Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

Past Actions

1pm 17 April | Protest Manus Shooting – Bring Them Here Now

1pm 17 April | Protest Manus Shooting – Bring Them Here Now 0

When: 1-3pm 17th April

Where: State Library

state library

Close Manus, Close Nauru – Bring Them Here Now

The shooting incident on Good Friday is a shocking reminder of the dangerous situation that exists on Manus Island for around 1000 refugees and asylum seekers that Australia still holds there. At least 100 shots were fired, including into accommodation areas.

The Age newspaper reports: ‘ “They are attacking again.” This is how Benham Satah, a witness to the murder of Reza Barati three years ago described the eruption of violence at the Manus Island detention centre on Friday night.’

Behrouz Boochani reports: “Three refugees and some Australian officers have been injured seriously. A refugee from Sudan has been injured in his head and another Sudanese man injured in his chest. A Pakistani refugee has been injured in his stomach and is urinating blood. Also some Australian officers have been injured seriously and did not come to work today. All of these injuries were caused by stones thrown by local people and not because of gun shots”.

It is not safe to keep refugees on Manus for many more months or years waiting for the uncertain US refugee deal. Even if the US deal goes ahead, hundreds of people are going to be left behind on Manus and Nauru. Malcolm Turnbull cannot pretend the US deal offers any solution for those people illegally held on Manus Island.

PNG has no ability or intention to resettle any refugees or asylum seekers who have been held for almost four years now. Neither PNG or Australia can guarantee the safety of their lives so long as they are kept as political hostages on Manus.

We demand that all the refugees and asylum seekers Australia sent to Manus and Nauru are taken back to Australia.

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Call Chris 0403 013 183 for more info

Facebook event here

3pm 22 April | Eye-witnesses Speak Out: Close the Camps & Bring Them Here

3pm 22 April | Eye-witnesses Speak Out: Close the Camps & Bring Them Here 0

When: 3-5pm Saturday 22nd April

Where: ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

ANMF

Speakers:
Aziz from Manus via skype – Sudanese refugee and activist who is still detained on Manus after almost four years
Lynne Elworthy – mental health nurse fired for speaking out after working for 4 years on Manus Island
S. Nagaveeran also known as Ravi – Tamil refugee and activist who spent over 2 years imprisoned on Nauru, author of ‘From Fell to Hell’

More details about the speakers:
Aziz fled the violence of Darfur in Sudan and sought asylum in Australia but was imprisoned on Manus by the Australian government. He has been found to be a refugee, and the detention centre on Manus declared illegal, but Aziz is still trapped on Manus after almost four years. He is an activist on Manus fighting for the rights of all refugees there. He has recorded a video calling on people in Australia to attend the Palm Sunday rallies:
https://www.facebook.com/palmsundaywalk/videos/1253927048046726/
As the guardian reported “He has emerged as a leader of his community in detention, a magistrate of sorts for the internecine conflicts of the compounds and, armed with good English, a conduit to the outside world.”https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jan/24/meet-the-messenger-of-manus-one-man-trapped-in-australias-offshore-processing-regime

Lynne Elworthy is a whistleblower and mental health nurse who spent 4 years on Manus. She started work three days after Reza Barati was murdered and she knew Hamid Khazaei. She lost her job on Manus after speaking to the New York Times which reported “She has, it seems, been fired for her honesty” and she is defying the Border Force Act to speak out.
You can read more about Lynne here:
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/20/opinion/australias-brave-whistleblower-nurse.html
where she says ‘“It is time to close this chapter. My greatest fear is that these men will end up being far worse off than they even suspect. The U.S. deal sounds like pie in the sky to me.”

S. Nagaveeran, also known as Ravi, fled Sri Lanka due to brutality suffered through the civil war and the ongoing persecution of Tamil people. He arrived in Australia by boat. He was incarcerated in Australia’s immigration detention camp on Nauru for more than 2 years, and then spent a year and a half in detention in Melbourne. Ravi is now living in the community and has published a collection of his poems, entitled ‘From Hell to Hell’. Ravi has travelled across the country to share his experiences, reach out to Australians and show them the reality of what people are facing in Australia’s human dumping grounds. He has co-founded a dinner project called ‘Food for Thought’ and a poetry series called ‘Hidden Voices from Australia’s Human Dumping Grounds’ to help provide platforms for the sharing of stories and experiences, in order to foster greater understanding in the community. His book is available here http://writingthroughfences.org/shop/
Video here http://thequo.com.au/Stories?postId=fdba73eb-8468-46c5-b928-0dca7f8b19ac

Facebook event here

 

Participate in the 1 – 2 April Super Stalls Weekend

Participate in the 1 – 2 April Super Stalls Weekend 0

Participate in the 1 – 2 April Super Stalls Weekend.

Be part of a weekend of stalls all across Melbourne to get the word out about Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees.

Either get together with your friends, family, or organisation and register a stall in a location near you (we can help out with materials and Palm Sunday leaflets).

Or register your interest in participating on a stall near you.

Just fill in this form:

https://rac-vic.typeform.com/to/Wmw1qb

Stalls can be just two people leafleting a busy thoroughfare, or they can be more elaborate with tables, information materials, a-frame.

So far we have stalls for:

Suburb Contact details Where When
Coburg Michael 0481156719 Coburg Mall Sat 1/4/17, 11.00-1.00
Footscray Dean  0422584360  Outside Footscray Train Station Sat 1/4/17, 1.00 to 3.00
Princes Bridge, City Helen 0406728091 Princess Bridge Arts Centre End Sun 2/4/17, 11.00-1.00
La Trobe Uni Bundoora Lyn 0409219373 Kingsbury Drive Community Market, La Trobe University car park. Sun 2/4/17, 11.00-1.00
Brunswick Kieran  0407368793 Sydney Rd Near Savers Sat 1/4/17, 9.00-1.00
Richmond Trevor 0402811487 Cnr Bridge and Church St Sat 1/4/17, 11.00-12.00
Sun 2/4/17, 11.00-12.00
Melbourne Tony 0419882674 Fed Square Sat 1/4/17 9.30 11.00
Belgrave Sophia 0458488253
Margaret 0417031533
Belgrave Train Station Sat 1/4/17, 9.00-10.00
Upper Ferntree Gully Sophia 0458488253
Margaret 0417031533
Upper Ferntree Gully Station Sat 1/4/17, 10.30-11.30
Boronia Sophia 0458488253
Margaret 0417031533
Boronia Station Sat 1/4/17, 12.00-1.00
Ringwood Sophia 0458488253
Margaret 0417031533
Ringwood Station Sat 1/4/17, 1.30-2.30
Blackburn Sophia 0458488253
Margaret 0417031533
Blackburn Station Sat 1/4/17, 3.00-4.00
Box Hill Sophia 0458488253
Margaret 0417031533
Box Hill Station Sat 1/4/17, 4.30-5.30
Northcote Martin 0420380192 Nortchote Plaza, Separation St Entrance Sun 2/4/17, 10.00-11.00

CBD            Babeth           Melbourne Central           Thur

61426602414                                           30/3/17
4.30-6.00

Contact Lucy for more info 0404 728 104