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February 2020

Geelong – PAKO FEST PARADE

February 29
Packington Street Geelong, VIC + Google Map

Hello Brilliant CRAG supporters!! (Community Refugee Action Group) It is that time of year again and CRAG is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the PAKO FESTA PARADE on Saturday 29th Feb 2020!! (Packington Street, Geelong) And we need you!!   We would absolutely love for you to join us in the parade! We already have a few volunteers, but the more the merrier! You don't need to dress up or perform! You just need to walk along…

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Brisbane – MUSICIANS & COMMUNITY RALLY FOR REFUGEES

February 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kangaroo Point, 721 Main St, Kangaroo Point
Brisbane, QLD Australia
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MUSICIANS & COMMUNITY RALLY FOR REFUGEES Stop the cruelty Free Kazem and other refugees When and where: 3pm, Saturday 29th February. Outside the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel & Apartments, 721 Main St, Kangaroo Point For nine months Iranian Kurdish metal musician Kazem Kazemi has been detained in a Brisbane Hotel along with about 80 other refugees. Brisbane musicians and community members will show their support for Kazem and the other refugees cruelty detained in a protest outside the hotel on…

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March 2020

Melbourne – Book Talk – Stories of courage and sacrifice from Christmas Island

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
New International Bookshop, 54 Victoria St
Carlton, VIC
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Torture & Trauma counsellor, Christine Cummins, shares true stories of courage and sacrifice from Christmas Island After spending five years working on Christmas Island as a torture and trauma counsellor Christine Cummins found herself in the privileged position as the holder of stories. She had witnessed the arrival of thousands of men, women and children seeking asylum by boat, and provided counselling and support to hundreds. Returning to mainland Australia she identified an important gap in public understanding of people…

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Nation wide: #toNZ campaign

March 10 - April 2

Update: 26FEB2020 #NEWS #AUSPOL #TONZ "Papua New Guinea (PNG) should discuss resettling Manus Island refugees in New Zealand, says the Catholic Church in PNG. In July 2013, the Australian government ruled that no refugees being detained offshore would be resettled in Australia. Since then, the Australian government has locked up 3127 people without trial in Nauru and on Manus Island. The office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court last week described Australia’s detention of refugees in PNG and Nauru as cruel,…

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Melbourne – Running with Emus is a new, non-naturalistic Australian play

March 11 - March 22

A new play written by a Gannawarra Shire local, to be launched in Cohuna next February before transferring to La Mama in Melbourne for a 2 week season. The play has also been selected for the VCE play list for 2020.   Written by: Merrilee Moss Directed by: Kim Durban Starring: Julie Nihill, Sam Baxter, Kevin Dee, Gregory J Fryer & Elizabeth Sly   Two Week Season at La Mama Courthouse Theatre, 349 Drummond St Carlton Wed March 11 -…

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ACT: Protection from Refuge: The Role of Courts along the Refugee Journey

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

by ANU College of Law Research Office This presentation addresses one of the most significant problems facing the refugee protection regime: that the places in which people in need of international protection seek refuge are often as dangerous and bleak as the conditions they fled. In response, many people travel within and across borders in attempts to secure what they believe to be places of genuine sanctuary. While there is scholarship on these journeys, there is little investigation of the…

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Blue Mountains – A Community Conversation with Refugees

March 29 @ 1:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Our Lady of Nativity School Hall, 7 Somers Street
Lawson, Australia
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Come and take part in a Table Talk Hear personal stories from a refugee or asylum seeker. Questions answered by an expert working in the field  

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April 2020

Cairns: Feast of Freedom

April 4 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Cairns 4 Refugees are hosting a Feast for Freedom - a fundraiser for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). Funds will be used to support people & families with their basic food, housing and medical needs; as well advocacy work for a fair, just & welcoming Australia. Feast for Freedom is a celebration of community coming together in unity to stand with refugees and people seeking asylum and raise vital funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. It is a…

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Nation Wide Online: Palm Sunday Actions

April 5
Australia-wide, Australia

#justice4refugees Palm Sunday is a time to call for justice and peace.  This year Annual Rallies and Public Gatherings are cancelled due to COVID-19, but we must not forget that refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia, and those held offshore, are still struggling with injustices, insecurity and cruelty of the current polices. This is a time for us to speak up for justice, and for a safer future for all – especially those who are most vulnerable in our communities.…

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Nationwide Online: Call to Action

April 17 - May 10

We are encouraging our members to follow up on these actions below: People just need to copy and paste the image and text into an email, and add their local MP's email address MP's Email addresses are on: AHP Website -  https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Guidelines_for_Contacting_Senators_and_Members ARAN Website -  https://aran.net.au/resources/letter-writing/  - Members of the House of Representatives as at 18 Sept 2019 Email addresses – ACT MPs Email addresses – NSW MPs Email addresses – NT MPs Email addresses – Qld MPs Email addresses – SA MPs…

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