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Community Announcements 15 November 2011

Posted 15 November 2011 by Ken Norling (Vic Division)

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Wednesday 9 November - Ongoing
BAIADA POULTRY PICKET LINE

There has been a picket line at Baiada Poultry, Pipe Road, Laverton for more than a week. The workers, often recent migrants, are fighting for decent pay (some workers are being paid $10 an hour), an end to bullying and racism from managers, improved health and safety (two workers have died in the last six years, including a worker who was decapitated at the factory last year): in other words, decent terms and conditions and basic respect.
There is an injunction against the National Union of Workers to prevent them picketing, but this does not stop members of the community more broadly staffing the picket line. Other unions have been requested to provide assistance on particular days this week. The NTEU has agreed to provide a presence from 8am on Friday until 8am on Saturday. We will share the responsibility with the MUA. We need as many members, activists and staff as possible to attend the picket line on Friday. If you are able to go on other days and times, that would also be most welcome. This is a major industrial dispute, in defence of some of the most exploited workers. Union solidarity is vital.
Email links for support of Baiada workers (Baiada is the major supplier of chicken (including the Lilydale brand) to Coles Supermarkets): info@baiada.com.au, http://www.coles.com.au/Coles/Coles-Feedback.aspx. More information on the campaign: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=271986516169831

Tuesday 15 November
SCREENING OF MICHAEL MOORE'S CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY

As the corporate system takes us toward yet another economic crisis, where the poor pay while the rich are bailed out, Moore uses both humour and outrage to ask 'What is the price we pay for capitalism?' From a hilarious history lesson through to today's struggles of working people to keep hold of our homes and jobs, the film helps us step back and ask whether a world where people and planet are slaves to profit has any future and what alternatives could be created? 6:30pm (meal from 6pm). Resistance Centre, level 5, 407 Swanston st, City (opposite RMIT). $10/$6. Organised by Socialist Alliance. For more info ph 9639 8622 or 0413 377 978.

Tuesday 15 November
INTELLIGENCE SQUARED DEBATES: THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS A FORCE FOR GOOD IN THE WORLD

Melbourne Town Hall, 6:30PM - 8:30PM. For almost two millennia, the Catholic Church has been the author and repository of some of the highest ideals of humanity. Yet, as humanity is flawed, so is the Church. Few would deny that the Catholic Church has dark chapters in its history. So much is expected of an institution that claims to bridge the sacred and the secular. Do these darker moments unfairly obscure the light? Or is the Catholic Church simply the most ancient of wolves in sheep’s clothing? Speaking for the proposition will be Helen Coonan, Julian McMahon and Sister Libby Rogerson. Speaking against the proposition will be Father Peter Kennedy, Anne Summers and David Marr. $20 and $12 concession. Make a booking: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=14664

Tuesday 15 November
PUBLIC MEETING: ONGOING TRAUMA: REFLECTIONS ON THE ONGOING EFFECT OF REFUGEE EXPERIENCES AFTER RE-SETTLEMENT IN AUSTRALIA

Speakers: Ellena Savage; Cecilia Sequeira Goncalves & Clovis Mwamba. 6:30pm. Dexter Cafe & Bar, 123 Queens Pde, Clifton Hill. Organised by Melbourne Free University. For more info visit MFU. http://melbournefreeuniversity.org/

Tuesday 15 November
THE STRUGGLE FOR FREE & QUALITY EDUCATION IN CHILE

International speaker representing the Chilean students grassroots movement 'Convergencia Estudiantil' fighting for a fair, just and quality education system in Chile. 7pm. Trades Hall Basement, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton South. Organised by Latin American Solidarity Network. For more info visit www.latinlasnet.org. Supported by Chile Solidarity Melbourne.

Wednesday 16 November
TRADITIONAL OWNERS SPEAK OUT AGAINST BHP

Come along to meet and hear from traditional owners who are fighting to protect their homelands from being mined by BHP Billiton. Also meet the people who work closely with traditional owners in building the campaigns and public awareness of the environmental and health affects caused by mining coal and uranium. There will be a Q & A panel of traditonal owners, who will be entering the BHP Billiton AGM on November 17, including Peter Watts (Arabunna), Donna Jackson (Larrakia Nation), Richard Evans (Koara Gwa-da tribal leader) & Felipe Ustate from Manatial Columbia. 6:30pm. Meeting room 1, Trades Hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton South.

Wednesday 16 November – Sunday 27 November
CORANDERRK: WE WILL SHOW THE COUNTRY

Performed by Syd Brisbane, Jack Charles, Jim Daly, Peter Finlay, Greg Fryer, Liz Jones, Tom Long, Melodie Reynolds, & Glenn Shea. VICTORIA, 1881: the men and women of the ‘Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve’ take on the Board for the Protection of Aborigines in a fight for justice, dignity and self-determination. For the first time, we bring back to life Coranderrk’s voices – both black and white – through a re-enactment of their official testimonies before the 1881 Government Inquiry into Coranderrk. Produced by ILBIJERRI THEATRE COMPANY and the Minutes of Evidence Project. Wed, Sun 6:30pm | Thu, Fri, Sat 8pm | Matinees Sat 4pm. La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street Carlton. $25 Full | $15 Concession. More info: info@ilbijerri.com.au Bookings 9347 6142, http://lamama.com.au/

Thursday 17 November
OCCUPY MELBOURNE PROTEST: EVICT ROBERT DOYLE

Occupy Melbourne's Indigenous Working Group serves an eviction notice on Melbourne City Council and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle. In response to the violent attack on the democratic right to protest, including the brutal attack on several Indigenous activists, we invite the 99% to join us in this action to defend our human rights and cultural dignity. We are demanding a treaty with the whole of the Kamerra Nation. Let's recognise the true sovereigns of this land. Let's stop the racist NT Intervention. 12:30pm. City Square, cnr Collins & Swanston Sts, City (marching over the road to Town Hall).

Thursday 17 November
SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE MONEY: PAY JUSTICE ACTION BIG NIGHT OUT DINNER

Be inspired by rousing tales from the ongoing battle for equal pay. You'll hear from an activist in the state public service where workers are battling the Ballieu government's miserable 2.5% offer that would see wages go backwards! You'll also get an update by a workplace delegate from the ASU about the tenacious campaign by community sector workers for equal pay. 7pm. Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road Brunswick. $20/$10 & $25 solidarity. Bookings appreciated to assist with catering. To book ph 9388 0062 or email pay.justice.action@iinet.net.au.

Thursday 17 November
PROTEST AT BHP BILLITON AGM

BHP Billiton have just been given environmental approval to expand their Olympic Dam mine in South Australia. It will be the largest open cut mine in the world. BHP Billiton are the worlds largest mining company resourcing the dirty energy sector. This financial year BHP Billiton have registered an 85% increase in profits to an incomprehensible annual figure of US$23.6 billion. The mine is set to be 1km deep, 4.5km long & 3km wide, with 5 years of excavation before they even reach the uranium ore body. The estimated 70 million tonnes of radioactive waste materials from the mine will be dumped over a 44km square area next to the mine site. 10:30am. Melbourne Convention Centre, 2 Clarendon St, South Wharf, City. To get involved contact tully.mcintyre@foe.org.au or ph 0410 388 187.

Thursday 17 November
LUNCHBOX / SOAPBOX: NINA FUNNELL ON THE TEEN SEXTING PANIC

The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, 12:45PM - 1:15PM. Lunchbox/Soapbox is a simple idea: an old-fashioned Speakers’ Corner in the middle of the city, in the middle of the day. Nina Funnell is a researcher in the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of NSW. This is a free event. No bookings required. More info: www.wheelercentre.com.

Thursday 17 November
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND WORKPLACE ACTION IN EUROPE AND AUSTRALIA

The European Union Centre at RMIT presents a free seminar: Since 2010 a partnership between the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse (ADFVC) and the union movement has driven the introduction of domestic violence clauses in industrial instruments in Australia. These clauses now protect over 300,000 Australian workers, and the provision of twenty days paid leave for reasons of domestic violence are international best practice. In June and July 2011 Ludo McFerran, representing the ADFVC Domestic Violence Workplace Project, met with representatives of the ETUC and ILO to provide a progress report, and discuss the potential for similar partnerships in the European context. 3.30 -4.30 pm, RMIT City campus, Court Room 3, RMIT Building 20, level 2 (Enter via Building 1, 124 La Trobe Street or Bowen Street). Free event, all welcome. Please RSVP by Monday 16 November for catering purposes to: eucentre@rmit.edu.au. Web: www.rmit.edu.au/eucentre

Friday 18 November
COMMUNITY RESILIENCE IN NATURAL DISASTERS

Diamond Valley Oxfam with the support of Eltham Bookshop present a discussion with Anouk Ride (journalist) and Diane Bretherton (peace pyschologist) about their new book, Community Resilience in Natural Disasters. Told through the voices of community leaders, this book analyses how communities respond to natural disasters and how outsiders contribute positively and negatively to their response, promoting debate on the role of aid and the media in times of crisis. Entry by gold coin donation to the East Africa Food Crisis Appeal. 7.30 pm, Eltham Living and Learning Centre, 739 Main Rd, Eltham.

Friday 18 November
RECEPTION FOR CONVERGENCIA ESTUDIANTIL REPRESENTATIVE

7:00pm - 10:30pm, LASNET Space, Trades Hall Basement, Cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton South, Melbourne. Get together and drinks to welcome Cristian Milla Curiñanco, representative of the Chilean grass roots students organisation, Convergencia Estudiantil, fighting for a free and quality education in Chile. Drinks and food available in our space. Come along! For more info visit www.latinlasnet.org.

Friday 18 – Sunday 20 November
COMMONGROUND FESTIVAL

Commonground Festival is an intimate new community music festival, celebrating the social change movement. Just one hour north of Melbourne on beautiful regenerated bushland of the Commonground Resource Centre. Featuring: The Band Who Knew Too Much; Flap!; The Tiger and Me; The Shivering Timbers; The Stetson Family; April Maze; Beth King; Stephen Pigram; The Grenadines; The Nymphs; Sun Hyland Band. Plus workshops on activism, co-housing, working collaboratively and greenthumb garden action. Visit https://www.groupwork.com.au/commonground/festival to find out more and to purchase tickets. Funds raised support Commonground and their work resourcing the social change movement.

Saturday 19 November
OCCUPY MELBOURNE: DARE TO SHARE TEDDY BEARS PICNIC

Across the planet 800 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition, 1.1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water and, every hour, 1200 children die from preventable diseases. In Australia the number living in poverty is 2.2 million, while homelessness is at 100,000. Currently, in Victoria funding is being cut to 9000 'take a break' occasional care places, impacting on shift workers, single parents and families in crisis. Meanwhile the 1% continues to grow richer. Join us, the 99%, for a day of fun and kids activities at Occupy Melbourne's 'Dare to share teddy bears picnic'. Bring a blanket and some snacks and let's show the 1% how this 'strange concept' called sharing is done. At this teddy bear picnic, we all get a slice of the pie! 11:30am. Venue TBC. Look for the balloons! For more info visit http://occupymelbourne.org/.

Sunday 20 November
TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

You are invited to join Ygender in commemoration on the Transgender Day of Remembrance. We ask that you join us to pay respects to the memory of some of our communities most vulnerable citizens in a day of reflection and remembrance. The event will include guest speakers, performance and a space for discussion. We look forward to seeing you there, please RSVP by November 10 for catering and venue capacity. 1pm. Grattan Gardens Community Centre (Community Hall), 40 Grattan St, Prahran. (Please note that car parking spaces are extremely limited.) Organised by Ygender Melbourne.

Sunday 20 November
PEACEFUL LAW REFORM RALLY TO LEGALISE CANNABIS

There will be several live music acts performing throughout the day, including Mr DNA and AOI (hip hop) Jahmakn'It'Funky (reggae) & acoustic sets by Jamal Moyle and Armado. Speakers: The Australian Sex Party, Greg Denham (LEAP Australia), Brett Lothian and more to be announced. 1pm. Flagstaff Gardens, Between William & King Sts, City (200 metres from Flagstaff Station lawn).

Wednesday 23 November
FOR THE 99%! SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND POLITICAL CHANGE

Public forum with guest speaker from Venezuela. The rise of the international Occupy movement reflects the mass dissatisfaction and growing anger with the injustices of capitalism. In Latin America, a united organisation that reflects and fights for the needs of the people – for the 99% – against the greed and destructiveness of the big corporations is changing the shape of politics across that continent, and the world. The Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) was launched by Cuba and Venezuela in 2004 and now includes eight Latin American nations. Ruben Pereira, Coordinator of Social Movements for the Bolivarian Alliance, is visiting Australia this month to speak about the its work to strengthen people’s power and unity in the struggle against neoliberalism and imperialism, and for social justice, peace, social security and self-determination, in harmony with nature. 7pm, New International Bookshop, downstairs, Trades Hall, cnr Victoria St & Lygon St, Carlton. Organised by Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network. www.venezuelasolidarity.org

Wednesday 23 November
QUARTERLY ESSAY - MAN-MADE WORLD: CHOOSING BETWEEN PROGRESS AND PLANET

The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, 6:15PM - 7:15PM. Is the world split between those who want to save the planet and those who want to save themselves? In Quarterly Essay 44, Andrew Charlton exposes the rift that will shape our future: progress versus planet, rich versus poor. Across the globe, economists and environmentalists are locked in a struggle over who has the right response to climate change, population and food security issues. In this groundbreaking essay, Charlton argues that our descendants will only thank us if we find a way to preserve both the natural world and human progress. This is a free event. Bookings recommended. Make a booking: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=14666 More info: www.wheelercentre.com.

Thursday 24 – Friday 25 November
THE 150 YEARS’ CRISIS: REVISITING TERRITORIAL SEPARATISM IN WORLD POLITICS

The Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights, Deakin University, is sponsoring a workshop offering a contemporary overview of the secessionist phenomenon. The themes of the workshop include (re)investigation of the causes of territorial separatism, (re)assessment of peace processes as well as (re)consideration of the role of justice in resolving secessionist cases. Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne. TO REGISTER www.deakin.edu.au/ccdhr asap as there are limited places Enquiries: Ph: 03 5227 2113 Email: ccdhr@deakin.edu.au

Friday 25 November
KRIS WYLD PRESENTS THE 18TH SCARLET STILETTO AWARDS

Kris Wyld has co-written and co-produced some of Australia’s grittiest crime dramas, including Wildside, White Collar Blue, East West 101, and The Strip, collecting numerous gongs along the way. Altogether in the past 13 years, Kris has co-produced over 130 hours of multi-award-winning crime drama. If you missed out on hearing her at SheKilda 2011, now is your chance as she talks to Lindy Cameron about her life in crime. This year, 127 short stories compete for the coveted Scarlet Stiletto trophy and $5000 in prize money. Fifteen authors are short-listed. 8pm, The Rising Sun Hotel, cnr Raglan St & Eastern Rd, South Melbourne. $5/$10 (non-members) 10% discount from Benn’s Books stall. Dinner upstairs from 6.30pm (no lift). No need to book for dinner or event. Men or ‘brothers-in-law’ welcome. Info: Carmel Shute on 0412 569 356 or go to www.sistersincrime.org.au

Friday 25 November
BID FOR CHANGE ART AUCTION

Former MONA Director Mark Fraser will conduct a fundraising art auction including works by Shaun Tan, Kaz Cooke, Barry Dickins and Judy Horacek in support of International Women's Development Agency (IWDA) on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. 46 River St, South Yarra, 6 pm on. Come along and pick up a wonderful piece of art, and support women’s equality across Asia and the Pacific. Make your Bid for Change! Reservations are essential. Email: rsvp@iwda.org.au or call 1300 661 812. To view the works for auction visit the IWDA website. http://www.iwda.org.au/2011/11/04/bid-for-change-art-auction-251111-south-yarra-vic-gallery/

Friday 25 November
NOT1MORE EVENT - WHITE RIBBON DAY

Remembering Victims of Family Violence Homicide. White Ribbon is the only national violence against women prevention campaign. 12:00pm - 2:30pm: official lunch hosted by White Ribbon Chairman Andrew O'Keefe and Melbourne Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle. Melbourne Town Hall – contact Wendy.Sturgess@whiteribbon.org.au. 2:30pm - 3:00pm: Walk Against Family Violence. Join support services, sports stars, celebrities and Victoria Police in their annual Walk Against Family Violence. Info: Gaewynne.old@aus.salvationarmy.org. 3:00pm - 6:00pm: Not1More - Performances from leading Indigenous musicians and other top performers, Federation Square. 6:00pm - 10:00pm: BRAVE (Bands Rock Against Violence Events), Transport Bar - Federation Square.
The NTEU National Council in October endorsed a motion to promote White Ribbon Day and to encourage members to swear the oath against violence. For details, http://www.nteu.org.au/article/NTEU-SUPPORTS-WHITE-RIBBON-CAMPAIGN-25-NOVEMBER-2011-12106

Tuesday 29 November
TOOMELAH SCREENING

Come along to the Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria - Tarwirri's fundraiser screening of Toomelah, a new film by Ivan Sen and produced by David Jowsey. Toomelah is about a ten year old boy called Daniel, who wants to be a gangster, and his daily life growing up in a remote Aboriginal community – a provocative and yet comic story that transports audiences inside the community, creating an authentic world and way of life that is Toomelah. Tarwirri is a not-for-profit organization striving to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal professionals to realize their full potential. For more information on Tarwirri visit http://tarwirri.com.au/index.php/. 7pm (Time is approximate. Please check exact session time on the day and arrive 15 minutes prior.) Cinema Nova, Level 1, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton. $20 per ticket. Drinks and snacks available at own cost. Registration enquiries: (03) 9607 9474, amartin@liv.asn.au

Monday 5 – Tuesday 6 December
SAFE AT HOME, SAFE AT WORK CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP

The Domestic Violence Workplace Rights & Entitlements Project and Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse invite you to their inaugural Conference and Workshop. The Conference will bring together advocates from the fields of domestic violence and workplace relations, employers, unions, academics and policymakers to discuss domestic/family violence prevention in the workplace context, through enterprise bargaining and labour law reform. Robyn Dale, an experienced trainer and Project Officer at the Domestic Violence Workplace Rights & Entitlements Project will facilitate the workshop component of the conference. The workshop is open to all conference participants. Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. For all enquiries regarding the Conference and Workshop, please contact the organisers: Ludo McFerran: (02) 9385 1806 / 0412 231 058, ludo.mcferran@unsw.edu.au, Robyn Dale: (030 9663 4555 / 0414 706 148, robyn@urcot.org.au

Wednesday 7 December
LOOKING FOR THE LIGHT ON THE HILL - MODERN LABOR’S CHALLENGES

Australian Fabians event. With an introduction from Kath Bowtell, Troy Bramston will speak about his new book and views on what Labor needs to do to recover its electorate strength before the next election. Looking for the Light on the Hill argues that Labor is bedevilled by twin problems: the loss of its intrinsic culture of strong, bold, and innovative leadership; and an identity crisis that has emerged because Labor has failed to refresh its values, philosophy, and purpose for the modern era. Written by a party insider and former Rudd government adviser, the book draws on Labor’s history with fresh perspectives, and includes the secret components of the party’s recent internal review. 6:00 - 7.30pm, Melbourne Conference Centre, Corner Swanston and Lt Lonsdale Streets. Cost: Members, Students, Concession: $5, Non-members: $10. RSVP: vicevents@fabian.org.au (particularly if interested in a copy of the book so we can cater for the numbers).

Sunday 18 December
RHYTHM, ROCK, REGGAE, RAP, RECYCLE BENEFIT CONCERT

For books for libraries and schools in newly independent South Sudan. With The Mystic Trio ,Quashani Bahd, Culture Crew, Majak & Deng, Black Orchid String Band, West Papuan Dance Group, Ben Jackson Band, Flybz. Speakers from South Sudan and West Papua. 2:30pm. Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St Fitzroy. Entry fee: Bring a book (new or 2nd hand) to donate to school/university libraries in South Sudan (children's and recent text books welcome) and/or donation to help with rebuilding after years of war. Organised by SSPARC (South Sudanese People in Australia Relief and Care, Auspiced by Multicultural Arts Victoria, with thanks to the City of Yarra. For more information contact Esther 0439 555 291 or Tania 0438 702 528.