua land and sea convoy. For 40 years, Western countries such as Australia have been complicit in Indonesia's brutal occupation of West Papua. Performers: Saku and Testament (Canada); West Papuan band; Combat Wombat; Monkeymarc; Mystic Trio (East Timor); Robbie Thorpe (Gunnai Nation); Uncle Kevin Buzzacott (Arabunna Nation); Johnny Harding (Kuku/Erub, Torres Strait); Binghifire; Puzzle Jumper; Black Wallaby D.I.Y hifi solar sound system. 7pm. Maysar, 186 Gertrude st, Fitzroy. Food not Bombs Galley open for supper from 7pm. $15/$10.

Email: peterson_err@hotmail.com

Fundraiser: Eritrean Australians human rights night.

Date: Sat 2 Feb, 7:30pm

Saturday, February 2 Fundraiser to highlight the cultural richness and harmony that exists within Victorian Eritrean and African communities. Guest speaker: Saleh 'Gadi' Johar, strong human rights campaigner who has written extensively on human rights violations. Music by East African cultural band. 7:30pm. Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne. $30/$20. All proceeds go to funding the Awate Foundation and human rights activities in the Horn of Africa. To book ph 0468 362 282 or 0421 712 650.

Phone: 0468 362 282 or 0421 712 650

Rally: Save Victoria's health system

Date: Sun 3 Feb, 11:00am

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.

Email: peterson_err@hotmail.com

Rally: Pride March 2013.

Date: Sun 3 Feb, 12:00pm

Sunday, February 3 Pride March recognises and celebrates the people and events that inspire the courage, solidarity, pride, diversity and strong sense of community of Victoria's gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex and transgender people. We organise cultural activities that bring our community together in a safe and positive environment. The annual Pride March is our signature event and celebrates a bright future while preserving our history. Assemble from 12 noon. March 2pm sharp. Albert Park, cnr Lakeside Drive & Fitzroy St, St Kilda.

Email: peterson_err@hotmail.com

Rally: Take a stand for all families in Australia.

Date: Tue 5 Feb, 11:00am

Tuesday, February 5 Single Parents of Australia need your support! We urge the federal government to reverse their inhumane decision to cut payments to families and place them on a benefit of a single person (Newstart). We demand a welfare system that allows separated parents to maintain work that fits in with family life. Members and supporters of Single Parents Action Group (SPAG) will gather to stand against the bill that has signified 8 years old as an age where parenting ceases. This legislation was passed just prior to Christmas and the end of parliament. 11am. Parliament steps, Spring St, City. Families are asked to wear a white t-shirt with the handprints of their children. Carry a heart shaped cardboard with your message of how the changes have affected you and your family.

Email: peterson_err@hotmail.com

Rally: Forgotten Australians National Day of Action.

Date: Wed 6 Feb, 10:30am

Wednesday, February 6 We, The Forgotten Australians, survivors of institutional, foster care, and out of home care and all victims of abuse request your presence at our gathering of Forgotten Australians. This event will take place at Parliament House in each state. Our aim of this gathering is to peacefully yet firmly protest the lack of resources available to us, given the torture and abuse of many of us while in the care of the state governments across the nation during the 1950-80s that has permanently left the majority of us physically, mentally, emotionally and/or psychologically challenged on a day to day basis. 10:30am. Parliament House.

Festival: Sustainable Living Festival.

Date: Sat 9 Feb, 9:00am - Sun 24 Feb, 6:00pm

Saturday, February 9-Sunday, February 24 The Sustainable Living Festival raises awareness and provides tools for change by showcasing leading solutions to the ecological and social challenges we face. The Sustainable Living Festival aims to inspire and empower everyday Australians to accelerate the uptake of sustainable living. The Festival attracts over 150,000 visits and engages with hundreds of organisations and individuals to stage Australia's largest and oldest sustainability festival. 9am-5pm. Federation Square.

Website: Sustainable Living Festival

Yarragon Public meeting: Coal Seam Gas information weekend.

Date: Sat 9 Feb, 10:00am - Sun 10 Feb, 4:00pm

Saturday, February 9-Sunday, February 10 10am-4pm. RESTORE, 79 Princes Hwy, Yarragon. For more info email Baw Baw Sustainability Network or ph 0403 905 477.

Phone: 0403 905 477

Email: bbsn@dcsi.net.au

Exhibition: Zine fair 2013.

Date: Sun 10 Feb, 12:00pm - Sun 10 Feb, 5:00pm

Sunday, February 10 Sticky Institute presents their annual zine-based festival. 12–5pm. Melbourne Town Hall.

Website: Sticky Institute

Public meeting: The struggle for freedom in West Papua.

Date: Tue 12 Feb, 6:30pm

Speakers: Jacob RUMBIAK- Foreign Affairs Minister of Federated Republic of West Papua Ronny KARENI - Independent Advocate at Rize of Morning Star camapign For 40 years, Western countries such as Australia have been complicit in Indonesia’s brutal occupation of West Papua. The harsh regime has helped facilitate the exploitation of the area’s riches in natural resources by Western and Indonesian companies. Papuans see little benefit from the pillaging of their land and have the lowest standard of living in Indonesia. This forum will look at the struggle for self-determination and an end to Indonesian occupation of West Papua. 6:30pm (cheap meal from 6pm). Organised by Socialist Alliance & Green Left Weekly. For more info ph 9639 8622.Tuesday, February 12

Phone: 9639 8622

Email: peterson_err@hotmail.com

Public meeting: Commemorating the 5th anniversary of the national apology.

Date: Wed 13 Feb, 8:00am

Wednesday, February 13 An event to continue the journey towards healing and recognition, and show support for members of the stolen generation. Live music from the Kutcha Edwards Trio. Free coffee and breakfast. 8-10am. Federation Square Main Stage, cnr Flinders & Swanston Sts, City.

Website: Reconciliation Victoria

Protest: Save Coburg from over-development horror!

Date: Wed 13 Feb, 6:00pm

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.

Email: peterson_err@hotmail.com

Public meeting: Feminism & socialism discussion

Date: Wed 13 Feb, 6:30pm

Wednesday, March 13, 6:30pm (meal from 6pm). Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). Have you ever wondered why violence against women is so widespread or why women in Australia earn nearly 20% less than men. Why is it that women still do most of the unpaid work? Has sexism always existed? Is it genetic? What can we do about it? We will discuss all these questions and many more. Organised by Socialist Alliance. For more info ph 9639 8622.

Phone: 9639 8622

Email: peterson_err@hotmail.com

Stopwork rally and march: No love for Baillieu.

Date: Thu 14 Feb, 12:30pm

Thursday, February 14 AEU teachers, support staff and principals rallying in Hisense Arena and marching to Parliament House in support of our EBA dispute with the Baillieu government. Parents and supporters are welcome on the march. 10:30am. Hisense Arena, Olympic Boulevard, Richmond then march to Parliament for rally at 12:30pm.

Email: peterson_err@hotmail.com

Public meeting: Ideas for Melbourne: Ending homelessness.

Date: Thu 14 Feb, 6:15pm

Tonight 20,000 Victorians are homeless. How do we get people off the streets and into shelter? Should we give money and if so, to individuals or organisations? Is homelessness inevitable or can we make changes to end it once and for all? With Alan Attwood, Heather Holst, Suzy Freeman-Greene and Spike Chiappalone. 6:15pm. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, City. To book visit Wheeler Centre.

Website: Wheeler Centre

Film screening: West of Memphis.

Date: Fri 15 Feb, 7:00pm

Friday, February 15 Watch award-winning filmmaker Amy Berg's searing new examination of the notorious murder case against the West Memphis Three, and their fight for justice against systemic failures of the Arkansas police and court systems. Fundraiser for Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre to help support an unprecedented legal battle to hold the Victoria Police to account for practices of racial profiling and discrimination. 7pm. Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton. $20.

Website: Bookings

Performance: Slamalamadingdong: 'Seeds of change' slam.

Date: Sat 16 Feb, 6:30pm

Saturday, February 16 A collaboration with The Sustainable Living Festival. Poets have the opportunity to respond to the theme of the rise of environmental and social practices for a more sustainable world. Featuring the legendary front-line activists and hip-hop group Combat Wombat with Monkey Marc, Elf Transzporter and MC Izzy. 6:30pm doors open and poet registration; 7:30pm show starts. Bella Union, Trades Hall, cnr Lygon St & Victoria Pde, Carlton South.

Website: Bella Union

Poowong Public meeting: Coal Seam Gas Free human sign: declaring Poowong the first CSG free town in Victoria!

Date: Sun 17 Feb, 11:30am

Sunday, February 17 Help us create a human sign to celebrate the first Victorian town to declare itself Coal & Coal Seam Gas FREE. 11:30am. Poowong Football Club. For more info email Ursula or ph 0403 905 477.

Phone: 0403 905 477

Email: csgfreepoowong@hotmail.com

Rally: Flying Foam Massacre Remembrance Day: Stand Up for the Burrup.

Date: Sun 17 Feb, 2:00pm

In memory of the February 17 1868 Flying Foam Massacre of the Yaburara people of the Burrup, there will be a Stand Up for the Burrup photo-shoot action at the World Heritage Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, on Wurundjeri land. 2pm. Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson St, Carlton. Please bring flags and placards. For more info ph Davie Thomason on 0430 570 815.

Phone: 0430 570 815

Campaign launch: Environment Victoria's Paid to Pollute.

Date: Sun 17 Feb, 6:00pm

Sunday, February 17 Richard Denniss and Environment Victoria explore the case for removing fossil fuel subsidies. Every year Australian taxpayers foot a $10 billion bill to subsidise polluting activities. Fossil fuel subsidies are such a big problem that the International Energy Agency has said that phasing them out could provide half of the carbon savings needed to stop dangerous levels of climate change. Environment Victoria is launching an exciting new campaign called 'Paid to Pollute' which aims to build sustained pressure for the removal of all fossil fuel subsidies in Australia. RSVP to Environment Victoria.

Website: RSVP

Rally: Protest Geert Wilders visit to Melbourne: No to Islamophobia, No to racist hate.

Date: Tue 19 Feb, 5:00pm

Tuesday, February 19 *The location of Wilders' speech is outside of the CBD at 210 Hume Highway Somerton at 6pm In response to the proposed speaking tour of notable racist and far-right Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, a group of anti-racist campaigners have initiated plans to protest his visit to Melbourne. Wilders is the founder and leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom and campaigns against what he calls the 'Islamisation of the Netherlands'. 5:00pm. City Square. For more info ph 9639 8622.

Phone: 9639 8622

Email: peterson_err@hotmail.com

Book launch: We will not go quietly.

Date: Wed 20 Feb, 6:30pm

Wednesday, February 20 Launch of zine by sexual assault survivors for sexual assault survivors. It is a beautiful collation of artwork, personal narratives and poetry designed to give survivors a voice. Co-hosted by Kate Ravenscroft and Matthew James and featuring music by the spectacular Jen Kingwell, readings from our contributors and others speakers we cordially invite you to celebrate the official birth of our baby. 6:30pm. Hares Hyenas, 63 Johnston St, Fitzroy. To RSVP email Matt.

Email: wewillnotgoquietlyzine@gmail.com

Public meeting: Wikileaks Australians Citizens Alliance.

Date: Sat 23 Feb, 6:00pm

Saturday, February 23 WACA is holding a public meeting in Melbourne for those who wish to be involved in our campaign for 2013. This year will be huge as we defend Wikileaks and aim to see Julian Assange Free. 2013 is also an election year and there will be plenty to do with the launch of the Wikileaks Party and Julian Assange running for Senate. Come along and find out how you can help. 6pm. Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South (meet in foyer).

Email: peterson_err@hotmail.com

Green Left Weekly BBQ fundraiser The revolution in Venezuela: An eyewitness report

Date: Sun 24 Feb, 1:00pm

Sunday, February 24, from 1pm. 4 Castle St, Yarraville. Guest speaker: Peter Rochester, participant in the 2012 Venezuela solidarity brigade. Yummy BBQ food + salads. Live music from Tom Flenady and his band. Bar available. Entry (inc food): $25 solidarity, $20 waged, $12 concession. For more info ph 9639 8622 or 0413 377 978

Phone: 9639 8622 or 0413 377 978

Email: peterson_err@hotmail.com

Green Left Weekly BBQ fundraiser: The revolution in Venezuela: An eyewitness report.

Date: Sun 24 Feb, 1:00pm

Sunday, February 24 Guest speaker: Peter Rochester, participant in the 2012 Venezuela solidarity brigade. 1pm til late. 4 Castle St, Yarraville. Yummy BBQ food + salads. Live music by Chalouche, playing a mostly upbeat mix of French Gypsy dance music and songs. Bar available. Entry (inc food): $25 solidarity, $20 waged, $12 concession. For more info ph 9639 8622 or 0413 377 978.

Phone: 9639 8622 or 0413 377 978

Email: peterson_err@hotmail.com

Film screening: Rafea: Solar Mama.

Date: Tue 26 Feb, 7:30pm

Tuesday, February 26 Directed by Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief, Rafea Solar Mama is a riveting film about a Bedouin woman's journey to become a solar engineer, power her village and re-wire the minds of her traditional Bedouin community. Rafea, is one of two women from Jordan chosen to travel to India to attend the Barefoot College, where illiterate women from around the world are trained in six months to be solar engineers. If Rafea succeeds, she will be able to electrify her village, train more engineers, and provide for her daughters. But can she overcome all the obstacles that stand in her way? 7:30pm. Bella Union, Trades Hall, cnr Lygon St & Victoria Pde, Carlton. To book visit Bella Union.

Website: Bella Union

Protest: Support an Aboriginal gathering place in the north

Date: Wed 27 Feb, 10:00am

Protest: Support an Aboriginal gathering place in the north Save the Ballerrt Mooroop College site Wednesday 27 February, 10am The old Ballerrt Mooroop College Site, 208 Hilton Street, Glenroy The Aboriginal community fought hard in 2010-2011 to stop the state government closing Ballerrt Mooroop College, the only Aboriginal school in Melbourne. The previous Labor state government and the current Liberal government oppose all the Aboriginal schools in Victoria. In September 2011, the Ballerrt Mooroop College community thought they had won agreement from the State government to keep the school open. Then the community was sold out when the government brought in a principle to expell the remaining students and shut the school. There is a spirit tree and ceremonial ground on the remaining site. The old BMC school buildings are still standing. The Aboriginal pre-school is still there, and the remainder of the site could be turned into parkland. The Aboriginal community and the Ballerrt Mooroop College Support Group are campaigning to have the site to the Aboriginal community as a community hub. At the moment, there's no Aboriginal gathering place on the western side of the Hume Highway in the northern suburbs, and almost no Aboriginal community services. It is really importnat for us to win this site for an Aboriginal community gathering place and not have the government sell it off to greedy developers. The Moreland Council has indicated support for the site to be returned to the Aboriginal community. Now, earthmoving equipment has started digging on the site again, digging up the area of the old BMC gymnasium for a 53-car carpark for the Glenroy Special School that has recently been built beside the BMC site. The council gave the Glenroy Special School land on the northern side of the school that it could use for a carpark without eating into the BMC site. Instead, the Glenroy Special School has snubbed the Aboriginal community and the council, to dig up the BMC site for its carpark. This is racism and dispossession of the indigenous community being repeated in modern-day Australia If you are free, please come to support this important campaign.

Phone: 0413 377 978

Email: peterson_err@hotmail.com

Dinner: Western Sahara National Day Celebration.

Date: Wed 27 Feb, 6:30pm

Wednesday, February 27 Dinner: Western Sahara National Day Celebration. Guest speaker: Arnold Zable (author, human rights advocate). Lomond Hotel, 225 Nicholson St, Brunswick East (cnr Blyth St; last stop 96 tram). 6:30pm (for 7pm start). Bookings: 0425 702 975 or email Australia West Sahara Association.

Phone: 0425 702 975

Email: awsa.victoria@gmail.com

Concert: Flogging Molly.

Date: Wed 27 Feb, 8:00pm

Irish/American punk band Flogging Molly released their fifth studio album, Speed of Darkness in 2011, that takes on the situation facing US working people. With The Lawrence Arms and Lucero. 8pm. Palace Theatre, 20-30 Bourke St, City.

Website: United States: Economy floundering, resistance begins

Public meeting: Imagine a city that feeds itself?

Date: Thu 28 Feb, 7:00pm

Guest speaker: Roberto Pérez, Cuba’s sustainable agriculture pioneer. Thursday, February 28 Featured in the acclaimed film, The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, will bring all his passion, flair and expertise to tell the 20 year story of how hungry Havanans learned to grow over half of their fruit and vegetables in the city after Cuba's oil and fertilizer supplies were cut by 90%. Roberto will also talk about the key role permaculture played in the Cuban experience and hold a discussion about urban agriculture in Melbourne. Roberto Pérez Rivero is the Environmental Education and Biodiversity Conservation program director of the Cuban NGO, the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity. 7pm. Ceres Fair Food, 6/198 Beavers Rd, Brunswick East. Gold coin donation. Tea, coffee & cake provided. Deano from the Good Brew Company will be in attendance with his ice cold sustainably brewed beer & soft drinks for purchase. Presented by CERES Fair Food and Cultivating Community.

Email: petachristensen@cultivatingcommunity.org.au

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Newcastle

Socialist Alliance Branch Meeting

Date: Tue 12 Feb, 6:30pm - Mon 18 Feb, 8:30pm

6:30pm Resistance Centre 472 Hunter St Newcastle Niko 046296141 or lekaniko@gmail.com

One Billion Rising Newcastle

Date: Thu 14 Feb, 4:30pm - Thu 14 Feb, 6:00pm

Nobbys/Foreshore Kids welcome - get them dancing young - as are all the wonderful men in our community who support the spirit of the event and want to help make our community safer for their mothers, sisters, partners and daughters. This event is specifically about sexual violence against women (globally), but that doesn't take away from the fact that many men are also victim/survivors of sexual violence, and that men are often deeply impacted by the effect of sexual violence on loved ones. Come Dance Newy!!!

Newcastle NoWar Collective

Date: Sat 16 Feb, 3:00pm - Sat 16 Feb, 4:00pm

Meeting 3pm Saturday 16th February Hamilton Station Hotel cnr Fern & Beaumont St Islington Niko 0406296141 or lekaniko@gmail.com

Refugee Action Network Newcastle meeting

Date: Wed 27 Feb, 6:00pm

6pm at Hamilton Station Hotel cnr Fern and Beaumont St Islington All welcome to help us plan and carry out asylum seeker advocacy actions http://refugeeactionnetworknewcastle.blogspot.com.au/ Contact: Niko 0406296141 or lekaniko@gmail.com

Website: Refugee Action Network Newcastle

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Perth and Fremantle

Protest against cuts to single parents pension

Date: Tue 5 Feb, 11:00am

Protest low-income single parents being moved from the Parent Payment Single welfare payment to the greatly reduced Newstart Allowance. Parliament House, Harvest Tce, West Perth.

Website: Single Mum

Australia-Cuba Friendship Society meeting

Date: Thu 7 Feb, 6:30pm

First monthly meeting for 2013 Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth (next to McIver station)

Perth Area Feminist Action meeting

Date: Sun 10 Feb, 6:00pm

Help plan an International Women's Day rally in Perth. Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth (next to McIver station).

Phone: Kamala 0417 319 662

Greens Energy Policy Launch

Date: Wed 13 Feb, 6:00pm

Senator Scott Ludlam and Robin Chapple MLC will present the Greens proposal to power Western Australia with 100% renewable energy by 2029. Northbridge Piazza, cnr James & Lake Sts, Northbridge. Organised by the WA Greens.

Phone: 9335 7477

Email: Trish.Cowcher@aph.gov.au

Website: Facebook event

Perth Socialist Alliance meeting

Date: Wed 13 Feb, 6:30pm

Weekly activist meeting. Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth

Phone: 9218 9608, 0413 976 638

Email: perth@socialist-alliance.org

Website: Perth Socialist Alliance

Gas Fracking Speaking Tour

Date: Wed 13 Feb, 7:00pm

Speaking tour with guest speakers Dale Park (WA Farmers Federation), Sarah Moles (Lock the Gate), Jamie Hanson (Conservation Council of WA). City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St, West Perth Organised by the Clean Water Health Land Alliance

Website: Facebook event

One Billion Rising

Date: Thu 14 Feb, 6:30pm

One in three women on the planet - one billion women - will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. This event will protest all violence against women and girls. Gather: Level 6, 455 Hay St, Perth

Less is More Festival

Date: Sat 16 Feb, 9:30am

A celebration of anti-consumerism. A day of workshops designed to inspire living without spending, includes kids activities. Grove Library, Peppermint Grove.

The case for public ownership of the mining industry

Date: Sat 16 Feb, 3:00pm

Public forum with Al Rainnie, Mia Pepper, Sam Wainwright & Farida Iqbal. Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth (next to McIver station) Hosted by Socialist Alliance and Resistance

Phone: 9218 9608, 0413 976 638

Email: wacontact@socialist-alliance.org

Website: Socialist Alliance WA

Flying Foam Massacre Remembrance Day

Date: Sun 17 Feb, 2:00pm

In memory of the 17 February 1868 Flying Foam Massacre of the Yaburara people of the Burrup, there will be a Stand Up for the Burrup photo-shoot action at the the WA Parliament House, Harvest Terrace, on Whadjuk Nyungar land. Parliament House, Harvest Tce, West Perth. Organised by Stand Up for the Burrup

Website: Facebook event

Colony Collapse Tour - the true cost of coal

Date: Sun 17 Feb, 2:00pm

Come on a visual journey of coal power, climate change and sustainability. Featuring amazing artists Sakura Saunders and Testament from the Beehive collective and their latest mural all the way from North America. City Farm, 1 City Farm Place, East Perth.

Website: Facebook event

Perth International Women's Day 2013 organising meeting

Date: Sun 17 Feb, 5:30pm - Sun 17 Feb, 7:30pm

Welcoming the upsurge in women's rights campaigning and following the lead of Indian women who mobilised in their tens of thousands to protest violence against women, Perth Area Feminist Action is organising a rally for International Women's Day, March 8, 2013. We want your help! Meet at the Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth (next to McIver train station), 5.30pm Sun Feb 17.

Phone: 0417 319662

Email: perthiwd2013@gmail.com

Refugee Rights Action Network meeting

Date: Mon 18 Feb, 6:30pm

Weekly campaign meeting. Help plan the April convergence to Northam detention centre. Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth (next to McIver station).

Phone: 0417 904 329

Email: info@rran.org

Website: Refugee Rights Action Network

Introduction to Socialism discussion

Date: Tue 19 Feb, 4:00pm

Introduction for new and prospective members of Socialist Alliance and/or Resistance. Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth (next to McIver station)

Phone: 9218 9608, 0415 922 740

Email: perth@socialist-alliance.org

Website: Perth Socialist Alliance

Friends of Palestine AGM

Date: Tue 19 Feb, 6:30pm

Help determine Friends of Palestine campaigns for 2013. CitiPlace Community Centre, concourse level, Perth train station.

Phone: 0449 028 894

Email: friendsofpalestinewa@gmail.com

Website: Friends of Palestine WA

Protest Geert Wilders in Perth: No to racism, no to Islamophobia

Date: Wed 20 Feb, 6:30pm

Refugee Rights Action Network in Perth is calling all anti-racists to support a protest outside the speech by Dutch fascist, Geert Wilders. * Venue to be confirmed but will be a convention centre near the CBD * Join the Facebook event or click <a target="_blank" href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rQ5uXJ2Rru-3SQ1dPug9ZNN-tH8AoZtob2pNRtpyR0c/viewform">this link</a> for updates about the protest venue.

Phone: 0413 976 638

Website: Facebook event

Writers festival: Refugees - where do they come from?

Date: Fri 22 Feb, 5:00pm

With Robin de Crespigny, Kooshyar Karimi & Zoya Phan Octagon Theatre, Crawley Campus, UWA Presented by One Just World as part of the Writers Festival

Website: Perth Festival

Concert for the Kimberley

Date: Sun 24 Feb, 1:30pm

John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, Ball Park Music and special guest Bob Brown are standing together to protect the Kimberley at this free open-air concert. Fremantle Esplanade, Fremantle.

Website: Facebook event

Union jobs rally

Date: Thu 28 Feb, 12:00pm

Construction Union rally calling for "local jobs first, more local content and train our WA kids". Gather: Supreme Court Gardens. March to Parliament House. Promoted by the Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union.

The People Smuggler: an evening with Robin de Crespigny

Date: Thu 28 Feb, 5:45pm

With an introduction by Dr Caroline Fleay (Curtin University) and Marcus Hampson (RRAN), Robin de Crespigny will present her award winning book, The People Smuggler, and will talk about the researching and writing of this extraordinary story. Tim Winton Lecture Theatre, Curtin Uni. Presented by Curtin University Centre for Human Rights Education & the Refugee Rights Action Network. Please RSVP by 25 Feb 2013. <br><br><b>MORE INFO:</b> With an introduction by Dr Caroline Fleay (Curtin University) and Marcus Hampson (RRAN), Robin will present her award winning book, The People Smuggler, and will talk about the researching and writing of this extraordinary story. There will be opportunities for people to ask questions, meet the author and have a copy of the book signed by her. Books will be available for purchase on the night. Robin de Crespigny is a Sydney film-maker, producer, director, writer and a former Directing Lecturer at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School. The People Smuggler tells the true story of Ali Al Jenabi who, after fleeing Saddam Hussein's torture chambers, is forced to leave his family behind in Iraq. What follows is an incredible international odyssey through the shadow world of fake passports, crowded camps and illegal border crossings, living every day with excruciating uncertainty about what the next will bring. Robin won the 25th Human Rights Award for Literature in 2012 and The People Smuggler has also won the Queensland Literary Award and was one of three finalists for the Walkley Book Award. It has also been short-listed for the Waverly Library Award for Best Literature.

Phone: 9266 7169

Email: g.galardi@curtin.edu.au

Website: Facebook event

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Sydney

Stop Black deaths in custody - ninth anniversary of TJ Hickey's death

Date: Thu 14 Feb, 10:30am

March from corner of George and Phillip streets, Waterloo, to state parliament.

Phone: 0450 651 063

Email: isja01@internode.on.net

Socialist Alliance Sydney West: Public Forum: How we can defeat the CSG Goliath?

Date: Sat 16 Feb, 1:00pm - Sat 16 Feb, 3:30pm

Socialist Alliance Sydney West Public Forum: How we can defeat the CSG Goliath? Sat Feb 16, 2pm Parramatta Activist Centre, 3/29 Macquarie St, Parramatta Come along to discuss the campaign against CSG in Western Sydney and how we can beat the CSG mining industry. Hosted by Socialist Alliance. Cheap lunch available from 1pm. For more infomation ring Fred 0412 556 527.

Phone: 0412 556 527

Website: http://socialistalliancesydney.blogspot.com.au/

Forum: Tortured for giving care: Bahrani nurse tells her story

Date: Sat 16 Feb, 4:00pm - Sat 16 Feb, 6:30pm

Rula Al'Saffar, President of the Bahrain Nursing Society, was named the 11th most influential person in the Middle East. In 2011, she was tortured by the Bahraini government after treating protestors injured during anti-government uprisings. Rula will tell the story of how a campaign for better wages turned into a crisis when her hospital was militarized. With Michael Hayworth, Amnesty crisis campaigner. 4pm Unions NSW Trades Hall Auditorium, 4 Goulburn St, Sydney (enter via rear doors on Dixon Street). For more information, call Olivia 0401 955 405. Facebook event http://www.facebook.com/events/126316567541223/129733467199533/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/126316567541223/129733467199533/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity

Public meeting: Stop CSG Sydney hosts Sharyn Munro, author of Rich Land Wasteland

Date: Mon 18 Feb, 6:30pm - Mon 18 Feb, 8:30pm

Learn first hand about the devastating impacts of coal and coal seam gas extraction in Australia, particularly on people, and particularly in NSW. Hear how Sydney's own water supply is being threatened by both longwall coal mining and coal seam gas drilling. Monday February 18 - 6.30pm Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, King Street, Newtown. Entry by gold coin donation. Supper available. Organised by Stop CSG Sydney. Phone Pip on 0412 139 968.

Phone: 0412 139 968

Socialist Alliance Sydney Forum on the Transitional Program

Date: Tue 19 Feb, 6:00pm - Tue 19 Feb, 8:30pm

Socialist Alliance Sydney Branch meeting, including an educational on The Transitional Program. Tues Feb 19, 6pm Resistance Activist Centre and Bookshop, 22 Mountain St, Sydney For Socialist Alliance members and those interested in finding out more about the Alliance. Click here for some background reading in defense of the Transitional Program - available at the Resistance Bookshop or online http://www.resistancebooks.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=21.

Music, Politics, Culture: Barrio Latino

Date: Tue 19 Feb, 6:00pm - Tue 26 Feb, 8:00pm

Tuesday February 19 - Tuesday February 26 Music, Politics, Culture: Barrio Latino Six days celebrating Latin American Culture. The Addison Road Community Centre is inviting you to the ‘BARRIO LATINO FESTIVAL’ which will take place at the Centre -142 Addison Rd Marrickville. It will be six days of celebrating Latin American culture in Australia with art exhibitions, live music, dance performances, short film presentations, and more. Full program to be posted soon. Stay in touch here. http://www.facebook.com/events/152080414941336/?ref=2

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/152080414941336/?ref=2

East Timor Lecture, book launch and dinner: 8th Dr. Andrew McNaughtan Memorial Lecture, The Politics of Timor Leste book launch and tribute dinner

Date: Thu 21 Feb, 6:00pm - Thu 21 Feb, 10:00pm

Gleebooks (upstairs) 43 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, 6pm-6.30pm on Thurs 21 February 2013 and Spanish Tapas Restaurant, 26 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. The Australia-East Timor Association (NSW) presents retired diplomat, distinguished author and journalist Mr. James Dunn to deliver the 8th Doctor Andrew McNaughtan Memorial Lecture and launch the new book entitled 'he Politics of Timor Leste by Damien Kingsbury and Michael Leach. Suggested donation to Andrew McNaughtan East Timor Education Foundation $10/$7 concession. Thursday February 21. After lecture is a dinner at Spanish Tapas Restaurant, 26 Glebe Point Rd.Glebe, 8pm-10pm with Flamenco dancer. $30.00 per person, plus drinks extra, bookings essential. Bookings Australia-East Timor Association (NSW) 9569-6070

Phone: 9569-6070

Protest: Geert Wilders' visit to Sydney: No to Islamophobia, No to Racist Hate

Date: Fri 22 Feb, 12:00pm - Fri 22 Feb, 2:00pm

Friday February 22 Protest: Geert Wilders' visit to Sydney: No to Islamophobia, No to Racist Hate The location of of Wilders' speech will be kept secret until shortly before the event, but will be near the Sydney CBD. Please add yourself as attending the event on facebook to get updates about the exact venue. In response to the proposed speaking tour of notable racist and far right Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, a group of anti-racist campaigners have initiated plans to protest his February 2013 visit to Sydney. Wilders is the founder and leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV), and campaigns against what he calls the "Islamisation of the Netherlands". Wilders will be using this visit to spread his message of hate and intolerance. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/322663171188589

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/322663171188589

Singing Protest: Open Shuhada Street: Sing Songs for Palestine's Freedom

Date: Mon 25 Feb, 6:00pm - Mon 25 Feb, 8:00pm

Monday February 25 Singing Protest: Open Shuhada Street: Sing Songs for Palestine's Freedom This is the 4th International Day to Open Shuhada Street, a protest against the way Hebron has become the Museum of Israel's apartheid. Shuhada Street, the main street in Hebron, has been closed to all Palestinians since February 25, 1994. We will sing songs of freedom as we call to an end to apartheid in Hebron and all the territory under Israel's control. Organised by Leichhardt Friends of Hebron.

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/141406726018531/?context=create

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