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Melbourne Radical Women Activities
Alternate Wednesdays, 2 June – 11 August 2021
6-session revolutionary feminist study circle
Patriarchy: Where it came from and how to smash it
A MeToo movement has re-erupted in Australia, and a women’s uprising is sweeping the globe. Radical Women is hosting this online study circle to explore both the crisis underpinning these exciting events and the opportunity for building a united and powerful feminist offensive. We’ll delve into critical questions, like: How did society, once egalitarian under women’s leadership, get so warped? What does it take to turn our rage into a revolution, bringing in a new world that frees everyone?
Join from anywhere in Australia by registering via the session links on facebook. All genders welcome!
Email email@example.com or phone 03-9388-0062 for a study guide or more information.
Tuesday, 29 June, 7.00 pm AEST
Online Stonewall celebration
Feminism, transgender liberation and the Stonewall rebellion
Veteran LGBTIQA+ liberationist Alison Thorne will discuss the shared roots of oppression between cis and trans women and all queers at this special Stonewall celebration. Thorne is a trade unionist and founding member of the Melbourne chapter of Radical Women. She’s been arguing for decades that feminism must be inclusive of transgender sisters.
Radical Women and Rainbow Atheists will co-host this discussion, paying tribute to the leadership of trans women of colour and working-class non-binary folks in the 1969 Stonewall riots. Declaring “Enough!” to police harassment, these protests laid fertile ground for a radical liberation movement set on dismantling compulsory heterosexuality, busting the gender binary and winning liberation for all.
Register here to receive a zoom link:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03-9388-0062 for more information.
All genders welcome!
Tuesday, 11 May, 7.00 – 8.30 pm
Workers Organising to Win! (WOW!) online meeting
For a union & unemployed fightback:
Lessons from the 1930s Depression
As the line between working and being jobless disintegrates, workers’ sense of common cause is growing, with low-paid women and immigrants in the lead. In this worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, we can learn from unemployed workers’ organising alongside unionists in the 1930s. An international demand from the Depression, revived by WOW!, was for a shorter working week with no reduction in pay (“Thirty hours’ work for forty hours’ pay”). This measure would not only reduce unemployment, but would be a lifesaver to women suffering a triple workday due to mounting family duties during COVID.
This meeting will discuss the 1930s unemployed movement in Australia. We’ll explore demands for today, which can bring together workers of all genders — both in and out of work — as a fighting force against the profiteers.
To join in this online discussion, register here.
Check out WOW!’s demands here.
WOW! is a campaign initiated by Radical Women. For more info, email WOW! email@example.com
Sunday, 2 May, 1.30
March on May Day
A Woman’s Place is in the Revolution!
Working women have been hit especially hard by capitalism and its pandemic. So on May Day, we've got something to say! Celebrate this international workers' day by marching behind the United Workers Union banner, "A Woman's Place is in the Revolution!" Radical Women will be there with other unionists from across the movement. Come along and be part of this powerful May Day statement!
Assemble outside Victorian Trades Hall
Corner of Victoria & Lygon Streets, Carlton
For more info, contact Radical Women
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Ph 03-9388-0062
27 April, 7:00pm
In-person Radical Women meeting
To end violence against women,
First Nations women locked up and killed; trans women murdered; queer women demonised; birthing women abused; immigrant women assaulted; women stalked and raped; no woman considered a person in her own right. This Radical Women gathering will explore the cause of such thoroughly misogynist violence. When we know the source, we can organise a movement to eradicate it. All genders are welcome!
pinpoint its source and destroy it!
The meeting starts at 7.00 pm with dinner available at 6.30 pm for a $10 donation.
Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Upfield line to Anstey Station, #19 tram to Stewart St, or plenty of free parking available.
Join the facebook event here.
For more info, contact Radical Women: email@example.com or 03-9388-0062.
Tuesday, 30 March, 7.00 pm (AEST)
Workers Organising to Win! (WOW!) online meeting
It’s time for a grassroots fightback
First it was childcare, then JobSeeker and now aged care. COVID has exposed how this economy serves only the corporate rich — the rest of us be damned.
Coming out of brainstorms by working women on what to do, WOW! anticipated these “revelations” with demands for organising in our diverse workplaces and communities.
This WOW! meeting will discuss how to apply the demands to these unfolding crises and direct them toward unifying, grassroots action. Bring your thoughts and experience to this discussion, and let’s start building a fightback.
WOW! is a campaign initiated by Radical Women. For more info about WOW! or this meeting, go to www.facebook.com/workersorganisingtowin or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, 28 March 28, 2:00 pm
Rally for Justice and a Fair Go for Refugees
Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party are among many community endorsers of the annual Palm Sunday refugee rights rally. If you’d like to march with us, please get in touch.
This year, the Rally for Justice and a Fair Go for Refugees is demanding:
• Permanent visas and family reunion for all refugees
• Fair and timely assessment of all claims for refugee status
• Safety net income for all those who are waiting for a permanent visa, if they cannot find enough work to support themselves
• Releasing ALL refugees from detention
• Bringing 260 people still held on Nauru and in PNG here, or allowing New Zealand to resettle them.
We support these demands and also advocate that the movement address the issues that lead people to flee their homes — imperialist rivalry, national oppression, climate change, war and global inequality. All are exacerbated by sexism, racism and homophobia. We call for open borders: Capital can move freely round the globe. People must have this right, too!
Location: State Library, corner of Swanston Street and Latrobe Street, Melbourne.
Email email@example.com to join the contingent.
(Photo is from the 2014 Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees, Freedom Socialist Organiser archives)
Sunday, March 14, 11am
Online International Women's Day Celebration
Women Rise Up Globally Against Femicide
This international celebration of the socialist-inspired day to honour working women will bring together feminists of different nations and regions to discuss the massive cross-border upsurge in defence of women’s lives and address how to stop the epidemic of violence against women.
Amelia Kirk-Harkin, Australia, union activist, tradeswoman and artist, Melbourne Radical Women
Eréndira Munguía, Mexico, college mathematics professor, Partido Obrero Socialista (Socialist Workers Party)
Earth-Feather Sovereign, Confederated Colville Tribes, founder of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Washington
Charlotte Strauss Swanson, U.S. Radical Women, doctoral researcher in psychology, gender, social justice at University of Tennessee
Register in advance at http://bit.ly/IWD-RW
Sponsored by: Radical Women Australia and U.S.
For more information:
Radical Women Melbourne
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1238776999856840
Tuesday, 19 January, 7.00 – 8.00 pm AEST
Workers Organising to Win! (WOW!)
During Victoria's lockdown, women working in hard-hit industries came together to brainstorm what to do. These informal zoom gatherings resulted in a statement — “Women workers’ answer to COVID: Capitalism caused the crisis, workers can solve it!” — with winning demands that put control into workers’ hands.
Now, as COVID red zones proliferate, more infectious strains appear and governments put profit's health above people's lives, it’s time to organise!
Come to WOW!’s first meeting, and let’s start strategising for taking these demands into our unions, workplaces and communities. Bring your ideas, skills and know-how. All genders are welcome!
Register for the online inaugural meeting here. WOW! Meeting
Check out the statement with demands
For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org