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30 June, 2012
The theme for NAIDOC Week in 2012 is “They Dared to Challenge.” In its strictest application this is referring to those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who established the Tent Embassy. However, the theme has much wider applicability and that is what should be focussed on. Jesus Christ stands as our role model in challenging the inappropriate structures, prejudices, falsely established religious teaching and domineering power structures of his day. He dared to challenge. William Booth also dared to challenge the inappropriate structures of his day that oppressed people and caused them to be marginalised. It is in this spirit that some outstanding Aboriginal Salvationists have dared to challenge by standing for Christ and serving him in The Salvation Army.
21 June, 2012
How's your Refugee Week going? Don't forget this coming Saturday's 'Walk Together' events around the country!
Who will you walk with? Check out this invite from our friends at 'Welcome to Australia':
At 1pm on June 23, the Saturday of Refugee Week, we're inviting everyone who is a part of the Australian community to 'Walk Together' in recognition that although we've all arrived here via different pathways we share a common Australian journey.
We're Aboriginal Australians, we're refugees, we're skilled migrants, we're long-term Australians, we're international students, we're asylum seekers... we're people. It's time to Walk Together into a future where diversity is celebrated, fear is replaced with welcome and where everyone belongs.
It's time to walk together.
Click here to find a Walk Together in your city.
05 June, 2012
World Refugee Day Rally and March a week earlier.
The Refugee Advocacy Network is calling on all groups and individuals who support refugee rights to come together and rally for World Refugee Day—and send a clear message to the government that it's time to end mandatory detention, whatever its duration.
When: Sunday 17 June at 12 noon.
Where: State Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne CBD.
Bring your banners, signs and messages.
Following the speeches, there will be a mass march to join the EMERGE Festival at Fitzroy Town Hall.
The ASRC is a proud part of the Refugee Advocacy Network.