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Community Announcements 1 March 2012

Posted 1 March 2012 by Ken Norling (Vic Division)

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Thursday 1 March
MULTIPLE CLIMATE CHANGE POLICIES: KILLING NO BIRDS WITH TWO STONES?

Europe wastes billions of euros by having overlapping climate-change policies. Is Australia about to make the same mistake? A price on carbon is critical for effective climate change policy. But what happens when cap-and-trade is combined with other policy instruments? Dr Cameron Hepburn will explain why more than a carbon price is needed and the potential pitfalls from multiple overlapping instruments that can interact in undesirable ways, undermining rather than complementing a carbon price. He will be joined by an expert panel to discuss how we might learn from Europe’s experience. 6:30 pm to 8 pm Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne. All welcome. Free.

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

6:00-8:00pm, RMIT City Campus, Building 56, Level 4, Room 81, Corner of Queensberry and Lygon Streets. Entrance on Queensberry Street. Sponsored by the ACTU and AFTINET. Speakers include: Ged Kearney (ACTU); Professor Jane Kelsey (University of Auckland); Dr Kyla Tienhaara (ANU); Dr Deborah Gleeson (Public Health Association Australia). Facilitator: Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) free trade agreement negotiations between Australia, the US, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam are continuing at the Melbourne Convention Centre on March 1-9. For more information see Australian Fair Trade & Investment Network Ltd www.aftinet.org.au or contact Amy 9664 7385, aschwebel@actu.org.au

Thursday 1 March
OCCUPY TPPA

Nine countries; one secret deal selling Australian democracy to foreign corporate interests. The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is a free trade deal being made in secret. If negotiations for the TPPA succeed they will create a mega-treaty across nine or more countries (Australia, the USA, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia & Vietnam) that puts a straightjacket on the policies and laws our government can adopt for the next century and give massive new powers to corporations. Gather 7:30am, speakers at 8am, be early to greet the delegates when they arrive at 9am. Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf (near Crown Casino). Bring lots of instruments, signs and of course a non violent attitude. For more info visit TPP Watch. http://tppwatch.org/what-is-tppa/

Thursday 1-Wednesday 14 March
HIDDEN HEROES: WEST PAPUAN WOMEN OF RESISTANCE.

Exhibition at Chapel on Station Gallery, cnr Station St & Ellingworth Pde, Box Hill. Friday 11:30am-3pm; Saturday 1-4pm; Sunday 4:30-7pm. For more info ph 0400 589 208 or visit http://chapelonstationgallery.org.au/

Friday 2 March
RALLY: OCCUPY MELBOURNE: OCCUPY FRIDAYS!

10am-10pm. City Square, cnr Collins & Swanston Sts, City. Includes Occupy Melbourne vs Melbourne City Council dance-off. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has initiated dance workshops at City Square to try and get rid of Occupy Melbourne. It's time for a dance-off. 4:30pm. City Square, cnr Collins & Swanston Sts, City. For more info visit http://occupymelbourne.org/.

Friday 2 March
FILM SCREENING: EXILE & THE KINGDOM

A multi-award winning documentary made with the Yindjibarndi, Ngarluma, Banyjima and Gurrama people of Roebourne, Western Australia. A comprehensive account of the experiences of a community of Aboriginal people from pre-colonial times to the 1900s. This film makes the connection between Aboriginals in chains in the 19th century and Aboriginal people in prisons today, so providing a deeper understanding of how the violence and denials of the past inform the present. A beautifully logical and persuasive argument for land rights. 9pm. Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. For more info visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5nndkpEvKtU&noredirect=1#!

Friday 2 March
BABBLE IN BAR: A FAIR DEAL – OR NO DEAL AT ALL

What will Trans Pacific Partnership (Free Trade) do to workers rights, jobs, services, health, democracy and sovereignty? A solidarity event for unionists to come together, socialise and debate the issues of the day. Speakers: Dean Mighell (Secretary, ETU) & Bill Rosenberg (New Zealand Council Of Trade Unions). Entertainment - George Mann U.S.A. progressive folk singer. 5.30pm - 7.30pm, Bella Union Bar at Trades Hall. Cost: Donation to APHEDA. Hospitality: Drinks provided until tab runs out. RSVP: Luke Hilakari - lhilakari@vthc.org.au. All welcome, please pass on.

Saturday 3 March
THE CUBAN REVOLUTION: YESTERDAY AND TODAY

The 1959 Cuban Revolution against US-backed dictator Batista electrified Latin America and inspired rebels around the world. 53 years later it is still standing. A discussion of its achievements and the problems it faces today. All welcome. 2pm. Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). Hosted by Resistance & Socialist Alliance. For more info ph 9639 8622.

Saturday 3 March
DEFEND AND EXTEND PUBLIC HOUSING

Organising meeting. 2pm. Pavilion Room, North Carlton Railway House, 20 Solly Ave (Melway Ref 29 H10; go west down Park St, the road becomes Solly Ave, Railway House is on your right and walk-up flats on your left. The Pavilion Room is the room next to the Bocce Court). 2-3pm: eating and networking; 3pm: speaker (TBA) followed by practical discussion about organizing against the privatisation of public housing. Defend and Extend is closely associated with Friends of Public Housing and Public Housing Watch.

Saturday 3 March
SOLIDARITY GARAGE SALE & CULTURAL DAY/NIGHT IN SUPPORT OF LATIN AMERICAN STRUGGLES

11:00am until 11:30pm, Northcote Uniting Church, 251 High Street, Northcote. Come and join us in a day of live music, dance and poetry. Latin American docos screening and information tables from different groups. And garage sale: clothes, books, furniture, bric-a-brac, computers, etc. Food and drinks available. Garage sale from 11am in the church hall. Cultural performances from 2pm in the courtyard. If you've got anything in good condition you'd like to donate to our garage sale, please contact us on 0425 539 149. All proceeds to support travel costs for CONFECH representative from University of Concepción – Chile, visiting Australia in a speaking tour during April this year...just in a couple of months... we need to continued supporting the inspiring struggle of Chilean students for free and quality education in Chile now! Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) www.latinlasnet.org, www.latinamericansolidaritynetwork.org, http://www.facebook.com/lasnet

Saturday 3 March
A UNION MAN – FILM ON THE LIFE AND WORK OF JULIUS MARGOLIN PRESENTED BY THE MAKER, SINGER GEORGE MANN.

6:00pm - 9:00pm, Loophole 670-672 High Street, Thornbury. Film showing followed by food to share and songs; join in rebel worker chorus. www.george&julius.com, www.georgemann.org. PO Box 145, Moreland Vic 3058. www.iww.org.au

Saturday 3 March
FEST LA FROG: URBAN ECO FEST

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

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

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

Monday 5 March
CLIMATE CHANGE, FARMING & FOOD SECURITY POLICY - AN INDONESIAN PERSPECTIVE

Speaker (by video link): Rita Widiadana, journalist and editor at the Jakarta Post; she has over 20 years experience covering issues such as agriculture, forestry, biodiversity and climate change. She will explain how Indonesians cope with rocketing food prices, climate change and why the government struggles to create a pro-farming policy and effective food security policy. 6:30pm. Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2), McCoy Building, University of Melbourne, Cnr Elgin & Swanston Sts, Carlton. Organised by Beyond Zero Emissions.

Tuesday 6 March
LASNET MEETING AND INFO NIGHT ON THE TPPA AND LATIN AMERICA

Join us for our fortnightly meeting followed by a presentation and discussion on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, which is a free trade deal that will encompass nine or more countries from Latin America, North America and the Asia-Pacific. It will hamper governments' ability to create policies and pass laws and give new powers to corporations. If the negotiations succeed this agreement will remove the rights of Governments to legislate in the best interests of their people if it threatens the profitability of corporations. Corporations with interests as vast as mining, media, IP, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, food security, entertainment and much more. This is a secret deal that has not being discussed in the open by the media so come along and get informed. 7pm, LASNET Space, Trades Hall; Cnr of Lygon and Victoria Streets. http://www.facebook.com/events/create/?eid=399404350076120. More info: lasnet@latinlasnet.org, www.latinamericansolidaritynetwork.org

Tuesday 6 March
VIGIL AGAINST THE AFGHAN WAR

The UN has just announced that 2011 was the deadliest year for civilians so far in this war. While there is talk of a 'wind down', this does not mean the withdrawal of foreign troops. Meantime we are training and arming factions in Afghanistan to be more lethal fighters once we leave. 4:30pm. City Square, cnr Collins & Swanston Sts, City.

Wednesday 7 March
WORKERS GET READY - AUSTRALIA ASIA WORKER LINKS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2012

Activities report & proposals for 2012. All AAWL members and affiliates are welcome. You can join or renew your membership at the door. 6pm. Evatt room, Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria sts, Carlton South. Email: aawl@aawl.org.au, Web: aawl.org.au

Wednesday 7 March
THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON NATIVE WILDLIFE

How does our increasingly sun-baked and storm-lashed wildlife cope with climate chaos? Wildlife and vegetation all around the planet will need to adapt, but will all be able to keep up with the fast pace of adaptation that is needed? Speaker: Monique Decortis (climate activist, wildlife rehabilitator and educator on wildlife issues). 7pm. Selby Community House Wombalana Rd (enter via Charles St), Belgrave. For more information ph 9754 2039 or email K Williams.

Thursday 8 March
THE BIG ISSUE ON OUR PLATE: CLIMATE CHANGE & FOOD SECURITY

At Zero Carbon Moreland's March pub night, Kirsten Larsen (Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, Cultivating Community, Eaterprises Australia) and Rasha Tayeh (Moreland Food Gardens Network, Merri Community Health Services) will paint a picture of how our current food systems are affecting the climate, how we can make our food systems more sustainable and resilient, and steps people are already taking to address this in Moreland. 6pm. Little dining room, Edinburgh Castle, cnr Sydney Rd & Albion St, Brunswick. Zero Carbon Moreland pub nights occur regularly on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Thursday 8 March
SOCIALIST ALLIANCE IWD TOAST - ELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

6:30pm (toasts from 6:45pm). Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston Street, City (opposite RMIT). $8/$5 (includes finger food & free glass champagne or juice). Hosted by Resistance & Socialist Alliance. For more info ph 9639 8622.

Thursday 8 March
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY STREET FESTIVAL

Celebrate IWD music, food, radio, and great women. Turn up or tune in. 6-9pm. Cnr 21 Smith & Little Victoria St, Fitzroy. Organised by 3CR.

Thursday 8 March
FAIR DEAL OR NO DEAL

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 9 March
OCCUPY MELBOURNE: OCCUPY FRIDAYS!

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

Friday 9 March
IRAN SOLIDARITY MELBOURNE - INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY PUBLIC MEETING

Discussion of book Scattered Pearls and screening of Divorce Iranian Style. Scattered Pearls is the story of three generations of women who are forced to accept the bitter truth of social discrimination. Divorce Iranian Style is made by the British independent film-maker Kim Longinotto and the Iranian Ziba Mir-Hosseini. The movie is about the Iranian courts and the implementation of Islamic laws in family issues. 6:30 pm. New International Bookshop, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria Street, Carlton South.

Saturday 10 March
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2012: WOMEN UNITE FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE

12 noon: Meet at State Library, cnr Swanston & Latrobe Sts, City. 12.30pm: March to City Square (Swanston St & Collins St). From 1pm: Speakers, workshops, discussion and artistic performances at City Square. 5pm: Open women's jam session; bring your instruments! This International Women's Day we unite for: An end to violence against women; recognition of Aboriginal sovereignty; full reproductive rights for all women; full rights for refugees and asylum seekers; equal pay for women. Organised by the Occupy Melbourne Feminist Collective. For more info email om_iwd@yahoo.com.au.

Sunday 11 March
DAY OF ACTION TO END URANIUM MINING: FUKUSHIMA ONE YEAR ON

Australia is one of the largest suppliers of uranium to Japan, not to mention Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). The Australian government confirmed that Australian uranium was actually used in the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. In spite of Australia's involvement in this ongoing nuclear disaster, it continues to expand its uranium mining activities and exports (such as the Federal government’s decision to allow uranium exports to India) and the expansion of BHP's Olympic Dam mine. 1pm. State Library, cnr Swanston & Latrobe Sts, City. Organised by MAPW, ICAN, Japanese for Peace and others. For more info visit http://www.11march.com/.

Tuesday 13 March
ANTIWAR DINNER - REPORT-BACK FROM YOKOHAMA & NUCLEAR INDUSTRY UPDATE

Medical Association for the Prevention of War hold a regular bi-monthly dinner with a guest speaker. Our March speaker will be Dr Margaret Beavis, who has just returned from the massive global conference on nuclear power in Japan who will update us on both Japan and the global movement. La Notte, 140 Lygon Street Carlton. $30fixed price menu, plus a voluntary donation to cover any student members who pay $15. All welcome. RSVP to secretary@mapw.org.au or ph 9439 7272.

Tuesday 13 March
RENEWABLE ENERGY FORUM

Speakers: Dave Kerin of the Earthworker Co-operative will talk about the solar hot water factory to be built at Morwell as a workers co-operative and how the community can become involved; Luke Whiteside will talk about the community micro hydro system soon to be installed in Warburton; Brian Lennon, Chairman of Ranges Energy Co-operative will talk about developments with its community solar farm. 7:30pm. Burrinja Gallery, Glenfern Rd, Upwey (Mel 75A12). Gold coin donation. Hosted by Dandenong Ranges Renewable Energy Association. For more info ph 5968 2824.

Wednesday 14 March
20 YEARS OF MANDATORY DETENTION: REVISITING AUSTRALIA'S SHAME

Speakers: Abdul Baig (political refugee from Pakistan detained in Maribyrnong Detention Centre in early 2000s) & a Vietnamese refugee. 1pm. Lyle Theatre, Redmond Barry Building, Melbourne University. Organised by Melbourne Uni Refugee Action Collective.

Friday 16 March
103 YEARS OF CELEBRATION – GEELONG TRADES HALL LABOUR DAY DINNER

Guest speaker: ACTU President Ged Kearney. $75.00 per head – 3 course meal, wine, beer, soft drink included. 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm, Buckley’s Entertainment Centre, Fellmongers Rd, Breakwater. RSVP (by 9 March) Telephone: (03) 5221 1712 Email: gthc@webaxs.net

Friday 16 March
OCCUPY FOR POLITICAL PRISONERS VIGIL

6pm. City Square, Melbourne. Please come bring banners and candles show your support to Occupy arrestees, Lex Wotton, Aboriginal deaths in custody, political prisoners from Palestine, greenscare activists, Tibetan political prisoners worldwide. Organised by The Anarchist Black Cross, an international network of groups that gives practical support to prisoners of the class war.

Saturday 17 March
CLIMATE RALLY PLANNING MEETING

In a breakout at the recent Victorian Climate Action Convergence (and subsequently endorsed by the final assembly) a group of activists discussed a grassroots mobilisation organised loosely around the Rio+20 meeting on June 20. We proposed an action in Canberra on Tuesday June 19, a non-violent mass mobilisation, encircling Parliament House with the message: get the job done/bring down pollution, followed by a swarm of smaller actions by affinity groups in and around parliament. You are invited to attend the first organising meeting: 1-4pm, Friends of the Earth Melbourne, 312 Smith St, Collingwood. Please RSVP to Brett Hennig (FoE Melbourne Climate Justice Collective convenor) at brett@thesharehood.org or ph 0432 918 150.

Saturday 17 March
CAMPAIGN LAUNCH: MELBOURNE SEXUALITY, SEX & GENDER COLLECTIVE

The collective has specifically been set up as a broad,inclusive group, with the goal of campaigning around issues which effect rainbow youth and young women. This campaign will target homophobia, transphobia and sexism, as well issues surrounding what is seen as the traditional notion of masculinity and how we can challenge what is seen as the traditional socially acceptable behaviours and attitudes of young men, through educationals and direct action campaigning. Come help us kick off a busy year of campaigning in 2012 with the campaign re-launch! Guest speakers include long time transgender rights activist Sally Goldner, Take Care (out there) co-ordinator Shane McMaster, and high school student and activist Carina Saunders talking about the relevance of feminism and the social pressures young women face. Level 10, 225 Bourke Street, City. For more info ph 9639 8622.

Saturday 17 March
SOLIDARITY ACTION IN SUPPORT OF CHILEAN STUDENTS - FOR FREE & QUALITY EDUCATION IN CHILE NOW!

Federation Square, 12 Midday. After a year of mass mobilisations and university and school occupations across Chile by students fighting for free and quality education, the students have decided to start 2012 in style, setting March 15 as the first National Day of Action of the year. Thus we have called this action as a show of solidarity with their struggle and their day of action. We welcome all those who also stand in solidarity with our brothers & sisters in Chile (and/or Wallmapu) to join us. http://www.facebook.com/events/379904135370684/. More info: lasnet@latinlasnet.org, www.latinamericansolidaritynetwork.org

Sunday 18 March
RAW (RESPECT ALL WILDLIFE) FAMILY FESTIVAL

At the Morning Star Estate, Mornington. RAW 2012 highlights the local community’s commitment to the environment, conservation and animal rights. Raw 2012 will be a family focused event hosting an action packed day full of entertainment and interactive educational experiences. There will be bands, drumming groups, roaming entertainers, hands on animal experiences, face painting, rides, games, educational talks and much more. More information: www.raw.org.au

Sunday 18 March
LAUNCHING THE CLIMAMANIA PROJECT

Soul Theatre's Climamania Project highlights both the issues and some of the solutions in tackling climate change – but don’t expect any dry presentations, or many stats and facts. Performers will include Bob Sedergreen, Rod Quantock, Carl Pannuzzo, Penny Larkins, Brendan Gray, Julia Sutherland, Cameron Semmens, Lia Avene, Boori Monty Pryor and more. Yarra-based Beyond Zero Emissions are leaders in the national conversation around climate change solutions. They will present their plan for tackling Climate Change. 6-10pm. The Athol Gill Centre, 100 Hodgkinson St, Clifton Hill. $25/$15. Cash only at the door. RSVP to alicia@soultheatre.org.au with subject line 'RSVP CLIMAMANIA'.