A letter write-in hosted by the Breowra Grandmothers. Cafe 38 opposite Normanhurst Station. Drop-in for whatever time you may have, stay as long as you can. All welcome. You don’t need to live in the Berowra electorate. All materials - paper, envelopes etc provided. Please email Helen so she has an idea of numbers firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the purple shirted Hughes Electorate Grandmothers at a Vigil to express concern at the plight of refugees and asylum seekers. Corner Gymea Bay Road / North Street, near Gymea Station. For further information contact Jan W email@example.com
Guest speakers will be Vicky Chen and Sarah Easy from the Refugee Advice and Casework Service, Sydney. Vicky is a lawyer and Sarah is completing her Practical Legal Training at RACS. Vicky and Sarah will be talking about the work of RACS and will include the stories of the clients they work with.
Brave men and women on Temporary Protection Visas and Bridging Visas are holding a peaceful rally on MONDAY to call on the government to grant them a Safe, Permanent Home and the chance to reunite with their families. They are stepping up to lead the struggle for their own rights, despite fears of reprisals. And they're asking us to join them in support. Hosted by Justice for Refugees. Grandmothers will join this rally, with purple t shirts. Gadrc contact: Gaby. firstname.lastname@example.org
The protest vigil will focus on the Medevac Bill and letting the public know that it must not be repealed, and also for the release of the five children still in detention in Melbourne. Contact email@example.com
An intimate and personal story of Khaled, an Iraqi-born Dutch-raised young man struggling to hold onto his humanity as he searches, over 10 years, across continents, for peace and freedom. With the love and support of Leon, a Dutch refugee humanitarian volunteer he meets in Greece, Khaled manages to hang onto his sense of self and the dream of a free and peaceful future.
Join the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) and BakerMcKenzie for a screening of this extraordinary film, followed by a Q&A with the film’s Director, Kaye Harrison.
Sydney Film Festival Documentary Australia Award Jury - Special Mention
“Sanctuary conforms to no stereotype. It is about people wanting to lead ordinary lives on their own terms”. - Alex Dudoc de Wit, BFI Film.
DOORS OPEN AT 6PM FOR A 6.30PM START.
Please note attendees will receive updates from RACS.
GADRC NSW Meeting, Guest Spkr. Madeline Gleeson from the Kaldor Centre. Finance Sector Union, National Office, LEVEL 1, 315-321 Pitt St Sydney.
Venue: Finance Sector Union, National Office, LEVEL 1, 315-321 Pitt St Sydney (Note this month Level One). The Grandmothers are delighted to have as Guest Speaker Madeline Gleeson, Senior Research Associate from the Kaldor Centre forInternational Refugee Law, UNSW. Lawyer and award-winning author of Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru (NewSouth 2016) Madeline Gleeson’s areas of expertise include offshore processing, State responsibility and regional refugee protection in the Asia-Pacific. A graduate of UNSW with first class honours, She practiced as a solicitor in Sydney before leaving for Cambodia to work for the Jesuit Refugee Service. As a John Monash scholar, she completed her Masters in International Law in Geneva, where she also worked with UNHCR. Offshore won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for non-fiction, was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, NSW Premier’s Award, the Australian Book Industry Awards, and the 2017 Colin Roderick Award and long-listed for the Stella Prize and Walkley Book Award. In 2017, Ms Gleeson launched the Asia-Pacific Research Group, as part of the Kaldor Centre’s Emerging Scholars Network.
2 day Conference. Sarah Dale, RACS Principal Solicitor will be discussing the role of the independent guardian in protecting asylum seeker children at the Children, Migration and the Right to Health conference this Friday.
Sarah has worked extensively with children detained on Christmas Island facing transfer to Nauru and has supported many children who have had to flee their homes.
Sydney Town Hall Square. Rally. Six years too long: Protest to bring Nauru & Manus refugees here. Evacuate Manus & Nauru. Hosted by Refugee Action Coalition. Grandmothers will be at this event, wear your purple t shirts.
A Human Rights Conversation with Kerryn Phelps & Sarah Dale, Refugee Advice & Casework Service, 264 Pitt St, Sydney
RACS is proud to present a thought provoking discussion with two passionate and determined advocates for people seeking asylum.
Kerryn Phelps is one of Australia’s best known medical doctors, a civil rights advocate and most recently, a politician. She is the first woman and first LGBT+ person to be elected president of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011.
In 2018, Dr Phelps was elected to the House of Representatives as an Independent. During her time in Parliament she worked tirelessly towards getting children and their families off Nauru and led the passage of the Medevac Law.
Sarah Dale is the Principal Solicitor at the Refugee Advice & Casework Service. She heads up the legal practice, ensuring people seeking asylum have access to legal support and are given a fair hearing.
She has worked extensively with children detained on Christmas Island facing transfer to Nauru, appeared before Senate Committee hearings and represented refugees with their claims before the UN Human Rights Committee. Her appearance at UN consultations in the UK and Belgium have ensured Australia’s human rights record has been discussed in an international setting.
Stephen Feneley, journalist, broadcaster and communications consultantwill lead this thought provoking, critical and very timely conversation.
Please join us to for an insightful discussion into a political career, human rights issues, Australian refugee policy, and how we as a community can come together to make a difference.
DOORS OPEN AT 5.30PM FOR A 6PM START.
Please note that all attendees will receive updates from RACS. Tickets -
On 18th July, the 6th anniversary of Rudd's pronouncement on boat arrivals never settling in Australia, we will have a special vigil similar to last year's, in King Street from 5-6pm, hopefully from the corner of Auckland Street to the corner of Darby Street. If you could please spread this widely so that we have at least as big a crowd as last year (we had close to 300 people).
Launch of Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong's new book, Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs, with special guest Kerryn Phelps AM.
2 July 6-7.30pm at King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney.
The Grandmothers in purple t-shirts will have a stand, we will march with representatives from a whole host of groups, either Multicultural Groups or groups like us who care for refugees and migrants, STARTTS, Amnesty Newcastle, Refugee Action Network Newcastle, Zara's House, the Newcastle African Society and many more. There will be food stores from a large number of countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka and more.
As a society, we are stronger together.
The Asylum Seekers Centre (ASC) and the City of Sydney
invite you to join us for a special celebration of Refugee Week 2019
Kumi Naidoo – Secretary general, Amnesty International
Dr Graham Thom - Refugee Coordinator, Amnesty International Australia
Frances Rush – CEO, Asylum Seekers Centre
Clover Moore - Lord Mayor City of Sydney
A very special performance by multicultural youth choir Phoenix Voices of Youth.
Phoenix Voices of Youth Choir is a joyous celebration of life, identity and hope.
There will be Grandmothers at this event. Cost: $10.00. To register go to: http://bit.ly/2wKR1tu
Lakemba Senior Citizen’s Centre
Shakti Refugee and Migrant Women’s Support Group NSW is a specialist provider of culturally competent services for immigrant and refugees women and children of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origins. . This event will provide an opportunity for people of Canterbury-Bankstown to celebrate the immense courage, resilience and valuable contributions made by refugees to Australian society.
Following three organisations will be our partners in this event. Representative from each of these organisations will give a very short speech.
1. Nobodhara News
2. Labor for Refugees
3. Grandmothers against Detention of Refugee Children
I've also invited some refugees there. We will hear stories from some of them.The sharing of stories will be an opportunity to not only remember and honor their journey but also to educate the Australian community to better understand the courage and contribution that refugees make.
Time : 5.45pm for 6pm start. Finishes at 7pm
Venue: Meeting room of Lakemba Senior Citizens Centre, corner of the Boulevarde & Croydon Street, Lakemba NSW 2195.
Light refreshments will be served
All of our members were recently emailed a brief survey about the future of the group. At the meeting on the 20th June the outcome of this survey on the future of the group will be presented, and there will be further discussion. Please come! Your input is needed! All welcome. Venue: Finance Sector Union Building, Level 2, 315-321 Pitt St Sydney.
To mark World Refugee Day, following the meeting Grandmothers are invited to join together for lunch in a city Cafe (venue to be confirmed - check back on this website). In their purple t-shirts, and with several small banners, Grandmothers will walk a block or so through the City to the Cafe.
Art Bounce Refugees.6.30pm. An exploration of the refugee journey, conflict and art. Surry Hills Neigbourhood Centre. Hosted by mums4refugees.
An exploration of the refugee journey, conflict and art. Surry Hills Neigbourhood Centre. Hosted by mums4refugees.
Panel Discussion: Dulce Carolina Munoz Garcia -National Convenor of Mums4Refugees, Sarah Townsend - GP Medivac Bill Campaign, George Newhouse - Human Rights Lawyer from National Justice project, Kylie Innocente -Artist, Fatu Sillah - former Refugee and No FGM Campaigner & Mark Isaacs Author and Photographer will talk about his new book The Kabul Peace House. For more information and to register go to: http://bit.ly/2wPXDGX
Welcome to Refugees Picnic. Presented by: Central Coast for Social Justice. For more information contact Shayne 0422 316 119 There will be a GADRC NSW Information table at this event.
Pirrama Park, Pyrmont, Darling Harbour end. Community event celebrating World Refugee Day, bringing together refugees with local Sydneysiders for a walk and talk, music and food stalls, organised by OneStep Walks and UNHCR. Join Grandmothers in your purple t shirt. It's free to come along - just register on eventbrite click here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/onestep-community-walk-with-unhcr-pirrama-park-pyrmont-sun-16-june-11am-tickets-55104538157