Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Green Left Weekly Activist Calendar - 2013-09-25

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Green Left Weekly Activist Calendar
September 25, 2013
Socialist Alliance Grand Final party
Saturday, September 28, from 12 noon (kick off is at 2:30pm). Being an AFL fan is not a prerequisite to come along and enjoy some great company, home fired pizzas, competitions, prizes (oh . . . and the game, of course!).  1 Gilbert St, Coburg. A short walk from Coburg station, just off Reynard/Berry Streets. RSVP for catering purposes to 0400 320 602 or email Susan Price.
Rally: 30 years but still no justice! Stop Aboriginal deaths in custody!
Saturday, September 28, 12 noon.  Remember John Pat and the hundreds who have died in custody since! State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, City. Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association.
Red Cinema: AZADI: Oppression, detention, asylum, hope, faith, freedom
Thursday, October 10, 7pm (meal from 6pm). Every year, thousands of people set sail for Australian shores seeking asylum, seeking protection, seeking freedom. Azadi follows the plight of an Afghani schoolteacher and his asthmatic son, who escape their oppressive homeland only to encounter another kind of persecution upon arrival in Australia. This short film will be introduced by a refugee activist. Afterwards there will be time for a discussion of the refugee policies of the Abbott government afterwards.$10/$6. Resistance Centre, level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT).  For more info ph 9639 8622.
Rally: March against Monsanto
Saturday, October 12, 2pm. Part of an international day of action. We are marching for: labelling on GM food; long-term health testing of GM food; a halt to GM food approvals; the right to save seeds; sustainable agriculture; transparency and accountability. State Library, 328 Swanston St, City.
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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Wednesday, September 25
Film screening: The Chikukwa Project. World premiere. Documentary tells the story of an amazing permaculture project which has been working in Zimbabwe for 22 years. Where once the 7000 people of the Chikukwa villages suffered hunger and malnutrition, this community has turned its fortunes around using permaculture farming techniques. Now they have an abundance of food and their degraded landscape has been turned into a lush paradise. Doors open 7pm (for 7:30pm start). CERES Environment Park, cnr Roberts & Stewart Sts, Brunswick East. $20/$15.
Thursday, September 26- Saturday, October 5
Comedy: Hunter Smith: Apprentice heterosexual. As a happy gay man, Hunter Smith has become increasingly frustrated by the offensive advice offered up by anti-gay groups to people hoping to 'convert' gay to straight.  What better way to highlight their outrageous advice than to put their tips into practice. Full-time. Join Hunter as he teams up with the Church of Intolerance and becomes the apprentice heterosexual.  9:30pm (Sun 8:30pm). To book visit Melbourne Fringe.
Thursday, September 26
Public meeting: Frank Moorhouse on the dark conundrum, a citizen’s guide to ASIO. Award-winning novelist Frank Moorhouse examines the shrouded world of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. 12:45-1:15pm. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, City. This is a free event. Bookings are not required.
Saturday, September 28
Rally: Thirty years but still no justice! National day of action to stop Aboriginal deaths in custody.Remember John Pat and the hundreds who have died in custody since! 12pm. State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, City. Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association.
Socialist Alliance Grand Final party. Being an AFL fan is not a prerequisite to come along and enjoy some great company, home fired pizzas, competitions, prizes (oh . . . and the game, of course!). From 12pm (kick off is at 2.30pm) 1 Gilbert St, Coburg. A short walk from Coburg station, just off Reynard/Berry Streets. RSVP for catering purposes to 0400 320 602 or email Susan Price.
Sunday, September 29
Fundraiser: Left after breakfast legendary listeners lunch. Every listener counts at 3CR, every listener is a legend, and we’ll be having lunch with some well-known legendary listeners. Come and join us, then you get to have lunch with them too! 12:30pm. Ecocentre, Blessington St, St Kilda. A fundraiser for 3CR. $15 conc, $20 waged & $25 for families. (Special concessions available, just ask.) For more info visit Left After Breakfast.
Fundraiser: James Connolly Association. Fundraiser for Northern Ireland prisoners and their families. Come along for the craic, Derry Lad, Marty Kelly will be playing some fine rebel tunes. 12pm. The Celtic Club, cnr Queen & La Trobe Sts, City.
Public meeting: No Maccas in Tecoma Chicago report back. We have told our story to the world. Its time to regroup and re energise our campaign! hear from our Chicago delegates; legal and union updates; new actions, ideas and events. 3pm. Upwey Community Hall, 1443 Burwood Hwy, Upwey
Fundraiser: Friends of the Earth Sunday Sessions. Friends of the Earth Cafe is hosting a rollicking Sunday arvo of beautiful melodies with some of Melbourne's top musicians, songwriters and producers. Friends of the Earth is the world's largest grass roots network, and with an Abbott government, the Melbourne branch needs your support more than ever, to keep fighting to protect the environment. 4pm. FoE, 312 Smith St, Collingwood. 
Monday, September 30
Book Launch: Singing Johnny Cash in the Cardiac Ward. A personal story of heart disease and music by John 'Togs' Tognolini. 'The trouble with heart disease is that the first symptom is often hard to deal with — sudden death.' (Dr Michael Phelps) This is a serious attempt to raise awareness about heart disease that kills one Australian every 23 minutes. This book is also a story about music and my relationship with it through 25 years of broadcasting radio. 6:30pm. The Post Office Hotel, 229-231 Sydney Rd, Coburg.
Monday, September 30-Tuesday, October 1
The Victorian Trade Union Choir: I'll be there: Songs and stories of solidarity. Created and produced by choir members with award-winning playwright Rebecca Lister and musical director Michael Roper, over an hour of songs and stories gathered from the rich history of the trade union and labour movements and the Victorian Trade Union Choir. 7:30pm. La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond St, Carlton. $25/$15. Bookings: La Mama or at the door or ph La Mama 9347 6142.
Tuesday, October 1
Comedy: Political Asylum. The satirical wordsmiths from the Political Asylum comedy room return to the Fringe Club for a fifth straight year! Featuring: Mathew Kenneally (Fringe Best Comedy Winner alumni); Stella Young (as seen on ABC's Q&A); Nelly Thomas; Geraldine Hickey; Jon Brooks; Ben Pobjie; Grand Master Rod Quantock (rubber chicken aficionado) and Gypsy Wood (The Gypsy Wood Show). 9.30pm. North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St  North Melbourne. Entry free.
Thursday, October 3
Public meeting: The true story of a people smuggler. The true story of why one man fled Saddam Hussein's regime to become both a refugee and a people smuggler. Speaker: Robin De Crespigny (author of The People Smuggler). 6:30pm. Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St, Fitzroy. Entry by gold coin donation. Organised by Refugee Action Collective.
Public meeting: We won't be silenced! Pro-Palestine activists speakout Speakers: Professor Emeritus Stuart Rees (Director, Sydney Peace Foundation at the University of Sydney); Naomi Farmer (Max Brenner 19); Nada Breik (Palestinian activist, Students for Palestine). 6:30pm. Kaleide Theatre, RMIT, Building 8, 360 Swanston St, City. Entry by donation. Organised by Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid and Students for Palestine.
Saturday, October 5
Fundraiser: The Dave O'Neil Spectacular Tecoma 8 Fundraiser. A night of side-splitting laughs as Dave tests your Maccas knowledge with a hilarious quiz (with awesome prizes) followed by his fabulous stand up. Live music by local Blin Vanheems. Food and drinks available for purchase. All proceeds go to the legal fund for the Tecoma 8. $20/$15. Tickets available from Fatspace in Tecoma, Beggars Boutique in Upwey, online via Defend the Tecoma 8 or by calling 0488 619 444. 7pm. Burrinja, 351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey.
Sunday, October 6
Fundraiser: Earthworker benefit gig. Come down to the Gasometer to see some sweet bands & raise some moolah for the Earthworker Co-operative — working our way out of the climate crisis by creating jobs in co-operative renewable energy! Featuring: Anna Smyrk & the Appetites; Mick Thomas; Glitter Rats; Heaps Tuff; Apollo Apples. 7pm. The Gasometer Hotel, 484 Smith St, Collingwood.
Thursday, October 10
Red Cinema: AZADI: Oppression Detention Asylum Hope Faith Freedom. Every year, thousands of people set sail for Australian shores seeking asylum, seeking protection, seeking freedom. Azadi follows the plight of an Afghani schoolteacher and his asthmatic son, who escape their oppressive homeland only to encounter another kind of persecution upon arrival in Australia. 7pm (cheap meal from 6pm). Resistance Centre, level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). $10/$6. This short film will be introduced by a refugee activist. There will be time for a Q&A on the policies of the Abbott government afterwards. For more info ph 9639 8622.
3CR Film Fundraiser: Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer. Five women wearing brightly coloured balaclavas rushed the altar of a Moscow Russian Orthodox Cathedral with microphones, speakers and a guitar and launched into a 'punk prayer' in protest against Vladimir Putin's 'excessive nationalism'. Come to the 3CR film fundraiser and get the real story of what happened next. 6:30pm. Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton. $22/$18. To book visit 3CR.
Saturday, October 12
Rally: March against Monsanto. Part of an international day of action. We are marching for: labelling on GM food; long-term health testing of GM food; a halt to GM food approvals; the right to save seeds; sustainable agriculture; transparency and accountability. 2pm. State Library, 328 Swanston St, City.
Rally: Protect abortion rights! Don't wait for Abbott to take away our right to choose! On October 12, anti-choice bigots are holding their ‘March for the Babies’, which begins at Treasury Gardens and ends at Parliament House so we are holding a counter-rally on the steps of Parliament House. 12:30pm. State Parliament, Spring St, City.
Saturday, October 12- Sunday, October 13
Conference: Psychology for a Safe Climate. How can psychology and the social sciences help us face the reality of climate change? This conference will bring together researchers, practitioners and writers in psychology and the social sciences to examine these issues. The conference will include presentations and networking opportunities, including a dinner on Saturday evening. Community Room, Edinburgh Gardens, North Fitzroy.  Saturday October 12: 9:30am-5:30pm, and Sunday October 13: 10am-3pm. Dinner on Saturday evening at nearby restaurant. Haskins, The North Fitzroy Arms. To book visit Conference (please book by October 6).
Thursday, October 17
Public meeting: Henry Reynolds on the 'Forgotten War'. Australia is dotted with memorials to soldiers who fought in wars overseas. Why are there no official memorials or commemorations of the wars that were fought on Australian soil between Aborigines and white colonists? Why is it more controversial to talk about the frontier wars now than it was 100 years ago? 12:45–1:15pm. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, City. This is a free event. Bookings are not required.
Friday, October 18
Rally: Every worker counts. Join us in the Fluro Fightback. Stand up for workers trapped in insecure work during Anti-Poverty Week. 8am. Southern Cross Station. For more info visit Jobs you can count on.
Saturday, October 19
AAWL open day: A day in solidarity. Meeting and workshop to discuss strategies and future directions in AAWL. Come along and find out more about our campaigns, our organising strategies, and help us build and plan for the next year. 11am-4pm. Fitzroy Library, 128 Moor St, Fitzroy.
Rally: Reclaim the Night Melbourne 2013. We will march together calling for justice and full funding of support services for survivors. We call for an end to gender inequalities — the underlying cause of violence against women. We stand together to demand our basic human right to safety and the right to participate in society to the fullest extent, free from harassment, discrimination and violence. 7pm. Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.
Friday, October 25
Fundraiser: Rock for Refugees. This will be a very special night of music, dancing, sharing stories and most of all information about how you can get involved with grassroots refugee struggles. Featuring: New dub city; Flybz; Birdz. 7:30pm. Bar 303, 303 High St, Northcote. $8/$10 (solidarity). This is a fund-raiser for RISE (Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees).
Sunday, November 3
Film screening: Mary Meets Mohammad. Tasmania’s first detention centre opens and local knitting club member Mary, a staunchly Christian pensioner, is not welcoming of the 400 male asylum seekers mostly from Afghanistan. Mohammad is a 26 year old Muslim asylum seeker detained inside the centre and an unlikely friendship develops between Mary and Mohammad after her knitting club donates woollen beanies to the asylum seekers. Mary finds many of her prior beliefs are challenged as her relationship with Mohammad deepens. 6:30pm Premiere + filmmaker Q & A. (Then sessions twice day from November 7-13). Kino Cinema, 45 Collins St, City. To book ph 9650 2100 or visit Mary meets Mohammad.
Rally: Equal marriage rights now. 1pm. State Library, 328 Swanston St, City.
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 October 1. For bookings or info visit AVSN.
Friday, December 13-Sunday, December 15
Conference: How to make a revolution. Ideas for socialist youth. For young people across Australia and the world, these are difficult times. The newly elected Coalition led by the bigot Tony Abbott is rolling out a wave of cuts and attacks against young people, students, the LGBTIQ community, women, indigenous people, workers and refugees, while around the world governments and the ruling elite attempt to hold onto power against a rising tide of furious and marginalised young people.This is a conference to help young people who are ready and willing to challenge the system to develop a political understanding of the oppressive system we live under and a clear analysis of how to change it. Brisbane Activist Centre, 74b Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley. For more info ph 9639 8622.
Sunday, September 22- Thursday, September 26
Swan Island Peace Convergence 2013. For the fourth year in a row, peace activists are returning to the Swan Island Military Base in Queenscliff Victoria for a week of non-violently 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. 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. Queenscliff. For more info visit Swan Island.
Saturday, October 12
Albury-Wodonga Rally: Equal love now. Speakers: Virginia Mansel Lees (president, National Tertiary Education Union, Victorian Division); Paige Phoenix (transgendered performer); Father Peter (St. Matthew's Church); Stephanie Meachen (Equal Love activist). 1pm. QEII Square, 538 Dean St, Albury.
MAPW fundraiser: Another dazzling evening with music from jazz to Gilbert & Sullivan. 7:30pm. Keith Humble Centre, Geelong College, cnr Aphrasia St & Claremont Ave, Geelong. For more info & tickets contact Medical Association for the Prevention of War.
Beyond Zero Emissions Melbourne branch. We meet on the third Monday of every month at Level 2, Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. For more info email Chitra Perez or ph 0401 087 085.
Friends of the Earth's Anti-Nuclear & Clean Energy (ACE) collective. 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 campaigns 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. 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. For more info ph 0438 869 790 or email us.
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 us.
Refugee Action Collective. 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. 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 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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  • Melbourne: Visit us at the Resistance Centre, 5th floor, 407 Swanston St, City; ph 9639 8622. In Melbourne, Socialist Alliance meets on the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30pm, at the Resistance Centre.
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Moreland Socialists
Moreland Socialists is open to anyone (even if you live outside the area) who wants to work constructively to support Socialist Alliance councillor Sue Bolton and use her position to build up a stronger activist left presence in Moreland. In general, we meet monthly and alternate between Coburg and Fawkner.
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