Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Palm Sunday Rallies for Refugees

This Palm Sunday Uniting Church members will join thousands of others across Australia calling for fair, compassionate and just policies for refugees and asylum seekers.

The 2019 Palm Sunday events will take place on Sunday 14 April in capital cities and regional towns organised by a number of faith and advocacy groups and community organisations.

UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has encouraged Uniting Church members to join the rallies to take a stand for justice.

“We can treat refugees and people seeking asylum with dignity and respect. We can respond to people seeking safety with compassion and welcome, said Dr Palmer in a video promoting the rallies.

The rallies will raise awareness of the plight of those in offshore detention and people seeking asylum in the community who are being cut off from essential services.

They will call for an end to offshore processing and indefinite detention of people seeking asylum and a change of policies which provide only temporary protection for refugees.

“Instead we call for safety, for justice and for freedom,” said Dr Palmer.

Each Palm Sunday event has a different theme and include a mix of speakers, a walk through the streets and entertainment.

Details of the rallies below.

Adelaide: I Choose Humane, 2pm, Victoria Square
Facebook event here

Brisbane:  Palm Sunday Rally for Peace and Refugees, 2-4pm, Speakers Corner, outside Parliament House, Corner of George and Alice Streets
Facebook event here

Canberra: Enough is Enough: Palm Sunday 2019 Rally for Refugees, 1pm, Garema Place, Canberra
Facebook event here

 Hobart: 2-4pm, Parliament Lawns, Hobart
Facebook event here

Melbourne: Walk for Justice for Refugees, 2-5pm, State Library of Victoria
Facebook event here.

Perth: Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees 2019, 1-3pm, St George’s Cathedral
Facebook event  here

Sydney: Say Yes to Refugees, 2-4pm, Belmore Park, 191 Hay St, Haymarket, NSW.
Facebook event here

 Go here for details of regional locations.