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(en) Australia, Melbourne Anarchist Club - MACannounce!
Fri, 24 Aug 2012 09:10:59 +0300
The MAC-Infoshop! ---- The Melbourne Anarchist Club info-shop has now officially opened
through an amalgamation of MAC and Anarres Books. The launch occurred on the 11th of
August, with slam poetry by Paulie, and Bernard Young (Pirate Satellite), A Commoner’s
Revolt and Dead Peasants playing some their respective brands of rebel music. Footage of
the event will be posted onto the MAC Facebook page. The Infoshop is open 12-5 Sundays and
will also be open this Friday night (see below). The MAC-Infoshop is the only Anarchist
Bookshop in Melbourne and we stock a wide range of contemporary, historical and
theoretical anarchist classics, plus other items like anarchist cards, various forms of
rebel music, pamphlets and (soon!) anarchist clothing and patches.
Friday Nights at MAC Returns...!
On Friday August 24 (tonight!), Friday Nights at MAC will return. Get along for some
refreshments, music and general good-hearted anarchist revelry from 7:30pm. The
MAC-Infoshop will also be open – feel free to drop in to discuss the finer points of
Kropotkin’s The Conquest of Bread, the Occupy Movement or the football finals (and otherwise…)
MAC is supporting a dispute led by the Brisbane Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation (ASF-B) and
supported also by the Melbourne branch of the ASF. Drivers at a Brisbane store were asked
to take a 19% pay cut and the Brisbane-ASF is currently representing some of those workers
in arbitration before Fair Work Australia. This dispute will continue with a solidarity
action taking place internationally on the 15th of September. The ASF is an affiliate of
the International Worker’s Association, which has sections in countries all across the world.
Blacklight Issue 1...
The new Blacklight, Issue 1 (following on from last time’s issue 0#) – the journal of the
Melbourne Anarchist Club that discusses issues of anarchism and organisation – is now
available at the MAC-Infoshop or contact MAC if you would like to subscribe.
In March this year, MAC, Jura Books (Sydney) and Organise! (Adelaide) launched the first
edition of Sedition. Unfortunately, Organise are no longer with us but Jura and MAC will
continue the publication, in the hope to move towards a federative structure between the
two groups further down the line. Sedition is an anarchist magazine designed to express
the common politics between our three geographically disparate groups. We are heavily
focused on content that relates anarchism to the Australian context, as well as on
information and debates about our politics, as we understand in the here and now.
Sedition is permanently open for submissions. We’re interested in:
And Sedition blog @ anarchy.org.au
- journalistic reports on struggles going on in your community and workplace. Strike &
rally reports, etc.
- anarchist ideas and practice, especially from groups or individuals from other places in
- there are no hard & fast rules about what we will or wont publish in Sedition, whether
you are an anarchist or not. The aim is to create an anarchist magazine, and editorial
decisions are the prerogative of the three groups.
- if you’re not sure if you’ve got something appropriate for Sedition, pitch it to your
closest group: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com
- if you would like to see your article in the next printed edition, you’ll need to get it
to us ASAP.
Sedition is no longer simply a print magazine. We have decided post articles on the
Sedition blog as soon as they become available through the editorial process. Check
anarchy.org.au to see if any new material posted on Sedition blog. But stay tuned for
full-blown Sedition blog that will be integrated into this site.
Print editions will be made available for download on the blog. You can become a
distributor of Sedition in your hometown by simply downloading the first edition and
printing it at home. You’re welcome to either collect donations for the project or give it
away for free.
Need a Space for an Event?
The Melbourne Anarchist Club is available to hire (for free or similar in most cases) for
any progressive artistic or community activity that you have in mind. We have regularly
shown DVDs at the space in the past, amongst other things, and currently have a martial
arts group that uses the MAC regularly – so almost anything goes. Please contact us if
you would like to utilise the MAC for any purpose.
25 Years of MAC!
This November 3rd will be the 25th Anniversary of the (re)founding of the Melbourne
Anarchist Club. The original MAC was founded in the 1880s, and the current MAC is its
successor organisation. We will be holding a celebratory event on November 3rd, with a
BBQ, music and other aspects to be included further down the track. Keep it open!
Want to get involved?
The Melbourne Anarchist Club is an organisation for anarchists living in Melbourne and
surrounding areas. You must be able to meaningfully participate in decision making, which
means making it to a meeting regularly.
Our Aims and Principles are available on our website.
The Launch of the Direct Action Collective!
The Direct Action Collective (DAC) is a joint initiative of the Melbourne Anarchist Club
and the Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation of Melbourne. The DAC is an informal collection of
anarchists – that is, libertarian socialists/libertarian communists and
anarcho-syndicalists. Together, we aim: to be engaged in working class struggles and
socially progressive movements; to maintain an Anarchist presence at protests, strikes and
other direct actions; to unite revolutionary Anarchists; and to promote the ideas of
Anarchism to the public. Why march alone? Join us.
Melbourne Anarchist Club
62 St Georges Rd Northcote
Open Saturdays & Sundays 1pm–5pm
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