June 2018 Bulletin



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Refugee Week 2018 – get involved!

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees in Australian society. Today more than ever, we need a global movement to demand the safety and rights of refugees are protected. This year, Refugee Week will run from Sunday 17th June to Saturday 23rd June with the theme #WithRefugees.

To celebrate, RCOA invites you to attend their Refugee Week Launch Festival, Refugee Film Festival and other local community events. We also encourage you to spread the message of Refugee Week. Invite your friends, share events amongst your network and let’s all get ready to discuss and share new ideas!

For further details see:

With Refugees – A non-fiction storytime

As part of the week you can also get along to hear the story of Agum (from Jesuit Social Services’ Just Voices Speakers Program) and her journey from Sudan after civil war broke out. Learn about an experience very different to most that will touch your heart. With special guest MC, Paul Stewart.

See details here: http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/libraries/whats-on/Pages/with-refugees.aspx

The ARAN Conference is in Melbourne – 7 & 8 July 2018   Politics and Protest – the Fight for Refugee Rights

The Australian Refugee Action Network is organising the second ARAN National CONFERENCE, which will be held in Melbourne on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July 2018 – we hope you are planning to join us there!  

The conference is moderately priced ($40 concession, $75 full) and is open to anyone interested in refugee activism and advocacy.  

Gather with other activists and advocates for refugee rights from across Australia to:

  • Discuss the political context and campaign priorities
  • Share ideas and experience for mobilizing and effective campaigning
  • Explore strategies for networking across activist and advocacy groups to strengthen the campaign effort  

Keep updated with the latest about the conference at https://australianrefugeeactionnetwork.wordpress.com/conf-2018/

For more information email Marie at info@refugeeadvocacynetwork.org.au


This new film looks at how the western world is dealing with the current refugee crisis and how this impacts on our democratic rights. Screenings in Melbourne from 13 June, Sydney from 1 July, Brisbane from July 3, Adelaide from July 4 and Perth from 19 July.

Download the flyer here.

Note – fundraiser screening in Sydney for RACS and House of Welcome on 1 July.

Bookings here.

Helping our Refugee Families, Forum for Parishes – 25 August

As part of their Welcome the Asylum Seeker Parish Support Program, Catholic Social Services Victoria is hosting a forum for parishes, ‘Helping our Refugee Families and Friends’ on Saturday 25 August, at the Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne, from 9.30am – 12.45pm.

The forum will bring together asylum seekers, parish leaders with a variety of experiences supporting refugee families, clergy, Catholic support agency leaders together with parishioners, experienced and not so experienced, in providing support.

For more information, contact Adrian Foley: adrian.foley@css.org.au or go here: http://www.css.org.au/Article-View/Article/22347/Helping-our-Refugee-Families-Forum-for-Parishes-25-August#.Wxo6lYozaUl

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