Join us by walking for justice for refugees on Palm Sunday April 9

Supporters of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Canberra marched for refugees at a Palm Sunday Rally.

 

Members and supporters of the St Vincent de Paul Society invite you to join us when we take part in the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees 2017 on Sunday April 9.

Each year, tens of thousands of people march in cities and towns across the country to highlight the injustices experienced by asylum seekers and refugees under current government policy.

We hope this year’s rallies will build on that momentum.

A large and vibrant turn out for Palm Sunday 2017 will send a clear message that Australia must adopt an alternative approach to those fleeing persecution and war – an approach based on fairness, compassion and respect.

How to get involved

  • Find the nearest event and turn up on the day. See a list of event details below.
  • Share the link to this page on social media or email it to your family and friends.
  • Find or add events in your local area to CAPSA’s online calendar for Palm Sunday rallies.
  • Learn more about current issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees.

Event details  

Adelaide
Where: Victoria Square, Grote Street
When: 2pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1460313434042846/

Alice Springs
Where: John Flynn Memorial Uniting Church, Todd Mall
When: 4pm

Bendigo
Where: On/near steps of information centre, 51-67 Pall Mall
When: Saturday 8th April, 10am
https://allevents.in/events/bendigos-palm-sunday-gathering-on-saturday-8-april/269429043480359  

Brisbane
Where: King George Square, George St, (for march to St John's Cathedral)
When: 2pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1257847874300436/

Canberra
Where: Civic Square, ACT Assembly
When: 1pm
http://www.refugeeaction.org.au/?p=5733

Darwin
Where: Esplanade Park, Darwin City, The Esplanade
When: 5pm

Forster
Where: Meet at Forster main beach baths (for walk over bridge to John Wright Park, Tuncurry)
When: 11am
http://www.greatlakesrar.org/justice-for-refugees/ 

Hobart
Where: Parliament House Gardens, Parliament House
When: 1pm

Launceston
Where: Princes Park, Elizabeth St
When: 1:45pm

Lennox Head
Where: Meet on the beach front near the bus stop
When: 11am
https://www.facebook.com/WITH-OPEN-ARMS-763173077088069/

Melbourne
Where: State Library, Swanston Street
When: 2pm (music starts from 1:30pm)
https://www.facebook.com/palmsundaywalk

Newcastle
Where: Wheeler Place, Hunter St (for three minute circle of silence for peace)
When: 12:45pm
https://www.amnesty.org.au/events/palm-sunday-peace-event/ 

Perth
Where: St George's Cathedral, St Georges Terrace
When: 1pm

Sydney
Where: Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park North, Elizabeth Street
When: 2pm
www.facebook.com/events/1790212824567225

Townsville
Where: Rock Pool, The Strand, 54 Howitt Street
When: 4pm

Wollongong
Where: Crown Street Mall, Crown Street
When: 2pm

 

Why join the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees?

The Society is deeply troubled by the ongoing injustices experienced by those seeking asylum in Australia, including the intolerable conditions that refugees on Nauru and Manus Island continue to endure; the 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers who live in limbo in the Australian community on bridging visas or other temporary visas; and the increasingly vitriolic attacks on refugees and migrants both in Australia and abroad. Against this backdrop, it is as important as ever that we gather and express solidarity alongside those who have fled persecution or conflict but continue to experience injustice. 

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