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580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

January 2018

8-session study circle: “Democracy and Revolution”

January 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 14, 2018

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

If this is democracy, why do we feel insecure, ignored and powerless? Join in this timely study of U.S. Marxist writer George Novack’s Democracy & Revolution. Novack traces democracy’s 2,500-year evolution, from its roots in ancient Greece and rise through revolutionary upsurges to its decline in modern capitalism. We’ll also explore the democracy a workers’ socialist revolution could achieve. We’ll meet alternate Wednesdays, re-commencing 17 January. Democracy & Revolution is available for $28 at Solidarity Salon. Dinner will be served at 6:30…

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February 2018

Branch meeting – From #MeToo revelations to finding remedies: What will it take to end sexual harassment?

February 21, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

A global tsunami of truth-telling about sexual harassment is shaking empires from Hollywood to the Australian music industry and Melbourne City Council. While welcome, the stories exposed by the MeToo hashtag rarely consider the cause or the solutions. This discussion will examine the systemic power imbalances of gender, race, and class, explore what fuels sexual assault and champion those resisting. Share your thoughts on what’s needed to stop this widespread exploitation. The meeting will also discuss highlights from the FSP’s…

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April 2018

8-session study circle: Trade unions in the eras of capitalist ascendancy and imperialist decay

April 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until July 18, 2018

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Isn’t it time to fight back? This study is a tool for doing just that! We’ll learn about past achievements and failures, traditions and innovations in order to understand how working people got to where we are today and how we can move forward. Led by two veteran union delegates, the study circle will discuss what Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, Clara Fraser and contemporary socialist feminists say about organising within the trade union movement. Commences Wednesday, 11 April and then…

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From Baltimore to Melbourne: What will it take to stop police violence?

April 30, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

In the last month, everywhere we turn there are reports of police being abusive, bigoted, racist or corrupt. The welcome media scrutiny of Victoria Police has sparked discussion about solutions. Most proposals are piecemeal and will do little to help. To formulate real solutions, it is essential to understand the role of police under capitalism. This meeting will examine who the police serve, what they protect and how we can bring them under community control and address the systemic nature…

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June 2018

Celebrate Stonewall 2018 – After Yes: Reviving the spirit of Stonewall in Australia and Around the Globe

June 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm UTC+0
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Are you over the wedding cakes and the corporate floats? Were you inspired by 78ers marching in Mardi Gras and their vision of liberation?  Hear from a diverse panel of speakers who’ll provide a global sweep of the challenges faced by LGBTIQ people today, explore solutions and chart opportunities for resistance and solidarity.  Sally Goldner: community radio presenter, bi and trans advocate Josh Mason: coordinates the blog LGBTIQ punk stories and is a veteran of disciplined counter-organising to stop Nazis,…

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August 2018

Feminist study group – Women Resist Fascism Yesterday and Today

August 15, 2018 @ 6:30 pm UTC+0
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 10, 2018

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

The Freedom Socialist Party invites you to participate in this upcoming study circle hosted by our sister organisation, Radical Women. Are you concerned about recent actions by bigots and white supremacists? Learn about the far right’s misogynist and racist agenda and how women have opposed it. Discuss why rightwing and neo-Nazi groups are growing and how we can stop them. Readings available for purchase at sessions. Everyone is welcome. Alternate Wednesdays, 15 & 29 August, 12 & 26 September, 10…

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FSP meeting: What will it take to make My Health Record supportable?

August 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm UTC+0
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Overwhelmed by the flood of opt-outs from its new digital health record scheme, the government promised to look at it again. But will tinkering around the edges allay the public’s justifiable suspicions about the threat to privacy?  Sex workers, people living with HIV, teenagers, people managing drug and alcohol addiction, the trans community, mental health advocates, sexual and reproductive health services, domestic and family violence workers: the list of those speaking out just keeps growing. This meeting will discuss how…

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October 2018

Lenin – State and Revolution

October 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

This book is a classic. Written by Lenin as a practical guide on the eve of the Russian Revolution, it’s still essential study for making the global overhaul so needed today. Lenin’s purpose was to correct distortions of Marxism that emerged in the international socialist movement. He explains the nature of the state and articulates what’s needed for the working class to take power, and then hold onto it. Session 1 — Wednesday, 24 October: Class society and the State…

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November 2018

Lenin – State and Revolution

November 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until January 16, 2019

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

This book is a classic. Written by Lenin as a practical guide on the eve of the Russian Revolution, it’s still essential study for making the global overhaul so needed today. Lenin’s purpose was to correct distortions of Marxism that emerged in the international socialist movement. He explains the nature of the state and articulates what’s needed for the working class to take power, and then hold onto it. Session 1 — Wednesday, 24 October: Class society and the State…

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January 2019

FSP meeting: Understanding and combating the rise of reaction in Brazil

January 23, 2019 @ 6:30 pm UTC+0
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

2019 begins with Brazil’s far-right President-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, assuming office. This meeting will examine the conditions that led to his election, discuss what it means for Brazil’s multi-hued working class, Indigenous people, women and LGBTIQ community and explore the potential for effective resistance. Speakers: Si Aguilar, indigenous Brazilian feminist and teacher, who grew up in a poor community of Belo Horizonte Loan Cardoso, communist and supporter of the Brazilian Socialist and Freedom Party (PSOL), Bolivarian tendency Debbie Brennan, organiser against…

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February 2019

FSP meeting: Marxist ecology – yesterday and today

February 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm UTC+0
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Marx and Engels are often wrongly accused of caring only about industrial growth and the development of economic forces. In reality, both addressed environmental concerns in nearly everything they wrote. Even before the word “ecology” was coined, they repeatedly stressed the inseparable unity of humanity with nature, the inherent destructiveness of capitalism, and the necessity of socialism for the planet’s survival. Ecosocialist Peter Murray will examine writings by Marx and Engels on capitalist agriculture, soil ecology and nature and discuss…

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March 2019

FSP meeting in honour of International Women’s Day: The living ideas of Clara Fraser, trailblazing socialist feminist

March 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm UTC+0
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

“Feminism, the struggle for women’s equal rights, is always a powder keg of the class struggle.” So wrote Freedom Socialist Party founder Clara Fraser in her groundbreaking work, Socialist Feminism: Where the Battle of the Sexes Revolves Itself. Celebrate IWD and its working class socialist feminist origins by exploring how Fraser synthesised Marxism and feminism. Be inspired by the legacy of her life and ideas, and discuss how we can follow in her footsteps. Dinner will be served at 6:30…

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Public sector workers speak-out! Drawing the lessons from a 5-year pay and conditions battle

March 27, 2019 @ 6:30 pm UTC+0
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Public servants have been locked into a bargaining stoush with the government for five years. In June 2014, for the first time in years, the end dates of enterprise agreements aligned across agencies. This gave the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) immense potential for coordinated action. Saddled with a restrictive bargaining framework and facing a government at war with its own workforce, CPSU members responded with mass meetings, bans, strike action and a string of decisive votes against unacceptable…

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May 2019

Study circle: Karl Marx on Value, Price and Profit

May 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm UTC+0
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until July 3, 2019

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

With wages growth for workers at an all-time low, the Labor Party has declared the 2019 federal election “a referendum on wages.” Wages has long been a hot topic for working people. Marx addressed the question in 1865. Published as a pamphlet, his analysis on wages and profit under capitalism still holds the key for workers today. An understanding of political economy is essential, especially for trade unionists. We are fed a steady diet of neoliberal economics and taught to…

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June 2019

Rainbow warriors unite! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall

June 29, 2019 @ 2:00 pm UTC+0
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Get energised by history and build the resistance today Radical Women will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion in New York’s Greenwich Village, which began in the early hours of 28 June 1969 and lasted for days. We will look at the conditions that ignited this militant and internationalist queer upsurge and get to the source of homophobia and transphobia. We’ll discuss why the persecution of queers is on the rise today, alongside the growth of global fascist…

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July 2019

Discussion series: Feminism and the Left

July 31, 2019 @ 6:30 pm UTC+0
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One event on August 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on July 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on September 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on September 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

How should the Left deal with sexism within its own organisations? This is at the centre of discussion among unionists, feminists and revolutionaries in response to plans by the ALP to expel union leader, John Setka, and the ACTU’s call for him to resign. In the U.S., there’s growing interest in socialist feminism after the recent implosion of the International Socialist Organisation over a cover-up of sexist abuse by their leadership. Many serious, committed activists are grappling with these issues…

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November 2019

FSP convention report: strategizing for revolutionary feminist change

November 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm UTC+0
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

We’re living in an increasingly polarised world. On the one hand inequality is growing and crisis and turmoil dominate the global landscape.  Good news for ordinary folks gets less press. But it certainly exists as demonstrated by the global student led climate strikes. Women are at the forefront in fights against police brutality. There’s been huge teachers strikes in Africa, the Americas and Europe and in Latin America, 2018 was described as “the year of feminist uprising.”  The Freedom Socialist…

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December 2019

Freedom Socialist Party meeting: Why we stand with West Papua, the Kurds and all oppressed nations

December 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm UTC+0
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

As internationalists, the Freedom Socialist Party rallies behind the slogan, “Workers of the world unite!” We also passionately advocate for all oppressed nations’ right to self-determination. This meeting will explore Marxist theory about what is often called “the national question” and apply it to the valiant struggles of the peoples of West Papua and Kurdistan.      Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm for a $10 donation, and the discussion commences at 7 pm.  Location: Solidarity Salon For more information contact freedom.socialist.party@ozemail.com.au…

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January 2020

Movie fundraiser to support Solidarity Salon: Sorry We Missed You

January 19, 2020 @ 4:30 pm UTC+0
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Ken Loach is a brilliant working class film maker who specialises in holding up a mirror to the world we live in. Sorry We Missed You takes its title from the calling cards couriers leave when no one is there to receive a delivery. It’s been described as a harrowing tale with its focus on the life of a family working in the increasingly insecure gig economy.  You are cordially invited to a special fundraising screening at Cinema Nova in…

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4-session Radical Women Study Circle: Reproductive freedom for all women!

January 22, 2020 @ 6:30 pm UTC+0
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 4, 2020

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Reproductive freedom for all women! The unstoppable global fight From New South Wales to the United States, Argentina and beyond, it’s clear that the right wing is waging a global war on women’s abortion rights. But they want to shut down more than abortion access: they’re determined to strip women of any reproductive autonomy. This four-session study circle, hosted by the Freedom Socialist Party’s sister organisation, will examine the many fronts of reproductive rights — from childcare, housing and economic independence…

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February 2020

FSP meeting: The case for the vanguard party and the Leninist method of organising

February 12, 2020 @ 6:30 pm UTC+0
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

From Chile to Lebanon, Hong Kong to Sudan, people are angry and mobilising against the status quo. In Australia, where huge swathes of the country are devastated by bushfires, masses of protesters have taken to the streets, — many with placards demanding “system change, not climate change!”  How will system change come about? And who will make it happen? The fate of contemporary global struggles hinges on finding the right answers to these crucial questions. Early last century, V.I. Lenin,…

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March 2020

FSP 5 session discussion circle – The Pivotal 2020s: A Time for Revolutionary Ideas

March 25, 2020 @ 6:30 pm UTC+0
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Join us to discuss the themes in the resolution adopted by the Freedom Socialist Party Convention held last October. We will explore the global crisis, be inspired by resistance and also examine what’s holding the struggle back. The discussion will focus on the need to find solutions and explore how revolutionaries can formulate, inspire and lead toward a socialist feminist future.  11 March: Late capitalism — a global economy with U.S. imperialism still at the hub 25 March: The global…

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May 2021

Stolen land and stolen labour: What it will take to stop the plunder by mining giants!

May 26, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Freedom Socialist Party meeting Stolen land and stolen labour: What it will take to stop the plunder by corporate mining giants! The fall-out from the destruction of Juukan Gorge Caves sparked a burst of outrage that even registered in the corporate world. But the devastation of the oldest known site of human occupation on the continent, and possibly the world, cannot be undone by the departure of a CEO with a golden handshake! This meeting will discuss how this wanton…

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June 2021

Study group — Patriarchy: Where it came from and how to smash it!

June 2, 2021 @ 6:30 pm AEST
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until August 11, 2021

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

Study group — Patriarchy: Where it came from and how to smash it! Alternate Weds. starting June 2. Dinner 6:30pm, program 7pm. Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick • 03-9388-0062; radicalwomen@optusnet.com.au.

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December 2021

Reject the imperialist arms race in the Indo-Pacific — Say no to AUKUS!

December 15, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

End-of-year dinner and discussion Reject the imperialist arms race in the Indo-Pacific — Say no to AUKUS! While we’ve been locked down, the Morrison government has been hatching AUKUS, its so-called “forever” military partnership with the U.S. and the UK. By 2030, the federal government will spend nine of every hundred dollars on defence! Imagine if this was spent on health, education, housing and community services! It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to host an in-person event…

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April 2022

Cuba today: The long U.S. war and its bitter fruits

April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm AEST
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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Freedom Socialist Party meeting Cuba today: The long U.S. war and its bitter fruits In 1959, Cuba’s revolution threw a challenge at capitalism’s doorstep, inspiring millions of people throughout the world. It also unleashed anti-communist retaliation from the U.S., lasting more than 60 years. Today, Cuba faces grave problems. To understand them, including the unprecedented protests that recently spread across the island, we need to know the history of U.S. involvement. Maudie Osborne, retail worker and member of the Retail…

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June 2022

Massive Pride Month Sale!

June 1 - June 30
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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June is Pride Month. To celebrate the Solidarity Salon bookstore and organising centre is holding a massive Pride Month sale. For the month of June, there are huge discounts on selected stock. T-shirts Stonewall was a Riot, Now we need a Revolution, white on black, black on olive green and black on grey — reduced from $20 to $15 Free Chelsea Manning, coloured design on black shirt — reduced from $20 to $15 Books and DVDs Bent Street is an annual…

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Stonewall Celebration: LGBTIQA+ oppression and resistance across Africa

June 26 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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Resistance to homophobia and transphobia is blossoming across the African sub-continent. This panel discussion will spotlight these contemporary struggles, discuss colonialism's legacy, and explore pre-private property societies where sexuality was free, matriarchal communism was the natural order, and rigid gender binaries were unheard of. We'll discuss the relevance of this history for organising in the 21st century. Panellists Georgie Hoadley: a Member of Radical Women and the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union, will chair the meeting. Nita Oko: a…

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