Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees
In 2014 nearly 10,000 attended the Palm Sunday March. In 2015, 75 organisations endorsed the event and an estimated 15,000 people attended. We want the 2016 gathering to be bigger still.
New Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has expressed 'concern' over abuses on Manus and Nauru, but has not made any policy changes. The Coalition government has flagged its intention to return over 200 people including 72 children to Nauru. We need to show that there is growing community concern about the current approach. A large vibrant Palm Sunday event will help to build momentum for change.
The Uniting Church Synod of Vic/Tas are one of the lead organisations helping to plan the 2016 Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees in Melbourne, and we currently have over 105 organisations who have endorsed this years' event!
The main event will commence at the State Library of Victoria at 2pm on Sunday 20th March. However, we will be gathering as many Church attendees as possible at Wesley UCA, 148 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne at 1.15pm and we will then process down to the March together, with the UCA National President Stuart McMillan and the Synod's Moderator Dan Wootton.
We are asking for your RSVP so we can map which Congregations are present at the March in 2016, and would really appreciate you bringing your Congregation's banners or placards with refugee support messages on the day! Oh, and of course any palm leaves you might be able to find!
We want this March in Melbourne TO BE THE BIGGEST refugee March that Melbourne has ever seen! To do that, we need to get more than the 15,000 people that were present last year. That's perfectly possible given the success of the #LetThemStay and #Sanctuary campaigns in raising the general awareness of members of the public in recent weeks!
The link to the official Facebook event page is here:
March 20, 2016 at 2pm - 5pm
State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
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Jill Ruzbacky · · (03) 9251 5266