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Community Announcements 23 November 2011

Posted 23 November 2011 by Ken Norling (Vic Division)

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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
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PILL IN AUSTRALIA - AN INCOMPLETE REVOLUTION

A (free!) evening of fun & reflection, sponsored by the Victorian Women's Trust, Melbourne University & Federation Square. Featuring: Nelly Thomas (comedian), Leslie Cannold (author & Age columnist), Louise Keough (lecturer, Melbourne University) & Mary Crooks (executive director, Victorian Women's Trust). To mark 50 years since the introduction of the pill we will reflect on the promise of the sexual revolution, and the reality of what has been delivered for young women today. 5:45pm. BMW Edge Federation Square. Sponsored by the Victorian Women's Trust. For more info, email women@vwt.org.au.

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 November
NURSES RALLY

Nurses have resolved to continue to take action to protect patient safety and to win fair pay & conditions. The Australian Nurses Federation has called a community rally to march on parliament, taking their message home to the Baillieu Government. 12.30pm, Bourke St Mall. What to Bring: Flags and friends.

Thursday 24 November
THE BATTLE OF CHILE: FREE AND QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL

Open Solidarity forum with Cristian Milla Curiñanco, Student/Mapuche activist representing one of the Chilean students grass-root movement Convergencia Estudiantil fighting for a fair, just and quality education system in Chile. 7 pm, Latrobe University City Campus, 215 Franklin St. Melbourne. More Info in Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) www.latinamericansolidaritynetwork.org and Chile Solidarity Melbourne, www.chilesolidarity.org

Thursday 24 November
ASBESTOS AWARENESS WEEK 2011 - ANNUAL VTHC ASBESTOS LECTURE

Asbestos Management Review progress and update: Panel discussion with Geoff Fary, Chair Asbestos Management Review, Deborah Vallance, National OHS Manager, AMWU, CFMEU speaker, David Clement, Asbestos Wise President. Bella Union Bar, Trades Hall, 6pm. More information on Bella Union events: email ohsinfo@vthc.org.au or phone Renata Musolino (03 9659 3571).

Thursday 24 November
PROTEST AGAINST GUNNS PULP MILL

10:15am, outside Gunns AGM, Sofitel Hotel, 25 Collins St, City (assemble back entrance Sofitel Hotel, Flinders Lane, near carpark before moving around to the front entrance). Participating groups include TAP, Pulp the Mill, Tasmanian Wilderness Society & Friends of the Tamar Valley. There is a possibility that members from Occupy Melbourne will also attend. For more info ph Lucy Landon-Lane 0417 105 390.

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
ASBESTOS AWARENESS WEEK 2011 - EVENTS AT BMW EDGE, FEDERATION SQUARE

10.15 am Launch of Cancer Council Mesothelioma Booklet, 11am Asbestos Wise Commemoration Service. Followed by CFMEU BBQ on the banks of the Yarra River. Free, all welcome.

Friday 25 November
ASBESTOS AWARENESS WEEK 2011 - GARDS ECUMENICAL SERVICE

The annual GARDS Ecumenical service to remember those who are suffering and those who have succumbed to asbestos disease, with Guest speakers inc Lisa Sturzenegger (General Manager Operations, WorkSafe Victoria) and John Gordon, Barrister & Jurist, choir and a free BBQ lunch provided by the Gippsland Trades and Labour Council. 11am, Centenary Rose Garden, Commercial Road, Morwell. More information on any of these events: Vicki Hamilton 0407274173 or the GARDS office: 5127 7744

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

Saturday 26 November
OCCUPY MELBOURNE'S 'DARE TO SHARE' TEDDY BEARS PICNIC

26, 11:30am-2:30pm. Treasury Gardens, cnr Spring & Flinders Sts, City. It's about sharing! Kids get it, why doesn't everyone?! 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 the 99% for a day of fun and kids activities at Occupy Melbourne's picnic! Bring a blanket and some snacks and let's show the 1% how this 'strange concept' called sharing is done. Organised by Occupy Melbourne Kids & Carers Committee. For more info visit www.occupymelbourne.org/

Sunday 27 November
VIDEO OF RIVER JOURNEY & NEW SRI LANKAN YOUTH PROJECTS

Kanchana Weerakoon is back in Melbourne to delight us with this amazing journey with 21 Sri Lankan youth. Can you imagine 12 full days from 6am to 10pm at night - creating an environmental street drama for each river community, rainforest walks, leech socks, sleeping on floors, rickety old bus, meeting many officials, forming new friendships. A new generation of environmental leaders in the making, each developing their own environmental project - with our support. Includes 15 minute video. BYO lunch, tea & coffee available. Info: Jim 0488 956 506. 12-1.30 pm, Jika Jika Community Centre, cnr Union and Plant Sts, Westgarth.

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

Tuesday 29 November
ON THE STATE OF THE WORLD ECONOMY - HUMPHREY MCQUEEN IN CONVERSATION WITH KENNETH DAVIDSON

Humphrey McQueen is a Canberra based freelance historian and cultural commentator who has written extensively on Australian society, culture and the labour movement. Amongst his many influential titles are A New Brittania: an Argument Concerning the Social Origins of Australian Radicalism, and Temper Democratic: How Exceptional is Australia? 3CR presenters Bill Deller, Lalitha Cheliah and Diana Beaumont will join Humphrey and Kenneth in a conversation about capitalism's most recent crisis, the role of the banks, and its fallout. 7pm, Meeting Room 1 (Not in the Bookshop!), Ground Floor, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St Carlton. This is sure to be an illuminating and engaging exchange. Entry will be by $2/5 donation to the Shop.

Tuesday 29 November
MUST-READ HISTORIES

Must-Read Histories marks the launch of a new website, History Speaks (http://www.historyspeaks.net/). Fully searchable and interactive, it features Australia’s leading historians discussing historical research, and the place of history in wider debates. In Must-Read Histories, History Speaks contributors ‘go live’ to discuss the question: what are the indispensable works of Australian history? Stuart Macintyre, Marcia Langton and Tim Soutphommasane nominate the history books we should all read and know. The event will be hosted by Dr Clare Wright from La Trobe University. This is a free event. Bookings recommended: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=14652. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, 6:15PM - 7:15PM. Information: http://wheelercentre.com/

Wednesday 30 November
BOOK LAUNCH! HUMPHREY MCQUEEN’S WE BUILT THIS COUNTRY: BUILDERS' LABOURERS AND THEIR UNIONS

We Built This City charts the history of Australian builders' labourers and their unions, from their early beginnings as `Weird Mobs' of Irish and Italians, through to the radical days of the Builders' Labourers Federation green bans and worker control in the sixties, to the struggles of the present day. We Built This City pictures builders' labourers as 'improvising nomads' who have shaped Australia socially and culturally as well as with concrete. Through this historical survey McQueen has opened a window into the making of the Australian working class. 6.30 pm in the NIBS Meeting-room, Basement floor, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St Carlton. All welcome. Drinks and snacks will be available by donation. Entry will be by $2/5 donation to the Shop.

Wednesday 30 November
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

Remembering the devastating earthquake of March this year, the Japanese Film Festival takes a moment to pause in reflection as special guests, cinematographer Hirotaka Matsune, director Tsuyoshi Inoue and producer Mitsuhiro Kyota, shed light on helping stricken communities find hope through film. This is an opportunity to dig deep and donate to Save the Children, helping the children of Japan. FILMS: Yamakoshi: the Recovery of a Tiny Japanese Village (6:30pm, Hoyts Melbourne Central), The Town's Children (9:15pm, Hoyts Melbourne Central) More information: http://15th.japanesefilmfestival.net/specialevents_melbourne.html

Friday 2 December
OVERLAND 205 LAUNCH/PARTY

To launch the last edition of a thrilling publishing year – and to thank our bloggers, contributors and, especially, our readers for the past 360ish days - Overland is having a merry launch/party. Come to Chez Regine, 270 Russell Street, Melbourne, at 6pm and let us buy you a drink. Issue 205 is to be launched by the spectacular Jane Gleeson-White, author and editor extraordinaire (and Overland’s fiction editor). First drink is on us, then you buy your own.

Friday 2 December
VOLUNTEERS IN AID: A CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION FOR INTERNATIONAL AID VOLUNTEERS

Have a love of travel and want to make a difference? Want to use your skills and interests in a volunteering capacity overseas? Interested in developing a global career? Then international volunteering may be for you. Come along and find out how. The Volunteers in Aid conference is for prospective volunteers of all ages and vocational backgrounds, from school and tertiary students to professionals and retirees. It is a unique opportunity to meet Australia’s leading volunteer sending agencies and to learn about volunteering in the international aid and development sector. Registrations are now open (concession rates apply). For more information and registration details, please visit: http://www.mandalafoundation.org.au/index.php?page=volunteers-in-aid-conference, email expo@mandalafoundation.org.au or phone 9005 0808.

Friday 2 – Sunday 4 December
FAIR@SQUARE FAIR-TRADE+ETHICAL FESTIVAL 2011

Federation Square. Includes Fair Fashion, The Ethical Fashion Show, live at the BMW Edge; Eco Innovators’ interactive and educational Fair Living space - a walk-through static display of an eco-friendly house; Exhibition Stands. http://moralfairground.com.au/fairsquare.html

Monday 5 December
BEYOND ZERO EMISSIONS DECEMBER DISCUSSION

Dr Richard Di Natale is Victoria's first Greens Senator, elected in the 2010 federal election. The son of Italian migrants, Richard grew up in Melbourne. Prior to entering parliament Richard was a general practitioner and public health specialist. He worked in Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory, on HIV prevention in India and in the drug and alcohol sector. His key health priorities include preventative health, public dental care and responding to the health impacts of climate change. He also actively supports the Landholders' Right to Refuse Coal Seam Gas Bill 2011. Entry: Gold coin donation. 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2) McCoy Building University of Melbourne Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton. Info: www.beyondzeroemissions.org

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

Tuesday 6 December
FILM SCREENING: THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD

The second screwball true story about two gonzo political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world's most outrageous pranks. Who knew fixing the world could be so much fun? The Big Picture screens films for social justice and the environment on the first Tuesday of the month. Entry by donation. 6pm. Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, City. For more info ph 9650 1599. Presented by Environment Victoria.

Tuesday 6 December
GET THE LOW DOWN ON THE BASIN PLAN AND HOW IT COULD SAVE THE MURRAY

The draft Basin Plan comes out on November 28 and the best way to find out what it could mean for the Australia's food bowl, the Coorong, our river red gums and having a healthy Murray 20 years down the track is to come along to our Basin Plan Low Down evening. You'll hear from Healthy Rivers Campaigner Juliet Le Feuvre, on what's in the draft plan and what it means. You'll also hear from fellow campaigner Domenica Settle on how you can have a say on it. At this stage it's looking pretty bleak, but if enough people speak up we could turn it around, into a plan which looks after the lifeblood of our country, the Mighty Murray, for future generations. 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Ground floor meeting room, 60L Green Building, 60 Leicester St Carlton. There'll be drinks, nibbles and lots of time for questions. You don't have to RSVP, but if you do you've got a better chance of us not running out of food and drink! Email domenica.settle@environmentvictoria.org.au or call 9341 8165. More info: http://www.environmentvictoria.org.au/content/basin-plan-low-down-evening

Wednesday 7 December
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2011: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN AUSTRALIA?

Speakers: Rob Stary & Malcolm McClure. 6:30pm. Preston City Hall, 284 Gower St, Preston. Organised by City of Darebin. For more info ph 8470 8888 or visit http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au/Calendar/calendar.asp.

Wednesday 7 December
AAWL WORKSHOP: LIVING WAGES, NOT REPRESSION

To mark International Human Rights Day, an open workshop with international and local activists. Discussion on how to fight the repression labour movement activists in many countries face where workers can be jailed or killed for demanding improvements in wages and conditions. Genuine labour movement representatives from the Philippines, Korea, Thailand, Pakistan and West Papua have been invited to participate via Skype link. All welcome. 6pm. Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton. Presented by Australia Asia Worker Links.

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).

Thursday 8 December
CELEBRATING THIRTY YEARS OF PEACE BRIGADES INTERNATIONAL

PBI Australia will celebrate three decades of nonviolent intervention into war and repression - wine, food and inspirational stories to celebrate such an important organisation, the volunteers and the people we accompany. Speakers: Tom Weber (author of Gandhi's peace army: the Shanti Sena and unarmed peacekeeping); Denise Cauchi (Director, Humanitarian Crisis Hub); Ellen Roberts (PBI Australia Coordinator). 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Top floor, Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Please RSVP: to info@pbi-australia.org by Monday 5 December. Have a look at some of PBI's amazing history here: http://www.peacebrigades.org/about-pbi/pbi-history/

Thursday 8 December
NEW INTERNATIONAL BOOKSHOP CHRISTMAS PARTY!

6pm til late in the Bookshop. More details to follow in the weeks ahead, but rest assured, there will be drinks, a visit from Santa (or Marx, it's unclear), and rumour has it that a special guest in the form of WALLACE HIGGINS-BEAUMONT as appeared in The New International Comedy Debate will be making a follow-up performance. Spread the word.

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.