As part of Refugee Week, those who can will commence at Pitt Street Mall Protest Vigil at 12.30.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Gaby: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
How do we change the way people seeking protection from persecution are treated? Join Paul Power, CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia, who will discuss strategies for reforming policies in Australia.
6 June, 4pm, UNSW Kensington, Register Now
Purple shirted Grandmothers will once again highlight the plight of refugee children on Nauru.
The launch of the People Movement, a collection of essays on the challenges and opportunities of migration in the Asia Pacific. Hosted by Professor Michael Wesley, ANU. For more information & to register:https://bit.ly/2IpX0fA There are already Grandmothers booked to this event, so join them.
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.
Come along and support the Sydney/Grayndler Grandmothers, they would love to have Gadrc members from other electorates join their campaign.
Come along and meet and chat with the local Grandmothers.
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.
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/
RAIN HAIL or SHINE...
GRANDMOTHERS’ PROTEST VIGIL for REFUGEES:
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
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.
Rod Bower will be speaking about the Manus Island Detainees. Come early and join the Newcastle grandmothers for a meal at the bistro. For more information contact the Newcastle GADRC Coordinator: Marion email@example.com
Shot on his mobile phone from inside detention on Manus Island and sent to filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani, this film by Kurdish-Iranian refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani is a unique record of life inside detention. After 2 successful screenings its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival, and a sold out screening in Newtown in December, this is its Newcastle premiere.
Negotiations underway for Boochani and producer Sarvestani to join us by Skype for a Q &A.
Detention Harms Health - Medical Student March - Endorsed by GADRC NSW Hyde Park, Sydney. Enter Hyde Park near St James Station, we'll be there with a banner. What to bring: banners, signs,t shirts.
(Updated information from the organisers) We have asked some very reputable health and legal professionals to discuss the health and legal implications of this policy.
PROF. DAVID ISAACS Sydney consultant paediatrician
GEORGE NEWHOUSE Human rights lawyer, National Justice Project
DR PETER YOUNG Psychiatrist & former director of mental health on Manus Island & Nauru
DR NADINE SHEMA Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development
DR BARRI PHATARFOD President of Doctors 4 Refugees
After the speeches the students, health care staff and members of the public will walk around Hyde Park. We will then catch the ferry to Cockatoo Island to visit the Ai Wei-Wei installation of a boat full of refugees. Those present will have their photo taken holding their arms out in welcome to the Ai Wei-Wei refugees. The media have been invited to take photos and report on the event.
Some of our members may only want to attend the rally & that's fine. Coordinator for GADRC: Gaby; firstname.lastname@example.org
Belmore Park (opp. Central Station) march to Victoria park. This event endorsed by GADRC NSW. and will be attended by our group. Meet near the Eddy Ave entrance.
There's a fair bit of despondency amongst members of refugee activist groups including a feeling that things are just not changing for refugees & asylum seekers. Let's make the GADRC contingent at the Palm Sunday Rally the largest ever and demonstrate that we grandmothers will not give up.
Sunday 25th March 2pm. Belmore Park (opp. Central Station) march to Victoria park. Meet near the Eddy Ave entrance. Coordinator: Gaby. email@example.com Bring your family and friends and join us. Don't worry if you don't have a t shirt. The important thing is being there. (there will be a few t shirts available for purchase). Confirmed speakers: Acknowledgement of country: Uncle Dave Bell, Uniting Church moderator Rev Simon Hansford, Gem Romuld (peace speaker), Habiburahman, Rohingyan refugee, Mark Morey (union speaker) Not living near Sydney? For Palm Sunday Rallies near you: http://bit.ly/2HOlytZ
Grandmother Gael Walker is on the Panel, and GADRC NSW will have an information table at this event. Details and tickets ($20ea)