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#EvacuateNow Nationwide Vigils for Men on Manus
November 16, 2017 - November 23, 2017
For four years, the Australian government has held the men in the Manus Island Detention Centre in limbo. They have been held against their will, though they have done nothing wrong. Some have been killed during their time in detention, even though all they sought was safety and freedom from persecution and violence.
Then, on Tuesday October 31, 2017, the Australian Government-run detention centre on Manus Island was shut down. Food, water, and other essential supplies were cut. The next day, electricity was shut off.
New facilities set up to receive the men have been deemed unacceptable by independent observers, including the UN. The men on Manus have been peacefully protesting their forced removal from the centre for three months and, following the shut down, blockaded themselves into the compound as an extension of their protest. They have said that they are afraid to leave the compound for fear of being attacked by locals, who have already committed violent acts against the men in the past, including recently.
More importantly, the refugees are sick of being incarcerated. “We won’t put up with being incarcerated anymore,” says Behrouz Boochani. “We have no energy left to go from this prison to another prison. We haven’t committed any crime and we can’t tolerate prison any longer.”
The situation is becoming dire, with the men in the compound running low on food, water, and medications. There are warnings of impending deaths if something is not done soon.
Ultimately, the Australian Government set up this centre, and then abandoned it, creating a humanitarian crisis. Both morally and legally it is Australia’s responsibility to ensure these men are evacuated and resettled in a safe and permanent location.
SO, WE’RE TAKING ACTION! AND WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US.
Love Makes a Way is planning to hold actions all over Australia. These actions will be peaceful and legal. They will also be brief, about 30–40 mins unless otherwise stated, so you can get to where you need to go afterwards.
At each action we will hold a solemn vigil to draw attention to the current situation on Manus.
We are appearing at the local offices of our Federal members and senators to call them to account and to action in regard to the humanitarian crisis in which they are complicit. We want to send a message to the Government and Opposition that Australia must take responsibility and act immediately to compassionately end a crisis of its own creation.
Please RSVP for your nearest action at https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/evacuatenow-vigils-for-men-on-manus.
Find your electorate: https://electorate.aec.gov.au/
- Canberra: Tues 21 Nov, 12:15pm. Office of Senator Zed Seselja. Shop 1, 25 Ernest Cavanagh Street
- Banks: Wed 22 Nov, 8:00am. Electorate Office of David Coleman MP. 22 Revesby Place Revesby.
- Berowra: Mon 20 Nov, 8:00am. Electorate Office of Julian Leeser MP. Suite 1104, 423 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills.
- Chifley: Wed 22 Nov, 5:30pm. Electorate office of Ed Husic MP. 6/15 Cleeve Close, Mt Druitt.
- Cook: Thurs 23 Nov, 8:00am. Electorate office of Scott Morrison MP (Cronulla Mall side). 1 Cronulla St, Cronulla Mall.
- Dobell: Wed 22 Nov, 12:30pm. Electorate office of Emma McBride MP. Suite 204, Level 2 Mariners Centre of Excellence, 1 Bryant Dr, Tuggerah
- Grayndler: Mon 20 Nov, 5:45pm. Electorate office of Anthony Albanese MP. 334A Marrickville Road, Marrickville.
- Greenway: Wed 22 Nov, 5:30pm. Electorate office of Michelle Rowland MP. 230 Prospect Hwy, Seven Hills.
- Hughes: Tues 21 Nov, 8:00am. Electorate office of Craig Kelly MP. Shop 1, 9–15 East Parade, Sutherland
- Kingsford-Smith: Thurs 23 Nov, 8:15am. Electorate office of Matt Thistlethwaite MP. Shop 6, 205 Maroubra Road, Maroubra.
- Mitchell: Thurs 23 Nov, 10:00am. Electorate office of Alex Hawke MP. Suite 8, 23 Terminus Street, Castle Hill.
- North Sydney: Wed Nov 22, 8:00am. Electorate office of Trent Zimmerman MP. 2 Elizabeth Plaza, North Sydney.
- Robertson: Thurs 23 Nov, 11:30am. Electorate office of Lucy Wicks MP. Riverside Park, 69 Central Coast Highway, West Gosford.
- Sydney: Fri 17 Nov, 8:00am. Electorate office of Tanya Plibersek MP. 267 Cleveland St, Redfern.
- Wentworth: Mon 20 Nov, 6:00pm. Electorate office of PM Malcolm Turnbull. 287-289 New South Head Road, Edgecliff.
- Lingiari: Thurs 16 Nov, 5:00pm. Flynn Church Lawns, Todd Mall, Alice Springs 0870.
- Blair: Thurs 23 Nov, 10:30am. Electorate office of Shayne Neumann MP. 68 Hunter St, Brassall.
- Dickson: Tues 21 Nov, 9:00am. Electorate office of Peter Dutton MP. 199 Gympie Road, Strathpine.
- Maranoa: Wed 22 Nov, 5:00pm. Outside St Mark’s Anglican Church. Cnr Cunningham Hwy & Grafton St, Warwick
- Petrie: Thurs 16 Nov, 12:00pm. Electorate office of Luke Howarth MP. 40 Hornibrook Esplanade, Clontarf.
- Ryan: Fri 17 Nov, 5:00pm. Electorate office of Jane Prentice MP. 636 Moggill Rd, Indooroopilly.
- Adelaide: Thurs 16 Nov, 1:00pm. Pilgrim Uniting Church, 12 Flinders St, Adelaide.
- Barker: Tues 21 Nov, 12:00pm. Electorate Office of Tony Pasin MP. 27 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier.
- Bendigo: Wed Nov 22, 5:00pm. Electorate office of Lisa Chesters MP. Castlemaine Market Building/Info Centre, 44 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine.
- Dunkley: Fri 17 Nov, 12:45pm. Electorate Office of Chris Crewther MP. 435 Nepean Highway, Frankston.
- Flinders: Fri 17 Nov, 12:45pm. Electorate Office of Greg Hunt MP. Shop 4/184 Salmon Street, Hastings.
- Jagajaga: Wed Nov 22, 12:00pm. All Saints Anglican Church. 14 Church St, Greensborough.
- Maribyrnong: Wed Nov 22, 8:00am. Electorate Office of Bill Shorten MP (Opposition Leader). Suite 1A, 12 Hall Street, Moonee Ponds.
- Wannon: Fri 17 Nov, 11:00am. Electorate office of Dan Tehan MP. 73 Kepler Street, Warrnambool.
- Curtin: Tues 21 Nov, 10:00am. Electorate Office of Julie Bishop MP. 414 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco.
- Hasluck: Thurs 16 Nov, 9:00am. Electorate office of Ken Wyatt MP. 10–12 Forrestfield Marketplace, 80 Hale Rd, Forrestfield.
- O’Connor: Mon 20 Nov, 10:00am. Electorate Office of Rick Wilson MP. 345 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie.
- Perth: Fri 17 Nov, 3:30pm. Electorate Office of Tim Hammond MP. 953A Beaufort St, Inglewood.
- Tangney: Wed 22 Nov, 6:00pm. Electorate Office of Ben Morton MP. 6 Aveley Street, Willeton.