Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

2017

DATE LOCATION EVENT TITLE SPEAKERS
Tuesday January 3rd, 6pm Princes Bridge, Swanston St Vigil for Faysal Ahmed Pamela Curr (Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project)

Arnold Zable (human rights advocate

Thursday February 9th, 4:30pm-6pm Department of Immigration and Citizenship Don’t Silence Refugees; Oppose the mobile phone ban Pamela Curr

Aran Mylvaganam (Tamil Refugee Council and FSU Organiser)

Abdul-Hadi Matar (Sudanese community leader from Dafur)

Saturday February 18th, 2pm-4pm State Library Rally: No to Trump, No to Turnbull – Let the Refugees In! Adam Bandt (Greens MP)

Corine Grant (Comedian, Media & Arts Entertainment Alliance)

Abdul-Hadi Matar

Miream Salameh (Syrian refugee and artist)

Monday February 27th, 6:30pm-8:30pm Multicultural Hub (506 Elizabeth Street) Bring Them Here – Why the “US Refugee Deal” is No Solution Graham Thom (Refugee Coordinator, Amnesty International)

Chris Breen (RAC)

Tuesday-Wednesday March 21st-22nd, 6:30pm-9am Broadmeadows Detention Centre (150 Camp Road Broadmeadows) Emergency Protest – Don’t Deport Saeed to Danger Pamela Curr

Aran Mylvaganam

Heba Bendak (refugee advocate)

Saturday-Sunday April 1st-2nd, all day Coburg Mall

Footscray Train Station

Princess Bridge Arts Centre

Kingsbury Drive Community Market

Sydney Road Savers

Corner Bridge and Church St, Richmond

Super Stalls Weekend
Monday April 17th, 1pm-3pm State Library Protest Manus Shooting – Bring Them Here Aran Mylvaganam

Abdul-Hadi Matar

Saturday April 22nd, 3pm-5pm ANMF Vic Branch, 540 Elizabeth Street Nurse & Refugees Speak Out: Close the Camps & Bring Them Here Lynne Elworthy (mental health nurse who worked on Manus for four years; defied gag clause and lost her job)

Aziz (from Manus via Skype; Sudanese refugee and activist)

S Nagaveeran (also known as Ravi; Tamil refugee and activist who spent over 2 years on Nauru)

Tuesday June 20th, 6pm-7:30 State Library Tonight! World Refugee Day Rally – Bring Them Here, Sack Dutton! Aziz

Akram Abo Hamdan (Syrian Refugee and Activist)

Katie Shafar (Nurse who worked on Nauru)

Thursday July 6th, 4:30pm-7:30pm Bourke St Mall Speak Out: No to forced relocations on Manus – Bring Them Here!
Monday July 24th, 6:30-8:30pm Trades Hall How Can We Break the Bipartisan Support for Offshore Processing? Ged Kearney (President ACTU)

Michele O’Neil (State Secretary TCFUA and Labor 4 Refugees)

Aran Mylvaganam

Lucy Honan (RAC and Teachers 4 Refugees)

Friday August 4th, 5:30-8pm State Library Manus is not safe: #BringThemHere now: Urgent sit-in action Voice recordings from Abdul Aziz and Amir Taghinia (refugees on Manus)

Aran Mylvaganam

Thursday August 10th, 6pm-7pm Federation Square Vigil for Hamed – Stop the Deaths, Bring Them Here Pamela Curr

Naz (Iranian refugee)

Voice recording from Manus refugee

Saturday September 2nd, 12pm-3pm Parliament House Let Them Stay – Make Them Welcome – Bring Them Here Aran Mylvaganam

Andrew Giles (ALP MP)

Dr Helen Driscoll (trauma psychiatrist)

Father Bob Maguire (priest and community worker)

Shawfikul Islam (Rohingyan refugee)

Saturday-Sunday September 23rd-24th, all day Northcote Plaza

Queen Victoria Market

Footscray Station

Sydney Road, near Savers

Corner Bridge and Church St, Richmond

Super Stalls Weekend!
Friday October 6th, 7pm-8:30pm Bourke St Mall, corner Swanston and Bourke St Speak Out: No More Manus Deaths – Vigil for Rajeev Aran Mylvaganam
Sunday October 8th, 2pm-4pm State Library Rally for Refugees – Bring Them Here! End Offshore Processing Richard di Natale (Leader of Australian Greens)

Taqi Azra (Hazara refugee and NUW organiser)

Yasmin and Shawfikul (Australian Burmese Rohingyan Organisation)

Craig McGregor (Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association)

David Johns (Ex Manus teacher)

Max Costello (Member of Labor 4 Refugees and Workplace Health and Safety Lawyer)

Wednesday October 11th, 9am-10am Broadmeadows Magistrates Court Helping Refugees is not a crime!
Monday October 23rd, 6:30-9:30pm 535 Elizabeth Street Eyewitness Report of Offshore Detention and Introduction to RAC Mohammad Salamat (refugee detained on Nauru)

Keiran Magee (RAC)

Thursday October 26th, 5:30pm-6:30pm Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street Protest Rudd – His Legacy is Manus and Nauru
Friday October 27th, 4:30-6:30pm Department of Immigration and Border Protection Urgent Action: Stop Threats to Manus Refugees Natasha Blucher (ASRC)

Mohammad Salamat

Saturday November 4th, 2pm-5pm State Library Rally + Occupy for Manus: End the Siege, Bring Them Here Recorded message from Behrouz Boochani on Manus

Adam Bandt

Aran Mylvaganam

Music from Kathryn Clements as people arrive

Monday November 6th, 6:30pm-8pm RMIT University RAC Meeting – Next Steps for Manus Solidarity
Friday November 10th, from 5:30pm State Library Rally for Manus: End the Siege – Bring Them Here Aziz and Walid from Manus

Aran Mylvaganam

Friday November 17th, 5:30pm-8:30pm State Library Friday Rally for Manus: End the Siege – Bring Them Here Aziz live from Manus

Hoda Kazemi (Iranian refugee)

Sandra Bartlett (ex-case worker on Nauru, now with ASRC)

Laura McLean (Indigenous FSU delegate at National Australia Bank)

Thursday November 23rd, 5:30pm-8:30pm State Library Emergency Speak Out: Manus men under attack Pamela Curr

Samatha Ratnam (Parliamentary Leader of the Victorian Greens)

Aran Mylvaganam

Matt Kunkel (Victorian Trades Hall Council projects officer)

Zellanach (Indigenous Speaker and Human Rights Defender)

Friday November 24th, 5:30pm-8:30pm State Library Emergency Rally for Manus: Stop the Attacks, Bring Them Here Aziz and Walid Zazai (live from Manus)

Adnan Abdulkarim (Ahwaz refugee from Iran who was detained on Christmas Island)

Darren Turner (Zellanach)

David Johns (ex-Manus teacher)

Friday December 8, 5:30pm-8:30pm State Library Evacuate Manus and Nauru: Paint the Town Refugee
Sunday December 10, 2pm-4pm State Library Human Rights Day Rally: Bring the Refugees Here Imran Mohammad Fazal Hoque, Abdul Aziz Adam and Walid Zazai (live from Manus)

Andrew Giles

Mohammad Mohideen (President Islamic Council of Victoria)

Shawfikul Islam (Australia Burmese Rohingya Association)

Music from Les Thomsa

Sunday December 10, 4pm-onwards Bourke and Elizabeth street intersection (after the initial rally) MOVEment for Human Rights (Blockade)
Monday December 11, 6:30pm-8pm ANMF House No Pride in Detention at Pride March: Open Organising Meeting
Tuesday December 12, 6:30-9:30 ACMI, Federation Square Manus Doco, followed by Q&A (Co-hosted by ACMI)

RAC introduces Chauka

Followed by a Q&A with Behrouz Boochani (circumstances permitting)