Trainings commenced all over the country, and so did more actions. In 2014 alone LMAW organised 22 nonviolent civil disobedience actions that drew high levels of media interest and played a part in ensuring the violence being done to people seeking asylum in Australia remained in the public eye.
These actions included a twin sit-in (May 2014) in the offices of then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, and a National Day of Action (10 Dec 2014) that included 7 simultaneous action in 6 cities.
Actions have continued since then, most notably an action in Parliament House, Canberra, on the 10th anniversary of the day John Howard released all children from detention.
The sight of Christians — including priests, nuns and other clergy — being arrested as they take a nonviolent stand for compassion for people seeking asylum has cut through the public consciousness like few other things have been able to do.
With nonviolent love-in-action they have cut through fear, spin and self-interest with a message of hope, compassion and mercy.
The public narrative on refuge in Australia has been dominated for the last five years by frames of fear and the idea that we must ‘be cruel to be kind.’ Love Makes A Way is the only effort cutting through that at the moment. They are brave, but more than that, they’re smart, careful, and deliberate. They have consistently generated public attention, but the real art has been to do so in a way that is entirely on their message and their terms.” (Sam McLean, former National Director, GetUp!)
Love will make a way. Will you join us?