Rallies for Refugees

Monday 16 July to Sunday 22 July

#FiveYearsTooMany   #TwelveDeathsTooMany   #Justice4Refugees

July marks 5 years for refugees sent by the Australian Government to Manus and Nauru. The situation remains urgent. On 15 June, Fariborz became the 12th person to die as a result of offshore detention. Until all the refugees and asylum seekers are brought to Australia, we will keep fighting to close Manus Island and Nauru.

18 July 2018 – Media Release from Academics for Refugees

Essay:  “19 July 2013” – Five Years Have Passed – Tanya McIntyre, DASSAN
Print version (pdf with footnotes) here

Jessica Perini would like to share a film she made with filmmakers Arpita Sinha and Daniel Gregson about the 5 year anniversary – https://we.tl/fHlzJoStKn

Action ideas and resources here

*** Watch this space for more rallies and vigils across Australia ***

Media Reports

16 July 2018

RAC Eurobodalla to join National Day of Action

17 July 2018

Buddies to hold vigil for refugees

18 July 2018

Why these Ballarat grandmothers are taking a stand for refugees
12 Empty Chairs:
A Haunting Reminder of Detention Deaths, in Vigils Across Australia
Vigil to draw attention to plight of refugees at Nauru and Manus Island
Refugee tragedy of Manus Island and Nauru
12 Empty Chairs: A Haunting Reminder of Detention Deaths, in Vigils Across Australia

19 July 2018

Refugee advocates target political leaders
Protests mark five years of detention for Manus, Nauru refugees
12 Empty Chairs Symbolise the Grief of a Nation – 5 Years Too Long, 12 Deaths Too Many
Empty chairs and footwear pairs in detention protest
Vic vigils for offshore detention deaths
More than 30 protesters in Hargreaves Mall called for better treatment of refugees
‘Five years too many’: Shoalhaven residents rally for refugees
Manning and Great Lakes Rural Australians for Refugees vigil 2018
Five years on, it’s past time to evacuate Manus and Nauru
Armidale Rural Australians for Refugees holds Day of Mourning for detainees on Manus Island and Nauru
Refugee advocates are protesting outside the offices of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten
Blue Mountains Refugee Support group holds vigil outside Macquarie MP’s office
Shameful anniversary: 5 years of offshore detention
What is happening on Nauru should shock the conscience of every Australian
‘Five years too many’: Shoalhaven residents rally for refugees


20 July 2018

Mourning those who have died in detention
Five years of detention
Manus anniversary: ‘It’s been five years of … misery’
Call for evacuation of asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru
Scrap boat turnbacks, unions tell Shorten
Clearing asylum seeker camps is job half done
Support for Refugees is Growing – But There’s Hatred and it’s Troubling, say Activists

Wangaratta action made Front Page news

21 July 2018

Thousands rally in support of refugees – SBS
Thousands protest Australia’s refugee detention policy
Thousands rally in support of refugees – news.com.au
Australians Protest Five Years of Offshore Detention Policy – NY Times
Thousands rally against Australia’s refugee detention policy – Aljazeera

24 July 2018

Monday – 16 July Ballarat (Vic)
11am Outside the office of Catherine King MP for Ballarat – walk to Queen Victoria Square

Ballarat RAR kicks off #5YearsTooMany Campaign
16-22 July 2018

Why these Ballarat grandmothers are taking a stand for refugees

More than 30 people braved Ballarat’s cold 7 degrees winter’s day to attend the rally.
Rally started at Catherine Kings office and all then at 11:30 processed down to Queen Victoria Square in front of the Town Hall  spending 45 minutes being very visible to traffic and pedestrians.
19 July 2018 (7)

Ballarat RAR and Grandmothers will also be at the Melbourne Rally on Saturday 21 July 2018 – Meet at 11.12 am Wendouree Station or 11.18am Ballarat Station

Thursday – 19 July

Albany (WA) – Denmark and Albany combined vigil
11am –  12 Noon – Outside the office of Rick Wilson, MP for O’Connor
345 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie, WA
Further information – ruth.halbert@gmail.com
Oconnor 1

Albury (Vic)
12 Noon – 1pm QEII Square on Dean Street

Armidale (NSW)
1.   10am – 11.30am – Armidale Mall, Armidale
2.   12:30pm – 1.30pm – University of New England
3.    5pm to 5:30pm – cnr Marsh and Dumaresq Streets, Armidale
Day of mourning 2

Bendigo (Vic)
12 Noon Hargreaves Mall, outside the office of Senator McKenzie
180719 Bendigo

Bentleigh (Vic)
10am to 4 pm – Outside the office of Tim Wilson, MP for Goldstein
Bentleigh 1

Berwick (Vic)
10am – Outside the office of Jason Wood, MP for La Trobe
3/16 Langmore Lane Berwick

Buderim (Qld)
4.30pm-6pm  St Marks Anglican Church https://www.facebook.com/events/323548571513624/
Geelong 13

Camberwell (Vic)
11.30am – 12.30pm – outside the office of Josh Frydenberg MP for Kooyong
695 Burke Road Camberwell 

Castlemaine (Vic)
12 Noon-1pm – In front of the Market Building, Mostyn St, Castlemaine – rarcastlemaine@gmail.com

Daylesford (Vic)
4.30pm – 5.30pm – In Vincent Street near the ANZ Bank
Daylesford 1

Darwin (NT)
12-3pm outside Immigration Office (Cavenagh St, Darwin)
Darwin 9

10am-4pm – on the lawn outside the Echuca Library
Echuca Moama RAR will hold a silent vigil with 12 Empty Chairs

Edgecliff (NSW)
1pm-2.30pm, office of Malcolm Turnbull, PM & MP for Wentworth,
287-289 New South Head Rd
Turnbull 1

Geelong (Vic):  Rolling protest
3:30 pm – outside the office of Richard Marles MP for Corio, (Yarra St, Geelong)
Geelong 12
4:30 pm – outside the office of Sarah Henderson MP for Corangamite (cnr Rossack Drive and Colac Rd Waurn Ponds)
Geelong 6
5:30 pm – Highway lantern vigil, corner of Latrobe Terrace and Ryrie St Geelong
For more details – combinedrefugeeactiongroup@gmail.com

AIRAR will be joining with SCRAR and CRAG outside Sarah Henderson MP’s office at 4.30 and then on the side of the Highway in Geelong.

Great Western (Vic)
2pm 1477 Western Hwy, Great Western

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Hamilton (Vic)
2pm – 7.30pm Outside Hamilton Performing Arts Centre where the Film Society will be having its monthly showing of a film.
Hamilton 1

Jesuit Leaders stand in a respectful Circle of Silence
Kew 1

4pm – 5pm – oitside the office of Kevin Hogan MP
61-63 Molesworth Street, Lismore
Lismore 1

Marrickville (NSW)
4.30-5.30pm office of Anthony Albanese, MP for Grayndler
334A Marrickville Rd

Moonee Ponds (Vic)
12 Noon – Outside the office of Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition, MP for Maribyrnong
Suite 1A, 12 Hall Street, Moonee Ponds
Shorten's office 1

Moss Vale (NSW)
12.15-1.30pm, Leighton Gardens, Argyle St.
Moss Vale 1

5pm -6pm in front of Newcastle City Hall, Kind Street, Newcastle.
Newcastle 1

Nowra (NSW)
12 noon – 2pm – Outside the office of Ann Sudmalis, MP for Gilmore
59 Junction Street, Nowra, NSW
Nowra 1

Parramatta (NSW)
5.30pm – 6.30pm Centenary Square, Parramatta (Sydney, NSW) (Church St. 3 mins walk from Parramatta Train Station)
For information https://www.peoplejustlikeus.net/five_years_too_long_parramatta_vigil
Parramatta 03

Penrith (NSW)
2pm to 3pm – 331 High St – For information: secretary@bmrsg.org.au
Penrith 2

Revesby (Sydney, NSW)
11am-1pm Outside Coles Supermarket
(Next to Revesby Train Station, Cnr of Dixon Lane & Blamey St, 20-30 Blamey St)
For information – https://www.facebook.com/events/377968192607294/
Revesby 02

Another circle of Silence
Richmond 1

Rosny Park (Tas, East Hobart)
12pm-2pm, outside the office of Julie Collins MP for Franklin
18 Ross Avenue, Rosny Park, East Hobart

Another Circle of Silence
Sunshine 1

Sydney CBD (NSW)
Grandmothers Against Detention
Sydney 1

Taree (NSW)
12-2pm – Outside the office of David Gillespie, Assistant Minister for Children and Families, MP for Lyne
144 Victoria Street, Taree
Taree 1

Tweed Heads (NSW) – Far north coast will support the Lismore Amnesty event
4-5pm at the office of Kevin Hogan MP 61-63 Molesworth Street, Lismore

Wangaratta (Vic)
12 Noon – Outside the office of MP Cathy McGowan, MP for Indi
117 Murphy Street, Wangaratta

NB. Supporters from Wangaratta, Mansfield, Benalla, Beechworth, Albury Wodonga, Alpine and surrounding areas will attend the Wangaratta vigil.
RAR Regional Vigil Wangaratta 19 July 2018

Windsor (NSW)
12 noon, outside the Office of Susan Templeman MP for Macquarie, 299 George St Windsor – http://www.facebook.com/events/1854728238156991/
Windsor 10

BMRSG members, along with members of Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children, also held a protest outside the office of Lindsay MP Emma Husar.
Emma 1

Whyalla (SA)
10am – 1pm Outside the office of Rowan Ramsey, MP for Grey
45a Playford Ave, Whyalla, SA

4pm til 4:30pm – 128 High St (outside the Coles’ supermarket car park in High St) Woodend – https://www.facebook.com/events/1819514684830359/
Woodend 1

Friday – 20 July

Adelaide (SA)
5pm – 6pm – King William end of Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Brisbane (Qld)
5pm King George Square https://www.facebook.com/events/2129760517296265/
Adelaide 1

Warrnambool (Vic)
12 Noon – Outside the office of Dan Tehan MP for Wannon
73 Kepler Street, Warrnambool
Warrnambool 1

Saturday – 21 July

Adelaide (SA)
2pm Pilgrim Uniting Church with speakers Imran Mohammad who was on Manus and is now in America, Dr Paddy Mclisky from doctors for refugees, Claire O’Connor SC Barrister and human rights advocate.
At 3 pm we move to the Mall to be a visible public presence

Benalla (Vic)
10am – Bridge Street, Benalla
RAR Benalla 1

Cairns (Qld)
2pm-3pm 2pm-3pm Esplanade on the lawn near the stones (just south towards Fogarty Park)
cairns carla gorton

Canberra (ACT)
1pm Commonwealth Ave https://www.facebook.com/events/1713793885381314/

Coffs Harbour (NSW)
10:30 am Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour, where the farmers markets are held. https://www.facebook.com/events/258299584954648/Coffs Harbour 1

Melbourne (Vic)
2pm State Library https://www.facebook.com/events/973877949444423/
Melb SBS 1
More photos of the Melbourne Rally on RAC Victoria Facebook

Perth (WA)
1pm Corner of Murray Street Mall and Forrest Place
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Sydney (NSW)
1pm Town Hall https://www.facebook.com/events/587508351648267/
Sydney 6

Sunday, 22 July

Kerang (Vic)
7.30pm – 8pm St Johns Anglican Church Kerang

Newcastle (NSW)
3pm Wheeler Place


Posters for Printing …

  1. Poster (12 Men)  here
  2. Poster (Call for National Action) here