Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

Upcoming Events

REFUGEE ACTION COLLECTIVE STRATEGY DAY:

SATURDAY 13 JANUARY
11AM – 1PM
535 ELIZABETH STREET, MELBOURNE

Join Refugee Action Collective to discuss the strategies we need to win an end to Australia’s refugee brutality.
The Manus catastrophe has brought into focus Australian refugee brutality, and tens of thousands of people across Australia have protested. Unions, community groups, prominent individuals, Greens and ALP members have been calling on the government to “Bring Them Here”. Dutton presents as relentlessly and remorselessly cruel, but domestic and international pressure against him is mounting. The polls show that there is a decent chance Labor will win in 2018, this makes the task of breaking Labor refugee policy an urgent one.
If you are interested in getting involved in Refugee Action Collective in 2018, come along.
For more info, contact Lucy 0404728104

https://www.facebook.com/events/522860088093066/

NO PRIDE IN DETENTION FLOAT AT MIDSUMMA PRIDE MARCH

SUNDAY JANUARY 28
2PM – 5PM
FITZROY STREET, ST KILDA
The recent siege on the Manus Island detention centre has exposed yet again the cruelty and callousness of Australia’s refugee policy. For 23 days the refugees and asylum seekers imprisoned on Manus Island peacefully resisted the government’s efforts to move them to new prisons, that were incomplete and inadequate. Eventually the government broke the siege, beating the men with metal poles and forcing them onto buses.

The siege may have ended but the humanitarian crisis on Manus Island and Nauru has not. The new facilities on Manus have no reliable power or electricity. The men do not have decent access to medical and psychiatric help. There is still no safety, security, permanent resettlement or freedom.

Malcolm Turnbull has made much of his support for marriage equality but many of the refugees held on Manus and Nauru are LGBTIQ. There are approximately 30-40 gay men on Manus. Having fled persecution in their home countries they now find themselves languishing in horrific conditions at the hands of Turnbull and Peter Dutton. Under the PNG criminal code, gay sex is illegal on Manus Island punishable by up to 14 years jail; gay refugees live in constant fear of persecution.

Despite the hardship they face, many of the refugees on Manus Island have been vocal about their support for marriage equality in Australia. Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist and political refugee tweeted at the beginning of the postal survey ‘from Manus prison camp, I vote yes’.

The No Pride in Detention contingent at the Pride March is an opportunity for the LGBTIQ community to show solidarity with the refugees and asylum seekers in offshore detention. We will be demanding that Malcolm Turnbull close the camps on Manus and Nauru and bring the refugees here to safety. We call on Bill Shorten to end the bipartisan support for offshore detention. This year, Shorten has been vocal in his support for marriage equality, now its time to say yes to refugees’.

Contact Geraldine for more info 0458 039 596

 

 

 

6:30pm 6th Nov | RAC Meeting – next steps for Manus solidarity

6:30pm 6th Nov | RAC Meeting – next steps for Manus solidarity

When: 6:30-8pm 6th November

Where: RMIT building 80, level 3, Room 22 (NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE)
Building 80 is new building on Swanston St opposite main campus

We will be discussing next steps in the campaign in solidarity with Manus refugees.

Call Chris Breen 0403 013 183 for info
(or if you have any trouble finding the room)

NEW INITIATIVE: Letter to Senators

A new initiative that RAC is organising is mass letter writing to the Victorian Labor Senators. This targeted approach pressures parliamentarians to change policy, as this directly threatens their chance of re-election.

Feel free to download the pro forma letter and fill in your details and the senator’s details, and then mail to them. Of course, these letters can be sent to any Labor MP or Senator.

RAC letter to senators

Victorian ALP Senators

  • Senator Kimberley Kitching, P O Box 3162, Newport West  3015
  • Senator Jacinta Collins, Ground Flr, 1013 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill 3128
  • Senator Kim Carr, 62 Lygon St, Carlton  3053
  • Senator Gavin Marshall, 376 Victoria St, North Melbourne  3051

‘You are worse than I am’: Trump told Turnbull he admired offshore detention

 

‘YOU ARE WORSE THAN I AM’: TRUMP TOLD TURNBULL HE ADMIRED OFFSHORE DETENTION

The article attached was published in The Guardian Australia. More reason why we need to be outraged and stand up against the government’s cruel, illegal and costly policies.

A brief recap: the Washington Post published the transcript from the January phone-call between Trump and Turnbull, where the former later went on Twitter and called the US deal a “dumb” deal. Turns out calling the deal “dumb” and “stupid” was the least of our worries…

 

PARTICULARLY NOTABLE QUOTES:

– Turnbull explained, repeatedly, that the US was only obligated to look at taking 1,250-2,000 “basically economic refugees from Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan”

– “Why haven’t you let them out?” Trump asked. “Why have you not let them into your society?”

“OK,” said Turnbull, “I will explain why. It is not because they are bad people. It is because in order to stop people smugglers, we had to deprive them of the product. So we said if you try to come to Australia by boat, even if we think you are the best person in the world, even if you are a Noble [sic] Prize-winning genius, we will not let you in. Because the problem with the people –”

Trump interjected, to say: “That is a good idea. We should do that too. You are worse than I am.”

JOIN US ON FRIDAY 4 AUGUST, 5:30 AT THE STATE LIBRARY TO STAND UP FOR REFUGEE RIGHTS IN AUSTRALIA

 

Guardian Article: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/03/donald-trump-malcolm-turnbull-refugees-australia-phone-call

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