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We are representing all of our members at @womensmarchsydney  we are standing on behalf our sisters on detention centres. #refugees #feminst #mums #sydney #australia #unbroken #withrefugees #bringthemhere

We are representing all of our members at @womensmarchsydney we are standing on behalf our sisters on detention centres. #refugees #feminst #mums #sydney #australia #unbroken #withrefugees #bringthemhere - 1 hour ago

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Soooo, I post the rainbow and hashtag a bit about wet season and instagay and get 33 likes (including 19 people who aren’t even connected to me). Then a day later I post about asylum seekers and indigenous injustice and I get 4 likes (2 non friends).... #yousayitbestwhenyousaynothingatall #changethedate #australiaday #bringthemhere #invasionday #manusisland #asylumseekers #originalaustralians #justice #equality #respect #love #lgbt #instagay #rainbow #scrabble #fridgetruths

Soooo, I post the rainbow and hashtag a bit about wet season and instagay and get 33 likes (including 19 people who aren’t even connected to me). Then a day later I post about asylum seekers and indigenous injustice and I get 4 likes (2 non friends).... #yousayitbestwhenyousaynothingatall #changethedate #australiaday #bringthemhere #invasionday #manusisland #asylumseekers #originalaustralians #justice #equality #respect #love #lgbt #instagay #rainbow #scrabble #fridgetruths - 13 hours ago

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#repost from @icamebyboat 
don’t know where this is, but I like it. #welcometoaustralia #refugeeswelcome #politicianssuck #duttonfreezone #bringthemhere #closethecamps #manus #nauru #icantkeepquiet #icamebyboat

#repost from @icamebyboat don’t know where this is, but I like it. #welcometoaustralia #refugeeswelcome #politicianssuck #duttonfreezone #bringthemhere #closethecamps #manus #nauru #icantkeepquiet #icamebyboat - 15 hours ago

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don’t know where this is, but I like it. #welcometoaustralia #refugeeswelcome #politicianssuck #duttonfreezone #bringthemhere #closethecamps #manus #nauru #icantkeepquiet #icamebyboat

don’t know where this is, but I like it. #welcometoaustralia #refugeeswelcome #politicianssuck #duttonfreezone #bringthemhere #closethecamps #manus #nauru #icantkeepquiet #icamebyboat - 15 hours ago

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Day 53 - Into Coffs Harbour (46kms)

After our first night of actually feeling cold in the trailer (we’re not in Queensland anymore, Toto), we set off this morning to head into Coffs Harbour. We were pretty keen to get back to the beach and the banana trees! 
We ran through some cute little towns, including Glenreagh, Coramba and Karangi, as well as a bit of rainforest and plenty of banana trees. 
After the run, we met up with NBN NEWS (Channel 9) for an interview and a bit of extra running for the camera! If you’re interested, you can see the story here: http://www.nbnnews.com.au/2018/01/20/run-to-raise-awareness-for-asylum-seeker-resource-centre/. Later on, we met Marklin from Settlement Services International, who told her story as a recent refugee from Syria.
She also introduced us to some of her family and friends. Marklin’s brother-in-law, Ali, put on a performance with the tambour, which was so impressive! 
Total distance covered: 2321kms

Day 53 - Into Coffs Harbour (46kms) After our first night of actually feeling cold in the trailer (we’re not in Queensland anymore, Toto), we set off this morning to head into Coffs Harbour. We were pretty keen to get back to the beach and the banana trees! We ran through some cute little towns, including Glenreagh, Coramba and Karangi, as well as a bit of rainforest and plenty of banana trees. After the run, we met up with NBN NEWS (Channel 9) for an interview and a bit of extra running for the camera! If you’re interested, you can see the story here: http://www.nbnnews.com.au/2018/01/20/run-to-raise-awareness-for-asylum-seeker-resource-centre/. Later on, we met Marklin from Settlement Services International, who told her story as a recent refugee from Syria. She also introduced us to some of her family and friends. Marklin’s brother-in-law, Ali, put on a performance with the tambour, which was so impressive! Total distance covered: 2321kms - 16 hours ago

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@Australia #changethedate #bringthemhere #fridgetruths

Let’s get it done Australia. We showed love to the LGBT community by voting YES. Now we need to step up again. Time to lead in love. Our country can be great if we open our collective hearts to people who are hurting. Love our neighbours. Love our own. Love this land. Love. ❤️ #LoveIsLove #love #aboriginal #indiginous #originalaustralians #brothersandsisters #standtogether #manusisland #asylumseekers #welcometoaustralia @welcomecentresa #invasionday #lgbt #voteyes #ssm #marriageequality #australia

@Australia #changethedate #bringthemhere #fridgetruths Let’s get it done Australia. We showed love to the LGBT community by voting YES. Now we need to step up again. Time to lead in love. Our country can be great if we open our collective hearts to people who are hurting. Love our neighbours. Love our own. Love this land. Love. #LoveIsLove #love #aboriginal #indiginous #originalaustralians #brothersandsisters #standtogether #manusisland #asylumseekers #welcometoaustralia @welcomecentresa #invasionday #lgbt #voteyes #ssm #marriageequality #australia - 17 hours ago

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#manusisland #bringthemhere

#manusisland #bringthemhere - 18 hours ago

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Resource rich and so-called "humane" societies & governments could never. #paddingtonbear #refugees #asylumseekers #bringthemhere  #endimmigrantprisons

Resource rich and so-called "humane" societies & governments could never. #paddingtonbear #refugees #asylumseekers #bringthemhere #endimmigrantprisons - 20 hours ago

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Day 52 - Into Grafton and out of Grafton (48kms)
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As we set off this morning into the fog, we farewelled David Hislop and his daughter Madi, who we loved staying with in Grafton.
As an engineer who works on bridges in the local area, David’s parting gesture was lending his expertise to prevent us from running across the vehicle section of the historic Grafton bridge by mistake. Instead, we took a pedestrian path, and even got to check out Grafton’s grungy graffiti zone on the way!
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Later today, we managed to have both Madi and Ash (current support crew) run with us at the same time! 
We’re looking forward to heading into Coffs Harbour tomorrow! 
Total distance covered: 2275kms

Day 52 - Into Grafton and out of Grafton (48kms) . As we set off this morning into the fog, we farewelled David Hislop and his daughter Madi, who we loved staying with in Grafton. As an engineer who works on bridges in the local area, David’s parting gesture was lending his expertise to prevent us from running across the vehicle section of the historic Grafton bridge by mistake. Instead, we took a pedestrian path, and even got to check out Grafton’s grungy graffiti zone on the way! . Later today, we managed to have both Madi and Ash (current support crew) run with us at the same time! We’re looking forward to heading into Coffs Harbour tomorrow! Total distance covered: 2275kms - 2 days ago

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The multi-talented @GeorginaCLewis was on 774 Breakfast this morning, talking with David Astle about her experiences teaching piano as part of Piano Project. Lovely interview. Link in our bio 👆.
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Piano Project sponsors piano lessons for children who are new immigrants. In partnership with live music venue Tempo Rubato @temporubato_au, a bar and live music venue coming soon to Brunswick. All profits from Tempo Rubato go to Piano Project.
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The multi-talented @GeorginaCLewis was on 774 Breakfast this morning, talking with David Astle about her experiences teaching piano as part of Piano Project. Lovely interview. Link in our bio . .. Piano Project sponsors piano lessons for children who are new immigrants. In partnership with live music venue Tempo Rubato @temporubato_au , a bar and live music venue coming soon to Brunswick. All profits from Tempo Rubato go to Piano Project. .. Photo by @joel.carnegie - 2 days ago

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It's almost a year since I made this poster and unfortunately I can't say it's any less relevant. It's so easy to follow Trump's DACA negotiations feeling morally superior and thinking they're all morons, all the while ignoring what's going on on our own shores. We need to wake up and pay attention.

It's almost a year since I made this poster and unfortunately I can't say it's any less relevant. It's so easy to follow Trump's DACA negotiations feeling morally superior and thinking they're all morons, all the while ignoring what's going on on our own shores. We need to wake up and pay attention. - 2 days ago

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“The dancing, it’s fixing things in my head.”
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Story 52: Marco, his wife and two daughters attempted to come to Australia from Iran by boat in 2011. After 5 days at sea, the small fishing vessel they were on broke apart and Marco’s wife and eldest daughter tragically drowned. Marco was able to save his youngest daughter who was 9 years old at the time. After waiting in Indonesia for 4 years, Marco and his daughter were granted refugee status and resettled in Brisbane. A qualified plumber in Iran, Marco is currently completing English courses at TAFE and hopes to begin working in plumbing again soon. Marco began Bachata and Salsa lessons 6 months ago and is now teaching beginner classes in those styles. We really encourage you to watch the video to see some of his dancing! .
Special thanks to Lida from MDA Brisbane for helping provide translation in the interview.

“The dancing, it’s fixing things in my head.” . Story 52: Marco, his wife and two daughters attempted to come to Australia from Iran by boat in 2011. After 5 days at sea, the small fishing vessel they were on broke apart and Marco’s wife and eldest daughter tragically drowned. Marco was able to save his youngest daughter who was 9 years old at the time. After waiting in Indonesia for 4 years, Marco and his daughter were granted refugee status and resettled in Brisbane. A qualified plumber in Iran, Marco is currently completing English courses at TAFE and hopes to begin working in plumbing again soon. Marco began Bachata and Salsa lessons 6 months ago and is now teaching beginner classes in those styles. We really encourage you to watch the video to see some of his dancing! . Special thanks to Lida from MDA Brisbane for helping provide translation in the interview. - 2 days ago

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Day 51 - Somewhere up the Summerland Way to not-quite-Grafton (47kms)

Today’s challenges began when at 5am - 100 metres into our drive to the starting point - we noticed the car had a flat tyre. Instantly, everyone (including David and Madi Hislop, who joined us for the day) jumped into action to change the tyre. Teamwork makes the dream work, and it was only 10 minutes before we were off on our way again.

When we got to the start, David jumped on his bike and headed back to Grafton, while Madi joined Ash as support crew and running company at various points. 
A few kilometres in, Cassie noticed a small service station in Whiporie, and decided to take the opportunity to have a toilet break. When there were no obvious signs of a toilet in the store, she headed in a bit further and managed to walk in on a family of 10 eating breakfast. While they were obviously a little shocked to see someone decked out in full running gear (including strange  hydration vest) in their kitchen at 6am, the family very kindly allowed her to use the facilities. 
In the afternoon, we had a great chat with Jarrard from Grafton’s The Daily Examiner before heading to the local pool to cool off.

Total distance covered: 2227kms

Day 51 - Somewhere up the Summerland Way to not-quite-Grafton (47kms) Today’s challenges began when at 5am - 100 metres into our drive to the starting point - we noticed the car had a flat tyre. Instantly, everyone (including David and Madi Hislop, who joined us for the day) jumped into action to change the tyre. Teamwork makes the dream work, and it was only 10 minutes before we were off on our way again. When we got to the start, David jumped on his bike and headed back to Grafton, while Madi joined Ash as support crew and running company at various points. A few kilometres in, Cassie noticed a small service station in Whiporie, and decided to take the opportunity to have a toilet break. When there were no obvious signs of a toilet in the store, she headed in a bit further and managed to walk in on a family of 10 eating breakfast. While they were obviously a little shocked to see someone decked out in full running gear (including strange hydration vest) in their kitchen at 6am, the family very kindly allowed her to use the facilities. In the afternoon, we had a great chat with Jarrard from Grafton’s The Daily Examiner before heading to the local pool to cool off. Total distance covered: 2227kms - 3 days ago

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#changethedate #detention #icamebyboat #refugees #refugeeswelcome #manus #nauru #bringthemhere

#changethedate #detention #icamebyboat #refugees #refugeeswelcome #manus #nauru #bringthemhere - 3 days ago

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Today we did something important. As part of their ‘kids giving back’ program we joined with two other families to cook lunch for people seeking asylum at the #asylumseekerscentre. We prepared curries, rice, salad, fruit and bread and served around 50 people a hot lunch- often the biggest meal they get in a day. It was a privilege to take part and if you are based in Sydney they are always looking for people to take part. #asylumseekerswelcome #bringthemhere #evacuatenow #kidsgivingback

Today we did something important. As part of their ‘kids giving back’ program we joined with two other families to cook lunch for people seeking asylum at the #asylumseekerscentre . We prepared curries, rice, salad, fruit and bread and served around 50 people a hot lunch- often the biggest meal they get in a day. It was a privilege to take part and if you are based in Sydney they are always looking for people to take part. #asylumseekerswelcome #bringthemhere #evacuatenow #kidsgivingback - 3 days ago

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Very privileged to be amongst these inspirational artists and to be contributing to this very important exhibition ‘All We Can’t See’ @allwecantsee - -
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#bringthemhere
#closethecamps
#refugeesarewelcome
#refugeestories
#nauru
#manus
#naurufiles
#theguardian
#choosehumanity
#chooselove
#aushumanrights
#artforchange
#refugees
#humanrightswatch
#artaction
#asylumseekers
#australia
#humanrightsabuse
#womeninthearts
#humanrightsart
#australianartists
#moversandshakers
#artforacause
#paintforum
#artcollector
#exhibition
#groupshow
#artworld
#artlovers
#meganseres

Very privileged to be amongst these inspirational artists and to be contributing to this very important exhibition ‘All We Can’t See’ @allwecantsee - - 2-10 Feb @yellow_house_sydney - @meganjseres - - - - #bringthemhere #closethecamps #refugeesarewelcome #refugeestories #nauru #manus #naurufiles #theguardian #choosehumanity #chooselove #aushumanrights #artforchange #refugees #humanrightswatch #artaction #asylumseekers #australia #humanrightsabuse #womeninthearts #humanrightsart #australianartists #moversandshakers #artforacause #paintforum #artcollector #exhibition #groupshow #artworld #artlovers #meganseres - 3 days ago

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I’ve curated the little book box in the decommissioned @auscouncilarts library @frontyardorg in response to the new garden beds #bringthemhere #protest #boycott #biennaleofsydney2014 #gardenofbadflowers #gabrielledevietri #bedigalcountry #artistruninitiative

I’ve curated the little book box in the decommissioned @auscouncilarts library @frontyardorg in response to the new garden beds #bringthemhere #protest #boycott #biennaleofsydney2014 #gardenofbadflowers #gabrielledevietri #bedigalcountry #artistruninitiative - 3 days ago

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Story 51 – Fatima Elmi
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“My mother is my role model. She’s a very strong woman. She still tells me off every morning. And now, if I don’t answer my phone because it’s on silent, she knows which number, she knows which day I’m working in the hospital and she knows which day I’m working in the day care, and she calls that number. She doesn’t read, she doesn’t write.
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One time, my daughter’s friend was at our place for lunch. She went and gave him all this advice about his weight, about his hair, and we’re sitting there sweating, and I’m like ‘Ok Mum, we have to go.’ And she said, ‘No, we have to tell him ‘he’s too skinny, the wind will take him, he needs to eat and be fat.’ Later, she said, ‘Of all the people in the world, why did she have to choose him?’ I said, ‘Mum, they’re just friends. And she said, ‘Yes, but friendship leads to marriage.’”
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When we were in Brisbane, we were lucky enough to meet Fatima, a well known figure in the Somalian community. Fatima had generously prepared a delicious Somalian meal of rice (2 kilograms worth!) and a lamb curry. As we ate, we heard Fatima’s funny stories about the intersection between Somalian and Australian cultures. While she is of Somalian background, Fatima has never actually set foot in Somalia. She spent her childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya, before being accepted into New Zealand in 1994, at the age of 19. Fatima had her first child at the age of 19, and says that she was considered quite old by typical standards at the time. She now has three children (2 girls and a boy). The family moved to Brisbane in 2009, where Fatima works as a nurse. As well as English, Fatima also speaks Swahili and Somalian languages.

Story 51 – Fatima Elmi . “My mother is my role model. She’s a very strong woman. She still tells me off every morning. And now, if I don’t answer my phone because it’s on silent, she knows which number, she knows which day I’m working in the hospital and she knows which day I’m working in the day care, and she calls that number. She doesn’t read, she doesn’t write. . One time, my daughter’s friend was at our place for lunch. She went and gave him all this advice about his weight, about his hair, and we’re sitting there sweating, and I’m like ‘Ok Mum, we have to go.’ And she said, ‘No, we have to tell him ‘he’s too skinny, the wind will take him, he needs to eat and be fat.’ Later, she said, ‘Of all the people in the world, why did she have to choose him?’ I said, ‘Mum, they’re just friends. And she said, ‘Yes, but friendship leads to marriage.’” . When we were in Brisbane, we were lucky enough to meet Fatima, a well known figure in the Somalian community. Fatima had generously prepared a delicious Somalian meal of rice (2 kilograms worth!) and a lamb curry. As we ate, we heard Fatima’s funny stories about the intersection between Somalian and Australian cultures. While she is of Somalian background, Fatima has never actually set foot in Somalia. She spent her childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya, before being accepted into New Zealand in 1994, at the age of 19. Fatima had her first child at the age of 19, and says that she was considered quite old by typical standards at the time. She now has three children (2 girls and a boy). The family moved to Brisbane in 2009, where Fatima works as a nurse. As well as English, Fatima also speaks Swahili and Somalian languages. - 3 days ago

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Yalz with pals

Yalz with pals - 3 days ago

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It was lovely meeting Margaret and Kevin the other day 😊 They are proud to stand together and demand that the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum are respected and upheld ✊✊ We hope you are too 😊

#withrefugees

#refugeerights #letthemstay #bringthemhere #willswithrefugees #brunswick

It was lovely meeting Margaret and Kevin the other day They are proud to stand together and demand that the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum are respected and upheld We hope you are too #withrefugees #refugeerights #letthemstay #bringthemhere #willswithrefugees #brunswick - 3 days ago

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#repost from @icamebyboat 
I wish... #manus #nauru #bringthemhere #closethecamps #welcometoaustralia #refugees #refugeeswelcome #weareallhumanbeings #icamebyboat #asylumseekers

#repost from @icamebyboat I wish... #manus #nauru #bringthemhere #closethecamps #welcometoaustralia #refugees #refugeeswelcome #weareallhumanbeings #icamebyboat #asylumseekers - 4 days ago

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I wish... #manus #nauru #bringthemhere #closethecamps #welcometoaustralia #refugees #refugeeswelcome #weareallhumanbeings #icamebyboat #asylumseekers

I wish... #manus #nauru #bringthemhere #closethecamps #welcometoaustralia #refugees #refugeeswelcome #weareallhumanbeings #icamebyboat #asylumseekers - 4 days ago

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// CHAUKA PLEASE TELL US THE TIME // If you didn't make it to the sold out December screening of this powerful, bold and important documentary about life in Manus Island Detention Centre, you're in luck as the Refugee Action Coalition Sydney RAC have scheduled another screening for next Tuesday at the @dendy.au Opera Quays. Book your tickets at the link below and spread the word.👇👇👇 https://www.facebook.com/events/132470377538046/?ti=cl
#Manus #refugeerights #refugees #BringThemHere #ClosetheCamps #documentary #documentaryfilms #londonfilmfestival2017 #sydneyfilmfestival #behrouzboochani

// CHAUKA PLEASE TELL US THE TIME // If you didn't make it to the sold out December screening of this powerful, bold and important documentary about life in Manus Island Detention Centre, you're in luck as the Refugee Action Coalition Sydney RAC have scheduled another screening for next Tuesday at the @dendy.au Opera Quays. Book your tickets at the link below and spread the word. https://www.facebook.com/events/132470377538046/?ti=cl #Manus #refugeerights #refugees #BringThemHere #ClosetheCamps #documentary #documentaryfilms #londonfilmfestival2017 #sydneyfilmfestival #behrouzboochani - 4 days ago

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I wouldn't say I'm excited to be a part of this exhibition because excitement is not the emotion. Really I'm horrified that Nauru & Manus are continuing issues & I'm horrified at the stories I've read since being in China. In saying that I'm pleased that an exhibition such as @allwecantsee exists & I'm so genuinely appreciative to be able to submit works to such an exhibition. #fucking #bringthemhere & #closethecamps #already !

I wouldn't say I'm excited to be a part of this exhibition because excitement is not the emotion. Really I'm horrified that Nauru & Manus are continuing issues & I'm horrified at the stories I've read since being in China. In saying that I'm pleased that an exhibition such as @allwecantsee exists & I'm so genuinely appreciative to be able to submit works to such an exhibition. #fucking #bringthemhere & #closethecamps #already ! - 4 days ago

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Day 50 - Casino to somewhere further down the Summerland Way (50kms)

For most of this journey, we’ve been taking a very indirect route. We could have gone straight down the country and saved ourselves about 1500kms, but we may have found ourselves interviewing trees and cows, rather than people. Today, we ran satisfyingly south, straight down the Summerland Way, all day. No navigation necessary.

Ash, our support crew legend did a great job of finding places to pull over, and even managed to squeeze in a run herself! She also got this behind-the-scenes shot of us stocking up at a rest stop, trailer in tow.

Make sure you check out Mustafa’s interview from this morning - we couldn’t believe he hasn’t missed publishing a Crescents of Brisbane newsletter in 688 weekly editions!

Total distance covered: 2180kms

Day 50 - Casino to somewhere further down the Summerland Way (50kms) For most of this journey, we’ve been taking a very indirect route. We could have gone straight down the country and saved ourselves about 1500kms, but we may have found ourselves interviewing trees and cows, rather than people. Today, we ran satisfyingly south, straight down the Summerland Way, all day. No navigation necessary. Ash, our support crew legend did a great job of finding places to pull over, and even managed to squeeze in a run herself! She also got this behind-the-scenes shot of us stocking up at a rest stop, trailer in tow. Make sure you check out Mustafa’s interview from this morning - we couldn’t believe he hasn’t missed publishing a Crescents of Brisbane newsletter in 688 weekly editions! Total distance covered: 2180kms - 4 days ago

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The way we support those who arrive here seeking safety is about values & decency. But if it’s dollars you’re interested in.. .
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Repost @asrc1 ✌🏼 #refugees #bringthemhere #manus #nauru #withrefugees #humanrights #realaustralianssaywelcome #chooselove

The way we support those who arrive here seeking safety is about values & decency. But if it’s dollars you’re interested in.. . . Repost @asrc1 🏼 #refugees #bringthemhere #manus #nauru #withrefugees #humanrights #realaustralianssaywelcome #chooselove - 4 days ago

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“I started the newsletter as a way of communicating events to the muslim community - to the local and national community. Since then, it’s been coming out every Sunday for the last… this week is the 688th issue of the newsletter. It has the dubious distinction of not having missed a single week. So, I’ve even had to take my laptop to Everest Base Camp so that I could never miss an issue.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Story 50: Dr Mustafa Ally OAM grew up in Durban, South Africa. He migrated to Australia in 1994 with his wife Nazima and their three sons, Riyadh, Junaid and Zahir. Mustafa won a scholarship to study a computer science degree in the UK, before moving back to South Africa to become one of the first non-white programmers in his country. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Dr Mustafa is currently lecturing in Information Systems, e-Commerce and Crypto-Currencies at the University of Southern Queensland. Dr Ally was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the 2012 Australia Day Awards for his services to various communities and for his promotion of interfaith harmony. He was also appointed a People of Australia Ambassador in the same year by the Australian Government “in recognition of (his) significant contribution to (his) community and the wider Australian society”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Last year, Dr Mustafa started a ‘CoderDojo’, a class run by volunteers to teach children how to write computer programs in code, a program he hopes to extend to refugee groups this year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Dr Mustafa is also leading a group to found the Australian-Islamic Advocacy Network which he hopes will allow the Australian-Islamic community to speak with a unified voice on issues where the community has been historically misrepresented.

“I started the newsletter as a way of communicating events to the muslim community - to the local and national community. Since then, it’s been coming out every Sunday for the last… this week is the 688th issue of the newsletter. It has the dubious distinction of not having missed a single week. So, I’ve even had to take my laptop to Everest Base Camp so that I could never miss an issue.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Story 50: Dr Mustafa Ally OAM grew up in Durban, South Africa. He migrated to Australia in 1994 with his wife Nazima and their three sons, Riyadh, Junaid and Zahir. Mustafa won a scholarship to study a computer science degree in the UK, before moving back to South Africa to become one of the first non-white programmers in his country. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dr Mustafa is currently lecturing in Information Systems, e-Commerce and Crypto-Currencies at the University of Southern Queensland. Dr Ally was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the 2012 Australia Day Awards for his services to various communities and for his promotion of interfaith harmony. He was also appointed a People of Australia Ambassador in the same year by the Australian Government “in recognition of (his) significant contribution to (his) community and the wider Australian society”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Last year, Dr Mustafa started a ‘CoderDojo’, a class run by volunteers to teach children how to write computer programs in code, a program he hopes to extend to refugee groups this year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dr Mustafa is also leading a group to found the Australian-Islamic Advocacy Network which he hopes will allow the Australian-Islamic community to speak with a unified voice on issues where the community has been historically misrepresented. - 4 days ago

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Bring them here and let them stay #poorfellowmycountry #bringthemhere #letthemstay

Bring them here and let them stay #poorfellowmycountry #bringthemhere #letthemstay - 4 days ago

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I was looking through old photos the other day and came across my Nauru folder. There are some images that have been publicised but many that haven’t. I thought sharing these would be a good way to remind people of the hundreds of adults and children who remain detained indefinitely on this tiny Pacific island. In the right of this photo you can see the edge of the Od’n Hotel, one of only two hotels on the island, but the majority of the picture is dominated by the abandoned infrastructure of the waning phosphate mining industry. #nauru #memories #2012 #offshoredetention #pacificsolution #auspol #bringthemhere

I was looking through old photos the other day and came across my Nauru folder. There are some images that have been publicised but many that haven’t. I thought sharing these would be a good way to remind people of the hundreds of adults and children who remain detained indefinitely on this tiny Pacific island. In the right of this photo you can see the edge of the Od’n Hotel, one of only two hotels on the island, but the majority of the picture is dominated by the abandoned infrastructure of the waning phosphate mining industry. #nauru #memories #2012 #offshoredetention #pacificsolution #auspol #bringthemhere - 4 days ago

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Scene set! After a few trial and errors, placements and replacements, I have finally reached a happy place with my newest and first painting for 2018. Time to get painting!
#scene #trial #error #happyplace #drawing #politicalart  #activistartist  #painting #emergingartist #melbourneart #bringthemhere

Scene set! After a few trial and errors, placements and replacements, I have finally reached a happy place with my newest and first painting for 2018. Time to get painting! #scene #trial #error #happyplace #drawing #politicalart #activistartist #painting #emergingartist #melbourneart #bringthemhere - 5 days ago

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Day 49 - Gradys Creek to Casino (50kms)

We’re not gamblers at all, but today’s run did have a bit of a gambling focus.

After a few kilometres of running in the morning fog, we passed through a small town called ‘The Risk,’ which seemed like an odd name for a place. There was even a ‘The Risk Public School’, which made it seem a little like parents were gambling with their children’s education. Turns out the name comes from a historical decision of whether the area should be deforested to make way for farming, and whether it was worth The Risk. Farming prevailed, and has proven very successful in the region.

Our run then finished in Casino, so it was a high rolling kind of day.

It was also great to see our new support crew member, Ash, at our rest stops along the way. It was her first time driving with a trailer, and she handled it like a pro!

Total distance covered: 2130kms

Day 49 - Gradys Creek to Casino (50kms) We’re not gamblers at all, but today’s run did have a bit of a gambling focus. After a few kilometres of running in the morning fog, we passed through a small town called ‘The Risk,’ which seemed like an odd name for a place. There was even a ‘The Risk Public School’, which made it seem a little like parents were gambling with their children’s education. Turns out the name comes from a historical decision of whether the area should be deforested to make way for farming, and whether it was worth The Risk. Farming prevailed, and has proven very successful in the region. Our run then finished in Casino, so it was a high rolling kind of day. It was also great to see our new support crew member, Ash, at our rest stops along the way. It was her first time driving with a trailer, and she handled it like a pro! Total distance covered: 2130kms - 5 days ago

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WOW GUYS – bring on 2018!! 🙌 
Check out our superstar volunteers having fun & putting together some colourful school packs for our RMCC kids! These packs will ensure EVERY kid will start the school year with the tools they need to change the world! 👊

Huge thanks to every person & organisation that donated!!

WOW GUYS – bring on 2018!! Check out our superstar volunteers having fun & putting together some colourful school packs for our RMCC kids! These packs will ensure EVERY kid will start the school year with the tools they need to change the world! Huge thanks to every person & organisation that donated!! - 5 days ago

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In a new special series, @GuardianAus has gone beyond the wire of Manus Island's processing centres to hear the stories of refugees and local people caught in a mess of Australia's making. Follow the link in bio to check out the series.

In a new special series, @GuardianAus has gone beyond the wire of Manus Island's processing centres to hear the stories of refugees and local people caught in a mess of Australia's making. Follow the link in bio to check out the series. - 5 days ago

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#auspol #invasionday #australiaday #aussieracism #changethedate #bringthemhere

#auspol #invasionday #australiaday #aussieracism #changethedate #bringthemhere - 5 days ago

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Story 49 - We met Musu Musa at the Davies Park Markets in Brisbane, where she runs an awesome stall called The Tribal Project (@thetribalproject), which sells 100% cotton Mochilas and Wayuu hats - handwoven by the Wayuu indigenous community in Colombia. Musu arrived in Australia 17 years ago, having fled the civil war in Sierra Leone at the age of 4. She lived in a refugee camp in Guinea for four years, before eventually arriving in Sydney, where she grew up and lived for 17 years. Just two months ago, Musu moved to Brisbane with her partner, Fabio. During the week, Musu works at Toll Logistics, where she relocates defence members. She loves spending her Saturday mornings selling hats at the market with Fabio. “The camp was pretty much in the middle of nowhere. It was sort of like, ‘Right, this is your new home.’ So we settled in, we were sleeping on the floor, just mattresses on the floor basically, and we were all in the same room together. It was about the size of that small marquee over there. That’s where we slept – myself, my mum – well, the lady who looked after me - and her son. That was our home for three years. And after that, we came to Guinea, waited again at another refugee camp that they had based in the city centre, and then we came to Australia.”

Story 49 - We met Musu Musa at the Davies Park Markets in Brisbane, where she runs an awesome stall called The Tribal Project (@thetribalproject ), which sells 100% cotton Mochilas and Wayuu hats - handwoven by the Wayuu indigenous community in Colombia. Musu arrived in Australia 17 years ago, having fled the civil war in Sierra Leone at the age of 4. She lived in a refugee camp in Guinea for four years, before eventually arriving in Sydney, where she grew up and lived for 17 years. Just two months ago, Musu moved to Brisbane with her partner, Fabio. During the week, Musu works at Toll Logistics, where she relocates defence members. She loves spending her Saturday mornings selling hats at the market with Fabio. “The camp was pretty much in the middle of nowhere. It was sort of like, ‘Right, this is your new home.’ So we settled in, we were sleeping on the floor, just mattresses on the floor basically, and we were all in the same room together. It was about the size of that small marquee over there. That’s where we slept – myself, my mum – well, the lady who looked after me - and her son. That was our home for three years. And after that, we came to Guinea, waited again at another refugee camp that they had based in the city centre, and then we came to Australia.” - 5 days ago

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#withrefugees

#refugeerights #letthemstay #bringthemhere #willswithrefugees

#withrefugees #refugeerights #letthemstay #bringthemhere #willswithrefugees - 5 days ago

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Australia Seeks New Gag Laws That Could See Journalists And Whistleblowers Jailed for 20 Years.
The legislation was introduced by Turnbull in the House of Representatives immediately after marriage equality passed on Thursday evening and the otherwise full House of Representatives was emptied as celebrations were underway.  These secrecy offenses have previously been used to target the sources of Australian journalists.  Australia’s  immigration department has referred journalists’ stories about the immigration detention regime on a number of occasions for investigation by the Australian Federal Police.
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BECOMING ACTIVE FOR #REFUGEE RIGHTS
[171227 by @RUTHHALBERT]
Intro
Hi, my name is Lilly, welcome to the House of Lilith.
Refugee topic has been dominated the Australia news for a long time since the continuing death of asylum seekers in the sea but in recent years it has quiet down. Recently I joined the Walk Together rally (https://www.walktogether.com.au/) and it sparks my interest looking into this topic, so here is some of my research and interview with Ruth and how she become Refugees activist fighting for refugees rights, which who I meet at the Walk Together rally.
👁
For article and video: Link at Bio
🙏
You can find more of my work
👇
- Website: houseoflilith.net
- Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user33592360
- YouTube #HouseofLilitH Channel
- YouTube #TSchitchat Channel
👆
#auspol #EvacuateManus #Nauru #SetThemFree
#BringThemHere #manus #marriageequality

Australia Seeks New Gag Laws That Could See Journalists And Whistleblowers Jailed for 20 Years. The legislation was introduced by Turnbull in the House of Representatives immediately after marriage equality passed on Thursday evening and the otherwise full House of Representatives was emptied as celebrations were underway. These secrecy offenses have previously been used to target the sources of Australian journalists. Australia’s immigration department has referred journalists’ stories about the immigration detention regime on a number of occasions for investigation by the Australian Federal Police. 👁️ BECOMING ACTIVE FOR #REFUGEE RIGHTS [171227 by @RUTHHALBERT ] Intro Hi, my name is Lilly, welcome to the House of Lilith. Refugee topic has been dominated the Australia news for a long time since the continuing death of asylum seekers in the sea but in recent years it has quiet down. Recently I joined the Walk Together rally (https://www.walktogether.com.au/) and it sparks my interest looking into this topic, so here is some of my research and interview with Ruth and how she become Refugees activist fighting for refugees rights, which who I meet at the Walk Together rally. 👁 For article and video: Link at Bio You can find more of my work - Website: houseoflilith.net - Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user33592360 - YouTube #HouseofLilitH Channel - YouTube #TSchitchat Channel #auspol #EvacuateManus #Nauru #SetThemFree #BringThemHere #manus #marriageequality - 5 days ago

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Australia Seeks New Gag Laws That Could See Journalists And Whistleblowers Jailed for 20 Years.
The legislation was introduced by Turnbull in the House of Representatives immediately after marriage equality passed on Thursday evening and the otherwise full House of Representatives was emptied as celebrations were underway.  These secrecy offenses have previously been used to target the sources of Australian journalists.  Australia’s  immigration department has referred journalists’ stories about the immigration detention regime on a number of occasions for investigation by the Australian Federal Police.
👁️
BECOMING ACTIVE FOR #REFUGEE RIGHTS
[171227 by @RUTHHALBERT]
Intro
Hi, my name is Lilly, welcome to the House of Lilith.
Refugee topic has been dominated the Australia news for a long time since the continuing death of asylum seekers in the sea but in recent years it has quiet down. Recently I joined the Walk Together rally (https://www.walktogether.com.au/) and it sparks my interest looking into this topic, so here is some of my research and interview with Ruth and how she become Refugees activist fighting for refugees rights, which who I meet at the Walk Together rally.
👁
For article and video: Link at Bio
🙏
You can find more of my work
👇
- Website: houseoflilith.net
- Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user33592360
- YouTube #HouseofLilitH Channel
- YouTube #TSchitchat Channel
👆
#auspol #EvacuateManus #Nauru #SetThemFree
#BringThemHere #manus #marriageequality

Australia Seeks New Gag Laws That Could See Journalists And Whistleblowers Jailed for 20 Years. The legislation was introduced by Turnbull in the House of Representatives immediately after marriage equality passed on Thursday evening and the otherwise full House of Representatives was emptied as celebrations were underway. These secrecy offenses have previously been used to target the sources of Australian journalists. Australia’s immigration department has referred journalists’ stories about the immigration detention regime on a number of occasions for investigation by the Australian Federal Police. 👁️ BECOMING ACTIVE FOR #REFUGEE RIGHTS [171227 by @RUTHHALBERT ] Intro Hi, my name is Lilly, welcome to the House of Lilith. Refugee topic has been dominated the Australia news for a long time since the continuing death of asylum seekers in the sea but in recent years it has quiet down. Recently I joined the Walk Together rally (https://www.walktogether.com.au/) and it sparks my interest looking into this topic, so here is some of my research and interview with Ruth and how she become Refugees activist fighting for refugees rights, which who I meet at the Walk Together rally. 👁 For article and video: Link at Bio You can find more of my work - Website: houseoflilith.net - Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user33592360 - YouTube #HouseofLilitH Channel - YouTube #TSchitchat Channel #auspol #EvacuateManus #Nauru #SetThemFree #BringThemHere #manus #marriageequality - 5 days ago

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Australia Seeks New Gag Laws That Could See Journalists And Whistleblowers Jailed for 20 Years.
The legislation was introduced by Turnbull in the House of Representatives immediately after marriage equality passed on Thursday evening and the otherwise full House of Representatives was emptied as celebrations were underway.  These secrecy offenses have previously been used to target the sources of Australian journalists.  Australia’s  immigration department has referred journalists’ stories about the immigration detention regime on a number of occasions for investigation by the Australian Federal Police.
👁️
BECOMING ACTIVE FOR #REFUGEE RIGHTS
[171227 by @RUTHHALBERT]
Intro
Hi, my name is Lilly, welcome to the House of Lilith.
Refugee topic has been dominated the Australia news for a long time since the continuing death of asylum seekers in the sea but in recent years it has quiet down. Recently I joined the Walk Together rally (https://www.walktogether.com.au/) and it sparks my interest looking into this topic, so here is some of my research and interview with Ruth and how she become Refugees activist fighting for refugees rights, which who I meet at the Walk Together rally.
👁
For article and video: Link at Bio
🙏
You can find more of my work
👇
- Website: houseoflilith.net
- Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user33592360
- YouTube #HouseofLilitH Channel
- YouTube #TSchitchat Channel
👆
#auspol #EvacuateManus #Nauru #SetThemFree
#BringThemHere #manus #marriageequality

Australia Seeks New Gag Laws That Could See Journalists And Whistleblowers Jailed for 20 Years. The legislation was introduced by Turnbull in the House of Representatives immediately after marriage equality passed on Thursday evening and the otherwise full House of Representatives was emptied as celebrations were underway. These secrecy offenses have previously been used to target the sources of Australian journalists. Australia’s immigration department has referred journalists’ stories about the immigration detention regime on a number of occasions for investigation by the Australian Federal Police. 👁️ BECOMING ACTIVE FOR #REFUGEE RIGHTS [171227 by @RUTHHALBERT ] Intro Hi, my name is Lilly, welcome to the House of Lilith. Refugee topic has been dominated the Australia news for a long time since the continuing death of asylum seekers in the sea but in recent years it has quiet down. Recently I joined the Walk Together rally (https://www.walktogether.com.au/) and it sparks my interest looking into this topic, so here is some of my research and interview with Ruth and how she become Refugees activist fighting for refugees rights, which who I meet at the Walk Together rally. 👁 For article and video: Link at Bio You can find more of my work - Website: houseoflilith.net - Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user33592360 - YouTube #HouseofLilitH Channel - YouTube #TSchitchat Channel #auspol #EvacuateManus #Nauru #SetThemFree #BringThemHere #manus #marriageequality - 5 days ago

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Australia Seeks New Gag Laws That Could See Journalists And Whistleblowers Jailed for 20 Years.
The legislation was introduced by Turnbull in the House of Representatives immediately after marriage equality passed on Thursday evening and the otherwise full House of Representatives was emptied as celebrations were underway.  These secrecy offenses have previously been used to target the sources of Australian journalists.  Australia’s  immigration department has referred journalists’ stories about the immigration detention regime on a number of occasions for investigation by the Australian Federal Police.
👁️
BECOMING ACTIVE FOR #REFUGEE RIGHTS
[171227 by @RUTHHALBERT]
Intro
Hi, my name is Lilly, welcome to the House of Lilith.
Refugee topic has been dominated the Australia news for a long time since the continuing death of asylum seekers in the sea but in recent years it has quiet down. Recently I joined the Walk Together rally (https://www.walktogether.com.au/) and it sparks my interest looking into this topic, so here is some of my research and interview with Ruth and how she become Refugees activist fighting for refugees rights, which who I meet at the Walk Together rally.
👁
For article and video: Link at Bio
🙏
You can find more of my work
👇
- Website: houseoflilith.net
- Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user33592360
- YouTube #HouseofLilitH Channel
- YouTube #TSchitchat Channel
👆
#auspol #EvacuateManus #Nauru #SetThemFree
#BringThemHere #manus #marriageequality

Australia Seeks New Gag Laws That Could See Journalists And Whistleblowers Jailed for 20 Years. The legislation was introduced by Turnbull in the House of Representatives immediately after marriage equality passed on Thursday evening and the otherwise full House of Representatives was emptied as celebrations were underway. These secrecy offenses have previously been used to target the sources of Australian journalists. Australia’s immigration department has referred journalists’ stories about the immigration detention regime on a number of occasions for investigation by the Australian Federal Police. 👁️ BECOMING ACTIVE FOR #REFUGEE RIGHTS [171227 by @RUTHHALBERT ] Intro Hi, my name is Lilly, welcome to the House of Lilith. Refugee topic has been dominated the Australia news for a long time since the continuing death of asylum seekers in the sea but in recent years it has quiet down. Recently I joined the Walk Together rally (https://www.walktogether.com.au/) and it sparks my interest looking into this topic, so here is some of my research and interview with Ruth and how she become Refugees activist fighting for refugees rights, which who I meet at the Walk Together rally. 👁 For article and video: Link at Bio You can find more of my work - Website: houseoflilith.net - Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user33592360 - YouTube #HouseofLilitH Channel - YouTube #TSchitchat Channel #auspol #EvacuateManus #Nauru #SetThemFree #BringThemHere #manus #marriageequality - 5 days ago

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Australia Seeks New Gag Laws That Could See Journalists And Whistleblowers Jailed for 20 Years.
The legislation was introduced by Turnbull in the House of Representatives immediately after marriage equality passed on Thursday evening and the otherwise full House of Representatives was emptied as celebrations were underway.  These secrecy offenses have previously been used to target the sources of Australian journalists.  Australia’s  immigration department has referred journalists’ stories about the immigration detention regime on a number of occasions for investigation by the Australian Federal Police.
👁️
BECOMING ACTIVE FOR #REFUGEE RIGHTS
[171227 by @RUTHHALBERT]
Intro
Hi, my name is Lilly, welcome to the House of Lilith.
Refugee topic has been dominated the Australia news for a long time since the continuing death of asylum seekers in the sea but in recent years it has quiet down. Recently I joined the Walk Together rally (https://www.walktogether.com.au/) and it sparks my interest looking into this topic, so here is some of my research and interview with Ruth and how she become Refugees activist fighting for refugees rights, which who I meet at the Walk Together rally.
👁
For article and video: Link at Bio
🙏
You can find more of my work
👇
- Website: houseoflilith.net
- Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user33592360
- YouTube #HouseofLilitH Channel
- YouTube #TSchitchat Channel
👆
#auspol #EvacuateManus #Nauru #SetThemFree
#BringThemHere #manus #marriageequality

Australia Seeks New Gag Laws That Could See Journalists And Whistleblowers Jailed for 20 Years. The legislation was introduced by Turnbull in the House of Representatives immediately after marriage equality passed on Thursday evening and the otherwise full House of Representatives was emptied as celebrations were underway. These secrecy offenses have previously been used to target the sources of Australian journalists. Australia’s immigration department has referred journalists’ stories about the immigration detention regime on a number of occasions for investigation by the Australian Federal Police. 👁️ BECOMING ACTIVE FOR #REFUGEE RIGHTS [171227 by @RUTHHALBERT ] Intro Hi, my name is Lilly, welcome to the House of Lilith. Refugee topic has been dominated the Australia news for a long time since the continuing death of asylum seekers in the sea but in recent years it has quiet down. Recently I joined the Walk Together rally (https://www.walktogether.com.au/) and it sparks my interest looking into this topic, so here is some of my research and interview with Ruth and how she become Refugees activist fighting for refugees rights, which who I meet at the Walk Together rally. 👁 For article and video: Link at Bio You can find more of my work - Website: houseoflilith.net - Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user33592360 - YouTube #HouseofLilitH Channel - YouTube #TSchitchat Channel #auspol #EvacuateManus #Nauru #SetThemFree #BringThemHere #manus #marriageequality - 5 days ago

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Australia Seeks New Gag Laws That Could See Journalists And Whistleblowers Jailed for 20 Years.
The legislation was introduced by Turnbull in the House of Representatives immediately after marriage equality passed on Thursday evening and the otherwise full House of Representatives was emptied as celebrations were underway.  These secrecy offenses have previously been used to target the sources of Australian journalists.  Australia’s  immigration department has referred journalists’ stories about the immigration detention regime on a number of occasions for investigation by the Australian Federal Police.
👁️
BECOMING ACTIVE FOR #REFUGEE RIGHTS
[171227 by @RUTHHALBERT]
Intro
Hi, my name is Lilly, welcome to the House of Lilith.
Refugee topic has been dominated the Australia news for a long time since the continuing death of asylum seekers in the sea but in recent years it has quiet down. Recently I joined the Walk Together rally (https://www.walktogether.com.au/) and it sparks my interest looking into this topic, so here is some of my research and interview with Ruth and how she become Refugees activist fighting for refugees rights, which who I meet at the Walk Together rally.
👁
For article and video: Link at Bio
🙏
You can find more of my work
👇
- Website: houseoflilith.net
- Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user33592360
- YouTube #HouseofLilitH Channel
- YouTube #TSchitchat Channel
👆
#auspol #EvacuateManus #Nauru #SetThemFree
#BringThemHere #manus #marriageequality

Australia Seeks New Gag Laws That Could See Journalists And Whistleblowers Jailed for 20 Years. The legislation was introduced by Turnbull in the House of Representatives immediately after marriage equality passed on Thursday evening and the otherwise full House of Representatives was emptied as celebrations were underway. These secrecy offenses have previously been used to target the sources of Australian journalists. Australia’s immigration department has referred journalists’ stories about the immigration detention regime on a number of occasions for investigation by the Australian Federal Police. 👁️ BECOMING ACTIVE FOR #REFUGEE RIGHTS [171227 by @RUTHHALBERT ] Intro Hi, my name is Lilly, welcome to the House of Lilith. Refugee topic has been dominated the Australia news for a long time since the continuing death of asylum seekers in the sea but in recent years it has quiet down. Recently I joined the Walk Together rally (https://www.walktogether.com.au/) and it sparks my interest looking into this topic, so here is some of my research and interview with Ruth and how she become Refugees activist fighting for refugees rights, which who I meet at the Walk Together rally. 👁 For article and video: Link at Bio You can find more of my work - Website: houseoflilith.net - Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user33592360 - YouTube #HouseofLilitH Channel - YouTube #TSchitchat Channel #auspol #EvacuateManus #Nauru #SetThemFree #BringThemHere #manus #marriageequality - 5 days ago

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The Western English Language School in Braybrook was the first place where Piano Project started lessons two years ago and our program has been great fun. Thanks largely to the brilliant principal Yolette Dezilwa and our fabulous piano teacher there, James Selimovic. In 2017, we had lessons running two nights a week. In November, we got the kids involved in the 'Play Me I'm Yours' program, being presented by The Arts Centre Melbourne, launching this Wednesday. ..
We're so happy it's been such a great success at WELS and we're looking forward to growing the program further in 2018.
..
James sums up how much enjoyment the piano has brought to these kids this year:
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'2017 was another great year at WELS Braybrook. We had a total of 14 students for lessons this year...
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Jude (16) from Nigeria stayed with us all year and did really well. Towards the end of the year we started to explore some african reggae music which he really got into, he also got some basic understanding of chords and throughout the year we developed his sight reading. He was really passionate about music and showed so much enthusiam for our lessons, always wanting to go first and always with a big smile on his face.
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Jarshika (11) from Sri Lanka also stayed for the whole year. Her favorite activity at the piano was counting all the songs we had learned so far. I think it got to around 34 songs. Like Jude she was really enthusiastic all year, but anytime we had to use the left hand, it would be with much laughter and injustice.'
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James Selimovic, Dec 2017.

The Western English Language School in Braybrook was the first place where Piano Project started lessons two years ago and our program has been great fun. Thanks largely to the brilliant principal Yolette Dezilwa and our fabulous piano teacher there, James Selimovic. In 2017, we had lessons running two nights a week. In November, we got the kids involved in the 'Play Me I'm Yours' program, being presented by The Arts Centre Melbourne, launching this Wednesday. .. We're so happy it's been such a great success at WELS and we're looking forward to growing the program further in 2018. .. James sums up how much enjoyment the piano has brought to these kids this year: .. '2017 was another great year at WELS Braybrook. We had a total of 14 students for lessons this year... .. Jude (16) from Nigeria stayed with us all year and did really well. Towards the end of the year we started to explore some african reggae music which he really got into, he also got some basic understanding of chords and throughout the year we developed his sight reading. He was really passionate about music and showed so much enthusiam for our lessons, always wanting to go first and always with a big smile on his face. .. Jarshika (11) from Sri Lanka also stayed for the whole year. Her favorite activity at the piano was counting all the songs we had learned so far. I think it got to around 34 songs. Like Jude she was really enthusiastic all year, but anytime we had to use the left hand, it would be with much laughter and injustice.' .. James Selimovic, Dec 2017. - 6 days ago

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Day 47 - Jimboomba to Innisplain (49kms)

Yesterday was our first rest day for the year! We were kept busy with a trip to the market to visit Pemba’s (story 45) social enterprise market stall at the Davies Park Market, as well as finding a few more stories that we’ll bring to you in the coming days. Massive thanks to David Forde for having us to stay for a couple of nights in Brisbane, after he messaged our page to offer his support.

Back on the road today, we were excited to hit 2000kms, although the milestone came at a time when we were actually heading in the wrong direction... Someone had sneakily rotated a street sign, causing us to take a 3km detour... up a mountain. Fortunately, we were able to comfort ourselves with the fact that the views were pretty good.

It was also a bit of a warm up for tomorrow’s run, where we’ll finally cross the border into NSW... we just have to cross the mountain that divides the states first. We’re tantalisingly close! 
Here are some key dates for the next couple of weeks as we head into NSW territory:

January 16 (Tues): Casino, 
January 18 (Thurs): Grafton,
January 20 (Sat): Coffs Harbour,
January 21 (Sun): Coffs Harbour rest day,
January 24 (Wed): Kempsey,
January 25 (Thurs): Port Macquarie
January 26 (Fri): Port Macquarie rest day

If you know of anyone in these areas with a refugee or migrant story to share, please let us know!

Total distance covered: 2036kms

Day 47 - Jimboomba to Innisplain (49kms) Yesterday was our first rest day for the year! We were kept busy with a trip to the market to visit Pemba’s (story 45) social enterprise market stall at the Davies Park Market, as well as finding a few more stories that we’ll bring to you in the coming days. Massive thanks to David Forde for having us to stay for a couple of nights in Brisbane, after he messaged our page to offer his support. Back on the road today, we were excited to hit 2000kms, although the milestone came at a time when we were actually heading in the wrong direction... Someone had sneakily rotated a street sign, causing us to take a 3km detour... up a mountain. Fortunately, we were able to comfort ourselves with the fact that the views were pretty good. It was also a bit of a warm up for tomorrow’s run, where we’ll finally cross the border into NSW... we just have to cross the mountain that divides the states first. We’re tantalisingly close! Here are some key dates for the next couple of weeks as we head into NSW territory: January 16 (Tues): Casino, January 18 (Thurs): Grafton, January 20 (Sat): Coffs Harbour, January 21 (Sun): Coffs Harbour rest day, January 24 (Wed): Kempsey, January 25 (Thurs): Port Macquarie January 26 (Fri): Port Macquarie rest day If you know of anyone in these areas with a refugee or migrant story to share, please let us know! Total distance covered: 2036kms - 7 days ago

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“It was sort of a shock when I arrived in Australia because the life I lived back there is different. Back there, we couldn’t take public transport. It was just like, driver, car, bodyguard. That’s it. You go to school and then go back home. That’s it. Then we came here and learned to take public transport, and we walked outside like normal people. That was really liberating. For the first time, I felt free.” Story 47 - Myly arrived in Australia by boat in 1975 in the first wave of Vietnamese refugees following the Vietnam war. Her father was part of the fight against communism, which meant that the whole family had to escape. Myly managed to escape on her third attempt, having been incarcerated for four weeks on a previous attempt. Her father was never released, and was sadly killed as a prisoner of war. Today, Myly is a proud grandmother who is always up for some babysitting. She even moved houses so she could be closer to the grandkids, including 5 year old Ana, who is pictured with her mother Anh (Myly’s daughter) in the 2nd picture.

“It was sort of a shock when I arrived in Australia because the life I lived back there is different. Back there, we couldn’t take public transport. It was just like, driver, car, bodyguard. That’s it. You go to school and then go back home. That’s it. Then we came here and learned to take public transport, and we walked outside like normal people. That was really liberating. For the first time, I felt free.” Story 47 - Myly arrived in Australia by boat in 1975 in the first wave of Vietnamese refugees following the Vietnam war. Her father was part of the fight against communism, which meant that the whole family had to escape. Myly managed to escape on her third attempt, having been incarcerated for four weeks on a previous attempt. Her father was never released, and was sadly killed as a prisoner of war. Today, Myly is a proud grandmother who is always up for some babysitting. She even moved houses so she could be closer to the grandkids, including 5 year old Ana, who is pictured with her mother Anh (Myly’s daughter) in the 2nd picture. - 7 days ago

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This Dutton Border Stalker artwork was such a beautiful piece of work until some dickless, narcissistic douchebag had to cock his leg on it. Such a shame. Is still a ripper! 
#bringthemhere 
#refugeeswelcome 
#globalrefugeecrisis 
#borderforce 
#refugeeswelcome 
#asrc
#humanrights 
#duttonborderstalker 
#manusisland 
#asylum#
#narcissist

This Dutton Border Stalker artwork was such a beautiful piece of work until some dickless, narcissistic douchebag had to cock his leg on it. Such a shame. Is still a ripper! #bringthemhere #refugeeswelcome #globalrefugeecrisis #borderforce #refugeeswelcome #asrc #humanrights #duttonborderstalker #manusisland #asylum # #narcissist - 8 days ago

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Day 46 - ASRC Brisbane to Jimboomba (47kms)

This morning, we bid farewell to the Brisbane ASRC (although, it was 4am, so no one was there to reply...). We got a great view of the city lights as we ran over the Story Bridge, which was a bit of a warm up for the Sydney Harbour Bridge in a few weeks! 
From then on, we headed south from Brisbane, tackling a range of roadworks on highways along the way. At one point, the pedestrian detour directed us into a forest, where the path ended abruptly and we got to bush bash our way back to the highway Bear Grylls style!

Tonight, the awesome Ghulam from the Multicultural Development Association introduced us to Afghan cuisine at his local restaurant. Thanks for a great night, Ghulam! 
Total distance covered: 1987kms

Day 46 - ASRC Brisbane to Jimboomba (47kms) This morning, we bid farewell to the Brisbane ASRC (although, it was 4am, so no one was there to reply...). We got a great view of the city lights as we ran over the Story Bridge, which was a bit of a warm up for the Sydney Harbour Bridge in a few weeks! From then on, we headed south from Brisbane, tackling a range of roadworks on highways along the way. At one point, the pedestrian detour directed us into a forest, where the path ended abruptly and we got to bush bash our way back to the highway Bear Grylls style! Tonight, the awesome Ghulam from the Multicultural Development Association introduced us to Afghan cuisine at his local restaurant. Thanks for a great night, Ghulam! Total distance covered: 1987kms - 9 days ago

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Australia’s shame! #bringthemhere #sosmanus

Australia’s shame! #bringthemhere #sosmanus - 9 days ago

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#bringthemhere #realaustralianssaywelcome #letthemstay #babesagainstdetention

#bringthemhere #realaustralianssaywelcome #letthemstay #babesagainstdetention - 9 days ago

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'If I walk into a forest and only see one colour, it will not be a beautiful forest. But if I walk into a forest and see lots of different colours, then the forest is beautiful. That is a multicultural society.'
Story 46: Ali - came to Australia by boat in 1999, fleeing the Taliban in Afghanistan. He was able to bring his wife and 5 children to Australia in 2005. Have a watch on Facebook to hear what his kids have gone on to do!

'If I walk into a forest and only see one colour, it will not be a beautiful forest. But if I walk into a forest and see lots of different colours, then the forest is beautiful. That is a multicultural society.' Story 46: Ali - came to Australia by boat in 1999, fleeing the Taliban in Afghanistan. He was able to bring his wife and 5 children to Australia in 2005. Have a watch on Facebook to hear what his kids have gone on to do! - 9 days ago

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So matter of fact, He is whispering to us “Bring them here.” What do you want to do, but feel like you’re not ____________ enough? 
I don’t have enough. I’m not smart enough. I don’t have enough experience. I’m not strong enough. I’m not old enough. I’m not cool enough. I’m not young or rich or relevant or good enough. What is it for you? [Jesus isn’t asking you to come to him, fully equipped and ready to take on the world. He is saying; bring what you have to offer to me and then follow my lead, trust and allow me to do what only I can do with it, through you.] What do you have to offer up? What are you waiting for? 
If it’s a sign.. here ya go! 
If it’s an invitation.. you’re invited! 
If it’s someone to push you.. consider yourself pushed! 
What is standing in the balance of your decision to take Jesus up on his offer to “bring them here.” Do it. 
#bringthemhere #matthew14 #whatareyouwaitingfor #hereisyoursign #hereisyourinvite #hereisyourpush #weneedyou #infinitumlife

So matter of fact, He is whispering to us “Bring them here.” What do you want to do, but feel like you’re not ____________ enough? I don’t have enough. I’m not smart enough. I don’t have enough experience. I’m not strong enough. I’m not old enough. I’m not cool enough. I’m not young or rich or relevant or good enough. What is it for you? [Jesus isn’t asking you to come to him, fully equipped and ready to take on the world. He is saying; bring what you have to offer to me and then follow my lead, trust and allow me to do what only I can do with it, through you.] What do you have to offer up? What are you waiting for? If it’s a sign.. here ya go! If it’s an invitation.. you’re invited! If it’s someone to push you.. consider yourself pushed! What is standing in the balance of your decision to take Jesus up on his offer to “bring them here.” Do it. #bringthemhere #matthew14 #whatareyouwaitingfor #hereisyoursign #hereisyourinvite #hereisyourpush #weneedyou #infinitumlife - 9 days ago

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Day 45 - Caboolture to the ASRC in Brisbane (47kms)

WE’RE HALF WAY! (Spoiler alert: The total distance may actually be a tad less than 4000kms...) As we ran into Brisbane this morning, we were reminded of the existence of skyscrapers, after a solid 7 weeks of running through regional and rural towns. 
Our finish was the ASRC’s Brisbane office, where we were welcomed by the small team there, including Pemba, a former Congolese refugee. Check out our Facebook live interview with him from this morning! 
After a bit of recovery, we headed off to the Brisbane Multicultural Centre, where the amazing staff at the Multicultural Development Association had organised a BBQ lunch. We couldn’t believe how many people were there, and we really enjoyed meeting everyone. We even got to interview some more people who arrived in Australia as refugees. Look out for their stories in the coming days... Total distance covered: 1940kms

Day 45 - Caboolture to the ASRC in Brisbane (47kms) WE’RE HALF WAY! (Spoiler alert: The total distance may actually be a tad less than 4000kms...) As we ran into Brisbane this morning, we were reminded of the existence of skyscrapers, after a solid 7 weeks of running through regional and rural towns. Our finish was the ASRC’s Brisbane office, where we were welcomed by the small team there, including Pemba, a former Congolese refugee. Check out our Facebook live interview with him from this morning! After a bit of recovery, we headed off to the Brisbane Multicultural Centre, where the amazing staff at the Multicultural Development Association had organised a BBQ lunch. We couldn’t believe how many people were there, and we really enjoyed meeting everyone. We even got to interview some more people who arrived in Australia as refugees. Look out for their stories in the coming days... Total distance covered: 1940kms - 10 days ago

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Good news from the Case Management Team! 
CARAD’s advocacy efforts over many years have resulted in a decision for children seeking asylum who arrived on a valid visa and are living in Western Australia. They are now able to access education without having to pay international student fees. 
Many of our clients have been unable to negotiate fee free schooling for their children, or find a sympathetic school. Because of this, their children have not been attending school, or their parents have had to pay large fees for them to be able to attend- which puts families in significant financial hardship.  CARAD has been working hard over the past 18 months with a assistance from a number of other agencies to make this change happen, and we are very happy to be sharing this news with you. .
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#CompassionInAction #CARAD #Welcome #EatShareConnectGIVE #RefugeesWelcome #Refugees #ThankYou #InternationalPerth #Perth #PerthWA #PerthNotForProfit #PerthGives #PerthVolunteers #PerthFoodies #AsylumSeekers #Detainees #GIVE #Volunteers #NotForProfit #BringThemHere #LetThemStay

Good news from the Case Management Team! CARAD’s advocacy efforts over many years have resulted in a decision for children seeking asylum who arrived on a valid visa and are living in Western Australia. They are now able to access education without having to pay international student fees. Many of our clients have been unable to negotiate fee free schooling for their children, or find a sympathetic school. Because of this, their children have not been attending school, or their parents have had to pay large fees for them to be able to attend- which puts families in significant financial hardship. CARAD has been working hard over the past 18 months with a assistance from a number of other agencies to make this change happen, and we are very happy to be sharing this news with you. . . . . . . . . . . . . #CompassionInAction #CARAD #Welcome #EatShareConnectGIVE #RefugeesWelcome #Refugees #ThankYou #InternationalPerth #Perth #PerthWA #PerthNotForProfit #PerthGives #PerthVolunteers #PerthFoodies #AsylumSeekers #Detainees #GIVE #Volunteers #NotForProfit #BringThemHere #LetThemStay - 10 days ago

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Expanding!!! #firsthikeproject #volunteeringwa #volunteerwork #perthisok #perth #perthnow #perthlife #perthcity #perthnotforprofit #perthmums #perthtodo #volunteering #bringthemhere

Expanding!!! #firsthikeproject #volunteeringwa #volunteerwork #perthisok #perth #perthnow #perthlife #perthcity #perthnotforprofit #perthmums #perthtodo #volunteering #bringthemhere - 10 days ago

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