Thursday, August 15
Concert: MDC (Multi Death Corporation). MDC, aka Millions Of Dead Cops aka Multi Death Corporation aka Millions of Dead Children, are credited as one of the most politically vocal US hardcore punk bands to come out of the early 1980s and will make their way to Australian shores for the first time ever this August. Over 30 years after their formation, MDC are still full of breakneck, old school punk rock energy and loaded on furious guitar riffs, singing their anthems for the anarchic, open-minded and disenfranchised. Doors 7:30pm. Northcote Social Club, 301 High St, Northcote. $44. To book visit NSC.
Friday, August 16
Rally: Climate activists for mine workers. Before all else comes solidarity! Locked-out mine workers and their families are coming to Melbourne for a joint protest with climate activists, for dignified, safe working conditions and a transition to renewable energy jobs. 11am. China Light & Power, 385 Bourke St, City.
Public meeting: Stop racism, not the boats: How can we rebuild a grassroots refugee movement?6:30pm. Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South.
Fundraiser: Solidarity dinner supporting Latin American Solidarity Conference. 7pm. Bar-Bistro, 14 Smith St, Collingwood. $25/$20. Organised by LASNET. RSVP by August 15 to 0425 539 149 (seats are limited).
Saturday, August 17
Rally: Equal Love 9th anniversary rally. Equal Love's rally will mark the 9th anniversary since John Howard changed the marriage act to state that marriage shall be strictly 'an institution between a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others'. The rally is three weeks before the federal election and is expected to send a loud and passionate message to both major parties demanding equality. 1pm. State Library, cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts, City.
Public meeting: Community gathering in Melbourne as the West Papua Flotilla embarks from Cairns. Come along and enjoy West Papuan culture; Support West Papuan political prisoners. Speaker:Rev. Peter Woods (ex-missionary West Papua & longtime worker for West Papuan self-determination). 2pm. St Lukes Uniting Church, 94 Essex Rd, Mt Waverley. $10 (or donation; children free). For more info ph Shereen 0461 596 857 or Faye 0402 853 147 or visit Free West Papua.
Public meeting: Democracy action convergence. What can be done about the sorry state of democracy in Australia? What should a twenty-first century democracy look like and how can we get there? How can we harness the new technologies of participation to give ordinary Australians a fair say in our democracy? Real Democracy Australia is pleased to invite you to a day of workshops, discussion and stategising to change the way our democracy works. 10am-5pm. Melbourne Town Hall, cnr Collins & Swanston sts, City. $20 (or $25 on the door). Register at: Democracy convergence.
Saturday, August 17-Sunday August 18
Public meeting: People's hearing into racism and policing. Have your voice heard! If you have experienced racial or religious profiling by police, or if your family, group, clients or community have been impacted by racially discriminatory policing this is your chance to tell your story. The People's Hearing is a safe and supportive opportunity to ensure all community voices are heard. It will identify the nature and extent of racial profiling by police and look for systemic long-term changes to prevent it. We will hear from impacted communities, witnesses, victims, advocates and community representatives. All welcome; entry free. If you are interested in sharing your story contact Chantelle Higgs 9376 4355. 10am-4pm. Melbourne Town Hall, cnr Swanston & Collins Sts, City. Register at: People's Hearing.
Sunday, August 18
Rally: Farmers against fracking. A peaceful gathering showcasing what's at risk from the planned expansion of Victoria's coal and unconventional gas industries. We will be handing over our 10,000 strong petition to Greg Barber who will table it in parliament the following week. Come and show your support for farmers and communities who will be most affected by the expansion of coal, coal seam gas, tight gas and shale gas. Speakers: Rod Quantock (MC) & Drew Hutton (founder of Lock the Gate Alliance). 1pm. City Square, cnr Collins & Swanston Sts, City. March to State Library. Organised by Quit Coal & Coal and CSG Free Mirboo North. For more info visit Quit Coal.
Public meeting: Support LGBTI rights in Russia. The Putin regime's recent banning of 'gay propaganda' (any non-negative mention of LGBTI people) and the increasing attacks on LGBTI people in the street by neo-Nazis have shocked the world. Prominent Russian socialist and LGBT activist Igor Yasin will be speaking live from Moscow explaining the reasons behind what's happening in Russia and how people in Australia can give concrete support to the organisations on the ground. 7pm. Fitzroy Town Hall. $8/$5. All money raised will go to on-the-ground community campaigns against homophobia in Russia.
Fundraiser: Spoken word for refugees. 7pm. Bella Union, Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton South (enter via Lygon). $8/$10/$15 (solidarity).
Monday, August 19
Wills candidates meeting: Our climate & sustainability. For the 2013 federal election, come and hear what the candidates have to say about policies. The following Wills candidates have agreed to attend: Dean O'Callaghan (Save the Planet), Kelvin Thomson (Australian Labor Party), Margarita Windisch (Socialist Alliance), Tim Read (Greens). 7pm (for 7:30pm start). Coburg Concert Hall, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell St, Coburg. Entry: gold coin donation. Presented by Climate Action Moreland; supported by: Moreland BUG, Brunswick Residents Network, CERES, Sustainable Fawkner, Friends of Upfield Linear Park. For more info ph 0431 445 930.
Monday, August 19–Sunday August 25
Festival: Fair food week. Co-ordinated by Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance to support the Peoples' Food Plan, Australia's first-ever Fair Food Week shines a light on our new story of food. Over the week you will discover events across the country that will attract, intrigue and entertain you: forums; workshops; speakers, films, farmers’ fairs, food swaps, community garden and farm tours. For more info visit Fair food week.
Tuesday, August 20
Rally: National day of action against higher education cuts. (1) No cuts to funding, staff or courses; (2) More funding; (3) Education for all: No caps on placements, raise student welfare, reinstate start-up scholarships, more Indigenous graduates, retention and completion, concession cards for international students. 2pm. State Library, cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts, City.
Wednesday, August 21
Public meeting: Wikileaks & whistleblowers. Bradley Manning told the truth that the richest and most powerful state in the world tried to cover up, tried to hide from its citizens. A world now more militarised than ever before by the far-too-rich and the far-too-powerful, needs more Bradley Mannings, more Edward Snowdens, more Julian Assanges. 12pm. Student meeting room, room 8.03.018 (opposite gym). Organised by RMIT Resistance Club. For more info ph 9639 8622 or 0431 311 520.
Public meeting: How can we stop the race to the bottom on refugee policy? The 2013 election sees Abbott and Rudd competing over who can kick refugees the hardest. Abbott wants to 'stop the boats', risking lives by towing boats back to sea. Labor is budgeting $7.5 billion over the next 4 years to detain asylum seekers and implement the failed Howard era policy of offshore processing. Grill the candidates for the federal seat of Melbourne and join the Refugee Action Collective for a discussion on how we can win a genuinely humane policy towards refugees. Speakers: Adam Bandt (Greens); Margarita Windisch (Socialist Alliance); Anthony Maine (Socialist Party); Cath Bowtell (ALP); Chris Breen (Refugee Action Collective); a refugee speaker. 6:30pm. Multi-Cultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, City. Organised by Refugee Action Collective.
Thursday, August 22
Fundraiser: Rock the Boat benefit gig. Make some noise for asylum seekers. Featuring Joelistics; The Basics; Even. Doors 7:30pm. Northcote Social Club, 301 High St Northcote. $30. To book ph 1300 724 867.
Friday, August 23
Public meeting: First Nations Australian Writers. Meet the people behind the newly established First Nations Australian Writers Network. Kylie Belling will host playwright John Harding and authors Ali Cobby Eckermann and Tony Birch to share their views on the current state of Indigenous literature, and explain the practical opportunities that FNAWN can provide Indigenous and emerging writers. 1pm. Deakin Edge, Federation Square. To book visit Melb Writers' Festival.
Comedy: Aamer Rahman, 'The Truth Hurts'. 6:30pm. State Library. Ticket details soon.
Public meeting: An evening with Ray Jackson. Ray Jackson, president of the Indigenous Social Justice Association, is visiting from Sydney. Ray is a Wiradjuri man, Indigenous rights activist and all round fighter for the oppressed. He will share his experiences at a dinner hosted by the Freedom Socialist Party. 6:30 pm. Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Rd, Brunswick. $30/$20/$10.
Saturday, August 24
Rally: Single parents need to be heard and not forgotten. It seems our government has forgotten single parents once again. We need to get our voices out there as much as possible. 11:30am. State Library, 328 Swanston St, City.
Rally: Stop Rudd's PNG 'solution': let the refugees in. Take more refugees from Indonesia to save lives. Stop deportations to danger. 1pm. State Library, 328 Swanston St, City. Organised by Refugee Action Collective.
Public meeting: Destroying the joint? More than 28,000 self-proclaimed Destroyers have 'liked' Destroy the Joint, a Facebook page that 'shines a light on sexism and misogyny.' While social media may provide a platform for participative activism, social commentator Jane Caro and Aidan Ricketts ponder the question: how many likes does it take to change the world?. 3:30pm. Deakin Edge, Federation Square. To book visitMelb Writers' Festival.
Chilean documentary film festival: 40 years of struggles, resistance & new possibilities of change.11am-7pm. Latrobe University City Campus, 215 Franklin St, City. Organised by LASNET.
Sunday, August 25
Public meeting: Security: Who decides? How much do we know about the policy decisions that shape our personal security? A potent issue in the lead-up to the federal election, chair Julianne Schultz leads expert panel George Megalogenis, Antony Loewenstein, Fiona Stanley and Desmond Manderson, in dissecting why questions of security are making us so anxious. 1pm. Deakin Edge, Federation Square. To book visitMelb Writers' Festival.
Public meeting: Border vigils: how far can governments patrol migration? Jeremy Harding has been tracking asylum seekers and undocumented migrants on their perilous journeys since the 1990s: in Serbia and Albania, Italy, North Africa, northern France, and the US-Mexican border. Attitudes have changed since he began his own border vigils, and globalisation has drawn migration into stark relief. Is it time we recognised that our frontiers, already under pressure from global market forces, will also be challenged by human beings in search of work and safety? 5:30pm. Deakin Edge, Federation Square. To book visit Melb Writers' Festival.
Public meeting: From grassroots to global activism. Former Greens leader Bob Brown may have retired from federal politics, but he still remains a prominent activist in the global green movement. If Australia is facing a backlash on climate change action, what options are open to maintain momentum for a sustainable environmental future? Bob Brown takes to the stage to map a future for grassroots activism; address the conflict between long-term politics and urgent environmental action; and reinforce his lifelong commitment to an ecologically sustainable and just world. 7pm. Deakin Edge, Federation Square. To book visit Melb Writers' Festival.
Monday, August 26
Public meeting: Is Australia in crisis? Do human rights matter? A forum on our treatment of asylum seekers. Speakers: Julian Burnside (Human rights advocate); Dr Leanne Weber (Monash school of Political & Social Inquiry); William Maley (Director ANU College of Asia & the Pacific); Philip Huggins (Vice chair Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce). 6pm (for 6:30pm start). Kaleide Theatre, RMIT, 360 Swanston St, City. Entry by donation. For more info ph 0409 252 673. Organised by Refugee Advocacy Network.
Tuesday, August 27
Public meeting: Tradition versus development. Can communities reap the benefits of development whilst still preserving their cultural identity? This important and fascinating discussion, chaired by Life Matters presenter Natasha Mitchell introduces Indonesian educator and activist Butet Manurung, linguist Simon Musgrave, Tebtebba Foundation founder Abel Guterres, and veteran Asia Development Bank economist Steve Pollard. 6:30pm. Deakin Edge, Federation Square. To book visit Melb Writers' Festival.
Public meeting: ASIO, FOI & refugees. Speakers: Julian Burnside (Human rights advocate); John Cain (premier of Victoria 1982-90); Rose Iser (campaigner for refugees). 7pm. Meeting room 1, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South.
Friday, August 30
Wills candidates meeting. Uniting Church, 212 Sydney Road, Brunswick. Presented by Brunswick Uniting Church. Further details TBA. For mor einfo ph 0409 285 182.
Saturday, August 31
Rally: Livewire for Refugees: 24-hour non-stop community speakout for refugee rights. 12 noon. City Square, cnr Collins & Swanston Sts, City. Hosted by Refugee Action Collective.
Rally: Slutwalk Melbourne 2013. Because it's never okay to blame the victim. In solidarity with international cities, SlutWalk Melbourne stands against victim-blaming and slut-shaming. 12 noon. State Library.
Rally: Say no to the East-West Tunnel. 1pm. Smith Reserve, cnr Alexandra Pde & George St, Fitzroy.
Public meeting: The forgotten war. On Anzac Day we remember Australian soldiers who served in wars overseas. Yet the 'frontier wars' fought between indigenous Australians and European settlers barely register on our historic radar. Eminent historian Henry Reynolds asks whether we can achieve genuine reconciliation without acknowledging almost 150 years of conflict on Australian soil. 1pm. Deakin Edge, Federation Square. To book visit Melb Writers' Festival.
Public meeting: Feminism now. Contemporary cultural messages about work, sex and the female body defy notions of equal opportunity for modern women. Writers Anna Goldsworthy and Monica Dux join women's rights campaigner Samah Hadid to discuss the trajectory of feminism and its status in the 21st century with media expert Lynne Haultain. Proudly supported by the Queen Victoria Women's Centre. 2:30pm. Deakin Edge, Federation Square. To book visit Melb Writers' Festival.
Public meeting: Intergenerational war. Satyajit Das argues that our economic growth and prosperity is based on excessive debt, irreversible environmental damage and overuse of non-renewable resources, including oil and water. It is an official policy of 'extend and pretend' where problems and costs are pushed into the future to feed current consumption and lifestyles. But the transfer of wealth from the future cannot go on forever and robs the generations to come. Can we adjust our behaviours? Will we stop eating our own children? Introduced by Michael Webster. 7pm. Deakin Edge, Federation Square. To book visit Melb Writers' Festival.
Fundraiser: Latin fiesta. With two amazing bands, The Conch & Son3. 7:30pm. MUA Hall, 54 Ireland St, West Melbourne. $15/$10. Organised by LASNET. Bookings essential, ph 0414 970 418 or 0425 539 149.
Wednesday, September 4
Concert: David Rovics 'into a prism' world tour 2013. These days David lives in Portland, Oregon and tours regularly on four continents, playing for audiences large and small at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union halls and protest rallies. He has shared the stage with a veritable who's who of the left in two dozen countries, and has had his music featured on Democracy Now!, BBC, Al-Jazeera and other networks. His essays are published regularly on CounterPunch and elsewhere, and the 200+ songs he makes available for free on the web have been downloaded more than a million times. Most importantly, he's really good. Support act Les Thomas has played at many protests and venues across Melbourne and has been recording his debut album with the likes of Jeff Lang and The Stillsons. 7pm. $15 at the door. Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South. Presented by Renegade Activists. Any profits donated to refugee campaign.
Thursday, September 5
Exhibition: Unseen Habitation. A site-specific exhibition, a walk through maze of installations created by 5 Australian artists of colour from diverse migration experiences: Somalia, Eritrea /Egypt, Vietnam and Bosnia. Each artist will explore how communities reconstruct place and home post-migration making use of various art forms, including; sculpture, installation, mixed media, and photography. Goodtime Studio, 746 Swanston St, Carlton (directly opposite Melbourne University). For more info ph Dominic Golding 0403 851 240.
Thursday, September 5-Friday, September 13
Film screening: Environmental film festival. Groundbreaking films, traversing the relationship between humans and their environments, challenging the way people think about the natural world and inspiring them to discuss, explore and act on important environmental issues. For bookings or info visit EFFM.
Friday, September 6
Public lecture: The politics of ungrievable lives. An analysis of the massacre of 1988 in the global context, a public lecture by Shahla Talebi of Arizona State University, herself a political prisoner under both the Pahlavi regime and the Islamic Republic. 7pm. Kaleide Theatre RMIT, 360 Swanston St, City. Presented by Iran Solidarity Melbourne & the Coalition of Iranian Activists of Sydney. For more info ph Shannon Woodcock on 0416 801 653 or Afshin Nikouseresht on 0402 360 442.
Saturday, September 7
Conference: Chile 40 Years. It has been 40 years since the overthrow of the popular and democratically elected government of President Salvador Allende in Chile. Local and international speakers, a film night with music, Latin American and Chilean activists. 10am-7pm. Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Rd, Richmond. For more info ph Maria Teresa 0429 947 776, Andrea 0431 125 709 or Marisol 0447 138 517.
Thursday, September 26
Concert: UK Subs last ever Australian tour. The UK Subs are one of the most visibly successful punk bands of all time, establishing themselves in the history books with a staggering amount of releases and a relentless touring schedule that continues to this day. 'Punk pioneers UK Subs released their 24th politically-charged album last month, to rave reviews' (see Green Left Weekly). The Bendigo, 125 Johnston St, Collingwood. To book visit OZ tix.
Wednesday, December 4-Saturday, December 13
Venezuela Solidarity Brigade: Participatory democracy, solidarity & socialism. Witness a people's revolution in the making. The Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network's 14th solidarity brigade to Venezuela this December is a very special opportunity to observe, learn about and be inspired by the Bolivarian revolution that is transforming Latin America and challenging the greed, exploitation and destructiveness of global capitalism by showing that a better world is possible. Bookings close Sunday, September 1. For bookings or info visit AVSN.
Friday, August 16
Red Cinema: No fire zone, the killing fields of Sri Lanka. 7pm (dinner from 6:30pm). Downstairs, Trades Hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong. For more info ph 5222 6900. Entry by donation.
Wednesday, August 21
Briagolong Public meeting: Briagolong CSG meeting. Speakers: Felicity Millner (lawyer, Environment Defenders Office); Doctors for the Environment speaker; and Seaspray local speaker. 7:30pm. Briagolong Hall, Briagolong. For more info email CSG Free.
Friday, August 30
Drouin Public meeting: Drouin CSG information meeting. Speakers: Dr Gavin Mudd (Groundwater Specialist); Felicity Millner (Environment Defenders Office); Merryn Reddenbach (Doctors for the Environment). 7pm. The Drouin South Hall, Drouin-Korumburra Road. For more info email CSG Free.
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. Meets every second Tuesday. 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 visitQuit 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.