Melbourne, Australia

Solidarity Salon

580 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Victoria 3056 Australia
(take the Upfield train to Anstey
Station or North Coburg tram to Stewart St.)

Mailing Address:
PO Box 308,
Victoria 3056
Tel/fax: 03-9388-0062

Public Hours
Tuesday 10 am - 3 pm,
Thursday 10 am - 3 pm,
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm.
Or call for an appointment!

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Saturday, 2 May, 4:30 PM

Melbourne book launch — Talking Back: Voices of Color

Activists of colour will speak out at a May Day event to celebrate the publication of Talking Back: Voices of Color. They will share their perspectives and read highlights from the new anthology published by Red Letter Press.

The book features political, feminist and cultural perspectives of activist African Americans, Latina/os, Asian Pacific Americans, First Nations people, Arabs, LGBTQ, immigrants, political prisoners, and more.

An interview with Palm Island Aboriginal freedom fighter Lex Wotton reveals the deadly combination of racism and police violence in Australia bringing his story to an international audience. Lex will officially launch the book.

Featured speakers and readers

  • Daniela Alvarado is an Ecuadorian feminist. She is a reproductive justice activist and international student at Melbourne University.
  • Kai Clancy is a brotherboy from the Wakka Wakka and Wulli Wulli nations. He is a feminist and a member of Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance.
  • Lulu Garcia is a Mexican feminist and teacher. She co-produces Accent of Women, which gives voice to women from diverse cultures and languages in Australia and around the world.
  • Babuan Mirino fled from Biak Island (West Papua) to Australia, seeking asylum, in 2009, and works at the Federal Republic of West Papua Women's Office in Docklands.
  • Nita Okoko is an international student from Kenya. She is interested in gender and intersectionality.
  • Sebastian Suryono is Indonesian born gay man. He is a secular Muslim and a member of the Community and Public Sector Union.

A Middle Eastern spread will be served after the program for a $10 donation. Free with the purchase of a copy of Voices of Color, which retails in Australia for $20.

The book launch will be held at Solidarity Salon (address and travel information is above).

The event is co-hosted by Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party and supported by the Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne.

For more information: or 03-9388-0062.

Every Wednesday, 6 May – 13 July, 6:30 PM

Reading and discussion circle — Talking Back: Voices of Color

Talking Back is a new anthology featuring an unusually diverse group of writers speaking out on issues affecting communities of colour. Contributors share tales of survival, uncover little-known history and the roots of oppression, plus offer strategies to resist and win. This reading circle will explore the thought-provoking ideas put forward by these grassroots rebel leaders and apply them to the everyday struggles against injustice that we face in this country. Everyone is welcome!

13 May: Stand up, fight back — leaders of colour talking back!
20 May: Reading, writing — resistance!
27 May: Crimes of punishment
3 June: The border crossed us
10 June: Sisters doing it
17 June: Speaking from the heart
24 June: A global lens
1 July: Shaking it up
8 July: In their footsteps

Join us for a healthy dinner, catering for varied diets, at 6:30 pm for a $8.50 donation. The discussion commences at 7:00 pm.

The reading and discussion circle will be held at Solidarity Salon (address and travel information is above).

Talking Back is available for $20 from Solidarity Salon. Pre-reading for the first session is available by email on request.

Co-hosted by Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party