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Newsletter for 21 June 2016 Rural Australians for Refugees Bellingen and Nambucca Districts

Newsletter for 21 June 2016

Kon Karapanagiotidis writes about the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Next popup protest on Thursday 23rd at Coffs.
Next Market Stall Sat 26th June

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Kon Karapanagiotidis writes about the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
In the latest edition of The Saturday Paper, Kon Karapanagiotidis, th CEO of the ASRC, writes about the Centre’s work since its establishment some 15 years ago. It is a very moving piece, in which Kon charts the work of the Centre, highlighting the highs and lows of the work of the many wonderful volunteers in the organisation. He rightly condemns the toxic “race to the bottom” of the main political parties, which has condemned so many people to a life of abject misery and hopelessness. As he says in the concluding paragraph:
“It is up to us as a community to raise the flag of hope and the hand of welcome to refugees. Politics has abandoned these people; let’s make a promise that we won’t. Our borders are safe; it is our humanity that is threatened”.
Kon’s article is a “must read”, and you can find it here.
Pop up Protest planned for Coffs Harbour on Thursday 23 June 2016 3:00 to 4:30pm 

Calendar for Pop-Up Protests
Thursday 23rd June       Coffs Harbour            Pacific Highway south Opposite the entrance to the Base Hospital. Between 3:00 and 4:30pm Bring your banners and enthusiasm. Last protest before the Federal election so lets make it a big one. Parking available in the service centre.
All times are between 3 and 4:30 pm.
Please would people let me know if they can come at or 0490 314 166
If anyone else has a proposed venue, date and time, let me know and I will add it to the calendar.
I will confirm each event once there are 6 supporters.
I thank everyone who has supported these events
Robin Hesketh

Next Market Stall

A reminder that our next stall will be at the Coffs Harbourside market on Sunday 26th June. So far, we have had few offers of support, so if you are able to help for an hour or two between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm, then please email Mike  It would be great to welcome some new faces, so please consider joining us! We need to continually remind both the public and our politicians that there are better, more humane, compassionate and lawful ways to deal with our asylum seekers. This is especially important in the run-up to the elections on 2nd July.

National RAR Conference: Bendigo  3rd and 4th September
​  2016​
The national RAR group is planning a major conference  for RAR members across Australia, and they are hoping for  representation from members of our group. You will see from the attached draft program that the conference will be very interesting and informative, with a range of keynote speakers and discussion sessions. If you would be interested in travelling to Bendigo for the conference, please let us know by email at Further information can be obtained from the national RAR coordinator  at 


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