Collectives at Catalyst
Most collectives are open and want more people involved, contact details below!
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Catalyst's Really Really Free Market
Really Really Free Market (RRFM) is a food rescue collective based on the principles of mutual aid, which gathers and redistributes as much food as possible to the wider community. It aims to shed light on both food waste and alternative models of distributing resources. RRFM is an open organisation that encourages anyone with capacity to join in and help with the collection and distribution on food. Come along on a Wednesday and/or join our signal chat below to get involved!
Currently, food rescue runs are on Tuesdays – meeting at the rear garden of Catalyst Social Centre at sunset.
The market is open from 11am-3pm on Wednesdays.
Our public community chat can be accessed via signal here.
CRYM (pronounced like crime) stands for Climate Resistance Youth Movement.
For more information, check out our website, Instagram @crym.earth and Twitter @CRYM_Earth.
Food Not Bombs
Food Not Bombs is a collective of people throughout the city that collect, cook and deliver vegan food to the streets, to protests, fundraisers and events. In Narrm/Birraranga people started organising Food Not Bombs in around 1996 and since then it has grown to 3 servings every week as well as special events catering. The regular weekly servings are held on the streets so that anyone who is hungry, homeless or in need of food can eat without restriction. It is important to FNB that everyone who wants to eat with us can, as well as to ensure there is no hierarchy or division between the people who cook and the people who eat.
Currently in Naarm/Birraranga we share food on:
Mondays, 7-9pm: roving along Smith St, Fitzroy & then around CBD streets
Tuesdays, from 7pm: shared meal outside North Richmond Housing Estate, near cnr of Elizabeth & Lennox St, Richmond.
Wednesdays, 7-9pm: shared meal inside at Catalyst Social Centre 146 Sydney Rd Coburg.
Latin America Solidarity Network (LASNET)
In Australia, LASNET aims to raise awareness of the struggles of Latin American people and works to support these initiatives through local and national activism.
We also aim to bring the Latin American example as a way of providing hope to those of us struggling in Australia against greed and increasing authoritarianism. Also, we are totally against capitalism and patriarchalism, we support all collective struggles that promote equality in the diversity of the world we are living, without discrimination and borders.
See some of our past here, social media and our website, or if your interested in getting involved email us lasnet.solidarity(at)gmail.com
LIFT collective is an outdoor health, fitness and training group working towards increasing capacity and skills for community defence.
Incendium Radical Library (IRL)
More information coming soon, see incendiumradicallibrary.com
Naarm Frontline Medics
North and East Syria Solidarity (NESS)
A member-based grassroots organisation which aims to provide support and assistance to North and East Syria (NES), as well as raising awareness and advocating for NES’s needs and interests in Australia. See the NES website for more informtion.
New members welcome, email info(at)nessolidarity.org.au to get in touch.
Building on the work of previous generations of community broadcasters and media-makers, we want to create a new community-controlled platform that amplifies grassroots action.
For more information, check out our website.
Riff Raff Marching Band
Since 2013, the Melbourne chapter of Riff Raff Radical Marching Band has been hitting the streets supporting movements for social and environmental justice, and bringing music and colour to rallies and marches. We are an inclusive community band, inviting people of all musical skill levels and ages to join us to support activist causes that we believe in. We play at protests, parades, campaign launches, fundraisers, and an assortment of other gigs.
We rehearse fortnightly, Monday nights at 6-8 PM at Catalyst Social Centre, 146 Sydney Rd, Coburg. Just pick up an instrument, and come down! If you want to play an instrument, but don’t own one, contact us via Facebook or email, and we’ll arrange a percussion instrument for you and teach you how to use it! Alternatively, you could sing with us (we even have megaphones for that) or form a supporting dance troupe.
For more information, check out our website.
The Cabbage Patch
The Catalyst Cabbage Patch is a shared community garden space open to everyone and anyone to use. ItS aim is to grow delicious, healthy, free food in a way that engages our communities to learn and share skills and resources in the process. We shouldn’t have to put millions into the hands of the big greedy people just to eat healthy food…We are excited to learn together how to resist our reliance on big companies. The gardens design means that gardening can be accessible to all abilities and everything planted is communal.
Please feel welcome to come and check out the patch at the Catalyst social centre and get in touch via Instagram! @catalyst_cabbage_patch
Towards Total Liberation
As a collective, Towards Total Liberation opposes all forms of domination and supports self-determination in all aspects of life for all beings. We recognise that our personal and collective struggles against domination are intrinsically connected, and that we need mutual support to resist and thrive, and to not reinforce patterns of domination between each other. We want to create space for conversation, imagining possibilities and working towards the world we want to see.