Until Saturday, July 21
Theatre: National Interest. No parent should have to bury their child. But Mrs Stewart couldn't even attend the burial. When her son Tony, a 21-year-old Melbourne sound recordist with Channel 7, was murdered with four others in Balibo, East Timor, many questions were left unanswered. So will a new inquiry (more than 30 years after the fact) bring answers, or just stir up memories best left forgotten? Based on the shocking true story of the Balibo Five, National Interest is a powerful account of the injustice felt by the families left behind. To book visit MTC.
Wednesday, July 4
Rally against Baillieu's anti-worker construction code. The new state government construction code, to apply from July 1, is all about attacking unions. It forces companies to prove they are following Liberal Party anti-union policies like: Rewriting EBAs to promote labour hire and 'all-in' sham contracting; restricting entry of union officials to sites; removing union logos from work-issue clothing; limiting the freedom of union reps, and much more. Failure to comply on all sites will see builders thrown off the government tender list. The Libs will spend $7 million enforcing the code, including a hefty salary for ex-ABCC commissioner Nigel Hadgkiss. The code does nothing to improve safety, employ more apprentices or support local manufacturing jobs. The state government needs to focus on saving Victorian jobs and getting new construction projects going, not another anti-union drive. 11am. Assemble Trades Hall. For more info visit Rally against Bailleu's anti-worker construction code.
Public meeting: The role of water economics in food security. Water resources are under increasing pressure, due to world's growing population and economy, mainly in terms of increased food consumption. Affluent countries like Saudi Arabia, South Korea, China and India have therefore descended on fertile plains across Africa, acquiring huge areas of land to produce food for consumption back home. As agriculture is by far the largest user of water, the increased food trade has a huge impact on the regional demand for water.Speaker: Professor Petra Hellegers. 5:30pm. Theatre B, Room 129 (ground floor), Old Arts (Blg 149), University of Melbourne, Parkville.
Public meeting: Campaign Against the TAFE Cuts organising meeting. This meeting is for people who are either TAFE teachers or students, and any community supporters, who want to talk about how we can organise to resist the cuts that are about to hit the TAFE system. At the moment, we are organising to show our support for the AEU stop work action, and will have a contingent at their stop-work rally. 6:30pm. Trades Hall, 54 Victoria Street, Carlton South.
Public meeting: Ilbijerri presents Black Writers Lab reading. 6pm. Warehouse, Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall. For more info ph Lisa Parris 9329 9097.
Thursday, July 5
Emerge film festival: Films on Burma & West Papua. 6:30pm for the films on Burma, which will be preceded by a dance performance; 8:45 for the film on West Papua. Entry free. Treasury Theatre, Macarthur St, East Melbourne. For more info and seat reservation go to Emerge film festival.
Friday, July 6
Rally: NAIDOC march 2012. The theme for NAIDOC Week 2012 is 'Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on. They dared to challenge.' This year's theme celebrates the champions who lived to renew the spirit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in 1972. 10am. Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, 186 Nicholson St, Fitzroy.
Concert: Outblack & Songlines NAIDOC celebration. 8pm. Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke St, City. $15/$10.
Saturday, July 7
Support the Reform SDA: Actions against the Woolworths EBA. The new Woolworths EBA is BAAAAD for workers and members of the Reform SDA want to vote it DOWN! They can't come out just yet, but want our support to have 3 simultaneous FLASHMOB actions outside 3 supermarkets on Saturday at 1pm. The three Woolworths Supermarkets they have chosen are: Prahran (cnr Wattle & Cato Sts); St. Kilda (Acland Arcade, 117 Acland St); Balaclava (220 Carlisle St). Some of us will hand out leaflets about the EBA and how it sells workers conditions for an actual pay CUT. That's right, a pay cut. For more info visitActions against the Woolworths EBA.
Sunday, July 8
Comedy: Political Asylum: Carbon winter edition. Winter is coming. On 1 July the carbon tax will envelope the lucky country. Need guidance on how to cope with the impending doom wrought by the 0.8% rise in prices? Then head down to the Political Asylum bunker. Special guest host Matt Elsbury will guide you through a night featuring wise and hilarious prophets of doom including: Damian Callinan; Mathew Kenneally; Toby Halligan; Nicholas J Johnson; Mark Thomson; This is Siberian Husky & Rod Quantock. $10/$5; Fairfax journalists free (carbon tax inclusive). Turn up early if you want a seat! 5:30pm. The Brunswick Green, 313 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.
Monday, July 9
Public meeting: Meet the candidates forum for by-election in the state electorate of Melbourne. This forum offers the opportunity to ask questions and raise issues on and around the East-West toll road, tunnels and flyovers as well as gauge each candidate's commitment to the Doncaster rail. 7:30pm. Church of all nations, 180 Palmerston St (cnr Drummond St), Carlton. Organised by Carlton Residents Association; supported by YCAT.
Tuesday, July 10
Public meeting: Medical Association for the Prevention of War dinner & discussion.Join us for the MAPW July dinner. Our guest speaker will be Professor Louise Newman, psychiatrist and director of the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry & Psychology, Monash University, who's a strong advocate for refugees and asylum seekers. Her research looks at the link between time in restrictive detention and rates of mental illness. 6:30pm. La Notte restaurant, 140 Lygon St, Carlton. $30 (student members $15). RSVP to MAPW.
Wednesday, July 11
Public meeting: ASIO assessments: Leaving refugees in limbo. Speakers: Julian Burnside (barrister, author, human rights & refugee advocate); Niromi de Soyza (author ofTamil Tigress); Harvey Stern (president, Labor for Refugees); Declan Murphy (Refugee Action Collective). 6:30pm. The Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth st, City. Organised by Refugee Action Collective.
Film screening: Clean Bin. Is it possible to live completely waste free? In this multi-award winning festival favourite, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage. Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem of waste. Film trailer atClean Bin. 7pm. CERES Environment Park, cnr Roberts & Stewart Sts, Brunswick East. Run time 76 min. Discussion & tea available after the film. $10. Tickets are limited to 50, so first in, first served. There should be enough seats to go around but please bring a cushion in case it packs out. To book, visit Bookings.
Friday, July 13
Film screening: Five Broken Cameras. Benefit to raise funds for a new camera for the people of Ni'ilin village, West Bank (occupied Palestine). Targetting of journalists and independent media is a common practice of the Israeli military because the images of the brutality and injustice of life under military occupation are damning. It is appropriate that to raise this money we are screening a film taken in the sister town of Bil'in, during which five of the cameras used for filming were destroyed deliberately by Israeli forces. Despite this, the resulting film is a triumph which has received international acclaim. The film traces the birth and childhood of a Palestinian boy within the daily struggle of Ni'lin against Israel's illegal apartheid wall. $10 ($15 solidarity). 6:30pm. Trades Hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton. Organised by Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid.
Saturday, July 14-Wednesday, July 18
Roxby Downs, South Australia Rally: The Lizards Revenge. Music & art festival.Response to the governments decision to expand Olympic Dam mine. Sleeping underneath the ground there is an old sleepy lizard, Kalta. 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. For more info email Izzy.
Sunday, July 15
Fundraiser: Second Breakfast 3CR Fundraiser. Featuring: The Anoushka, The Sweet Teens, Emma Gardener. 3pm. The Bendigo Hotel, 125 Johnston st, Collingwood. $10. All proceeds go to 3CR's breakfast shows to keep great independent current affairs alive.
Theatre: Forging the hammer of change: Activist artists tell their stories. 3pm. La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton.
Tuesday, July 17
Public meeting: Vandana Shiva's 'Making Peace with the Earth'. For three decades radical scientist and ecofeminist, Vandana Shiva, winner of the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize, has been promoting an ecological path of harmony, sustainability and diversity as a means to survival and liberation. For one night in Melbourne, join Vandana Shiva to celebrate the release of her new book, Making Peace with the Earth. 6:30pm (for 7pm start). The Barn, Montsalvat, Hillcrest Ave, Eltham. $10 (includes chai and samosas). Bookings essential. To book ph 9439 8700 or email Eltham Bookshop. Presented by Eltham bookshop, Montsalvat & Spinifex Press.
Exhibition opening: GALLERY 1: #Occupy Mandatory Detention. Azlan McLennanPro-refugee artist and activist Azlan McLennan presents #Occupy Mandatory Detention. This exhibition is a protest against the government’s inhumane policies towards asylum seekers, in particular the 20 years since the implementation of mandatory detention. #OMD draws on the inspiration of the global Occupy movement against the dictates of the 1% and the inspiring courage and resistance shown by refugees incarcerated in Australia's concentration camps. Curated by the RMIT Refugee Action Collective. Opening Night: 5:30pm. First Site Gallery, Storey Hall Basement, 344 Swanston St, City.
Wednesday, July 18
Rally: Public housing protest. 12:30pm. Parliament House, cnr Spring & Bourke Sts, City. Organised by the Greens.
Friday, July 20-Sunday, July 22
Adelaide Conference: Resistance National Conference 2012. A time of revolution!International guest speakers: Shamikh Badra (student and youth activist with the Palestinian People's Party); Jayse Gardiner (Mana Party, NZ); Guillaume (Quebecois student, member of CLASSE, the main organisation representing Quebec's striking students). University of Adelaide, Union House. For more info ph 0437 714 786 or visitResistance.
Saturday, July 21
Public meeting: BZE presents: The path to zero emissions. Peter Castaldo from Beyond Zero Emissions will explain the plans to develop a blueprint for an Australia that emits zero carbon, all within 10 years. 1:30pm. Rosanna Library, 72 Turner St, Rosanna. For more info ph Yarra Plenty Regional Library 9459 6171.
Public meeting: Black July 83: Remembering silenced voices. Tamils of Victoria have organised an event to remember the thousands of Tamil civilians killed in a Sri Lankan government-sponsored pogrom in July 1983. In just six days Sinhala mobs supported by police and troops attacked Tamils in the island's south, killing over 4000 and driving the survivors into camps before they were deported to the northeast of the island, thereby ethnically cleansing the capital Colombo and other parts of the south. Every year, for 29 years, the Tamil people and our friends across the world have come together in July to remember this crucial turning point in our history. 6:30pm. St. Jude's Church Hall, 50 George St, Scoresby.
Monday, July 23
Trial verdict in Max Brenner case to be handed down. 9am. Magistrates Court, William St, City.
Tuesday, July 24
Forum: Student revolt in Quebec. Guest speakers: Guillaume (Quebecois student, member of CLASSE, the main organisation representing Quebec's striking students) & Colin Long (NTEU Victorian secretary). 6:30pm. Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton South. Organised by Green Left Weekly & Resistance. For more info ph 9639 8622.
Friday, July 27
Public meeting: Environmental justice symposium. 'Environmental justice' was coined in the 1980s US by activists and academics to describe the unequal racial distribution of environmentally harmful activities. This symposium will explore the idea that 'environmental justice' has a particular relevance in Australia across a range of issues. Speakers: Brad Jessup (Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law University of Melbourne); Cheryl Batagol (Victorian EPA); Cam Walker ( Friends of the Earth); Darren Parker (University of Melbourne School of Law); Damien Sullivan (Brotherhood of St Laurence); Colleen Hartland (MLC, Greens). 9am-5pm. University of Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham St, Carlton. Places limited. To RSVP email Elizabeth McKinnon or ph 9341 8107.
Exhibition Artist Talk: GALLERY 1: #Occupy Mandatory Detention. Azlan McLennan.Pro-refugee artist and activist Azlan McLennan presents #Occupy Mandatory Detention. This exhibition is a protest against the government's inhumane policies towards asylum seekers, in particular the 20 years since the implementation of mandatory detention. #OMD draws on the inspiration of the global Occupy movement against the dictates of the 1% and the inspiring courage and resistance shown by refugees incarcerated in Australia’s concentration camps. Curated by the RMIT Refugee Action Collective. 1pm. First Site Gallery, Storey Hall Basement, 344 Swanston St, City.
Rally: Reclaim QV Square! Reclaim Melbourne's public squares from corporate control. On July 1, 2011, 19 Palestine solidarity activists were arrested at a BDS protest against Max Brenner in QV Square. In an attack on civil liberties and an attempt to criminalise Palestine solidarity activism in Melbourne, the protesters were charged with 'trespass in a public place'. The precedent-setting case went to trial in May this year, and the verdict is going to be handed down on Monday, July 23. Regardless of the outcome in court, Students for Palestine defends the right to protest in public places such as QV Square, and will continue to rally in support of Palestine in Melbourne. Students for Palestine invites all supporters to help us reclaim QV Square. We want to send a message to Baillieu, the Victoria Police, and the Zionist organisations which collaborate with them that we will not be intimidated from our right to freedom of assembly, or from raising our voices for Palestine in Melbourne. 5:30pm. QV Melbourne, cnr Swanston & Lonsdale Sts, City.
Friday, July 27-Sunday, July 29
Conference: Ideas to change the world. A weekend of ideas to challenge capitalism. Over the last year we have seen and been involved in vastly different struggles taking on the system. The world rose as one to Occupy and the Arab spring rocked the very foundations of the system. This is not enough; we need sustained action against the government and bosses threatening our lives. Trades Hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton South. There will be free child care and food available throughout the conference. Presented by Renegade Activists Action Force (RAAF). For program & more info email RAAF or ph 0422 743 573.
Saturday, July 28
Public meeting: The new face of imperialism & war. As part of the Renegade Activists conference, this session will explore how wars are being fought on new battle lines with new weapons and rules. Unmanned drones are becoming commonplace. Unaccountable mercenaries such as the Zetas are fighting governments' wars. This session will arm activists with current information about how wars have changed. We will discuss how we can respond accordingly. Featuring: Colm McNaughton (journalist & Walkley Award recipient); Jessica Morrison (organiser, Swan Island Peace Convergence); Jacob Grech (OzPeace and Renegade Activists, long time anti-war campaigner). 4pm. Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South.
Tuesday, July 31
Forum: Democracy struggles in Malaysia. Guest speaker: Chon Kai Choo, Socialist Party of Malaysia. 6:30pm (meal from 6pm). Resistance Centre, level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). Organised by Socialist Alliance & Resistance. For more info ph 9639 8622.
Public meeting: Education: Equality or gold-plated privilege? 7pm. Meeting Room 1, Trades Hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton South. $10/$5. Presented by The New International Bookshop & The Search Foundation. For more info, ph 9662 3744 or emailNIBS.
Film Sceening: Farmageddon. Real food campaigner Ed Adamthwaite will present a movie detailing the alarming manner in which our right to access fresh, healthy foods of our choice is under attack. At the same time, policies are favouring agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities. Film followed by discussion. 7pm. Community House, via Charles St, Selby. Gold coin donation to cover light supper. For more info ph 9754 2039.
Wednesday, August 1–Sunday, August 19
Theatre: UnAustrali. 'Look . . . I'm not a racist, but . . .' Crulla Beach represents the Australian dream. A paradise of white sand and blue sky stretching as far as the eye can see. But when a lifeguard is beaten by a young man of 'middle-eastern appearance' some start to question who really is a 'local'? And more importantly, who are the 'real' Australians? 'A powerful production with many questions, honest portrayals and an unwavering commitment to portray a reality that many locals experience living in this country' (Australian Stage). Wed & Sun: 6:30pm; Thu, Fri & Sat: 7:30pm. Running time: 80 minutes.
Thursday, August 2
Forum: Free Palestine. Guest speaker: Smaikh Badra, student and youth activist with the Palestinian People's Party. 6:30pm. Venue TBA. Organised by Socialist Alliance & Resistance. For more info ph 9639 8622.
Saturday, August 4
Melbourne anarchist bookfair. Stalls of book sellers and activist groups will be accompanied by workshops and skillshares on the ideas of anarchism and how they relate to climate justice, radical education, justice for refugees, and much more. 10am-6pm. Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford. For full program & more info visitMelbourne anarchist bookfair.
Monday, August 6
Vigil to mark the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. 7-9am. Steps of St Paul's Cathedral, cnr Swanston & Flinders Sts, City.
Tuesday, August 7
August vigil against the war in Afghanistan. 4:30-6:30pm. Steps of Flinders St Station, City.
Saturday, August 11
Rally: Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody 2012 winter action. 31st anniversary of the death of Eddie Murray in Wee Waa (June 12); 5th anniversary of an all white jury acquitting Chris Hurley (June 20); 27th anniversary of the suspicious prison death of Douglas Scott (July 5); 2nd anniversary of the gagging of Lex Wotton when released on bail (July 19); 25th anniversary of Bob Hawke's announcement of the establishment of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (August 10). 11am. Old GPO, cnr Bourke & Elizabeth Sts, City.
Rally: Equal Love rally and mid-winter vows. 1pm. State Library, cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts, City.
Saturday, August 18
Fundraiser: Green Left Weekly 2012 Trivia night. Fun, prizes, games, raffles, auctions, table quizzes . . . Dinner & bar available. (Meal available from 6:30pm, trivia starts at 7:30pm.) Organise a table of 6-10 or just bring yourself and/or a few friends and join one of our tables. Doors open 6:30pm. MUA Hall, 46 Ireland St, West Melbourne (near North Melbourne railway station). Tickets: $30 solidarity, $20 waged, $10 concession. For bookings and more info ph 9639 8622. A fundraiser for Green Left Weekly.
Wednesday, July 4-Sunday July 8
Bendigo Conference: Students of Sustainability 2012. A five-day camping conference full of inspiring workshops, forums, tours, discussions with students, activists, Indigenous groups, academics, environmentalists, and communities from around Australia. It's an awesome opportunity to meet like-minded people, to share knowledge and skills related to current environmental and social justice issues and have lots of fun. Bendigo Campus, La Trobe Uni, Bendigo. Subsidised tickets are available for those who need them. For more info visit SOS.
Saturday, July 7
Bendigo Lizard's Revenge pundraiser: Party, party, party. A lizard's fundraiser.Featuring: Kaso and Mads; Pataphysics; The Sitar Adventure; Ungus, ungu, ungus; Dead Peasants. 7pm. Bendigo University Student Union.
Sunday, July 8
Ballarat Public meeting: Save TAFE Ballarat community forum. Campaign forum for all people interested in opposing the cuts to TAFE provision and education and training in our region. Everyone is invited to listen, speak or become actively involved. 2pm. Trades Hall, 24 Camp St, Ballarat.
Friday, July 20
Geelong Red Cinema: Even the rain. A film about Bolivia's fight against water privatisation. 7pm (meal from 6:30pm). Downstairs, Trades hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong. Organised by Socialist Alliance in support of Green Left Weekly. For more info ph 9639 8622 or 0438 304 326.
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 call Shaun 0402 337 077.
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 visitRAC.
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.
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. 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. WSN meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6.30pm at 52 Victoria Street, Carlton (the CEPU building next to Trades Hall). For more info visit WSN.
Geelong Refugee Advocacy Group. Refugee Advocacy Group meets every second Friday, 4:30pm, upstairs, Socialist Alliance office in Geelong Trades Hall. All welcome. Planning for a speakout against mandatory detention at 5pm on June 15. Also planning a contingent to leave Geelong on the train to attend World Refugee Day in Melbourne on June 17.