Mar
23
2:00 PM14:00

Meet Central Coast Grandmothers, Erina, venue tba

Saturday 23rd March 2pm. Erina, Central Coast . Are you interested in meeting up with other Grandmothers on the Central Coast?  The aim would be  to discuss what could be done  between now and the election. You may you have some good ideas to contribute or would  just like to meet up with like-minded people.  For more information contact grandmothersrefsyd@gmail.com

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Mar
27
6:45 PM18:45

Journey Beyond Fear: Dendy Cinema Newtown

Meet the filmmaker! The heartbreaking documentary JOURNEY BEYOND FEAR will screen for one night. Hosted by the Refugee Council of Australia including Q&A with Writer/Director - Robyn Hughan, Producer - Steve Warne, Paul Powers - CEO of Refugee Council of Australia & Live Performance by Singer/Songwriter Alyce Platt. Book Now:https://bit.ly/2W2anFD


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Mar
15
12:00 PM12:00

School Strike for Climate - The Grandmothers support the grandchildren.

Many of our members have expressed an interest in attending the Student's Climate strike action this Friday March 15th. It is well documented that refugees will increase as the climate worsens. Not a direct link to our group but an issue of extreme concern. If any members would like to attend and show solidarity for the students then please do. We will not be wearing our Gadrc purple t shirts but badges are fine. If you want to  meet up, we'll be at the Queen Victoria Statue at 11.45. for a 12pm start in Town hall Square.

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Feb
28
10:00 AM10:00

Grandmothers Warringah Vigil - Meet at Manly Wharf.

10.00am for 10.30am start. (Note new starting time). Manly Wharf, Manly. The protest vigil will proceed at 10.30am along the Corso to the office of the local member, Tony Abbott, 17 Sydney Rd Manly. Contact: Martine  martinevalentine@yahoo.com.au Wear your t shirts, we'll have banners there. Be creative with handwritten placards, check out our goals at the top for ideas.

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Feb
21
5:00 PM17:00

Gadrc Newcastle Protest Vigil - opposite Town Hall

Newcastle Civic Park, King St., opposite Newcastle Town Hall……The Newcastle Grandmothers Against Detention have been holding vigils weekly since February 2016, to protest against the detention of people, particularly children, who have committed no crime and are subjected to torture in faraway offshore detention camps, in impoverished countries who have become dependent on the income they get from detaining those refugees. This is contrary to all of the conventions Australia has signed, to Australian values and to human decency. We urge the government to put an end to the misery and to resettle refugees either in Australia or in countries that will give them safety, healing and a chance to start a new life. We won't rest until the last refugee is removed from Nauru and Manus and resettled in safety.


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Feb
21
10:30 AM10:30

GADRC General Business Mtg. with Guest Speakers, Level 2, 321 Pitt St Sydney (Note new Venue)

Finance Sector Union, Level 2 321 Pitt St Sydney. (across the road from the Uniting church). Our guest speaker will be Alanna Maycock. Alanna will talk about her experiences in working with refugees, in particular those she sees at the Westmead clinic. Unfortunately David Isaacs is unable to make the meeting as originally planned.

Alanna is first and foremost a mum of two young boys that adore soccer just as much as she does. Alanna is a passionate Tottenham Hotspurs fan that will be on the first flight back to the UK if Tottenham win the premier league.
Alanna is a Clinical Nurse Consultant working in refugee health at the Children’s Hospital Westmead. Alanna has been working with refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and the UK for over twelve years. She currently manages the Health Assessment for Refugee Kids Clinic (HARK) that screens, supports and meets the needs of children from refugee backgrounds. In December 2014 Alanna was asked by IHMS to go to Nauru and assess some of the children and examine the health care service provision in the Regional Processing Centre on the Island. Alanna presents nationally and internationally on the health issues caused to children and their families by mandatory detention.

Join us for lunch after Thursday's  meeting at: Cafe  Alliance Francaise de Sydney 257 Clarence St Sydney.

Change of venue.  Please note that unless advised otherwise, all GADRC general business meetings will be held in the National Office of the Finance Sector Union. Level 2, 315 Pitt St Sydney. This is across the road from Pitt St Uniting Church and the venue where our Christmas lunch was held. This will be a very important meeting so please attend if possible. At this meeting we will plan our strategy leading up to the election. If you are unable to attend, but have suggestions please let us know.
grandmothersrefsyd@gmail.com

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Feb
14
5:00 PM17:00

Gadrc Newcastle Weekly Protest Vigil, opposite Town Hall

Newcastle Civic Park, King St., opposite Newcastle Town Hall……The Newcastle Grandmothers Against Detention have been holding vigils weekly since February 2016, to protest against the detention of people, particularly children, who have committed no crime and are subjected to torture in faraway offshore detention camps, in impoverished countries who have become dependent on the income they get from detaining those refugees. This is contrary to all of the conventions Australia has signed, to Australian values and to human decency. We urge the government to put an end to the misery and to resettle refugees either in Australia or in countries that will give them safety, healing and a chance to start a new life. We won't rest until the last refugee is removed from Nauru and Manus and resettled in safety.


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Feb
13
6:00 PM18:00

Kaldor Centre, CBD Sydney, Emergency resettlement: From one Saudi teen to millions of Syrian refugees

…But how, why and when do governments decide to offer resettlement – and to whom?

Join the expert panel discussion to find out more.

  • Sophie McNeill, the ABC journalist who interviewed Rahaf al Qunun in her hotel room and just days after her arrival in Canada

  • Khanh Hoang, a UNHCR Senior Protection Assistant with unique insights into how resettlement options work

  • Dr Claire Higgins, a Senior Research Associate at the Kaldor Centre, with expertise on Australia’s special humanitarian intake process

https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/event/emergency-resettlement-one-saudi-teen-millions-syrian-refugees

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Feb
7
5:00 PM17:00

Gadrc Newcastle Weekly Protest Vigil, opposite Newcastle Town Hall

Newcastle Civic Park, King St., opposite Newcastle Town Hall……The Newcastle Grandmothers Against Detention have been holding vigils weekly since February 2016, to protest against the detention of people, particularly children, who have committed no crime and are subjected to torture in faraway offshore detention camps, in impoverished countries who have become dependent on the income they get from detaining those refugees. This is contrary to all of the conventions Australia has signed, to Australian values and to human decency. We urge the government to put an end to the misery and to resettle refugees either in Australia or in countries that will give them safety, healing and a chance to start a new life. We won't rest until the last refugee is removed from Nauru and Manus and resettled in safety.


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Jan
26
10:00 AM10:00

Standing Together Outside Villawood Detention Centre

Join Daniella and Riverbank Frank at the Australia Day Protest outside Villawood Detention Centre, Birmingham Ave. Recently the government made an announcement about the pending closure of Villawood. It was political grandstanding, smoke and mirrors stuff, something akin to moving deckchairs on the Titanic on the part of a heartless government. Its meant to give the impression that this ‘stop the boats’ government has the refugee issue under control. Nothing could be further from the truth.Recently, Canada beat Australia to the punch, in acting with humanity towards an asylum seeking refugee, while Australian govt officials procrastinated. Don't miss your chance to stand for the stateless. To check details contact Daniella: daniellehabib5@hotmail.com

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Jan
20
11:30 AM11:30

#WomensWave, Hyde Park South

Women's March Sunday January 20th. 11.30am start Hyde Park South. This is the Anzac Memorial end, near the pool. The Rally will start at 11.30am and finish at 12.15pm. The march will then start at 12.15pm.and  will  proceed  to Belmore Park. The distance is 800 metres. At Belmore Park the fair & performances will start. We will have a joint stall with Mums4Refugees. Finish time at Belmore Park 3pm. GADRC NSW is a partner in the Women's March. Wear your GADRC t shirt, make and bring your own placards. This is a great opportunity for us to talk to other women about refugee issues, so please come! For more information click here: http://womensmarchsydney.com/womenswave/  

GADRC Coordinator; Gaby: grandmothersrefsyd@gmail.com 

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Dec
13
6:15 PM18:15

Newcastle Gadrc Dinner / Meeting Chinois Restaurant King St

We thought that we would have a last meeting / dinner for the year, straight after next vigil (6:15pm), as usually at the Chinois restaurant in King Street (walking distance from the vigil).


So many things have happened in Parliament and on Manus and Nauru over the last little while, it will be good to regroup, count our blessings (and our setbacks) and give ourselves hope and courage for next year!


Could you please make sure you RSVP to gadrcnewcastlemakemac@gmail.com to indicate whether you will be present, so we know for how many people we need to book. It would be nice to see as many of you as possible, including people from the Toronto group, including those who can't make it to our vigils. 


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Dec
13
11:00 AM11:00

Thursday Sydney City (click for venue details) end of year get together & pot luck lunch for the Grandmothers.

End of year get-together and pot-luck lunch (bring a plate of food to share / Mufti - no need to wear Gadrc Purple T-Shirt).

Venue:The Finance Sector Union Building Level 2, 321 Pitt St. Opposite Uniting Church. See sign for our Meeting Room .A time to meet up and have a chat, review the past year & not worry too much about next year. We will ask everyone to bring a plate of food to share, pot luck so definitely no planning in the food department. Note: This meeting should fall on December 20th,  don't turn up then, unless you want the place to yourself.

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Dec
3
10:00 AM10:00

Outside MPs Offices Redfern, NorthSydney & others

On Monday 3rd December, Independent MP for Wentworth Dr Kerryn Phelps will introduce a bill into Federal Parliament that will get #KidsOffNauru and give the power for two independent doctors to order the transfer of sick patients from Nauru and Manus Island to Australia for urgent medical treatment.  

Action Groups across the country are making their presence known at MP's offices. GetUp  will be meeting at MP's offices on Monday 3rd December from 10am until 10.45. Grandmothers will be joining with GetUp at the NSW MP's offices listed below, to let them know that we  #BacktheBill!  If you wish to protest in your electorate (and it's not listed below) please do so.  So far it looks like Grandmothers will be at Redfern & North Sydney, but I expect there will be Grandmothers at other offices as well. Check with the GetUp website before you go to a protest for any changes.  https://www.getup.org.au
David Coleman
22 Revesby Place
Revesby

Kevin Hogan
63 Molesworth St
Lismore

Tanya Plibersek
267 Cleveland St
Redfern

Trent Zimmerman
level 10/2 Elizabeth Plaza
North Sydney

Join us with placards, banners & t shirts and have your voice heard!   Politicians will not be in their electorate offices, but they will get the message that there are protests at their offices. 

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Nov
27
10:30 AM10:30

Parliament House Canberra Rally - KidsOffNauru

Over 165,000 everyday Australians have joined the call to get #KidsOffNauru. You can join us at www.kidsoffnauru.com or infront of Parliament House in Canberra to present our petition and let politicians know we must get all the #kidsoffnauru now! Hear from refugees, campaigners and pollies. Times TBC. Wear Blue and BYO placards.
Interested in jumping on a free bus with campaigners and other passionate advocates from Melbourne and Sydney? Register your interest here:
MELBOURNE (Departing 26/11)
https://action.asrc.org.au/canberra_rally_melbourne_group
SYDNEY (Departing 27/11)
https://action.asrc.org.au/kidsoffnauru_canberra_rally_sydney_group

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Nov
20
5:00 PM17:00

First The Kids Off, Now Everyone Off. Evacuate Manus & Nauru. Customs House Square, Circular Quay

First The Kids Off, Now Everyone Off. Evacuate Manus & Nauru. 5pm. - 6.30pm Customs House Square, Circular Quay Sydney. Rally hosted by Refugee Action Coalition.

If you plan on coming to the GADRC Protest Vigil in Martin Place at lunchtime, you might like to stay in town for the RAC Rally at Circular Quay. Join other grandmothers between events in the cafe in front of Customs House.
 

The #kidsoffnauru theme for Universal Children's day is Blue for Nauru.Wear your purple t shirts on the 20th (and any other day you like) but add a touch of blue if you like. Blue hat? shoes, socks, a flower?

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Nov
20
1:30 PM13:30

Grandmothers walk from Martin Place down Pitt St to Circular Quay

Following the 12.30 - 1.30 Martin Place Protest Vigil ( between Pitt & Castlereagh Streets)., those who can will walk with banners down Pitt St to Circular Quay.

Today is Universal Children's Day and the day GADRC and many other groups has been campaigning to get all children off Nauru. Revised figures today for the number of children still on Nauru is 17
This is a last minute call-out to Grandmothers to attend one of today's protests. The 17 children still on Nauru need us to stand up for them, and not just to get them off Nauru, but to ensure that they and all of the refugee children and their families in Australia have a future, that they have a country to call home. The campaign is not even nearly over. Wear your purple t shirt, add something blue if you wish for the 'Blue for Nauru' theme. Not compulsory but I hear a couple of grandmothers will be wearing blue wigs, quicker than doing the blue rinse thing.

Then we'll walk, with banners down Pitt St to Circular Quay.

When we get to Circular Quay we'll visit one of the coffee shops near Customs House. Some of you  might also like to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art at the Quay and see Hoda Afshar's photographic exhibition 'Lens on Manus'.

At 5pm we will join the Teachers for Refugees Rally 'Kids Off, Now Everyone Off' in front of Customs House.
Some Grandmothers and friends will then wait at Customs House at Circular Quay for the 5pm Refugee Action Coalition Rally.

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Nov
20
12:30 PM12:30

Universal Children's Day Protest...let's make it...A Sea of Purple & Blue, members! Martin Place (btwn Martin Place & Castlereagh St)

To keep the urgency of decent finality, for all #kids off Nauru, in the public eye.

Who?

GADRC members & friends (old and new); a culmination of activist participation for 2018!

Where?    Centre of Martin Place, between Pitt & Castlereagh

And..          At 1.30 walk with banners to Circular Quay (for those that are able)

Wear?       Purple t shirt or badge or preferably both. If no t-shirt available, be    creative with a purple scarf etc.  Add a touch of Blue for Blue for Nauru.

Wish?       To make the biggest impact, on the general public, for demanding government action , that we grandmothers, can!

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Nov
18
4:00 PM16:00

Avoca Beach, Q&A with Julian Burnside after "Border Politics"

Sunday the 18th of November 4:00pm at Avoca Beach Picture Theatre!  Central Coast for Social Justice brings you a special fundraiser screening of Border Politics 
Stick around after the credits for a special Q&A with Julian Burnside! Make sure you arrive early because the film will start at 4:15pm sharp! Buy your ticket at Fan Force 

https://fan-force.com/screenings/border-politics-avoca-beach-picture-theatre/?fbclid=IwAR1M1HJ2EkWvuS9uEBCdR-tqkKARhVvRbthAzeb9D2-lesbzr53Gy0PZecY 
Or go to Avoca Beach Picture Theatre and follow the links 
https://avocabeachpicturetheatre.com.au/border-politics-q-a-screening-with-julian-

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Nov
17
12:30 PM12:30

Cronulla Mall Protest Vigil, Grandmothers & Mums4Refugees

.Scott Morrison's office is in this mall. This is combining GADRC members with Mums4Refugees, a joint vigil with banners, placards, a petition and facepainting artists & table, to attract families. We will probably move between his office and the post office, but as it is outdoors, we can be clearly seen, quite well, from one end to almost the other, at the mall. Purple will be highly visible. All members in the Sutherland shire will be very welcome. I understand some members from further afield wish to be present .....we cannot promise to be seen by Scott, ( his office is upstairs ). There is always a police presence around his office.


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Nov
15
10:30 AM10:30

Gadrc Monthly Meeting 264 Pitt St Sydney

Guest speaker Pitt St Uniting Church Sydney. Our guest speaker will be: Dulce Carolina Munoz Garcia from mums4refugees. Dulce is a mother/feminist/refugee advocate. She is the National Convener of Mums4Refugees Sydney, a grassroots network of mothers and caregivers. With over 4.1k active members and 39k social media followers they provide social material, legal and medical aid to people seeking asylum and people from refugee background. As national Convener Dulce coordinates with national agencies like RCOA, ASC,ASRC and well working with NJP H4RA. 
 Dulce, along with The Grandmothers, The Refugee Council of Australia, Jesuit Refugee Services Wentworth Agencies, ASRC and others, was intensely involved in “The Battle for Wentworth”, ensuring Refugee issues were a voting issue in the recent Bye Election. All members & friends are invited to this meeting. Those who can will then move on to Pitt St for a 12.30 - 1.30 Protest Vigil.

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Nov
6
12:30 PM12:30

Grandmothers QVB Protest Vigil

Purple Shirted Grandmothers will once again gather under Queen Victoria’s Statue to highlight the plight of refugee children on Nauru. Now more than ever we need to keep the spotlight on these children and their families #KidsOffNauru by International Childrens Day 20 November, if not well before. And as this is the First Tuesday in November, Melbourne Cup Day, and yet another year has rolled by, some Grandmothers will dust off purple Fascinators or similar head gear.

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