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Experience a revolutionary election this year

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 09/14/2013 - 11:47
Sat, 14/09/2013 By Jim McIlroy

Are you sick of elections that primarily involve a choice between two pro-capitalist parties?

Well, here's your chance to experience an election involving a mass mobilisation of revolutionary-minded people determined to bring about socialism of the 21st century in their country.

The Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network (AVSN) will host its 14th solidarity brigade to Venezuela over December 4-13. The registration closing date has now been extended to October 1.

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Abbott has no mandate from Aboriginal Australia

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 09/14/2013 - 11:08
Sat, 14/09/2013 By Chris Graham

Aboriginal Australians awoke on Sunday morning to find they had a new “Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs”, a pledge Tony Abbott delivered during the 2013 election campaign.

One problem — noone, including within the media, ever stopped to ask Aboriginal people if they actually wanted a “Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs”, and in particular whether they wanted Abbott.

As it turns out, they apparently don’t.

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Rally: Reclaim the Night Melbourne 2013.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/12/2013 - 13:53
Event date:  Sat, 19/10/2013 - 7:00pm

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AAWL open day: A day in solidarity.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/12/2013 - 13:47

Saturday, October 19

Meeting and workshop to discuss strategies and future directions in AAWL. Come along and find out more about our campaigns, our organising strategies, and help us build and plan for the next year. 11am-4pm. Fitzroy Library, 128 Moor St, Fitzroy.

Event date:  Sat, 19/10/2013 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Conference: Psychology for a Safe Climate.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/12/2013 - 13:45

Saturday, October 12- Sunday, October 13

Event date:  Sat, 12/10/2013 - 9:30am - Sun, 13/10/2013 - 3:00pm Website:  Bookings

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Rally: March against Monsanto.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/12/2013 - 13:44

Saturday, October 12

Part of an international day of action. We are marching for: labelling on GM food; long-term health testing of GM food; a halt to GM food approvals; the right to save seeds; sustainable agriculture; transparency and accountability. 2pm. State Library, 328 Swanston St, City.

Event date:  Sat, 12/10/2013 - 2:00pm

Comedy: Political Asylum.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/12/2013 - 13:43

Tuesday, October 1

Event date:  Tue, 01/10/2013 - 9:30pm

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Book Launch: Singing Johnny Cash in the Cardiac Ward.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/12/2013 - 13:41

Monday, September 30

A personal story of heart disease and music by John 'Togs' Tognolini. 'The trouble with heart disease is that the first symptom is often hard to deal with — sudden death.' (Dr Michael Phelps) This is a serious attempt to raise awareness about heart disease that kills one Australian every 23 minutes. This book is also a story about music and my relationship with it through 25 years of broadcasting radio. 6:30pm. The Post Office Hotel, 229-231 Sydney Rd, Coburg.

Event date:  Mon, 30/09/2013 - 6:30pm

Fundraiser: James Connolly Association.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/12/2013 - 13:40

Fundraiser for Northern Ireland prisoners and their families. Come along for the craic, Derry Lad, Marty Kelly will be playing some fine rebel tunes. 12pm. The Celtic Club, cnr Queen & La Trobe Sts, City.

Event date:  Sun, 29/09/2013 - 12:00pm

Fundraiser: Left after breakfast legendary listeners lunch.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/12/2013 - 13:39

Sunday, September 29

Every listener counts at 3CR, every listener is a legend, and we’ll be having lunch with some well-known legendary listeners. Come and join us, then you get to have lunch with them too! 12:30pm. Ecocentre, Blessington St, St Kilda. A fundraiser for 3CR. $15 conc, $20 waged & $25 for families. (Special concessions available, just ask.)

Event date:  Sun, 29/09/2013 - 12:30pm Website:  Left after breakfast

Rally: Thirty years but still no justice! National day of action to stop Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/12/2013 - 13:38

Saturday, September 28

Remember John Pat and the hundreds who have died in custody since! 12pm. State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, City. Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association.

Event date:  Sat, 28/09/2013 - 12:00pm

Seminar: Obama's journey from nuclear abolition to nuclear business as usual.

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 16:48

Monday, September 16

Speaker: Richard Falk (UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967). 1pm. Room 108, Level 1, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham St, Carlton. RSVP: email Anna Hood. Presented by the Iraq War Inquiry Group & the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law.

Event date:  Mon, 16/09/2013 - 1:00pm Email:

Rally: Burgeroff! No Maccas in Tecoma.

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 16:46

Come along, and learn more about our campaign to protect Tecoma and the Dandenong Ranges from this development- and help spread the word! MC Rod Quantock. 12pm. Federation Square, cnr Swanston & Flinders Sts, City.

Event date:  Sat, 14/09/2013 - 12:00pm

Conference: Chile 40 years.

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 16:44

Saturday, September 14

The Chile Solidarity Melbourne together with different unions, solidarity organisations, democratic and progressive groups are organising several activities to honour our fallen comrades and our president, on this very important date for the Chilean people. Also we will be paying tribute to all the workers, students, Mapuche indigenous people that stand up today to fight for their rights. 11am-5pm. La Trobe University City Campus, 215 Franklin St., City. Organised by LASNET.

Event date:  Sat, 14/09/2013 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Seminar: Failures of US self-scrutiny for war crimes under Obama.

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 16:41

Friday, September 13

Speaker: Richard Falk (UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967). 5:30pm. Room 102, Level 1, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham St, Carlton. RSVP: email Anna Hood. Presented by the Iraq War Inquiry Group & the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law.

Event date:  Fri, 13/09/2013 - 5:30pm Email:

Film screening: World premiere of 'The Chikukwa Project'.

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 16:33

Fifty-minute doco tells the story of an amazing permaculture project which has been working in Zimbabwe for 22 years: Where once the 7000 people of the Chikukwa villages suffered hunger and malnutrition, this community has turned its fortunes around using permaculture farming techniques. 7pm (for 7:30pm start). $20/$15. 7pm. Ceres Environmental Park, cnr Roberts & Stewart Sts, Brunswick East.

Event date:  Thu, 12/09/2013 - 7:00pm Website:  The Chikukwa Project Phone:  0410 370 632

Public meeting: Dennis Altman: The end of the homosexual?

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 16:30

Thursday, September 12

Homosexuality has become a faultline for debates about western influence and human rights. In his new book The End of the Homosexual? — part memoir, part politics — Dennis Altman connects what has happened within the changing queer world over the past 40 years to larger social, political and cultural trends. Entry free (bookings not required). 12:45-1:15pm. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, City.

Event date:  Thu, 12/09/2013 - 12:45pm

Vanunu -- Israel's whistleblowing political prisoner

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 08:10
Mon, 02/09/2013 By Steven Katsineris

?In 1986, Israeli scientist Mordechai Vanunu took a courageous moral stand against nuclear weapons.

Vanunu exposed Israel’s secret nuclear weapons arsenal to the world after becoming disillusioned with his work as a technician at Dimona Nuclear Research Centre in Israel.

Vanunu revealed Israel had hundreds of advanced nuclear warheads ? the sixth largest stockpile in the world. Under a policy of nuclear ambiguity, Israel still officially denies it has nuclear weapons, despite Vanunu’s revelations and other widespread evidence to the contrary.

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Chile: Forty years on from US-imposed terror

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 07:53
Tue, 10/09/2013 By Stuart Munckton

September 11 is a date forever associated with mass murder of civilians — and this was the case nearly three decades before the 2001 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York.

This year, September 11 marks the 40th anniversary of the US-organised military coup that overthrew the elected left-wing government of Salvador Allende and installed a brutal dictatorship headed by General Augusto Pinochet.

The day was the start of a nightmare for Chileans, as a reign of terror crushed left-wing groups, trade unions and popular organisations.

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Blind Workers Union rally

Green Left Weekly - Fri, 09/06/2013 - 03:26

Blind people from all over Australia are sending their white canes to the Victorian Blind Workers Union, to help them form a “white cane chain” around the workplace that Vision Australia plans to close down, sacking 50 blind people in Melbourne within a few weeks.

Join the protest at Vision Australia Enterprises, corner Stubbs and Macaulay Road Kensington, at 12 noon on Sunday September 15.

For further information and to offer support to blind workers please contact Martin Stewart at

Event date:  Sun, 15/09/2013 - 12:00pm