Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Green Left Weekly Activist Calendar 2012-08-01

Green Left Weekly Activist CalendarAugust 1, 2012

Equal Love rally & mid-winter vows
Saturday, August 11, 1pm. State Library, cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts, City.

Thursday, August 16, 12 noon. State Library, cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts, City.Since the Baillieu government cut $300 million from the TAFE sector, hundreds of teachers and support staff have been sacked, campuses are facing closure, courses have been shut down and fees have been massively increased for thousands of students. We need to show this government how much Victorians care about the public TAFE system, which changes the lives of so many students every day.

A night of fun & politics
Green Left Weekly's 2012 Trivia Nite
Saturday, August 18; doors open 6:30pm. MUA Hall, 46-54 Ireland St, West Melbourne (near North Melbourne railway station). Fun & politics: prizes, games, raffles, auctions, table quizzes . . . Plus launch of new online media project Green Left TV.The revolution will be televised! Food & bar available. Organise a table of 6-10 or just bring yourself and/or a few friends and join one of our tables. Tickets: $30 solidarity, $20 waged, $10 concession. Book online at GLW Trivia Nite or call 9639 8622. Visit us on Facebook.

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Other coming events

Wednesday, August 1–Sunday, August 19
Theatre: UnAustralia. '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.
Wednesday, August 1
Public meeting: Jobs crisis in the airline industry. The airline industry in Australia and the rest of Asia is undergoing a phase of major restructuring with job losses at Qantas, Japan Airlines and Philippine Airlines. Thousands of workers at Philippine Airlines have been on the picket line for 10 months. These are global companies. To fight for our jobs and conditions, we must also fight globally. Meeting will discuss the planning of a global international day of action. All welcome. 6pm. Evatt Room, Trades Hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton South. Organised by Australia Asia Worker Links.
Film screening: The Coca-Cola Case. Deals with the crimes of the multinationals in Colombia. See preview at The Coca Cola Case. 6:30pm. LASNET Space, Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton.
Thursday, August 2
Rally: Stop the TAFE cuts! RMIT City campus, Building 1, cnr Bowen Lane & La Trobe St, City.
Film screening: Our Generation. We'll be continuing our discussion of the Northern Territory Intervention with a screening of the film Our Generation. We'll have a group discussion of the film afterwards. Trailer at Our Generation. 12 noon. Elizabeth Eggleston Library, 2nd floor, Monash Indigeous Centre, Building 55, Monash University (Clayton). Organised by Students for Indigenous Sovereignty.
Forum: Immigration & citizenship. Speaker: Sarah Hanson-Young (Greens MP) will address recent developments regarding adverse ASIO security checks on refugees that result in indefinite detention without trial. 1pm. Monash University, Clayton campus, Wellington Road, Clayton. Organised by Monash Refugee Action Collective (MRAC) and the Environment & Social Justice Collective (ESJC).
Emergency meeting: Defend human rights in Colombia. Stop killing and displacement; free all political prisoners. 5:45pm. Dyason House, 124 Jolimont Rd, East Melbourne.
Exhibition: We don't cross borders; borders cross us. A 12-poster series organised by the Sydney Cross Border Collective. All proceeds from poster sales at the Melbourne launch will go to IMARA Advocacy, a youth-led organisation advocating for the rights of young people of colour in Melbourne. Speakers: Robbie Thorpe & Daniel Haile-Michael. See the posters online at Cross Borders. 6pm. Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St, Fitzroy.
Friday, August 3
Opening of Tamil Refugee Office. All welcome. 5pm. Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton South.
Exhibition launch: Bamiyarra Not So Still(s). Young Hazaras in Melbourne and Afghanistan have collaborated with artists Andrew Garton, Werner Hammerstingl and Yandell Walton to explore the art of the photo essay, projected video and sound in a mixed media exhibition. Special guest: Najaf Mazari (author of The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharifand co-author of The Honey Thief). 6:30pm. Signal, Northbank Flinders Walk, City. Free event. For more info email Bamiyarra or ph 0409 948 280.
Fundraiser: Friends of Aileu trivia night in aid of Timor-Leste (East Timor). Booking is now open for this fabulous night of fun and entertainment, with comedian Rod Quantock, to be held at the Coburg Town Hall. All proceeds go to projects in Aileu District in Timor-Leste, particularly towards tertiary scholarships for local students. Book a table of 10 or just come along and join us. Bring your own drinks and BYO basket supper. Live and silent auctions, raffle, great prizes. 7pm (for 7:30pm start). $40/$20. For more info email Richard Brown or ph 0407 091 004.
Fundraiser: Re-power trivia & auction night. Prominent climate scientist David Karolywill host. Proceeds raised from the evening of entertainment will go towards Yarra Climate Action Now's community solar project. A drink and nibbles will be provided on arrival, with organic beer and wine also available for purchase. Items on auction include an Allegro Bike and a Hot Air Balloon ride amongst others. Doors 7:30pm (trivia starts 8pm). Fitzroy Town Hall. $20 per person or $180 for a table (8-10 people). Online bookings here.
Fundraiser: Solidarity dinner. Come along for dinner and some live music from Luis from Colombia and Marisol and Robinson from Chile. 7pm. Bar-bistro restaurant, 14 Smith St, Collingwood. $20 (includes dinner). All proceeds go towards the Latin American Grassroots Solidarity Conference (November 2012) and to assist with the rent of the LASNET office. For more info ph 0425 539 149.
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 issues such as climate justice, radical education & justice for refugees. 10am-6pm. Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford. For full program & more info visitMelbourne anarchist bookfair.
Public meeting: 100% renewable campaign strategy & tactics workshop. Workshop to flesh out in more detail the tactics for the next phase of the 100% renewable campaign. On registering you will receive the strategy proposal and movement and allies feedback summary. Please read the documents before the workshop. 10am-5pm. Holden Street Neighbourhood House, 128 Holden St, North Fitzroy (between 86 tram on St Georges Rd & 96 tram on Nicholson). Hosted by Yarra Climate Action Now (YCAN). Donations to help pay for the workshop gratefully received (suggested $20/$10). To register visit 100% renewable. For more info ph Dean 0448 327 791 or Andrew 0421 379 646.
Film screening: How to survive a plague. An improbable group of mostly HIV-positive young men and women broke the mould as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. Set at the height of the AIDS threat in the '80s, the film is the story of two coalitions, ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group), whose activism and innovation turned the disease from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making, many of who became self-taught experts in virology, biology and chemistry in order to achieve what the medical researchers seemingly couldn't. 6:30pm. Greater Union Cinema 3. To book visit MIFF.
Sunday, August 5
Concert: Hiroshima & Nagasaki Peace Concert 2012. Speakers: Rober Tickner (CEO Australian Red Cross); Peter Karamoskos (Medical Association for Prevention of War).Performers: Junko Morimoto (author of My Hiroshima; Carmen Warrington (Tibetan singing bowl); April Maze (acoustic duo); SKIN (Indigenous choir); Leigh Sloggett (slide guitar); Noriko Tadano (Shamisen). 3-5pm. Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, cnr La Trobe & Swanston Sts, City (enter via La Trobe St). $15/$10. Presented by Japanese for Peace. For more info ph 0413 849 984 or visit JFP.
Film screening: The law in these parts. Can a modern democracy retain its democratic values while imposing a military occupation on another state? This is the question posed by director Ra'anan Alexandrowicz (James' Journey To Jerusalem, MIFF 04) in this, the latest of his meticulously researched documentaries. He zones in on the legal framework behind Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, asking some hard questions of the system's architects (military judges and attorneys) in order to justify the laws in light of their consequences. 6:30pm. Greater Union Cinema 5. To book visit MIFF.
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.
Film screening: We are legion: The story of the Hacktivists. Having redefined civil disobedience for the digital age and attracted the attention of the masses with a series of audacious online protests and attacks, radical 'hacktivist' collective Anonymous sheds at least some of its anonymity in this revealing documentary. Detailing the progress of Anonymous from its inception on notorious website 4chan, the filmmakers provide a social and historical context from which the group has risen to become a global power collective that, despite being labelled criminal by the authorities, is as often as not viewed as a force for good: outing paedophiles, defending WikiLeaks and actively supporting the Arab Spring uprisings. 9pm. Kino Cinemas. To book visit MIFF.
Monday, August 6-Friday, August 10
Exhibition: Voices from inside detention: Diversity Week art installation on refugee stories. The Melbourne University Refugee Action Collective invites you to learn about the stories of people who have been refugees and/or asylum seekers through a week-long interactive art installation as part of Diversity Week 2012. Features works illustrating the situation facing refugees in Australia, their experiences of homeland dislocation and the conditions which push people to seek asylum. The installation will run for the entirety of Diversity Week, from August 6 to 10. 10am-5pm. North Court, The University of Melbourne.
Tuesday, August 7
August vigil against the war in Afghanistan. 4:30-6:30pm. Steps of Flinders St station, City.
Film screening: Extreme Ice. Follow photojournalist James Balog to some of the most remote and beautiful places on Earth as he documents the disappearance of an icy landscape that took thousands of years to form. An artist, scientist, explorer, and former mountain guide, Balog braves treacherous terrain to site his cameras in ideal locations to record the unfolding drama. Remarkable time-lapse footage reveals massive glaciers and ice sheets splitting apart, collapsing, and disappearing at a rate that has scientists alarmed. This NOVA-National Geographic Television special investigates the latest evidence of a radically warming planet. 6pm. Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, City. Entry by donation. All proceeds go towards climate change campaigns. For more info email Sarah Day or ph 9650 1599.
Film screening: The house I live in. Already being hailed a masterpiece, and winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Eugene Jarecki's film is the definitive critique of 40 years of America's War on Drugs, a war that has cost one trillion dollars, turned the country into the world's biggest jailer and, in its targeting of minorities, had profound human rights implications. 9pm. Greater Union Cinema 6, Russell St, City. To book visit MIFF.
Wednesday, August 8
Rally: Save Swinburne Lilydale Campus. Swinburne has announced it will be closing the Lilydale Campus by July 1, 2013 and all students will be moved either to Hawthorn, Wantirna or online. This will leave many students having to travel large distances each day at a huge disadvantage to themselves. It also puts stress on existing capacity constraints at other campuses. Save Our Swinburne Campaign Committee invites the entire Outer Eastern community to come together and rally in support of saving Swinburne at Lilydale. 12 noon. Swinburne University Of Technology, Lilydale Campus, 50 Melba Avenue, Lilydale.
Film screening: Fukuoka in India. Fundraiser for Commons garden. 7pm. Commons Hall, cnr Bank & Montague Sts, South Melbourne. Organised by FoE. For more info ph Paul Miragliotta 9682 5282.
Film screening: Beasts of the southern wild. Set in the lush southern Louisiana bayou, where six-year-old Hushpuppy lives with her father, Wink, in a sinkhole shantytown named The Bathtub, Beasts of the Southern Wild is part magic realist flood fable to rival Noah's and part dreamlike coming-of-age survival film. As Hushpuppy, splendidly played by Quvenzhan√© Wallis, leads us through her shabby, beautiful, post-apocalyptic surroundings (complete with prehistoric pig creatures) she weaves an ultimately upbeat modern-day mythology for our global warming-threatened world. 9pm. Forum Theatre, 154 Flinders St, City. To book visit MIFF.
Film screening: Call me kuchu. In Uganda, a new bill threatens to introduce the death penalty for homosexuality, and jail terms for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. David Kato, the country’s first openly gay man,and his fellow GLBTI (or 'kuchu') activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while also combating vicious daily persecution. But no one is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes their movement to the core and sends shockwaves around the world. 6:30pm. Greater Union Cinema 4. To book visit MIFF.
Thursday, August 9
Public meeting: Alternatives to mandatory detention. The 20th anniversary of mandatory detention is a reminder that the detention of refugees upon arrival has not always been a part of Australia's refugee policy. As part of the week, Melbourne Uni Refugee Action Collective will be hosting an open-air public forum on the topic of alternatives to mandatory detention. 1pm. North Court, Melbourne University.
Public meeting: Nagasaki Day workshop. A workshop on the nuclear risks to Australia posed by US bases. Speakers: Richard Tanter & Dimity Hawkings. 6pm tea and coffee for 6.30pm start. Meeting room 1, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South. For more info email MAPW or ph 9023 1958.
Public meeting: Melbourne Campaigners' Network: The future of media. The Australian media landscape is changing. How does media ownership and editorial control impact on our campaigns? What opportunities and risks are there in the shift to online media platforms and social media dominated campaign strategy? A gathering for campaigners, activists, and organisers to discuss ideas, exchange resources and discover new approaches to social change. 6pm. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, City. For more info email Holly or ph 0421 508 446.
Melbourne IWW branch meeting: Be union, be proud, be Wobbly. Melbourne members of the Industrial Workers of the World meet to discuss the ways and means of defending our rights and advancing our interests as as workers, students, unwaged persons, home workers and as human beings under conditions of direct democracy. 6:30pm. LASNET Office, downstairs at Trades Hall (near New International Bookshop but turn right instead of left and bottom of stairs), cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton South. All welcome. Copies of the latest issue of Direct Action will be available.
Book launch: Memory, revolution & resilience. Celebrate the release of The Unfinished Revolution: Voices from the Global Fight for Women's Rights and Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home. 6:30pm. Bella Union Bar, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South (enter from Lygon St). Free event. For more info email Helen or ph 9329 6088.
Film screening: How to survive a plague. See entry above. 9pm. Forum Cinema. To book visit MIFF.
Friday, August 10
Film screening: Revenge of the electric car. Offers an insight into the current state of the electric car industry, revitalised and gathering momentum due to a dramatic change of heart from the lobbyists and CEOs who once fought stubbornly against the technology. 7pm. The Banking Chamber Theatrette, Ground Floor, KPMG, 147 Collins St, City. Hosted by Beyond Zero Emissions. $10. Tickets from ATA. For more info email Josh.
Film screening: Beasts of the southern wild. See entry above. 6:30pm. Greater Union Cinema 6, Russell St, City. To book visit MIFF.
Film screening: Coniston. More than 80 years after the brutal slaughter of 100 or more Aboriginal people in Central Australia, survivors and their descendants tell their story. Known as 'the Coniston Massacres', the punitive expeditions that set out in August 1928 mowed down innocent people across the traditional lands of the Warlpiri people and their neighbours. The motive was to avenge the killing of dingo trapper Fred Brooks, who took liberties with the wife of a Warlpiri tribesman. Using their acclaimed hybrid docu-drama approach to filmmaking, the directors allow Indigenous people to speak with authority about their own recent history and the deep shadow it has cast over their country. 6:30pm. Kino Cinemas. MIFF.
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 & mid-winter vows. 1pm. State Library, cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts, City.
Infoshop launch: The Melbourne Anarchist Club. Bands, radical slam poetry and spoken word will celebrate the newest (and only) Melbourne-based Anarchist bookshop. We have a wide collection of classical, recent and historical anarchist texts which will be available for purchase, as well as drinks and food available. Bands include: Dead Peasants; A Commoner's Revolt; Bernard Young from Pirate Satellite. 5pm. The Melbourne Anarchist Club, 62 St Georges Rd, Northcote.
Sunday, August 12
Rally: No offshore processing. Welcome refugees. Resettle all refugees from Indonesia & Malaysia. 1pm. State Library, cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts, City.
Film screening: Call me kuchu. See entry above. 6:45pm. Greater Union Cinema 3. For bookings visit MIFF.
Tuesday, August 14
Public meeting: Great is the power of steady misrepresentation. Speaker: Ian Enting (ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems). In 2009 Ian Plimer’s book Heaven + Earth. Global Warming: The Missing Science claimed to demolish the theory of human-induced global warming due to the release of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.  A careful reading of this book reveals extensive examples of fabricating numbers, distorted and misattributed graphics, misrepresentation of the content of cited references and a sprinkling of plagiarism.  But in spite of its blatant flaws it has gained considerable traction. Enting will reveal the results of his extensive analysis of the book.  There will be time for questions and discussion following the talk. 6:30pm. Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre, Melbourne University, Parkville. Entry free. For more info visit Ian Enting.
Film screening: The house I live in. See entry above. 6:30pm. Greater Union Cinema 3, Russell st, City. To book visit MIFF.
Thursday, August 16
Rally: Save TAFE. Since the Baillieu government cut $300 million from the TAFE sector, hundreds of teachers and support staff have been sacked, campuses are facing closure, courses have been shut down and fees have been massively increased for thousands of students. We need to show this government how much Victorians care about the public TAFE system, which changes the lives of so many students every day. 12pm. State Library, cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts, City.
Friday, August 17
Film screening: The law in these parts. See entry above. 11am. Forum Theatre. To book visit MIFF.
Saturday, August 18
Fundraiser: Green Left Weekly 2012 trivia night Fun & politics: prizes, games, raffles, auctions, table quizzes . . . Plus launch of new online media project Green Left TV: The revolution will be televised! Food & bar available. Organise a table of 6-10 or just bring yourself and/or a few friends and join one of our tables. Tickets: $30 solidarity, $20 waged, $10 concession. Book online at GLW Trivia Nite or call 9639 8622. Visit us on Facebook A fundraiser for Green Left Weekly.
Sunday, August 19
Film screening: We are legion: The story of the Hacktivists. See entry above. 6:30pm. Greater Union Cinema 4. To book, visit MIFF.
Wednesday, August 22
Public meeting: Boat tragedies and people smugglers, the true cost of deterrence. As the federal parliament debates the best method to repel refugees, authors Robin de Crespigny (author of The People Smuggler: the true story of Ali Al Jenabi, the 'Oskar Schindler' of Asia) and Tony Kevin (author of Reluctant Rescuers and A Certain Maritime Incident) remind us of the human cost of refugee policies that begin with deterrence. Their stories of why refugees breach borders and avoidable boat tragedies, speak of their belief in the need for safe passage for refugees, not criminalisation and deterrence. 7:45pm. Brunswick Library, Dawson St, Brunswick. Co-hosted by Moreland City Libraries & Refugee Action Collective. To book ph 9389 8600 or visit Cost of deterrence.
Saturday, August 25
Fundraiser: Wobbly Winter Warmer. A fundraiser for Industrial Workers of the World Melbourne branch. Food is free. Drinks available by donation. From 4pm. 62 Ryan St, Footscray.
Tuesday, August 28
Public meeting: Media: Ethics & public manipulation. Speakers: Robert Manne; Kenneth Davidson; Louise Connor. 7pm. Meeting Room 1, Trades Hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton South. $10/$5. Presented by New International Bookshop & The Search Foundation. For more info ph 9662 3744 or email NIBS.
Thursday, August 30
Film screening: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. What pushes people to leave home? What do they leave behind? What do they fear? Why did they choose this path? And what does it take to turn someone into a 'boat person'? Melbourne Barrister, Jessie Taylor and Ali Reza Sadiqi met with 250 asylum seekers in jails, detention centres and hostels and through candid interviews and hidden camera footage, the story of the 'refugee' is told. Panelists: Savitri Taylor (School of Law, La Trobe University); Jessie Taylor (barrister); Paul Power (Refugee Council of Australia). 6:00PM. LIV Lecture Theatre, 470 Bourke Street, City. $25 member/$35 non-member. $10 from each ticket purchased will be donated to the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. RSVP by August 28 at ASRC.
Saturday, September 1
Rally: SlutWalk Melbourne 2012. Prepare to walk, roll, holler or stomp with us through the streets of Melbourne, because it is still never okay to blame the victim. In solidarity with cities internationally, SlutWalk Melbourne stands against victim-blaming and slut-shaming. We are asking you to join us for SlutWalk, to make a unified statement about sexual assault and victims' rights and to demand respect for all. Any gender-identification, any age. Singles, couples, parents, sisters, brothers, children, friends. 2pm. State Library, cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts, City.
Wednesday, September 5
Rally: Teachers' stop-work meeting. Rod Laver Arena.
Saturday, September 15
Concert: Subhumans. Punk band's first-ever-Australasian tour. 'Frontman Dick Lucas is totally engaging. There is a fierce intelligence here in his lyrics, his delivery and his between song banter where his passion for the old school punk political hits home. If you still need any proof of the intelligence and anti establishment smarts in punk rock then the Subhumans are still out there, still meaning something and still making sense in a senseless world.' (John Robb, Louder than war. Doors 8pm. Bendigo Hotel, 125 Johnston St, Collingwood. $45.
Monday, September 17
Concert: Subhumans. See entry above. Doors 7:30pm. Northcote Social Club, 301 High St, Northcote. $45.
Tuesday, September 25
Public meeting: The NT Intervention & 'Stronger Futures': Paternalism by a new name. 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 email NIBS.
Sunday, September 23-Thursday, September 27
Swan Island peace Convergence 2012: Stop the Afghan War. For the second year in a row, peace activists are returning to the Swan Island Military Base in Queenscliff Victoria for a week of nonviolently resisting the Afghan War and Australia's role in it through peaceful direct action. Swan Island Military base is a key training facility for the SAS who continue to fight and kill in Afghanistan in Australia's name. The SAS are a key plank in our contribution to US imperialism through the ANZUS alliance. Many of us feel powerless in the face of an unjust war, but this is our chance to get alongside our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan, and learn how we can help and raise our voices. The four days of action will include: Nonviolence training; Creative direct action to blockade the bridge to Swan Island military base where SAS troops are trained for active combat in Afghanistan;- Engagement with the Queenscliff community; Peace vigils; Workshops on the Afghan War and Australia's role in it, Australia's role in the U.S. alliance and the rising military tensions in the Asia Pacific between the U.S. and China. For more info visit Swan Island.

Geelong & regional Victoria

Wednesday, August 8
Community Forum: Save TAFE, Save the Gordon! TAFE cuts in Victoria mean $300 million funding axed; Thousands of jobs axed; Hundreds of courses axed; Enrolment fees increased. Join us to show how strong the opposition is to these cuts. Bring your colleagues, friends, students, teachers, PACCT staff and family. These cuts will cost the Gordon $14.6 million (approximately 21% of budget). 6pm. Geelong West Town Hall. Convened by the mayor and councillors from the City of Greater Geelong, in conjunction with AEU and NTEU.
Friday, August 17
Red cinema: Rise of the oppressed. Power loom workers in Pakistan fight back. Guest speaker: Tony Iltis. 7pm (dinner from 6:30pm). Downstairs, Geelong Trades Hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong. Entry by donation. For more info ph 5222 6900.

Campaign committees

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 emailZin.
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.


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Join the Resistance
Resistance is a broad socialist youth organisation which campaigns for feminism and workers rights, for real action on climate change, and against war, racism and oppression. Resistance is affiliated to the Socialist Alliance. Meet us at the Resistance Centre, 5th floor, 407 Swanston St, City (Druids House, opposite RMIT).
For more info call 9639 8622. Visit Resistance; join us on FacebookIn Geelongcontact us at the Activist Centre, Trades Hall, 127 Myers St (opening hours: Mon 2-4.30pm, Fri 10am-4.30pm); ph 5222 6900.
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