May 2017 Bulletin
CATHOLIC ALLIANCE FOR PEOPLE SEEKING ASYLUM
MAY 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.
Horrors of Manus revealed
In under a week, the situation on Manus Island has deteriorated rapidly. This week detainees were told that the detention centre they are currently residing in, will be closed and demolished, starting at the end of this month. With many facing uncertain futures around the US deal, many are feeling the pressure to return to the places they have fled from.
Following this The Guardian revealed secret documents showing that managers of the Manus centre made conditions deliberately inhospitable to drive refugees there to return home.
This is yet another horrific revelation indicating the utter failure of Australia’s offshore detention regime.
Families belong together – take our pledge
Love your family?
Currently getting visas for family reunion for refugees can be a difficult, expensive and very long process: for many it is not even possible.
Let’s keep families together!
Melbourne Community Action Training
CAPSA and the Uniting Church in Australia are jointly offering local church and community groups in Melbourne an opportunity to come together and build skills for action around refugee issues in Australia.
We are running training for facilitating community conversations and meeting your local MP. The training supports the launch of our new Toolkit for Refugee Action – check it out and get involved!
Check out the dates and RSVP here
Recommended reading & viewing
Boundless plains to share – why we need a new narrative on refugees – Hannah Macauley-Gierhart – Right Now
Peter Dutton gives asylum seekers in Australia deadline to apply for refugee status – Ben Doherty – The Guardian
First-hand accounts of Australian offshore and onshore detention – Christopher Ringrose – Right Now
Refugees, elderly, likely most affected by citizenship changes – James Elton-Pym – SBS News