Community Announcements 13 July 2012
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Tuesday 10 July - ongoing
SUPPORT TOLL WORKERS’ STRIKE AGAINST SUBSTANDARD WAGES AND CONDITIONS - JOIN THE COMMUNITY ASSEMBLY
500 workers at the Coles distribution centre in Somerton, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, have begun an indefinite strike. They are demanding equal pay and conditions with other Coles warehouse workers. For more info, visit http://www.facebook.com/tolleba. From 6am on Tuesday 10 July, there will be a peaceful community assembly outside the distribution centre, Union Road (near corner of Somerton Road), Somerton, which will will run 24 hours a day until the workers achieve their demands. (Melways ref 180 C9).
Friday 13 July
FILM SCREENING: FIVE BROKEN CAMERAS
Benefit to raise funds for a new camera for the people of Ni'ilin village, West Bank (occupied Palestine). Targetting of journalists and independent media is a common practice of the Israeli military because the images of the brutality and injustice of life under military occupation are damning. It is appropriate that to raise this money we are screening a film taken in the sister town of Bil'in, during which five of the cameras used for filming were destroyed deliberately by Israeli forces. Despite this, the resulting film is a triumph which has received international acclaim. The film traces the birth and childhood of a Palestinian boy within the daily struggle of Ni'lin against Israel's illegal apartheid wall. $10 ($15 solidarity). 6:30pm. Trades Hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton. Organised by Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid.
Saturday 14 July
SEA SHEPHERD BENEFIT GIG
Featuring: Nick Barker, Special Guests & DJ. Grill’d Airstream Van cook-up from 5:30pm Grill’d will be chipping in $1.00 to the Sea Shepherd from every burger sold (NB. veggie options available too.) 5.30-6.00pm Sea Shepherd Presentation. Free family fun before 6pm. The Pirates’ Tavern Williamstown 82 Nelson Place. (200m from Williamstown train station) $20 entry.
Sunday 15 July
SECOND BREAKFAST 3CR FUNDRAISER
Come along to Second Breakfast, a 3CR Radio fundraiser gig. See a bevy of local up and coming bands supporting 3CR's 2012 Radiothon. $10 Entry. All proceeds go to 3CR's Breakfast shows to keep great independent current affairs alive. Featuring: The Anoushka, The Sweet Teens, Emma Gardener and more! From 3pm at the Bendigo Hotel, 125 Johnston Street, Collingwood.
Monday 16 July
THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL: CAN AUSTRALIA MAKE IT WORK BETTER?
Oxfam Australia’s Executive Director Andrew Hewett is speaking about Australia’s bid for the UN Security Council at a free public forum organised by the United Nations Association of Australia. The keynote speaker for this event will be Colin Keating, former New Zealand Ambassador to the UN and Security Council President. The event will be moderated by Professor John Langmore, former Director of the UN Division for Social Policy and Development in New York. 5.30-7.30pm, School of Social and Political Sciences, Old Arts Building, University of Melbourne. FREE EVENT: RSVP ESSENTIAL. Book online now: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=27045.For more information: www.unaavictoria.org.au
Tuesday 17 July
EXHIBITION OPENING: GALLERY 1: #OCCUPY MANDATORY DETENTION
Pro-refugee artist and activist Azlan McLennan presents #Occupy Mandatory Detention. This exhibition is a protest against the government’s inhumane policies towards asylum seekers, in particular the 20 years since the implementation of mandatory detention. #OMD draws on the inspiration of the global Occupy movement against the dictates of the 1% and the inspiring courage and resistance shown by refugees incarcerated in Australia's concentration camps. Curated by the RMIT Refugee Action Collective. Opening Night: 5:30pm. First Site Gallery, Storey Hall Basement, 344 Swanston St, City.
Tuesday 17 July
GEELONG ONE FIRE RECONCILIATION GROUP MOVIE EVENING
Bush Mechanics – “The adventures of a group of outback Aboriginal Musicians & their never ending car trouble. Bodgy(but effective) repairs save the day.”(30mins) Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op, Lot 62 Morgan Street, North Geelong (please park outside the entrance, and follow the signs), 7.30pm. Donations appreciated. All movies will include some discussion time afterwards. Please let us know if you need help to get there: email@example.com. www.geelongonefire.org.au
Tuesday 17 July
MAKING PEACE WITH EARTH
For three decades radical scientist and ecofeminist, Dr Vandana Shiva, winner of the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize, has been promoting an ecological path of harmony, sustainability and diversity as a means to survival and liberation. For one night in Melbourne, join her to celebrate the release of her new book, Making Peace with the Earth. Vandana Shiva will be in conversation with Susan Hawthorne, poet, writer and publisher at Spinifex Press. 6.30pm for 7pm start, The Barn, Montsalvat, Hillcrest Ave, Eltham. All welcome, but bookings are essential. Entry $10.00 includes chai and samosas.Bookings 9439 8700 firstname.lastname@example.org 970 Main Road, Eltham.
Thursday 19 July
UNION OF AUSTRALIAN WOMEN COFFEE WITH A FOCUS
Speaker: Cath Bowtell, President of the Victorian ALP, on the role of carers in the community. 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., 4th floor, Ross House,247 Flinders lane, Melbourne. $5 - delicious morning tea. RSVP to office 9654 7409 or email email@example.com
Thursday 19 July
LUNCHBOX / SOAPBOX: AUSTRALIANS AND MODERN SLAVERY
Slavery did not end 200 years ago. There are 27 million slaves in the world today – poor and vulnerable people who are owned, bonded or trafficked – children, women, men, child soldiers, sex slaves, debt slaves. Slavery means that one person owns another. What does it mean to be owned? What is bondage and why is it slavery? Where does trafficking fit in the big picture of slavery? Who has the power to stop it happening? Join Roscoe Howell of Slavery Links Australia, as he outlines the forms of modern slavery and discusses how we can bring about change. This is a free event. Bookings are not required. 12:45PM - 1:15PM, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street. More information: http://wheelercentre.com/
Friday 20 July
GEELONG RED CINEMA: EVEN THE RAIN
A film about Bolivia's fight against water privatisation. 7pm (meal from 6:30pm). Downstairs, Trades hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong. Organised by Socialist Alliance in support of Green Left Weekly. For more info ph 9639 8622 or 0438 304 326.
Friday 20 July
THE ANNUAL CASTAN CENTRE CONFERENCE - HUMAN RIGHTS 2012
Speakers: Prof Sarah Joseph (Director, Castan Centre); Prof Tim Flannery; Susan Ryan AO; Dr Kerry Arabena (Director of Indigenous Health at Monash); Dr Samantha Thomas (Senior Research Fellow, Monash University); Gareth Evans AO QC; Sami Ben Gharbia (Tunisian blogger); Allan Asher (former Commonwealth Ombudsman); and Mr Ron Merkel QC. Reg 8.40am. Spring Street Conference Centre, 1 Spring St, Melbourne. Full details: http://www.law.monash.edu.au/castancentre/conference/
Friday 20 July
EXPLOSIVE SHORT FILMS AT ACMI
Red Hot Shorts teams up with Amnesty International to present a night of explosive short films on the reality of conflict and armed violence. 7.30pm, ACMI, Federation Square. $15/$12 [concession]. Website: www.acmi.net.au/red_hot_shorts.aspx
Saturday 21 July
BZE PRESENTS: THE PATH TO ZERO EMISSIONS
Peter Castaldo from Beyond Zero Emissions will explain the plans to develop a blueprint for an Australia that emits zero carbon, all within 10 years. 1:30pm. Rosanna Library, 72 Turner St, Rosanna. For more info ph Yarra Plenty Regional Library 9459 6171.
Saturday 21 July
BLACK JULY 83: REMEMBERING SILENCED VOICES
Tamils of Victoria have organised an event to remember the thousands of Tamil civilians killed in a Sri Lankan government-sponsored pogrom in July 1983. In just six days Sinhala mobs supported by police and troops attacked Tamils in the island's south, killing over 4000 and driving the survivors into camps before they were deported to the northeast of the island, thereby ethnically cleansing the capital Colombo and other parts of the south. Every year, for 29 years, the Tamil people and our friends across the world have come together in July to remember this crucial turning point in our history. 6:30pm. St. Jude's Church Hall, 50 George St, Scoresby.
Tuesday 24 July - Thursday 2 August
TAFE RALLIES IN MELBOURNE
The TAFE4All regional rallies throughout May and June saw thousands of teachers, PACCT staff, students and supporters mobilise at TAFE institutes around the state. Now we are gearing up for rallies at metro TAFE institutes, culminating in a mass rally on Thursday, August 16, in Melbourne's CBD (venue TBC). Join us at your nearest campus to be part of the fightback and voice your opposition to this act of destruction. Melbourne metro rallies (this schedule may be subject to change):
Tuesday 24 July: Victoria University, Footscray
Wednesday 25 July: Chisholm TAFE, Dandenong
Wednesday 25 July: Chisholm TAFE, Frankston
Thursday 26 July: Holmesglen TAFE, Chadstone
Thursday 26 July: Kangan TAFE, Broadmeadows
Tuesday 31 July: Box Hill TAFE, Elgar Road
Wednesday 1 August: William Angliss TAFE
Wednesday 1 August: NMIT, Preston
Thursday 2 August: RMIT, Melbourne
Thursday 2 August: Swinburne TAFE, Hawthorn
Thursday 26 July
LUNCHBOX / SOAPBOX: BIGGER OR BETTER? AUSTRALIA'S POPULATION DEBATE
Australia’s population has become a political hot potato. With forecasts of 30–40 million people by 2050 and up to 60 million by 2100, Australians are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of population growth. Heated political debates about migrants and refugees are played out almost daily in the media. Real or perceived competition for housing, food, water, services, and jobs is creating social tension and even violence. Join Professor Ian Lowe, author, pre-eminent scientist and president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, as he examines the complex and controversial issues surrounding population growth. This is a free event. Bookings are not required. 12:45PM - 1:15PM, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street. More information: http://wheelercentre.com/
Friday 27 – Sunday 29 July
CONFERENCE: IDEAS TO CHANGE THE WORLD
A weekend of ideas to challenge capitalism. Over the last year we have seen and been involved in vastly different struggles taking on the system. The world rose as one to Occupy and the Arab spring rocked the very foundations of the system. This is not enough we need sustained action against the government and bosses threatening our lives. Trades Hall, cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton. Full program TBA. Please note there will be free child care and food available throughout the conference. Presented by Renegade Activists Action Force (RAAF). For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or ph 0422 743 573.
Tuesday 31 July
EDUCATION: EQUALITY OR GOLD-PLATED PRIVILEGE?
Discussion of the Gonski Review. With Angelo Gavrielatos (Federal President, AEU); Maxine McKew (former Labor MP and ABC journalist); and Professor Richard Teese (University of Melbourne). Part of the Australia Series: Four panel discussions co-hosted by the Search Foundation and The New International Bookshop on the topics most critical to Australia’s economic, political and environmental future. 7pm, Trades Hall Meeting Room 1, 54 Victoria St, South Carlton. Entry to the Australia Series talks is by $10 / $5. For more information about the or to confirm your place on the night please contact The New International Bookshop on (03) 9662 3744 or at email@example.com
Thursday 2 August
UNCOVERING AUSTRALIA'S PAST CLIMATE
Join us for a free public talk that spans the sciences and the humanities to reveal the history of Australia's early climate and its impact on society. In the last 15 years, Victoria has experienced severe floods, drought and bushfires. Are these extreme weather events due to natural weather variability, or are we witnessing signs of global warming? To help answer this question, researchers at the University of Melbourne's SEARCH have drawn on palaeoclimate records, documentary accounts and early weather data to reconstruct Australia's climate history. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is presented by the University of Melbourne and the State Library of Victoria is a supporting partner. 5:30pm - 7:30pm, State Library, Village Roadshow Theatrette, Entry 3, La Trobe St. Free, Bookings not required.
Thursday 2 August
ICEBERGS AND BULLETS! SISTERS IN CRIME @ READINGS HAWTHORN
Hear L.A. Larkin talk about her adventures in Antarctica and her latest thriller, Thirst (Murdoch Books/Pier 9, out August), in conversation with Sisters in Crime national co-convenor, Carmel Shute. Set in Antarctica, an Australian team is being hunted down by a mercenary foe. Can maverick glaciologist, Luke Searle, stay alive long enough to prevent a global catastrophe? Time is running out. 6 for 6.30pm, eadings Hawthorn, 701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn. Free, but please book on 9819 1917 or via email@example.com. Info: www.sistersincrime.org.au.
Friday 3 August
FRIENDS OF AILEU TRIVIA NIGHT IN AID OF TIMOR-LESTE (EAST TIMOR)
Booking is now open for the Friends of Aileu’s fabulous night of fun and entertainment, with comedian Rod Quantock, to be held at the Coburg Town Hall at 7pm for a 7.30 start. The MC is Rod Quantock and all proceeds go to projects in Aileu District in Timor-Leste, particularly towards tertiary scholarships for local students. Book a table of ten or just come along & join us. Bring your own drinks & BYO basket supper. Live and silent auctions, raffle - great prizes! Tickets are $40, ($20 concession). Contact Richard Brown, email firstname.lastname@example.org Mob 0407 091 004.
Friday 3 August
REPOWER TRIVIA AND AUCTION NIGHT
Prominent climate scientist David Karoly will host a trivia night at the Fitzroy Town Hall on the 3rd of August. Proceeds raised from the evening of entertainment will go towards Yarra Climate Action Now's community solar project. A drink and nibbles will be provided on arrival, with organic beer and wine also available for purchase. Items on auction include an Allegro Bike and a Hot Air Balloon ride amongst others. Door opens 7:30 - Trivia starts at 8pm. Tickets are $20 per person or 180 for a table of 8-10 people and are available online at www.trybooking.com/27999
Saturday 4 August
2ND ANNUAL MELBOURNE ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR – STALL & WORKSHOP CALLOUT
Abbotsford Convent, St Heliers Street, Abbotsford - In its first year, the Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair was a great success. It attracted around 500 people from Melbourne and beyond to share ideas, attend workshops and strengthen networks. 2012 will be no different. This is a call out to independent book-sellers, activist group or individuals who would like to book a stall or run a workshop. If you would like to have a stall and/or workshop in 2012 the costs are: Stall - $40 if paid before June 30th, or $50 after this time. Workshop - $30 (1 hour session). Stall & Workshop - $60 before June 30th, or $70 after this time. If you have any queries please contact us at: email@example.com. http://amelbournebookfair.org/
Sunday 5 August
HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI PEACE CONCERT
Presented by Japanese for Peace and sponsored by ICANi and the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Performers: Junko Morimoto, Carmen Warrington, April Maze, SKIN Indigenous choir, Leigh Sloggett, Noriko Tadano. Speakers: Robert Tickner - CEO, Australian Red Cross, Dr Peter Karamoskos - Medical Association for Prevention of War. 3pm-5pm, Village Road Show Theatrette at the State Library of Victoria.
Monday 6 August
VIGIL TO MARK THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA
7am-9am, steps of St Paul's Cathedral, cnr Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne. All welcome. Candles supplied. Queries to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us on 9023 1958. Organised by MAPW and other peace organisations.