Community Announcements 7 July 2011
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Sunday 3 – Saturday 9 July
NAIDOC WEEK 2011
Official programme of events in Victoria is below. The march occurs on Friday morning, so please come along if you’re available. http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/user-data/documents/2011Vic_NAIDOC_Calandar_FINAL.pdf
Thursday 7 July
PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN FILM SCREENING: BUDRUS
It takes a village to unite the most divided people on earth. An award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organiser, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel's apartheid wall. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women's contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known movement in the occupied Palestinian territories that is still gaining ground today. Entry by donation. 7pm. New International Bookshop, Trades Hall, Carlton.
Thursday 7 July
3THINGS’ HIP HOP APPROACH
Prince of Wales, St Kilda. An initiative of Oxfam Australia gets Australian hip hop acts talking about their opinions and solutions to global poverty and injustice. Hosted by Kween G and featuring over 20 Aussie artists and acts including: The Tongue, Thundamentals, Joelistics, DJ Wasabi, plus more … All proceeds going to Oxfam Australia. For more info visit: www.3things.org.au/hiphopapproach
Thursday 7 July
LUNCHBOX / SOAPBOX: JAMES BOYCE ON THE TRUTH ABOUT MELBOURNE
De Tocqueville claimed that all places “bear some mark of their origin; and the circumstances which accompanied their birth… affect the whole term of their being.” On the day that his new book 1835: the Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia is to be launched, James Boyce will introduce you to the forgotten founding fathers of Melbourne, and encourage speculation on how the unique circumstances of Melbourne’s birth might impact on how the city imagines itself today. Bring your lunch along to this bite-sized session. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, 12:45PM - 1:15PM. Info: http://wheelercentre.com. This is a free event. No booking required.
Thursday 7 July
NAIDOC FAMILY DAY
@ Collingwood Children's Farm, Abbotsford. Aboriginal Housing Victoria with the City of Yarra and Collingwood Children's Farm, invite you to join in on celebrating NAIDOC week. There will be performances by Aboriginal dance groups, sausage sizzle, Boomerang painting, Fae painting, jumping castle, tractor rides and MORE! Anyone wishing to volunteer for NAIDOC Family Day at the Farm please contact Tashiana Chengubraydoo for any information: AHV on 9403 2100.
Friday 8 July
NAIDOC MARCH: WILLIAM COOPER - EQUAL RIGHTS STILL A FIGHT
March for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. Today NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields. 10am sharp. Assemble Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, 186 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy for march to Federation Square. For more info ph Les Bamblett 9484 5310. Be early for t-shirts.
Friday 8 July
REBUILDING FROM THE GROUND UP - THE GRASSROOTS ALTERNATIVE TO THE FAILED NORTHERN TERRITORY INTERVENTION
Forum with Valerie Martin (from Yuendumu) & speakers from Indigenous communities affected by the Intervention. 6:30pm. Trades Hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton. Organised by Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective. For more info ph 0435 249 343, http://www.maicollective.blogspot.com/
Saturday 9 July
RALLY: CLOSE BROADMEADOWS DETENTION CENTRE! CHILDREN OUT OF DETENTION!
Meet @ Kmart carpark, corner Sydney Rd & Camp Road, Campbelfield, at 1 pm. Speakers followed by march to Broadmeadows detention centre (Melbourne Immigration Transit Accomodation). The Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) is urging refugee supporters to hold Labor to account for not releasing all children from detention. No child should be locked behind fences for the ‘crime’ of seeking asylum. We need to publically oppose locking children up and send a message to the Labor government that we’re not going to be silent whilst they commit the real crime, locking up refugees. Organised by Refugee Action Collective. For more information, visit http://rac-vic.org/
Saturday 9 July
FOR DEMOCRATIC, CLEAN AND FAIR ELECTIONS, FOR A BETTER MALAYSIA
2pm. State Library, Swanston St, City. Rally organised by Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia in Australia. For info on the Bersih democracy campaign visit http://bersih.org/
Tuesday 12 July
MEANLAND: THE BLOGGING ECONOMY
The web, we are endlessly told, offers unparalleled opportunity for a democratic voice. But is the voice of the people necessarily offered for free? Why is it so hard to earn a buck through a blog? In partnership with Meanjin and Overland, two of Australia’s finest literary journals, we continue this series examining the rapidly evolving world of writing and publishing. Presenters: Ben Eltham (writer, journalist and creative producer), Jacinda Woodhead (Associate editor, Overland), Zora Sanders (writer, editor and internet connoisseur). 6.15-7.15 pm, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Free event, booking recommended. Make a booking: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=9752.
Tuesday 12 July – Thursday 14 July
CONFERENCE: FOUR DEGREES OR MORE? AUSTRALIA IN A HOT WORLD
Explores the unintended consequences of current domestic and international climate policies. It invites us to imagine the social, economic and ecological implications of catastrophic global warming for Australia and its region. Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Carrillo Gantner Theatre, cnr Swanston St & Monash Rd, University of Melbourne. For more info visit http://www.fourdegrees2011.com.au/.
Wednesday 13 July
ARENA DISCUSSION FORUM: NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Michael Hamel Green, Victoria University. 7:30pm. Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St (between Brunswick & Nicholson Sts), Fitzroy. For more info ph 9416 0232 or http://www.arena.org.au/
Thursday 14 July
PROJECT FUTURES FUNDRAISER
Project Futures, a not for profit organisation determined to combat sex trafficking globally, are holding a fundraiser. 7pm @ Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda, featuring: Sammy J, Geraldine Hickey, Mikelangelo, Clairy Browne (from the Bangin Rackettes) a bunch of burlesque girls and MORE!
Thursday, July 14
PUBLIC MEETING: FUKUSHIMA
Speaker: Rikiya Adachi (Japanese Greens anti-nuclear activist). 7pm. Cricket Club Hotel, Clarendon St, South Melbourne. For more info ph Elliot Gingold 0418 137 067 or Meni Christofakis 0403 719 435.
Friday 15 July
FILM SCREENING: OUR GENERATION
“Our Generation is a very fine piece of work. It's truthful, eloquent and, above all, it explains very clearly to first-timers and the many who need reminding why the indigenous people of Australia are once again being defrauded of their human and political rights in a country calling itself a democracy.” (John Pilger). Meal available from 6:30pm, film 7pm. Downstairs, Trades Hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong. Entry by Donation. For more info ph 5222 6900. Organised by Socialist Alliance.
Sunday 17 July
RUN MELBOURNE FOR OXFAM AUSTRALIA
Run Melbourne is fast approaching! With the option of a 5km, 10km or half marathon it allows people of all ages and fitness to compete. 2011 will be the 17th staging of Run Melbourne, originally called Run to the G. It is an event not to be missed. Run Melbourne and raise money for your favourite charity (hopefully us!). This is your chance to support our work fighting poverty and injustice around the world. Not into walking or running? We still need you as a volunteer! For every volunteer Oxfam provides, $25 is donated by Run Melbourne. Just $20 can provide families in Timor-Leste with vegetable seeds, increasing nutrition and market opportunities. More information & registration: http://www.runmelbourne.com.au/start.php
Sunday 17 July
TEAM AMNESTY – RUN FOR MELBOURNE!
It’s time to get up, get out and get fit. On Sunday the 17th of July at Federation square there will be a Team Amnesty event in which you can run and fundraise for human rights. 5km, 10km or half marathon test yourself at any level. It’s time to get out there and have some fun, get actively involved with your own rights people! Sign up now! http://www.amnesty.org.au/vic/event/25452/
Sunday 17 July
HARRY POTTER FILM FUNDRAISER
Join Friends Of Same for a magical adventure at a fundraising film night: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 IN 3D PG Rating. Balwyn Palace Cinema, 233 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, 6.30 pm. TICKETS: $20 or $15 concession. To book, contact: Catherine Scott 0416 275 591, email@example.com, Esther Anderson 0439 555 291, firstname.lastname@example.org, Trish Woodcroft Lee, email@example.com. All profits will be split between tuition costs for training a Timorese dentist, and Fuan Nabilan Education Centre for Blind and Vision Impaired people in Same, Timor Leste. Friends of Same: www.friendsofsame.org
Monday 18 July
BUILDING ALLIANCES BY & WITH WOMEN WORKERS
Victoria University and the ACTU are hosting a forum, which will discuss the diversity of women’s experiences and the innovative ways women workers and unionists are building the future of feminist politics within local and global union movements. Transnational experiences will focus on union feminists mobilizing at multiple sites, issues of wages and equity, child care campaigns, work-life balance, and queer organizing. Speakers include: Professor Suzanne Franzway (Director, Research Centre for Women's Studies, University of SA), Professor Mary Margaret Fonow (Director, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University). 5pm- 6.30pm, School of Management & Information Systems, Room 9.02, Level 9, 300 Flinders St, Melbourne. RSVP by 14 July: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 19 July
IS VICTORIA BECOMING A POLICE STATE?
Public meeting with Rob Stary (civil rights lawyer) & Amanda George (prisoners' rights activist). Since the Baillieu government was elected, the only policy it seems prepared to spend money on is 'law and order': Armed guards on stations, longer sentences, more prisoners, more jails, a new riot squad and on-the-spot fines for swearing in public. This is despite crime rates actually decreasing. The issues that are really making people's lives hard (such as underfunded or non-existent health services, overcrowded public transport; traffic jams; and increasing electricity and water bills) are being deliberately ignored. 6:30pm (meal 6pm). Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, City. Organised by Socialist Alliance. For more info ph 0413 377 978.
Tuesday 19 July
WHY GENDER MATTERS
You are invited to join the Victorian State Committee of Oxfam Australia to discuss the Oxfam Gender Equity Policy. The discussion will be lead by Jo Crawford (International Womens Development Agency) and Christine Gregory (Oxfam Australia). 6.00 to 7.30pm (drinks and nibbles from 5.30pm), Oxfam Australia, 132 Leicester Street, Carlton. An outcome of the evening will be to gain input into the review of our Gender Policy. We hope you will join us for an insight into this important issue of national and international significance. Please RSVP to Mark Baker email@example.com or on 1300 886 445.
Wednesday 20 July
SPEAK OUT FOR LEX WOTTON'S POLITICAL FREEDOM!
One year ago Lex Wotton was released from jail after serving two years behind bars as a political prisoner. Lex got a 6-year sentence after being found guilty of riot after a justified community protest against the death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee. In contrast, Chris Hurley, the police officer responsible for the death in custody, has been promoted and compensated. While Lex is free, he remains politically muzzled by harsh parole conditions, which deny him the right to speak to the media or to attend public meetings. 12:30pm. Bank of Queensland, 163 Bourke St, City. For more info ph Cheryl on 0401 806 331 or Solidarity Salon on 9388 0062.