…a movement of Christians seeking an end to Australia’s inhumane asylum seeker policies through prayer and nonviolent love in action.
Love Makes A Way organises events and actions, including civil disobedience actions, to publicly witness to and dramatise the injustice of Australia’s asylum seeker policies, to awaken the conscience of the church and wider community, and to point to a better way.
“If we take the definition of torture to be the deliberate harming of people in order to coerce them into a desired outcome, I think [indefinite detention] does fulfil that definition.”
Dr. Peter Young, former immigration psychiatrist
“The evidence is clear that children are experiencing terrible physical and mental suffering. This is state sanctioned child abuse…”
Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, Protecting the Lonely Children Report
Neither passivity nor violence, but a third way of struggling for peace, justice and compassion. First and foremost however, nonviolence is not a tactic, but “a way of living and being and expressing the truth of your soul in the world” (Daniel Berrigan).
Nonviolent action could be symbolised by the “two hands of nonviolence”: one hand pushed outward, as if to say “Stop!”, we will stand in the way of the evil that is being done, and the other hand held out with an open palm, as if to say “Come, we invite you to join us in seeking what is right”.
In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you. … But be assured that we’ll wear you down by our capacity to suffer, and one day we will win our freedom. We will not only win freedom for ourselves; we will appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.”
Jesus is the centre of our faith, life and activism. Love Makes a Way makes little sense without the example of the enemy-loving Christ who was willing to suffer for the sake of others.
“Why direct action? … Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Nonviolence is not primarily a tactic. It is a way of living and being and expressing the truth of your soul in the world.”
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