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
20
12:30 PM12:30

Universal Children's Day Protest...let's make it...A Sea of Purple, members! Martin Place

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. 

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

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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
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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Dec
13
11:00 AM11:00

Thursday Sydney City (Venue tba) end of year get together for the Grandmothers.

A time to meet up and have a chat, review the past year & not worry too much about next year. The details are still in the planning stage so check your emails. It will probably be from 11am until 1.30ish, may not be in the Pitt St Church, but could be in a building opposite. 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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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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Sep
20
10:30 AM10:30

Gadrc Meeting, 264 Pitt St, Sydney. Guest Speaker Dr Daniel Ghezelbash

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: 

  1.  How bad asylum policies are spreading across the world, and a warning for other states not to go down the same path as Australia
  2. His guardian article about what an alternative to Australia’s current policies would look like
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Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

GADRC & mums4refugees will be attending the Sydney City Council meeting, Town Hall.

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. 

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Sep
12
11:00 AM11:00

Gadrc Pitt Street Sydney Letter Writing Session

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 grandmothersrefsyd@gmail.com

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Sep
10
6:30 PM18:30

Human Flow screening by Sutherland Shire Amnesty, Event Cinema Miranda

....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

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Aug
31
2:00 PM14:00

Canada's Immigration Minister at Kaldor Centre Uni NSW

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.

http://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/event/special-presentation-canada%E2%80%99s-immigration-minister-ahmed-hussen-refugees-migrants-and

 

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Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

Central Coast Grandmothers get together at Sage Erina

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: justiceoncc@gmail.com

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/nine-out-of-10-young-australians-want-to-do-more-to-help-refugees

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