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Welcome The Asylum Seeker Parish Support
The Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project is hosting a film fundraiser on Sunday 15 April, at 3.30pm at Kino Cinema in Collins Street, to help raise money for its important work of supporting asylum seekers. The film, The Other Side of Hope, is about a stowaway man from Syria who arrives in Norway seeking refuge. Click here, to book  |  Download flyer, here.
At the recent Hearing Healing Hope conference, a workshop to garner the thoughts of delegates from around the country was held on one of Australia’s most vexing issues: how should we support asylum seekers? Parishioners and representatives from Catholic service agencies from Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory attended the workshop. Presentations were given by Sr Brigid Arthur csb (Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project) and Tracey Cabrie (Centre Manager - Cabrini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub).
Houses of Hope is a project providing affordable housing, case management, practical support and English conversation to people
seeking asylum. The  Houses of Hope team is hosting two upcoming events to raise awareness and funds for asylum seekers through this Project. A host of activities are taking place on the weekend of Saturday/ Sunday, 24/25 March 2018, to help raise funds.
Pope Francis has challenged all of us with his action plan for Asylum Seekers and Refugees: to Welcome, to Protect, to Promote and to Integrate. Unfortunately Australia’s sad treatment of Asylum Seekers continues, and so once again we find ourselves needing to make a public witness to 'Welcome the Stranger'. On Palm Sunday, 25th March 2018, there will be a Liturgy of Welcome in St Patrick's Cathedral from 1pm – 1.30pm. Following the Liturgy, we will walk as one Faith Community (down Lonsdale street) to join the larger Public Rally, which starts at 2pm at the State Library. Download flyer.
Do you intend to write letters to your Member of Parliament on burning issues, but it never translates into action? Perhaps now is the time? Our member organisation, Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project has identified the following issues as critical: Temporary visas; Asylum seekers living in destitution in Australia; Asylum seekers sent back to danger. Please assist them by writing to your Federal MP - BASP have provided key points to assist you!
There are currently two petitions before Parliament: One asking for asylum seekers and refugees to be treated humanely and their claims processed in a timely manner.  The other that the recent harsh changes to visiting conditions at detention centres be reversed. 
Asylum Insight is a group of Australians with backgrounds in law, journalism, economics, public health and marketing. Asylum Insight provides facts and analysis on Australian asylum policy with an international angle. Established in Melbourne in 2013, it is an independent non-profit organisation committed to the principles of international human rights law, independence, and informed public discourse. It has released its first commentary: Deterrence by Punishment: A Critical Overview of Policies towards Asylum Seekers in the ‘Legacy Caseload’.

Are you looking for an opportunity to build skills, network with others working for justice for refugees and people seeking asylum, and learn how we can collaborate for alternatives to the current state of affairs in Australia? Why not attend the Refugee Alternatives Conference 2018?

A small group, committed to improving the lives of refugees and asylum seekers, spent a lunch time writing letters to local Members of Parliament on Tuesday 5 December at the Cardinal Knox Centre in East Melbourne. 
The hand written letters call on Members of Parliament to bring those sent to Nauru and Manus Island to safety in Australia in a timely and humane fashion where they can have their claims processed in safety and with dignity. The letters also call for a speed up in the process for resettlement in the USA and for the Australian Government to accept the New Zealand offer to take 150 of these refugees.
This is an exercise that can be organised in any workplace, parish, etc. 
In the northern suburbs of Melbourne, as in many parts of the city, residents are being priced out of their local neighbourhoods. Accordingly, the need for free meals, community help and food banks is growing. In Thornbury a local initiative between the parish of St Mary’s and the Salvation Army is seeking to address this increasing need with a weekly community dinner.

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