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Let Them Stay! – Don’t Return Refugees & Asylum Seekers to Abuse on Nauru

We have it confirmed the High Court decision regarding offshore detention on Nauru will be this Wed, the Refugee Action Collective Vic PROTEST WILL BE THURSDAY. Which ever way the decision goes, the injunction preventing the return of asylum seekers to Nauru will be lifted (though lawyers will get 72 hrs notice of removals). The protest is at 5.30pm Thursday 4/2/16 in front of the State Library (Cnr Swanston and Lonsdale St). Come along and add your voice to support…

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World Refugee Day – Sunday 21 June @2pm at City Square, Melbourne

On Sunday 21 June in the Melbourne CBD there will be a series of Pop-Up Protests and a Finale program protesting Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.    Join us  to call on our politicians to STOP THE CRUELTY, and to protect, not punish refugees.       The main event is at 2pm in the City Square – the Finale program of speakers, performance and music, includes Corinne Grant, Rod Quantock, L-FRESH, Les Thomas and other musicians.  Bring a placard or banner – Stand Up…

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URGENT ACTION – Desperation on Manus Island – contact your MP

Once more we are hearing reports of self harming and desperation amongst the asylum seekers held in detention on Manus Island in PNG. It is almost 12 months since the violence directed at the detainess by locals and staff, which left Reza Berati dead, and several other men seriously injured.  There are over 1000 men held on Manus Island, who are anxious about their future, fearing for their safety if they are ‘resettled’ in PNG, and fearful of being deported to…

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City Church Bells to Ring out for Walkers on Palm Sunday

Across Australia in cities and regional towns Palm Sunday is being observed by Faith communities, Academics, School students and ordinary Australians who are deeply disturbed by the current treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. In Melbourne  bells from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and St.Michael’s and St.Francis churches will ring out across the city as the WALK FOR JUSTICE FOR REFUGEES begins. The walk is organised by the Refugee Advocacy Network, working with a broad coalition of groups from…

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Release Ranjini – Release Them All

Melbourne, Wednesday 8 May, — Hundreds of Australians will hold rallies across the nation on Friday to demand the release of Ranjini and her three children, as well as the other 55 ASIO rejected refugees trapped in a legal black-hole in Australian detention centres. From Cairns to Perth, people will gather to implore the Immigration Minister, Brendan O’Connor, to invoke the Australian ideal of a “fair go” and use his power to release these people into the community. Simultaneous “Release…

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If you had to choose between feeding your family and paying the rent, what would you do? Sadly, thousands of people seeking asylum in Australia are making this heartbreaking choice because they are unable to find employment, and do not receive any Centrelink payments. Refugee Council of Australia has published research RCOA data summary showing the extent of this crisis, with 70% skipping meals and over half at imminent risk of homelessness, while GPs are treating kids for malnutrition. As our country begins to recover from this crisis, our leaders must ensure there is #NobodyLeftBehind. Call and email senator.ruston@aph.gov.au to ask her to provide basic income support for people seeking asylum. Phone: 1300 857 022. ...
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Joim Ramsiyar and other refugees who will show you the inside of the Park Hotel, where they are imprisoned behind tinted windows, and then discuss what we can do to free them. ...
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