National Week of Prayer and Action 2019
A week of community solidarity with people seeking asylum
CAPSA invites you to participate in this year’s National Week of Prayer and Action to be held between 16th – 23rd June 2019. This coincides with Refugee Week, and will be in the first 100 days of a newly elected government, so a crucial time for a strong message for compassion, and compassionate policies, for those seeking asylum.
As a practical expression of Pope Francis’ message to welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants and refugees, we are asking for you to take action alongside others from across the Catholic community all over Australia! Please register – this allows our collective advocacy to have greater impact – together we can make a difference!
Schools, parishes, networks and organisations will all join together to pray, take direct action and raise awareness for people seeking asylum in our communities.
Actions and Resources:
School Actions and Resources: Please click here
Parish/Network Actions and Resources: Please click here
For a printable flyer to pass on with information about the week click here
For a poster to put up in your parish or school click here
Our advocacy focus for the NWPA 2019 is ‘a fair process for people seeking asylum’
- We process people seeking asylum while they live in the community, in Australia
- Claims for asylum need to be assessed promptly, transparently and with respect for human dignity
- There is access to avenues for fair appeal.
- There are adequate supports for people while they wait for their application to be processed to live a dignified life in the community.
Check out our video from previous year’s week of prayer and action:
Help us tell the story
Part of CAPSA’s work is to tell the story of this important week of prayer and action to the broader community and Government. The best way we can do this is if you send us a photo, or some (however brief) details of your event or action, and if a student, staff or parishioner are willing to be a media point of contact, let us know!
We will only engage with media where you have given us explicit approval to do so – please indicate this in the registration form. We want schools to know that we put the interests and needs of students before anything else. Engaging with media, of any sort, would only be pursued with complete support from schools.
Our aim here is to promote positive conversations in the broader community about how we treat refugees and people seeking asylum as a community. CAPSA will provide media support for all schools who are open to media engagement.