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Wednesday 1 February
CRITICAL MOMENT FOR HRL RALLY
On the eve of the federal government decision that could make or break HRL, the proposed new coal-fired power station for Victoria, it’s up to us to convince the politicians that in 2012, new coal-fired power stations are a dud investment. JOIN US at 12:30pm, Victorian Parliament Steps, Spring St, Melbourne, to tell the Prime Minister and Premier : Say NO to funding this polluting new coal-fired power station, and YES to clean renewable energy. Speakers include Mr. Kelvin Thomson, ALP Member for Wills and Mr. Adam Bandt, Greens Member for Melbourne. For more info: http://quitcoal.org.au/portfolio/stop-hrl/, http://www.environmentvictoria.org.au/no-new-coal, http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Dual_Gas_power_station
Thursday 2 February
PUBLIC MEETING: AFTER 'HOMOSEXUAL'. THE LEGACIES OF GAY LIBERATION
Speakers: Dennis Altman; Alice Echols; Jeffrey Weeks; hosted by Helen Razer. 6pm. ACMI, Federation Square, City. Presented by La Trobe University & the Australian Lesbian & Gay Archives. $17/14. For more info visit Midsumma. http://www.midsumma.org.au/
Friday 3 February
BOOK LAUNCH - LIFE WITHOUT MONEY: BUILDING FAIR AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIES
Jeff Sparrow (editor Overland) launches Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies, edited by Anitra Nelson (RMIT University) and Frans Timmerman, Pluto Press (London) — 6.30 pm, Readings Carlton (309 Lygon Street)
Friday 3 February
JAZZ FOR GOOD - FUNDRAISER FOR EAST AFRICA FOOD CRISIS
Come along to Grumpys Green for some good green food, local drinks, and to listen to the great Madmen Band. FREE ENTRY; donations welcome. All proceeds will go towards the Oxfam East Africa Food Crisis Appeal. For more information, please contact http://www.famend.org/ or check us out on http://www.facebook.com/famend. 6pm till late, Grumpys Green, 125 Smith Street, Fitzroy, VIC
Saturday 4 February
LIFE WITHOUT MONEY: BUILDING FAIR AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIES
A Panel Discussion with co-editors Anitra Nelson and Frans Timmerman. Life Without Money (Pluto Press 2011) is a collection of essays which argue that we need to dispense with monetary relations in order to manage our world on the basis of humane values, and provide strategy for undercutting capitalism and creating money-free models of governance and collective sufficiency.With Moss Cass, Patron of the Sustainable Living Foundation and former Whitlam Government Environment Minister, and Julia Dehm, an anti-capitalist climate activist. 3 - 4pm, 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.
Saturday 4 February
“WHAT DO WE WANT FOR OUR HEAD OF STATE?” A CONFERENCE ON THE ROLE OF THE AUSTRALIAN HEAD OF STATE, BOTH NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE
Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne. Keynote Speaker: Senator the Hon Lisa Singh. Speakers include: John Power (Melbourne University) & Harshan Kumarasingham (Humboldt Institute); John Warhurst (Australian National University; Glen Patmore (Melbourne University; Anne Twomey (Sydney University; Greg Barn & Henry Pill (Australian Republic Movement); Daniel White (Australian Republic Movement). Q&A panel with Amanda Vanstone, Andrew Demetriou, and Charlie Pickering. To Register: www.deakin.edu.au/ccdhr
Sunday 5 February
PRIDE LINKS US TOGETHER - 17TH ANNUAL PRIDE MARCH
Gather from 12 noon for march at 2pm sharp. Cnr Lakeside Dr & Fitzroy St, St Kilda. For more info visit Pride march. http://www.pridemarch.com.au/
The NTEU has a contingent in this year’s Pride March. All members are welcome to join the contingent and demonstrate our support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Intersex, Queer and Questioning staff, students and the broader LGBTIQ community.
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: email@example.com
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). Further details TBA. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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 February
FILM SCREENING: OUR GENERATION
Outdoor screening of documentary made by Sinem Saban & Damien Curtis about the NT Intervention; and a short film about the Kimberley campaign opposing the proposed gas hub at James Price Point. The screening will be preceded by live music and speakers including Greens Senator Richard di Natale. The focus is on making connections between the issues affecting indigenous communities in northern Australia, and involving us all in finding solutions. Doors open 6pm, speakers 7pm, and live music until dark, feature starts at 9pm. $20/$16. Bookings http://www.ceres.org.au/ourgeneration CERES Village Green, cnr Roberts & Stewart Sts, Brunswick East. For more info ph 9389 0100.
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.
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/