Dec
14
11:00 AM11:00

GADRC Final 2017 Mtg. 264 Pitt Street, Sydney

GADRC NSW Final meeting of the year. Thursday 14th December.  We will show the documentary 'Constance on the Edge'. 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.  

Check Gadrc emails for further information on  this event (eg Gadrc members asked to come earlier if possible to assist with set up). 

 

This event is also a Grandmothers’ and Friends NSW fundraiser for the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown (ASC works in cooperation with Sydney’s HOUSE OF WELCOME and RACS (Legal Advice & Casework Service).  If preferred you can donate directly:
https://asylumseekerscentre.org.au/
(Note: the Melbourne centre is called the Asylum Seeker RESOURCE Centre - ASRC. Sydney’s centre is the ASC in Newtown)

 

Free - gold coin donation for the Asylum Seeker Centre appreciated.  

Note:  Gadrc members encouraged to come earlier and stay later to assist with set up and clean up.  

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Dec
13
7:30 PM19:30

Bennelong Public Forum, Writers on refugees...93 Pittwater Rd Boronia Park

'Writers on Refugees: Why Australia Should Welcome them'

Hosted by Teachers for Refugees - SPEAKERS - 

MARK ISAACS whistle-blower, author Nauru Burning, just back from Manus.  Bennelong resident.

ROBIN DE CRESPIGNY author award winning best-seller The People Smuggler.  Bennelong resident.

HADI HOSSEINI Afghan refugee, detained 2010-11 Christmas Island & Darwin, Macquarie Uni graduate.

Boronia Park Uniting Church, 93 Pittwater Road, Borona Park (take bus #506 btn Town Hall & Macquarie Uni).  Light snacks provided.

 

 

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Dec
12
12:30 PM12:30

Bennelong Vigil - Eastwood Plaza

 

Bennelong Grandmothers Barbara and Susie are organising a vigil for Eastwood Plaza next Tuesday 12th December. Meet at Eastwood Station at 12.15pm, if you are coming by train go down the stairs and turn left (library exit).

The by-election is on the  16th December -  this vigil is extremely important. We need to let the locals know that there are still 43 children in detention on Nauru.

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Dec
10
1:00 PM13:00

International Human Rights Day Town Hall Sydney

International Human Rights Day Sydney. Sydney Town Hall 1pm. Unite with Aboriginal people in defence of Human Rights and march to the Opera House. Aboriginal leaders fighting for Sovereignty & Treaty and against forced child removal and deaths in custody will be joined by speakers from Human Rights campaigns including: refugee rights, trade unions, Muslim community, equal marriage and environmental justice campaigns. Cathy Bray will be coordinating the  GADRC contingent. Don't worry if you are not up to marching to the Opera House, stay for the speeches, find other non-marchers and head for the nearest coffee shop. 

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Dec
5
12:30 PM12:30

Grandmothers 50th QVB Vigil, beside the Statue of Queen Victoria

Purple shirted Grandmothers from all over Sydney will be there to raise awareness of the plight of children on Nauru.    

There are 43 children in the Offshore Processing Centre on Nauru, 106 children released from the centre, now in limbo living in the Nauruan community, on temporary visas. The Nauruan government has said they will never settle these children and their families permanently on Nauru.  

Grandmothers stand by the GRANDCHILDREN (43 kids still detained in the Processing Centre plus another 106 ‘released’ into the Naruan community plus women and men) STILL ON NAURU and all the GRANDSONS still waiting on MANUS.

#EvacuateNow #SafetyForAll #4YearsTooMany

#WeSupportYou #StaySafe

 

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Dec
1
4:00 PM16:00

Emergency Silent QVB Vigil - under Queen Victoria's Statue

Grandmothers stand with the men on Manus. They could be our sons or our grandsons. We are calling on as many of our members as possible to demonstrate solidarity with the men on Manus. What has unfolded on Manus this week is unspeakable. This is one of the few occasions that our focus is not on the children. Join one of the GADRC vigils this week, outside the Queen Victoria Building, under the statue of Queen Victoria, Sydney.  Note time of 4 - 5pm

 

The vigils will be silent,  Contact:  Cathy

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Nov
30
12:30 PM12:30

Emergency Silent QVB Vigil - under Queen Victoria's Statue

Grandmothers stand with the men on Manus. They could be our sons or our grandsons. We are calling on as many of our members as possible to demonstrate solidarity with the men on Manus. What has unfolded on Manus this week is unspeakable. This is one of the few occasions that our focus is not on the children. Join one of the GADRC vigils this week, outside the Queen Victoria Building, under the statue of Queen Victoria, Sydney.

 

The vigils will be silent,  Contact:  Wendy

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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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Nov
29
12:30 PM12:30

Emergency Silent Vigil - under Queen Victoria's Statue

Grandmothers stand with the men on Manus. They could be our sons or our grandsons. We are calling on as many of our members as possible to demonstrate solidarity with the men on Manus. What has unfolded on Manus this week is unspeakable. This is one of the few occasions that our focus is not on the children. Join one of the GADRC vigils this week, outside the Queen Victoria Building, under the statue of Queen Victoria, Sydney.

 

The vigils will be silent,  Contact:  Ingrid

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Nov
28
12:30 PM12:30

Emergency Silent QVB Vigil - under Queen Victoria's Statue

Grandmothers stand with the men on Manus. They could be our sons or our grandsons. We are calling on as many of our members as possible to demonstrate solidarity with the men on Manus. What has unfolded on Manus this week is unspeakable. This is one of the few occasions that our focus is not on the children. Join one of the GADRC vigils this week, outside the Queen Victoria Building, under the statue of Queen Victoria, Sydney.

 

The vigils will be silent,  Contact:  Gaby

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Nov
27
12:30 PM12:30

Emergency Silent QVB Vigil - under Queen Victoria Statue

Grandmothers stand with the men on Manus. They could be our sons or our grandsons. We are calling on as many of our members as possible to demonstrate solidarity with the men on Manus. What has unfolded on Manus this week is unspeakable. This is one of the few occasions that our focus is not on the children. Join one of the GADRC vigils this week, outside the Queen Victoria Building, under the statue of Queen Victoria, Sydney.

The vigils will be silent.   Contact:  Cathy

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Nov
26
12:00 PM12:00

Peaceful demonstration SOS Manus: First Fleet Park Sydney

 

Join GetUp tomorrow for a peaceful demonstration. SOS Manus

12pm First Fleet Park George St, The Rocks (by Museum of Contemporary Art) Sydney

 

Grandmothers - Wear your purple t shirts, bring a Gadrc banner if you have one. Meet at Wharf 6 Circular Quay at 11.45am. Coordinator for Grandmothers: Leonore

Join us in a mass, peaceful demonstration in your community to tell the truth about Manus. Picture the men of Manus sitting in solidarity, arms clasped in the air in peaceful protest ... as the blows from batons fall, and Dutton's injustice rains down once more. 

These peaceful men have just been violently forced to yet another place of dilapidated detention — surrounded by authorities who have beaten them, and locals forced to accommodate them. While Peter Dutton is abdicating any responsibility, and spreading his denials and lies.

So we must bring the brave demonstration of these men here, for all to witness. This time not just with footage, but with our own selves — reflecting their humanity through our own. 

Richard Flanagan  "The shame of this time will outlive us all.  Our children and grandchildren will have to remake the broken trusts, the sacred freedoms....."

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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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