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Community Announcements 7 February 2012

Posted 7 February 2012 by Ken Norling (Vic Division)

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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

Thursday 9 February
BENEFIT SCREENING OF OPERATION 8, WITH GARY FOLEY

On October 15 2007, activists around New Zealand woke to guns in their faces. Black-clad police smashed down doors, dragging families out onto roads and detaining some without food or water. Operation 8 involved 18 months of invasive surveillance of Maori sovereignty and peace activists accused of attending terrorist training camps in the Urewera ranges, homeland of the Tuhoe people. Four activists still face charges from the raids and their trial will start on February 13 in the Auckland High Court. Reflections on Operation 8 and Q & A hosted by Gary Foley after the screening. 7pm. Cinema 4, Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton. Tickets and payment at the door. $15. All profits go towards support for the Urewera 4 still on trial. Website: http://cutcutcut.com/Operation8.html Please reserve tickets via Hayley: hayley@riseup.net

Friday 10 – Sunday 12 February
MELBOURNE INDIGENOUS ARTS FESTIVAL

The inaugural Festival demonstrates the breadth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island contemporary and traditional artistic expression. There’s something for everyone, with three days of dance, cabaret, visual art, theatre, comedy, films and live music. Federation Square; events will also be held at ACMI, Birrarung Marr, Art Play, Signal and City Gallery. Join music greats Dan Sultan, Casey Donovan, Archie Roach, Troy Casser-Daley and more, as they take to the stage over three days of free celebration. More than music, the festival hosts a diversity of arts experiences for all ages. Visit the Koori market at the Atrium, be moved by theatre and experience traditional and contemporary dance at Birrarung Marr. Watch the best of black screen at ACMI with Blak Nite Cinema, join the conversation at a public forum, take a stroll through the Indigenous Laneway Commissions and visit Melbourne’s City Gallery. For Program and more info http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/iaf/Pages/iaf.aspx

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). Tickets: One film: $10/$7/$5 (high school); two films: $15/$10/$7; whole festival: $25/$15/$10. Bookings recommended. 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.

Saturday 11 – Saturday 18 February
TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL

Films include Energy Autonomy: The 4th Revolution, which describes the possibility of a switch to 100% renewables within the next 30 years by telling the stories of its protagonists, a prominent environmental activist, Nobel laureates, innovative businessmen and politicians. (http://www.energyautonomy.org/index.php?article_id=21&clang=1); The Future Makers, which tells the story of key Australians leading the way on the world stage in renewable energy. (http://www.thefuturemakers.com.au/). 7pm, Sun 12th: Our World 2.0: Short films and forum presented in assocation with the United Nations Association of Australia. More information: http://transitionsfilmfestival.com/ BUY TICKETS ONLINE WITH GREENTIX.

Saturday 11 February
MELBOURNE INDIGENOUS ARTS FESTIVAL: INDIGENOUS WRITERS TALKS

Melbourne Conversations at BMW Edge as part of the inaugural Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival “Who do Indigenous writers write for? How do contemporary Indigenous writers move between the oral tradition and the written word?” Melbourne’s own Yorta Yorta woman, Kylie Belling, hosts some of Australia’s most talented story tellers at this session. Contemporary poets, songwriters, rappers, playwrights, scriptwriters and novelists will read, perform and talk about their work. The talks celebrate Indigenous writing and the legacy and tradition of David Unaipon, Kevin Gilbert, Oodgeroo Noonuccal. 11.00am to 2.00pm. Entry from 10.30am. BMW Edge, Federation Square. Free entry - No bookings. For Program and more info http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/iaf/Pages/iaf.aspx

Saturday 11 February
MCAGS - MELBOURNE CLIMATE ACTION GROUPS MEETING 2012

A Melbourne Climate Action Groups (MCAGs) meeting will be held from 9 am-5 pm at South Melbourne Commons, 217-239A Montague St, South Melbourne. The proposal is for a plenary followed by an open space meeting where workshop topics are decided by the attendees on the day, with general assembly at end to provide reportbacks from working groups & discussion of ideas. Entry by donation (to cover venue hire). Website: http://www.melbourne.foe.org.au/?q=cc/mcags2012

Saturday 11 February
THINK TANK: NEXT STEPS FOR THE REFUGEE MOVEMENT IN 2012

Organised by Refugee Action Network (RAN). Agenda: 1. Short introduction of what RAN has done over the last 12 months. 2. The year in retrospect. Guest speakers to open a discussion about the current situation for refugees given the legal challenges and the government's announcements in 2011. 3. Campaign actions & priorities for 2012. 4. Role & focus of RAN. 11am-4pm. Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, City (opposite Victoria Markets).

Sunday 12 February
ANATOLIAN PEACE & FRIENDSHIP FESTIVAL

Celebrating the rich history of Anatolia and the diversity it brings to Australia. The festival will provide diverse music and performances on stage all day as well as home-made Turkish food stalls, rides and entertainment for the kids and an atmosphere of peace and friendship. 11am till 6pm. Coburg Lake Reserve, Coburg North.

Sunday 12 February
MELBOURNE INDIGENOUS ARTS FESTIVAL: INDIGENOUS VISUAL ARTISTS TALKS

Join the conversation as contemporary Indigenous artists discuss arts practice and the Blak experience. The sessions explore various media, ideas and concerns and examine the nature and impact of politically charged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual art. 11.00am to 2.00pm. Entry from 10.30am. BMW Edge, Federation Square. Free entry - No bookings. For Program and more info http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/iaf/Pages/iaf.aspx

Sunday 12 February
SISTERS FOR SISTERS

7:30pm, the Toff in Town, 2/252 Swanston St, $15. A night of music, dance, spoken word and creative expression from sisters of diverse cultural backgrounds Featuring: Mirrah, Candice Monique, Quashani Bahd, Arowe, Nai Palm, Kapella … and more ! Doors 7:30pm. SISTERS FOR SISTERS is a collective of Melbourne-based female artists, from diverse cultural backgrounds who volunteer their time to perform in solidarity and support for our sisters who have been exploited, sold and abused through sex-trafficking. All proceeds go to the Fitzroy Learning Network -providing assistance to people from diverse, educational, cultural and social backgrounds. More Info http://www.sisters-for-sisters.com/events/

Tuesday 14 February
FOLKLORE, SONG and CELEBRATION

Victorians are invited to take part in a unique celebration of one of Australian folklore’s greatest contributors, as the Royal Historical Society of Victoria presents “The Hugh Anderson Event”. Guests will be treated to songs by folk legends Danny Spooner, Dave and Lynne Lumsden and Dave de Hugard as we take a look back at Dr Anderson’s extensive achievements and celebrate his 85th birthday. The event will also see Dr Anderson launch his latest work - Two axe Mac: the story of Simon McDonald – and showcase extracts from the book’s companion CD. 11.30am – 1pm, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne. Cost: $30 non members; $25 members (light lunch and refreshments included). Bookings essential: 9326 9288 or bookings@historyvictoria.org.au. Information: http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/events/the-hugh-anderson-event

Tuesday 14 February
MAPW DINNER: REPORT-BACK FROM YOKOHAMA & NUCLEAR INDUSTRY UPDATE

Guest speaker Dr Margaret Beavis, who has just returned from the massive global conference on nuclear power in will update us on both Japan and the global movement. La Notte, 140 Lygon Street Carlton. $30 fixed price menu, plus a voluntary donation to cover any student members who pay $15. Organised by Medical Association for the Prevention of War. All welcome. RSVP to Carole Wigg (secretary@mapw.org.au) or ph 9439 7272.

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

Thursday 16 February
LUNCHBOX / SOAPBOX: DAVID HOLMGREN ON RETROFITTING THE SUBURBS FOR SUSTAINABILITY

In recent years, as we have become more aware of the negative effects of our high-impact lifestyles, a number of environmental responses have been introduced – such as building insulation, energy-efficiency requirements, improvements to public transport, conservation of urban green space, and more water-sensitive urban design. Join David Holmgren to explore how suburbs can, and are, responding to the converging economic, energy and climate crises and discover how you can stimulate positive household and community resilience in the face of these pressures. This is a free event, and no bookings are required. 12:45PM - 1:15PM, The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street. Information: http://wheelercentre.com/

Friday 17 February
OCCUPY MELBOURNE: OCCUPY FRIDAYS!

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

Friday 17 February
OUTDOOR FILM SCREENING: OUR GENERATION PLUS SHORT FILMS ABOUT THE STRUGGLE FOR THE KIMBERLEY.

An evening of film, live music featuring Richard Frankland and speakers with a focus on issues affecting indigenous communities in northern Australia. Our Generation is a powerful and upfront documentary on the Aboriginal struggle for their land, culture and freedom, a story that has been silenced by the mainstream media. Money raised by film ticket sales will go to community projects in Arnhem Land and Kimberley campaigners. Doors 6pm. Food & bar from 6:30pm. Speakers and live music from 7pm until dark. Feature starts at 9pm. CERES Community Environment Park on the Village Green, cnr Roberts & Stewart Sts, Brunswick East. What to bring: Picnic, rugs, cushions, clothing for all weather! $20/$16. Contact details: ceres@ceres.org.au or ph 9389 0100. To book a ticket, go to: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=18745

Friday 17 February
SISTERS IN CRIME@2012: NEW YEAR CAN BE MURDER

Sisters in Crime national co-convenor Jacqui Horwood interrogates two of Australia’s top crime authors – Katherine Howell & Sulari Gentill – about their new books, both just out for the New Year. Silent Fear is the fifth book in the series starring Detective Ella Marconi by Katherine Howell. Miles off Course is the third novel by Sulari Gentill to feature gentleman sleuth, artist Rowland Sinclair. $5/$10 (non-members) 8pm, The Rising Sun Hotel, corner Raglan Street & Eastern Road, South Melbourne (no lift). Men or ‘brothers-in-law’ welcome. Dinner upstairs from 6.30pm (no lift). No need to book for dinner or event. Info: Carmel Shute on 0412 569 356 or go to www.sistersincrime.org.au

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.

Wednesday 22 February
KIM BARKER: THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE

Foreign correspondent Kim Barker’s personal account of reporting in Afghanistan and Pakistan, The Taliban Shuffle, is a fiercely honest – and occasionally hilarious – dissection of the absurdities of an intractable conflict. Barker, previously South Asia bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune, abandons the journalist’s conventional poker-faced neutrality for a mordant take on the newest American – and Australian – military quagmire. In conversation with Karen Middleton (An Unwinnable War). This is a free event; bookings are recommended. Make a booking http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=20129. 6:15PM - 7:15PM, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street. Information: http://wheelercentre.com/

Thursday 23 February
LUNCHBOX / SOAPBOX: HILARY CHARLESWORTH ON WOMEN AND THE NEW WAVE OF DEMOCRACY

Since the end of the Cold War, much international attention has been devoted to building democracies to replace authoritarian regimes. East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq and last year’s Arab Spring are examples of this movement. But women seem to be the consistent losers in the new democracies: why is this so and what can we do about it? This is a free event, and no bookings are required. 12:45PM - 1:15PM, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street. Information: http://wheelercentre.com/

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/