4:30 PM16:30

Ritz Cinema Randwick, Screening of 'Border Politics'.

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

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12:45 PM12:45

Lunchtime Vigil GADRC NSW Vigil outside Sydney Town Hall - State ALP Conference

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: martinevalentine@yahoo.com.au

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8:30 AM08:30

GADRC NSW Vigil outside Sydney Town Hall. At entry to State ALP Conference.

 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: lynjon1@optusnet.com.au or Gaby: grandmothersrefsyd@gmail.com

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10:00 AM10:00

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: justiceoncc@gmail.com

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5:00 PM17:00

Newcastle Refugee Week Human Chain, King St from Darby to Auckland Sts.

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: gadrcnewcastlelakemac@gmail.com

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2:00 PM14:00

Cockatoo Island: Boats and Beyond: A frank talk about refugee policy and solutions

presented by the Biennale of Sydney
and UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

Ai Weiwei’s Law of the Journey, 2017, an imposing installation featuring a 60-metre-long boat crowded with hundreds of anonymous refugee figures, provokes this frank discussion of Australia’s response to asylum seekers arriving by boat – and today’s approach to refugees globally.  


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10:15 AM10:15

Gadrc 264 Pitt Street Sydney Meeting with Guest Speaker George Newhouse,

The guest speaker will be George Newhouse.  George's talk will focus on refugees and the work of the National Justice Project. George Newhouse is an Australian  human rights lawyer and a former local councillor. He is the principal solicitor of the National Justice Project, a human rights and social justice legal service, and currently an Adjunct  Professor of Law at Macquarie University.  He was the Mayor of  Waverley in the eastern suburbs of  Sydney from 2006 to 2007, and the Labor candidate for the seat of  Wentworth at the 2007 federal election.  George is well known for fighting for justice for vulnerable Australians, including the mentally ill, LGBTI Australians, survivors of domestic violence, immigrants, prisoners, asylum seekers, youth detainees, and Aboriginal Australians.In 2006 he secured a legal victory for Vivian Solon, who was illegally deported from Australia to the Philippines and for Cornelia Rau who was wrongfully detained in an Australian detention centre for 10 months. As an advocate for Aboriginal rights, George has contested government and corporate actions against Aboriginal communities.  He is experienced in coronial legal practice and has appeared in many coronial inquests into Aboriginal and asylum seeker deaths in custody. George is committed to improving access to justice for the most vulnerable in Australia and in neighbouring countries. He is active in projects that make it easier for Aboriginal litigants to exercise their rights and that help stamp out racism. All welcome, bring your family, friends & neighbours.

The start is a little earlier than usual, it would be great if we are all ready for the start of the talk. Join us for lunch afterwards at Bonjour Cafe 257 Clarence St. We will be collecting donations toward the cost of the room hire, and for general ongoing costs of GADRC.

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11:30 AM11:30

Gadrc Vigil on Cockatoo Island at Ai Wei Wei's artwork "Law of the Journey"

On Tuesday 8 May we are planning to hold a vigil on Cockatoo Island at Ai Wei Wei's artwork "Law of the Journey". Ai has created an impressive 60 meter long boat filled with many anonymous refugee figures and it would be fitting to have a picture taken of the grandmothers in front of it. Entry to the Exhibition is free and you can use your opal card for the F8 ferry to Cockatoo Island. I suggest we meet at 11:30 in order to catch 11:45 ferry to the island.  it takes about 30 minutes to get there.  The online ferry timetable does not indicate the wharf to use at Circular Quay, only the following statement: "At Circular Quay, departure or arrival wharf may change at short notice. Please check indicator boards and listen for announcements" and look out for purple t-shirts! There is a bar/restaurant on the island.  Ferries back go every hour (eg 13:19 , 14:19 etc). There is a bar/restaurant on the island. Ingrid Zoebe  will be coordinating this vigil.   For more information: https://www.biennaleofsydney.art/artists/ai-weiwei/

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12:30 PM12:30

Monthly Sydney City Protest Vigil outside QVB



12.30 TUESDAY 1st May

QVB Sydney, in front of the Queen Victoria Statue.


Grandmothers will be joining the  Sydney lunchtime crowd 12.30 for our 55th QVB PROTEST VIGIL for REFUGEES. Grandmothers stand for FREEDOM for all the grandchildren still on #Nauru and all the grandsons still waiting on #Manus.  


Grandmothers will not stop protesting until every child held by or on behalf of the Australian Government, is removed from detention centres on the mainland and from the Offshore Processing Centres on Nauru. 


#EndChildDetention #SafetyForAll  #BringThemHere #RefugeesWelcome #wecarenauru #NoPrideInDetention

@gadrc @grandmothersadrc @OzRefugeeCounc @welcometoaustralia

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7:30 PM19:30

Rachel Collis Fundraiser Concert for Refugees, Pitt St Sydney

Rachel Collis & Pitt St Uniting Church presents:

TO THE LEAST OF THESE - A fundraiser concert for refugees, Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street Sydney.  Tickets at the door - $25 adults or $20 concession

7:30-8pm – Martin Al Somery and Bashar Hanna: oud and keyboard
8-8:45 – Rachel Collis and band
8:45-9:05 - supper
9:05-9:15 – Welcome by Rev Dr Margaret Mayman and address by a representative of Refugee Action Coalition Sydney (RACs)(recipient of funds raised from the evening)
9:15-10pm – Rachel Collis and band
Martin Al Somery is an Australian-Iraqi singer & Oud player who arrived to Australia as a refuge in 2010 carrying his Oud and a hope for better life. Since then Martin has developed his musical skills and used it to promote peace and freedom. In 2016, Martin started a new career as a music educator who works with refugee children and help them to heal from trauma using music as a therapeutic tool. 
Bashar Hanna is an Australian-Mesopotamian musician and composer who utilise music and arts for social change. Bashar is also a music educator and art therapist who runs Arts & Community Development Center in Fairfield.
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