Green Left Weekly Activist Calendar: Emergency update
July 24, 2013
Welcome refugees, not Mark Dreyfus
Friday, July 26, 8am.BMW Edge, Federation Square. Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus is providing the first keynote address at the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law's annual conference. Dreyfus' responsibilities include overseeing the arbitrary indefinite detention of 52 refugees designated by ASIO as 'security threats' without right of appeal. He also fully supports as a senior cabinet minister in the federal Rudd government the 'no advantage' regime that the Castan Centre has criticised as 'mutually incompatible' with Australia's human rights obligations. Organised by Refugee Action Collective.
Refugees are welcome, racism is not!
Saturday, July 27, 1pm.State Library, cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts, City.Take to the streets again and show your opposition to Rudd's inhumane treatment of refugees! Rudd has slammed the door shut to refugees. Refugees have a right to seek asylum by boat and yet the government now plans to deport all asylum seekers to PNG and deny them the right to resettle in Australia. Not even Howard implemented such draconian anti-refugee policies. We demand: Don't let Rudd dump refugees on PNG; Welcome refugee boats; Increase refugee intake from Indonesia to save lives; No to deportations. Organised by Refugee Action Collective.
March against Maccas. We will not be silenced
Sunday, July 28, 12 noon.Car Park between Cameo & La Collina Pizzeria, Burwood Hwy, Belgrave (close to Belgrave station). Protesters are facing legal threats over their fight to protect the Dandenong Ranges from the yellow fluorescent arches of McDonald's franchises. In a proposal first rejected by the local council last year, McDonalds was later given approval by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to build a restaurant opposite the local primary school in the small town of Tecoma. VCAT made the decision despite strong opposition from local residents, including a petition with 2000 signatures. Stand Up for the Tecoma 8! Protect your civil right to peacefully protest! Marching to Tecoma protest site. BBQ at end. This is a peaceful, non-violent, family-friendly event. For more info visit Burger Off!.