Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Green Left Weekly Activist Calendar - 2013-05-08

Green Left Weekly Activist CalendarMay 8, 2013

Equal love rally for marriage equality
Saturday, May 11, 1pm. State Library, cnr La Trobe & Swanston Sts, City.

Red Cinema
Which side are you on?
Wednesday, May 15, 6:30pm (meal from 6pm). Resistance Centre, level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). A record of the UK miners' strike during the Thatcher years by acclaimed director Ken Loach. $10/$6. Organised by Green Left Weekly & Socialist Alliance. For more info ph 9639 8622.

3CR Radiothon '13
Make your donation political
Monday, June 3-Sunday, June 16. In this federal election year, Radio 3CR is 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.

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This is the regular Melbourne activist calendar compiled by Green Left Weekly. Emailed to subscribers each Wednesday fortnight, it is a one-stop listing of the main left and progressive events in Melbourne and Geelong.
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Green Left Weekly Comedy Debate 2013

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Gina and Clive should run the country!
Friday, May 10, 6:30pm (for 8pm start). Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg. Forget Julia and Tony . . . Gina and Clive (and Twiggy et al) should run the country! After all, they are digging up so much of it! A sparkling night of progressive comedy. Master of ceremonies: Rod Quantock with the comedic talents of Carlo Sands, Claire Sullivan, Justine Sless, Matt Grantham, Morven Smith & Sean Bedlam.
Bar & dinner available. Tickets: $40 Solidarity, $25 waged, $12 concession. Book now! For bookings or info visit Comedy Debate or ph 9639 8622. A fundraiser for Green Left Weekly.

Other coming events

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.
Wednesday, May 8
Rally: Monash rally against eduction cuts. The Labor government has recently announced that $2.8 billion dollars will be stripped from our universities. At Monash alone, $48 million will be cut. Last week Monash had a protest of 100 people and a Student general meeting of over 300 people that voted overwhelmingly to condemn these cuts. 1pm. Menzies Lawn, Monash University Clayton campus.
Thursday, May 9-Thursday, May 23
Human rights art & film festival. HRAFF is a Melbourne based not-for-profit organisation devoted to the exploration of human rights issues through an annual film and arts festival and an on-going schools and community program. HRAFF selects its arts and film to engage and inform people on human rights issues. The festival's innovative and entertaining program resonates with audiences, encouraging them to talk about their experience. For more info visit HRAFF.
Thursday, May 9
Public meeting: Refugees, ASIO & indefinite detention. Across Australia, there are currently 55 people held in immigration detention who have been found to be refugees but are being detained because of ‘adverse’ ASIO assessments. These people are predominately Tamils who have fled persecution and violence in Sri Lanka. The refugees cannot appeal their ASIO assessments, and some of them have been detained for up to 3 or 4 years. They cannot be sent back to their home countries, and the Australian government argues that they cannot live in the community because of 'security concerns'. Advocates of the refugees contend that this can lead to lifetime detention, and that it amounts to cruel and inhumane treatment. Speakers: Jane Dixon SC (barrister & president of Liberty Victoria); Trevor Grant (spokesperson, Tamil Refugee Council); Michelle Foster (IILAH Melbourne Law School). 1-2pm. Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Room, 106, Level 1, 185 Pelham St, Carlton. For more info visit MU Law school.
Public meeting: Coal seam gas environmental impacts. CSG has emerged as a major potential new energy resource over the past decade, led primarily by Queensland with other states racing to try and catch up to the argued benefits. Over the past few years community opposition to CSG has become widespread throughout Australia, led especially by growing concerns over the perceived and actual impacts on rural communities and farmers in southern Queensland around the Chinchill-Tara-Dalby region.Speaker: Dr Gavin Mudd (Monash University). 5:30pm (for 6pm start). John Connell Auditorium, Engineers Australia, 21 Bedford St, North Melbourne. Free for EA and SSEE members; non-members $30. For more info email Emily or ph 9321 1715.
Friday, May 10
Rally: Free Ranjini, no indefinite detention, free the ASIO refugees! Rally to mark the one-year anniversary of Ranjini's detention. Our government is holding more than 50 refugees in indefinite detention because of an adverse ASIO security assessment. People like Ranjini and her sons are not security threats: they have passed the stringent checks demanded by the 1951 refugee convention proving they are not war criminals, perpetrators of violent, non-political crime, terrorists, or a threat to the Australian community. They have been found to be genuine refugees, in need of our protection. Some ASIO refugees have been detained for 4 years, with no end in sight. There is no legal reason why these people should be detained; Minister Brendan O'Connor could release them today. 12pm. Department of Immigration, Casselden Place, Spring St, City. Come wearing red, orange or yellow. Also 5pm, Footscray Mall. Organised by Refugee Action Collective.
Green Left Weekly Comedy Debate 2013: Gina and Clive should run the country! Forget Julia and Tony . . . Gina and Clive (and Twiggy et al) should run the country! After all, they are digging up so much of it! A sparkling night of progressive comedy. 6:30pm (for 8pm start). Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg. Master of ceremonies: Rod Quantock with the comedic talents of Carlo Sands, Claire Sullivan, Justine Sless, Matt Grantham, Morven Smith and Sean Bedlam. Bar & dinner available. Tickets: $40 Solidarity, $25 waged, $12 concession. Book now! For bookings or info visit Comedy Debate or ph 9639 8622. A fundraiser forGreen Left Weekly.
Photographic exhibition: The power and the passion. Opening night. How community triumphed over corporate greed; a photographic celebration of the campaign to protect the Kimberley and the passion of those who stood on the front line. 6-9pm. 339 High st, Northcote. Presented by the Wilderness Society.
Saturday, May 11-Sunday, May 12
Concert: Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine. Former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra has dropped word that he will be returning to Australian shores to play his first live band performance shows for 30 years, bringing with him his new musical project The Guantanamo School of Medicine. His new album White People and the Damage Done concentrates on gruesome and controversial political topics, corruption, media lies and scandal and US foreign policy, Biafra continuing to speak his mind through wise-guy lyricism. Saturday: 8:30pm. Corner Hotel, 57 Swan St, Richmond; Sunday: 7:30pm. Corner Hotel, 57 Swan St, Richmond. For more info visit Corner Hotel.
Saturday, May 11
Rally: Climate game change national day of action. Rally to inspire, motivate and engage young people all over Australia to take action on climate change, protect the Great Barrier Reef and protest the Queensland coal expansion. 11am. State Library, cnr La Trobe & Swanston Sts, City. Organised by Australian Youth Climate Coalition.
Rally: Equal Love Rally for Marriage Equality. 1pm. State Library, cnr La Trobe & Swanston Sts, City.
Sunday, May 12
Comedy: Political Asylum. A topical, political standup show, featuring some of the best political comedians in Australia. It takes place on the second Sunday of every month. 5:30pm. The Brunswick Green, 313 Sydney Rd, Brunswick. $10/$5. For more info visit Political Asylum.
Monday, May 13
Public meeting: Human rights & the NT Intervention. An opportunity to learn more and to better understand what has changed since the introduction of the NT Intervention in 2007. Michele Harris of Concerned Australians will present issues facing NT Aboriginal people today under federal government policies in the NT. Michele has been engaged in human rights work for many years in Australia and overseas. 7:30pm. St Johns, Coghlan Centre, 494 Maroondah Hwy, Mitcham (enter via Elizabeth St). Entry free. Copies of A Decision To Discriminate will be available on evening. RSVP by May 10 for catering purposes. For more info ph Pia Pagotto 9887 3096 or email Howard Tankey.
Tuesday, May 14
Cross-campus student & staff protest against education cuts. Once again students have been treated as an afterthought by the federal government, with both universities and students being squeezed for all that they've got. The government has announced cuts of $900 million dollars in university funding through the introduction of a 2-year 'efficiency dividend'. At the same time, students will now be required to repay government scholarships; this means up to 37% more debt and more than a decade of student loan repayments once they finish their studies. 2pm. State Library, cnr La Trobe & Swanston sts, City. March to Federation Square. Organised by National Union of Students and NTEU as part of National Day of Action. For more info visitDumb cuts.
Public meeting: MAPW dinner & meeting: Moving toward a ban on nukes. Speaker: Tim Wright (ICAN) will talk about the signficance of the international conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear war held in March in Oslo. $35 ($20 for students). 6:30pm. La Notte, 160 Lygon St, Carlton.
Film screening: Our Generation. Told through the eyes of the Yolngu, Our Generation is an unforgettable journey deep into the heart of remote Aboriginal Australia, where the pride of an ancient culture is entrapped by third world conditions and ongoing violation of human rights. 6:30pm (for 7pm start). Basement Theatre, Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray.
Wednesday, May 15
Rally: Forgotten Australians National Day of Action. The aim of this gathering is to peacefully yet firmly protest for the federal government to hold a Royal Commission into the criminal abuse that was inflicted on a large majority of the 500,000 children raised in orphanages/childrens homes, institutions, and foster care during the 1940s, '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s. What we would like to see included in this Royal Commission is an investigation into all forms of child abuse. We will also peacefully yet firmly protest the lack of resources available to us, given the torture and abuse of many of us while in the care of the state governments across the nation that has permanently left the majority of us physically, mentally, emotionally and/or psychologically challenged on a day-to-day basis. 10:30am. Parliament House.
Red Cinema: Which side are you on? A record of the UK miners' strike during the Thatcher years by acclaimed director Ken Loach. 6:30pm (cheap meal from 6pm). $10/$6. Resistance Centre, level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). Organised byGreen Left Weekly & Socialist Alliance. For more info ph 9639 8622.
Thursday, May 16
Public meeting: All right for us but not for them: The problem of selectivity in Australia's human rights protection.Apathy towards rights protections; An underdeveloped rights culture; Opposition to the equal sharing of rights: All these things undermine Australia’s record on human rights. Whether it's our treatment of asylum seekers or the current debate around free speech, a concerning trend of selectivity hampers the realisation of rights for all. Guest speaker: Hugh de Kretser (executive director of the Human Rights Law Centre). 12:45-1:15pm. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, City. This is a free event. Bookings are not required. For more info visit Wheeler Centre.
Land and sea convoy for peace and justice: Lake Eyre to West Papua. 8pm. The Gasometer Hotel, City. $10. A fundraiser for the Land and Sea Peace Convoy. For more info visit Freedom Flotilla.
Friday, May 17-Thursday, May 30
Photo exhibition: Remembering Tamil Genocide. 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. Both major parties in the Australian parliament remain silent on these crimes. At the same time, Australia attempts to stand high in the pulpit of righteousness when it comes to similar human rights violations in other countries. 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. Official opening: Sunday, May 19, 2-4pm. Collingwood Gallery, 292 Smith St, Collingwood. Donations welcome. Exhibition supported by the Tamil Refugee Council. For more info ph Ron Guy 0428 173 970, Aran Mylvaganam 0404 431 913, Trevor Grant 0400 597 351.
Friday, May 17-Sunday, June 16
Exhibition: Ghost citizens: Witnessing the Intervention. About the removal of citizen rights by the federal government's 'intervention' in the Northern Territory, seen through the practices of Aboriginal and non-Indigenous artists. Opening: Thursday, May 16, 6pm. For more info visit Counihan Gallery.
Friday, May 17
Rally: Melbourne remembers Palestine: Al Nakba 2013. May 15 marks the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe) day. In 1948, more the 780,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from their homeland and more than 500 Palestinian villages depopulated and destroyed by Zionist terrorist death squads that were set up in Palestine under the protection of the British mandate. Today more than 7 million Palestinian refugees, the largest refugee community in the world, are living in exile, while 5 million Palestinians are living in the world's largest open-air prison in Gaza. On the 65th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba join the ongoing campaign for justice for Palestine and say no to Israeli apartheid, colonialism and occupation. 5:30pm. State Library, 328 Swanston St, City.
Concert: A night of rebel music with Irish singer Martin Higgins. Show your support for Irish political prisoners and their families, and have a great time doing it. $10. 7:30pm. The Celtic Club, 316/320 Queen St, City. Organised by the James Connolly Association.
Public meeting: An evening with 'The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif'. Guest speaker: Najaf Mazari (former refugee from Afghanistan and co-author of The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif. Najaf Mazari will speak on his life in Afghanistan as a refugee and about the Masawat Development Fund. After capture by the Taliban, he made his way to Australia, was held in a detention centre before release and the chance to begin a new life in Melbourne. Najaf and his friends established the fund in 2008 to help improve health and education in his former hometown of Mazar in Afghnaistan, one of the the world's poorest and war-scarred countries. 8pm. Eltham College Performance Centre, 1660 Main Rd, Research (enter via Bells Hill Road through boom gate near tennis court). Presented by The Oxfam Diamond Valley Branch and Eltham College. To RSVP ph 9439 8700.
Film screening: Papuan Voices. In May 2013 EngageMedia will travel to Australia to do a series of Papuan Voices screenings. The tour will take us to Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra. A selection of the films will be screened followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. 6pm-8pm. Victoria University, 300 Flinders St, City (Level 11, Room 11.01)
Saturday, May 18
Curry for the Clarke Family. 7pm. Royal Treat Indian Restaurant, 600 Sydney Road, Brunswick. Tickets: $40 solidarity, $30 waged, $25 conc. A set menu catering for all tastes will be served. Dinner will be followed by an after-dinner speech about the issues in the case and a tribute to the tenacity of fighting deaths in custody families. The restaurant is BYO. Booking and pre-payment is essential. To book, contact Sean Pickard. Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association.
Sunday, May 19
Public meeting: Reclaim our bodies: Stop exploiting our bodies for profit. From fast cars to holidays, fashion to junk food, the market turns women into sexualised objects to lure consumers. Explore how advertising and the media use sexism, racism and homophobia to sell products and shape how we see ourselves and others. 2pm. Brunswick Neighbourhood House, 43a De Carle St, Brunswick. Delicious food provided (including vegan & gluten-free). Suggested donation $5. Pay at door or online atReclaim our bodies. Co-sponsored by Fed Up? & Radical Women. For more info ph 9388 0062 or 0409 256 089.
Tuesday, May 21
Public meeting: Steps toward unity on the socialist left: A joint Socialist Alliance/Socialist Alternative forum. Can the left unite? If so, on what basis? Socialist Alliance and Socialist Alternative are currently involved in discussion of these questions to explore the possibility of greater unity. In this public forum representatives from the two groups will outline their approach to the question of left unity, followed by a discussion. 6:30pm. Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton South.
Public meeting: William Dalrymple: 'The Return of the king. The battle for Afghanistan.' In 1839 The British launched an invasion of Afghanistan largely as a result of false intelligence. William Darymple has told the story of the first Anglo Afghan war and the subsequent 'war of retribution' using Afghan sources. As well as being a great read the book draws parallels which shed light on the current situation. 8:30pm. Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins St, City. $20/$12. For further information see Wheeler Centre.
Friday, May 24
Give a Gonski community rally. Join us to show Premier Napthine that the Victorian community wants him to back the Gonski reforms. 12:30pm. Treasury Gardens, Spring St, City.
Saturday, May 25
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. All proceeds to support the Latin American grassroots Movements Gathering, Multinationals Out!, July-August 2013. 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: 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.
Friday, May 31
Public meeting: Health in Gaza today with Dr 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. For those who are not earlybirds there will also be a public meeting with Dr el Farra on the evening of Thursday, May 30 the details of which are still to be finalised.
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. As suggested by the title, the film surrounds the events that ultimately lead to the destruction of each of Burnat's cameras over a five-year period. 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.
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.
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 & mall. Organised by Save Coburg. For more info ph Sally 0422 470 011 or Sue 0413 377 978.
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 life trade as a rug maker and carpet seller. $12/$10. 4-5.30pm. Touring Hall, Melbourne Museum. Bookings essential. Book online.
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.
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.

Geelong & regional Victoria

Wednesday, May 8
Bendigo Rally: TAFE4ALL: Protest the Napthine government's continued attacks on the public TAFE system. Free BBQ from 12pm. Bendigo TAFE, McRae St, Bendigo.
Friday, May 10
Drouin Film screening: Gippsland is precious. An empowering short documentary that looks at the risks for Gippsland if plans for large invasive coal and coal seam gas projects go ahead. 7pm. The Old Butter Factory Theatre, Main South Road, Drouin. Gold coin donation.
Rally: Community Rally Against Education Cuts. Student speak out against the continued cuts to public education. All are welcome to attend and support Geelong Students. 3:45pm. Lt Malop Street Mall, Geelong.
Monday, May 13
Public meeting: Student Action Collective. Meeting to plan the next step in the campaign against the education cuts. All students welcome. 4pm. Activist Bookshop, upstairs, Geelong Trades Hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong.
Wednesday, May 15
Red Cinema: Hard crossings: Celebrate Palestinian resistance & survival. An Al Jazeera special on the daily harassment & humiliation faced by Palestinians who just want to get from one place to another. Join us to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Al Naqba, the great catastophe that dispossessed Palestinian people are still living through. Palestinian flag raising at 5pm, followed by refreshments & film at 6pm. Downstairs, Trades Hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong. Entry by donation. For more info ph 5222 6900.
Sunday, May 19
Riddells Creek Fundraiser: Songs for Peace. MAPW fundraiser concert with The Sweet Nothings, Polly Christie and Andy Rigby. 3-6pm. Seasons Bistro, Station St, Riddells Creek. There will also be a silent auction. For more info email MAPW.

Campaign committees

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.


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