Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Solidarity Salon
580 Sydney Road
Brunswick, VIC 3056
Tel: 03-9388-0062
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Wednesday, 25 May, 7.00 pm
Online event

Disability Justice: Opportunities and Opportunists

Color photograph of Kendra Scalia with long dark hair and wearing a black shirt

This special online event features the emerging movement for Disability Justice (DJ) and the prominence of multiracial women leaders. A dynamic presentation, recently hosted by the New York Freedom Socialist Party, will highlight the 10 Principles of Disability Justice and its anti-capitalist, intersectional perspective, which recognises the leadership of those most impacted. Sharing examples of liberals’ attempts to co-opt DJ, speaker Kendra Scalia talks about the organised pushback against these opportunists. Kendra is a disabled queer woman, healthcare policy analyst and disability justice organiser. She is currently involved in a coalition with agency providers and unions, which is leading a fight to raise home care workers’ wages.

After hearing from Kendra, we’ll discuss how DJ principles can energise the movement in Australia and explore the many similarities.

The event, which is co-hosted by Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party, is a benefit for the Freedom Socialist and Freedom Socialist Organiser fund drive. Donations will be requested.

Register in advance here.

For more information contact rw.aus@radicalwomen.org


Sunday, 26 June, 4.00 pm
In-person event

Stonewall Celebration:
LGBTIQA+ oppression and resistance across Africa

Photo of two black women with colorful leis and face painting in the shape of Africa wih bright colored stripes.

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 Nita Okoko, a socialist feminist and internationalist from Kenya. Nita is a public health worker and a member of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU). Alison Thorne, a veteran queer liberationist, managing editor of the Freedom Socialist Organiser and workplace delegate with the CPSU.

Chair Georgie Hoadley, a member of Radical Women and the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union

This event will support the Freedom Socialist newspaper and Freedom Socialist Organiser fund drive, so please bring a donation.

African style buffet dinner will follow the program for a $10 donation. Vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free will be catered for.

Solidarity Salon, 580 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Close to Anstey station on the Upfield train line and Blyth or Stewart St stops on Tram #19.

Cohosted by Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party

To RSVP or for more information, contact rw.aus@radicalwomen.org or call 9388 0062. All genders are welcome.


Starting Wednesday, 23 March, 7.00 pm, then alternate Wednesdays through 4 May
Online study cirle

The far right then and now: Applying the lessons of history to stop the “freedom” movement

Women in a protest march holding RW and FSP placards saying Build a United Front to Stop the Far right, and Scientific evidence NOT fascist Conspiracy Theory

Once again, the far right is using a genuine crisis to promote its toxic agenda. This time, it’s in the form of a violent far-right “freedom movement,” which taps into working people’s justified rage against the clumsy, authoritarian responses of government to the COVID pandemic and genuine worries about its long term effects. What exactly is this agenda? Where does it come from? And how can it be crushed?

This discussion series will examine how populist movements emerge. We’ll look at the ways in which the far right intervenes to steer such movements towards outright fascism. Finally, we’ll look to history to see how the far right can be defeated.

Registration is required:
· Session #1, 23 March, 7.00 pm
The “freedom” movement in Australia: Its connections and real agenda
Register here.
· Session #2, 6 April, 7.00 pm
Far-right populism and fascism: Not the same, but related
Register here.
· Session #3, 20 April, 7.00 pm
What history teaches about far-right movements and resistance against them
Register here.
· Session #4, 4 May, 7.00 pm
Bring it down: How the working class and oppressed can crush the “freedom” movement
Register here.

Hosted by Radical Women & Freedom Socialist Party

For the study guide or more info, email rw.aus@radicalwomen.org