6:30pm 6:30pm

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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9:00am 9:00am

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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8:00am 8:00am

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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5:00pm 5:00pm

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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6:00pm 6:00pm

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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Refugee Week Launch: Paddington Town Hall, 249 Oxford St Sydney

The Refugee Council of Australia and the City of Sydney warmly invite you to the official NSW launch of Refugee Week 2017.  The event, organised by RCOA, will feature speakers from refugee backgrounds, live entertainment, a children's workshop and a book reading of "I'm Australian Too" by Mem Fox.  RSVP Essential 


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GADRC Monthly Meeting: Grandmother Gael will lead us through a special Workshop Session. 264 Pitt St Sydney

Workshop: How to convince others about refugee children in detention


“Words that Work” is a major research project that tested and recommended the most effective way to convince other Australians they should consider a more humane approach to people seeking asylum .


Many of the refugee action groups we work alongside are now adopting this new communication technique in the hope it will help us win the hearts and minds of the public. Some are organising training sessions to share with their members so we are sending Grandmother Gael Walker along to Oxfam’s workshop this weekend.

Gael’s brief is to identify everything relevant to Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children and then prepare a special workshop session at our June meeting. The aim is for us to participate in this workshop and enjoy doing some practical sessions together. The outcome we want is to feel confident using these promising new approaches to help people start thinking about how best to support and remove all refugee children from detention.


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Women's March in the Park

A contingent of purple shirted Grandmothers will participate in the Women's March in the Park, Prince Alfred Park, Chalmers St Sydney.  In January we came together for the Women's March Sydney - an uplifting affirmation that women and their allies are standing up and demanding equality. 99 days since since our history-making march, we are raising our voices again on 29 April 2017.

We invite all who joined us in January - and all who wish they had - to come together in solidarity and sisterhood to raise our voices in defence of women's safety and health.

This is a mass sit-in - not a march. Bring your picnic blankets to sit on. Grandmothers, bring your banners, wear your purple T shirt and bring some snacks to share. COME ANGRY. LEAVE INSPIRED. MAKE CHANGE. There will be: SPEAKERS -PERFORMERS -LETTER WRITING AND ADVOCACY WORKSHOPS SELF -DEFENCE WORKSHOPS -OPEN MIC SOAPBOX - INTERACTIVE ART INSTALLATIONS

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"March in March" Refugee Rally

Belmore Park Sydney.  Grandmothers NSW is a co-host with Refugee Action Coalition and Teachers for Refugees.  Meet at the RAC Stall, Eddy Ave side of Belmore Park and we will march with the Refugee Contingent.

Grandmothers (purple), Mums (pink and red), Teachers (black & white) and others plan to form a colourful and vibrant contingent on the day that builds for the Palm Sunday Rally on 9 April at 2pm.

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