Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Dendy Cinema Newtown screening: national cinema tour of The Staging Post

Join purple shirted Grandmothers at the Dendy Newtown as part of the national cinema tour of The Staging Post! This November in Australia!!

The Staging Post follows two Afghan Hazara refugees, Muzafar and Khadim. Stuck in Indonesia after Australia 'stopped the boats' and facing many years in limbo, they built a community and started the school which inspired a refugee education revolution. 


To celebrate we have released this super-dooper new trailer. https://vimeo.com/239756181


Please share it massively! We want everyone to see The Staging Post and to understand the possibilities of co-operation and the power of community.

 

Email it, Facebook it, Tweet it, show your friends on your mobile. Let them know that The Staging Post will leaving them feeling connected, inspired and full of hope.            

            • NOV 29 Wed   7pm   Dendy Cinemas, Newtown

            

Tickets available at thestagingpost.com.au

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Dec
14
10:00 AM10:00

GADRC Final 2017 Mtg. Time to be confirmed. Save the date.

GADRC NSW Final meeting of the year. Thursday 14th December. Time to be confirmed (may be a 10am start). We are hoping to show the documentary 'Constance on the Edge'. Check website and Gadrc emails for confirmation of this event. This will be our end of year celebration. Come along even if you haven't attended any GADRC events before, we'd love to meet you. Friends & family welcome also. 

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Nov
10
6:30 PM18:30

Vigil for Manus this Friday 10 Nov 6.30pm to 7.30pm Gosford Waterfront

Vigil for Manus this Friday 10 Nov 6.30pm to 7.30pm Gosford Waterfront

Grandmothers will be amongst those attending.   Father Rod will be speaking and a previous worker on Manus. Come and stand together for the men on Manus Island Detention Centre. Bring a sign/banner/candle and join with your local community in saying#BringThemHere. The Centre was closed days ago on 31 Oct and 606 men are refusing to leave as they fear for their safety. We know there have been six deaths of asylum seekers on Manus to date- their fears are well founded. New Zealand Minister has offered to take 150 asylum seekers, again our government says 'no'. We need to keep standing together. Australia we are better than this- let us not use people as politics.

 

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Nov
9
12:30 PM12:30

SUITCASE STORIES 2017 Seymour Centre

Join a group of purple shirted Grandmothers as young refugees from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan share their own personal stories of hardship and triumph. Each year a new cast of students comes together to perform their own refugee journeys on stage. You will laugh, cry and share in their hopes for the future. 

Don't miss out on this incredible experience!  https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/suitcase-stories-2017/

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Oct
31
12:00 PM12:00

NORTH SYDNEY VIGIL BRETT WHITELY PLACE

After a long wait, four grandmothers from the North Sydney Electorate will be meeting with their federal member Mr Trent Zimmerman next Tuesday, 31 Oct at 10.30AM, to alert him, their elected representative, of the plight of the remaining 200 refugee children and their families on Nauru.

This matter is urgent as Mr Zimmerman has been sending out letters in which he states that there are no children in detention!

Please support them in the first ever North Sydney Vilgil to be held afterward in Brett Whitely Place, Mount Street. North Sydney at midday for 1 hour.  5 minutes walk from North Sydney Train Station.  Look for purple!

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Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

Central Coast Walk Together Gosford

Look out for Purple Shirted Grandmothers - perhaps help them carry their banner.  Meet at 11 am under the Brian McGowan Bridge, then walk together along the waterfront and then up to the lawn in front of Gosford Anglican.

BYO picnic and listen to the speakers and music. Have a cup of tea/coffee, have your face painted!

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Oct
19
10:30 AM10:30

Gadrc Sydney Meeting 264 Pitt Street Sydney

Guest Speaker will be from the Asylum Seekers Centre, Newtown.   Our guest speaker will be Frances Rush, CEO of the Asylum Seekers Centre, Newtown. More about Frances below. Pitt St Uniting Church 264 Pitt St Sydney. All welcome. Bring your friends & family, especially if they are 'persuadables'.  Join us for lunch afterwards at the Wesley Mission Cafe.

Frances Rush is the CEO of the Asylum Seekers Centre based in Newtown.  Frances has been associated with the Centre since its inception and was Deputy Chair of the Board prior to her appointment. She brings with her over 30 years’ experience as a social worker in both the government and community sectors and also has a wealth of experience in advocacy and policy development.  Her diverse public sector career includes senior executive roles with the NSW Department of Justice in Guardianship where she worked in advocacy and policy across government as well as the aging and disability sectors.  Frances has worked with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse.  She also has extensive experience as an oral historian having worked on projects at a national and state level.  Frances is a former Director of Commonwealth Study Conferences Inc. and a former Director of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand.

 

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Oct
15
2:00 PM14:00

Big March for Refugees Hyde Park South to Welcome Wall Darling Harbour

Join a group of Grandmothers participating in the 'The Big March for Refugees'  Hyde Park South. Cnr Elizabeth & Park. March to the Welcome Wall Darling Harbour.  The meeting point for grandmothers will be near the entrance, on the left.

Walk, Ride, Roll (zimmer frames?). Hosted by Teachers for Refugees and the Refugee Action Coalition. 

 

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Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

JOIN GRANDMOTHERS ON THE WALK FOR PEACE, CIRCULAR QUAY

Walk for Peace. Hosted by the Women's March. Sydney Opera House. Grandmothers meeting at 5.45pm near Wharf 4.

On this day, in conjunction with London, Barcelona, Paris and other cities around the world, we will walk for Peace.
Our Rohingya sisters in Myanmar and our Alawites sisters in Syria are enduring unimaginable atrocities, sacrificing everything to keep their families together and safe in a time of uncertainty and violence. Please wear black.

Bring or make a white flower for Peace and bring signs if you wish. (We will have a limited supply of white flowers available.) This will be a silent walk. I expect  grandmothers will attend, wear black as requested, with a grandmother's badge. Make a placard if you can, appropriate for the march, for example  'we walk for refugee children' 

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Aug
31
12:00 PM12:00

#LetThemStay Round 2 Snap Rally, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney

Speakers from the Greens, Labor for Refugees, Wendy Bacon and Cathy Bray from Grandmothers. 

#LetThemStayRound 2!

Protest tomorrow 31st August 12pm - 2pm  hosted by Refugee Action Coalition. DIBP  Outside the Centre for Independent Studies 131 Macquarie St Sydney

 

Protest outside the office of Michael Pezzullo (the Abbott appointed secretary of the Department of Immigration & Border Protection) at the Centre of Independent Studies (131 Macquarie St--between Bent & Bridge Sts).
We will highlight the new threat to people who have been brought to Australia from Nauru & Manus Island for medical treatment, as well as the new policy to deny terminations for refugees on Nauru by referring women the Overseas Medical Referral committee. There are three women affected at the moment - one is now 16 weeks pregenant after requesting an abortion when she was 6 weeks pregnant !

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Aug
15
6:30 PM18:30

Breaking the Deadlock - Creating Solutions for Refugees

Arranged by the Kaldor Centre for International Law. Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre. Tickets $30 or $20 concession. More information; Sydney Opera House. A few of us have already booked, it would be great to have a 'sea' of purple. We have booked seats 10-14 in row H, and seats 10-11 in row J. If you plan on coming, try for seats near the ones already booked.  We are planning to meet outside Circular Quay Station at 5.45pm and walk together, with a banner, to the Opera House.

An evening of positive discussion about fresh approaches to Australia’s refugee policies, hosted at the Sydney Opera House by the Kaldor Centre and the UNSW Grand Challenge on Refugees & Migrants.

Australia is in a bind about refugees and asylum seekers. Although the scale of our challenge is small compared to many other countries, it sparks intense political heat.

Principles clash with political expediency. Some voters are satisfied that boats are being turned back. Some are ashamed about the conditions of our offshore processing centres. Many believe that discussion is futile. Well-worn assumptions have closed off thinking about urgently needed new approaches.

Can we break the deadlock? How can we offer protection to those who seek refuge in our region? 

Broadcaster Linda Mottram will lead a conversation with Paris Aristotle AO, Professor Gillian Triggs, Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill and Huy Truong about what a just, lawful and humane approach to refugees could look like.

“Australia may try to shift people and responsibilities, but when it comes to international law, Australia can run, but it can't hide.” – Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill

 

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Aug
13
9:00 AM09:00

Diary date: City2Surf

Walk, or maybe run, with a group of Purple shirted Grandmothers. Or join the Cheer Squad of Grandmothers and friends with Banners at Rosebay near the Ferry Stop to cheer us on, and raise awareness with the 80,000 passers by.  Purple shirted Grandmothers are planning to catch the 10.05 am Ferry from Circular Quay to Rose Bay.  

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Jul
29
8:00 AM08:00

Grandmothers Vigil at the State Labor Party Conference, Sydney Town Hall steps

Successive Australian governments have managed and funded the offshore processing regime and its detention camps on Manus Island in PNG and Nauru. The people who are detained there are clearly our responsibility. Four years after the Australian Government’s commencement of the offshore processing regime, it is unconscionable that children and adults continue to languish on PNG and Nauru. We are calling on both major parties to form a bipartisan commitment to immediately evacuate the offshore camps and bring these people to safety. The State Labor party is holding its annual conference on the weekend of the 29th & 30th July. Join Grandmothers in a vigil as delegates arrive for the conference.

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Jul
20
5:00 PM17:00

Newcastle Vigil #Evacuate Now

NEW LOCATION: Newcastle Road, at the pedestrian crossing along Jesmond Park, before the roundabout

As part of the national #EvacuateNow movement to mark the 4th anniversary of the decision that boat arrivals would be deported to Manus and Nauru, on 19th July 2013, our vigil on 20th July 5-6pm will focus on that theme and commemoration.

 

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Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Hyde Park North - Nationwide Vigil

The vigils, to mark 4 years since Kevin Rudd announced the "PNG Solution"  to prevent boat arrival asylum seekers "from ever resettling in Australia", will be promoted by Get Up, RAC groups, mums for refugees, grandmothers against detention (in their purple t-shirts), and teachers for refugees...and more!  

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