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Community Announcements 14 February 2012

Posted 14 February 2012 by Ken Norling (Vic Division)

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Wednesday 15 February
LASNET (LATIN AMERICAN SOLIDARITY NETWORK) ANNUAL MEETING

LASNET 2012 Annual Get Together Meeting, 6.30PM, LASNET Space, Trades Hall basement (corner of Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton). We seek to continue putting into practice some of our main aims of building bridges and solidarity between Latin America, Australia and the Asia Pacific; organising globally to defend our peoples rights. We think that through unity, mutual solidarity, honesty and truth we can create spaces for mutual collaboration and more opportunities to work together supporting our communities and grassroots organisations across these regions. Our main purpose of this meeting is to plan and delegate tasks for the projects we are committed to undertaking this year. To organise food and drinks please confirm your participation by e-mail lasnet@latinlasnet.org or calling 0425 539 149, by Monday February 13. Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) www.latinlasnet.org, www.latinamericansolidaritynetwork.org, http://www.facebook.com/lasnet

Thursday 16 February
LUNCHBOX / SOAPBOX: DAVID HOLMGREN ON RETROFITTING THE SUBURBS FOR SUSTAINABILITY

In recent years, as we have become more aware of the negative effects of our high-impact lifestyles, a number of environmental responses have been introduced – such as building insulation, energy-efficiency requirements, improvements to public transport, conservation of urban green space, and more water-sensitive urban design. Join David Holmgren to explore how suburbs can, and are, responding to the converging economic, energy and climate crises and discover how you can stimulate positive household and community resilience in the face of these pressures. This is a free event, and no bookings are required. 12:45PM - 1:15PM, The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street. Information: http://wheelercentre.com/

Friday 17 February
OCCUPY MELBOURNE: OCCUPY FRIDAYS!

10am-10pm. City Square, cnr Collins & Swanston Sts, City. For more info visit http://occupymelbourne.org/.

Friday 17 February
OUTDOOR FILM SCREENING: 'OUR GENERATION' PLUS SHORT FILMS ABOUT THE STRUGGLE FOR THE KIMBERLEY.

An evening of film, live music featuring Richard Frankland and speakers with a focus on issues affecting indigenous communities in northern Australia. Our Generation is a powerful and upfront documentary on the Aboriginal struggle for their land, culture and freedom, a story that has been silenced by the mainstream media. Money raised by film ticket sales will go to community projects in Arnhem Land and Kimberley campaigners. Doors 6pm. Food & bar from 6:30pm. Speakers and live music from 7pm until dark. Feature starts at 9pm. CERES Community Environment Park on the Village Green, cnr Roberts & Stewart Sts, Brunswick East. What to bring: Picnic, rugs, cushions, clothing for all weather! $20/$16. Contact details: ceres@ceres.org.au or ph 9389 0100. To book a ticket, go to: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=18745

Friday 17 February
SISTERS IN CRIME@2012: NEW YEAR CAN BE MURDER

Sisters in Crime national co-convenor Jacqui Horwood interrogates two of Australia’s top crime authors – Katherine Howell & Sulari Gentill – about their new books, both just out for the New Year. Silent Fear is the fifth book in the series starring Detective Ella Marconi by Katherine Howell. Miles off Course is the third novel by Sulari Gentill to feature gentleman sleuth, artist Rowland Sinclair. $5/$10 (non-members) 8pm, The Rising Sun Hotel, corner Raglan Street & Eastern Road, South Melbourne (no lift). Men or ‘brothers-in-law’ welcome. Dinner upstairs from 6.30pm (no lift). No need to book for dinner or event. Info: Carmel Shute on 0412 569 356 or go to www.sistersincrime.org.au

Friday 17 February
THE GREAT DEBATE - ECONOMIC GROWTH WILL SAVE THE PLANET

Should we be for or against ‘growth’? Just when you thought you had the growth issue pinned down, the Sustainable Living Festival’s Great Debate will challenge your assumptions. Don’t miss this feature Festival event as some of the field’s finest present their case for economic pathways for a sustainable planet: Professor Ross Garnaut; Hans-Josef Fell (German MP, architect of renewable energy policy); Paul Gilding (Former Greenpeace International CEO); Nicole Foss (Canadian author and analyst); Miriam Lyons (Director of the Centre for Policy Development); and Matthew Wright (2010 Environmentalist of the Year). 7:00pm - 10:00pm, BMW Edge, Federation Square. Tickets are $25. http://slfgreatdebate2012.eventbrite.com/

Friday 17 – Sunday 19 February
SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL 2012

Federation Square & Birrarung Marr Event Park, near cnr Swanston & Flinders Sts, City. For more info visit http://festival.slf.org.au/

Sunday 19 February
THE 'PLEASE RESIST ME' POETRY SLAM TOUR MELBOURNE LAUNCH

Hosted by esteemed poet and rapper Omar Musa (Moneykat). 6:30pm. Performance Revolt, 12 Elizabeth St, Kensington. $18/$15. Organised by the Centre for Poetics and Justice. For more info visit http://www.cpj.org.au/

Wednesday 22 February
COME THE REVOLUTION: A MEMOIR

A talk with the author Alex Mitchell, veteran journalist and one-time editor of the UK Trotskyist daily newspaper The Workers Press. In this role he travelled to the Middle East and interviewed Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi. 6.30 - 7.30 pm, The New International Bookshop Meeting Room, Basement Floor, Trades Hall, Carlton. Entry is by gold coin donation to The New International Bookshop. Drinks and snacks are available by donation.

Wednesday 22 February
KIM BARKER: THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE

Foreign correspondent Kim Barker’s personal account of reporting in Afghanistan and Pakistan, The Taliban Shuffle, is a fiercely honest – and occasionally hilarious – dissection of the absurdities of an intractable conflict. Barker, previously South Asia bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune, abandons the journalist’s conventional poker-faced neutrality for a mordant take on the newest American – and Australian – military quagmire. In conversation with Karen Middleton (An Unwinnable War). This is a free event; bookings are recommended. Make a booking http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=20129. 6:15PM - 7:15PM, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street. Information: http://wheelercentre.com/

Wednesday 22 February
ARE MELBOURNE’S GROWTH AREAS SUSTAINABLE?

Key event on sustainable transport compered by Terry Laidler and hosted by the Metropolitan Transport Forum. Speakers include: Cr Glenn Goodfellow (City of Wyndham); Meredith Sussex (Administrator, City of Brimbank); Griff Davis (City of Whittlesea); Janet Rice (City of Hume); Paul Hamilton (City of Casey); Professor Michael Buxton and Peter Seamer, (CEO, Growth Areas Authority). The Metropolitan Transport Forum (www.mtf.org.au) is hosting this public event on sustainable transport as part of the Sustainable Living Festival (SLF) series of events during February 2012.  The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) are also sponsoring this event. 4.00 - 6.30 pm, Melbourne Town Hall. Free event but RSVP appreciated mtf@mtf.org.au

Thursday 23 February
LUNCHBOX / SOAPBOX: HILARY CHARLESWORTH ON WOMEN AND THE NEW WAVE OF DEMOCRACY

Since the end of the Cold War, much international attention has been devoted to building democracies to replace authoritarian regimes. East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq and last year’s Arab Spring are examples of this movement. But women seem to be the consistent losers in the new democracies: why is this so and what can we do about it? This is a free event, and no bookings are required. 12:45PM - 1:15PM, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street. Information: http://wheelercentre.com/

Friday 24 February
OCCUPY MELBOURNE: OCCUPY FRIDAYS!

10am-10pm. City Square, cnr Collins & Swanston Sts, City. For more info visit http://occupymelbourne.org/.

Tuesday 28 February
MELBOURNE SUPPORTS THE STRIKING WORKERS IN INDIA!

5:30pm until 7:30pm, Federation Square. On February 28, over 100 million Indians will join together and walk off the job in what is likely be the largest strike of workers the world has ever seen. Workers around the world will be standing in solidarity with those fighting for economic justice in India. In Melbourne we invite all those who support worker's rights to join together at Fed Square, the site of several inspiring political actions involving Melbourne's Indian community. www.workerssolidaritymelbourne.org. More information: http://ntui.org.in/labour-news/item/trade-union-strike-called-in-feb-as-pm-will-not-talk-to-tus/

Thursday 1 March
FAIR TRADE OR FREE TRADE? THE TRANS-PACIFIC FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

6:00-8:00pm, RMIT City Campus, Building 56, Level 4, Room 81, Corner of Queensberry and Lygon Streets. Entrance on Queensberry Street. Sponsored by the ACTU and AFTINET. Speakers include: Ged Kearney (ACTU); Professor Jane Kelsey (University of Auckland); Dr Kyla Tienhaara (ANU); Dr Deborah Gleeson (Public Health Association Australia). Facilitator: Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) free trade agreement negotiations between Australia, the US, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam are continuing at the Melbourne Convention Centre on March 1-9. For more information see Australian Fair Trade & Investment Network Ltd www.aftinet.org.au

Saturday 3 March
FEST LA FROG: URBAN ECO FEST

Showcasing sustainable and organic, music and art, this event will be even bigger and better than last years. Fest La Frog is paving the way for the future of festivals by using solar-powered stages, local artists, solar boosted organic food and beverages. Fest La Frog has a zero waste policy and last year 650 people onsite created only a handful of landfill and half a recycling bin worth of packaging! 1:30-10pm. CERES Community Environment Park, cnr Roberts & Stewart Sts, Brunswick. For more info visit Fest La Frog. http://www.festlafrog.com/

Monday 5 March
PUBLIC FORUM: TRANS-PACIFIC FREE TRADE AGREEMENT AND ACCESS TO MEDICINES

6:00-7:30pm, University of Melbourne, Executive Lounge, 1st Floor, Alan Gilbert Building, 161 Barry Street, (Corner of Grattan and Barry Streets), Melbourne. Sponsored by the Public Health Association of Australia. Speakers include: Ms Sanya Reid-Smith, (Third World Network); Mr John Rock (APN + People Living With HIV in the Asia Pacific Region); Mr Matt Cleary (Medecins Sans Frontieres). The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) free trade agreement negotiations between Australia, the US, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam are continuing at the Melbourne Convention Centre on March 1-9. For more information see Australian Fair Trade & Investment Network Ltd www.aftinet.org.au

Thursday 8 March
FAIR DEAL OR NO DEAL

Lunch Time Rally against The Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement. 12:30 to 1:15pm, forecourt of the Melbourne Entertainment and Exhibition Centre, enter from the Convention Centre Place or from Clarendon Street. Sponsored by Victorian Trades Hall Council. Further details closer to the event. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) free trade agreement negotiations between Australia, the US, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam are continuing at the Melbourne Convention Centre on March 1-9. For more information see Australian Fair Trade & Investment Network Ltd www.aftinet.org.au

Thursday 8 March
THE MONTHLY ARGUMENT – THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT: AN INFANTILE DISORDER?

Melbourne University Graduate House, 220 Leicester St, Carlton. For more info visit http://themonthlyargument.wordpress.com/

Thursday 8 March
HALF THE SKY - THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY CONCERT

Presented by the International Women’s Development Agency. Featuring: Natalie Pa’apa’a, Deborah Conway & Willie Zygier, Vika and Linda Bull, Tina Del Twist Flap!, Briony MacKenzie, She Said Zed, The Sunshine Sisters AND MC Rachel Berger. All proceeds go to International Women’s Development Agency to fund their work with women across Asia and the Pacific. Bookings: www.ticketmaster.com.au. For more information visit www.iwda.org.au

Sunday 11 March
COMMEMORATION OF FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER

Rally as part of international day of action. 1pm. State Library, cnr Swanston & Latrobe Sts, City. Organised by MAPW, ICAN, Japanese for Peace and others. For more info visit http://www.11march.com/