Community Announcements 13 December 2011
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Tuesday 13 December
'ACROSS THE WATER' WEST PAPUA - BOUGANVILLE VIDEO NIGHT
6:30pm - 9:00pm, Level 4 Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane,Melbourne. Screening the latest documentaries from the campaign against the re-opening of Panguna mine, the attacks against the 3rd Papuan People's Congress, and the 3 month long strike at Freeport mine. Presented by West Papua Melbourne(http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000297749079) with Clive Porabou (https://mekamui.wordpress.com/) in conjunction with Pax Christi (http://www.paxchristi.org.au/) Website: https://www.engagemedia.org/Members/traverser11/events/across-the-water/view
Tuesday 13 December
BELGRAVE SURVIVAL DAY
Belgrave Survival Day proudly presents a showing of Murundak –songs of Freedom on Tuesday November 13th at Burrinja Cultural Center in Upwey at 6.30 PM. Light refreshments and non-alcoholic drinks will be available. Murundak - songs of freedom, Winner of the UN Media Peace Award for promotion of Aboriginal Reconciliation, and also, on the Best Documentary (General) at the ATOM Awards. Murundak journeys into the heart of Aboriginal protest music following The Black Arm Band, a gathering of some of Australia’s finest Indigenous musicians, as they take to the road with their songs of resistance and freedom. Not only is this a chance to see a great movie but all profits will go towards the staging of the 2012 Belgrave Survival Day event which will feature the Yung Warriors and Lou Bennett amongst others. To see the exciting lineup for this year visit http://belgravesurvivalday.org/ or visit us on Facebook 'Belgrave Survival Day."
Thursday 15 December
CANDLE-LIT VIGIL FOR REFUGEES IN DETENTION THIS CHRISTMAS
Join us in solidarity with the thousands of people still imprisoned under Australia's inhumane immigration policy. Be part of a candle-lit performative action, with music from recently released refugees. This will be recorded and sent to asylum seekers in detention, as a reminder that many Australians reject this policy, and eagerly await the release of asylum seekers into the community. At the same time send a message to the government: Bridging visas are not enough. End mandatory detention now. 8:30pm. City Square, cnr Swanston & Collins Streets, City. Organised by Refugee Action Collective.
Saturday 17 December
VIGIL FOR BRADLEY MANNING ON HIS 24TH BIRTHDAY
On this day Bradley Manning will have been incarcerated for 571 days. Gather at the US Consulate on St Kilda Rd to stand in solidarity with him. 5pm. Forecourt, US Consulate, 553 St Kilda Road, City.
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.
Sunday 18 December
RISE PRESENTS AMIR SULAIMAN
RISE is excited to present world-renowned spoken word artist Amir Sulaiman, an accomplished poet, activist, recording artist and a 2-time HBO Def Poet, host and performer for national Breed Love Odyssey Tour. Amir Sulaiman will be supported by underground hip-hop artist Pataphysics, Melbourne-based soul artist Jess Harlen and singer/songwriter Robert Champion. 7pm, Miss Libertine, 34 Franklin St, City. $15/$10. For more info http://riserefugee.org/ or ph 9639 8623.
Monday 19 December
FILM PREMIERE: ROBBED OF TRUTH
A documentary by Carlos González. This is the true story of Fetim Salam, a Saharawi refugee falsely portrayed as a slave in the Australian documentary Stolen. Australian filmmakers Violeta Ayala and Daniel Fallshaw travel to the Saharawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria in 2007 and claim to discover 20,000 slaves in the camps run by the independence movement Polisario Front. Refugees are outraged for being portrayed as slaves, and humanitarian aid workers are incredulous about these allegations as they know the camps intimately. Filmmaker Carlos González retraces their steps in search of the truth and finds a web of misinformation, lies and Moroccan operatives apparently reshaping the truth. The film will be introduced by its director and producer Carlos González in person. After the film there will be a Q&A with Carlos González moderated by Carmela Baranowska, Lecturer in Media at Australian Catholic University. 1pm. Victoria College of the Arts, School of Film and TV, Cinema 2, 234 St Kilda Road, City.
Tuesday 20 December
ROBERT DOYLE WON'T BE THERE! OCCUPY THE RESISTANCE CENTRE FOR AN END-OF-YEAR CELEBRATION
6-10pm. Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). It's been a tumultuous year, from Cairo's Tahrir Square to the global Occupy movement. Join us to celebrate, relax and prepare for 2012. $12/$7 (includes meal & snacks). Drinks available. Organised by Socialist Alliance & Green Left Weekly. For more info ph 9639 8622.