7 Years Too Long 2020

Actions and Events  July 2020

• Online Rally: 7 years too long – Free the Refugees
Sunday 19 July 2.00pm (AEST)

Join us at this Online Rally to show your support for the detained refugees and to hear their stories first hand.
Register on Zoom now.
Speakers include:
Mostafa (Moz) Azimitabar, a refugee detained in the Mantra hotel in Melbourne,
Shamindan Kanapathi, a refugee detained in PNG, and
Taqi Azra, a National Union of Workers (NUW) organiser and Hazara refugee.

• Australia-wide: Sunday 19 July 7.00pm – 8.00pm (AEST)
Vigil by Candlelight
for refugees held hostage.
Online event: there’s more detail on Sara & Moz’ Facebook page and background in the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS) newsletter.

7ytl-melb-home-vigilsSunday 7.00pm Melbourne (Grandmothers For Refugees)

• Sunday 19 July:  7 Years Far Too Long!
People across Australia will rally to support people seeking asylum and to demand freedom for hundreds of people still in immigration detention.

Join us in marking 7 deplorable years (#YearsTooLong) since the Rudd Government formally returned to ‘offshore processing’ for asylum seekers who came to Australia by boat.

Over a thousand people enter their 8th year of detention as most of us emerge from a few months in lock down. Their lives continue to be a political game. Find a location near you below and see further background information and suggested email and lobbying actions.

ACT:
– Canberra Sunday 19 July 1.00pm
Rally at the intersection of London Circuit & Northbourne Avenue.
Organised by Canberra Refugee Action Campaign
More on Facebook Events: check closer to the date.

New South Wales:
– Bellingen Saturday 18 July  9.30 – 11.00 am
On Waterfall way, near the Yellow Shed, opposite the entrance to the golf club.

Eurobodalla NSW South Coast

– Sydney Sunday 19 July 1.00pm
We will gather at multiple locations in the CBD (in groups of 20) including the following:
– Chinatown (Cnr Dixon and Goulburn Sts)
– Pitt St mall (Cnr Pitt St and Market Sts)
– Sydney Town Hall
– Corner Martin Place and George St
Organised by Refugee Action Coalition Sydney
More on Facebook Events: check closer to the date.

– Taree Friday 17 July 12.30pm – cancelled
Manning Street, outside the former newsagent (now Uniting Care NDIS)
Check Manning Rural Australians for Refugees Facebook page for updates.

– Newcastle Sunday 19 July 3.00pm
Wheeler Place.
Organised by Hunter Asylum Seeker Advocacy
More on Facebook Events: check closer to the date.
Plus: Thursday 16 July 5.00pm:
The Newcastle Grandmothers weekly vigil City Hall.

Queensland:
– Brisbane Sunday 19 July Midday – 3.00pm
721 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Organised by Refugee Action Collective Qld
More on Facebook Events.

Brisbane Sunday 19 July 7.00pm – 8.00pm
721 Main St, Kangaroo Point
Candlelight for refugees held hostage
Organised by Refugee Action Collective Qld
More on Facebook Events.

– Cairns Sunday 19 July 4.00 – 5.00pm
Western Events Lawn (Cairns Esplanade near Aplin Street)
Organised by Cairns For Refugees
More on Facebook Events: check closer to the date.

South Australia:
– Adelaide Sunday 19 July Midday
Parliament House steps

Organised by Adelaide vigil for Manus and Nauru & Adelaide Campaign Against Racism and Fascism.
More on Facebook Events.

Tasmania:
– Hobart Friday 17 July Midday
Outisde Senator Jonathon Duniam’s office 85 Macquarie Street
Organised by the Tas Refugee Rights Group and the Tassie Nannas.
Find out more on Facebook Events.

As it happened:

– Cygnet: Friday 17 July 2pm
Gather in Loongana park.

Victoria:
– Melbourne:  7 Years Too Long – Free the Refugees Rally
Sunday 19 July: all day with a forum at 2.00pm
2.00pm State Library Victoria Melbourne: due to Covid it’s now online
Find out more on the RAC(Vic) website.
Refugee Action Collective (Victoria)

– Bendigo – #7YearsTooLong
Friday 17 July 4.00 – 5.00pm
Corner View st and Pall Mall, Bendigo
A street display of banners:  but no rally due to COVID-19 concerns.
Please drive pass and toot your support

– Wantirna South (Melbourne) Friday 17 July 3.00 – 4.00pm
Outside Alan Tudge’s (Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure) electoral office 420 Burwood Highway Wantirna South.
Grandmothers For Refugees.
Check the website for updates given Covid-19 restrictions.

– North East Victoria and border area
Sunday 19 July 11.00am – Midday
In Alexandra, Mansfield, Euroa, Benalla, Wangaratta, Yakandandah, Beechworth and Albury/Wodonga. In most cases people with hold their vigil adjacent to churches with bells and have a maximum of 10 participants who will stand 1.5 metres apart.

– Hamilton Friday 17 July 11.00am – 12 noon
At Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan’s electoral office
190 Gray St Hamilton.

– Warrnambool Friday 17 July
Bell Ringing for Refugees Warrnambool.

As it happened:

17 July 2020 Warrnambool vic- #7YearsTooLong Bell Ringing
View other images from the bell ringing on the Warrnambool Rural Australians for Refugees Facebook Gallery.

•  In Regional and Rural Australia: go to the Rural Australians For Refugees (RAR) #7YearsTooLong website page for details about 17 – 19 July actions around Australia.

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.

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