March 2017 Bulletin
CATHOLIC ALLIANCE FOR PEOPLE SEEKING ASYLUM
MARCH 2017 BULLETIN
We believe that together we CAN make a difference, starting with small acts of kindness and hospitality and becoming a collective voice demanding more compassionate asylum seeker policies.
Join a Palm Sunday rally near you
Every year tens of thousands of people nationally march for justice for refugees affected by the cruel and harsh policies of the Australian government. With the increasingly vitriolic attacks on refugees and migrants around the world, it is now more important than ever that we gather and express solidarity alongside those who have struggled for their rights in this country.
Check out this article by Fr Andy Hamilton on the significance of Palm Sunday and a piece by Tim McKenna outlining what needs to change.
CAPSA launches the National Week of Prayer & Action in schools
After the success of CAPSA’s National Week of Prayer & Action in 2016, we are again inviting schools to participate in this important act of solidarity with refugees and people seeking asylum in 2017. The week provides an opportunity for school communities to meaningfully engage with the Catholic mission to ‘welcome the stranger’.
Activities will happen from June 9 -23 and will include Detention4Detention, Circle of Silence and speaking events.
Donate to CAPSA
Every dollar will help us to work within the Catholic community to take bold, courageous action to support people seeking asylum. All donations over $2 are tax deductible through Jesuit Social Services.
Recommended reading & viewing
Manus Island health provider ‘operating illegally for three years’: report – Kerrie Armstrong – SBS News
What is Discrimination? – Castan Centre for Human Rights – video
The Messenger Podcast – Abdul Aziz Muhamat & Michael Green – Behind the Wire
Australians aren’t as Islamaphobic as we’re led to believe – Riaz Hassan – The Conversation
Women of Nauru: seeing my sons in a school uniform is my only dream – Saba Vasefi – The Guardian