Dear refugee supporters,
For some months we have been planning a refugee rights rally for Saturday, 12th April. Several groups have been involved, including Amnesty International, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, The Greens, Labor for Refugees, representatives of the Hazara and Tamil communities, as well as the Refugee Action Collective. We ask you to support this event, and use your resources to spread the word We hope to see you, as well as your staff, volunteers and where appropriate, your clients, on the day.
The description of the event is below, and a flier is attached below. Please send these out far and wide. We hope to see you there. For further information, please ring me at 3392 3843.
Rally planning group.
Rally & March
Stop the War on Refugees
There is a military aspect to the Abbott government’s attack on asylum seekers who come by boat. It is indeed a kind of war. Some of us want this war to cease. The April rally has been organised by a diverse group of organisations and individuals who agree about this. They include Amnesty International, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, the Refugee Action Collective, Labor for Refugees, The Greens, and representatives of the Hazara and Tamil communities. We have also co-operated with Rally for Peace & Nuclear Disarmament.
Come along and make it clear to both government and opposition that their oppressive policies are completely unacceptable.
Time & Place:
1pm, Saturday, 12th April, at King George Square, Brisbane.
Our MC: Well-regarded Brisbane refugee advocate, Frederika Steen.
The Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt, Anglican Dean of Brisbane
Benedict Coyne, Qld convenor, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.
Mark Isaacs, author of “The Undesirables”, an account from inside the Nauru detention camp.
Paul, 3392 3843, paul@rac –qld.org .
The day after: Palm Sunday peace rally
100 years since World War I: What have we learnt since then?
Please note that although the refugee rights event is the day before Palm Sunday, the usual Palm Sunday peace rally will take place on the Sunday as usual.
Time & place:
2pm, Sunday 13th April, at Brisbane Square, top of Queen St Mall, Brisbane.
John Kelly, 0424 765 181.