Melbourne Anarchist Club MAC info, events and news


New Titles (June 2014)

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
Contradictionary (CrimethInc)
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
Work (CrimethInc)

MAC is open every Sunday from midday to 5pm.

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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.

On Facebook : A Woman's Place is in the Revolution- Discussing Feminist Visibility in Radical Politics

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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?


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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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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Punk Fundraiser for ASF Melbourne, Saturday, February 1

Our first gig for 2014 is taking place on Saturday, February 1 from 3pm. The gig is to raise funds for the Melbourne chapter of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation, the Australian section of the International Workers' Association. The IWA held its 25th Congress in Valencia on December 6--8, 2013 and the gig is to help defray costs associated with the ASF's participation.

Entry is $10, there'll be a BBQ and refreshments and the following bands are scheduled to play:

• Bombs Are Falling
• Cabin Fever
• Citywide Wildcat
• Con-Troll
• mammoth graveyard
• The FckUps

[Facebook Event page]

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Interview with our comrade P@ulie on 3CR Monday Breakfast

You can listen to our comrade P@ulie being interviewed on 3CR Monday Breakfast here. The interview starts at the 37 minute mark and goes for about 10 minutes. P@ulie touches on: the philosophy of anarchism; the life and death of Francesco Fantin; the Fantin Reading Group; the Direct Action Collective; and the influence of anarchist principles on the Occupy movement. With thanks to our friends at 3CR Community Radio (855AM, on digital radio and online). Happy listening!


Joint statement by MAC and ASF (Melbourne) regarding sexual assault within Melbourne anarchist milieu


Since 2010, the question of how an anarchist group can respond effectively and fairly to sexual misconduct by men against women has been the subject of debate and action by the MAC and the Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation Melbourne.

By sexual misconduct we mean the spectrum of conduct from low level sexual harassment through to opportunistic or predatory sexual behaviour.

This misconduct is a fundamental challenge and threat to our anarchist goals of a free and equal society. In the absence of an effective anarchist justice system we are ill-equipped to respond.

For this reason, we want to put on the public record our support for the right of women to choose the appropriate avenue for redress when wrongs are committed against them. This includes the criminal justice system.

An injury to one is an injury to all. Our anarchist community must develop its sophistication in making that axiom real for women who suffer injury from men.

Endorsed at the 27 October meeting of the MAC
Subsequently endorsed at the assembly of the ASF Melbourne


Benefit gig for #Tecoma8, Saturday, November 16 at 3pm

On Saturday, November 16 from 3pm MAC will be hosting a benefit gig and BBQ for the Tecoma 8 -- 8 people being dragged through the courts for daring to challenge McDonald's corporation in their attempts to colonise the Dandenong Ranges.

The gig will feature music from seven bands -- including Cabin Fever, Citywide Wildcat, Con-Troll, Flawless Boiz and Spew'N'Guts -- and a BBQ. Entry is $10 with all proceeds going to the campaign in defence of the Tecoma 8.

The MAC is located at 62 St Georges Road in Northcote.


Fantin Reading Group meeting, October 20

The next meeting of the Fantin Reading Group is on Sunday, October 20 at 1.30pm. The reading for the meeting is an essay by Cornelius Castoriadis titled 'Recommencing the Revolution'. All welcome. For more details see the Fantin Reading Group blog.


Distorted punk rock documentary, Saturday September 14

Distorted: Reflections on early Sydney punk - Trailer #1 (2013) from Des Devlin on Vimeo.

The Melbourne premiere of the acclaimed documentary
'Distorted: Reflections on early Sydney punk'
Directed by Des Devlin

This documentary charts the growth and development of the punk scene in the first city in Australia where it appeared with a particular emphasis on the famed Grand Hotel at Railway Square. Featuring interviews with those who were there including the musicians, activists, artists, squatters and anarcha-feminists and actual never-before-seen footage of live bands. 'Distorted: Reflections on early Sydney punk' firmly locates the punk scene in Sydney in its social and political context in what some have claimed as the last true white rebellion in Australia.

This will be the first time it is to be shown in Melbourne before going on to wider release next year.