Saturday, August 29, 11am. With a big decline in its vote in the June 7 elections, the regime of Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan is trying to create a security crisis to regain support before calling fresh elections. It has scrapped the peace process with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the large oppressed Kurdish minority, just as it was starting to take some important steps forward.
Instead the regime is risking restarting the ruinous civil war with its violent attacks on towns and villages across the Kurdish southeast. The death toll is rising and hundreds of activists have been detained. War on the Kurds but continued covert support to the Islamic State terrorists in Syria — that is Erdogan’s real policy.
Stop the attacks on the Kurds! Restart the peace process now!Federation Square, City. Organised by Australians for Kurdistan. For more info email AFK. Facebook
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Until September 5
Theatre: Stone the Boats. Candlelight Productions presents a new multimedia theatre piece about asylum seekers and the storm of opinions surrounding their arrival upon our shores. Fear. Anger. Compassion. Forgiveness. Perseverance. Follow the journeys of five people swept up in this controversy that is affecting us all. Metanoia Theatre at The Mechanic's Institute, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick.Book here. Facebook
Wednesday, August 26
Strike: National Union of Workers. NUW Stores members will be taking action and stopping work on August 26. NUW members at CSL are proud of the contribution they make each day to create lifesaving products. They will be using the time they are taking action to hold a fundraising event for the Australian Red Cross. We would love for you to come and have some cake with us for a worthy cause. 12:30-4pm. CSL Behring, 189 Camp Rd, Broadmeadows.
Public meeting: Nazeem Hussain. He has played an influential role in creating insights into multicultural challenges through his comedy. Unlike the standard flavour of comedians, Nazeem has been known to bravely tackle issues, people, groups and cultural segments in the community through his stand up, pranks and various TV series over the years. His ability to raise serious issues using comedy has brought to the fore important discussions of multiculturalism. Bookings are essential.$25. 6pm. The Cluster, Level 17, 31 Queen St, City.
Thursday, August 27
Forum: The Steady State Alternative to Endless Growth: A sustainable vision for the future. Geoff Mosley, former CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation, will explain his vision for a steady state economy and will discuss the ‘how’ and ‘when’ of the transformation, including the obstacles to be overcome. 6:45pm. $10/$5. Trades Hall, Meeting Room 1, 54 Victoria St, Carlton. Presented by New International Bookshop & the Search Foundation. For more info ph 9662 3744.
Comedy: Rod Quantock: Sustain this. Comedian, activist and now AOM, Rod Quantock at the Newport Comedy room. Come and check out what Transition Hobson Bay are up to and maybe walk away with a spring in your step. Newport Bowls Club, 4 Market St, Newport. Book here.
Friday, August 28
Public meeting: Ghada Karmi: Diaspora & belonging. Ghada Karmi was born in Jerusalem and trained as a doctor of medicine at Bristol University. 11:30am. ACMI Cinema 1, Federation Square, City.
Rally: Stop the China Free Trade Agreement. 12 noon. Parliament steps, Spring St, City. Sponsored by AMWU; CFMEU; ETY; NUW; TCFUA; TWU; MUA. Racists not welcome.
Public meeting with Tariq Ali: Why is democracy under siege and what can be done to restore it? Part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. 7:30pm. Federation Square, cnr Swanston & Flinders Sts, City. Bookings here.
Saturday, August 29
Rally: Stop Turkey's war on the Kurds. The Turkish regime has scuttled the settlement process with its large oppressed Kurdish minority. Instead it is restarting the ruinous civil war. Stop the attacks on the Kurds! Restart the peace process now! 11am. Federation Square, City. Organised by Australians for Kurdistan. For more info email AFK. Facebook
Rally: Bersih 4.0. The time has come for us to support our friends and families back home, and take a stand in support of democracy, rule of law and common decency in Malaysia. Lets get together to support the demand for institutional reform back home. Central to this demand is freedom for Malaysians. Freedom not just by namesake but freedom of expression, thought and association. 2pm. Federation Square, City.
Public meeting: Ghada Karmi: The Future of Palestine. Ghada Karmi was born in Jerusalem and trained as a doctor of medicine at Bristol University. 4pm. Deakin Edge, Federation Square, City.
Public meeting: An audience with Naomi Klein. Naomi Klein’s international bestseller No Logo exploded the way we think about global brands and their impact. In her latest game-changer, This Changes Everything, she exposes the war capitalism is waging on our planet. Have your assumptions challenged and discover how we can do better. 6pm. Athaneum Theatre, cnr Collins & Swanston Sts, City.Bookings here.
Sunday, August 30
Concert: Juice Rap News. Live at Estonian House with special guest Nazeem Hussain. Juice Rap News is an online show that provides a broader, saner context and analysis of current affairs, media and politics — all via the medium of rap, music and comedy — revolutionizing the news with a unique and riotous collision of radical satire, rigorous research, righteous beats, and razor-sharp rhymes. 1pm. Estonian House, 43 Melville Rd, City. Bookings here.
Public meeting: Naomi Klein: This changes everything. Naomi Klein is a Canadian author, social activist and filmmaker known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalisation and capitalism. She is best known for No Logo, about branding and the alter-globalisation movement; The Take, a documentary about Argentina’s occupied factories; and The Shock Doctrine, a critical analysis of the history of neoliberal economics. Her 2014 book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate argues that the climate crisis can’t be addressed in the current era of neoliberal market fundamentalism. 4pm. Federation Square, cnr Flinders & Swanston Sts, City. Bookings here.
Tuesday, September 1
Public meeting: Defying the Border Force Act. Speaking out against detention cruelty. Speakers: Christine Cummins (recently returned psychiatric nurse from Christmas Island); Christine Craic (National Vice-President of the Australian Association of Social Workers); Nathan Kennedy (President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights). 6:30pm. Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, City (opposite Victoria Markets). Organised by Refugee Action Collective.
Thursday, September 3 - Monday, September 21
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 more info visit Environmental Film Festival.
Thursday, September 3
Book launch: Decolonizing Solidarity. Launch of Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles, a book written by Clare Land, in conversation with Robert Thorpe, guided by Gary Foley, Tony Birch and Marjorie Thorpe and Bob Pease. 6:30pm. Readings Bookstore, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton.
Fundraiser: An Electronic Feast. A star line-up of local experimentalists and electronic artists band together to raise money for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, an organisation that provides vital services to new arrivals to Australia. In this time of dire funding cuts to essential services, we want to do what we can to help some of the most vulnerable people in our community find a connection and home in Australia, as so many people have done before them. 7pm. $10 online, $15 on door.Buy your tickets here. Shadow Electric, Sacred Heart Courtyard, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford.
Friday, September 4 - Friday, September 11
Photo exhibition: Chile: 42 years of struggle, resistances and solidarity. It has been 42 years since the overthrow of the popular and democratically elected government of President Salvador Allende in Chile. After nearly 42 years the Chilean people have continued the struggle and are still fighting for real democracy and better conditions of living, which have not improved even under successive, so-called 'democratic' governments. Foyer, Victoria Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South.Organised by LASNET.
Friday, September 4
Comedy: Rod Quantock & Charlie Pickering. This 'Young Bull' of razor-sharp Australian political satire will be joined by the Godfather of the genre, Rod Quantock, an 'Old Bull' of comedic wisdom and insight if ever there was one. One show only! 8.30pm. The Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen St, Yarraville. Bookings from Yarraville Laughs.
Saturday, September 5
Rally: Slutwalk. Stop victim blaming and violence against women. 1pm. State Library, Swanston St, City. All welcome.
Thursday, September 10
Book launch: The 1% and the Rest of Us. Tim Muzio, senior lecturer in international relations and political economy at the University of Wollongong in Australia, will give a talk about his new book which explores what it means to be part of a socio-economic order presided over by the super-rich and their political servants. 6:45pm. $5. NIBS, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South.
Friday, September 18 - Friday, September 25
Comedy: Corey White 'The Cane Toad Effect'. Sifts through the wreckage of a broken home, mental illness and failed love, delivering an hour of sparkling stand-up comedy that cuts through woe to the beautiful heart of life. This is a show that affirms the power of the human spirit and the glory of being alive. Times: 9.15pm (Sun: 8.15pm). Fringe Hub - The Loft, Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol St, North Melbourne.Bookings Melbourne Fringe.
Sunday, September 20
Rally: Declare Victoria gasfield free. From country to city, we come together to protect our land, our water and our health from unconventional gas. Help us send a clear message that fracking and gasfields will never be welcome in Victoria. 12 noon.State Library, 328 Swanston St, City. Organised by Coal & Gas Free Victoria. Facebook
Monday, September 21 - Sunday, October 4
Comedy: Abbott! The Musical. A fast-paced, musical comedy about 28th Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Through a clever combination of satire, comic embellishment, catchy original songs and verbatim quotes from the man himself, the show is brilliant at pointing out the government's hypocrisy. 6pm. Tuxedo Cat - The Atrium, 293-299 La Trobe St, City. To book visit Melbourne Fringe.
Tuesday, September 22
Comedy: Political Asylum. Join us at the Fringe Club as Australia's preeminent political comedy group Political Asylum presents a massive evening of side splitting satire live on stage! Featuring a curated lineup of some of the funniest topical jokesters from around the country, including local favourites and special guests! 9:30pm. Fringe Club - Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne. For more info visit Political Asylum.
Saturday, September 26
Film screening: Ayotzinapa: Chronicle of an atrocious state crime. New documentary about the forced disappearance of 43 Mexican students. On the one-year anniversary of the events which left six civilians dead and 43 student activists rounded up by police and handed over to a drug trafficking syndicate to be disappeared. 6:30pm. RMIT Swanston Academic Building, Room 20 theatre, 445 Swanston St, City. Suggested donation $10. For more details ph 0421 957 341.
Tuesday, September 29 - Sunday, October 4
Performance: Climamania.Join Australian jazz icon Bob Sedergreen, comic master Rod Quantock and the Soul Theatre ensemble as they put a carbon-neutral rocket under our entrenched complacency. 6:30pm. Metanoia at The Mechanics Institute, Studio, 270 Sydney Rd, Brunswick. Bookings at Melbourne Fringe.
Sunday, October 11
Rally: Stand up for refugees.No turnbacks; Close Manus & Nauru; No Border Force Act; End mandatory detention. 2pm. State Library, 328 Swanston St, City. Organised by Refugee Action Collective.
Friday, August 28
GEELONG Equal love campaign meeting. Discussion on organising a marriage equality rally. 5pm. Activist Centre, Trades Hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong.
Saturday, August 29
BENDIGO Protest: Stop the bigots in Bendigo! No to fascism, no to Islamophobia.Fascist group the ‘United Patriots Front’ (UPF) have called a protest in Bendigo outside the Town Hall in order to protest the construction of a mosque. After three highly succesful counter mobilisations by anti racist activists, unionists, students and progressives in Melbourne, we need to take the spirit of solidarity on the road. If you are in Melbourne there will be a convoy leaving from Trades Hall in Carlton (cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton) at 12:30pm. For more information text SUBSCRIBE to 0422 726 843 (SMS only). 2:30pm. Bendigo Town Hall, 189-193 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo.
GEELONG Public meeting: Laurie Penny: Unspeakable Things. Laurie Penny calls boldly for a new and braver feminism. She argues passionately for social justice and freedom in all its forms. Penny will speak the unspeakable in this no-holds-barred discussion with Clementine Ford. 3:30pm. Deakin University Geelong, Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre. Bookings here.
Friday, September 18
GEELONG Red Cinema: Selma. 2014 American historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lewis. Dinner at 6pm. Film at 6.30pm (note change of time, starting earlier than usual). Downstairs, Trades Hall, 127 Myers st, Geelong.
Australians for Kurdistan. 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. Meets on the first Thursday of each month. For information ph Gulay 0413 936 706 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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