Join us by walking for justice for refugees on Palm Sunday March 25

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 rallies across Australia on Sunday March 25.

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 2018 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.
  • Learn more about current issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees.

Event details  

Adelaide
Where: Victoria Square, Grote Street (for march to Parliament House)
When: 2pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/207964319756021/

Armidale
Where: Central Park
When: 11am 

Brisbane
Where: King George Square, George St, (for march to St John's Cathedral)
When: 1pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/403586493422299/

Canberra
Where: Garema Place
When: 1pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/397417987386829/

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

Echuca
Where: Echuca Library
When: 2pm                                                                                                            

Hobart
Where: Parliament House Gardens, Parliament House
When: 2pm                                                                                                            
https://www.facebook.com/events/2001318913523303 

Launceston
Where: Princes Park, Elizabeth St
When: 12.30pm BYO picnic, Princes Square, 2pm march via the city centre to City Park for a multicultural celebration

Lennox Head
Where: Ballina Rd bus shelter at Nth end of shopping centre
When: 11am

Margaret River
Where: Reuter Park
When: 1pm

Melbourne
Where: State Library, Swanston Street
When: 2pm 
https://www.facebook.com/events/142529579757550

Newcastle
Where: Wheeler Place, Hunter St 
When: 12:45pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/576928105985311/

Perth
Where: St George's Cathedral, St Georges Terrace
When: 1pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/2038952673042985/                                                              

Sydney
Where: Belmore Park Hay St, Haymarket  
When: 2pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/163333934168474/  

Wollongong
Where: Crown Street Mall, Crown Street
When: 12pm                                                                                                                                 
https://www.facebook.com/events/2046475285637290/

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. 

After nearly five years of fear, violence and limbo, up to 1800 people - including 150 children - are still languishing in desperate and dangerous conditions across Manus and Nauru. For asylum seekers living in the Australian community, life continues to be tough as people are denied access to essential services and long-term security. Recent changes to the Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) program risk pushing people seeking asylum into deeper poverty and hardship due to a loss of basic financial support.

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. 

Further information, articles and links:

  • Click here to find read about our concerns regarding the asylum seekers and refugees stranded on Manus island and Nauru
  • Click here to visit the Refugee Council of Australia website
  • Visit the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) website.