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
  • 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!
  • Is anything happening in Canberra?
  • NTEU members at UTS and Sydney Uni held t-shirt actions today saying #ClosetheCamps. Bring your workmates and your union flags to the Palm Sunday rally www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225
  • Strathfield covered in posters. Now Burwood...The three of us are stopping at every station on the way in to town!
  • It's time to #ClosetheCamps and #BringThemHere. Please share and invite your friends to the rally on Palm Sunday www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225/
  • Postering Bondi Beach!
  • NTEU members at UTS and Sydney Uni are holding t-shirt actions tomorrow. The government claims Harmony Day is “about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone”. The t-shirt action aims to highlight the hypocrisy of this message when refugees are being excluded from belonging in Australia.
  • More delays on US deal. Now refugees on Manus and Nauru told they have to be fingerprinted before any further interviews. Still no news about whether the US will accept any of them, after four months. It's time to #BringThemHere, rally on Palm Sunday www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225
  • Does anyone know if something is planned for Newcastle?
  • Dutton is still refusing to let Mojgan have a permanent visa to allow her to live securely in Australia, without threat of return to danger. Sign this petition and join us to demand justice for refugees on Sydney's Palm Sunday rally www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225
  • We've hit 500 attending on Facebook. Let's keep up the momentum! Add your name to one of this many stalls happening across Sydney this Sat 18th, and on 1st April:. www.facebook.com/events/377801735918950/
  • Uncertainty over US refugee deal, which looks like it may never happen, is causing "frightening" psychological damage to refugees on Manus and Nauru, Amnesty says. It's time to #BringThemHere join the rally on Palm Sunday www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225
  • Deportation threat from Manus grows after bizarre decision in PNG courts yesterday that the detention centre is closed despite refugees still being forced to live there. It's time to #BringThemHere rally on Palm Sunday www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225
  • Mojgan is still living with uncertainty on a bridging visa after her release from detention last year, like up to 30,000 other asylum seekers. Watch her on Australian Story on ABC at 8pm tonight. Demand justice for refugees rally on Palm Sunday 9 April www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225
  • We've got thousands of posters and leaflets back for the printers to promote the major rally for refugees on Palm Sunday. Let us know if you can use some to stick up at work, near where you live, or to leaflet your local train station. Message us with your address and how many you'd like and we can mail some out.
  • Where do we finish marching?
  • Help us spread the word about the major rally for refugees on Palm Sunday. Visit this link below and sign up to the Thunderclap by clicking on "support with Facebook".
  • List of Palm Sunday rallies across the country so far. If you know of any others, please lewve a comment below. Sydney: www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225/ Melbourne: https://www.facebook.com/events/319469755104081/ Brisbane: www.facebook.com/events/1257847874300436/ Adelaide: www.facebook.com/events/1460313434042846/ Events are also being organised in Newcastle, Wollongong, Darwin, Perth, Tasmania and more....but no Facebook events yet because exact details are still being worked out. There are probably more regional places that I'm unaware of. Lemme know!
  • Standing up makes a difference
  • Thank you Rhonda
  • I will also be there leading Wesley Mission Palm Sunday march. Will c u there
  • It's a bit too far from Malta but will be with you in spirit x