Monday, 26 March 2012

Dale Hess - Calendar - 20120327 to 20120720

Tuesday 27 March, 6.30 pm: Public Meeting: Behind the Anti-People Smuggling Rhetoric.Refugee Action Collective challenges the dominant anti-people smuggling rhetoric, arguing that the criminalisation of people smuggling, combined with the militarisation of Australia¡¯s borders and the impounding and destruction of boats intercepted, makes the boat journey to Australia needlessly dangerous. Speakers: Arnold Zable (award-winning writer and refugee advocate); Sarah Hanson Young (Greens senator); lawyer for Indonesian fishermen; Peter Farrago (Refugee Action Collective member and former people-smuggler); Nockie Le (Vietnamese refugee). 6:30pm. Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, City (opposite Victoria Market). For more info visit

Wednesday 28 March, 7.30 pm:  Ridding the World of Landmines and Cluster Bombs:Cambodia Needs Our Help. Speaker: Professor Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld AM, leading Australian neurosurgeon; he treated landmine victims in Rwanda and Iraq. Venue: Melbourne City Conference Centre, 333 Swanston Street (near Melbourne Central Station, Tram stop 8, car parking at QV. General admission (including light supper) $25, Seniors/pensioners $20, Students $15. Payment:  1. Direct debit BSB 063-142 Account Number 10176145 Please leave name. 2. Send cheque/postal order to: S.I. Deakin Inc., R. Surridge, 107 Lwr. Heidelberg Rd., Ivanhoe 3079 with n/o. tickets, + stamped addressed envelope for return tickets. All funds go to Cambodia Research Project. Sponsored by Soroptimist International.  Contact 94971017. 

Friday 30 March, 6 pm-8 pm: Occupy Friday. Protest federal parliament's approval of the Muckaty Waste dump legislation. Two weeks ago the senate passed the controversial National Radioactive Waste Management Bill. The bill cements Muckaty, in the NT, as the chosen site for Australia's first national radioactive waste dump, despite strong community opposition and a federal court challenge.Come down to Occupy Friday this week at 6pm to hear from members of the ACE (FoE's Anti-nuclear and Clean Energy) Collective give updates on the fight against the waste dump. Also hear about the big Lizard's Revenge protest happening in July against BHP's proposed largest uranium mine in the world in the SA desert. We may also have a mock radioactive waste spill inMelbourne's CBD. Program: 6 pm - Info Workshop on Muckaty Waste dump and Lizard's Revenge with Ace Collective members; 7 pm - Films and photos projected onto Ziggy the huge blow-up anti-nukes elephant in city square! Featuring: - Muckaty Voices ¨C 10 min short film about fight against Muckaty dump; - Kylie Sambo- 16 yr old from Muckaty rapping against the dump; get down there and support people in Muckaty!

Saturday 14 April-Sunday 15 April. Workshop on Alternatives to Violence.  A Basic Alternatives to Violence Project workshop will be held at the Augustine Centre in Hawthorn.  Cost is $100 (waged) and $50 (unwaged). Places still available and enquiries welcome.

Thursday 19 April, 5.45 pm-7 pm: Sexual Violence in War. Professor Karen Engle directs a Human Rights Centre at the University of Texas law school. Since 1999, the UN Security Council has passed at least seventeen resolutions on protection of civilians, children and women in war. Professor Engle  will discuss the role of the international women¡¯s rights movement, and argue that calls for gendered analysis of war and peace have led to a nearly exclusive focus on the harm of rape and sexual violence. She will also consider the UN¡¯s use of celebrity diplomacy. Melbourne LawSchool, Theatre G08, 185 Pelham StreetCarlton

Saturday 21 April, 12 pm-8 pm:  Renewables Street Party. Meet Edinburgh Gardens, proceed to secret location. A roaming street party with multiple sound systems! Stop traffic and turn heads, get down with some nourishing beats, demand the state government change their policy on renewable energy.

Monday 23 April-Saturday 28 April: Putting an End to War. How to turn permanent war into permanent peace for this and future generations? The peace-making masters who have gone before us - Buddha, Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jnr, the Berrigans and the rest - have given us the tools, and shown us the way to put an end to war. We are called to act with courage, to walk in their footsteps, to walk in faith, to walk in the light, right through this long dark night of war-making.Join us for a week of discussion, theory and practice in the arts of faith-based nonviolent direct action. Further information and to register, contact Helen Bayes, director Silver Wattle Quaker Centre, 02 6238 0588; or helenbayes@me.comThe charges are for 4 nights only: Full board with Shared room: $264; Full board with Single room $308; Full board with camping $220; Self-catered camping $88.

Tuesday 24 April: Anzac Eve commemoration: An Evening with Michael Leunig and Peter Cundall. Favourite gardener Peter Cundall has recently released a CD of war poems which he will read for us to mark the occasion. Peter will be joined by Michael Leunig who will speak about the occasion.  We're just finalising the venue, so block out the early evening in your diary now.

Saturday 28 April, 4 pm-11 pm: Lizard Rising Rundraiser. Music fundraiser to raise money for July action planned at Olympic Dam. Lots of different bands at Irene Warehouse, 5 Pitt StreetBrunswick. Details:

Sunday 1 July-Wednesday 4 July: Jewish-Christian-Muslim Conference: The Prophet Motif - Meeting the Divine Challenge Today. This conference will explore the historical, social and spiritual dimensions of prophets and how we might hear God's voice and meet the divine challenge for our own times in a variety of different ways and with the unique JCMA mix of studying, discussing, praying, eating and sharing as we get to meet each other as people of faith in Australia. Venue: Conference Centre, Pallotti College80 McNamaras Rd, Millgrove (Melways: Map 289 A2).  Single room: $365 per person; Single sharing: $335 per person; Couple: $660 per couple Sunday Taster: $50 per person. Further information: 9650 3294;;

Saturday 14 July-Friday 20 July: The Lizard's Revenge - Olympic Dam expansion music/art/festival/protest. ... Sleeping underneath the ground there is an old lizard, Kalta the sleepy lizard. The lizard ain't so sleepy anymore. BHP is mining right into that Lizards body. The government has just approved an expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium mine, making it the biggest uranium mine in the world. Kalta is angry and wants revenge. Arabana elder Kevin Buzzacott is calling the people of the world to help the lizard shut down the mine. He is calling for people to come and heal the land in the name of peace and justice for the next 10,000 generations to come. The land is being irreversibly poisoned in and around Roxby Downs by the tailings dam causing dust and ground water contamination, and contamination of its workers. Party in a Dangerous Planet with Theatre, Cabaret and Art installations. Over 20 musical acts. Solar Powered sound system extravaganza and wind powered cinema. Location: Olympic Dam, Roxby Downs gates of hell - South Australia. Contact Email: Website: Hosted by the DLF - Desert Liberation Front in response to the governments decision to expand Olympic Dam mine.
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