Sunday, June 21, 2pm.City Square, cnr Swanston & Collins Sts, City. (Also pop-up protests around Melbourne CBD from 1pm. See Facebook for details.) For more info contact Marie 0409 252 673.
Rally: Stop the forced closures
Friday, June 26, 3pm. Its that time again for the people of Melbourne from all colours, backgrounds and walks of life to stand up against the forced closures of Aboriginal communities. We have a right to stay on our homelands, we have a right to practise our culture and we have a responsibility to stand up for our brothers and sisters impacted by racist policies, particularly in WA, SA and NT. Flinders Street Station.Organised by Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance.
Film screening: Freedom or Death
Friday, July 3, 6:30pm (meal from 6pm). 2014 documentary that went undercover to record the terrible condiditions faced by asylum seekers in Indonesia, Australia and Nauru. Guest speaker: Mohammad Ali Baqiri,asylum seeker who was locked up on Nauru. $8/$5. Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). Organised by Socialist Alliance. For more info ph 9639 8622. Facebook event
Green Left Weekly Comedy Debate:Abbott is the root of all evil
Friday, July 24, 6:30 pm (for 8pm start).Master of ceremonies:Rod Quantock.With the comic talents of:Ali MC, Kirsty Mac, Minister of UnAustralian Affairs, Morven Smith, Evan Thompson; other TBA. bar & meal available from 6:30pm. Brunswick Town Hall, cnr Sydney Rd & Dawson St, Brunswick. Tickets: $50 solidarity, $30 regular, $22 low-waged, $12 unwaged. Bookings essential. Book online athttp://www.trybooking.com/HYDM or phone 9639 8622. A fundraiser for the progressive, non-profit newspaper Green Left Weekly.
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Wednesday, June 17
Moreland North-East Ward residents' meeting. Sue Bolton holds regular ward meetings to give residents an opportunity to meet their local councillor. People can raise whatever issues they like. 7pm. Coburg Senior Citizens Centre, 21 Harding St, Coburg (beside Coburg Bowling Club). Anyone is welcome, regardless of whether you live in the North-East Ward or not. The North-East ward covers part of Brunswick (north of Albion St & east of Melville Rd), Coburg, North Coburg, Merlynston, Fawkner and part of Pascoe Vale (east of Derby St). Ring Sue on 0417 583 664 if you can’t attend but would like to raise an issue.
Film screening: Tofu Man. We are thrilled to take part in Refugee Week 2015, with a one off screening of short film Tofu Man, followed by Samba. All proceeds will be donated to the West Welcome Wagon and the Hobsons Bay Refugee Network. 7pm.Sun Theatre, 8 Ballarat Street, Yarraville. To book visit Sun Theatre.
Thursday, June 18
Public meeting: Emerge in Yarra: Refugee Week Q&A Panel.Featuring: Julian Burnside, Abe Nouk; MC: Arnold Zable. Performance by Afrovival! 6pm. Emerge Festival Hub, Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St, Fitzroy.Entry free. Bookings essential: phone 9205 5174.
Saturday, June 20
Festival of Hope: World Refugee Day. Amnesty Refugee Network, in partnership with Moreland City Council, will host the festival to advocate for an inclusive and diverse Australia, encompassing a compassionate and humane refugee policy. During the day you'll find a showcase of refugee-produced and refugee-themed art, goods for sale, activism workshops and multicultural activities, and in the evening a discussion panel, performance art, poetry and music. Entry by donation during the day. Buy ticket for evening activities and music performances (available closer to date). 12-10pm. Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick. For more info contact Shek.
Sunday, June 21
Rally: World Refugee Day. 2pm. City Square, cnr Swanston & Collins Sts, City. (Also pop-up protests around Melbourne CBD from 1pm. Find pop-up protest sites at Refugee Advocacy Network.) For more info contact Marie 0409 252 673.
Wednesday, June 24
Public meeting: How can we get Labor to oppose offshore detention?Speakers:Ged Kearney, Damien Kingsbury, Aran Mylvaganam and Pamela Curr. 6:30pm.Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South. Organised by Labor for Refugees, Refugee Advocacy Network and the Refugee Action Collective.
Thursday, June 25
CSIRO staff mass meeting. Protest against changed work conditions and job losses. 10-11am. Melbourne Town Hall, cnr Collins & Swanston Sts, City.
Friday, June 26
Rally: Stop the forced closures. Its that time again for the people of Melbourne from all colours, backgrounds and walks of life to stand up against the forced closures of Aboriginal communities. We have a right to stay on our homelands, we have a right to practise our culture and we have a responsibility to stand up for our brothers and sisters impacted by racist policies, particularly in WA, SA and NT. 3pm. Flinders Street Station. Organised by Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance.
Book launch: Lethal Allies: British Collusion in Ireland. Author Anne Cadwallader is visiting Australia in June to promote her bestselling book. 4pm. Celtic Club, cnr La Trobe & Queen Sts, City. Event is free and open to the public without prior booking.
Saturday, June 27 - Wednesday, July 8
Radioactive Exposure Tour. Run by Friends of the Earth, the Radioactive Exposure Tour is a journey through Australia's nuclear landscape. The tour has exposed thousands of people to the realities of 'radioactive racism' and the environmental and social impacts of uranium mining, radioactive waste and nuclear expansion. This year, we're travelling to NSW in light of recent uranium exploration and continuing on to South Australia. Among other things the tour will visit BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam uranium mine at Roxby Downs. We'll hear first-hand accounts of the British nuclear bomb tests at Maralinga and Emu Field. We will attend the Sustainability Conference in Adelaide. For more info visit Radioactive Tour.
Saturday, June 27
Big Red Book Fair. Find thousands of titles, all genres, lots of fiction, non-fiction, second-hand and recently published. From 10am. Please contact us if you have any books you can donate. Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South. For more info ph 9662 3744 or email NIBS. Organised by New International Bookshop.
Fundraiser: Punks for West Papua.Featuring: Bastard Squad; Wolfpack; Cabin Fever; Liquor Snatch; M.C.H.D; NMA; Ferocious Chode; Stoned to Death. 3pm. The Brunswick Hotel, 140 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.
Monday, June 29
Fundraiser: The Concrete Gang community radio show. Help keep 3CR's Concrete Gang show on air. Live music. Top feed. Live Concrete Gang show. 11am onward.Palace Hotel, 505 City Rd, South Melbourne. $30.
Tuesday, June 30
Book launch: The Thalidomide scandal, a long road to justice. Thalidomide was an over-the-counter ‘wonder drug’, marketed to pregnant women in the 1950s and 1960s to treat morning sickness and anxiety. It’s estimated that as many as 10,000 babies worldwide may have been born with deformities because their mothers had taken the drug. Michael Magazanik has written Silent Shock, a book that unpacks the incredible story of one struggle against the drug companies who sought to evade responsibility. 6:15pm. The Wheeler, 176 Little Lonsdale St, City. This is a free event. Bookings are recommended.
Wednesday, July 1
Protest: Fight the fines on the jobless! From July 1 the unemployed can be fined for failing to attend a 'job search' appointment with their Employment Service Provider. It's time to fight back! 470 Collins St, City (outside Max Employment). Organised by Australian Unemployment Union.
Thursday, July 2
Public meeting: Public images of WW1, Myth & reality. Former war correspondent Jill Jolliffe untangles the truths and misconceptions of WWI. Through material found in the State Library’s collection, she reveals how reporting influenced public perception. 6pm. Red Rotunda, Cowen Gallery, State Library. Free, but book online.
Public meeting: Next steps against family violence.Speakers: Rosie Batty, Hugh de Kretser (Human Rights Law Centre), Elizabeth Broderick (Sex Discrimination Commissioner), Kirstie Parker (co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples & the National Justice Coalition). Presented by Human Rights Law Centre & Women's Legal Service. 6:15pm. Melbourne City Conference Centre, 333 Swanston St, City. $20/$12. Bookings here.
Friday, July 3
Film screening: Freedom or Death. 2014 documentary that went undercover to record the terrible condiditions faced by asylum seekers in Indonesia, Australia and Nauru. Guest speaker: Mohammad Ali Baqiri, asylum seeker who was locked up on Nauru. 6:30pm (meal from 6pm). $8/$5. Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). Organised by Socialist Alliance. For more info ph 9639 8622.
Wednesday, July 8 - Thursday, July 9
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network Conference. Brisbane. Come to hear Senator Scott Ludlam, Professor Richard Tanter and Professor Kozue Akibayashi address why our 'Dangerous Allies' are threatening our security and why we need an independent and peaceful national agenda. Then join with others from 50 peace groups around Australia in developing our national network focussed on contributing to this agenda. For details and registration visit IPAN. For further information contact Annette 0431 59 7256.
Friday, July 10
Rally: NAIDOC march. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. 10am. Aboriginal Health Service, 186 Nicholson St, Fitzroy.
Saturday, July 18
Rally: Protest against Reclaim Australia. 10am. Flagstaff Gardens, cnr La Trobe & King Sts, City.
Friday, July 24
Green Left Weekly Comedy Debate: Abbott is the root of all evil. MC: Rod Quantock. With the comic talents of: Ali MC, Kirsty Mac, Minister of UnAustralian Affairs, Morven Smith, Evan Thompson; other TBA. 6:30 pm (for 8pm start). bar & meal available from 6:30pm. Brunswick Town Hall, cnr Sydney Rd & Dawson St, Brunswick. Tickets: $50 solidarity, $30 regular, $22 low-waged, $12 unwaged. Bookings essential. Book online at http://www.trybooking.com/HYDM or phone 9639 8622. A fundraiser for the progressive, non-profit newspaper Green Left Weekly.
Friday, June 19
Red Cinema: Under the Dome. China's Pollution Crisis. Dinner 6:30pm, film from 7pm.Downstairs, Trades Hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong. Entry by donation. Organised by Socialist Alliance. For more info ph 5222 6900.
Thursday, June 25
CSIRO staff mass meeting. Protest against changed work conditions and job losses. 10-11am. Trades Hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong.
Australia Kurdistan Solidarity. Meets regularly to build solidarity with the Kurdish freedom struggle in Rojava (liberated zone in northern Syria), Turkey and elsewhere. For campaign and open letter to have the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) removed from the Australian list of terrorist organisations see Lift the ban on the PKK. For information ph Gulay 0412 926 706 or Aran 0410 197 814.
Australian Unemployment Union. The Australian Unemployment Union is an organisation by the unemployed, for the unemployed. Our mission is to protect the common interests of the 750,000+ Australians who are currently unemployed. For more information visit AUE or Facebook.
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.
Climate Action Moreland. Meets regularly to develop action on climate change in the Moreland area. For information ph Andrea on 0424 508 535 or email CAM.
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.
Timor Sea Justice Campaign. For info visit TSJC, email Tom Clarke or ph 0422 545 763.
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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.
Geelong: Activist Centre, Trades Hall, 127 Myers St (opening hours: Mon 2-4:30pm, Fri 10am-4:30pm); ph 5222 6900.
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.
If you want to get involved in the group, email us at Socialist Alliance or phone Sue on 9639 8622 or 0413 377 978.