Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • Vigil for the Victims of the Christchurch Tragedy

    Vigil for the Victims of the Christchurch Tragedy

    Vigil for the Victims of the Christchurch Tragedy – Katoomba 12.30 Friday 22 March.
    Sydney Town Hall Square 5.30 Thursday 21 MarchRead more

  • High Schools to receive important and inspiring refugee documentary The Staging Post

    High Schools to receive important and inspiring refugee documentary The Staging Post

    DVDs of the 2017 Australian documentary The Staging Post have been distributed to 30 high schools in the Hawkesbury, Nepean, Blue Mountains and Lithgow areas.  The film was purchased by the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group using money donated by the Nancy Shelley Bequest
    Fund and the Blue Mountains Quakers.
    The Staging Post follows a small group of Afghan Hazara refugees stranded in Cisarua, Indonesia, since Australia
     instigated boat turn backs under Operation Sovereign Borders in 2013. Cisarua, a village just south of Jakarta, is knows as the staging post for boats embarking for Christmas Island in Australia. Read more

  • Tibetan flag flies high outside council

    Tibetan flag flies high outside council

    History was made Friday morning when the Tibetan flag was raised outside Blue Mountains Council chambers at Katoomba.
    It is the first time in Australia a Tibetan flag has been flown outside a local council chamber.
    The small but vocal Tibetan community cheered and sang their national song as Dhongdue Kyinzom, a member of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile and Cr Kerry Brown did the honours.Read more

  • Another death in Villawood

    Another death in Villawood

    After the latest suicide attempt at Villawood I rang Susan Templeman’s Office to let her know that we were all deeply concerned at the mounting number of suicides and attempted suicides caused by indefinite detention policies. Through her office manager she expressed her deep concern but said that, as an opposition MP and a known supported of refugees, her voice makes little difference without direct calls from the public to the Ministers concerned. BCC her in emails.
    Read more to get addresses and see sample letters.Read more

  • What you don’t understand you fear!

    What you don’t understand you fear!

    “There is so much we
    take for granted in this country” “We are just so ignorant of what people have been through” were just some of the responses to the conversations with Refugees hosted by Sydney Alliance, the churches of the lower Mountains and BMRSG on the last weekend in February.

    The Springwood Presbyterian Hall was filled with around 100 people for each of the separate sessions (around 200 in all) as people came to listen to refugees telling their stories, talk together about what they had heard and ask questions of professionals working in the area.Read more

  • Gardening in extremely difficult circumstances

    Gardening in extremely difficult circumstances

    A young man who came to Australia seeking asylum, but who has been detained in different facilities across the country, has become a very inventive gardener. He has devised an irrigation system from plastic bin liners, plastic milk bottles, polystyrene cups, plastic straws all sourced from the garbage bin. He has cut chux wipes intoRead more

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