RAC QLD News Round-up
Refugee Action Collective Queensland - recent and upcoming activity.
Stalls We recently had stalls on Saturday 21 March at West End Market, Davies Park and on 19 March at the Queen Street Mall, Brisbane CBD. We promote awareness of our Mission Statement, refugee issues and upcoming events such as the Palm Sunday Rally.
Supporting the memorial service for Omid Avaz Ali
Although it was a non-RAC event, we supported the memorial service for Omid Avaz Ali. The memorial was held on 19 March at the Indooroopilly Uniting Church.
Omid fled ethnic persecution and arrived in Australia in 2011. He had been in detention, community detention, and denied the right to work while on a bridging visa. Despite support from the community, he suffered from mental illness and was hospitalised after a number of suicide attempts. Finally, Omid was granted a 12 month Humanitarian Stay on a temporary visa. Too late for this genuine refugee who Australia should have done more to protect.
Rest in Peace Omid Avaz Ali.
Go to Get Involved - Write Letters - Look under Frederika Steen; Letters to the Editor and click on the link to read Frederika's powerful letter to the Courier Mail.
Updates to our News and Media webpage
Go to Get Informed - News and Media to access Media Releases from the Refugee Action Coalition, RAC Qld and other groups. We aim to publish them as soon as they are issued so you can stay up to date with the latest news.
Update to our Factsheets webpage
You can read the Parliamentary Library Research Paper. Asylum seekers and refugees: what are the facts? on our website. Go To Get Informed - Factsheets to download a pdf.
Declare Peace on Refugees Palm Sunday Rally
Join RAC Qld and Just Peace Qld for a rally to declare peace on refugees and asylum seekers. 1 pm Sunday 29 March at King George Square Brisbane CBD.
Coming soon! Post RAC015 webpages - a roundup of the 2015 Brisbane Refugee Welfare and Advocacy Conference; including recordings, photos and other updates about this wonderful, successful event. Send us your photos and stories and we'll publish them. Contact us!