Protest – For the murder of Marielle Franco and Anderson Gomes


Sunday March 18, 7PM
Melbourne State Library
Corners off Swanston & Latrobe Streets, Melbourne City

Facebook event:

The Brazilian community is calling out about the violent execution of the councilor and human-rights activist, Marielle Franco and the driver Anderson Pedro Gomes.
This is an action of resilience. We gather together in response to the murder of our greatest activist. A queer black woman, legitimately elected by 46 thousandths of brazilians, to represent our voice in city council of Rio de Janeiro.
We invite the wider Brazilian community and allies to join us. On 18th of March 2018, we call out for responsible departments and
national and international organisations. In opposition to the organised crimes against democracy.

militarised policing of the favelas, where residents live under the brutal control of drug gangs, but are also terrorised by state violence.

Bring banner, pictures and a candle. Feel free to take pictures and videos. Share the event.

Marielle, PRESENTE!

Marielle Franco, 38 years old, councilor of Socialism and Liberty Political Party, was assassinated by gun shooting in a car on her way home, during the night of 14 of march 2018, in Rio. The driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, 39 years old, has also shot and died on the same moment. The crime happened aminst an intervention of Federal State, which proposes to bring militarised policing into the favelas, where residents live under the brutal control of drug gangs, but are also terrorised by state violence.
Marielle Franco was elected to run investigations, and was against the military intervention on the State of Rio de Janeiro.
A woman of colour, single mother, LGBT and feminist, Franco was the fifth most popular councilor in Rio in 2016. She fought against police brutality in the community of Acari until the last day of her life.


A comunidade Brasileira responde a execução da vereadora e ativista de direitos humanos Marielle Franco e o motorista Anderson Pedro Gomes.
Esse é um ato de luto pela grave tentativa de silenciar a voz da luta contra o racismo, desigualdade e a violência.
Pedimos a presença da comunidade brasileira que se preocupa com o futuro do nosso país. Neste domingo uniremos forças para cobrar justiça e ação dos organismos nacionais e internacionais contra o atentado a democracia brasileira.

Tragam cartazes, fotos e uma vela. Tirem fotos e vídeos. Compartilhe o evento.

Marielle, PRESENTE!

Marielle Franco, 38 anos, vereadora do PSOL, foi assassinada a tiros dentro de um carro na noite desta quarta-feira, 14 de março, no centro do Rio de Janeiro. O motorista que dirigia o veículo, Anderson Pedro Gomes, 39 anos, também foi morto a tiros. O caso ocorreu em meio à intervenção federal no Estado fluminense, o qual Marielle Franco era contra. Mãe, negra, ativista feminista, LGBT e dos direitos humanos, ela foi a quinta vereadora mais votada no Rio em 2016 e repudiou a violência policial na comunidade de Acari dias antes de morrer.

Information Night for the Latin American School for Social Change

Dear everyone. We are extremely excited from the great response to our call of interest in the Latin American School for Social Change, over 50 people so far have expressed interest in participating in our courses and workshops on the topics to learn, share and explore this current time in the Latin America reality and its relationship with the Asia Pacific region.

For those interested but who have not filled in the form, there is still time, the google form is still open to register interest and give feedback:

For everyone else….

Here a link to the concept of our School and the current courses ready to be register/enrol

We would like to formally invite you to the

Information Night for the Latin American School for Social Change

The purpose of the information night is to get more in-depth information about the course and subjects (some of them are ready for students to enrol – details in the link above), to meet some of the teachers/facilitators, get preparatory materials and information and answer for any questions you have about the courses and workshops.

Thursday April 5, from 6:30pm
Victorian Trades Hall
Corner of Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton South
Level 4, back-building entry by Lygon
RSVP on 0425 539 149 or email to

Drinks and finger food available with meat and vegan options by donations.


LASNET Collective
Building solidarity and ongoing campaigns in support of Latin American grassroots movements,

The Truth about Venezuela – Discussion and Cultural night The mainstream media lies!

Guest speaker Pacha Guzmán
“Building grassroots organisation from below”

A nigh in solidarity with the people in Venezuela,
A night of discussion, music, dance, poetry, nice food

At: Edinburgh Gardens, Community Hall 
(Off Brunswick St. Fitzroy North, Tram 11-Stop 20. Behind the Fitzroy Bowls Club in Melbourne)

Pacha Guzmán, a leading activist with the Venezuelan-based Ezequiel Zamora National Campesino Front (FNCEZ).

The FNCEZ is Venezuela’s largest peasant-based organisation and is a member of La Via Campesina and the Latin American Coordinator of Campesino Organisations.

The FNCEZ is also part of the Bolivar & Zamora Revolutionary Current (CRBZ), for which Guzman is a national spokesperson.

Pacha explains:
“We are men and women from a diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds that belong to the working people, to the poor sectors of Venezuela, who in our desire for the emancipation of the poor have come together, united behind the idea of a better world, to allow us to coordinate and unify our efforts in order to convert Popular Power and the Bolivarian Process into actions and concrete acts for everyone”.

“Venezuela from Below” Australian speaking tour, break through the lies of the mainstream media and hear about the current reality in Venezuela from the perspective of below from the grassroots social movements of workers, peasants indigenous living in Venezuela…

Drinks available, NOT BYO…
Entry: Suggested donation $5 ($10 solidarity). All funds raised going to cover costs of tour

Organise in Melbourne by: Latin America Solidarity Network (LASNET)
Supported by: Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network, Latin America Solidarity Network (LASNET), Latin America Social Forum (Sydney), Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (Melbourne), Australians in Solidarity with Latin America (ASLA), Colombia Demands Justice Campaign, Chile Solidarity Campaign, Mujeres Latinoamericanas 3CR radio program, Australia Cuba Friendship Society (Melbourne), the Socialist Alliance, Communist Party of Australia, Maritime Union of Australia (Sydney Branch) and the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

For more information call 0425 539 149 or email

Encuentro con el pueblo de Venezuela desde abajo y a la izquierda – “Construyendo Futuro.”

Martes 27 de Marzo, 6:30pm
Melbourne Trades Hall, Piso 4 por la puerta de vidrio
en las esquinas de las calles Victoria y Lygon Street en Carlton South
Invitamos a todos los latinoamericanos en Melbourne a un encuentro con la el pueblo Venezolano, construyendo futuro, con Pacha Catalina Guzmán militante del Frente Nacional Campesino Ezequiel Zamora (FNCEZ) y vocera de la Corriente Revolucionaria Bolivar y Zamora de donde el FNCEZ es parte.

Este encuentro tiene como objetivos dar cuanta de una vision desde los secotres populares que inspiran la revolucion bolivariana en la actual crisis que hoy enfrenta venezuela, nuestro interes es dejar en claro los principales elementos que definen la situacion actual de Venezuela desde una perpectiva desde la base desde el pueblo pobre organizado.

Este es el llamado y cordialmente quedan todos invitados.

Este evento es en Castellano, el Jueves 29 de Marzo tendremos evento Q & A forum and dinner “Venezuela from Below” in Edinburgh gardens community hall, from 7pm.

La Corriente Revolucionaria Bolívar y Zamora es una organización, de carácter antiimperialista, anticapitalista, y antipatriarcal y rofundamente Chavista.
Somos hombres y mujeres llenos de una diversidad cultural y étnica perteneciente a la clase trabajadora, al pueblo pobre de Venezuela, que en nuestro afán por la emancipación del pueblo pobre confluimos en la idea de un mundo mejor, que nos permita coordinar y unificar esfuerzos para traducir en acción y hechos concretos el Poder Popular y el Proceso Bolivariano.

La CRBZ es una gran fuerza social con mas de 15 años de militancia, fundada por campesinos y campesinas de 12 estados del país, que con los años se convirtió en un cumulo de expresiones orgánicas en lo urbano y distintos sectores orgánicos del país, con una clara visión unificadora, defender la revolución Bolivariana, apoyar a nuestro
Comandante Chavez, en un proceso que concilia con nuestros principios mas fundamentales y que además nos permite reconocer la Venezuela soberana y con autodeterminación antimperialista.

Nuestro carácter internacionalista nos llevo a formar parte de La Vía Campesina, La coordinadora Latinoamericana de Organizaciones Campesinas, articulamos con el Movimiento Sin Tierra del Brasil, y además tenemos un profundo compromiso con las organizaciones de Latinoamérica y el mundo que miran hacia Venezuela como un
referente en los procesos de emancipación de los pueblos pobres del mundo.

Courses, Subjects & Workshops

[SPANISH] Curso en Castellano vía teleconferencia desde Chile con activistas Guevaristas

JUNIO [LASSC-SP] – “La Vigencia del Pensamiento Guevarista en America Latina”

Sábados, 16, 23 y 30 de Junio, 11am-2pm

Tres Sesiones: Entregadas Vía teleconferencia en lugar de clases


Desde Chile ponemos a disposición de las y l@s amig@s en Australia un curso que hemos organizado, a modo de síntesis y todavía de ensayo de nuestras ideas, sobre el “pensamiento y práctica del guevarismo”.

Es pertinente señalar en primer lugar que lo que podemos entender y denominar como “guevarismo” no es un sistema completo ni acabado de categorías ya definidas. Más bien, es una apuesta política en construcción, la cual si bien se recoge de varias décadas atrás y de numerosas experiencias políticas, organizativas e intelectuales que ya han pensado cosas similares (no estamos descubriendo el hilo negro), hoy asumimos el desafío de retomarlas y llevarlas a la práctica.

Como siempre, la experiencia concreta será la jueza de nuestros aciertos y errores tanto en los planteamientos teóricos de la política revolucionaria, como en la habilidad con que éstos sean desplegados prácticamente.

Agradecemos a l@s amig@s de la Izquierda Guevarista de Chile por su fraterrna y buena disposicion en esta iniciativa.

El curso está estructurado de la siguiente manera, en una secuencia de tres sesiones:

Sesión 1 (sábado 16 de Junio): “Breve historia de la izquierda latinoamericana”.

Donde se pretende enmarcar los orígenes históricos de las diversas corrientes de izquierda, los contextos regionales a lo largo de los siglos XIX y XX, los contextos mundiales y la influencia sobre América Latina de las revoluciones triunfantes en “Oriente”, la URSS, China, Vietnam, etc. Para de esa manera situar históricamente la Revolución Cubana, los planteamientos de Fidel, el Che Guevara y lo que podríamos entender como “guevarismo” en tanto legado revolucionario desde los 70’ en adelante.

Sesión 2 (sábado 23 de Junio): “Conceptos fundamentales del guevarismo”.

En esta sesión se ahonda en conceptos e ideas tales como: socialismo humanista, alienación, moral comunista, concepciones del marxismo, internacionalismo, revolución latinoamericana, crítica de la economía-política, democracia, educación y cultura en el socialismo, etc. Todo lo cual da cuerpo a una corriente que, creemos, podemos llamar “guevarismo”.

Sesión 3 (sábado 30 de Junio): “Pertinencia del guevarismo en el Siglo XXI”.

En esta última sesión se vierten algunas reflexiones (completamente abiertas) sobre los debates en torno a la noción de “proyecto” que como organización y como sector político hemos desarrollado durante el último tiempo. Y problematizar de qué forma, hasta ahora, concebimos y pretendemos ir dando contenido y forma al proyecto revolucionario en la actualidad.

Tres Sesiones: Entregadas via teleconferencia en sitio de clases

Lugar: Melbourne Trades Hall (Ubicado en 54 Victoria Street, Carlton South, en las esquinas de las calles Lygon y Victoria en Carlton South [Melbourne)

Día: Sábados, 16, 23 y 30 de Junio

Hora: [11am-2pm]:11am-12:30pm, 12:30 Almuerzo (puede adquirir en local, previa reserva), 1pm-2pm

Costo: Donación (Sugerida $10 por día, o lo que pueda donar, sino puede igual bienvenido)

Inscripción hasta el día Jueves 14 de Junio llamando al 0425 539 149 o escribiendo a


Courses delivered in English, face to face by Academics and Activists:

[ENGLISH] Subject-Workshop, face to face

APRIL [LASSC1] – “The Latin America and world economic tools workshops”  
Sundays 15, 22 and 29 April 2018.

This series of workshops will work towards ensuring that people will have knowledge of the functioning of the economy, the issues facing the world economy as well as Latin America and will have knowledge of the prospective tools that are needed to solve the problems we face.

The workshop will require participants to choose an issue that they are concerned about,
research a solution and share it with the rest of the workshop.
The workshop will also involve group work when reviewing economic knowledge as well as the presentation of economic content by the facilitator.

Course/workshop organises and delivers by Adrian Soh, PhD on Economics, currently lecture at Monash University

Three sessions delivered face to face

Location: Level 4, back-building Victorian Trades Hall, [corners of Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton South]
Day: Sundays 15, 22 and 29 April
Time: Between 3pm and 6pm with breaks within
Costs: donations (Suggested $10 per session, or whatever you can afford, none will left out)

Register /Enroll deadline Wednesday April 12th by calling 0425 539 149 or email


[ENGLISH] Subject face to face

MAY [LASSC2] – “Tango, Samba, Salsa and Society, The history of Argentina, Brazil and Cuba through Music” 
Sundays 13, 20 and 27 May.

In this historically based subject, the senses are engaged by using popular culture, in particular music and food, to explore political, economic, social and cultural themes in Latin American history. Tango is employed to analyse Argentina, Samba to understand Brazil, and Son/Salsa to examine Cuba. The history of Latin Americans in the United States and U.S. foreign policy in Latin America are also investigated. We will especially look at the Cold War and then the globalisation of neo‐liberalism and culture in the 21stcentury.

What will you get from studying this subject:
This subject will give you an historical understanding Latin America and also some of the most important issues we face in the 21st century: persistent poverty, conflict, racism and environmental degradation.

Special features of this subject:
This subject incorporates aspects of Dr Ralph Newmark’s award winning “Aural History” methodology which uses music a way of understanding History.

Subject organises and delivers by Dr Ralph Newmark from the Institute of Latin American Studies from La Trobe University.

Three sessions delivered face to face

Location: Level 4, back-building Victorian Trades Hall, [corners of Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton South]
Day: Sundays 13, 20 and 27 May
Time: Between 3pm and 6pm with breaks within
Costs: donations (Suggested $10 per session, or whatever you can afford, none will left out)

Register / Enroll deadline Wednesday May 9th by calling 0425 539 149 or email


…Other subjects and courses will be announced soon…