Venezuela report: A discussion with Comandante William Izarra (via Skype video hookup)

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

Protest: Counter Book Launch

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.

What The Frack?? The campaign against coal seam gas mining

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?

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