Until Sunday, June 2
Exhibition: Protest! Archives from Melbourne University. An exhibition of posters, pamphlets, badges, etc. exploring Melbourne University's rich history of protest. 8:30am-5pm weekdays; 11am-5pm weekends. Leigh Scott Gallery, Level 1, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne. For more info visit Melb University.
Until Thursday, May 30
Exhibition: Remembering Tamil genocide. A photographic installation exhibition by a Tamil Refugee currently in Australia. According to the UN Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, genocide was, and is, being repeated in Sri Lanka, and once again the world is averting its eyes. During the last days of the 28-year Sri Lankan civil war in 2009, the outside world was shut out when the remaining monitors from the UN left the war zone fearful for their own safety. The subsequent Sri Lankan military atrocities against the Tamil civilian population have been recorded, vividly and starkly, through the photographs and films taken by survivors, and smuggled out of the country. This exhibition, which documents the stark evidence of these war crimes and the on-going persecution of Tamils, shows exactly why Tamils have fled, and continue to flee, their homeland. (Warning: Some images may cause distress.) Collingwood Gallery, 292 Smith St, Collingwood. For more info ph exhibition curator Ron Guy on 0428 173 970.
Thursday, May 23
Moreland North-East ward residents meeting: Meet your local councillor, Sue Bolton. Councillor Sue Bolton would like to get the input of people living in the Moreland Northeast Ward about the problems you are concerned about. 6:30pm. Fawkner Community House, CB Smith Reserve, 79 Jukes Rd (at end of Leisure Centre carpark). For info contact Sue on 0417 583 664.
Saturday, May 25
Give a Gonski community rally. Gonski would deliver an additional $4 billion to Victorian schools. Help us send a strong message of community support for Gonski to the Premier. Come along for a family event with music, food, great speakers and plenty of activities for the kids, including a jumping castle, face painting, a petting zoo and balloons. 12:30pm. Treasury Gardens, Spring St, City.
Rally: March against Monsanto. Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects. In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that's a conflict of interest and explains the lack of government-led research on the long-term effects of GMO products. For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world's food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup. 2pm. State Library, 328 Swanston St, City.
Fundraiser: Peña, celebrating Latin American struggles. A community gathering, with musicians, poets, traditional dance groups, live bands, to celebrate the struggles and resistance of Latin American grassroots movements demanding workers rights, land for Indigenous/first nations people, real democracy and real changes across human society. With The Conch, Divina Providencia, Clandestine Voice. 6:30pm. MUA Hall, 46-54 Ireland St, West Melbourne. Bookings essential, discounts for groups, no BYO, drinks and food available; to book a table ph Rodrigo 0414 970 418 or Lucho 0425 539 149. $15/$10. Organised by Latin American Solidarity Network.
Sunday, May 26
Public meeting: Campaign to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia's Constitution city event. On the 15th anniversary of Sorry Day, Recognise will launch an epic relay across the country. The 'Journey to Recognition' will be meeting communities and gathering support across our country to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our constitution. Following the launch, attendees will be invited to take the first steps of the journey along the river to Batman Park, where proceedings will wrap up with a community BBQ at approximately 11:30am (after which a smaller number of us will walk off towards South Australia!). 9:30am. Federation Square. Please RSVP to Claire.
Public meeting: National Sorry Day. MC: Bryan Andy. Guest Speakers: Kyle Vander-Kuyp; Ian Hamm; Zoe Upton; Alice Solomon. Performances by: Seven Sisters; Skin Choir; William Wandin-Dow. 12:45pm (for 1pm start). Bunjilaka-Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Collingwood. Afternoon tea provided. For more info ph 8679 0777.
Public meeting: Campaign to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia's Constitution Footscray event. On the 15th anniversary of Sorry Day, Recognise will launch an epic relay across the country. 1:30pm (for 2pm arrival). Nicholson Street Mall, Northern end near Barkly St, Footscray. (The launch is at Federation Square, Melbourne 9:30-11:00am, Sunday, May 26. Their first stop is Footscray. The last stop is Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory.)
Wednesday, May 29
Film screening: Ashamed to be Australian. Screening of Four Corners documentary on Nauru and Manus Island. In the Four Corners documentary No Advantage, Debbie Whitmont goes inside Australia's offshore refugee processing centres on Nauru and Manus Island. What you see will shock you. Protests, evidence of self-harm and testimony of suicide attempts. 4:15pm. Graham Cornish Rooms, Second Floor, Union House, Melbourne University.
Thursday, May 30
Rally: Protest education funding cuts. Australia remains the second lowest country to fund higher education in the OECD at just 0.8%; if the federal government is serious about a smarter Australia then it must commit further funding to tertiary education, not remove it. Repeal all funding cuts to higher education; Don't increase graduate debt; Hands off student support. 4pm. State Library, 328 Swanston St, City. Organised by Victorian Education Action Network and the National Union of Students to coincide with the prime minister's visit to Melbourne.
Public meeting: Mona El Farra discusses public health in Gaza. Dr Mona El Farra is a physician now working as a public health advocate in Gaza. Her particular focus is on women and children. 6pm. RMIT, Building 80, Swanston St, Level 2, Room 7. Sponsored by the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network & Australians for Palestine. For more info ph Michael Shaik 0431 573 368.
Friday, May 31
Public meeting: Health in Gaza today with Mona el Farra. MAPW will host a breakfast where Dr el Farra will address the health situation in Gaza. 8am. Travellers Bookstore, 294 Smith St, Collingwood (doors open from 7:45am). Please RSVP toMAPW.
Film screening: 5 Broken Cameras, A fundraiser for Students for Palestine. The first Palestinian film to be nominated for an Oscar, '5 Broken Cameras' is an extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism. '5 Broken Cameras' highlights the type of atrocities that relationships like this contribute to and raises awareness about the struggles of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, which is often omitted or falsified by the mainstream media. The documentary follows the life of Palestinian Emad Burnat, his family and his fellow Bil'in villagers. 6pm. Kaleide Theatre, RMIT University, Building 8, Level 2, 360 Swanston St, City. $30/$15/$8.
Friday Night Late Show with Dolly Diamond Feat. The fabulous Miss Dolly Diamond, debating the ins and outs of marriage equality with a panel of weird and wonderful guests, all of them extremely well-versed on the issue. 8:30pm. Eureka Hotel, 1 Church St, Richmond. $25 ($10 per person will be donated to Equal Love). We depend on you, our lovely supporters so come along, have a drink and a laugh and maybe even learn something. Organised by Equal Love Campaign.
Saturday, June 1
Rally: Original Nations Passport ceremony. Original Nation Passports will be issued by Robert Thorpe and Uncle Larry Walsh, West Papua visa stamps issued by Jacob Rumbiak, foreign affairs minister of the Federated Republic of West Papua, authorising participants on the Freedom Flotilla to West Papua to enter West Papuan lands. 10am. Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria sts, Carlton South. For more info visit Free West Papua.
Rally: National Day of Action for Bradley Manning. June 1 marks the beginning of whistleblower Private Bradley Manning's 4th year in prison and the beginning of his trial for revealing USA war crimes and abuses to the world via WikiLeaks. 2pm. Old GPO, cnr Bourke & Elizabeth Sts, City.
Fundraiser: Free West Papua Party. 9pm. Bar 303, 303 High St, Northcote.
Sunday, June 2
Concert: We sing for reconciliation. This event celebrates two of the most powerful and soulful voices of Australia. Bonded by a desire to effect change, Deline Briscoe and Liz Stringer will take to the stage and come together in true unity, reflecting the positive reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia. 3pm. Wesley Anne, 250 High st, Northcote. $20. Organised by Songlines Aboriginal Music.
Monday, June 3-Sunday, June 16
3CR Radiothon '13: Make your donation political. In this federal election year, we're asking you to make a political donation that matters. As the two major political parties slug it out, the choice is clear: a donation to 3CR is a vote for progressive alternative coverage of social, cultural and political issues. We need your support during our June 3-16 Radiothon. To donate or info visit 3CR or ph 9419 8377.
Monday, June 3
Public meeting: Songlines & stockmen: A history of art in Central Australia. An historical presentation on the emergence of art in central Australia by two renowned experts, John Kean and Jason Gibson. 6:15pm. Williamstown Library, 104 Ferguson St, Williamstown. To book visit Library or ph 1300 462 542.
Wednesday, June 5
Public meeting: Report from global picketline workshop in the Philippines. Guest speaker: Jiselle Hanna has just returned from the Philippines where she participated in the KMU trade union centre 29th International Solidarity Affair. She also facilitated the Global Picketline workshop with PALEA members at Manila airport. Jiselle will be reporting on her experiences and on the reception given to the global picketline concept. All welcome. 6pm. Evatt Room, Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton South.
Thursday, June 6
Public meeting: What's driving planning and development in Coburg? Guest speaker: Michael Buxton (Professor Environment and Planning, School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, RMIT University). He has held senior positions in four Victorian planning and environmental agencies and has contributed extensively to national and state environmental and planning policy. Michael will speak at the beginning of the meeting and will inform the discussions that follow. We will then discuss and agree on motions that we as a residents group will put forward to councillors prior to their voting on planning amendment C123. 6:30pm. Coburg Library, cnr Louisa St & Victoria st mall, Coburg. Organised by Save Coburg. For more info ph Sally 0422 470 011 or Sue 0413 377 978.
Public meeting: Michael Green on bursting the carbon bubble. How does climate change threaten your savings? And how do your savings threaten climate change? Can you do anything about it? One of the world’s fastest-growing social movements calls for citizens and institutions to sell out of fossil fuels. But it's not only a matter of morality. Hard-headed analysts say there's a growing risk of a collapse in the value of fossil fuel investments. Taken together, these warnings present a new way to understand our climate crisis. 12:45-1:15pm. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, City. This is a free event. Bookings are not required.
Saturday, June 8-Sunday, June 9
Sydney Conference: Organising for 21st Century Socialism. A two-day seminar with keynote speaker Paul LeBlanc, author ofLenin and the Revolutionary Party, one of the best scholarly studies of the Bolshevik Party during the Russian Revolution. LeBlanc's keynote presentation is titled 'Lessons from Lenin for 21st century socialism'. Federico Fuentes, one of the authors of a new book, Latin America's Turbulent Transitions: The Future of Twenty-First Century Socialism will also give a presentation on 'Revolutionary leadership in 21st century Latin America'. In addition, there will also be workshops and panel discussions on recent and past experiences of left party building in Australia and Europe. Sydney Resistance Centre, 22 Mountain St, Ultimo, NSW. For bookings or info visit 21st Century Socialism.
Saturday, June 8
Discussion: The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif. Robert Hillman and Najaf Mazari will talk about their book . The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif charts the life of Najaf Mazari, who flees Afghanistan after being tortured by the Taliban. After arriving in Australia as a refugee, Najaf establishes a new life using his trade as a rug-maker and carpet-seller. $12/$10. 4-5:30pm. Touring Hall, Melbourne Museum. Bookings essential. Book online.
Sunday, June 9
Comedy: Political Asylum Comedy Room. Political Asylum is a topical, political standup show, featuring some of the best political comedians in Australia. It takes place on the second Sunday of every month at The Brunswick Green in Melbourne. There are also irregular special shows during festivals such as the Melbourne Fringe Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. A core group of contributors deliver brand new topical standup every month, alongside stellar guest standup spots delivered by some of Australia's funniest people. Guidelines for performers are simple: Political Asylum is the place for intelligent, topical, political humour. 5:30pm. The Brunswick Green, 313 Sydney Rd, Brunswick. $10/5. For more info visit Political Asylum.
Tuesday, June 11
Rally: International day of action for Marie Mason & Eric McDavid. Mason was arrested in 2008 by US authorities for charges related to two acts of property destruction that occurred in 1999 and 2000: damaging an office connected to GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) research, and destroying a piece of logging equipment. No one was injured in either act. She received almost 22 years. McDavid was targeted by the state for his political beliefs, and his case is important for everyone who dares to stand up. This vigil will also highlight logging in Australia and internationally. 6:30pm. 1 Spring St, City. Bring banners candles. For more info email: NDA.
Thursday, June 13
Public meeting: The history & future of Leninism. Keynote speaker: Paul LeBlanc, US socialist and author of Lenin and the Revolutionary Party, one of the best scholarly studies of the Bolshevik Party during the Russian Revolution. 6:30pm. AMWU Vic conference room, 251 Queensberry St, Carlton (between Bouverie & Leicester sts). Entry by donation to cover tour costs. Jointly hosted by the Socialist Alliance and Socialist Alternative. For more info ph 9639 8622.
Friday, June 14
Public meeting: Stop the Creation of Another Stolen Generation: It's time to Step Up! for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children's rights. This event will explore different aspects behind the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system and what needs to happen to see real change through a dynamic conversation with Aboriginal and non-Indigenous leaders. 11am. The Edge, Federation Square, cnr Swanston & Flinders Sts, City. RSVP to Ashleyto give us an indication of numbers.
Sunday, June 16
Rally: World Refugee Day. Welcome refugees; close Manus island; close Nauru; end mandatory detention; stop deportations to danger; honour the Refugee Convention. 12pm. Exhibition Building, Nicholson St, Carlton (near Gertrude St, beside Carlton Gardens). Organised by Refugee Advocacy Network.
Meal & discussion: Resisting war to make peace. Professor Michael Hamel-Green will talk about his experiences as a war resister and concsientious objector. 1pm for a shared meal followed at 2pm by a discussion. Kildara, rear 39 Stanhope St, Malvern. Organised by Pax Christi. For more info ph 0424 950 852.
Tuesday, June 18
Book launch: Latin America's Turbulent Transitions, with author Federico Fuentes. A new work by Roger Burbach, Michael Fox and Federico Fuentes. Latin America was the first region targeted by the neoliberal phase of capitalism, and it suffered some of its worst consequences. But it is in Latin America that neoliberalism has been most contested in recent years by new social movements of landless peasants, indigenous communities and urban unemployed. In a number of countries, this powerful democratic ferment has led to the election of anti-neoliberal, anti-imperialist governments — a process that started with the initial electoral victory of Hugo Chávez Frias in the late 1990s. The untimely death of the outstanding Venezuelan leader on March 5 prompted many to reflect on his government’s important achievements and the still unresolved challenges facing not only Venezuela but the whole of Latin America. What is the nature of these new governments of the so-called “pink tide”? And what are the prospects for building a continental movement toward a libertarian mass-based democratic socialism of the 21st century, the goal that Chávez embraced and advocated in the international arena? 6:30pm. Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). Presented by Green Left Weekly & Socialist Alliance. For more info ph 9639 8622.
Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23
Sydney Conference: Australian Climate Action Summit. Join with climate activists to share our experiences and knowledge to help build an even stronger Climate Action Movement! Register by May 31 to get the earlybird rate. Special rates for students and unemployed to make it affordable to all. For bookings or info visit Climate Action Summit.
Saturday, June 22-Sunday, June 23
The annual New International Bookshop: Big Red Book Fair. As usual it’s going to be a huge event with a raffle, sausage sizzle and heaps of bargains on new and second-hand books. Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton South.
Saturday, June 29
PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled due to the ill-health of Christine Assange. Green Left Weekly Solidarity Dinner: An evening with Christine Assange.
Fundraiser: Big Red Quiz Night. Laughs and prizes galore are guaranteed, so book your table (for 8 people) before they run out. $25/$15. Book online to receive a free $25 gift voucher to spend at the Big Red Book Fair! Federation of Education Unions, 120 Clarendon St, Southbank. To book email NIBS or ph 9662 3744.
Thursday, July 4
Public meeting: War: what is it good for? Iraq veteran speaks out Iraq Veterans Against the War spokesperson Vince Emanuele is returning to Australia to talk about the real and ongoing impact of the US- and Australian-based wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Vince is one of the protagonists in the new film On the Bridge, a powerful anti-war documentary interviewing veterans suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 6:30pm. Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton South. Organised by Stop the War Coalition, Marrickville Peace Group, StandFast and Wikileaks Action Citizens Alliance.
Friday, July 5- Tuesday, July 9
Launcesto Conference: Students of Sustainability. A five-day camping conference for anyone interested in creating a more ecologically & socially sustainable world. University of Tasmania, Launceston Campus. For bookings or info visit SOS.
Friday, July 12
Rally: NAIDOC march. NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 10am. Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, 186 Nicholson St, Fitzroy.
Monday, July 15-Thursday, July 18
Conference: NOWSA (Network of Women Students Australia). NOWSA is an annual conference of women students across the country. The conference is an opportunity for networking and skill-sharing among women grassroots student activists. The conference is open to all students who identify as or experience oppression as a woman. Melbourne University. For bookings or info visit NOWSA.
Saturday, August 17
Rally: Equal Love 9th Anniversary Rally. Equal Love's next rally will mark the 9th anniversary since John Howard changed the marriage act to state that marriage shall be strictly 'an institution between a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others'. The August rally is 4 weeks before the federal election and is expected to send a loud and passionate message to both major parties demanding equality. 1pm. State Library, cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts, City.
Thursday, May 30
Public meeting: The campaign for refugee rights. 5:30pm. Downstairs, Geelong Trades Hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong. Organised by Geelong Trades Hall council. For more info ph 5222 6900.
Sunday, June 2
Geelong Reconciliation Group: Reconciliation Day in Johnstone Park. 'Reconciliation in the Park' is a community based initiative organised by the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative and The Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group. This event is to raise awareness of reconciliation and Aboriginal culture through free family fun activities. Head along and make some damper, join in making and painting boomerangs, face painting, the storyteller game, dancing, jumping castle, basket weaving, emu egg carving, sausage sizzle and more. Learn about the achievements and contributions of the local Indigenous community and reflect on what recognition means. This is a wonderful day to join together to share and appreciate Aboriginal culture and history. 10am to 3pm. Johnstone Park, Geelong.
Monday, June 3
Rally: Student speakout. 12pm. Gordon TAFE, Fenwick St campus, Geelong. Organised by Socialist Alliance. For more info ph 0407 336 332.
Public meeting: Student action collective. All students are welcome to plan action around the continued cuts to public education. 4pm. Activist Centre, Geelong Trades Hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong. For more info ph 0407 336 332.
Beyond Zero Emissions Melbourne branch meetings. BZE's monthly branch meetings are a way for current and prospective BZE volunteers to meet up, get to know each other and discuss upcoming events such as presentations, stalls, film nights and discussion groups. Meets on the third Monday of every month at Level 2, Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Active and prospective volunteers welcome. For more info email Chitra Perez or ph 0401 087 085.
Friends of the Earth's Anti-Nuclear & Clean Energy (ACE) collective meetings. Wednesdays. FoE office, 312 Smith St, Collingwood. For meeting times & more info email Zin.
Indigenous Social Justice Association. The Indigenous Social Justice Association was established in January 2005 to organise a Melbourne rally and march as part of a National Day of Action to mark the first anniversary of the death of Kamilaroi teenager, TJ Hickey in Redfern, and to demand a fresh inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his death. Those organising this held consultations with interested members of the Victorian Aboriginal community. Participants in these consultations enthusiastically supported the proposal for a Melbourne rally to demand justice for TJ but asked that this not be a one-off event but part of an ongoing effort to permanently stop Aboriginal deaths in custody. During 2013, ISJA will meet the first Thursday of every month. For more info visit ISJA.
Melbourne Feminist Action Group. We think it's time to put women's rights back on the public agenda. We've started an open organising group and everyone's invited, from already existing women's rights groups and activist organisations, to women and men who may never have been involved in feminist action in their lives but just want to do something. We want to get together to have that crucial discussion: what can we do, right now, that will give this movement a push? It's open to everyone; anyone who attends can have their say. If you can make it, bring your ideas about what you would like to see happen next. For more info ph 0438 869 790 or email MelbFemAction.
Quit Coal: No New Coal Power for Victoria. A Melbourne-based collective which campaigns against expansion of the coal industry in Victoria. We believe this is important because building new coal infrastructure locks in decades of dirty, old technology, when we should be moving towards clean, renewable energy. Quit Coal meets each Wednesday at 6pm, at FOE, 312 Smith St, Collingwood. For more info visit Quit Coal or email Quit Coal.
Refugee Action Collective (RAC). Established in 2000, RAC is a democratic, grassroots activist collective, representing a broad cross section of the community. It aims to mobilise opposition to Australia's inhuman refugee policies. For more info ph 0413 377 978 or visit RAC.
Victorian Climate Action Calendar. For a comprehensive list of climate action events in our state. The VCAC covers events in Victoria and major events elsewhere and is intended to inform, educate and inspire. To subscribe to the calendar email Monique Decortis. Weekly updates are e-mailed out and online updates are available at VCAC. To add an event to the calendar, please download the Event Template from the website. Feel free to forward the VCAC to other interested people.
Workers Solidarity Network. WSN believes that we, as workers, have the power to improve our working conditions and bring about positive social change. WSN believes that our country is not a real democracy unless we have democratic workplaces where workers have a say. WSN believes that the only way to bring about a fairer share of resources in our society in by forming active unions and community organisations to fight for it. For more info visit WSN.