Melbourne Anarchist Club MAC info, events and news

26Dec/140

Protest at Spanish consulate, Tuesday 23 December #YoTambienSoyAnarquista

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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.

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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.

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Note: the MAC will be closed over the holiday period and re-open on January 4. Our first gig for the year is on Friday, February 6 with Kollaps, Headlopper, A Commoner's Revolt and Spacecho.

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21Dec/140

Protest in solidarity with Spanish anarchists. Against the gag laws, against state repression!

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.

2Nov/140

“The Anarchist Age”

Fairfax has a small article about the developments on either side of MAC.

Melbourne's anarchists overshadowed by capitalist developers
Simon Johanson
The Age
November 2, 2014

4Jul/140

Statement on transphobia

transphobia
n. Intense dislike of or prejudice against transsexual or transgender people [Oxford].

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.

27May/140

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
-Anarcha-feminism
-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.

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18Apr/141

MARX-ISM 2014

::: SATURDAY APRIL 19 :::

The People's Front of Judea in collaboration with the Melbourne Anarchist Club presents MARX-ISM 2014.

Everyone should go to Marx-ism 2014. This is Australia's premier Marx Brothers extravaganza, with an explosive program of film screenings and other events! Brilliant satirical comedy that sets the benchmark for anti-authoritarian humor.

Please note that this event has nothing to do with Richard Marx the popular singer, Karl Marx the composer, or Karl Marx the social theorist. Perhaps you were thinking of Marxism 2014?

~ SCHEDULE ~

3pm - Opening Ceremony
3:30pm - Duck Soup (1933) (1hr 10mins)
4:45pm - Quiz Round One
5:30pm - Monkey Business (1931) (1hr 20mins)
7pm - Quiz Round Two
7:30pm - A Day At The Races (1937) (1hr 50mins)
9:30pm - Prize Presentation & Closing Ceremony

Entry is $3 unwaged & $5 waged. There will be free popcorn and duck soup, and other food & drinks available at nominal MAC prices.

::: THURSDAY MAY 1 :::

TBA ...

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4Feb/140

Sunday, February 9, 3pm: Meeting to discuss anarchist response to new move-on laws

On Sunday, February 9 from 3pm at MAC, a meeting of anarchists and anti-authoritarian radicals to discuss the campaign to oppose the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill 2013. Once law, the bill will give police additional powers to break union and community pickets, public assemblies, street marches and other forms of public protest. It constitutes an attack on legal rights to free speech and assembly.

For more information on the amendment see Fitzroy Legal Service submission; Victoria Goes After Protest And Picket Rights, Adam Brereton, New Matilda, January 21, 2014.

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15Nov/121

Press Statement

We note with interest the reference to the 'Melbourne Anarchist Club' (MAC) in Philip Dorling's article 'Nothing short of anarchy' (The Age, November 14, 2012).

For the record, we have not been contacted by ASIO, will always refuse to provide any information to it if requested, and advise others to do the same.

The MAC exists in order to promote anarchism in Melbourne. We do so by organising public meetings, musical events, social functions and film screenings; attending public rallies and events; producing and distributing propaganda; and otherwise publicising our views.

Our aims and principles may be found on our website. In brief, they comprise a commitment to individual freedom, economic and social equality and working class solidarity. We seek to realise our aim of a classless, non-hierarchical society through education and organisation and the construction of a social movement capable of dismantling capitalism, the state and other forms of exploitation and domination.

For further information on MAC, please feel free to contact us or to attend the Club during our regular opening hours (Sunday, midday to 5pm) or by attending one of our public events.

28Aug/120

The Coming Catalogue

MAC is now stocking books, pamphlets and CDs for sale. You can find some of these titles here. Most recently we've obtained further copies of Black Flame ($25) and Debt by David Graeber ($35, hardcover).

We also have copies of The Coming Insurrection for sale. You may remember The Coming Insurrection from such shows as Glenn Beck.

MAC is open Sundays noon 'til 5.

9Aug/120

MAC infoshop opening this Saturday!

Super exciting! Melbournes only anarchist infoshop will be launching this Saturday evening from 7pm until late.

MAC infoshop