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

 

 

 

Take Action for Refugee Rights – JOIN THE PROTEST Converge on Canberra

Take Action for Refugee Rights – JOIN THE PROTEST Converge on Canberra

Confirmed! Monday 18 November, 11am

book tickets here
http://www.trybooking.com/64849

The bus will leave Melbourne at 10pm Sunday 17 November and return to Melbourne by 11.30pm on Monday 18 November. Tix $60 conc. $100 full fare $120 solidarity

 

The Coalition government have made asylum seekers and refugees their first target. During their first sitting of parliament, refugee supporters from around Australia will converge outside to show them it won’t be tolerated. Be one of them!Give Abbott the welcome he deserves during the opening session of parliament!• Permanent not temporary protection visas
• Close all offshore and onshore detention centres
• Don’t cut the refugee quota
• A fair legal process for all refugee claims
• Right to work for asylum seekers
• Resettle refugees from our region
• No deportations of asylum seekers
TRAVEL INDEPENDENTLY, OR GET A TICKET ON THE BUS
LET US KNOW YOU ARE PLANNING TO BE THERE!
Email trconcepts@netspace.net.au Phone 0409 252 673 for more info More
Unionist and Refugee Activist Strategy Meeting – Sat Nov 9, 1pm @ ANMF House

Unionist and Refugee Activist Strategy Meeting – Sat Nov 9, 1pm @ ANMF House

Sat Nov 9 1pm @ ANMF House 540 Elisabeth St City

Beat Back Abbott’s attacks!

The Refugee Action Collective (VIC) invites you to a:
Unionist and Refugee Activist Strategy Meeting

In the aftermath of the election of the Coalition government, the Refugee Action Collective is calling a strategy meeting of unionists and refugee activists.

The Coalition has put attacks on refugees at the front and centre of its policies – and is proposing to introduce a raft of draconian anti-refugee policies, in part as a diversion from the rest of its unpopular, and anti-union agenda.

The aim of the meeting is to have an initial discussion about how to build more effective networks between unionists and refugee activists, in order to build greater support for the refugee campaign.

Various unions and the ACTU already have come out in support of refugees. The challenge is to more actively mobilise union members within the refugee movement.
SPEAKERS:
– Kevin Bracken, MUA Victorian Branch Secretary
– Jeannie Rea, NTEU National President
Discussion on:
– Campaign priorities and strategies
– Building union rank and file networks of refugee supporters

https://www.facebook.com/events/524341950981367/

For more info call:
Chris 0403 013 183 or
Jess 0424 421 329

Stop Abbott, not the boats – Rally to Let the Refugees In! 1pm Sat Sept 21 State Library

Stop Abbott, not the boats – Rally to Let the Refugees In! 1pm Sat Sept 21 State Library

RAC Rally 21 Sept – Flyer – version 11 Sept(3)

Stop Abbott – not the boats

RALLY TO LET THE REFUGEES IN!
Seeking asylum is a human right

SAT 21ST SEPTEMBER – 1PM, STATE LIBRARY

• Stop the PNG Deal – no offshore processing
• Permanent residency not TPV’s
• Welcome refugees – Don’t turn back boats
• End mandatory detention – Stop deportations

endorsed by

• Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
• Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project
• Ballarat ARA Circle of Friends
• Crossing Borders
• Textile Clothing And Footwear Union of Australia
• Kommonground
• Humanitarian Crisis Hub

 

For more information contact Chris 0403 013 183 or Liz 0405 736 265