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

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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

 

 

 

Upcoming Stalls – volunteers welcome!

Upcoming Stalls – volunteers welcome!

The Refugee Action Collective runs about two stalls every week, where our aim is to engage with the general public around the issues that asylum seekers and refugees face in Australia and its offshore detention centres.

We sell items such as badges and books, have petitions for people to sign, and generally try to engage people in meaningful conversations about these issues.

New people are always very welcome and appreciated at these stalls, and advice and guidance can be provided if you would like to come along and help.

 

If you would like to help out at one of these stalls (or run your own in your suburb!) please contact Peter at 0409 866 414

 

Upcoming stalls:

SAVERS – 330 SYDNEY RD, BRUNSWICK
DAY MONTH DATE TIME
Thursday November 16th 12-1pm
COLES 686-699, GLENFERRIE RD, HAWTHORN
DAY MONTH DATE TIME
Thursday November 23rd 12-1pm

 

STH MELBOURNE MARKET CORNER CECIL AND COVENTRY STREET

DAY MONTH DATE TIME
Saturday November 25th 11:30-12

 

VIC MARKET CORNER THIERRY AND ELIZABETH ST

DAY MONTH DATE TIME
Saturday December 2nd 11-12:30pm

 

NSW Young Labor Left withdraw support from ALP candidates who do not oppose mandatory detention and offshore processing

The Refugee Action Collective is heartened by the important stance of the NSW Young Labor Left to withdraw support for campaigns of ALP parliamentary candidates who do not publically oppose mandatory detention and offshore processing. Their media release is below:

 

Media Release                                                                                    May 26 2014

NSW Young Labor Left

 

On Sunday NSW Young Labor Left held a caucus meeting where it was resolved that the organisation would “collectively and openly withdraws its support” from the campaigns of any Labor parliamentary candidate that does not publicly declare their opposition to the mandatory detention and offshore processing of asylum seekers.

 

For too long the support of the Youth wing of the Labour movement has been seen as unconditional to those that represent us in the Parliamentary caucus. NSW Young Labor Left will not doorknock, letterbox or make calls on behalf of any candidate that does not support an end to the indefinite imprisonment of asylum seekers in detention centres, and encourages rank and file activists from Young Labor all around the country to move similar motions in their respective branches, with a view to putting pressure on the leadership from the ground up.

 

“The motivation behind this motion is making the Senior Party realise that there is significant Rank and File dissent over this issue. Our party currently supports the incarceration of over 1100 children in offshore detention centres.” said mover of the motion and Young Labor Left member Peter Landi. “Processing asylum seekers within the community, rather than in places where they are simultaneously at risk of being assaulted by G4s security guards, subject to dengue fever outbreaks, and in proximity to unexploded mines, should be a policy priority”

 

Australia’s current refugee policies constitute a gross abuse of human rights, and are in violation of International Law. NSW Young Labor Left recognises that the ALP has blood on its hand on this issue, and supports the motion moved by Melissa Parke and seconded by Anna Burke that will be discussed in the Federal Parliamentary Caucus tomorrow that would make the closure of offshore detention centres ALP policy.

 

NSW Young Labor Left recognise that MP’s are bound to vote by the party on the floor of parliament, but from this point on candidates that do not make public their opposition to Australia’s shameful policies will not enjoy the logistical support of the youth movement that they rely on so much for their campaigns.

 

“The ALP, through the adoption of inhumane policy for political expediency, allowed the Liberal Party to push public discourse further to the right and away from Australia’s moral obligations to some of the most desperate and helpless people in the world.” said Pedram Mohseni, Young Labor member.

 

It is time that our party’s leaders started moving this debate forward rather than pandering to misinformed debate, slogans, and xenophobia. When they start leading us forward, we will follow, until then we are on strike.

Media Contact: Peter Landi 0449 022 775

Emergency Protest – Don’t send baby Ferouz and mother Latifa back to Nauru‏

1pm, Sat 30th November – Corner of Bourke & Swanston st


Newborn baby Ferouz and his family face the threat of being returned to Nauru. “When she is in a fit state to return to Nauru then that’s what will occur” said Immigration minister Scott Morrison. 

The Nauru detention center and its extreme heat, is not a fit place for an adult, let alone a new born baby and other children. Latifa said “We don’t think the kids going to survive if they’re returned there, even seven-year-old and four-year-old there we are always crying and they don’t eat the food and they find very difficult”.

Latifa also has diabetes, and is recovering from a Caesarean operation. Early separation from her child has impacted on Ferouz ability to breastfeed and he will rely on sterile bottles in Nauru. The Nauru detention centre does not have adequate conditions for proper sterilisation.

Join this protest to demand all families and children are brought back from the island, as the first step to closing detention on Nauru completely.
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Call Lucy 0404 728 104 or Amanda 0423 013 245 for more info