We are pleased to host our Italian comrade, Giordano di Jesi, who will be presenting a talk on health & social inequalities, from a uniquely anarchist perspective. Giordano will also talk about the current struggle in his own workplace, and provide us with an update on the Italian/European situation.
Giordano is in Melbourne for an international health conference. In 2011 Giordano completed a PhD in sociology & epidemiology, focusing on health inequalities. He currently works as a nurse at a regional hospital near Ancona, which is facing the austerity measures of the centre-left regional government.
Giordano is a member of the Anarchist Group Mikhail Bakunin in Jesi, which is a part of the Italian Anarchist Federation; a section of the International Anarchist Federation.
To celebrate May Day (aka International Workers Day) this year we will be doing a few things:
1) The Direct Action Collective (i.e the activist arm of both the MAC and the Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation- Melbourne) will be attending the May Day demo @ the 8 Hour Monument from 12pm, on Wednesday 1st May.
Anyone interested in attending a May Day planning meeting is welcome to come along this coming Saturday 27th April at 3pm @ MAC. We will also be having a banner/poster making session afterwards. BYO paint, brushes and materials.
We are holding the BBQ after the Trades Hall Council May Day Rally, (which is held at the bosses’ convenience) on Sunday at 1pm. The DAC will be participating in both marches.
Come join us at MAC to celebrate May Day with food, drinks, and music from DJ Pete!
We will also be introducing our anti-election candidate: Nobody. Vote for Nobody!
The Melbourne Anarchist Club is organising a gathering to take place on the Queen's Birthday weekend, June 8--10, 2013. The theme of the conference is 'Towards An Anarchist Federation'.
And what better way to celebrate Elizabeth's birthday than to plot the dismantling of her Commonwealth?
A full program will be provided closer to the date, however for those interested a MAC member will be conducting a workshop on the topic of anarchist federation at the upcoming Camp Anarchy (March 9--11).
[NB. We now have copies of Testament's album "A" for sale in the infoshop. Recorded, produced, and mixed by Illogik and mastered by Metalworks Studios (known for producing hip-hop acts such as Drake, DMX, and K-OS), "A" is uncompromising in both message and sound. Offering 11 new songs and 3 bonus tracks in just under an hour, it's a lyrical explosion in the face of authority and oppression, a sonic boom in the ears of big brother, and a no-holds-barred escape into rebellion. Ushering in a new era of subversive anti-authoritarian hip-hop, Test Their Logik delivers clear methodical rhymes alternating with rapid-fire lyrical assaults over dark bass- and synth-heavy beats. The album begins with a lyrical experiment never tried by even the most renowned lyricists: a full song only using words that start with the letter A. This title track sets the bar high for what comes next: everything from confrontation to reflection, to dancing, to imprisonment, and liberation.]
Come and spend an evening with our very special guest: Testament, one half of the Canadian hip-hop duo Test Their Logik; North America's most widely-known anarchist hip-hop group.
This is a benefit gig to raise funds for the Freedom Press Bookshop in London, which was firebombed on February 1st. The Melbourne Anarchist Club is organising this benefit to show solidarity and assist with the repair and recovery of their building.
ENTRY BY DONATION: $15 waged / $10 unwaged
This is a fundraiser: NO BYO!!!
Doors open 6pm.
With support by MAC's very own anarcho-poet: P@ULIE
On Sunday, January 27 come down to MAC and hear veteran indigenous activist and eminent historian Gary Foley speak on contemporary indigenous struggles. 2pm start. Light snacks and refreshments available.
Melbourne Anarchist Club
62 St. Georges Rd
NB. On Australia/Invasion Day (Saturday, January 26) there's a rally on Wurundjeri country at 8.30am (corner Gertrude & George Sts, Fitzroy) with a smoking ceremony and welcome to country followed by speakers and forums at 9am then a march at midday to the Treasury Gardens for the 'Share the Spirit' Festival (beginning at 1pm).
Join us for a lively discussion with our special guest speaker Marta de LaPiluka, from La Piluka social centre in Barrio del Pilar, Madrid.
Marta participated in the 15M/Indignado occupation of La Puerta del Sol Plaza in 2011 and has recently returned from Spain where she witnessed events surrounding the occupation of the House of Deputies on September 25.
In addition to providing an update on the current social, political and economic situation in Spain, Marta will focus on police brutality, the criminalisation of dissent, and libertarian struggles for health, education, employment & housing.
WHEN : 2pm, Sunday, December 16th
WHERE : Melbourne Anarchist Club, 62 St Georges Rd, Northcote
This Sunday at MAC we will be screening the documentary Harlan County USA @ 2pm.
Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award–winning Harlan County USA unflinchingly documents a gruelling coal miners’ strike in a small Kentucky town. With unprecedented access, Kopple and her crew captured the miners’ sometimes violent struggles with strikebreakers, local police, and company thugs. Featuring a haunting soundtrack—with legendary country and bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens, Merle Travis, Sarah Gunning, and Florence Reece—the film is a heartbreaking record of the thirteen-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation dedicated to the bottom line.
Saturday 3rd November from 2pm:
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Melbourne Anarchist Club, we will be having a BBQ. Entry is free; the cost of food is by donation; and as this is a fundraiser for MAC: NO BYO!
Sunday 4th November @ 2pm:
In this first Sunday Screening session, we will be showing 'The Wave' (Die Welle). https://www.facebook.com/events/547578395268715/
The Direct Action Collective is hosting an afterparty at MAC after the day of Global Noise, which is a celebration of the anniversary of the Global Occupy and European Indignado movements.
The Melbourne event is being co-ordinated by Real Democracy Australia and the day of protest will adopt the 'casserolada' technique of banging pots & pans. The Direct Action Collective will meet @ the 8 Hour Monument from 11am and march to City Square, so join us with your black flags, black & red flags and pots & pans.
Back @ MAC we will be having a BBQ and of course, rehreshments will be available from the bar. There may also be spontaneous performances by poets, comedians & musicians...
We've decided to re-commence meetings of the Fantin Reading Group.
The Group next meets at 2pm on Sunday, September 9 when we will be discussing direct action.
For more details see the Fantin Reading Group blog.