Organised by the Venezuelan Embassy in Australia & the Australia Venezuela Solidarity Network. Izarra is a leading Venezuelan revolutionary and longtime activist in the Chanvista movement. 12 noon. International Bookshop, Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton. For more info ph Roberto 0425 182 994. Please confirm if you can attend as space is limited
Action to raise awareness about the situation of Palestinians and to dissuade Christmas shoppers from buying goods from Israel or owned by Israeli companies.Organised by the Coalition Against Israeli Aparthied. 5.30pm. State Library, Swanston St, City. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax the super-profits of mining monopolies; no increase in GST. Speakers: Humphrey McQueen (historian), Brian Boyd (secretary, Victorian Trades hall Council), Luke van der Meulen ( president, CFMEU Mining and Energy Division, Victoria) and others. Organised by the Spirit of Eureka Committee. 5.30pm. Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall. For more info ph 0417 456 001.
Anna Krien talks about her new book on the logging debate in Tasmania. She meets the key protagonists at the top and the grassroots, documents the social and environmental impact and ends up questioning the entire economic basis of the forestry industry. 6.30pm. New International Bookshop, Trades Hall, Carlton. $5/$2
Join Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective as they hold a "counter book launch" outside Readings Bookstore in Carlton. Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin will be promoting Russell Skelton's book King Brown Country. MAIC will be launching its new publication and distributing information Macklin does not want you to see. 6pm. Readings Bookstore, 309 Lygon St, Carlton.
Community Picnic to mark International Human Rights Day...
Refugees are Welcome!
Gregson Park, Hamilton
12:30pm, Saturday 11th December, 2010
An end of year picnic for refugee rights, and to mark International Human Rights Day.
A ground-breaking new documentary on Aboriginal rights with a Q&A led by Jeff McMullen. Redfern Community Centre. Entry by Donation. Phone Laurence Coghlan 0424 407 574.
Panel guests include journalist Jeff McMullen, Alyawarr spokesperson Richard Downs, and Alyawarr elders Banjo Morton, Lillie Morton and Angelina Luck. $25/$15. Town Hall, 107 Norton St, Leichhardt. Hosted by AFFECT Australia. Ph Inga on 0431 321 444.
Speakers include Andrew Bartlett, The Greens; Fr Pan Jordan, Tamil community; Hassan Ghulam, Hazara community, Refugee Action Collective speaker. Brisbane Square (top of Queen St mall).
The New Zealand mine disaster has yet again shown the dangers associated with mining coal and gas. What about Fracking (fracturing the coal seam with immense pressure water and chemicals) to release more gas? Is it safe for the environment, communities and workers? Should it be allowed in the southern coalfields – an area fraught with potential subsidence dangers and pristine drinking water catchments?