- For what it’s worth, below are a few events taking place in Melbourne in the upcoming fortnight which you may wanna attend…
Rally for Tasmania’s Old-Growth
Wednesday, May 13, 3pm
Federation Square, Melbourne
Featuring speakers, music, stalls, and a march through the CBD from 5pm.
The Florentine & Weld Valley blockades in Tasmania have been raided and destroyed in the past week. Logging is imminent! If you can’t get to Tasmania come to this rally and SHOW YOUR SUPPORT for the forests and the blockaders. Invite your friends and family, tell everyone, let’s make our message loud and clear!
Mexico Open Forum
Thursday, May 14, 7pm
Uniting Church, 251 High Street, Northcote
Freedom for Atenco: the local launch of an international campaign seeking freedom for political prisoners in Atenco. Presenting the documentary Femicide: The Murder of Women in Juárez. Keynote speakers include Colm McNaughton, an award-winning radio documentary producer, who will be discussing his upcoming project in and about the city of Juárez in Mexico.
(See : Atenco leaders get 67 years, May 8, 2007 | Brad Will in Rolling Stone (via CrimethInc. by way of infoshop), January 24, 2008 | Letter from the FPDT in Atenco to the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Angry White Kid, May 8, 2009 (and elsewhere — Kid’s blog is a great source of infos, in both English and Spanish, on contemporary struggles in Mexico.)
The Latin American Solidarity Network / Red de Solidaridad con los Pueblos Latinoamericanos (LASNET) is a crucial source of infos, and regularly organises events in Melbourne to promote inter-continental solidarity.
October 15th Solidarity in the Kulin Nations
Friday, May 15, 1pm
NZ Settler Consulate, 350 Collins Street, Melbourne
“The October 15th defendants will be appearing in the (New Zealand) High Court on May 15th, where they will once again have to plead guilty or not guilty. The court case has been moved to the High Court as the police are charging several of the defendants with “participating in an organised criminal group”. The police are doing this in an attempt to salvage some credibility after the original terrorism charges were not allowed to go forward. This will also be exactly one-and-a-half years since the state’s ‘terror’ raids and invasion of the defendant’s homes and the community of Ruatoki in 2007…
Remember the state terrorism and support Tino Tangatiratanga and Te Mana Motuhake o Tuhoe! Show your solidarity Please bring banners, placards and flags.
The struggle continues! Ka whawhai tonu matou!”
End Israeli Apartheid
Friday, May 15, 5.30pm
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
Rally to demand an end to the occupation.
“The 15th of May 2009 marks 61 years of the Palestinian Nakba (‘Catastrophe’). In 1948, more than 750,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from their homeland by Zionist forces, with more than 500 Palestinian villages depopulated and destroyed. Today more than 7 million Palestinian refugees, the largest refugee community in the world, are living in exile from their homeland, dispersed around the world…”
For more infos, see : Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Saturday, May 23, 9pm
Octo Bar, 911 High St, Thornbury
The original and the best! Featuring disco classics from the ’70s and ’80s and more recent bootylicious tunes being spun by Old Skool DJs War Bastard 90210, Grim Sim and Alice and New Kids Sam and Anna. Also featuring b u b b l e s and smoke machines!
A benefit for the Melbourne Anarchist Resource Centre (62 St Georges Rd, Northcote) and the Black Star PA Collective: $10 workers / $8 shirkers.
West Papua Info Night
Thursday, June 4, 7pm
Uniting Church, 251 High St, Northcote
West Papua, or ‘Irian Jaya’, is under Indonesian military dictatorship. Indonesia extorts billions of dollars of worth of resources from West Papua, with no respect for landowners, who live in constant fear for their lives, have no rights, and have been coerced by one colonial exploiter after another.
Films screening: Raising West Papua & Rainforest Warriors, with performances by Pataphysics (hip hop) / Tabura (traditional West Papuan music) / Expressive Women’s Choir (directed by Bronwyn Calcutt) and featuring a snacks and cake stall: $12 workers / $8 shirkers.
“Expressive Women’s Choir is open to all women in the community. Our aim is to bring women together through singing and sharing our stories. We build a repertoire of songs relevant to the group and weave these together with our stories in community performances. No singing experience is necessary…”
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