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Solidarity Salon

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

Contact:
PO BOX 2565
Regent West
VIC 3072
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Email: freedom.socialist.party@ozemail.com.au
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Solidarity Salon is temporarily closed while relocating from Brunswick to Reservoir. Watch this space for new opening hours and new address.

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Victorian election 2022: Vote socialist and build the grass roots resistance
Invasion Day statement 2022 – The birth of the Tent Embassy provides crucial lessons for today
Build a democratic united front to stop the far-right “freedom” movement

Artwork by Brunswick-based community artist Peter Hannaford

An urgent appeal for volunteers and donations: Solidarity Salon is relocating!

Dear Friends,

After 22 years on Brunswick’s bustling Sydney Road, Solidarity Salon is moving. Not only has gentrification pushed up rents, the landlord is selling the building.

The Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women are preparing to move to our new location in Reservoir, on Spring Street just a few minutes’ walk to Regent Station. For us, this working class suburb is truly home. Almost half of Reservoir’s households speak a language other than English, and there’s a significant First Nations population.

Our new place is filled with potential. But it also needs a lot of work before we can move in.

To do this, we need your donations of cash and/or skills and time.

We need to:

  • commission inviting signage
  • remove internal panelling to open the space up
  • install a kitchenette
  • replace the door to the toilet with a sliding door and make other modifications to improve accessibility
  • install a reverse-cycle heater/air conditioner

We also need to pack up everything at “old” Solidarity Salon, sell things that we can’t take with us and move everything we are taking to “new” Solidarity Salon.

Solidarity Salon is run by the Feminist Education Association. Since our International Women’s Day opening in 2001, the Salon has been a welcoming organising space for many grassroots campaigns and community organisations, including the Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne. It has been an operational base for driving fascists out of Brunswick, supporting strikers, running socialist election campaigns and standing up to homophobes, transphobes and anti-abortion bigots. There’s been literally thousands of organising meetings and placard working bees. Stonewall celebrations and May Day events have been popular perennials. We’ve held regular study groups and skills workshops, run a socialist feminist bookstore and published the Freedom Socialist Organiser.

Please donate as generously as you can. We will put every dollar to good use.

Transfer donations to: Feminist Education Association, BSB: 063150, Account number: 10147192, Notes: Moving fund

Mail a cheque payable to: Feminist Education Association, PO Box 308, Brunswick VIC 3056

Or pop into “old” Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road Brunswick on a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm to drop off a cash donation and/or offer to help.

To volunteer skills to help with the refit of the new premises, contact peter.murray@ozemail.com.au

To volunteer to help with packing up and moving, contact rw.aus@radicalwomen.org

We are confident that we can rely on you — friends, subscribers and the community — who value what we do, to help us relocate and continue to be a vital source of socialist feminist community organising.

In solidarity,

Alison Thorne, Freedom Socialist Party, Melbourne Branch Organiser

Debbie Brennan, Melbourne Radical Women Organiser

580 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 11am – 5pm through 29 October