HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
◊ Talk to your friends about asylum seekers. Get the facts and share them loudly and proudly. Request your own “Change the conversation” booklet from Amnesty by emailing your name and postal address to email@example.com or check out ASRC’s factsheets (summary; big booklet).
◊ Check out ASCI for info on how you can be involved in the Christmas Island Letter Writing Project.
◊ Donate to Dictionaries for Detainees – Refugee Rights Action Network‘s TOTES ORSM project getting bilingual dictionaries into detention centres to help asylum-seekers and refugees learn English while they’re waiting for their applications to get processed.
◊ Get involved with ChilOut – a not-for-profit community group of Australians who are concerned with the plight of children held in immigration detention.
◊ Perth Peeps can:
- volunteer with Perth CARAD – Coalition for Asylum-seekers Refugees and Detainees to provide homework help, go on detention centre visits and assist with other services;
- support ASETTS, which provides services to people who are humanitarian entrants or are from a refugee type background and who have experienced torture or trauma in their country of origin, during their flight to Australia, or while in detention (happens a lot nowadays – #sadsigh); or
- join RRAN and do a whole bunch of things (check out their Facebooks for more info), including take an EPIC trip over the Easter/ANZAC long weekend out to Curtin Detention Centre – in the middle of nowhere on the outskirts Derby (Easterners can do this one too – it’s not much closer from here!!)
◊ In Melbourne and Victoria, the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre does a PHENOMENAL amount of amazing things. Also, their CEO Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM has got a show on at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival called ‘The Hateful Humanitarian’ and all proceeds are going to ASRC. Check them out on the Twitters, too, they tweet good and stuff.
◊ And lastly — for the wanna-be hoppers out there: lawyers and law-student types can volunteer with…
- CASE for Refugees in Perth
- Refugee Advice and Casework Service in Sydney
- Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre in Melbourne
- Australian Refugee Association Inc (ARA) In RADelaide
- Refugee and Immigration Legal Service in Bris-vegas
- Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission in the NT
- Migrant Resource Centre in Hobart
NB: If there are more you know of that I don’t (I DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING YOU KNOW!) please leave a note in the comments and I will update this list.
Awesome tweep Tony Thorpe reminded us the other night:
“None of us can do everything. All of us can do something. Together we can do a lot.”