We’re happy to announce that the Convergence Handbook is now available.
With any luck, it will answer all of your questions, but if it doesn’t and you’re in Perth, you can ask them at the Convergence Briefing — it’s on this Monday, the 15th of April, from 6pm at the Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth (walking distance from the McIver and Perth train stations). More details about this meeting is available at its Facebook events page.
To help people plan their convergence weekend, we’ve put together the following timetable. Please note that buses to Yongah Hill will be leaving from the southern end of the East Perth Terminal building (next to the foot bridge’s ramp on the western side of the East Perth train station, off Summers Street if you’re coming by car).
If you are driving to Yongah Hill in a private vehicle, parking will be at the corner of Gratte and Mitchel Ave, 1.6 km down the road from the detention centre, on the outskirts of Northam. There will be a shuttle running from there back up to the detention centre. Call the info line on the day for latest updates or advice on parking, Info line 0405 674 562 . There is no suitable parking at the detention centre.
|9:00 am||Conference/strategy meeting|
|10:00 am||Bus (10am, Perth to Northam)|
|10:30 am||Bus (10.30am, Perth to Northam)|
|12:00 pm||Gather at the Gates||Dance Journalism performance at the gates
|1:00 pm||Main Protest|
|3:00 pm||Introductions/discussions||Bus (3pm, Northam to Perth)
returning to East Perth
|4:00 pm||Workshops / Bus (4pm, Northam to Perth) returning to East Perth|
|6:30 pm||Candlelight Vigil||Documentaries|
We have seen politicians engage in a race to the bottom in refugee policy. With the re-introduction of offshore processing and the situation in Nauru and Manus Island becoming increasingly worse, now is the time to publicly condemn this abhorrent policy. To do this, the Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN) will be returning to Northam’s detention centre to expose the cruelty and challenge the lies about our immigration detention system, and to show solidarity with the refugees and asylum seekers protesting in detention. If you are interested in joining the trip, you can register at http://refugee-rights.net/converge.
And even if you can’t make it out to Yongah Hill this ANZAC Day long weekend, you can still fight for the rights of refugees imprisoned in Australia’s immigration detention centres. Read on and support!
NOT IN OUR NAMES Project
If you can’t go to Yongah Hill, but want to contribute and state your opposition to this policy of violence against refugees and asylum seekers you can contribute to the NOT IN OUR NAMES banner. This banner will feature your name along with other contributors and will travel with RRAN activists to Northam and be displayed against the backdrop of the detention centre.
For the price of a ticket on the bus — your choice of $25 unwaged, $40 waged or $100 solidarity — you get your name on the banner and the knowledge that you have funded one more seat on that bus. You will also receive a photograph of the banner and RRAN in action.
And if you are so outraged that you need to support more…
For $200 you can SPONSOR AN ACTIVIST who will write a public account of their experiences and what they witnessed at Yongah Hill along with a private letter to you. These funds will go to the overall costs of RRAN’s operations, not to the activist themselves. But the funds will allow your particular RRANer to go where journalists don’t, to visit in detention and to organise further actions upon their return. And, you will also get your name on the NOT IN OUR NAMES banner and the photograph.
Donations can be made at http://refugee-rights.net/converge/register/ — just fill out the form there and put ‘Sponsor an Activist’ in the comments box. Thanks!
The recommended prices for the convergence, including food, are:
- For the weekend: $25 unwaged, $40 waged and $100 solidarity;
- Day rates: $15 unwaged, $25 waged and $50 solidarity
But if money is a problem, just let us know as we’d rather have you there and fundraise the difference than have you miss out on the convergence.
If you’d like to register or pay for your ticket(s), you can do so via the Registration page.
Refugee rights groups from around the country will be converging on Yongah Hill Detention Centre on the ANZAC day long weekend, 2013, to protest against the mandatory detention of asylum seekers.
We have seen politicians engage in a race to the bottom in refugee policy. With the re-introduction of offshore processing and the situation in Nauru becoming increasingly worse now is the time to express public outcry at this abhorrent policy.
Asylum seekers on Nauru have been on hunger strike for several days now, including an Iranian who has been on hunger strike for 32 days.
We have seen countless times over, that mandatory detention destroys people and we have seen time and time again that a policy of deterrance does not work.
Help us fight for a humane refugee policy and to show solidarity with asylum seekers protesting in detention.
Watch this space or the corresponding Facebook events page for updates and further details.