Join the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees

Group of protestors.

Members and supporters of the St Vincent de Paul Society invite you to join us when we take part in Palm Sunday rallies across Australia on Sunday April 14.

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.

In the run up to the federal election, a large and vibrant turn out for Palm Sunday 2019 will send a clear message to the prospective Government and wider community that Australia must adopt an alternative approach to those fleeing persecution and war – an approach based on fairness, compassion and respect. 

We encourage members and supporters to join their local Palm Sunday Walk for Justice and help deliver the message to all politicians that we want a fair society that welcomes refugees.

How to get involved

Group of marchers.

 

Event details  

Adelaide
Where:
 Victoria Square, Grote Street (for march to Parliament House)
When: 2pm
www.facebook.com/events/388920865233942/

Alice Springs
Where:
 John Flynn Uniting Church 9am
When: 9am (Safe Harbour Community Art Launch) 
https://www.facebook.com/events/493483954389956 

Bendigo
Where:
Meet at 12pm from various locations (see facebook for further details) for walk to Bendigo Library Gardens; picnic lunch afterwards
When: 12pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/429549937814700/ 

Bowral
Where:
 Corbett Plaza
When:  5:30-6:30pm, Friday 12 April (Justice for Refugees Vigil)
https://www.facebook.com/events/778193455891552/ 

Brisbane
Where:
Speakers corner, outside QLD State Parliament (Corner of George and Alice Street)
When:  2pm - 4pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/292328904788712/

Cairns
Where:
 Cairns Western Events Lawn, Cairns Esplande
When:  10am
https://www.facebook.com/events/317660798946705/ 

Canberra
Where: 
Garema Place, Civic
When: 1pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/856286414702865/

Forster
Where: Forster Main Baths then a walk via footpaths across the bridge to Tuncurry to the park for a 30 minute where a silent vigil will take place.
When: 11am
https://www.facebook.com/events/2656887210993119/                                                                                            

Hobart
Where:
Parliament Lawns, Parliament House, Salamanca Place
When: 2pm                                                                                                            
https://www.amnesty.org.au/events/refugee-rights-on-palm-sundaya-rally-for-change-in-the-form-of-kindness/ 

Launceston
Where:
Princes Square (for Picnic); walk from Prices Square via Brisbane St Mall to City Park.
When: from 12:30pm (BYO picnic); walk starts at 2pm sharp from Princes Park. A simple celebration will take in City park from approx. 2:30pm                      
Wet weather arrangements: 2pm in Milton Hall, 13 Frederick Street, over the road from Princes Square.

Melbourne
Where:
 State Library, 328 Swanston Street
When: 1.30pm (music from 1:20pm; speakers from 2pm)
https://actionnetwork.org/events/walk-for-justice-for-refugees?referrer=&source=widget&email_referrer=&can_id= ​​​​

Newcastle
Where:
Foreshore Park near Tramshed
When:  12-2pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/335196233770385/

Perth
Where:
St George's Cathedral, 38 St George's Terrace, Perth
When: 1pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/207431896826646/ 

Sydney
Where:
Belmore Park, 191 Hay St, Haymarket
When: 2pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/365279150933100/?active_tab=about 

Townsville
Where: Rockpool, the Strand, North Ward QLD 
When: 4:00pm - 6:00pm, 14 April 2019
https://whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au/events/community-events/townsville-2019-palm-sunday-walk-for-justice-for-refugees (for more info: amnesty.townsville@gmail.com)

Whyalla
Where: Corner of Hincks Avenue and Nicolson Avenue 
When: 2:30 - 3:30pm, 14 April 2019

Wollongong
Where:
Wollongong Town Hall, Cnr Crown & Kembla Sts 
When: 1pm - 3pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/275965983303422/

Yass
Where:
Riverbank Park (at the Gazebo, near the poplars), Yass 
When: 2pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/2065771593513133/

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, and the 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers who live in limbo in the Australian community on bridging visas or other temporary visas. In a climate of rising racism, racial intolerance and xenophobia - both in Australia and abroad - it is vital we send a clear message of compassion, hope and respect.

It took over five years, but almost all children are now off Nauru. This is a result of the pressure of the refugee movement on the politicians who said they would never come here. But we now need to ensure everyone remaining on Manus and Nauru is treated with dignity, and that their health needs are met and they are promptly able to resettle in a safe and appropriate third country. 

While over 850 remain on Manus and Nauru, there are now over 600 refugees from Manus and Nauru who have remained in Australia due to legal action and political pressure ever since 2016’s Let Them Stay campaign. The government has not dared to send them back. However, they remain in limbo without permanent visas, so that adults are unable to work or study. The government needs to welcome all refugees and provide fair processing and a secure future.

For other asylum seekers living in the Australian community, life continues to be tough as people are denied access to essential services and long-term security. Changes to the Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) program are pushing more and more asylum seekers into deeper poverty and hardship due to a loss of basic financial support.

Against this backdrop, and with a Federal Election just around the corner, it is as important as ever that we gather and express solidarity alongside those who have fled persecution or conflict yet continue to experience injustice. 


Further information, articles and links:

  • Click here to find read about our concerns regarding the withdrawal of the SRSS program for asylum seekers living in the community
  • Click here to visit the Refugee Council of Australia website
  • Visit the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) website
  • Read the article here about Pope Francis' repeated calls to welcome refugees and his advocacy against the 'globalisation of indifference'.

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