Actions and Rallies:
#Time For A Home #Free the Refugees
(November / December 2020)
A campaign for the release of refugees from detention and for their safe resettlement. Here is a list of actions you can be part of that are coming up soon:
• Melbourne: Every Sunday 3.00pm
Protest at the Mantra Hotel, Preston
Find out more on Facebook Events.
• Melbourne: Saturday 12 December 2.00pm
Melbourne CBD – various locations
#Time for a Home #Free the Refugees street protest.
Organised by the Refugee Advocacy Network
Registration is required for public health reasons: check this form.
Find out more on Facebook events.
• Melbourne: Friday 11 December 3.00pm
Free the Refugees protest action
Outside Josh Frydenberg’s office – 695 Burke Rd Camberwell.
Organised by J4R – Jews for Refugees.
• Melbourne: Thursday 10 December 8.00 – 9.00pm
Mantra Hotel Preston hologram protest
Organised by the Refugee Advocacy Network & the Refugee Action Collective.
Registration required for public health reasons: check this form.
Find out more on Facebook events.
Thursday 10 December is Human Rights Day.
• Bendigo: Thursday 10 December 5.00 – 6.00pm
Bendigo CBD #TimeForAHome Campaign street action
Organised by Amnesty Bendigo Group which will join with members of Rural Australians for Refugees Bendigo, and Grandmothers for Refugees Bendigo
More on Facebook Events.
• Online Thursday 3 December 6-7pm
Launch of the #Time For A Home campaign: online forum
Organised by the Campaign Planning group: RACS, Amnesty, GetUp, ASRC, Qld Community Alliance, RCOA, Human Rights Law Centre, ARAN.
Register on righttrack.org.au
Other Actions and Rallies
• NSW: Wollongong Crown Street Mall (2020)
Indefinite Sleep Out for the release of people in Indefinite detention
Now over 450 nights long thanks to NSW Grandmothers, Doctors4Refugees and other supporters.
Follow the Sleep Out on Facebook
(November 2020 Update)
• Mobile phones for people in detention
Please mail wiped, unlocked, functioning smart phones to
Centre for Asylum seekers, Refugees And Detainees (CARAD) WA.
PO Box 8547 Perth WA 6849.
• Online: Character Test Bill (visa cancellation powers)
The Migration Amendment (Strengthening Character Test) Bill 2019 broadens the grounds on which a person can be found to fail the character test through introducing a category of ‘designated offences’. If passed, it would extend the Minister’s power even further to cancel a person’s visa, leading to deportation, or where that is not possible, to indefinite detention.
Here’s what you can do right now.
• Online: Give Them a Future! A campaign for permanent protection for refugees.
Many Australians are deeply concerned that there are people, about 30,000 in total, who sought safety in Australia between six and eight years ago, whom the federal government has called the ‘legacy caseload’ and imposed exceptional legal restrictions on their eligibility for protection visas. Find out more.
• Refugee Advice and Casework Service Australia fundraiser
Zaki Haidari is taking on the challenge of running 500km by 31 December – that’s 100km for every year of his temporary protection visa. His aim is to raise $5,000 to help RACS (Refugee Advice and Casework Service Australia) provide free legal services to
people seeking asylum.
“When I was 17, I escaped the Taliban and fled Afghanistan. When I finally arrived in Australia, I was exhausted, had no money, didn’t speak much English and had no understanding of the complex legal process of how to ask for protection.
“Thankfully, I found RACS who supported me through the long and difficult process before I was finally granted a five year temporary protection visa. Without the help of my lawyer, Isobel, I don’t know if I would be here now.
Help ensure people seeking asylum have a lawyer by their side.
• Online: #Refugeesrise Emergency Appeal
Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (APNOR) fundraiser on GoFundMe.
• Covid-19 Crisis
As the Covid-19 crisis continues it is affecting refugees & people seeking asylum.
Here’s what you can do to help them.
• Support for all during coronavirus crisis
Add your name and call on the Government to extend income support for all people on temporary visas. Sign the GetUp petition.
• Events Calendar
Rural Australians for Refugees events calendar
Please let us know about your rallies and actions – we will post the times and places here.
Vigils and regular actions
Please note: some regular street actions may have been suspended during the Covid-19 restriction period.
Past actions and events
Meetings, Community Awareness & Education Events
• Online Thursday 26 November 2020
Refugee Legal’s ‘Not The Annual Dinner
We are honoured to have Behrouz Boochani to deliver the keynote address, live from New Zealand, with the MC for the night Tom Ballard.
Bookings at trybooking.com:
• Online: Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 November 2020 AEDT
2020 Kaldor Centre Virtual Conference: New frontiers of refugee law in a closed world. Find out more and register on the Kaldor Centre website.
• Adelaide: Sunday 15 November 2.30 – 4.00 pm AEDT
Adelaide Piano Quarter Concert
Join us at St John’s Church in the city for an afternoon of music.
St John’s Church 379 Halifax Street Adelaide.
Other details and tickets from EventBrite
Justice for Refugees SA.
• Online: Friday 13 November 1.00pm – 2.00pm AEDT
An invitation to a discussion with Nadine Cohen from Hope for Nauru
Friends and family welcome. More details soon.
• Online: Wednesday 4 November 1.00pm – 2.00pm AEDT
Disembarking to danger: Exploring Australia’s airport asylum policies
Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law
Join us for a free online panel discussion about how Australia’s airport asylum policies risk returning refugees to harm. With Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, Senator Kristina Keneally and the Kaldor Centre’s Regina Jefferies. Leading the discussion will be Human Rights Watch researcher Sophie McNeill.
Register on EventBrite.
• Online: Wednesday 28 Oct 2020 12.30pm – 1.30pm AEDT
UnChartered: Health, Housing, Human Rights and COVID-19
From the Human Rights Law Centre: with Annie Butler Federal Secretary, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Kate Colvin Spokesperson, Everybody’s Home Campaign, Hugh de Kretser Executive Director Human Rights Law Centre and moderated by Verity Firth Executive Director UTS Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion.
Register on Zoom.
• Online: Wednesday 28 Oct 2020 10.00am – 1.00pm (AEDT)
The Politicisation of Seeking Asylum
A free webinar with Alison Mountz (Wilfrid Laurier University), Behrouz Boochani (Ngi Tahu Research Centre, Canterbury University/UNSW) and more.
Co-sponsored by Challenging Racism Project and the Diversity and Human Rights Research Centre (Western Sydney University) and Academics for Refugees.
Register on Zoom.
• Online: Monday October 26th 1pm to 2.30pm AEDT
How to navigate the Human Rights complaint environment in Australia with a focus on detained refugees and the stateless.
A Grandmothers NSW Live Online training session with Alison Battisson from Human Rights for All.
Register in advance for this Zoom meeting.
• Australia wide: October 2020
The National Migrant and Refugee Women in Australia Survey
Harmony Alliance and Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre are conducting the Migrant and Refugee Women in Australia survey.
September and November 2020
Cultural Connexions: Esmat Noori talks about his flight from the Taliban and his four year journey via detention in Indonesia to Australia.
May, September and November 2020
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Parke Street Katoomba 2779
There’s more information and booking details at Eventbrite
Hosted by Cultural Connections.
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