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Community Announcements 24 January 2012

Posted 24 January 2012 by Ken Norling (Vic Division)

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Thursday 26 January
SHARE THE SPIRIT FESTIVAL 2012

Celebrating Survival Day. Indigenous music, dance and culture as part of Melbourne’s official Survival Day celebrations. 1-7pm. Treasury Gardens.More info: http://www.sharethespiritfestival.com/SHARE_THE_SPIRIT_FESTIVAL/Share_the_Spirit_2012.html

Thursday 26 January
2012 BELGRAVE SURVIVAL DAY

This event acknowledges the indigenous perspective on the 230 years of European occupation of Australia, and celebrates the survival of the oldest living culture on the globe through live music, storytelling, traditional dance and craft. Speakers will include in Elder Aunty Dot Peters from Healesville, Gary Presland and Rodney Augustine from the Save the Kimberley campaign. Featuring Yung Warriors and Lou Bennett; traditional stories by Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie and the Jindi Worobak Dance Troupe; Wurundjeri elders will be undertaking a smoking ceremony. 12 noon-4pm. Borthwick Park (next to the Belgrave Pool), Benson St, Belgrave.

Thursday 26 January
THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION: A YEAR ON

One year on from the Egyptian Revolution come to this very special panel discussion. Speakers: Dr Baher Zaghloul:Secretary for the Egyptian Association for Change (Victoria) will be providing a brief synopsis of the events since the fall of Mubarak; Reham Maklad: Convener of the April 6th Movement in Victoria, on the revolutionary unity forged last January between women and men, Coptic Christians and Muslims as well as the attempts by the military government to undermine these changes; Corey Oakley: Editor of the Socialist Alternative website and magazine and participant in the Conference of the Revolutionary Socialists in Cairo 2011, speaking on the challenges faced by the revolution and the importance of trade union and working class struggle. The event will be co-hosted by Socialist Alternative and the Egyptian Association for Change. 6:30pm, Trades Hall (Cnr Lygon and Victoria St, Carlton). For more information call: 0410 513 302

Friday 27 January
SCREENING OF THE OCCUPY MELBOURNE INTERVIEW SERIES BY KENJI WARDENCLYFFE

Kenji Wardenclyffe, a Melbourne-based documentary film maker, set forth to clear up the haze put forth by mainstream media networks, misinformation, and confusion regarding the Occupy Melbourne protests by taking a look directly at the source. Asking the Occupiers themselves why they occupy, and what they see as issues facing Australians, as well as questions regarding their experiences on the day of the eviction from city square, he put together an ever growing collection of interviews. Now, for a second week, the Occupy Melbourne Interviews series will be screened, FOR FREE, in the city at City Square, 9pm - 10pm, for your viewing pleasure. Contact Email: kenji@kenjiwardenclyffe.com Website: http://www.youtube.com/user/kenjiwardenclyffe?feature=mhee

Saturday 28 January
MELBOURNE SEXUALITY, SEX & GENDER COLLECTIVE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

MSSGC is a campaign collective which has specifically been set up as a broad, inclusive group with the goal of campaigning around issues that will target homophobia, transphobia & sexism among young people. 3pm. Resistance Centre, level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). For more info ph 9639 8622 or 0432 719 335.

Saturday 28 January
FILM SCREENING: BACKROADS

Phillip Noyce's legendary first featurette, a gritty hybrid of B-noir, 1970s road movie and black-white race relations allegory, stars Bill Hunter and Aboriginal actor/activist Gary Foley as a pair of petty criminals on the run in a big yellow Pontiac along the dusty roads of western NSW. Presented in collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. 4pm. ACMI Cinemas, Federation Square, City. $8 (ACMI members $6).

Wednesday 1 February
CRITICAL MOMENT FOR HRL RALLY

On the eve of the federal government decision that could make or break HRL, the proposed new coal-fired power station for Victoria, it’s up to us to convince the politicians that in 2012, new coal-fired power stations are a dud investment. JOIN US at 12:30pm, Victorian Parliament Steps, Spring St, Melbourne, to tell the Prime Minister and Premier : Say NO to funding this polluting new coal-fired power station, and YES to clean renewable energy. Speakers include Mr. Kelvin Thomson, ALP Member for Wills and Mr. Adam Bandt, Greens Member for Melbourne. For more info: http://quitcoal.org.au/portfolio/stop-hrl/, http://www.environmentvictoria.org.au/no-new-coal, http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Dual_Gas_power_station

Thursday 2 February
PUBLIC MEETING: AFTER 'HOMOSEXUAL'. THE LEGACIES OF GAY LIBERATION

Speakers: Dennis Altman; Alice Echols; Jeffrey Weeks; hosted by Helen Razer. 6pm. ACMI, Federation Square, City. Presented by La Trobe University & the Australian Lesbian & Gay Archives. $17/14. For more info visit Midsumma. http://www.midsumma.org.au/

Friday 3 February
BOOK LAUNCH - LIFE WITHOUT MONEY: BUILDING FAIR AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIES

Jeff Sparrow (editor Overland) launches Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies, edited by Anitra Nelson (RMIT University) and Frans Timmerman, published by Pluto Press (London) — 6.30 pm, Readings Carlton (309 Lygon Street).

Friday 3 February
JAZZ FOR GOOD - FUNDRAISER FOR EAST AFRICA FOOD CRISIS

Come along to Grumpys Green for some good green food, local drinks, and to listen to the great Madmen Band. FREE ENTRY; donations welcome. All proceeds will go towards the Oxfam East Africa Food Crisis Appeal. For more information, please contact http://www.famend.org/ or check us out on http://www.facebook.com/famend. 6pm till late, Grumpys Green, 125 Smith Street, Fitzroy, VIC

Saturday 4 February
LIFE WITHOUT MONEY: BUILDING FAIR AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIES

A Panel Discussion with co-editors Anitra Nelson and Frans Timmerman. Life Without Money (Pluto Press 2011) is a collection of essays which argue that we need to dispense with monetary relations in order to manage our world on the basis of humane values, and provide strategy for undercutting capitalism and creating money-free models of governance and collective sufficiency.With Moss Cass, Patron of the Sustainable Living Foundation and former Whitlam Government Environment Minister, and Julia Dehm, an anti-capitalist climate activist. 3 - 4pm, 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.

Saturday 4 February
“WHAT DO WE WANT FOR OUR HEAD OF STATE?” A CONFERENCE ON THE ROLE OF THE AUSTRALIAN HEAD OF STATE, BOTH NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE

Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne. Keynote Speaker: Senator the Hon Lisa Singh. Speakers include: John Power  (Melbourne University) & Harshan Kumarasingham (Humboldt Institute); John Warhurst (Australian National University; Glen Patmore (Melbourne University; Anne Twomey (Sydney University; Greg Barn & Henry Pill (Australian Republic Movement); Daniel White (Australian Republic Movement). Q&A panel with Amanda Vanstone, Andrew Demetriou, and Charlie Pickering. To Register: www.deakin.edu.au/ccdhr

Sunday 5 February
PRIDE LINKS US TOGETHER - 17TH ANNUAL PRIDE MARCH

Gather from 12 noon for march at 2pm sharp. Cnr Lakeside Dr & Fitzroy St, St Kilda. For more info visit Pride march. http://www.pridemarch.com.au/
The NTEU has a contingent in this year’s Pride March. All members are welcome to join the contingent and demonstrate our support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Intersex, Queer and Questioning staff, students and the broader LGBTIQ community.

Tuesday 7 February
FILM SCREENING: THE END OF THE LINE

Where have all the fish gone? The first major feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans; we see firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food. Talk with Sea Shepherd after the film. 7pm. Level 4, Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, City. Entry by donation. The Big Picture at Ross House is a monthly film series showing films for the environment and social justice. This month we're supporting Sea Shepherd.

Wednesday 8 February
AUSTRALIAN MEDIA - THE QUESTION OF INTEGRITY

Australian Fabians event. David McKnight's book on Rupert Murdoch, to be released on January 31st, is a good curtain-raiser for this year's Fabian Forums. To coincide with the launch of David’s book, David and Robert Manne will lead our first discussion for 2012 on the need for vigilance in pursuit of a healthy democracy. 6.00 pm till 7.30 pm, Melbourne City Convention Centre, 333 Swanston Street. Members, concession and students: $5, Non-members: $10. RSVP: vicevents@fabian.org.au

Friday 10 February
ISRAELI APARTHEID INC. CORPORATE CRIMINALS BDS TOUR

As part of the global Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions campaign, Students for Palestine is taking on corporations in Melbourne's CBD that support the theft of Palestinian land and the brutality of the Israeli military. 6pm. Bourke St, Mall. For more info: 0410 513 302 or http://www.studentsforpalestine.org/

Saturday 11 February
INDIGENOUS RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

3pm. Resistance Centre, level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). Featuring: The Coolbaroo Club (about racial apartheid in Perth in the late 1940s and fifties); The Tall Man (deals with the killing of Cameron Doomadgee on Palm Island in 2004); Ningla A-Na [Hungry for our land] (documentary about the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra in 1972). Further details TBA. Organised by Green Left Weekly & Socialist Alliance. For more info ph 9639 8622.

Saturday 11 February
STOP ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY

Death in custody of Terrance Briscoe, Alice Springs (January 5, 2012); 4th anniversary of the death of Mr Ward (January 27); 5th anniversary of Queensland Police officer, Chris Hurley, being forced to front the Supreme Court charged with manslaughter and assault (February 5); 8th anniversary of the death of TJ Hickey (February 14). Stop Aboriginal deaths in custody: implement all 339 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. End privatisation of custodial services: cancel all contracts with G4S, SERCO and other profiteers from incarceration. 11am. Old GPO, cnr Bourke & Elizabeth Sts, City. Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association. For more info ph 9388 0062.

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

Friday 17 February
FILM SCREENING: OUR GENERATION

Outdoor screening of documentary made by Sinem Saban & Damien Curtis about the NT Intervention; and a short film about the Kimberley campaign opposing the proposed gas hub at James Price Point. The screening will be preceded by live music and speakers including Greens Senator Richard di Natale. The focus is on making connections between the issues affecting indigenous communities in northern Australia, and involving us all in finding solutions. Doors open 6pm, speakers 7pm, and live music until dark, feature starts at 9pm. $20/$16. Bookings http://www.ceres.org.au/ourgeneration CERES Village Green, cnr Roberts & Stewart Sts, Brunswick East. For more info ph 9389 0100.

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.

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/