Join Academics for Refugees for a National Day of Action (NDA) for Refugees on 17 October 2018.
We invite people across the university sector (academics, professional staff and students) to take action:
- to call for the immediate end to offshore detention
- to put renewed pressure on the Morrison government for policy change in support of refugee rights; and
- to support calls from refugees themselves on Manus Island and Nauru for immediate resettlement.
Our key demand is that the Australian government urgently ends the horrors and harms of offshore detention. Our message as researchers, academics and members of the education sectors is that Australia must end its harmful policies of offshore processing, boat turn-backs and the mandatory detention of people seeking asylum. These policies have failed and cannot be maintained. They have created a serious humanitarian crisis on Manus Island, Nauru and in Australia, and caused prolonged suffering for individuals seeking asylum. The situation is also harming asylum seekers in Australia who have been denied access to work and welfare, and are subject to a policy of ‘deportation by destitution’. As academics and members of the university sector we forcefully oppose these policies and support the safe resettlement of people seeking protection in Australia.
The day will be supported and promoted by the NTEU and Teachers for Refugees.
Suggested Actions on University Campuses
We invite network members and convenors to determine the best action to take on their campuses. It may be as simple as coming together and or a teach-in or forum on your campus. The following are some suggested actions. Members could organise and facilitate one or a combination of these. We will provide a resource pack in early October to support ‘local’ events. Our suggestions include:
- A public ‘read-in’: A ‘public reading’ of excerpts from Behrouz Boochani’s recent book, No Friend but the Mountains (trans. Omid Tofighian, Pan Macmillan 2018) or other texts from refugee writers or those held in offshore detention, such as They Cannot Take the Sky – Stories from Detention (Allen & Unwin, 2017). Academics and students could sign up to read parts of a text in 15-minute time slots in a busy part of the university. For those interested in reading No Friend but the Mountains, Behrouz Boochani supports this action of reading his text as a form of protest.
- #NoMoreHarm postcards: Set up a stall and invite people to sign a #NoMoreHarm postcard (postcard and local MP list will be provided in the resource pack) opposing offshore detention, to be sent via post to local members. You can also simply email it to Members of Parliament
- Academics for Refugees NDA group photograph: Take a photo together in support of the NDA, with posters/placards or hashtag signs, in a public part of the university and post this to the Academics for Refugees Facebook page and other social media, and using NDA hashtags and #Academicforrefugees on Twitter
- A public forum or ‘teach-in’ on a relevant issue: Invite academics, refugees, advocates or other speakers to speak on a particular issue relevant to refugee rights or policy
- A meeting of A4R members on your campus: To discuss and plan possible campus-based campaigns or activities in the upcoming year.
Resource Pack Contents
We have developed an online RESOURCE PACK for use to promote campus specific events in the up to the NDA and on the day itself.
Hashtags to support the NDA
Along with: #AcademicsForRefugees