Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Green Left Activist Calendar - 14-09-10

Green Left Weekly Activist Calendar
September 10, 2014
Socialist Alliance election launch: Community need not corporate greed
Saturday, September 20, 7pm. Stop the East West Link; Build public housing; Reverse the TAFE cuts; Real climate action; Expand public education and health to create jobs. Speakers: Sean Brocklehurst (SA candidate for Pascoe Vale) plus activists from various grassroots campaigns. Music from Inzane in the Membrane and Celine Yap. Cheap tasty dinner (from 6:30pm). Bar available. 7pm. Anatolian Cultural Centre, 195 Sydney Rd, Coburg (100m south of Reynard St).  For more info ph 9639 8622. Facebook event
Rally: People's climate mobilisation Australia
Sunday, September 21, 11am. On September 21, world leaders will be touching down in New York City for the UN's emergency summit on climate change. As they arrive, hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets globally, calling on our leaders to use this summit to commit to bold climate action.11am. State Library, 328 Swanston St, City.
Film screening: 'Radical Wollongong' Melbourne premiere
Friday, September 26, 6:30pm. Documentary tale of miners battling deadly working conditions, women fighting Australia's biggest company, activists jailed for resisting the Vietnam draft, and today's movement to stop coal seam gas. From strikes to community rallies, from work-ins to parliament occupation, it features activist participants from Wollongong's unemployed unions, communists forced to set up an underground organisation, the battle against 'Pig Iron Bob', and struggles for Aboriginal justice in the Illawarra. This is the action-packed, people-powered story of Radical Wollongong. New Council Chambers, Trades Hall, 2 Lygon St, Carlton South. Tickets at the door. $20 solidarity, $15 full, $8 conc. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase. Thanks to Victorian Trades Hall Council for its support of the event. A fundraiser for 3CR Community Radio & Green Left Weekly.
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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Thursday, September 11
Public meeting: Chile September 11: We don't forgive, We don't forget!  It has been 41 years since the US-backed coup against the popular and democratically elected government of President Salvador Allende in which thousands were killed and tortured. 11am-10pm. Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South. For more info ph 0410 031 794, 9878 9799, 0425 539 149.
Public meeting: Current issues in Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers. Speakers:Michelle Foster (Melbourne Law School) and Eve Lester (Melbourne Law School). All are welcome. 1pm.Room 104, Level 1, Melbourne Law School 185 Pelham St, Carlton. To book visit Law School
Fundraiser: APHEDA benefit concert for Gaza. Victorian union activists are hosting a fabulous event to raise money for our Gaza humanitarian appeal. To dazzle you on the night, there'll be an awesome MC and fabulous sounds courtesy of Casey Bennetto and The Half-Arsed Three, DJ Brunswick Massive and much more. 6:30pm. Bella Union, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South. $35. To book visit Bella Union.
Film screening: Gasland II. Coal may be the single greatest threat to mankind but now we have a new contender. In this explosive follow-up to Gasland, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humour to take a deeper look at the dangers of fracking, the powers that are driving this invasive industry and the realities we face if unconventional gas takes over as the next big energy resource. You won’t believe the corruption and the greed driving this industry or the reckless nature of the people in power. Hear from residents including Australian farmers who are living with the devastating impacts of unconventional gas mining. Films followed by panel discussion with Quit Coal. 6:30pm. Kino Cinemas, Collins Place, 45 Collins St, City. To book visithttp://www.effm.org.au/gaslands-ii/
Tafanduhi: Ukeleles for West Papua. Relentless ukuleles for West Papua! Featuring: Black Orchid String Band (West Papua), Joe Geia, the Melbourne Ukulele Kollective, Rose Turtle Ertler, Helen Begley, the Ukulele Ladies, Cathouse and more. All money raised goes towards the ongoing campaign for West Papuan politcial prisoners. Five were recently released, but over 70 rermain in jail. 8pm. Bar 303, 303 High St, Northcote.
Sunday, September 14
Rally: For medical cannabis. Rally to make the change and bring forth medicinal cannabis to help the children and all people. 2:30pm. Treasury Gardens, 2-18 Spring Street, East Melbourne.
Planning meeting for anti-G20 Festival of Defiance in November. 5pm. All welcome. State Library, Swanston St, City. For more info email Melbourne Social Forum.
Tuesday, September 16
Rally: No open cut on Big Hill. A controversial proposal by Canadian company, Crocodile Gold, has divided the community of the quiet rural town of Stawell in Western Victoria. The proposal is to develop two large open cut puts in close proximity to houses, a primary school, nursing home, church and other facilities. Please join the rally to voice concern about the environmental and health impacts of this major project. 1pm. Parliament house, Spring st, City.
Forum: What is the reality of asylum seeker policy? Wholefoods is very proud to present this very rare event with our partner organisation RISE. 7pm. Monash Wholefoods, Monash University, Building 10, Wellington Rd, Clayton. Entry by donation. Money raised will go towards Wholefoods English classes.
Wednesday, September 17-Tuesday, September 30
Exhibition: The art of silent protest. How do you protest without creating a disturbance? In view of new government legislation due to take effect in Victoria this year, a collective of Australian creatives respond to this question. Taking the form of the simple placard and exploring notions of social and ecological change, The Art of Silent Protest examines the visual impact of the art of activism. 11am-4pm (opening night: 6pm, September 17). The Snug, 447 High St, Northcote. Entry free.
Thursday, September 18

Public meeting: Marcelo Svirsky conversation with Samah Sabawi. Marcelo Svirsky  is the author of After Israel: Towards Cultural Transformation. He argues that no political solution currently on offer can provide the cultural marrow necessary to effect a transformation of modes of being and ways of life in the State of Israel. 7pm. Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South. $10/$5. Pre-book to guarantee your seat (NB: Facebook acceptance will not do this): phone 9662 3744 or email NIBS.
Friday, September 19-Sunday, September 21
BRISBANE Conference: Australian Climate Action Summit. Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. To book visit Climate Summit.
Saturday, September 20
Socialist Alliance election launch: Community need not corporate greed! Stop the East West Link; Build public housing; Reverse the TAFE cuts; Real climate action; Expand public education and health to create jobs. Speakers: Sean Brocklehurst (SA candidate for Pascoe Vale) plus activists from various grassroots campaigns. Music from Inzane in the Membrane and Celine Yap. Cheap tasty dinner (from 6:30pm). Bar available. 7pm. Anatolian Cultural Centre, 195 Sydney Rd, Coburg (100m south of Reynard St).  For more info ph 9639 8622. Facebook event
Sunday, September 21
Rally: People's climate mobilisation Australia. On September 21, world leaders will be touching down in New York City for the UN's emergency summit on climate change. As they arrive, hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets globally, calling on our leaders to use this summit to commit to bold climate action.11am. State Library, 328 Swanston St, City. 
Tuesday, September 23
Public meeting: How to stop the East West Link. Speakers: Sue Bolton & Sean Brocklehurst (both activists in Moreland Community Campagin Against the East West Link: MCAT). The startling Napthine government's decision to spend $8-15 billion on a single road project that will worsen congestion, is one that has left transport experts, academics and the community shaking their heads in disbelief. All welcome for a discussion on campaigning against the East-West Link and in support of public transport in Victoria. 2:30pm. RUSU offices (room 8.03.018), Building 8, RMIT City campus  (entrance from Swanston St). Organised by RMIT Resistance Club & Green Left Weekly  For more info ph 9639 8622 or 0431 311 520.
Comedy: Political Asylum at the Fringe Club. Featuring a fantastic lineup of smart and acerbic standup comics, this is the night for Abbott denialism, Labor lamentations and Palmer Party prophesising, all wrapped up in a flaming bundle of hilarity. Featuring: Rod Quantock; Stella Young; Toby Halligan; Nelly Thomas; Scott Abbot; Gerard McCulloch; Mick Neven. 9:30pm. North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne. Entry free!
Tuesday, September 23-Saturday, October 4
Comedy: Rod Quantock: Invitation to a revolution. For 45 years Rod Quantock has been hurling Molotov Cocktails of Mirth at the deserving, cutting through bullshit with his Hatchet of Humour and now, because 'everyone has the right to be a bigot', he is saying things about Tony Abbott that would make a misogynist blush! But enough is enough, says Rod. There's still time for the Revolution. So rise up, get organised, buy a ticket and bring it on. There’s still time! Viva el Rod! (Special offer: Bring Jo Hockey to the show and you pay for his ticket too.) 8.15pm (Sun 7.15pm). 60 mins. Main Theatre, Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol St, North Melbourne. $28/$22. To book visit Invitation to a revolution
Thursday, September 25- Sunday, September 28
FR!SK: Lucky Country. We have nothing to fear; we are the lucky country. We are entitled to equal opportunity and privilege is what we deserve. The only threat to our way of life is posed by the boats on our borders. It’s not our problem, yet we are accomplices in the denial of human rights. Lucky Countryexplores the struggle for human rights from the perspectives of asylum seekers and refugees, as well as their advocates and opposers. Thurs 6pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 6pm, Sun 4pm & 8pm. Space 28, 28 Dodds St, Southbank. $19/$16. To book visit MFF14.
FR!SK: The Adventures of Ophelia Sol (The Bride). In an audacious crusade against the world’s hostility towards same-sex marriage, one soul augments our love for people, not gender. The one, and only, fabulously flamboyant, Ophelia Sol invites you on a spectacular journey about love, identity and self-expression. Thurs, Fri: 6.30pm-10pm (30min); Sat, Sun: 2.30-9pm (30min). Space 28, 28 Dodds St, Southbank. Entry free.
Thursday, September 25
Book Launch: John Tognolini's 'Brothers Part One: Gallipoli 1915'. Shows the horror of war for what it is, specifically, the hardship and suffering endured at Gallipoli.
7pm. New International Book Shop, Trades hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon sts, Carlton South.
Friday, September 26
Film screening: 'Radical Wollongong' Melbourne premiere. Documentary tale of miners battling deadly working conditions, women fighting Australia's biggest company, activists jailed for resisting the Vietnam draft, and today's movement to stop coal seam gas. From strikes to community rallies, from work-ins to parliament occupation, it features activist participants from Wollongong's unemployed unions, communists forced to set up an underground organisation, the battle against 'Pig Iron Bob', and struggles for Aboriginal justice in the Illawarra. This is the action-packed, people-powered story of Radical Wollongong. 6:30pm.New Council Chambers, Trades Hall, 2 Lygon St, Carlton South. Tickets at the door.  $20 solidarity, $15 full, $8 conc. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase. Thanks to Victorian Trades Hall Council for its support of the event. A fundraiser for 3CR Community Radio & Green Left Weekly.
Sunday, September 28
Public meeting: Righteous rights at the round table 2014. Youth driven forum providing a creative space for culturally diverse youth expression and celebration. Hot topics for discussion this year include racial profiling, intergenerational relationships, gender relationships and intercultural relationships. For full program visit www.multiculturalarts.com.au. 12-5pm. North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne. Free entry.
Monday, September 29
Fundraiser: National Union of Workers 'Battle of the Bands'. Victorian Battle of the Bands will be the NUW's first and the competition will be on at this year's union picnic day. The winner will share the stage with another amazing musician at this year's Fluro Fightback for Anti-Poverty Week in October. 10am- 3pm. Moonee Valley Racing Club, McPherson St, Moonee Ponds.
Public meeting: Strategies of resistance: Beyond the border. Australia’s border policies have become increasingly punitive over the past decade, under a succession of governments, as we push the ‘problem’ of asylum seekers who come by boat beyond our borders. Speakers: Aran Mylvaganam (spokesperson for the Tamil Refugee Council and activist for refugee rights); Angela Mitropoulos (writer and activist). 6:15pm. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, City.  This is a free event. Bookings are recommended. To book visit Wheeler Centre.
Saturday, October 4
Theatre: I'll Be There!  An inspiring music theatre show featuring songs and stories of solidarity that people really connect with. It was created, produced and performed by the Victorian Trade Union Choir in collaboration with award winning playwright Rebecca Lister and our musical director Michael Roper. The show has already had two sold out seasons in Melbourne at Trades Hall in 2012 and at La Mama in 2013. Now we are taking the show on the road with one show only in Melbourne then we're off to regional Victoria. 7pm. Unitarian Peace Memorial Church, 110 Grey St, East Melbourne. Hosted by Victorian Trade Union Choir. To book visit La MamaFacebook event
Sunday, October 5-Monday, October 6
Rally: Shut down Elbit Systems: Oppose Israel's War Machine. Israel’s 2014 war on Gaza, which saw 1951 Palestinians killed and 10,193 injured, has rightly prompted worldwide outrage and protest. One of the targets of these protests has been the Israeli arms companies that produce the weapons that have been used to massacre Palestinians. Elbit Systems is Israel’s largest military company. It provides a wide range of equipment and services to the Israeli military, including surveillance equipment used in Israel’s illegal Wall and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), known as drones. Elbit Systems armed drones are widely used by the Israeli military. Join Palestine solidarity groups and others in a community protest followed by a morning blockade of Elbit systems. 235 Ingles St, Port Melbourne.
Sunday, October 5
Fundraiser: Rock 4 renewables. Featuring: Empat Lima, Alysia Manceau, Danny Walsh Banned, Nun of the Tongue. Plus DJ Emma Peel (PBS) & DJ Knave Knixx (Shack Shakers). Doors at 4pm. Gasometer, 484 Smith St, Collingwood.
Thursday, October 9
Public Meeting: Stopping the East West Link. Join Moreland Community against the East West Link (MCAT) for a public meeting on the campaign. Speakers: Andrew Herrington (author of East West Link blog and former advisor to the Brumby government); Sue Bolton (a co-convenor of MCAT, Socialist Alliance Councillor for Moreland); Mike Naismith (Tunnel Picket), Lambros Tapinos (mayor or Moreland). 7pm. Coburg Court House, 1A Main St, Coburg. Organised by MCAT. For more info contact Riki 0400 877 819, Michael 0417 354 169 or Sue 0413 377 978.
Saturday, October 11
Rally: Protest the first anniversary of 'Operation Sovereign Borders'. No tow-backs! No offshore or onshore detention! Process asylum claims for permanent visas! Scrap 'Operation Sovereign Borders'! Organised by the Refugee Action Collective. (NOTE THE NEW DATE.)
December 2 - 13, 2014
2014 Australian solidarity tour to Venezuela will be a unique an opportunity to observe first-hand, learn about and be inspired by a grassroots movement that is transforming not only Venezuela, but all of Latin America, and is challenging the greed and destructiveness of global capitalism by showing that a better world is possible. The registration deadline is October 3, 2014. For more info visit Venezuela Solidarity.
Wednesday, September 10
BALLARAT Public meeting: Skills, jobs and the future of TAFE. AEU Victorian branch president Meredith Peace will present an overview of the situation facing our TAFE system, provide a specific picture of how this has impacted on TAFE in Ballarat and outline the campaign we are running to try and save TAFE in Victoria. TAFE teachers and students will also be talking about the importance of TAFE in their local communities. 5:30pm. Trades Hall, 24 Camp St, Ballarat.
Thursday,  September 11
GEELONG Public meeting: Skills, jobs and the future of TAFE. See entry above. 5:30pm. Trades Hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong.
Saturday, September 13
PORTARLINGTON Film screening: Mary Meets Mohammad. Follows the arrival of Tasmania’s first detention centre through the eyes of local Christian woman and knitting club member Mary and Muslim Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad, who is detained inside the centre, as they connect through the gift of a knitted beanie. 7:30am. Fellowship breakfast.  St Andrews Uniting Church Hall, Newcombe St, Portarlington. Please book with Barry Ruler 5259 3304 or Joy Porterer 5259 2538.
SALE Film screening: Gasland II. Coal may be the single greatest threat to mankind but now we have a new contender. In this explosive follow-up to Gasland, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humour to take a deeper look at the dangers of fracking, the powers that are driving this invasive industry and the realities we face if unconventional gas takes over as the next big energy resource. 6.30pm. Cinema, 50, Cunninghame St, Sale.
Sunday, September 14
WARBURTON Film screening: Mary Meets Mohammad. Follows the arrival of Tasmania’s first detention centre through the eyes of local Christian woman and knitting club member Mary and Muslim Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad, who is detained inside the centre, as they connect through the gift of a knitted beanie.
2pm. Mecca Theatre, Arts Centre, 3409 Warburton Hwy, Warburton. $10. Tea/coffee afterwards. Bookings: www.culturetracks.info or 1300 368 333 or at venue. Enquiries Kerry Nicholas 0439 039 171 ornicholas.g.k@southernphone.com.au   Hosted by Amnesty International Upper Yarra Group for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
Wednesday, September 24
GEELONG Socialist Alliance election launch: Community need not corporate greed. Speaker: Sarah Hathway (SA candidate for Geelong). Please join the Geelong Socialist Alliance branch, friends and supporters to officially launch our state election campaign for the seat of Geelong. 6:30pm. Downstairs, Trades Hall 127 Myers St, Geelong. For more info ph 5222 6900.
Sunday, September 28- Friday, September 3
QUEENSCLIFF Protest: Swan Island Peace Convergence 2014. For the fifth 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 SAS's role in dirty wars, 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. For more info visithttp://swanislandpeace.org/
Australian West Papua Association (AWPA). Struggles against the Indonesian occupation of West Papua and against environmental destruction and resource theft. For info 9510 2193 or email AWPA.
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.
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.
Stop the East-West Link:
  • Moreland Campaign Against the East-West Tunnel (MCAT) meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Temple Park Senior Citizens Centre, Hodgson St, Brunswick. For information contact Sue Bolton 0413 377 978; Michael Petit 0417 354 169; Riki Lane 0400 877 819 or go to Facebook.
  • Yarra Campaign for Action on Transport (YCAT). For information on the campaign against the East-West Tunnel (pickets, meetings, info) visit YCAT.
Timor Sea Justice Campaign. For info visit TSJC, email Tom Clarke or ph 0422 545 763.
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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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Christianity, Islam and Atheism: Reflections on religion, society and politics

Indian-born and Catholic-educated, author Michael Cooke migrated to Australia in his teens. He moved away from religion and towards the political left. In this stimulating new work he focuses on issues where religion intersects with the secular society. He engages variously with the Catholic George Pell and the Muslim Waleed Aly. He also takes issue with Richard Dawkins and the so-called ‘New Athesists’. 124pp, $15.
Available from Resistance Bookshop, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, City or online from Resistance Books.

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