09. April 2017 - 14:00 till 16:00
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Sydney Palm Sunday rally for refugees 2017 | Sunday, 09. April 2017

We can do better! #BringThemHere

March to Circular Quay

Speakers include:
MARK MOREY Secretary, Unions NSW
SAMUEL PHO Vietnamese refugee and Salvation Army National Secretary
SUE WAREHAM Medical Association for the Prevention of War

Performances from Mahdia Rahman (Slam poet) and Sydney Trade Union Choir and Solidarity Choir

Conditions for the refugees and asylum seekers dumped on Nauru and Manus Island remain intolerable. Detention on Manus has claimed the lives of Reza Barati, Hamid Khazaei, Kamil Hussain and Faysal Ishak Ahmed, who died on Christmas Eve, following the failure to provide him with proper medical care. Last year Omid Masoumali died after losing hope on Nauru.

Malcolm Turnbull’s claim that Donald Trump will honour his US resettlement deal for refugees on Manus and Nauru is looking more and more doubtful. Refugees on Manus and Nauru are potentially caught by Trump’s extreme executive order banning Muslims and refugees from entering the US, as they **** new “extreme vetting” procedures before being considered.

If the deal goes ahead, it is clear that hundreds of refugees will miss out, with a cap of 1250 people. Asylum seekers whose claims have not been fairly processed and anyone the US will not accept will remain stuck on Manus and Nauru. We still need to demand that the Australian government “Bring Them Here”.

There are also around 30,000 people seeking asylum in the community waiting for their claims to be processed, many unable to work and with only minimal income support. At most they will receive only Temporary Protection Visas, leaving them with the continuing threat of forced return and unable to reunite with their families.

Trump’s election and his hatred against Muslims, refugees and immigrants is encouraging some parliamentarians in Australia to follow suit. Trump’s belligerent language has disturbed governments and people across the planet and can only help induce more people into fleeing for safety. Australia should speak out to counter this effect.

But Trump’s actions have also produced big protests in the US as well as here in Sydney and around the world. Support for refugees is growing here too. Last year’s #LetThemStay protests stopped the government sending 267 refugees and asylum seekers back to Nauru and Manus Island. A majority of people now say detention of refugees on Manus and Nauru should end. Join us to step up the pressure for change. We can do better, Bring them here.
DONATE: Make a direct deposit or send a cheque to Sydney Peace & Justice Coalition, PO Box K824, HAYMARKET NSW 1240. BSB: 082-024 Account Number: 56 140 1082

Endorsed by: Unions NSW, NSW Ecumenical Council, NSW Greens, Labor for Refugees, GetUp, Sydney Peace & Justice Coalition, Refugee Council of Australia, Refugee Action Coalition, Asylum Seekers Centre, Australian Refugee Action Network, Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group, Bridge for Asylum Seekers Foundation, Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA), ChilOut, Christian Brothers Oceania, Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia and the Solomon Islands, Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education, Grandmothers against Detention of Refugee Children, Independent Education Union of Australia NSW/ACT, Latin America Social Forum, Love Makes a Way, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, MUA Sydney branch, Mums 4 Refugees, Music for Refugees, National Council of Churches in Australia, National Tertiary Education Union NSW, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association, NSW Teachers Federation, Pax Christi Australia, People Just Like Us, Presentation Sisters (Lismore), Presentation Sisters (Wagga), Presentation Sisters (WA Inc), Rural Australians for Refugees, Sisters of Charity of Australia, Sisters of St Joseph, Sisters of the Good Samaritan, Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Sydney Catholic Schools, Sydney Uni SRC, Teachers for Refugees, The Little Company of Mary, Unions for refugees, Uniting, Uniting Church Synod of NSW/ACT, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Women’s March Sydney
  • Our final two speakers for Sunday are MARK MOREY and ELIZABETH JARRETT. Mark is the Secretary of Unions NSW, elected in February last year. He has previously worked as a social worker and in youth development. Elizabeth is a Bundjalung-Dunghutti-Gumbaynggirr woman from the Nambucca valley in NSW. She is an activist with FIRE, GMAR Sydney and ISJA Sydney, a human rights poet and a direct descendant of the original Stolen Generation and will give an acknowledgement of country.
  • Palm Sunday posters left inside and taped outside the Surry Hills mosque this morning in time for Friday prayers. If anyone has time to leave posters or fliers at Auburn, Lakemba, Arncliffe or any other mosques today, let us know.
  • Sydney's biggest rally for refugees for the year is THIS SUNDAY. Join the call for Turnbull to #ClosetheCamps and #BringThemHere. Invite your friends at www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225 and please share!
  • This is a fantastic cause I will be attending. Also, for anyone reading this I am looking for someone to teach me basic Arabic some time between this Saturday - Tuesday, for 3 hours for $80 cash. I am going to be reporting from Refugee Camps in Europe and although there will be translators, I'd love to be able to converse a little bit. Please PM me!
  • Will be away sorry TD 😕
  • Speakers on Sunday include SAMUEL PHO and DR SUE WAREHAM. Samuel fled Vietnam as a refugee in 1978 by boat following the fall of Saigon and, after spending time in Malaysia, was resettled in Australia. Arriving in Melbourne, he joined the Salvation Army and last year was appointed its National Secretary. Interviewed about the refugee issue today he has said, “It saddens me that people now are in the same situation that I was in… If I had left even in the '90s I wouldn't have gotten the same treatment.” Sue is a Canberra GP and Vice President of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War as well as a member of the Australian Management Committee of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. In 2006, Dr Wareham received an Order of Australia Medal in recognition of her long term peacebuilding efforts.
  • US officials now on Manus fingerprinting refugees for security screening. But only 300 have even had their first interview there so far. It's time to end this farce and #BringThemHere. Get ready to rally this Sunday www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225
  • Speakers on Sunday include SAFY HAREER and JOUMANA HARRIS. Safy is a refugee from Sudan who was involved in gaining legal representation and family support when Sudanese refugee Faysal Ahmed died on Christmas Eve after the failure to provide medical care on Manus. Joumana is the President of the Muslim Women’s Association, which works to support and advocate for Muslim women. In the climate of rampant Islamophobia, from Trump’s Muslim ban to relentless media demonisation, their work has been vital to providing strength and self-assurance within the Muslim community.
  • Faysal died as a result of detention on Manus on Christmas eve last December. Join us to demand Turnbull #BringThemHere now before the offshore camps claim another life. Rally THIS SUNDAY! www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225
  • If you're interested in the plight of refugees, click on the 'Send Message' tab and put yourself down for a shift at Villawood. People needed at any time 24/7, so what ever you can contribute will be most worth doing.
  • Sorry I can't attend as the postponed Red Hot Summer Tour is on that day. See you all soon Liz
  • Behrouz Boochani recorded this message from Manus "I am calling on you, please support the refugees in the rally on 9 April"; happening nation-wide next week on Palm Sunday. It's time to #ClosetheCamps and #BringThemHere. Invite your friends here https://australianrefugeeactionnetwork.wordpress.com/palm-sunday-rallies-across-australia/
  • Detention on Manus and Nauru has claimed five lives already, and destroyed thousands more. Time to #BringThemHere, rally on Palm Sunday 9 April and invite your friends here www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225
  • Don't believe the government spin that children are out of detention. There are still children in detention on Nauru. Time to #BringThemHere, rally on Palm Sunday www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225
  • I've put up fliers on local supermarket notice boards, public notice boards, cafe windows, churches, libraries, my bedroom window & the rear car windscreen!! Hope everyone else has too 😁💪🏽✊🏼👍🏻✌️🙏🏾
  • Let all your teacher friends know about the dynamic teachers for refugees contingent!! And if YOU are a teacher, you know what.to do.
  • Saeed is still in Villawood awaiting deportation, and activists have been out there since Friday night continuously. There will be a vigil outside the detention centre on Wednesday night to demand the government stop his deportation. Hope to see you there!
  • They talk of "progress" with the US deal but the figure the UNHCR will refer to the US is only 850. And no guarantee the US will even take all those. What about the other 1200 people? It's time to #BringThemHere. Rally on Palm Sunday www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225
  • Sorry honey no can do **
  • I can safely say that it's the first time I've ever put posters up in Watson's Bay!
  • If anyone can come support the amazing work of RAC and other activists today that would be sick Emergency action alert to stop the deportation of 'Saeed' - a vulnerable asylum seeker. It's never a crime to seek asylum.
  • Important snap action this afternoon at the Villawood detention centre to stop a deportation.
  • One year since Omid's death on Nauru, Ben Doherty interviews his partner Pari, still in detention. Enough is enough! Time to #BringThemHere and #ClosetheCamps. Invite your friends to rally on Palm Sunday www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225
  • In the 3 weeks leading up to the Palm Sunday rally, Quaker Peace and Justice invite everyone concerned about the suffering of people seeking asylum under Australia's brutal immigration policies to join us at a silent vigil in Martin Place every Thursday at lunchtime, starting today at noon.
  • If you haven't already please support the Thunderclap for Palm Sunday refugee rally http://thndr.me/0GcU7G We need another 31 people to get it to 100 in the next 7 days. Just visit the link above, login with Facebook and click "support". This allows it to post the Thunderclap post from your Facebook account at same time as everyone else. Thanks!