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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Feb
21
10:30 AM10:30

GADRC General Business Meeting, Pitt St Sydney (Note new Venue)

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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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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Oct
27
2:00 PM14:00

Archibald Fountain Hyde Park, Refugee Action Coalition 'Kids Off, Everyone Off'

Archibald Fountain Hyde Park. 'Kids Off, Everyone Off, Close Nauru, Close Manus' March to Circular Quay. initiated by Refugee Action Coalition. GADRC will participate in this rally/march. Those arriving early may wish to meet up with other Grandmothers and Friends of Grandmothers near the cafe next to St James Park Station entrance, Elizabeth St before proceeding closer to hear the speeches. If you are not up to walking to Circular Quay, no problem, you won't be alone, just stay for the speeches.

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Oct
18
10:30 AM10:30

Grandmothers Monthly Meeting, 264 Pitt St Sydney

GADRC NSW General Business Meeting.  Pitt St Uniting Church 264 Pitt St Sydney. We welcome all members to this meeting, both old (as in you've been a member for a while) and newer members. This will be the last business meeting for 2018, it will be a great opportunity to review the year, make suggestions for 2019 in the unthinkable event that there will still be children on Nauru in 2019. For those that are able, the meeting will be followed by a one hour vigil in Pitt St. Coordinator Gaby.grandmothersrefsyd@gmail.com 

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Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

Public Forum, UTS Ultimo" Nauru's Medical Emergency

Speakers:
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..

Register through eventbrite here

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