KATIE SHAFAR, former nurse on Nauru
Katie worked on Nauru in late 2015 and has subsequently become a regular detention visitor
ANNA TALBOT, National Justice Project lawyer
Anna is helping run legal action that has successfully brought children on Nauru to Australia for medical treatment
Nauru is in meltdown with an escalating medical and mental health crisis as a result of the damage done by offshore detention. Despite Border Force trying to fight doctors’ recommendations in court, almost 30 children have been brought off the island, some after spending weeks refusing to eat. Many of the 1000 asylum seekers and refugees who remain on Nauru are barred from US
resettlement and are losing hope. Join us to hear first hand accounts of the crisis on Nauru..
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Saturday October 13th 2pm 'Border Politics' Hornsby Library Leading human rights barrister Julian Burnside presents an alternative narrative to the official one about refugees and people seeking asylum which has been promoted by many. For more information email: Martha: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grandmothers letter-writing session – a “write-in” - is planned at Erin’s Café opposite the Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street Sydney. We want to write to as many politicians as possible about the terrible situation for kids on Nauru. Coordinator: Helen Esmond. Email email@example.com
Bundeena Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children and mums4refugees are having an information table in front of the gelato shop in Brighton St. Bundeena to raise awareness for the KIDS OFF NAURU campaign. They will have a petition for the #KIDS OFF NAURU campaign.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Daniel Ghezelbash, accompanied by his mother who came to Australia as a refugee.
Daniel is a senior lecturer at Macquarie Law School and the founding director of the Macquarie University Social Justice Clinic. He is a Special Counsel at the National Justice Project and a volunteer lawyer at Refugee Advice and Casework Services. His research focuses on comparative refugee and immigration law. He has a particular focus on how restrictive asylum policies are spreading around the world. This is the topic of his new book, Refuge Lost: Asylum Law in an Interdependent World (CUP, 2018).
Daniel will talk about:
- How bad asylum policies are spreading across the world, and a warning for other states not to go down the same path as Australia
- His guardian article about what an alternative to Australia’s current policies would look like
Grandmothers together with mums4refugees will be attending the Sydney City Council meeting, Town Hall. A motion will be debated to reverse the cutbacks to SRSS. Mums4refugees support refugee families living in our community, providing food and other necessities. An example of life for a refugee family is a mother recently visited by mums, for the past 10 days the mother had only been able to give her children rice and tea. For more information about the cuts go to: https://bit.ly/2x3SjjJ We need as many grandmothers, Frogs and family to attend this meeting. In your purple t shirts from the public gallery, you will give a clear message that there are many people in our community willing to stand up for refugees. The meeting starts at 5pm, but as the motion will be toward the end of the evening, arrive between 6.30 and 8pm.
Grandmothers letter-writing session – a “write-in” - is planned at the café opposite the Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street Sydney. We want to write to as many politicians as possible about the terrible situation for kids on Nauru. More details later. Coordinator: Helen Esmond. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
....More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq.
Buy tickets through Demand Films $22. tickets.demand.film/event/4446
DJ's Cafe. top level, Westfield Hornsby. Come along and be part of letter writing on behalf of refugee children on Nauru. Further information email email@example.com
Special presentation by Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen on refugees, migrants and integration. He came to Canada at 16, a Somali seeking asylum, and now Ahmed Hussen is the country’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. Join this lawyer, refugee and national leader on Friday 31 August, at UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, to hear his singular insights into Canada’s efforts to successfully integrate new citizens.
Our next gathering is planned for Friday August 31 10am at Sage Erina (at the top of the escalators). Please wear your purple. I will facilitate a discussion on the following article with you. Please read it before you come. Our discussion will inform our next activities. Coordinator: Jo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the awesome Blue Mountains Grandmothers this Sunday for their protest vigil at Lawson Markets, as they continue the campaign to free all children from detention.
Join our Annual Grandmothers Cheer Squad near the Rose Bay Ferry Wharf, both to cheer on our Grandmothers participating in the event, and in particular to expose our Banner with its message (GRANDMOTHERS AGAINST THE DETENTION OF REFUGEE CHILDREN) to the 80,000 participants who run or walk by. Previous years we've had a great response from the passing crowds with lots of thumbs up, waves, smiles.............. Come if you can, for as long as you can. More info email@example.com
Ritz Cinema Randwick, Screening of 'Border Politics'. 'Border Politics' follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he traverses the globe examining the harsh treatment meted out to refugees in most Western countries. There will be a Q & A session with Julian Burnside live on stage. Some of our members have already booked for this session, so come along and join the group. Seats are not allocated so we can sit together. To book: https://bit.ly/2x7lV1V
The State Labor Party Annual Conference is being held on the weekend of the 30th June & 1st July. There are many sympathetic State Labor parliamentarians concerned about current Federal policies. We need to let delegates know that they have the support of GADRC NSW as well as other groups. This will be an opportunity to engage with people attending the conference. Check with the coordinator Martine for the actual startime: Martine: firstname.lastname@example.org
The State Labor Party Annual Conference is being held on the weekend of the 30th June & 1st July. There are many sympathetic State Labor parliamentarians concerned about current Federal policies. We need to let delegates know that they have the support of GADRC NSW as well as other groups. This will be an opportunity to engage with people attending the conference. The conference starts at 9am so we need to set up at 8.30am.Coordinators: Lynne: email@example.com or Gaby: firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Coast Grandmothers & Friends 10am Coffee, Jimmy G's Riverside Park, 2/69 Central Coast Highway, West Gosford.
We'll hear from Margot - her journey in hosting asylum seekers and refugees and facilitating hosting through the organisation Home Among The Gum Trees. We'll hear about the impact of hosting on guest, host, family/friends and community. Please respectfully wear your purple t-shirts (if you have one). Coordinator: Jo: email@example.com
Gadrc Newcastle - For one night only, add your light to the line from Darby St to Auckland St as we celebrate World Refugee Week together. Civic Park, Newcastle. Lights will be available but you may want to bring your own, or wear an identifying t-shirt or bring a banner or a poster. Please share this information within your own networks. Looking forward to seeing you there. For more information contact Marion: firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of Refugee Week, those who can will commence at Pitt Street Mall Protest Vigil at 12.30.