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On the 1st of July, we announced that we were moving from our old Facebook group to our new Facebook page. Since then, nearly 600 people have liked our page, and our rally events have reached over 8,000 people!
And while we’ve experimented with a bit of paid Facebook advertising to help promote our rallies, we’d like to try something even better — Donate Your Account.
What is Donate Your Account?
In a nutshell, Donate Your Account (DYA) allows people to ‘donate’ their Facebook and/or Twitter accounts. Well, almost. A better way of putting it is that it allows you to share your accounts with groups that you like so they can make a limited number of posts on your behalf. These posts are clearly identified as donated, but since they’re coming from your account, they are seen by all of your friends — and all of this is done automatically so you don’t even need to share them yourself (unless you want to add a comment or introduction). Also, you get to choose how many posts you want to share — the current options are one per day, one per week and one per month.
What this means to RRAN is that instead of our posts being seen by 600 people, we could very easily reach over 10,000 people. And we could share information about our events, myth busters and important news stories with your friends without having to run paid Facebook ads.
What exactly will we publish?
At the moment, we have three DYA campaigns — what we publish through your account depends on which of the campaign(s) you choose to sign up for:
- Refugee Rights Action Network WA, our general campaign which we’ll use to share information about coming RRAN events and important fact sheets and news updates;
- RRAN WA Myth-busters, which will be used to share myth-busters and fact-checking information; and
- RRAN WA Dispatches, which we’ll use to share investigative reports and findings on government and corporate policies and abuses.
Also, please note that the number of posts you choose to donate are an upper limit — especially for the latter two campaigns, we are unlikely to share more than a couple of stories per week. Plus you can always change your donation.
So if you’d like to help out the campaign, you can do so in four easy steps:
Step 1: Click on one or more of the above links
Step 2: Click on ‘Donate Facebook’:
Step 3: In order to share posts with your friends, DYA needs access to your friend list; click ‘OK’:
Step 4: Choose who you want to share our posts with (we’d recommend ‘Friends of friends’ or ‘Friends’, but you can go public too):
Step 5: Choose your donation level and click ‘Donate Your Facebook Account’:
That’s it! Thank you for helping us spread the word and the facts. And if you want to review or change your DYA settings, just go to My Apps on Facebook, and click on ‘Donate Your Account’.
After an excellent turnout at last Saturday’s rally, lets keep up the pressure on the government and the Coalition. In the lead-up to the election it is critical that we maintain the momentum and express our outrage through further protests.
The government has increased the vilification of refugees with an advertising blitz worth millions of dollars. They have so much blood on their hands. It was revealed this week that rescue attempts of refugees in distress at sea were deliberately delayed. Meanwhile thousands languish in detention centres until their spirit is crushed. We can’t allow this to continue.
Check out the facebook event here, click attending and be sure to invite your friends!
Rally again to show your opposition to the current policy and to help win a policy of closing all detention centres and welcoming refugees.
1pm Sat 3 August
Murray Street Mall, Perth City
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Join the Refugee Rights Action Network this Saturday the 27th of July, 1pm in the Murray St Mall to protest against Rudd’s policy changes to asylum seeker processing.
You can find the facebook event by clicking here. Please click attending and invite your friends.
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On Saturday July 20, between 200-300 people protested in Perth against Rudd’s extreme plan to never again allow refugees arriving by boat to be settled in Australia. The protest was organised with less than 24 hours notice.
(Similar rallies were held in other cities and were well attended too.)
1pm Sat 27 July
Murray Street Mall, Perth city
An important moment has been reached in the campaign for refugee rights and whether this is your first rally or you’ve been to many, we need to demonstrate now that we will not allow this abject betrayal of human rights to go unchallenged.
This policy will not stop boats. It will only punish the innocent people who come to Australia seeking our help.
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Perth group Action for Human Rights in Tamil Eelam and Sri Lanka held a screening of the documentary No Fire Zone on Sunday, June 30th as part of the national tour. The film documents the war crimes perpetrated against the Tamil people in the last 138 days of the civil war in Sri Lanka with confronting footage taken by those on the ground experiencing the shocking events.
This is essential viewing in a country that receives applicants for asylum from Sri Lanka, particularly in light of the comments made by Bob Carr during the past week dubbing asylum seekers from Sri Lanka “economic migrants”.
The “screening out” procedures used by the government to justify this are extremely suspect. In the Q&A session after the showing, directory Callum MacRae stated that as Sri Lanka considers those attempting to flee the country as “enemies”, forced deportations are incredibly dangerous. He and co-panelist Senator Scott Ludlam led a spirited discussion of the issues facing Tamils in their quest for justice and safety.
On June 30th yet another spate of bombings occurred in three separate parts of Pakistan. Shia Muslims were targeted in Quetta with responsibility being claimed by Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Hazaras in particular have suffered at the hands of this group, forcing many to seek asylum in Australia with Hazara refugees composing one of the largest populations in Australian detention centres.
The Perth Hazara community held a candlelight vigil in Langley Park on Tuesday, July 2nd, to show respect for the victims and their families, and to protest the ongoing persecution of Hazaras. Spokesperson Shafaat Ali Hazara called for a greater understanding of the plight of Shia Muslims and stated, “The Perth Hazara community is angered and saddened by the ongoing attacks and demands both justice and an end to the violence”.
Fremantle Workers’ Club
5-9 Henry St, Fremantle
Support act: SugarChild
$25/$20 conc/$40 solidarity
David has been playing “songs of social significance” for more than two decades including a very strong focus of supporting anti-racist causes. He is a fierce critic of Western governments throwing their weight around the world and is a strong supporter of liberation for Palestine.
This video is of a song about the wall Israel is building to divide Palestine applied to the wall being built along the US-Mexican border to keep Latin American’s out of the US. He also wrote the song “No One Is Illegal” which features in the video about RRAN’s Northam convergence this year.
Sugarchild are the bastard children of Gillian Welch and the Counting Crows, playing sad yet foot-tapping songs about life, love and society.
Last time David was in Perth:
Tagged with: Perth
by Peter Wilkie
You hear this one a lot – that people who take the dangerous boat journey to Australia in order to claim asylum are ‘economic migrants’.
Politicians on both side of the house love this argument. It insinuates that people are being selfish, greedy and dishonest. It feeds into and justifies resentment of asylum seekers. It denies the reality that leads people to flee to Australia. It makes it okay to send people back to the arms of their persecutors. It is illogical and completely absurd.
The main absurdity is obvious. We all know the journey is dangerous. Hundreds and hundreds of asylum seekers have died at sea. There is an estimated one-in-twenty chance that when you board an overloaded, leaky fishing boat from Indonesia in the hope of safety and a new life, you will never reach Australia.
This does not take into account deaths on other stages of the journey, such as on the Malaysia to Indonesia ferry leg. In these countries there is also the risk of being imprisoned, extorted and beaten in detention. Asylum seekers have died in Indonesian Immigration Detention. These are real risks and dangers.
Yet when you ask people who’ve actually made the choice to spend thousands for a place on a boat, they will often tell you that they thought the chance of dying was as high as fifty percent. I know one man who did the journey twice, twelve years apart. Even though on the first journey they nearly capsized numerous times and were without food and water for three days. When asked why he was willing to make the journey a second time, his answer was “What other choice did I have? It’s better to die once than living every day in my country knowing that you can be killed at any moment. It’s better than living every day in Indonesia or Malaysia knowing that you can be arrested, can’t work, have no future and just waiting for your money to run out. If it was just me, maybe I could live with these risks, but I have a wife and child. I have to find safety and security for them.”
When you understand these things you can see just how absurd it is to declare that people arriving by boat are anything but desperate. It’s inconceivable that anyone would spend thousands to risk their life on a boat if they could find any other way to travel. It’s inconceivable that anyone would choose to seek asylum in this way in preference to living safely under the protection of the UNHCR, waiting for resettlement. The people who get on boats do so because they don’t have any other realistic choice. It’s that simple.
by Victoria Martin
“So danger… small boat” “help now!” “We have no life jackets” “Water is coming in, we have water coming in” “yes yes water”.
As I slipped into the Coroner’s Court in Perth to attend the inquest into the sinking of the SIEV 358 in which at least ninety people died, the recordings of the communication between the doomed ship and Australian authorities at AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) filled the courtroom. I sat for some time absorbing the desperate tone in the voice pleading for assistance from those whose duty it was to mount a rescue. It was a duty they would refuse to honour until it was too late for almost half the people whose lives were in their hands.
During one particularly harrowing exchange, I noticed a man sitting alone at the back with his head in his hands. He was a survivor. I wondered, when the video from the surveillance aircraft was played, how he felt to see the tiny damaged ship bobbing low in the water a day before it sank. Or hear the repeated calls for assistance dismissed as “normal refugee patter”?
On day two Mr Lloyd, civil servant in charge of AMSA, said that no mayday was raised by AMSA until after the ship capsized. He maintained that the ship was not in distress until shortly before disaster struck, and dismissed the distress calls as irrelevant. On at least one occasion he read from his prepared statement that “illegal immigrants” often call in with bogus distress calls. He said they cannot mount a rescue every time since, statistically speaking, the majority of boats will make it.
It is a point of view a cynic might expect from Customs and Border Security. But this was not Customs and Border Security. This was the maritime rescue authority.
Now the coroner and the barristers will re-convene next month to continue the forensic examination of the evidence and decide – are AMSA legally culpable for the deaths of those people?
Whatever decision the coroner ultimately makes, I am left with the contrast between the desperation of the asylum seekers trying to get help for all those on board, and the indifference of those who were not interested in hearing what was being said, purely because of who was saying it — “illegal immigrants”.
Tony Kevin, who has written extensively on this subject in the recently published Reluctant Rescuers, tells me the protocol in the Navy is to investigate every distress call it receives. This is also the standard we expect when we call 000. The question I find myself asking is whether the attitude of Border Control, that refugees are “illegals” invading Australia and that the task at hand is to deter them, has in fact contaminated AMSA and blinded staff working in the Maritime Safety Authority to their core task – the rescue of people and the preservation of life at sea, for surely in abandoning those asylum seekers to the sea, they abandoned their duty, their honour and ultimately their own humanity.
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