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Circular Quay Grandmothers Circle of Silence, on grassed area in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art

The purple shirted Grandmothers are gathering outside the Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay, to express our support for refugees and people seeking asylum. We will stand in a Circle of Silence to recognise injustices faced by people in Australia’s offshore and mainland immigration detention centres. A Circle of Silence expresses solidarity with people seeking asylum and refugees who are experiencing injustice and are being silenced. This silent vigil for half an hour in a public space (with a sign telling passers-by the purpose of our action) is a powerful way to get our message across.We acknowledge all those people who have lost their lives in detention. 
At the sound of a bell every five minutes we will read the names of two of the twelve men who have died on Nauru and Manus island. 

A Circle of Silence expresses solidarity with people seeking asylum and refugees who are experiencing injustice and are being silenced. This silent vigil for half an hour in a public space (with a sign telling passers-by the purpose of our action) is a powerful way to get our message across.

At the sound of a bell every five minutes we will read the names of two of the twelve young men who have died on Manus island and Nauru. Please wear your t shirt. If you can, bring a placard (supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Australia’s offshore and mainland detention centres)

and / or hold a candle. The circle will face inwards so a placard hanging on your back could be effective.

Ideas for placards: Seeking asylum is a human right  - Refugees are welcome here - Free the refugeesThere will be opportunities to sign our petition and flyers available. 
Join the group for dinner at City Extra after the Circle of Silence. Together we stand in solidarity.  Contact: grandmothersrefsyd@gmail.com.