On Tuesday 23 December members of the MAC and others paid a visit to the Spanish consulate in Melbourne.
We delivered an open letter to a consular official and held an hour-long protest outside the consulate.
The action was held in solidarity with anarchists in Spain who have been arrested by police and accused of belonging to an 'anarchist terrorist' association. We also wanted to register our opposition to the new gag laws that criminalise political dissent in Spain.
Thank you to all who joined us.
We will continue to monitor events in Spain and to act in solidarity with our Spanish comrades.
On December 16, 2014, Spanish police launched 'Operation Pandora'. Round-ups, searches, and arrests were carried out at squats in the 'Casa de la Montaña' district of Barcelona, at the libertarian San-Andres reading room, the anarchist Poble-Sec reading room, as well as 15 private homes.
Presently, 11 anarchists have been detained incommunicado by the state and accused of belonging to an 'anarchist terrorist' organisation.
At the same time as these attacks upon the anarchist movement, the Spanish government has introduced new laws which criminalise a wide range of political activity. Among other things, the new laws "allow fines of up to €30,000 for disseminating photographs of police officers that are deemed to endanger them or their operations. Further, individuals participating in demonstrations outside parliament buildings or key installations could be fined up to €600,000 if they are considered to breach the peace. Those insulting police officers could be fined up to €600. Burning a national flag could cost the perpetrator a maximum fine of €30,000".
The police action and the enactment of new, harshly repressive laws come at the same time as the Spanish state is implementing deeply unpopular austerity measures, part of a European-wide attack on working conditions. In response, mass popular movements have arisen to contest these measures and it is surely no coincidence that the state now aims to criminalise these movements and their activities.
On Tuesday, we will be joining the tens of thousands of workers in Spain who have already mobilised in response to state terror and repression to demand: the immediate release of the anarchists; the repeal of the new gag laws and; an end to the attack upon working conditions and workers' movements in Spain.
Please join us outside the Spanish consulate in Melbourne at midday on Tuesday, December 23 and let workers in Spain know that they do not struggle alone.
Fairfax has a small article about the developments on either side of MAC.
Melbourne's anarchists overshadowed by capitalist developers
November 2, 2014
MAC is extending its opening hours. As of Friday, October 24, we will be open:
FRIDAY : 2pm -- 8pm
SUNDAY : 12pm -- 5pm
MONDAY : 12pm -- 6pm
MAC will be closed from Sunday, December 21 to Sunday January 4 (inclusive).
We have some new stock:
Against the Nation $15
Bakunin: The Creative Passion $18
Continuing Appeal of Nationalism $5
Damned Fools in Utopia $11.50
Declaration Of The Rights Of Human Being $10
Direct Struggle Against Capital $25
Guillotine at Work (HC) $12
New World in Our Hearts $4
Public Power in the Age of Empire $3
Rolling Thunder (Issue 5 Spring 2008) $6
Rolling Thunder (issue 6 Fall 2008) $6
Rolling Thunder (Issue 7 Spring 2009) $6
Rolling Thunder (Issue 8 Fall 2009) $6
Situationist International Anthology $20
Tyranny of Theory $30
Coming up in November:
Fuck the G20 gig, Saturday, November 15. More details TBA ...
As part of an international week of activities in solidarity, on Sunday July 27 from 3pm MAC will be hosting a benefit gig for imprisoned Australian antifascist Jock Palfreeman and the Bulgarian Prisoners' Rehabilitation Association.
The gig will star the following superbly-talented musicological groups:
There'll be a raffle w great prizes, entry is $10, and all proceeds are going to the Bulgarian Prisoners' Rehabilitation Association.
Come along, have fun, and support a worthy cause! Kick-off is 3pm.
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The MAC rejects transphobia and all other forms of irrational prejudice based upon a person's real or presumed ethnic, national, gender, racial or sexual status. People from all walks of life are welcome to participate in events organised by the MAC and always have been. We welcome debate and discussion and are committed to providing an environment in which this can take place. Any person who has participated in a MAC event and believes they have been subject to some form of harassment or discrimination is encouraged to inform us so that we may attempt to remedy the situation.
Dodgy neoliberal budgets are all the rage, and raging is good fun. Shitloads of rad punk, ska and hardcore bands, plus acoustic outside (for you gentler folk...bring the kids?), BBQ, drinks and the like. Sunday 29th of June, 3pm onwards:
LIQUOR SNATCH !M.C.H.D!
Acoustic tunes out the back, featuring:
Craig Coburn (Shadow League)
Someone's Else's Wedding Band
We have some new books and zines in stock!
Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Volume One: From Anarchy to Anarchism (300CE-1939)
Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Volume Two: The Emergence of the New Anarchism (1939-1977)
Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Volume Three: The New Anarchism (1974-2012)
Anarchism For Beginners
Cartography of Revolutionary Anarchism
Expect Resistance (CrimethInc)
Field Notes on Democracy
Freedom Fighters: Anarchist Intellectuals, Workers, and Soldiers in Portugal's History
Occupied London (#5)
Perspectives On Anarchist Theory (#27)
Revolt and Crisis in Greece
Rolling Thunder (#10) (CrimethInc)
Rolling Thunder (#11) (CrimethInc)
Sasha and Emma: The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman
The Method of Freedom
The Joy of Revolution
The Subversion of Politics
The Work of Love: Unpaid Housework, Poverty and Sexual Violence at the Dawn of the 21st Century
Undoing Border Imperialism
Venezuela: Revolution as Spectacle
What Every Radical Should Know About State Repression
MAC is open every Sunday from midday to 5pm.
A Woman’s Place is in the Revolution- Discussing Feminist Visibility in Radical Politics, Thursday, July 3
WHEN: 7pm, Thursday, July 3
WHERE: MAC, 62 St Georges Road, Northcote
A discussion evening to create a community among radical and leftist women. Leftist circles can be uninviting or even hostile to feminist and feminist sympathetic women. This event aims to create a dialogue with the intention of fixing these problems. As an oppressed class, women's struggle is a fundamental aspect of the all-encompassing class struggle, and to create a strong movement leftist groups must give respect and visibility to women.
Topics may include, depending on contributions from those attending;
-Experiences with gender politics in the left
-Dealing with sexual assault in radical and leftist communities
-LGBTIA issues in the context of radical politics
-Organising future workshops and events
The event will be WOMEN ONLY as encouraged by the custodians of the space. This is to create a safe and inviting atmosphere for women who may have felt uncomfortable entering political spaces dominated by men. Please be respectful of this policy as it is fundamental in ensuring the comfort of all attendees.
If you want to make a short presentation, introduce a topic for discussion, play music, present poetry or any other relevant contribution, please let an admin know! We want to create a diverse, dynamic event and for everyone's voices to be heard. This event is about providing a platform for women and educating each other!
There will be an encouraged donation at the door of a gold coin or whatever amount people feel like donating. All donations go towards the cost of the space's upkeep. Some drinks will be available for gold coin donation. There are facilities to prepare food if anyone would like to volunteer to do that! The space also has a lot of great resources that will be distributed. If you have a zine or other publication that you would like to sell or give away on the night let us know!
Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.