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Community Announcements 21 March 2012

Posted 21 March 2012 by Ken Norling (Vic Division)

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Wednesday 21 March
WHAT MEN REALLY THINK ABOUT... FATHERHOOD

What Men Really Think About …, a series of public discussions aimed at lifting the lid on issues close to the hearts of Australian men, comes to the Wheeler Centre for an investigation of fatherhood. What makes a good father? Who and what do we want our fathers to be? How do you protect your children and teach them resilience at the same time? And how and when do you let them go? What Men Really Think About … Fatherhood promises to be an honest, public, emotionally confronting, yet humorous look at this most central of men’s issues, in a society famous for male repression. Presenter: Kim Farrant writes and directs drama, documentaries and commercials for film and TV. This is a free event; bookings recommended: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=20138. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, 6:15PM - 7:15PM. More information: http://wheelercentre.com/

Wednesday 21 March
COCAINE, DEATH SQUADS, AND THE WAR ON TERROR

The New International Bookshop hosts the Melbourne launch of an incisive new study of Colombian politics and modern US imperialism by Australian scholars Oliver Villar and Drew Cottle. The book examines the real motivations behind the US Government's funnelling of billions of dollars' worth of aid into Colombia since the late 1990s. Ostensibly to combat the illicit drug trade and State Department-designated terrorist groups, the result has been a spiral of violence that continues to take lives and destabilize Colombian society. The book asks an obvious question: are the official reasons given for the wars on drugs and terror in Colombia plausible, or are there other, deeper factors at work? 6:30 pm (for a 7 pm start) in The New International Bookshop Meeting-room, Basement floor, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South. Entry is by gold-coin donation to the Bookshop. Drinks and snacks will be available by donation.

Thursday 22 March
A HISTORY OF ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP: THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN & LEADERSHIP PROJECT

The Australian Women & Leadership Project aims to identify the extent of women's leadership within movements for social and political change in Australia. Nikki Henningham (University of Melbourne) will introduce the project and its online components, and Judy Smart (University of Melbourne) and Marian Quartly (Monash University) will discuss the leadership of Dame Ada Norris. 5:30pm - 7:00pm, Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library, Entry 3, La Trobe St, Melbourne. Free, but bookings required – 8664 7099 or inquiries@slv.vic.gov.au.

Thursday 22 March
FILM SCREENING: SUPERMARKETS

If you are not already upset by the behaviour of Australia's biggest two supermarkets, you soon will be. Interviews and current affairs episodes explore the impact our of the supermarket duopoly. 'The price we pay' and 'Woolies & Coles' episodes will be complimented by interviews with Nick Rose and Robert Pekin from Food Connect on food sovereignty and supermarkets; and Dick Smith on Coles and 'extreme capitalism'. Organised by Commons Food Film Nights. 6:30pm. South Melbourne Commons, cnr Bank & Montague Sts, South Melbourne. Entry by donation for free popcorn. Organic snacks can be purchased. For more info ph Martin Pritchard 0403 440 996 or visit http://www.commons.org.au/

Thursday 22 March
LUNCHBOX / SOAPBOX: VERITY BURGMANN ON THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EXTREME

Agitators, as Oscar Wilde observed, are essential to progress. Reforms are more likely to be achieved when sections of a social movement behave badly and demand more than reforms. The history of protest suggests that extremism in form and content shifts the spectrum of debate so moderate proponents of the same social movement emerge as the voice of compromise and reason; extremists strengthen the bargaining position of moderates, because authorities accede to moderate demands to weaken extremist challenges; and extremists keep the moderates more honest. This is a free event; bookings are not required. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, 12:45PM - 1:15PM. More information: http://wheelercentre.com/

Thursday 22 March
RESISTING ISRAELI APARTHEID AND OCCUPATION FROM WITHIN

As part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012, Students for Palestine presents a very special speaking tour. We are very excited to tour an Israeli activist who has participated in, amongst other things, the weekly demonstrations against the apartheid wall in the Occupied West Bank and the Boycott from Within movement (activists who advocate from inside of Israel for the international Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement). 1pm. Agora Theatre, La Trobe University. Organised by Victorian Students for Palestine.

Friday 23 March
OCCUPY FRIDAYS AND WSN PRESENT 'SUPPORT THE RIGHT TO ORGANISE AND STRIKE'

Unions are back on the agenda in a big way. In recent months airline workers, Victorian nurses, and a small group of poultry workers at Baiada in Melbourne have faced attacks on their working conditions and all have relied on their unions to defend their jobs. Come along to City Square to find out more about how to join a union and how to get active as a union member. This event will include: Union information stalls; special guest speakers; discussion on unionism today; BBQ (gold coin donation); entertainment. 5:30-7pm. City Square, cnr Collins & Swanston Sts, City. For more info visit http://www.workerssolidaritymelbourne.org/.

Friday 23 March
RED CINEMA PRESENTS: GROWING CHANGE - A JOURNEY INSIDE VENEZUELA'S FOOD REVOLUTION

A documentary by Simon Cunich. An inspirational story full of lively characters, thought provoking insights, stunning scenery and ideas to transform the food system. 7pm (meal available from 6:30pm). $15/$10. Downstairs, Trades Hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong. For more info or bookings ph 5222 6900.

Friday 23 March
FILM SCREENING: BIL'IN HABIBTI

Made in 2006, the film follows the story of Bil'in, a Palestinian village in a struggle to defend their land from being absorbed by the Israeli state. 6:30pm. Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton South. Organised by Victorian Students for Palestine.

Saturday 24 March
BIG GREEN FESTIVAL 2012

The 3rd BIG GREEN FESTIVAL aims to celebrate and create awareness of environmental issues. Featuring: environmental activists, green think ideas, enviro artwork and kids action PLUS performances from the Merri Creek Pickers, The Quarry Mountain Dad Rats, The Rich Family and July Days from 4-9pm on the green fields of Carrum Primary School, Carrum. More info at: www.biggreenfestival.com. The Big Green Festival is a non-profit, free entry, community sharing event

Saturday 24 March
SOCIALIST IDEAS ONE-DAY CONFERENCE: TOWARDS A SOCIALIST AUSTRALIA

Despite the spin from our leaders, things aren’t too good in Australia and they will only get worse. How can we resist the capitalist offensive that is now under way on all levels? What sort of society should we fight for and how can we move toward it? 9:30am until 4:30pm, RMIT University Function Room, Swanston St, City (next to Kaleide Theatre). For agenda, go to http://i769.photobucket.com/albums/xx338/melgraphics/Melbourne%20graphics/agenda.jpg. Organised by Socialist Alliance & Resistance. Sponsored by Green Left Weekly. Registration $15/$5. Lunch available. For more information ph 9639 8622.

Sunday 25 March
DEMOCRACY & RULE OF LAW IN SRI LANKA

Following on from last month's crackdown on protesting fishing communities where one person was killed by security personnel, reports are that Herman Kumara, a longtime human right activist, is facing threats to his life. Kumara is one of the founding members of the Platform for Freedom in Sri Lanka and has collaborated with civil society organisations and trade unions across the country to give voice to those who wanted to express disagreement against oppressive government policies. This public forum will discuss issues of human rights in Sri Lanka. Speakers: Basil Fernando (director Policy & Program Development, Asian Human Rights Commission); Britto Fernando (president Right to Life, co-convenor Platform for Freedom). 4pm. Rotunda R4, Building 8, Monash University Clayton Campus, Wellington Rd, Clayton (Melway 70 G10). Organised by People for Human Rights & Equality. For more info ph Ajith 0427 610 823 or Chitra 0408 480 358.

Tuesday 27 March
SMUGGLED TO FREEDOM. BEHIND THE ANTI-PEOPLE SMUGGLING RHETORIC

Refugee Action Collective is proud to host a public forum to challenge the anti-people smuggling rhetoric dominant in Australian politics. Speakers: Arnold Zable (award-winning writer and refugee advocate); Sarah Hanson Young (federal Greens senator); lawyer for Indonesian fishermen; Peter Farrago (Refugee Action Collective member and former people-smuggler); Nockie Le (Vietnamese refugee). 6:30pm. Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, City (opposite Victoria Markets). Small donation welcome. For more info visit www.rac-vic.org

Wednesday 28 March
SOCIAL CITIES

Grattan’s new report, Social Cities, argues that the way we build and organise our cities is crucial to the quantity and quality of social connection, which in turn is critical to our psychological and physical health. Of course many other factors also influence our levels of connectedness - from individual disposition to family situation - but some kinds of urban design can encourage social connection, while others may ‘build in’ isolation. Report author Jane-Frances Kelly will discuss the report and its recommendations with leading economist Professor Ian Harper in a conversation chaired by Peter Mares. Grattan Institute event. 6 pm - 7pm. MELBOURNE Seminar BMW Edge, Federation Square. All welcome Register online: http://grattan-social-cities.eventbrite.com/

Thursday 29 March
WE OWE NOTHING, WE'RE NOT SELLING, WE WONT PAY!

In the manufactured 'reality' of the mass media, the problems of the Greek 'debt' crisis are an endless flurry of context-less images of riots, strikes and unrest. Ordinary people in Greece, however, are not taking this collective punishment without a fight. Popular refusal and resistance to the IMF/EU austerity measures have become part of the everyday life of people in Greece; from strikes, occupations and demonstrations to everyday acts of solidarity and collaboration between people in struggle. Forum will include live Skype interviews with participants in these social movements. There will also be music from a 5-piece Rembetika kompania (Greek oriental folk), a short film from the movement against austerity and poetry from Greek-Australian writers. 7pm. Uniting Church Hall, 251 High Street, Northcote. Concession $4, waged $8, solidarity $12. All proceeds from the night will be sent to support anti-austerity campaigns in Greece.

Thursday 29 March
ECONOMIC CONCEPTS AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT

What is to be made of the relative ease with which road and road-related projects seem to secure funding from federal, state and local government whilst public transport languishes? What are the economic disciplines to be applied that would properly recognise the role of all transport modes, including public transport and active transport, for a sustainable Melbourne? Speaker: Harry Clarke (professor of economics, La Trobe University. 7:30-8:30pm. Old Shire Offices, 60 Beverley Rd, Heidelberg.

Friday 30 March
BZE FUNDRAISER: HOW MANY POLITICIANS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHT BULB?

Beyond Zero Emissions volunteer and internationally acclaimed comedian Matt Grantham asks that very question and explores whether two Independents and a Green would actually speed up the process. From politics to health and safety, Matt asks: "How have we ended up in a situation where we have an unused desalination plant currently outpolling the Prime Minister?" 6:30pm. FAD Gallery, 14 Corrs Lane, Chinatown, City. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to BZE. For bookings, email hannah@beyondzeroemissions.org 

Friday 30 March
ANTAR QUIZ NIGHT

ANTAR's big fundraiser to kick off our year and help to make our campaigning happen. 7pm (for 7:30pm start). Imperial Hotel, 2/8 Bourke Street, City. Book a table of ten for $250, or a single ticket for $25 (concession $20). To book ph 9419 3613 or email antar@antarvictoria.org.au

Friday 30 March
FREE PALESTINE! BOYCOTT ISRAELI APARTHEID!

Join Students for Palestine in an action/ protest to protest against the apartheid policies of the Israeli State. This day is significant for the Palestinian solidarity movement because: It is the BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanctions) Global Day of Action; It is the first day of the Palestinian March on Jerusalem; It is a day of cultural significance for Palestinian struggle Land Day. 6pm. Bourke St Mall, City.

Saturday 31 March
PSYCHOLOGY, MENTAL HEALTH AND CLASS SOCIETY

There's no denying that mental illness and various forms of psychological disorders play a massive part in the makeup of modern society. It is important to distinguish between a mental illness and psychological disorder, as the latter is caused by a physical defect in the brain, and would be present in the sufferer regardless of their environmental surroundings and standard of living. However in regards to mental illness how much of the environmental factors and standards of living are taken in to account when sufferers are diagnosed? To what degree are factors like unemployment, homelessness, poverty, not being able to afford the basic necessities of life, social isolation, economic and social inequality, sexism, racism, homophobia/transphobia taken in to account when the diagnoses are performed? 2pm. Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). Organised by Resistance and Socialist Alliance. For more info ph 9639 8622.

Monday 2 April
BEYOND ZERO EMISSIONS DISCUSSION: TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Speaker: Joan Manuel Fernandez Mendoza (University of Barcelona). His studies focus on the life cycle assessment of materials involved in urban transport infrastructure. The aim of the research is to compare the infrastructure burden associated with each mode of transport and the potential benefit of replacing these modes with more sustainable alternatives. Electric vehicles are a focus of his work. Gold coin donation. 6:30pm. Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2) McCoy Building, University of Melbourne, cnr Elgin & Swanston Sts, Carlton. For more info ph 8383 2232.

Tuesday 3 April
FILM SCREENING: JUST DO IT

Lifts the lid on climate activism and the daring troublemakers who have crossed the line to become modern-day outlaws. Documented over a year, Emily James' film follows these activists as they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest. 6pm. Level 4, Ross House,247 Flinders Lane, City. For more info ph 9650 1599 or email sarah.day@rosshouse.org.au.

Wednesday 4 April
INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY WORKSHOP – DEFEATING OUTSOURCING

Discussion with local and international activists involved in current disputes. How can we win against the very effective employer strategy of contracting out to reduce labour costs and bust unions? 6pm, Evatt Room, Trades Hall, Lygon Street, Carlton - All welcome. australia asia worker links  -  workers change the world. Email: aawl@aawl.org.au   Web: aawl.org.au

Wednesday 4 April
QUARTERLY ESSAY - US AND THEM: ANNA KRIEN

For the first time in history, humans sit unchallenged at the top of the food chain. To coincide with the publication of the latest Quarterly Essay, Us and Them, Anna Krien investigates the contemporary animal kingdom and our place in it. From pets to food, activists to abbatoirs, wilderness to science labs, Krien takes a clear-eyed look at how we do – and should – treat animals. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, 6:15PM - 7:15PM. This is a free event; bookings are recommended: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=20143. More info: http://wheelercentre.com

Thursday 5 April
LUNCHBOX / SOAPBOX: GLYN DAVIS: LEADER OF THE GANG: HOW POLITICAL PARTIES CHOOSE NUMERO UNO

Speculation about a change in political leadership seems almost perpetual in Australia—it is a tenuous bargain, with more similarities to street gangs than business enterprises. Glyn Davis, professor of political science and vice-chancellor of Melbourne University, expands on his recent essay for Griffith Review, arguing that Australian political leadership is unlike that required or expected in any other public endeavour. He reviews the history of the leadership turbulence that besets both sides of Australian politics and reaches some worrying conclusions. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, 12:45PM - 1:15PM. This is a free event; bookings are not required. More info: http://wheelercentre.com

Thursday 5 April
BZE FILM NIGHTS PRESENT DIRTY BUSINESS

6:00pm - 8:00pm, Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. After a hiatus we're proud to return with our fifth BZE Film Night! Whether you're a fuel and renewable technology expert or a curious newcomer to the debate, this evening promises to be a fantastic opportunity to learn, discuss and be entertained. Dirty Business: "Clean Coal" and the Battle for Our Energy Future is a 90-minute documentary that investigates the true cost of our dependence on coal for electricity in the age of climate change. Politicians and corporate interests have mounted a formidable public relations campaign promoting "clean coal" as a solution to our energy/climate problem. A donation is always appreciated and we suggest $5, if you can, to cover our costs. At the end of the night we will open the floor to discussion. Read more about the film and watch trailers here - http://dirtybusinessthefilm.com/ Website: http://beyondzeroemissions.org/events/bze-film-nights-present-dirty-business-peter-bull

Saturday 7 April
MALALAI JOYA TO SPEAK AT MARXISM 2012

1:30pm - 4:30pm, The University of Melbourne Student Union Building. Marxism 2012 is extremely proud to announce a new addition to our international lineup of speakers: Malalaii Joya, one of the most outspoken Afghan critics of the American war and occupation, who will be speaking on her life and struggle. She is also a strident defender of women's rights and points to the hypocrisy of the West in using Afghan women's situation as justification for brutal war. "They occupied my country under the banner of democracy, human rights and women's rights," she explains. "They misuse the stories of the women in my country to justify their warmongering." Buy your tickets now at www.marxismconference.org Join the FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/336213633065091/

Monday 9 April
FREE THE REFUGEES, END MANDATORY DETENTION

2pm. Meet in Hungry Jacks car park, cnr Hume Hwy & Camp Rd then march to Broadmeadows Detention Centre. For more info visit http://rac-vic.org/

If you have anything you'd like included in this listing, please contact the NTEU Vic Division at knorling@vic.nteu.org.au. This information is also available on the Victorian Division web site at www.nteu.org.au/vic


DISCLAIMER: Forwarding this information to you does not constitute any form of endorsement by the NTEU Victorian Division of the matters therein.

Wednesday 21 March
WHAT MEN REALLY THINK ABOUT... FATHERHOOD

What Men Really Think About …, a series of public discussions aimed at lifting the lid on issues close to the hearts of Australian men, comes to the Wheeler Centre for an investigation of fatherhood. What makes a good father? Who and what do we want our fathers to be? How do you protect your children and teach them resilience at the same time? And how and when do you let them go? What Men Really Think About … Fatherhood promises to be an honest, public, emotionally confronting, yet humorous look at this most central of men’s issues, in a society famous for male repression. Presenter: Kim Farrant writes and directs drama, documentaries and commercials for film and TV. This is a free event; bookings recommended: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=20138. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, 6:15PM - 7:15PM. More information: http://wheelercentre.com/

Wednesday 21 March
COCAINE, DEATH SQUADS, AND THE WAR ON TERROR

The New International Bookshop hosts the Melbourne launch of an incisive new study of Colombian politics and modern US imperialism by Australian scholars Oliver Villar and Drew Cottle. The book examines the real motivations behind the US Government's funnelling of billions of dollars' worth of aid into Colombia since the late 1990s. Ostensibly to combat the illicit drug trade and State Department-designated terrorist groups, the result has been a spiral of violence that continues to take lives and destabilize Colombian society. The book asks an obvious question: are the official reasons given for the wars on drugs and terror in Colombia plausible, or are there other, deeper factors at work? 6:30 pm (for a 7 pm start) in The New International Bookshop Meeting-room, Basement floor, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South. Entry is by gold-coin donation to the Bookshop. Drinks and snacks will be available by donation.

Thursday 22 March
A HISTORY OF ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP: THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN & LEADERSHIP PROJECT

The Australian Women & Leadership Project aims to identify the extent of women's leadership within movements for social and political change in Australia. Nikki Henningham (University of Melbourne) will introduce the project and its online components, and Judy Smart (University of Melbourne) and Marian Quartly (Monash University) will discuss the leadership of Dame Ada Norris. 5:30pm - 7:00pm, Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library, Entry 3, La Trobe St, Melbourne. Free, but bookings required – 8664 7099 or inquiries@slv.vic.gov.au.

Thursday 22 March
FILM SCREENING: SUPERMARKETS

If you are not already upset by the behaviour of Australia's biggest two supermarkets, you soon will be. Interviews and current affairs episodes explore the impact our of the supermarket duopoly. 'The price we pay' and 'Woolies & Coles' episodes will be complimented by interviews with Nick Rose and Robert Pekin from Food Connect on food sovereignty and supermarkets; and Dick Smith on Coles and 'extreme capitalism'. Organised by Commons Food Film Nights. 6:30pm. South Melbourne Commons, cnr Bank & Montague Sts, South Melbourne. Entry by donation for free popcorn. Organic snacks can be purchased. For more info ph Martin Pritchard 0403 440 996 or visit http://www.commons.org.au/

Thursday 22 March
LUNCHBOX / SOAPBOX: VERITY BURGMANN ON THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EXTREME

Agitators, as Oscar Wilde observed, are essential to progress. Reforms are more likely to be achieved when sections of a social movement behave badly and demand more than reforms. The history of protest suggests that extremism in form and content shifts the spectrum of debate so moderate proponents of the same social movement emerge as the voice of compromise and reason; extremists strengthen the bargaining position of moderates, because authorities accede to moderate demands to weaken extremist challenges; and extremists keep the moderates more honest. This is a free event; bookings are not required. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, 12:45PM - 1:15PM. More information: http://wheelercentre.com/

Thursday 22 March
RESISTING ISRAELI APARTHEID AND OCCUPATION FROM WITHIN

As part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012, Students for Palestine presents a very special speaking tour. We are very excited to tour an Israeli activist who has participated in, amongst other things, the weekly demonstrations against the apartheid wall in the Occupied West Bank and the Boycott from Within movement (activists who advocate from inside of Israel for the international Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement). 1pm. Agora Theatre, La Trobe University. Organised by Victorian Students for Palestine.

Friday 23 March
OCCUPY FRIDAYS AND WSN PRESENT 'SUPPORT THE RIGHT TO ORGANISE AND STRIKE'

Unions are back on the agenda in a big way. In recent months airline workers, Victorian nurses, and a small group of poultry workers at Baiada in Melbourne have faced attacks on their working conditions and all have relied on their unions to defend their jobs. Come along to City Square to find out more about how to join a union and how to get active as a union member. This event will include: Union information stalls; special guest speakers; discussion on unionism today; BBQ (gold coin donation); entertainment. 5:30-7pm. City Square, cnr Collins & Swanston Sts, City. For more info visit http://www.workerssolidaritymelbourne.org/.

Friday 23 March
RED CINEMA PRESENTS: GROWING CHANGE - A JOURNEY INSIDE VENEZUELA'S FOOD REVOLUTION

A documentary by Simon Cunich. An inspirational story full of lively characters, thought provoking insights, stunning scenery and ideas to transform the food system. 7pm (meal available from 6:30pm). $15/$10. Downstairs, Trades Hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong. For more info or bookings ph 5222 6900.

Friday 23 March
FILM SCREENING: BIL'IN HABIBTI

Made in 2006, the film follows the story of Bil'in, a Palestinian village in a struggle to defend their land from being absorbed by the Israeli state. 6:30pm. Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton South. Organised by Victorian Students for Palestine.

Saturday 24 March
BIG GREEN FESTIVAL 2012

The 3rd BIG GREEN FESTIVAL aims to celebrate and create awareness of environmental issues. Featuring: environmental activists, green think ideas, enviro artwork and kids action PLUS performances from the Merri Creek Pickers, The Quarry Mountain Dad Rats, The Rich Family and July Days from 4-9pm on the green fields of Carrum Primary School, Carrum. More info at: www.biggreenfestival.com. The Big Green Festival is a non-profit, free entry, community sharing event

Saturday 24 March
SOCIALIST IDEAS ONE-DAY CONFERENCE: TOWARDS A SOCIALIST AUSTRALIA

Despite the spin from our leaders, things aren’t too good in Australia and they will only get worse. How can we resist the capitalist offensive that is now under way on all levels? What sort of society should we fight for and how can we move toward it? 9:30am until 4:30pm, RMIT University Function Room, Swanston St, City (next to Kaleide Theatre). For agenda, go to http://i769.photobucket.com/albums/xx338/melgraphics/Melbourne%20graphics/agenda.jpg. Organised by Socialist Alliance & Resistance. Sponsored by Green Left Weekly. Registration $15/$5. Lunch available. For more information ph 9639 8622.

Sunday 25 March
DEMOCRACY & RULE OF LAW IN SRI LANKA

Following on from last month's crackdown on protesting fishing communities where one person was killed by security personnel, reports are that Herman Kumara, a longtime human right activist, is facing threats to his life. Kumara is one of the founding members of the Platform for Freedom in Sri Lanka and has collaborated with civil society organisations and trade unions across the country to give voice to those who wanted to express disagreement against oppressive government policies. This public forum will discuss issues of human rights in Sri Lanka. Speakers: Basil Fernando (director Policy & Program Development, Asian Human Rights Commission); Britto Fernando (president Right to Life, co-convenor Platform for Freedom). 4pm. Rotunda R4, Building 8, Monash University Clayton Campus, Wellington Rd, Clayton (Melway 70 G10). Organised by People for Human Rights & Equality. For more info ph Ajith 0427 610 823 or Chitra 0408 480 358.

Tuesday 27 March
SMUGGLED TO FREEDOM. BEHIND THE ANTI-PEOPLE SMUGGLING RHETORIC

Refugee Action Collective is proud to host a public forum to challenge the anti-people smuggling rhetoric dominant in Australian politics. Speakers: Arnold Zable (award-winning writer and refugee advocate); Sarah Hanson Young (federal Greens senator); lawyer for Indonesian fishermen; Peter Farrago (Refugee Action Collective member and former people-smuggler); Nockie Le (Vietnamese refugee). 6:30pm. Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, City (opposite Victoria Markets). Small donation welcome. For more info visit www.rac-vic.org

Wednesday 28 March
SOCIAL CITIES

Grattan’s new report, Social Cities, argues that the way we build and organise our cities is crucial to the quantity and quality of social connection, which in turn is critical to our psychological and physical health. Of course many other factors also influence our levels of connectedness - from individual disposition to family situation - but some kinds of urban design can encourage social connection, while others may ‘build in’ isolation. Report author Jane-Frances Kelly will discuss the report and its recommendations with leading economist Professor Ian Harper in a conversation chaired by Peter Mares. Grattan Institute event. 6 pm - 7pm. MELBOURNE Seminar BMW Edge, Federation Square. All welcome Register online: http://grattan-social-cities.eventbrite.com/

Thursday 29 March
WE OWE NOTHING, WE'RE NOT SELLING, WE WONT PAY!

In the manufactured 'reality' of the mass media, the problems of the Greek 'debt' crisis are an endless flurry of context-less images of riots, strikes and unrest. Ordinary people in Greece, however, are not taking this collective punishment without a fight. Popular refusal and resistance to the IMF/EU austerity measures have become part of the everyday life of people in Greece; from strikes, occupations and demonstrations to everyday acts of solidarity and collaboration between people in struggle. Forum will include live Skype interviews with participants in these social movements. There will also be music from a 5-piece Rembetika kompania (Greek oriental folk), a short film from the movement against austerity and poetry from Greek-Australian writers. 7pm. Uniting Church Hall, 251 High Street, Northcote. Concession $4, waged $8, solidarity $12. All proceeds from the night will be sent to support anti-austerity campaigns in Greece.

Thursday 29 March
ECONOMIC CONCEPTS AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT

What is to be made of the relative ease with which road and road-related projects seem to secure funding from federal, state and local government whilst public transport languishes? What are the economic disciplines to be applied that would properly recognise the role of all transport modes, including public transport and active transport, for a sustainable Melbourne? Speaker: Harry Clarke (professor of economics, La Trobe University. 7:30-8:30pm. Old Shire Offices, 60 Beverley Rd, Heidelberg.

Friday 30 March
BZE FUNDRAISER: HOW MANY POLITICIANS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHT BULB?

Beyond Zero Emissions volunteer and internationally acclaimed comedian Matt Grantham asks that very question and explores whether two Independents and a Green would actually speed up the process. From politics to health and safety, Matt asks: "How have we ended up in a situation where we have an unused desalination plant currently outpolling the Prime Minister?" 6:30pm. FAD Gallery, 14 Corrs Lane, Chinatown, City. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to BZE. For bookings, email hannah@beyondzeroemissions.org 

Friday 30 March
ANTAR QUIZ NIGHT

ANTAR's big fundraiser to kick off our year and help to make our campaigning happen. 7pm (for 7:30pm start). Imperial Hotel, 2/8 Bourke Street, City. Book a table of ten for $250, or a single ticket for $25 (concession $20). To book ph 9419 3613 or email antar@antarvictoria.org.au

Friday 30 March
FREE PALESTINE! BOYCOTT ISRAELI APARTHEID!

Join Students for Palestine in an action/ protest to protest against the apartheid policies of the Israeli State. This day is significant for the Palestinian solidarity movement because: It is the BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanctions) Global Day of Action; It is the first day of the Palestinian March on Jerusalem; It is a day of cultural significance for Palestinian struggle Land Day. 6pm. Bourke St Mall, City.

Saturday 31 March
PSYCHOLOGY, MENTAL HEALTH AND CLASS SOCIETY

There's no denying that mental illness and various forms of psychological disorders play a massive part in the makeup of modern society. It is important to distinguish between a mental illness and psychological disorder, as the latter is caused by a physical defect in the brain, and would be present in the sufferer regardless of their environmental surroundings and standard of living. However in regards to mental illness how much of the environmental factors and standards of living are taken in to account when sufferers are diagnosed? To what degree are factors like unemployment, homelessness, poverty, not being able to afford the basic necessities of life, social isolation, economic and social inequality, sexism, racism, homophobia/transphobia taken in to account when the diagnoses are performed? 2pm. Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). Organised by Resistance and Socialist Alliance. For more info ph 9639 8622.

Monday 2 April
BEYOND ZERO EMISSIONS DISCUSSION: TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Speaker: Joan Manuel Fernandez Mendoza (University of Barcelona). His studies focus on the life cycle assessment of materials involved in urban transport infrastructure. The aim of the research is to compare the infrastructure burden associated with each mode of transport and the potential benefit of replacing these modes with more sustainable alternatives. Electric vehicles are a focus of his work. Gold coin donation. 6:30pm. Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2) McCoy Building, University of Melbourne, cnr Elgin & Swanston Sts, Carlton. For more info ph 8383 2232.

Tuesday 3 April
FILM SCREENING: JUST DO IT

Lifts the lid on climate activism and the daring troublemakers who have crossed the line to become modern-day outlaws. Documented over a year, Emily James' film follows these activists as they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest. 6pm. Level 4, Ross House,247 Flinders Lane, City. For more info ph 9650 1599 or email sarah.day@rosshouse.org.au.

Wednesday 4 April
INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY WORKSHOP – DEFEATING OUTSOURCING

Discussion with local and international activists involved in current disputes. How can we win against the very effective employer strategy of contracting out to reduce labour costs and bust unions? 6pm, Evatt Room, Trades Hall, Lygon Street, Carlton - All welcome. australia asia worker links  -  workers change the world. Email: aawl@aawl.org.au   Web: aawl.org.au

Wednesday 4 April
QUARTERLY ESSAY - US AND THEM: ANNA KRIEN

For the first time in history, humans sit unchallenged at the top of the food chain. To coincide with the publication of the latest Quarterly Essay, Us and Them, Anna Krien investigates the contemporary animal kingdom and our place in it. From pets to food, activists to abbatoirs, wilderness to science labs, Krien takes a clear-eyed look at how we do – and should – treat animals. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, 6:15PM - 7:15PM. This is a free event; bookings are recommended: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=20143. More info: http://wheelercentre.com

Thursday 5 April
LUNCHBOX / SOAPBOX: GLYN DAVIS: LEADER OF THE GANG: HOW POLITICAL PARTIES CHOOSE NUMERO UNO

Speculation about a change in political leadership seems almost perpetual in Australia—it is a tenuous bargain, with more similarities to street gangs than business enterprises. Glyn Davis, professor of political science and vice-chancellor of Melbourne University, expands on his recent essay for Griffith Review, arguing that Australian political leadership is unlike that required or expected in any other public endeavour. He reviews the history of the leadership turbulence that besets both sides of Australian politics and reaches some worrying conclusions. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, 12:45PM - 1:15PM. This is a free event; bookings are not required. More info: http://wheelercentre.com

Thursday 5 April
BZE FILM NIGHTS PRESENT DIRTY BUSINESS

6:00pm - 8:00pm, Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. After a hiatus we're proud to return with our fifth BZE Film Night! Whether you're a fuel and renewable technology expert or a curious newcomer to the debate, this evening promises to be a fantastic opportunity to learn, discuss and be entertained. Dirty Business: "Clean Coal" and the Battle for Our Energy Future is a 90-minute documentary that investigates the true cost of our dependence on coal for electricity in the age of climate change. Politicians and corporate interests have mounted a formidable public relations campaign promoting "clean coal" as a solution to our energy/climate problem. A donation is always appreciated and we suggest $5, if you can, to cover our costs. At the end of the night we will open the floor to discussion. Read more about the film and watch trailers here - http://dirtybusinessthefilm.com/ Website: http://beyondzeroemissions.org/events/bze-film-nights-present-dirty-business-peter-bull

Saturday 7 April
MALALAI JOYA TO SPEAK AT MARXISM 2012

1:30pm - 4:30pm, The University of Melbourne Student Union Building. Marxism 2012 is extremely proud to announce a new addition to our international lineup of speakers: Malalaii Joya, one of the most outspoken Afghan critics of the American war and occupation, who will be speaking on her life and struggle. She is also a strident defender of women's rights and points to the hypocrisy of the West in using Afghan women's situation as justification for brutal war. "They occupied my country under the banner of democracy, human rights and women's rights," she explains. "They misuse the stories of the women in my country to justify their warmongering." Buy your tickets now at www.marxismconference.org Join the FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/336213633065091/

Monday 9 April
FREE THE REFUGEES, END MANDATORY DETENTION

2pm. Meet in Hungry Jacks car park, cnr Hume Hwy & Camp Rd then march to Broadmeadows Detention Centre. For more info visit http://rac-vic.org/