Next Week at BR

At 7pm on Tuesday May 19 we’ll be hosting a discussion on why consensus sux.

We hope to have a discussion and debate regarding the pro’s and con’s of different forms of libertarian organising.

At 8pm Wednesday May 20 the Black Rose collective will host our now weekly potluck and games night at Monster Mouse Studios, 21 Maude Lane in Marrickville.

Then from 5-10pm on Thurs May 21, we will be hosting our weekly Anarcha-Feminist arvo.

And from 7pm on Sat May 23 we’ll be hosting our now weekly Sober Saturday Night at Black Rose.

A night of radical sobriety. Challenging the drinking culture of capitalism.

Home made chai, music, games, and more!

We’re not sure how to do this but we want to have a regular night that challenges drinking culture. So bring your ideas too!

Latest stuff at the Rose

On Thursday May 7 we hosted our first Anarcha-Feminist gathering! This event will now take place every Thursday evening from 6pm-10pm at BR.

During that time Black Rose will be open exclusively to women & trans identifying people. The activity on the night will depend on what attendees wish, but we aim to hold a range of activities including discussions, workshops and craft activities.

At 7pm on Monday May 11 we’ll be screening Dear White People (2014)

Dear White People is a fucking funny satire of what its like to be a person of colour in an ultra white institution like university.


At 7pm on Tuesday May 12 we’ll be hosting a discussion on The Freedom Rides, and how nothing has changed.

Indigenous activist and Usyd SRC president Kyol Blakeney will be giving a presentation on the 50th anniversary of 1965 Freedom Rides and the ongoing structural oppression of aboriginal people.

On Wednesday May 13 we’ll be screening: Over the Edge (1979 punk film)

Over the Edge was inspired by actual events that took place in Foster City, California in the early 1970s. Those events were chronicled in a November 11, 1973, article the San Francisco Examiner entitled “Mousepacks: Kids on a Crime Spree”.

Depicting suburban life in the late 1970s and including themes of teenage rebellion and drug and alcohol use by junior high school students, and a rock music soundtrack featuring such bands as Cheap Trick, the Cars, and the Ramones, Over the Edge has achieved cult film status.

Popcorn provided. Coffee, Tea & Beer by donation.


This sceening will commence at 6pm sharp. film length is approx an hour and a half, which means you’ll be able to get out in time to head to people’s kitchen at monster mouse!

This week at Black Rose

At 7pm on Monday May 4 we’ll be screening: Rebellion (2011)

Rebellion is a 2011 French historical drama set in New Caledonia. The film recreates the Ouvéa cave hostage taking in 1988 when 30 policemen are taken hostage by local separatists. The film follows Captain Philippe Legorjus who is sent out to negotiate with rebel leader Alphonse Dianou.


At 7pm Tues May 5 we’ll be hosting a radical discussion on the Baltimore rebellion

In the past week a rebellion swept through the US city of Baltimore, following the police murder of 25 year old Black man, Freddie Gray. In response the city has declared a week long curfew and called in the national guard.

We hope to have a discussion on growing anti police brutality movement in the US and the recent wave of riots and disorder.

We will discuss what strategic lessons we can learn for our own organising against deaths in custody, as well as discussing the potential for these moments of rebellion to generalise into a larger movement against capitalism.

Upcoming stuff at the Rose

At 7pm Monday, Apr 27 we’ll be screening Lets not live like Slaves (2014)

lets-not-live-like-slavesWe’re used to seeing the riot footage in Greece, but what about the constructive element of the anti-authoritarian movement?

“Let’s not live like slaves, is a compendium of testimonies of resistance in terms of self-organization, solidarity and autonomy. This is not exactly a documentary but different images, personal and collective stories about the situation in Greece. A French-Greek film which gives an insight on the resistance, mainly led by antiauthoritarian sphere, in the Hellenic Country showing the collaboration of different collectives, the running of self-organized centres and hospitals, the spreading of alternative journalism, the day by day in the alternative neighbourhood of Exarchia, and other activities.

It is a call against the slavery imposed by the State and Capital and a compilation of examples that show new ways of self-organized and independent living.”

iwwWe postponed our discussion last week due to the wild weather.

So at 7pm on Tuesday Apr 28 we’ll be holding a discussion on The Anzac Myth and anti-militarist organising.

Despite the mythology, the First World War was not a popular war. There was mass opposition to it from the beginning. In Australia and around the world.

Nor has ANZAC Day always been a popular holiday. There is a long history of opposition to militarism on ANZAC Day.

So today, what is to be done?

Latest at BR

On Mon April 13 we hosted Circulating struggle: Stories from the Philippines (discussion and film screening)

An evening of film and discussion about contemporary forms of struggle in the Philippines, and to ask what forms of solidarity might be possible.

Numerous anarchist spaces have emerged in the Philippines in recent years, and the collectives behind these spaces have played a significant role in social struggles aiming to address the everyday living conditions of Filipinos. These struggles have often focussed upon access to food, energy, housing, and against state corruption. Comrades in the Philippines are creating novel forms of political activity to confront the effects of climate change, hyper-exploitation and state corruption. We will play some short films made by comrades in the Philippines about struggles they have been involved in recent years, and based on interviews with comrades we will offer some brief comments, and discussion.

Following the short films and discussion we will screen the documentary ‘Halfway around the world’.
Halfway around the world is a film about Philippine women who have worked in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Taiwan, Brunei or Namibia, mainly as textile workers.

On Thurs April 16 we held a reading group discussing the recent text: No Eviction in The Mission.

When wannabe Miley Cyrus and Mackelmore move into your neighbourhood : a zine for white, class, privileged, anarchists/queers/activists/punks/progressives/art hipsters who are part of gentrification in Oakland, San Francisco, Melbourne and beyond…

written by a displaced Chicano in exile.

At 7pm, Friday April 17 we’ll be screening Sydney FC vs Newcastle Jets

Come watch the A-League on the big screen in a radical environment.

At 7pm Mon April 20 we’ll be screening Rebellion in Patagonia (1974)

Rebellion in Patagonia is an Argentinian historical drama from 1974. It is based upon the real story of the military suppression of the anarchist labour movement in Santa Cruz Province in the early 1920s.

Then at 7pm Tues April 21 we’ll be hosting a radical discussion on  Anti-Militarism and ANZAC Day.

Despite the mythology, the First World War was not a popular war. There was mass opposition to it from the beginning. In Australia and around the world.
Nor has ANZAC Day always been a popular holiday. There is a long history of opposition to militarism on ANZAC Day by anti-war and feminist protesters.

So today, what is to be done?

“The clearest evidence that Anzac Day and the mythology it encapsulates privileges celebration over mourning and men over women is to be gleaned from the experiences of those who have challenged the exclusivity and nature of the day.” – Suzanne Davies

“After the police had dispersed, Women Against Rape in War march up Anzac Parade towards the Australian War Memorial to lay their wreath at the Stone of Remembrance.” Glen McDonald (1981), Canberra Times Collection.

Upcoming events at Black Rose

At 7pm on Monday April 6, we’ll be screening two recent films: Next Stop Rönninge & PKK Fighters in the Sinjar

These two quite different documentaries portray militant struggles against fascism and fanaticism in two different parts of the world – Sweden and Syria.

Nästa Station Rönninge (30 min) portrays a decade of resistance to the largest neo-nazi march in Scandinavia taking place every year from 2000 to 2011. In Swedish/Danish with English subs.

PKK fighters in the Sinjar (50 min) is a documentary about the Kurdish PKK troops fighting the ISIS forces which had surrounded Mount Sinjar in late 2014. Before the siege, now know as the Sinjar Massacre, was broken, ISIS had managed to kill 5,000 Yazidi civilians. In Kurdish and English with English subtitles.

The space will be available for a discussion afterwards.

At 7pm on Tues April 7, we’ll be hosting a radical discussion on Islamophobic populism and anti-racist resistance. 

We will facilitate a discussion on lessons learned from the nationwide Reclaim Australia rallies and Count-rallies on sat April 4th.

This is the first attempt by far-right nationalist to put on a large-scale event in some years. We invite people to come share their thought on strategies for anti-racist organising in light of how it all went down.

Rally against racism  protesters clash with Reclaim Australia protestors at Federation Square.

Then at 7pm on Thurs April 9 we’ll be hosting a reading group disscussion on the text: Fascism  /  Anti-fascism by Jean Barrot (Gilles Duave).

The text is highly critical of anti-fascism as a strategy and ideology. We hope to discuss whether anti-fascism is actually necessary? Is it even useful? What should the response of revolutionaries to fascism be?

A pdf of the text can be found online here.

Latest stuff at BR

At 7pm on Mon, March 30 we’ll be screening Land of the Blind.

It’s, is a 2006 political satire starring Ralph Fiennes as a military man who helps overthrow his government. He does so at the urging of a political prisoner, played by Donald Sutherland, who has been outspoken about the corruption of the current regime. The soldier learns that corruption may in fact be an inevitable part of having power.


At 7pm on Tues March 31 we’ll be hosting Veganism, consumer politics or animal liberation?

A radical discussion on the merits of veganism as a political strategy toward the end of animal oppression.

Then at 7 on Thurs Apr 2 we’ll be discussing the text ‘Kurdistan?’ as part of our weekly reading group. The text is a recent essay by Gilles Dauvé which is critical of the YPG, Kurdish nationalism and it’s Western anarchist admirers.

We have physical copies in the space and it can be found online here: