Saturday, July 18, 10am. Parliament House, Spring St, City.
Rally: Stop Labor's cruel refugee policy
Saturday, July 25, 12 noon. No to offshore processing! No to mandatory detention! Organised by the Refugee Action Collective; endorsed by Labor 4 Refugees.Speakers include: Sue Lines (ALP Senator); Pamela Curr (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre); Aran Mylvaganam (Tamil Refugee Council); Mohammad Baqiri (Afghan refugee); Michele O'Neil (State Secretary Clothing Textile and Footwear Union of Australia). 12pm. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, Southbank.
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:Simon Keck,Kirsty Mac, Ali MC, Minister of UnAustralian Affairs, Morven Smith, Evan Thompson. 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 (doesn't include meal). Bookings essential. Book online athttp://www.trybooking.com/HYDMor phone 9639 8622. A fundraiser for the progressive, non-profit newspaper Green Left Weekly.
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Wednesday, July 15
Moreland North-East Ward residents meeting. Meet your local councillor Sue Bolton. Some issues for discussion include: Reportback on July council meeting; adequacy of council’s interpreter services; climate action policies in Moreland; renovation of Merlynston Hall; any other issue that you would like to raise. 7pm.Fawkner Senior Citizens Centre, 77 Jukes Road, Fawkner (near Fawkner Library & Fawkner Leisure Centre). For information email Sue Bolton or phone 0417 583 664.
Friday, July 17 - Friday, July 31
Concert: Ezekiel Ox. Ezekiel Ox's career in music, activism, theatre and spoken word has spanned 15 years and shows no signs of slowing down. Catch Ox every Friday this July, 9-10.30pm at the Laundry Bar, 48-50 Johnston St, Fitzroy. Entry free.
Saturday, July 18
Rally: Protest against Reclaim Australia. 10am. Parliament House, Spring St, City.
Comedy: Nazeem Hussain in Yarraville. I will performing my show 'Legally Brown' one last time. 8pm. Yarraville Live, 135 Stephen St, Yarraville. Book at http://bit.ly/1IQ9pzU.
Sunday, July 19
Moreland Socialists meeting. Discussion topics will include: Dispelling the myths of carbon offsets: How good are Moreland's climate policies (guest speaker: Andrea Bunting from Climate Action Moreland & Socialist Alliance); Reportback from July council meeting; Proposal for local anti-racism rally. 2pm. Anatolian Cultural Centre, 195 Sydney Road, Coburg (100 metres south of Reynard St). For more information, email Sue or call 0413 377 978.
Friday, July 24
Green Left Weekly Comedy Debate: Abbott is the root of all evil. MC: Rod Quantock. With the comic talents of: Simon Keck, Ali MC, Kirsty Mac, Minister of UnAustralian Affairs, Morven Smith, Evan Thompson. 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.
Saturday, July 25
Rally for clean energy at ALP National Conference. 11am. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Southbank. Organised by Getup.
Rally: Stop Labor's cruel refugee policy. No to offshore processing! No to mandatory detention! Organised by the Refugee Action Collective; endorsed by Labor 4 Refugees. Speakers include: Sue Lines (ALP Senator); Pamela Curr (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre); Aran Mylvaganam (Tamil Refugee Council); Mohammad Baqiri (Afghan refugee); Michele O'Neil (State Secretary Clothing Textile and Footwear Union of Australia). 12pm. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, Southbank.
Rally at the ALP Conference: Demand a binding vote on marriage equality. 1pm.Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, Southbank.
Fundraiser: Tamil feast at National Refugee Rights Conference. Come celebrate Tamil culture over a feast! Sri Lankan vegetarian banquets of curries, chutneys, vadai, dahl, korma’s, masala’s & more than your tastebuds can handle. There will also be fun Tamil music and a bar. Ticket sales are online here and limited to 60 per night so get in quick!! CERES Community Kitchen, cnr Stewarts & Roberts Sts, Brunswick East. Bookings here.
Sunday, July 26
National Refugee Rights Conference. Many refugee rights activist from around the country will be in Melbourne for the rally on Sat July 25 supporting efforts to change ALP policy and break the bipartisan consensus of cruelty towards refugees. Therefore the Melbourne Refugee Action Collective is taking the opportunity to host a national conference of refugee rights supporters the day after on Sunday July 26, from 10am to 3pm at ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth St Melbourne (just north of the Vic Markets). We will discuss the way forward for the struggle for refugee rights. Registration is free and will start from 9.30am. All refugee supporters are welcome. 10am-3pm. ANMF House 540 Elizabeth St, City. Register at National Refugee Rights Conference.
Public meeting: Public interests before corporate interests. 1:30pm. Jika Jika Community Centre, cnr Plant & Union Sts, Northcote. Organised by Defend and Extend Public Housing. Facebook event
Saturday, August 1
Film screening: Rules of the Game. An honest approach to the difficulties marginalised youth face in trying to earn a living, and empathetic in dissecting the unspoken, seemingly satirical, codes of conduct they have to master. 1:45 pm. Kino Cinema, Collins St, City. Bookings: Rules of the Game.
Film screening: A German Youth. "Refuses to romanticize the actions of the Red Army Faction (RAF) yet similarly offers no condemnation, demanding that audiences consider the political and social atmosphere of the period." (Variety) 9:15 pm. ACMI Cinema, Federation Square, City. Bookings: A German Youth.
Viva Venezuela: Cultural night celebrating the Bolivarian Revolution.Speakers, musical bands, cultural performances, delicious food and drinks! MUA Hall, 46 Ireland St, North Melbourne. Sponsored by the Maritime Union of Australia. Organised jointly by Venezuela Solidarity Campaign and Latin America Solidarity Network (LASNET).
Sunday, August 2
Fundraiser: Rage for refugees. Lineup: Anchors; Raccoon City Police Department; Tired Minds; Summer Blood; Pitt the Elder; Knife Hands. All ages. $10 online, $15 at door. From 1pm. Tickets available at Oztix. Wrangler Studios, 8C Whitely Parade, West Footscray (10 minute walk from Tottenham station). A fundraiser gig for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
Film screening: The Hunting Ground. Documentary on sexual assault at US college campuses. It's not just the number of attacks, which are at epidemic levels; the rampant institutional cover-ups and victim-blaming take as much toll as the original crimes. 4pm. Hoyts Cinema, Russel St, City. Bookings at The Hunting Ground.
Thursday, August 6
Film screening: Hiroshima. Special screening of the extraordinary 1953 historical drama, directed by Hideo Sekigawa. Around 90,000 Hiroshima residents performed as extras in the film, helping recreate the horrific scenes of August 6, 1945. Because of the film's controversial nature, it was rarely screened at the time and was only recently rediscovered and brought back to life. The film's narrative is based on essays written by school students who survived the atomic bombing. Some half a million teachers across Japan are said to have helped finance its production. 6:30pm. Kaleide Theatre, 360 Swanston St, City. $15/$25. Bookings here.
Saturday, August 8
Rally: Stop Aboriginal deaths in custody! Implement Recommendation 92: imprisonment must be sanction of last resort. Join us to demand: An immediate end to deaths in custody; Full implementation of recommendations 87, 92, 121 and all of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody; Justice for Ms Dhu and all who have died in custody; Implement measures to give the community control over the police; Build communities, not prisons! 11am. Old GPO, cnr Bourke & Elizabeth Sts, City. Organised by the Indigenous Social Justice Association. Facebook event
Fundraiser: Provocateur.Each month Grrl Fest will team up with Melbourne's finest to bring you a provocative night of performance, music, art and wild wayward women who challenge the status quo. We are the troublemakers, here to burst your bubble. Each month we will raise funds for a different women-orientated organisation. This month we will be raising money for CASA. 24 Moons Bar, 2 Arthurton Road, Northcote.Facebook event.
Sunday, August 9
Public meeting: Islamophobia: Raising Community Awareness. Speakers: Ghaith Krayem: MC; Sue Bolton; Janet Rice; Andrew Gardiner; Yassir Morsi; Rob Stary; Waseem Razvi; Shaheed Drew; Hanan Dover. 1:30-5pm. Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg. Entry free. Childcare available for kids 2-10 years of age. Pre-registration required as there are limited places available. Please call 0433 202 154 to register for childcare.
Thursday, August 13 - Sunday, August 23
Theatre: Coranderrk: We will show the country. Pays tribute to the resilience and adaptability of a people who rose to the challenge despite all odds, and celebrates the spirit of friendship and genuine collaboration between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in pursuit of justice. Starring Jack Charles. La Mama Courthouse,Carlton. Bookings La Mama.
Saturday, August 15
Rally: Marriage Equality now!Tell the politicians we are sick of waiting. If Ireland and the USA can do it, we can too! Vote in Equal Love's rainbow referendum: Show the politicians that the rest of us are ready to vote for marriage equality. 1pm. State Library, 328 Swanston St, City.
Wednesday, August 19
Rally: Student day of action against fee deregulation and funding cuts. 2pm. State Libray, cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts, City. Organised by National Union of Students.
Friday, July 17
GEELONG Red Cinema: Oliver Stone's 'South of the border'.Documentary examines the free-market economic policies of the US and the International Monetary Fund, and how they have failed to alleviate Latin America's chronic income inequality. The film suggests that financial calamities such as the Argentine peso collapse of 2001, combined with Latin suspicions of US drug-eradication efforts and resentment over the selling off of natural resources through multinational companies, have contributed to the rise of socialist and social-democratic leaders across the region. Meal 6:30pm; film 7pm. Entry by donation. Trades Hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong. For more info ph 5222 6900. Presented by Socialist Alliance.
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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Links: 'Socialism for the 21st century'
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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.